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Academic Policies

Undergraduate Academic Standing
and Probation Policy


Policy revision date: 07.27.06
Policy effective date: 09.25.06

Academic Standing

There are three (3) distinct classifications of academic standing reflected on the academic record or transcript:

  1. Good Standing
  2. On Academic Probation
  3. Dismissed

Student academic standing is determined on a term basis at the close of each term, to be effective the first day of the subsequent term of study. 

The conditions associated with each of these classifications are described below and are intended be used to guide the student in his/her academic planning.  In particular, a student placed on academic probation must meet with his/her academic advisor to develop an academic strategy for success that will also allow him/her to be removed from academic probation.

Good Standing

Good standing status is assigned to the term record of any undergraduate student with a term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) above the standard of 2.00 at the close of the term.

Academic Probation

An undergraduate student will be placed on academic probation when either the term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.00.

Students on probation must meet with their academic advisor to develop a written academic plan and establish GPA goals using the Veigel GPA calculator [1].

While on probation, a student must adhere to the conditions of the program of study in which he/she is enrolled [2].  For example, a student enrolled in a full-time program of study must complete a minimum of twelve (12) credits but not exceed fifteen (15) credits during probationary term(s) of study.  A student in a part-time program of study can enroll in no more than eleven (11) credits in the probationary term(s). 

Removal from probationary status requires that the student achieve both a term and cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in a subsequent term. 

A student can remain on probation for three consecutive terms before being dismissed.

[1] The Veigel GPA calculator enables an advisor to quickly determine the grades required to achieve a 2.00 cumulative GPA – based on the number of credits completed and classification.

[2] The Undergraduate Academic Standing and Probation policy is but one of many policies that support each other.  Policies regarding Change of Program are supported by the probation program. University program standards – with the exception of the Exploratory Studies program – prohibit program or major changes during the probationary period.

Dismissal

Term Grade Point Average

An undergraduate student will be dismissed from the University when his/her term GPA falls below the 2.00 standard for three (3) consecutive terms.

Students who earn a term GPA below 1.00, not including their first term at Drexel, may be automatically dismissed from the University.  That is, they are subject to dismissal without the benefit of a probationary period.  Such students have the opportunity to appeal the dismissal decision, as described below.

First term students that obtain a term GPA below 1.00 will be placed on probation and held to the standards established by the conditions of academic probation.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

An undergraduate student will be dismissed from the University when his/her cumulative GPA remains below the 2.00 standard for the probationary period of three consecutive terms unless an extended period is approved by his/her College/School Dean/Director.

Students who earn a cumulative GPA below 1.00, not including their first term at Drexel, may be automatically dismissed from the University.  That is, these students are subject to dismissal, without benefit of a probationary period.  Such students have the opportunity to appeal the dismissal decision, as described below.

First term students that obtain a GPA of or below 1.00 will be placed on probation and held to the standards established by the conditions of academic probation.

Subject to Dismissal

At the end of the probationary period (three consecutive terms), a student is subject to dismissal.  The decision to dismiss a student who is subject to dismissal rests with the College or School and entails a thorough review of the student’s academic record, progress and plan. Students whose academic standing is classified as subject to dismissal must meet with their academic advisor to discuss their academic standing, progress and plans.

Right to Appeal a Dismissal Decision

A student has the right to appeal a dismissal decision.  He/she may do so by submitting a petition to the Office of the Dean/Director of the respective academic College or School [3].  The form must be completed and filed by the student within seven (7) days of having been notified in writing that he or she is being dismissed from the University and in no case later than the first day of classes in the term in which the dismissal is to take effect.

Upon submitting the petition to appeal the dismissal decision, the student will be scheduled to meet with the Academic Standing Committee of his/her college or school in order to discuss his or her academic progress and plan. A final decision regarding the outcome of the student’s appeal will be communicated at this meeting. 

If a student seeks to be reinstated for the term into which the dismissal is to take effect, he/she must meet with the Academic Standing Committee before the Wednesday of the second week of the term. After that date, appeals will be considered for the subsequent term.

[3] A form for completing the petition is available from the Office of the Dean of the student’s respective College/School.

Terms of Reinstatement after Dismissal

Reinstatement to the University through the Academic Standing Committee of the College or School is subject to the following conditions: 

For full-time students:

  • The student is expected to meet the Academic Standard of the University by the time he/she is to graduate, that is, a cumulative GPA of 2.00.
  • The student must enroll in and complete no fewer than twelve (12) and no more than fifteen (15) credits unless otherwise approved by the Academic Standing Committee.
  • During the period of reinstatement, a student cannot change his/her program of study or status.  Inter-college transfer requires that a student is in good standing that is, above a GPA of 2.00 for such transfer to be considered unless the transfer is approved by the Deans/Directors of both units.
  • A student must obtain a minimum term GPA of at least a 2.00 during the readmitted term and may not earn grades of F or INC in any given course during this term.  If the student does not meet the GPA standard as  established under the conditions  of reinstatement (nominally 2.00), he/she will be dismissed from the University.

For part-time students:

  • The student is expected to meet the Academic Standard of the University by the time he/she is to graduate, that is, a cumulative GPA of 2.00.
  • The student can enroll in and complete no more than eleven (11) credits during the readmitted term.
  • The student must obtain a minimum term GPA of at least a 2.00 during the readmitted term and may not earn grades of F or INC in any given course during this term.  If the student does not meet the 2.00 GPA standard as established under the conditions of reinstatement, he/she will be dismissed from the University.

Failure to meet the above conditions will result in dismissal from the University.  Such dismissal is considered final unless overturned by the Dean/Director of the College/School.  A final dismissal decision may not be appealed. 

A College/School may implement additional conditions for reinstatement at the discretion of the Dean/Director; but such conditions shall be in writing and provided to the student at the time the Academic Standing Committee issues its judgment.

Final Dismissal

Students (a) who do not appeal the initial dismissal decision, (b) who receive a negative decision from the Academic Standing Committee, or (c) who fail to meet the conditions of reinstatement, are severed from the University.  Such students may apply to Drexel for reinstatement, but must complete twenty-four (24) transferable credits at another institution with a minimum GPA of 2.50 to be considered for reinstatement.  reinstatement to specific Colleges/Schools at Drexel will be subject to approval by the respective Dean/Director, and such rules or conditions as the College/School may maintain for such cases.


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