Undergraduate Academic Standards

Academic Ethics

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Cheating, plagiarism, illegitimate possession and disposition of examinations, alteration, forgery or falsification of official records, and similar acts or the attempt to engage in such acts are grounds for suspension or expulsion from the university. Reported acts of academic dishonesty must be referred to the Honor Council.

Students are advised that plagiarism consists of any act involving the offering of someone else’s work as the student’s own. It is recommended that students consult with instructors as to the proper preparation of reports, papers, etc., in order to avoid this and similar offenses. Official college procedures concerning academic ethics are maintained in the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Standards of Performance

Students are held to basic standards of performance with respect to attendance, active participation in course work, promptness of assignments, correct English usage both in writing and speech, accuracy in calculations, and general quality of scholastic workmanship. 

In general, examinations are required in all courses and for all students, including seniors.

Good Academic Standing

To be in good standing, students must have an overall grade point average of C (2.000) or better for all course work taken, and a 2.000 or better for all business courses taken. Students must earn a passing grade for all required courses. Grades earned at another institution are not used in calculating the grade point average at the University of Colorado. This requirement applies to work taken at all university campuses. Physical education activity courses are not included in the overall grade point average.

Any student earning all, or nearly all, failing grades or no academic credit for a semester will not be permitted to register without the dean’s approval.

Official double-degree students must maintain required academic standards for the Leeds School as well as their other college.

When semester grades become available, students below the acceptable standard will be placed on probation or suspension. Students are responsible for being aware of their academic status at all times, and late grades and/or late notification do not waive this responsibility. College rules governing probation and suspension are as follows:

Probation. Students whose cumulative grade point average or cumulative business grade point average falls below 2.000 will immediately be placed on probation for one semester. Those students who enroll in any term in the calendar year, excluding summers, after being placed on probation, are expected to raise their cumulative and business grade point average to at least a 2.000. 

Scholastic Suspension. Students who still have a cumulative overall and/or business GPA below 2.000 after one semester of probation, will be suspended and will not be able to register for University of Colorado daytime courses on any campus for one academic year, not including summer. Suspended students may choose one of the following four options:

  • They may attend summer session at any campus of the University of Colorado and take classes in order to improve their grade point average in the area of deficiency. 
  • They may take Continuing Education Independent Learning courses, and/or Boulder Evening credit classes. 
  • They may choose to attend another educational institution and apply for readmission only when they have overcome their grade deficiencies by means of averaging the grades from CU with the grades from the other institution. These transfer grades are used only for the purpose of readmission and do not remain in the University of Colorado grade point average. If they choose this option, upon readmission, students will have two semesters to raise their CU cumulative or business GPA to the required 2.000, provided they make academic progress. If their GPA falls after the first semester, they will again be suspended for another academic year. 

In order to attend another university, students must have their proposed course work approved by the Office of Undergraduate Studies of the Leeds School of Business. 

  • Students who have been under suspension for one calendar year and elected none of the above may still apply for readmission. They will have two semesters to raise their cumulative or business grade point average to at least a 2.000, provided they make academic progress and earn no grade less than C. If their GPA falls after the first semester, they will again be suspended for another academic year or until the grade deficiency has been made up. 

Students who make up their grade deficiencies prior to the expiration of the one-year suspension by pursuing any of the above options, and desire to be readmitted, may reapply by following the process outlined below. 

Suspended Leeds School students who transfer into another school or college of the university will not be eligible to register for business courses and will be subject to administrative drops.

Readmission. To be readmitted, students must request readmission by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Student Services at UCB 419, Boulder, CO 80303, 303-492-6515. They must then provide undergraduate student services with a written request to return.