All colleges and programs will use the following rules for determining probation and suspension.
Every college and campus must have a Student Scholastic Standing Committee.
- A student is placed on probation (and remains on probation) if either the term or the cumulative GPA is below 2.000. A student on probation has a hold placed on the student's record and must see their advisor in order to register. If the term GPA is above 2.000, but the cumulative remains below 2.000, or vice versa, the student remains on probation.
- Academic contract. Colleges may develop contracts specifying additional requirements that students enrolled in that college must meet to be removed from probation or to register for classes while on probation. The academic contract may include GPA expectations more rigorous than the 2.000 term and cumulative GPA minimum standard, where programmatically warranted and where clearly communicated to the student. If the student meets the conditions of the contract, and the term and cumulative GPA are at least 2.000, the student is removed from probation. Even if the contract conditions are met, the student must still meet the minimum GPA requirements of this policy. If the conditions of the contract are not met, the student will be suspended.
- Registering while on probation. Students will be given an override for the probation hold to enable them to register when they have met with an adviser and, if a contract is required, when the student’s academic adviser and college office are satisfied that the conditions of the contract have been met.
- A student is suspended if
- at the end of the probation term (semester), both the term and the cumulative GPA are below 2.000, or
- the conditions of an academic contract are not fulfilled. The suspension is effective immediately.
- Consequences of suspension. When suspended, a student is no longer enrolled in the program and cannot register for any University courses for at least one full academic year. If a student is enrolled in classes for a future term, the classes are dropped and financial aid for the term is removed. All colleges and campuses at the University must recognize the probationary holds and will not allow students, including non-degree seeking students, with these holds to register without the approval of the college placing the hold.
- Appealing suspension decisions. Students may appeal suspension decisions or petition for re-admission in writing to the college's Student Scholastic Standing Committee (SSSC) according to a defined collegiate petition process.
- Re-admission after suspension. Re-admission after a period of suspension is not automatic. To be re-admitted, a student must show evidence of changes in circumstances that demonstrate that they will succeed in an academic program.
- Returning to the college or a different college after suspension. Upon return to the college after petitioning to reenter, students will be placed on probation, and all colleges will use a probation hold and contract for the purpose of monitoring the student's performance. If the student does not successfully complete the contract, the student will be suspended again.
This policy is not applicable to the Crookston or Duluth campuses.
Reason for Policy
Units have a responsibility to identify students who are unlikely to earn degrees and terminate their enrollment. This practice preserves the resources of the unit and the student. Standardizing the eligibility criteria for academic probation and suspension allows for greater understanding and consistent application of probation and suspension across units. Students need to have clearly articulated processes for being placed on and removed from probation or suspension. This policy implements criteria and requirements for accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.