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.


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