Academic Probation & Suspension
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A student is placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade point average drops below 2.000 at the conclusion of a fall or spring semester. Probation is not intended to be punitive, but instead serves as a warning that a student’s approach to their academic education may need to change in order to be successful. Once placed on academic probation, students are presented several options for returning to academic good standing.
- Students may continue in main campus courses in the subsequent fall or spring semester if they are confident they will be able to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.000 or higher by the conclusion of that semester. Failure to achieve the required GPA will result in scholastic suspension. If a student is unsure whether they will be able to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.000 or higher, the following options may present more flexibility to achieve academic success.
- Students may remain out of main campus courses for one full academic year. When the student returns, they will be granted two semesters or probation to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or higher. An academic year is defined as a fall and spring semester. For example, if placed on academic probation at the conclusion of the fall semester, an academic year would be the spring and following fall semester.
- Students may take courses through CU Continuing Education. This may include summer session, CU Independent Learning, and Boulder Evening courses. It is important to consider these options carefully, as grades will be calculated into the CU cumulative GPA, and alternative learning formats may present unique challenges.
If placed on academic probation, it is recommended students make an appointment with their academic advisor. Academic advisors are trained professionals who are able to develop an individualized plan to help students achieve academic good standing.
If a student is unable to achieve a 2.000 or higher cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of a final probation semester, they will be placed on scholastic suspension. While on scholastic suspension, students will be unable to register for or continue in any main campus courses on any of the campuses of the University of Colorado during any fall or spring semester. Students placed on scholastic suspension have several options available to earn reinstatement to the College of Arts & Sciences.
- Students may take summer session courses on any campus of the University of Colorado. These grades will count toward the cumulative CU GPA, making it a great option if the student is confident they will be able to contribute positively to their GPA.
- Students may enroll in courses offered through CU Continuing Education. This may include evening, or CU Independent Learning courses. These grades will be calculated into the student’s cumulative CU GPA. Failure to achieve a term GPA of 2.5 or greater in Continuing Education Courses will result in dismissal from the University of Colorado. Independent Learning is an option suited only for students who are skilled at working on their own and can budget their time well. If you do choose this option, we strongly encourage you only to take term-based (not self-paced) independent learning classes.
- Students may take courses at another academic institution. To be reinstated, your cumulative GPA at CU before your scholastic suspension, plus the grades resulting from all work done at other institutions after your scholastic suspension must calculate to a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.000. To appeal for reinstatement based on coursework taken at another academic institution, please see reinstatement and readmission. If approved, students reinstated based on coursework taken at another academic institution will be granted two semesters to raise their CU cumulative GPA to 2.000 or higher.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of the Assistant Dean when they qualify for reinstatement. No reinstatement action is taken automatically. Please contact the Office of the Assistant Dean at 303-492-7885 to inquire about reinstatement.
- If you have not discussed your academic standing with your academic advisor, we recommend that be your first step. Academic advisors are specifically trained to develop a customized plan taking into account your needs as a student to help you achieve academic good standing. Please also take a look at the below Academic Resource List to learn about other resources that you may find helpful.
- Academic Resource List
- Learn About Reinstatement