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Academic Probation Policy

Policies in Effect for Students Admitted Prior to Fall 2002

If a graduate student has less than a 2.85 cumulative grade-point average on 12 or more semester hours of graded course work taken in residence for graduate credit, the student will be placed on academic probation. The student will subsequently be dismissed from the Graduate School if the cumulative GPA is not raised to 2.85 or above on the next nine hours of graded graduate course work.

Graduate assistants must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.85 on all course work taken for graduate credit. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 2.85 on 12 or more hours of graduate work, notification will be sent to the student and his/her department. If the CGPA is below 2.85 at the end of the next semester, the department will not be allowed to appoint the student to an assistantship until such time as his/her CGPA has been raised to the required level.

Policies in Effect for Students Admitted Fall 2002 and After (approved by the Graduate Council on 10/25/01)

Whenever a regularly admitted graduate student earns a cumulative grade-point average below 2.85 on graded course work taken in residence for graduate credit, he/she will be warned of the possibility of academic dismissal. When a graduate student has accumulated a minimum of 15 hours of graded course work taken in residence for graduate credit with a cumulative grade-point average below 2.85, and has received at least one warning, he/she will be academically dismissed from the Graduate School. This policy is effective with students entering the Graduate School in Fall 2002 or after. For the policy in effect before that time, contact the Graduate School. If a student is originally admitted prior to Fall 2002, but does not maintain registration and applies for readmission after Fall 2002, the current policy will apply. The student's degree program may request that the academic warning period be extended if the program can offer extenuating circumstances as a rationale and is willing to provide a plan of remediation for the student's success.

Graduate teaching and research assistants and students on Lever, Doctoral, Chancellor, Walton or other fellowships must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.85 on all course work taken for graduate credit. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.85 on 6 or more hours of graduate work (one full-time semester), notification will be sent to the student and his/her department. If the CGPA is below 2.85 at the end of the next major semester (fall or spring), the department will not be allowed to appoint the student to an assistantship/fellowship until such time as his/her CGPA has been raised to the required level. Note: Individual degree programs may have more stringent requirements.

The Graduate School calculates the cumulative grade-point average on all courses taken for graduate credit at the University of Arkansas. Individual degree programs have the option to calculate the cumulative grade-point average only for those graduate courses taken in residence for the current degree. Consequently, individual degree programs may academically dismiss students whose cumulative grade point average on all graduate course work is above 2.85, but whose work for the current degree is below 2.85. If a program adopts this alternative policy, it must be so stated in the departmental graduate student handbook and in the Graduate Catalog and must apply to all graduate students in that program. When the program anticipates dismissing a student whose cumulative grade-point average is above 2.85, the program must notify the student, using the same process as specified in the general probation policy and must also notify the Graduate School. This policy is effective Fall 2003.

Related Policies

Eligibility for Financial Aid offered by the Office of Financial Aid (approved by the Graduate Council, 10/25/01 and 2/21/02): Graduate students are eligible for continuing financial aid if: a) they complete, with grades of C or better, 67% of graduate courses attempted at the University; and b) they have not yet completed more than 150% of the graduate credits required for their degree. Students wishing to continue receiving financial aid who do not meet these requirements will petition the Student Aid Committee.

Course Grades: For students admitted Fall 2001 or after, courses for which students have received a grade of "D" or "F" will not be accepted as meeting degree requirements.

Conditional Admission: Students who have been conditionally admitted must maintain a minimum 2.85 grade point average on the first 12 hours of graded graduate course work taken in residence.

Grade Forgiveness and Repeated Courses: There is no grade forgiveness policy at the graduate level. If a student repeats a course, both the original and repeated course grade will be computed in the cumulative grade point average.

Additional Courses Above Requirements: Students in master's programs may take only 6 hours in addition to degree requirements in an effort to raise the grade point average necessary to graduate.

GPA Requirement to Receive a Doctoral Degree. Students must obtain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on all graded graduate course work taken in residence to receive a doctoral degree from the University of Arkansas.

Program Requirements: Individual degree programs may impose more stringent requirements than the Graduate School.