Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal
Probation and suspension decisions are made at the end of the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester. May term and summer term grades do not change academic standing or probation status until after the following fall semester; winter term grades do not change academic standing or probation status until after the following spring semester.
Academic Probation *
When a student's cumulative GPA falls below 2.000 but does not lead to suspension, the student is placed on academic probation. In addition, a student who is referred to the Academic Standards Committee for possible suspension but who is not suspended will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Finally, a student who is readmitted to UMF following an academic suspension will be placed on probation for his or her first semester of attendance. Students on probation must earn a semester GPA of 2.000 or above and may not take Incomplete grades. They may also be required by the Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Sciences to meet additional conditions for continued enrollment. To be removed from probation, a student must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or above.
Academic Suspension **
When a student’s academic performance does not meet certain minimum conditions for continued enrollment, he or she will be reviewed for suspension by the Academic Standards Committee. The Academic Standards Committee will make a recommendation to the Associate Provost about whether to suspend a student in the following circumstances:
The student earns a semester GPA below 1.000 in any given semester (regardless of probation status).
The student receives one or more Incomplete grades while on academic probation.
The student earns a semester GPA below 2.000 while on academic probation.
The student fails to satisfy conditions imposed by the Associate Provost for continued enrollment.
Students being considered for suspension will receive notification by mail and e-mail. Students who do not request a hearing with the Academic Standards Committee will be suspended automatically. A student who wishes to discuss his or her academic situation with the Academic Standards Committee prior to its recommendation must schedule an appointment for a hearing and submit a formal statement detailing the factors leading to his or her academic difficulties and outlining a specific plan of action to address problem areas. The Academic Standards Committee will make suspension recommendations to the Associate Provost on a case-by-case-basis and may also recommend that students not suspended be required to meet conditions for continued enrollment. In cases where the Academic Standards Committee recommends suspension or conditions for continued enrollment, students may appeal to the Associate Provost.
Readmission and Dismissal
Students who have been suspended ordinarily may not enroll in any UMF courses until they have been readmitted. Normally a student who is suspended may not apply for readmission to UMF for a period of one semester. A student who is suspended for a second time may not apply for readmission for two years. A student who is suspended for a third time may not apply for readmission for five years. Students who are suspended for a fourth time are permanently dismissed from the university and may not apply for readmission.
Note: The current probation and suspension rules have been suspended since Spring 2020 because of hybrid grading due to Covid. The Faculty Senate has approved the following interim policy for the 2021-2022 academic year:
* Probation - Students who complete the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester with a semester GPA of greater than zero but less than a 2.000 will be placed on academic probation. To be restored to good academic standing, a student must achieve a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.00 or higher. If a student does not meet that criteria in the subsequent semester, they will be continued on probation.
** Suspension - Students who complete the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester with a semester GPA of 0.00 will be suspended. Students are given an opportunity to appeal only if they have an extenuating circumstance that prevented them from passing or withdrawing from their courses. Students who are not reinstated will be administratively withdrawn from all courses in which they are registered. Students may appeal the decision to the Provost or designee of the Provost.