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Registrar: Academic Standing

Academic Standing Policy for Undergraduate Students

The university recognizes four categories of academic standing:

Good Standing

Students are considered to be in good standing if they have maintained or exceeded the required Overall GPA for the hours attempted as noted below. 

GPA Hours   Required GPA
0-29 Attempted Hours 1.8
30-45 Attempted Hours 1.9
Over 45 Attempted Hours 2.0

Academic Intervention

Students who have attempted between 0-29 hours and do not meet GPA requirements. Strategies for Success (UNIV 1101) is required. 

Academic Warning

Students on Academic Intervention who fail to meet GPA requirements, or students who have attempted 30 or more hours who fail to meet the GPA requirement for Good Standing. 

Academic Probation

Students who fall below the required GPA for the hours attempted for the second time are placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation who do not achieve the required overall GPA, but earn a 2.0 GPA for the probationary semester, will remain on academic probation for the next semester of attendance.

Academic Suspension

Students on academic probation who neither achieve the required overall GPA nor earn at least a 2.0 GPA during the probationary semester will be placed on academic suspension from the university. Students suspended for the first time must sit out the next full 15-week semester. Students suspended for the second time must sit out the next 2 full 15-week semesters. A third academic suspension is final, with the exception that after 1 year's absence, students may be considered for readmission. Students placed on final suspension who are permitted to re-enroll and fail to achieve the required GPA will be permanently excluded from the university. Students on suspension may not enroll in Summer or mini-mester sessions. Students wishing to enroll during the suspension period must submit an appeal to the Armstrong Academic Appeals Committee. The first semester of eligible enrollment following a suspension period is the next full 15-week semester (Fall or Spring). Students who wish to return after the required absence must notify the Registrar's Office.

Academic Standing Appeals

Students with extenuating circumstances that have negatively affected their academic performance may file an appeal for readmission through the Admission's Office. The deadline for appeals is 2 days before the semester begins. Appeals received after the deadline will be considered only for a subsequent term. Appeals must include transcripts of all work and the nature of extenuating circumstances relating to the academic deficiency. Appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A student admitted/readmitted on appeal is on academic probation and must achieve a minimum of 2.0 for the probationary semester. Failure to do so will result in academic suspension.

Academic Probation and Standing for Graduate Students

Academic Dismissal Due to Low Grades

Every student admitted to Armstrong with graduate student status must maintain a record of academic success in graduate coursework. A student may earn one C grade or below without being academically dismissed. If a student earns a second C or below, the student will be dismissed regardless of overall GPA. After being academically dismissed, the student must wait one semester before reapplying for admission.

This policy takes effect Fall 2010 semester. Retaking a course and earning a grade above the C level does not change the implementation of this policy. For the purposes of the graduate studies probation and dismissal policy, the following grades are included in the definition of C or below: C, D, F, WF, and U.

Academic Standing

A student maintains good academic standing on their academic record when the student achieves a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA). If a student's GPA falls below 3.0, the academic standing shall be noted as on probation.