ACADEMIC RETENTION STANDARDS, PROBATION, SUSPENSION AND FORGIVENESS POLICIES

RETENTION STANDARDS: To remain in good academic standing in the University, students must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. Some colleges and/or departments require above a 2.0 combined UW-W and transfer grade point average in order to remain in good academic standing in their programs.

In addition, if students are enrolled in six or more credits at the end of the tenth day of classes, they must complete (with a passing grade - D or better) 50% of the credits on record. Failing to make this progress, they will be placed on progression warning and/or suspended.

Students will be ineligible to continue at this University if their semester grade point average falls below 1.0 for any semester.


PROBATION AND PROGRESSION WARNING: Students will be placed on academic probation if their academic record does not meet the minimum retention standards set by UW-Whitewater. Notice of probationary status indicates that academic grade improvement is necessary to attain the minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 required. Failure to complete 50% of the credits on record during a semester will result in receiving a progression warning. Students will be suspended if they do not meet the standards of progress in any subsequent semester. Withdrawal from the University will not cause a progression warning in the term of withdrawal.

If placed on probation, students will be limited to 15 credits a semester, they will not be allowed more than two consecutive semesters to remove themselves from probation, and they must earn at least a 2.00 semester GPA in the next semester of attendance or be academically dismissed. Students will be removed from probation at the end of any semester in which an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better is attained.


SUSPENSION: If students have been on academic probation for two consecutive semesters without meeting the required 2.0 cumulative grade point average or suspended under the progression policy, they may not continue in attendance. Students will be ineligible to continue at this University if their semester grade point average falls below 1.0 in any semester, or if they do not earn a 2.00 semester GPA in the semester after they have been placed on probation, or if they do not earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA after being reinstated.

If academically ineligible to continue at this University, students may submit a written appeal for readmission to the Academic Standards Committee.

If suspended, readmitted, and again fail to earn the required 2.0 cumulative grade point average, students will be eligible for reinstatement only after a successful appeal to the Academic Standards Committee. However, they may attend Summer School to improve their GPA and to enhance their chances of being reinstated.

Information regarding how to file a written appeal is available in the Academic Standards Office, McCutchan Hall.


UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC FORGIVENESS POLICY: With an absence from formalized higher education for a minimum of five consecutive years prior to readmission to UW-W, students may make a written appeal to invoke the Academic Forgiveness Policy.

This appeal to the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee must give reasons for the previous poor UW-W performance, information about current educational plans and justification for the appeal. The Committee will assess the student's record and appeal to determine the approach most educationally appropriate. The Committee will determine whether academic forgiveness is a better approach than use of the repeat policy. Factors such as time elapsed, changes in courses, course availability, course requirements, and educational objectives can be used to determine Committee action.

The Committee may require the student to complete certain specific conditions such as completion of a specified number of credits or term(s) of enrollment in work academically acceptable to the Committee before authorizing the implementation of the policy.

The most current Bulletin will be used to evaluate the prior course work and its applicability to the degree requirements. All other University regulations will apply.

When notified in writing by the Committee, the Registrar will mark the permanent academic record with an "Academic Forgiveness" notation and begin the computation of a new grade point average for all subsequent course work. None of the previous UW-W record will be used in the new calculation.



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UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Bulletin - 1997-1999
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Last Update - LW 8/31/97