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 not making satisfactory academic progress in some other way. Probation is typically in place for one semester and students may be returned to good academic statnding by rasing their GPA above 3.0 or meeting the other department-specified requirements by the end of the probationary semester.  If a student is unable to raise his or her GPA or otherwise meet departmental expectations for satisfactory academic progress, he or she may be dismissed from the graduate program.  

Additionally, the College has set a 2.5 minimum GPA for students to be eligible for a semester of academic probation. In cases where a student’s GPA drops below the minimum of 2.5, the student is considered ineligible for academic probation and will be dismissed by the College.  Students are strongly advised to review the College-specific policy on probation and dismissal (link under related policies below) for more information about the 2.5 threshold for dismissal.

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 graduate program may not be admitted to any other graduate programs at the University of Kansas. See KU's graduate Dissmissed Enrollment policy below for more information.

A student on probation or facing dismissal should discuss their status with their department advisor.

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