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Probation & Dismissal

To be in good standing, a student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and be making satisfactory progress toward the degree, as determined by the department or program.

When the rationale for probation is based on grade-point average, a student is typically placed on probation for 1 academic semester. If the cumulative grade-point average has not risen to 3.0 at the end of that semester, the student will be dismissed unless the College acts favorably on a departmental recommendation for the student to continue study.

Students may also be placed on probation for failing to make satisfactory progress toward the degree. This may include, but is not limited to, failed exams or failure to make adequate and timely progress on the dissertation or thesis.

A graduate student is dismissed upon recommendation of the student’s department or program. This typically occurs when a student fails to raise the grade point average to 3.0 after a semester of probation, or otherwise fails to meet the terms of the probationary period. Academic dismissal should occur before a semester begins. If a student is dismissed during the semester, the dismissal is effective only at the end of the semester in which the department or program gives notification of dismissal. The department or program will notify the student in writing of the reasons for their dismissal. This will be followed by a letter from the College confirming the dismissal from the program and from the College.

In cases when a student’s grade point average is so low that their ability to ever achieve the 3.0 grade-point average required for graduation is in serious doubt, the department or program should move to dismiss. 

A student who has been dismissed from a graduate department or program in the College is not eligible for readmission to graduate study in any department or program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.