Academic Standing


Students at Garrett College are expected to take responsibility for their own academic success and degree achievement. This includes making satisfactory progress each semester towards completion of their academic program.  Students who are satisfactorily completing their academic program requirements are considered to be in good academic standing.  Students must maintain good academic standing in order to be eligible for graduation, and in many cases, to be able to transfer to another institution.  Academic standing may also affect athletic and financial aid eligibility*.

Academic standing is calculated at the end of the fall and spring semesters, and is determined by the number of credit hours attempted and the student’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA).   Note that developmental courses, which are not considered college level courses and do not count towards hours earned, are used in the grade point calculations and subsequently the assessment of academic standing.

*As required by Federal regulations, students receiving financial aid are subject to additional standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.  A student who does not achieve the standards for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress could lose his/her funding. Refer to the Financial Aid section of the College website for more information.

GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING

Good academic standing means that a student is making satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her degree.  When a student fails to meet the requirements for good academic standing, (s)he is placed on probation or is dismissed.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

A student is placed on probation if (s)he meets the following standards:
0-15.99 credit hrs attempted and CGPA less than 1.50
16-28.99 credit hrs attempted and CGPA less than 1.75
29+ credit hrs attempted and CGPA less than 2.00

CONTINUED PROBATION

A student on academic probation who earns a semester grade point average of 2.0 or higher but still has a cumulative grade point average below that required for good academic standing will continue on academic probation.

ACADEMIC DISMISSAL LEVEL I

A student who is on probation and does not meet the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) standard to be removed from probation in the following semester will be academically dismissed from Garrett College.  A student who is academically dismissed at the end of Fall semester may not enroll in the upcoming Intersession or Spring semesters.  A student who is academically dismissed at the end of Spring semester may not enroll in the upcoming Summer or Fall semesters.  Students have the right to appeal their dismissal.

If a dismissed student has pre-registered for the Intersession or Summer semesters, (s)he will be administratively withdrawn from those semesters(s). A dismissed student who is pre-registered for the upcoming Fall (or Spring) semester may remain enrolled in that semester pending his/her scheduling of an appeal; if the student does not schedule an appeal by the hearing deadline, (s)he will be administratively withdrawn from the upcoming Fall or Spring semester.

ACADEMIC DISMISSAL LEVEL II

A student who has been reinstated after dismissal and who does not obtain a CGPA to be in good academic standing (not on probation) in the semester in which (s)he is reinstated will be dismissed from the College for a minimum of two semesters (excluding Intersession and Summer semesters). Students have the right to appeal their dismissal.

If a dismissed student has pre-registered for the Intersession or Summer semesters, (s)he will be administratively withdrawn from those semesters(s). A dismissed student who is pre-registered for the upcoming Fall (or Spring) semester may remain enrolled in that semester pending his/her scheduling of an appeal; if the student does not schedule an appeal by the hearing deadline, (s)he will be administratively withdrawn from the upcoming Fall or Spring semester.

MULTIPLE DISMISSALS

A student who is academically dismissed more than two times from Garrett College may be subject to dismissal for up to five years at which time the student may request reinstatement under the conditions of grade forgiveness.

APPEAL OF ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

A student who is academically dismissed and feels that particular circumstances warrant reconsideration of his/her status is encouraged to request an appeal hearing with the Academic Review Board (ARB).  The ARB is convened in January and in June and a student must schedule in advance for a hearing.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a hearing.  Directions for scheduling an appeal are included in the dismissal notification letter sent to the student.  Notification of dismissal is sent to the mailing address on file in the Office of Records and Registration.  Failure to provide a current, accurate mailing address is not an adequate defense for not filing an appeal. 

A student whose appeal is granted returns to the College in a probationary status and must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress by minimally achieving a semester grade point average of 2.0 in the re-instatement semester or be subject to the Academic Dismissal Level II conditions.

The decision of the Academic Review Board is final and no further appeal is possible.

The conditions for reinstatement established by the Academic Review Board apply to the specified reinstatement semester. A student who does not return in that semester will have the reinstatement conditions reviewed by the Dean of Instruction to ensure the conditions of reinstatement remain in the student’s best interest academically.

A student who does not schedule an appeal with the ARB must sit out a minimum of one major (Fall or Spring) semester; two major semesters for a Level II dismissal.  After which, the student may request reinstatement by contacting the Office of Academic Affairs to request an appointment for the next Academic Review Board.  It is strongly recommended that requests for reinstatement be made no less than one month prior to the start of the returning semester.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a hearing; students will not be reinstated without an ARB hearing and ad-hoc hearings will not be granted.