Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Academic Standards (Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal Policies)

The Academic Deans determine the academic standing of all students at the end of each semester. Academic standing is based on:

  1. The student’s cumulative grade point average.
  2. The total number of credits for which the student has attempted prior to the review. The review credits also include transfer credits, “Credit by Exam” credits, and credits for repeated courses. It does not include credits for audited courses.

Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate students with a cumulative grade point average CGPA of 2.00 or higher are in satisfactory/good academic standing. Students with less than satisfactory academic standing are subject to academic warning, probation, suspension or dismissal.

The following procedure applies to all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who do not meet the required minimum CGPA as specified:

Review Credits Cumulative GPA Procedure
0.5 – 16.0 Below 2.000 Warning Letter
16.1 – 32.0 1.750-1.999 Warning Letter
16.1– 32.0 Below 1.750 Probation Letter
32.1 or more Below 2.000 Probation Letter
32.1 or more Below 2.000 Suspension or Dismissal while on probation

An undergraduate student cannot be suspended/dismissed at the end of any semester in which he/she has earned a 2.00 or greater semester GPA, even if his/her cumulative GPA remains less than 2.00.

Academic Probation

When subject to academic probation, the student will be placed on probation for one semester. A student on probation will return to satisfactory academic standing at the end of the semester in which he/she earns a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Academic Suspension

Undergraduate students who are on probation who fail to either earn a 2.00 CGPA or 2.00 semester GPA will be suspended from the university. No undergraduate students will be suspended or dismissed at the end of the winter or summer session.

First Time Suspension

Students on academic suspension for the first time will not be able to register for or attend classes at the university for one semester. Summer term and Winter session do not count as a semester for suspension purposes.

Second Time Suspension

Students on academic suspension for the second time will not be able to register for or attend classes for two semesters. Summer term and Winter session do not count as a semester for suspension purposes.

Readmission

Students who are placed on academic suspension for the first or second time and have an interest in returning to the university after sitting out for the one or two semester period will request readmission through the Academic Services Department.

Third Time Dismissal

Students on academic suspension for the third time will be dismissed from the university. Students are dismissed for at least three years, and after that time only special cases will be considered by the Academic Standards Committee (Assistants to the Deans of each college and Chair of the Academic Services Department).

Suspended/Dismissed Students

Students who have been suspended/dismissed may not register for courses offered any semester, session, or term. An undergraduate student will not be suspended/ dismissed for academic reasons in any semester that he/she has:

  • been in good academic standing (i.e. not on probation), or
  • earned a 2.00 or higher semester GPA, or
  • complied with the terms of his/her Academic Success Plan created in consultation with a Student Success Coach

Post-Baccalaureate Students

The records of post-baccalaureate students with less than a 2.00 semester grade point average will be reviewed by their dean for determination of an academic action of probation, suspension, or dismissal.