In the Know: Academic Probation and Dismissal

Students who have been notified by the University that their dismissal is pending due to poor academic performance should attend the Academic Difficulty meeting at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 8 in room 006 Kirkbride.

Academic standing refers to a student’s grade status at the University. Students who are in “good academic standing” have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.  An undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA. below 2.0 is placed on academic probation provided the quality point deficit is less than 13.00.

Quality hours refer to the number of credit hours you are enrolled in for a regular grade (not including pass/fail or audit status). Quality points are determined by the number of credit hours completed multiplied by the grades received for those course hours. Reviewing the chart available at may be helpful for understanding how quality (positive) and deficit (negative) points are calculated.

Deficit points are a numerical representation of the severity of a student’s probationary status. Small numbers mean that the student is very close to a 2.0; a larger number means that a student is approaching academic dismissal.  Students on academic probation can use the quality deficit point chart to estimate how many courses need to be taken, and what grades need to be earned, in order to decrease deficit points, reach a 2.0 GPA, and achieve good academic standing.



All final grades should be posted to students’ UDSIS accounts no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2017. To view your final grades, log in to UDSIS and select “Grades” from the drop-down menu.

Please keep in mind that your academic advisor does not have access to your instructors’ gradebooks and does not receive your grades directly from your professors. Under federal regulations, advisors may not discuss a student’s grades directly with their parent. If your grade for a particular course is not posted, or if you think there has been an error in calculating your final grade, you will need to contact your instructor directly.



All UST advisors are seeing students on a walk-in basis only during the week of May 1 – 5. Due to the high volume of students we see during the early registration period, you will be restricted to a 15 minute session.

Regular appointments will be available again beginning May 8.

Please arrive at the office prepared to discuss your academic plans for next year.