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Retention, Probation & Suspension

Each student is regarded as having one of three academic standings: full, probationary or suspended.

A student is in full standing if:

  • The student was admitted in full standing and retains a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 or above.

  • The student was admitted on probation and achieves full standing by earning a 3.00 graduate grade point average in the first full term of enrollment or its equivalent (i.e., nine graduate credits).

A student is on probation if:

  • The student has been admitted on probation and has completed less than one full term or its equivalent (i.e., nine graduate credits).

  • The student was in full standing at the beginning of a term and has a cumulative overall graduate grade point average of less than 3.00 at the end of the term regardless of the number of credits attempted.

A student is on suspension if:

  • The student was on probation at the beginning of a term and has a cumulative overall graduate grade point average of less than 3.0 at the end of the nine credit probation period. Some programs have a more restrictive policy. Please consult the appropriate program.

  • The student has been denied admission to candidacy and has completed 18 graduate credits normally acceptable in the degree program.

  • The student has enrolled as a special student, guest matriculant or nondegree student and the cumulative graduate grade point average is below 3.0.

 

Suspension

The Graduate Studies Office will place a registration stop on the records of students who are placed on suspension. Students placed on suspension will have their records reviewed by the graduate faculty associated with the degree program following one semester of suspension. Students should initiate this review, in writing, directed to the program coordinator.

The faculty will make a written recommendation to the Graduate School regarding the retention of the students. If the faculty recommends to continue these students, written recommendations must contain a statement of conditions to be met in the next enrollment and a rationale for continuing the students. The Assistant Vice Chancellor, School of Graduate Studies will make the final decision on retention and communicate it to the students and to the department.

Special, guest or nondegree students may appeal in writing to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, School of Graduate Studies, following the semester of suspension.

Any individual wishing to appeal a School of Graduate Studies policy or decision (non-academic) should contact the Office of Graduate Studies for a copy of the appeals procedures.

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