If in any Semester (not including Summer, see Note below) a student falls below the minimum academic requirements of the University and is in danger of being dismissed, a warning notice of “Probation” shows on the student’s grade report for that Semester.   For Freshman and Sophomore students, this generally means that they are below the criteria necessary to earn Acceptance to Major.  For those who have been accepted into a Major, this generally means that they are below the criteria for Graduation.  To be in good academic standing the following criteria must be met:

 a. Maintaining  an overall cumulative GPA (CGPA) according to the following:

  • 0 to 39 credit hours: 1.75
  • 40 to 70 credit hours: 1.90
  • 71+ credit hours: 2.00.

 b. Earning Acceptance to Major according to the criteria of “Acceptance to Major”.

 c. Maintaining a major GPA (MGPA) of 2.00 after completing 7 credits hours in the Major

Specifically, not meeting any of the criteria listed above, warrants Probation.

Students on Probation are limited to a semester load of twelve credits, not including Physical Education (PSED101) or Community Service (CSMR101). 

Students who earned “Probation” at the end of a semester are allowed to take full load according to their paradigms if the reason of the probation was not related to either the cumulative or major GPA. Normally, this would mean that the student earned “Probation” for not being accepted to Major while the CGPA and MGPA are above the minimum required according to Criteria a and c above.

As Probation indicates that the student is not performing at a minimally acceptable level, it is necessary to limit the number of semesters that a student earns Probation. 

A student may earn Probation for a maximum of three semesters.  This means that a student who earns a fourth semester of Probation will be dismissed from the University. 


A student will not earn “Probation” in the Summer Session. However if the student who earned “Probation” at the end the Semester that preceded the Summer Session and who was able to bring up the CGPA and MGPA to the acceptable levels according to Criteria a and c above, the student is allowed to take a full load of courses the following Semester as specified by the paradigm of the Major.




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