May 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Probation And Suspension


Understanding two concepts are vital in considering the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress: academic probation and suspension.

The two concepts are:

  1. Overall GPA, which is the GPA of a student’s total course hours, and
  2. Semester GPA, which is the GPA of a student’s courses taken during a given semester.

SEARK students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 or above to be considered “in good academic standing.” When a student falls below good academic standing, the following occurs:

  • A student who has attempted 24 hours or more with an overall GPA below 2.00 is placed on academic probation for the following semester(s) to improve their overall GPA to the required 2.00.
  • Students on probation must earn a minimum semester-GPA of 2.00 each semester until their overall GPA also reaches 2.00.
  • A student on probation who fails to earn a minimum semester-GPA of 2.00 during any semester will be suspended for one semester.

Students may appeal suspensions to the Vice President for Student Affairs Office.

  • A student who has been suspended may be readmitted to the College, after the suspension period, on probationary status. Readmitted, previously suspended students must earn a minimum 2.00 semester-GPA and maintain a minimum semester-GPA of 2.00 until their overall GPA reaches 2.00 or higher.
  • A student who receives a second academic suspension is suspended for one full academic year (fall and spring).
  • A student who has been suspended may attend summer sessions however, they must earn a 2.00 GPA or higher for that session. Failure to earn a 2.00 GPA for the session will cause them to receive a second academic suspension. If the student earns a minimum 2.00 GPA for the summer session, they can re-enter SEARK in the fall semester on academic probation (even if their overall GPA is still below a 2.00).
  • A student who receives two consecutive academic suspensions for failing to earn a semester-GPA of 2.00 is not eligible to appeal his/her suspension.

A fourth academic suspension results in “expulsion” from the college and the student may not return.