What does it mean to be on probation?
Students who are on probation have an official UWO grade point average of less than 2.0 and are in poor academic standing with the college. Probation is designed to serve as a warning that some things need to change. To read the Registrar's complete Probation and Suspension Policy, click here.
PRO 1? PRO 2? PRO 3? -What's the difference?
There is a difference between PRO1 and PRO2 academic standings.
If a student is on PRO 1, s/he has had one (1) semester with an official UWO grade point average of less than a 2.0. The student is strongly encouraged to reflect on his/her current academic situation and make some changes.
If a student is on PRO 2, s/he has had two (2) consecutive semesters with an official UWO grade point average of less than a 2.0. The student has one more semester to raise his/her grade point to a 2.0 or higher or s/he will be suspended. Students on PRO2 have a HOLD on their account and must meet with their advisor before registering for classes.
If a student is on PRO 3, it means that s/he had been suspended but was allowed to continue at UW Oshkosh because his/her suspension appeal was approved. The student has one more semester to raise his/her UWO grade point to a 2.0 or higher or s/he will be suspended. Students on PRO3 have a HOLD on their account and must meet with their advisor before registering for classes.
To see a complete list of the Registrar's Academic Standing Levels, click here.
I am on probation. What do I do?
Step 1: Repeat coursework at UW Oshkosh.
University policy allows for repeats of grades lower than a C without an appeal. The repeat policy is available online.
Step 2: Enroll in one or more of the following courses.
Academic Recovery (Academic Skills 115): Identify and overcome personal barriers to academic success, learn and apply the strategies and skills necessary to restore academic standing and self-confidence, and practice self-monitoring strategies to facilitate successful independent learning.
Study Skills (Academic Skills 125): Learn techniques to increase effectiveness in the areas of textbook study, lecture notes, time management, memory, test taking, and vocabulary.
Reading Strategies (Academic Skills 169): Focus on comprehending nonfiction, strengthening study reading techniques, improving vocabulary, and increasing reading rate in difficult material.
Academic and Career Exploration (Professional Counseling 201): Recommended for all students who are undecided about a major or career choice.
Step 3: View the "Strategies for Your Educational Success" podcast
Strategies for Your Success
Learn the fastest ways to raise your GPA, the differences between terms, department and instructor consent, and more.
Step 4: Utilize your resources
Career Services (125 Student Success Center)
Center for Academic Resources (102 Student Success Center)
Counseling Center (240 Student Success Center)
Math Lab (113 Swart Hall or 301 Swart Hall for remedial math)
Reading Study Center (201 Nursing/Education Building)
Writing Center (102 Student Success Center)
Step 5: Reduce your credit load, work schedule, and/or student involvement.
Step 6: Attend all class sessions, and work closely with instructors. e.g. utilize office hours.
What happens if I don't raise my GPA above the 2.0 mark?
If you are on PRO1, your academic standing will change to PRO2 and you will have one (1) more semester to raise your UW Oshkosh GPA to at least a 2.0.
If you are on PRO2 or PRO3, you will be suspended. Please refer to the Suspension and Appeal Process for more information on academic suspension.