Academic Warning, Academic Probation and Dismissal

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The transition from high school to college is a challenge. In a matter of months, you are expected to go from being a carefree kid to a responsible young adult. Not every student is able to make an easy transition, and this difficulty may be reflected in his academic performance.

Are you struggling to get satisfactory grades and worried about how it will affect your GPA and student status?

Students on academic probation may be unaware of the resources available to help them raise their grades.

Before you start to panic, take a few moments to learn about exactly what that means and how it will affect you.

Academic Warning

Student transcripts are labeled with an academic warning if he maintains unsatisfactory grades for an entire semester or term. Each college has a different definition of what an unsatisfactory grade is. A GPA of 2.0 or lower is generally the cutoff for academic warning.

This is the least serious offense, and it is usually redeemable by bringing your grades up to a 2.0 after a semester with a full-course load.

Academic Probation

If by the next semester or term the student has still not pulled her grades up to the standard, she is placed on academic probation.

This is a more serious offense that usually requires a student to meet with an adviser to devise a plan of action to help raise her grades.

Academic Dismissal

Students who fail to keep their grades at a satisfactory level after being on academic probation are dismissed from the school.

This may be a temporary dismissal, as is the case with a suspension, or it may be permanent. Colleges usually put a student on academic suspension as a warning after failing classes on academic probation. The student must leave the school for at least a semester.

If the student is still unable to raise his grades after the term of the academic suspension, he is removed from the college permanently.

Academic Failure Prevention

Students usually know when they are going to be placed on academic warning, probation or dismissal. This is a scary, stressful time for students.

These students may be unaware that they have options and resources to take advantage of to help them raise their grades and GPA.

Tips and Tactics for Avoiding Academic Disciplinary Actions

Here are some helpful suggestions for students who need academic assistance in college:

  • Repeat a course. North Carolina State University allows first-year students to repeat up to two courses without penalty.
  • Consult your academic adviser. She will be able to point you in the right direction for available services that can help you.
  • Communicate with professors. They will be more forgiving of your academic standing if they understand why you are performing poorly. They may also be able to give you pointers on how to succeed in their class.
  • Use your campus mental health counseling center. Sometimes students are having trouble in other aspects of their life and this affects their grades. Talk it out with a counselor and get helpful advice.
  • Attend a development workshop in time management, stress reduction and other crucial habits.
  • Withdraw for a semester. If you are having trouble because of extenuating circumstances such as a medical or psychological condition, it may be a good idea to withdraw until you have healed.

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