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The following policies only apply to probations within the College of Letters and Science. If you have questions about a suspension within another college — the College of Education, the College of Business, the College of Nursing — contact an adviser in Suite 202 in the Student Success Center, for advice on how to proceed.

The University has academic "Good Standing Requirements." To meet these academic Good Standing Requirements, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or above and must achieve a minimum GPA of 1.0 each term. If a student does not meet these Good Standing Requirements, the University puts the student on probation. There are two forms of probation: Probation 1 (Pro1) and Probation 2 (Pro2). In Probation 1, the student does not meet the "Good Standing Requirements" in one semester because either 1) the student's cumulative GPA has fallen below a 2.0 or 2) the student's GPA for the term is below a 1.0. In Probation 2, the student does not meet the "Good Standing Requirements" for two semesters in a row. If the student goes on to unsatisfactory academic performance in a third semester, then, academic suspension of the student takes place.

If the College of Letters and Science places you on academic probation, you will receive a letter informing you of your probation. The letter will also outline the steps necessary to take to schedule or register for classes.

Steps to Take After Probation Notification

  1. Set up an appointment with an Academic Adviser for the College of Letters and Science (a list of advisers is available below).
  2. Repeat the courses in which you received a grade below a C.
  3. Talk to your adviser about enrolling in Interdisciplinary Studies 125, "Comprehensive Study Skills" and/or Interdisciplinary Studies 169, "College Reading Strategies" in order to improve your academic skills.

Be pro-active about resolving the challenges that led to your probation by consulting with professionals that can advise you.  If your struggles are predominantly about mastering the classroom material itself, the Center for Academic Resources, the UW Oshkosh Writing Lab, and/or the Reading/Study Center can help you improve your academic skills. If your challenges are predominantly emotional or psychological, the Counseling Center can help you improve your performance. If your challenges revolve around your future career choice, Career Services can aid you in making career choices. 

By being pro-active and taking steps to avoid future probations, you can get back on track academically and meet the "Good Standing Requirements."

List of Academic Advisers for the College of Letters and Science (COLS)

Name and Title



Lisa Szromba, Assistant Director of Academic Advising

(920) 424-3341

Thomas Bruflat, Adviser COLS
(920) 424-1268

Ron Cardo, Adviser COLS

(920) 424-3231

Debra Golden, Adviser COLS
(920) 424-2495

Ann Kunkle-Jones, Adviser COLS

(920) 424-3214

Melissa Lantta, Adviser COLS

(920) 424-3291

Alejandro Mendoza, Adviser COLS

(920) 424-3262

Elizabeth Whalley, Director, Adviser to Undeclared Majors

(920) 424-0786

Further information about COLS Academic Advisers


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