College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Probation & Dismissal

Probation is an academic status that can be assigned to a graduate student if he or she is not making satisfactory progress toward completing his or her degree. The department initiates the probation process and will inform the student what he or she must do to return to good standing.

Students are most commonly placed on probation if their graduate cumulative GPA drops below a B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), but students may also be placed on probation by their departments for other reasons. Probations are most often cleared once a student raises his or her GPA above 3.0 after one semester or after other department-specified requirements have been met.

If a student is unable to raise his or her GPA or otherwise meet departmental expectations for adequate academic progress, he or she may be dismissed from the graduate program.  Once dismissed, a student will no longer be able to be enrolled in coursework and cannot complete his or her degree.  Students dismissed from any College graduate program may not be admitted to any other graduate programs in the College. 

A student on probation or facing dismissal should discuss his or her status with the adviser.

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