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02/22/2021

Spring 2021 Academic Standing Decision-Making

Introduction

The College, and by extension the members of the Academic Performance Committee (APC), continues to be supportive and understanding of individual student circumstances in the current COVID climate. To the best of our ability we will balance that position with any concerns that the student is not making satisfactory academic progress.

Basic Information

APC will make academic standing decisions after the end of the spring semester (a.k.a. end of the second mod, not after the first mod).

Earned units have a more significant role than in the past in determining warning, probation, suspension, and dismissal because students may have selected the CR/NC grading option in previous semesters. Although the CR/NC grades do not affect a student’s semester or cumulative GPA, NC grades can still have a major impact on a student’s academic progress. Cumulative GPA, Attempted/Earned Units, and Incompletes will all be considered in decision-making in all cases described below.

Credit (CR) will be an option for the Spring 2021 term if a student earns a C or better grade in the course. (No Credit for C- and below). CR and NC will not be calculated into the GPA of the student and will not be used by APC when making decisions. Students will have the option of selecting CR/NC after the grades have been posted. APC will obtain a copy of student grades before CR/NC changes and use those grades/GPAs in our decision-making. All GPA criteria listed below are grades based.

Students who are suspended or dismissed will be able to appeal and provide information which would allow APC to consider factors in addition to grades and earned units.

Basic Decision-Making Parameters

  • Placing Students on Probation or Warning
  • Continuing Students on Probation or Warning
  • Removing Students from Probation or Warning
  • Suspending Students
  • Dismissing Students

Placing Students on Probation or Warning

If the semester GPA of the student is below a 2.0 but at or above a 1.9, and the cumulative GPA is above a 1.9, the student will be placed on warning.

If the semester GPA of the student is below a 1.90 but is above a 1.00 GPA for the semester and the cumulative GPA is at or above a 1.9, they will be placed on academic probation.

Students whose grades are below a 1.00 semester GPA and/or a cumulative GPA below 1.9 will be considered for suspension or dismissal.

Removing Students from Probation or Warning

Students who were on probation or warning during the Spring 2021 semester need to earn a 2.0 for the Spring 2021 semester AND have a cumulative GPA at or above a 2.0 to be removed from probation or warning. If a student does not meet these criteria, they may be continued on probation, continued on warning, suspended, or dismissed, depending on their cumulative GPA and earned units.

Continuing Students on Probation or Warning

If a student does not meet the criteria for being removed from probation, the student may be continued on probation, suspended or dismissed, depending on their cumulative GPA and earned units.

Students who were on warning and earned a 1.90 or above but below a 2.0 semester equivalent grade point average and/or have a cumulative grade point average of at or above a 1.90 but below a 2.0 will likely be continued on warning. If the student on warning earns below a 1.9 and/or their cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0, they may be placed on probation, suspended or dismissed.

Suspending Students

If the semester GPA is below 1.00, the student will be considered for suspension or dismissal.

Students who were on academic probation during the Spring 2021 semester and do not meet their stipulations (semester 2.0 GPA in 4 units or 2.2 in 3 units) will be considered for continuing on probation, suspension or dismissal. In arriving at a decision, the committee will also consider how many semesters the student has been on academic warning or probation and/or whether or not they have been previously suspended, their cumulative GPA, and their earned cumulative credits per number of semesters enrolled.

Students who earn all F’s and/or NC that are F equivalents will be considered for suspension or dismissal.

Dismissing Students

The committee considers how many semesters the student has been on academic probation or warning, previous suspensions, the cumulative GPA, and the earned cumulative credits per number of semesters enrolled to determine if the student is to be dismissed.

Students who earn all F’s and/or NC that are F equivalents will be considered for suspension or dismissal.

Students who meet the criteria listed below in the specified semester may be considered for dismissal.

Semester Cumulative GPA Number of earned credits
Student’s 1st semester < 1.0 <= 1 unit
Student’s 2nd semester < 1.5 <= 3 units
Student’s 3rd semester < 1.65 <= 6 units
Student’s 4th semester < 1.8 <= 9 units
Student’s 5th semester < 1.85 <= 12 units
Student’s 6th semester < 1.9 <= 15 units

Seniors, those students enrolled in more than their 6th semester, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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