Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Academic Standing (Probation, Suspension, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies for Undergraduate Students)

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 (GPA);
  2. The total number of credits for which the student has attempted prior to the review. The Attempted Credits also include transfer credits, “Credit by Exam” credits, and credits for repeated courses. It does not include credits for audited courses.

Students with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher are in satisfactory academic standing. Students with less than satisfactory academic standing are subject to academic warning, probation, suspension or dismissal.

The following procedure applies to all students who do not meet the required minimum cumulative GPA as specified:

Attempted Credits
(SRU, credit by exam, and transfer 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*

A student cannot be suspended/dismissed at the end of any fall or spring semester in which the student has earned a 2.000 or greater semester GPA, even if the CGPA remains less than 2.000.

Academic Probation

When subject to academic probation, the student will be placed on probation for one semester. Students who are placed on probation at the end of summer or winter session will be continued on probation for the following semester and will not be suspended/dismissed. A student on probation will return to satisfactory academic standing at the end of the semester in which he/she/they earn(s) a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Academic Suspension

First Time Suspension

Student(s) 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 Intersession do not count as a semester for suspension purposes for undergraduate students.

Second Time Suspension

Student(s) on academic suspension for the second time will not be able to register for or attend classes for two semesters. Summer Term and Winter Intersession do not count as a semester for suspension purposes for undergraduate students.

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. Students should allow adequate time to process readmission requests (2 weeks).

Academic Dismissal

Student(s) recommended for a third academic suspension shall be dismissed from the University. The student will be dismissed for at least three years, and after that time only special cases will be considered by the Academic Dismissal Review Board (Assistants to the Dean of each College and Chair of the Academic Services Department). A decision will be rendered by the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs or designee in response to the recommendation of the Academic Dismissal Review Board.

Suspended/Dismissed Students

A student will not be suspended/dismissed for academic reasons in any semester that the student has:

  • Been in good academic standing (i.e. not on probation), or
  • Earned a 2.000 or higher semester GPA, or
  • Complied with the student's warning/probation/readmission contract

If you are already enrolled for the upcoming summer or winter term, you will be allowed to complete these courses if you desire to do so. Should you attempt any summer or winter course(s), the office of the student's Dean or the Department of Academic Services will reassess your academic status.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

The records of post-baccalaureate students with less than a 2.000 semester grade point average will be reviewed by their Dean for determination of an academic action of probation, suspension, or dismissal.