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  • Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

Academic Support Center

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  • Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

    This policy reflects a major change implemented by the MnSCU Board of Trustees Fall 2011 and applies to all students, new and returning. Please read the policy carefully.

    All students at MSUM are required to make and maintain satisfactory academic progress. This means there are cumulative GPA thresholds and a percent of credit completion that students must achieve. Students are responsible for determining their own academic status, both by monitoring the “Holds” section of the online web registration program, and by comparing their own progress to the standards listed below.  

    GPA

    Only MSUM courses (numbered 100 and above) are computed in the GPA. Accepted transfer credits count toward the total number of attempted credits, but transfer grades do not count in the student’s GPA. 

    • At 1 to 26 total attempted credits, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 1.6 or higher.
    • At 27 to 59 total attempted credits, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 1.9 or higher.
    • At 60 or more attempted credits, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

    A+ 4.00 Grade points per credit
    A 4.00 Grade points per credit
    A- 3.67 Grade points per credit
    B+ 3.33 Grade points per credit
    B 3.00 Grade points per credit
    B- 2.67 Grade points per credit
    C+ 2.33 Grade points per credit
    C 2.00 Grade points per credit
    C- 1.67 Grade points per credit
    D+ 1.33 Grade points per credit
    D 1.00 Grade point per credit
    D- 0.67 Grade points per credit
    F 0.00 Grade points per credit
    FN 0.00 Grade points per credit

    Percent Completion

    • All students must complete 66.66 percent of the MSUM credits they attempt plus all transfer credits accepted.
    • MSUM credits attempted include all MSUM courses on a student’s official record, including withdrawals, repeated courses, and grades of Incomplete.
    • Courses taken for Audit are not counted as credits attempted or earned for Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    • MSUM withdrawals, grades of F, FN, NC, Z, and Incompletes count against percent completion because they result in zero credits earned for that course.
    • Transfer credits accepted are included in the percent completion calculation.
    • Percent completion is calculated by dividing the number of earned credits by sum of MSUM attempted credits plus transfer credits accepted. 

    Academic Warning/Probation/Suspension Holds

    Academic warning, probation, and suspension holds are placed after the grading period at the end of each semester. Students whose cumulative GPA and completion rate meet the minimum standards are considered in good standing.

    Students who are in good standing at the beginning of the term, but fall below the minimum cumulative GPA or cumulative completion rate at the end of the term will be placed on academic warning.

    Students on academic warning at the beginning of a term who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA and/or cumulative completion rate at the end of the term will be suspended.

    Students who are suspended may appeal to return to MSUM. If a student is allowed to return, the student will be placed on academic probation and will be given minimum semester standards agreed upon in their suspension appeal.

    Students on academic probation at the beginning of the term who do not meet the minimum cumulative standards will be allowed to enroll for the next semester if they have met the minimum semester standards agreed upon in their suspension appeal.

    Students who are suspended for the first time may not return to MSUM for one semester (not including summer term). Second suspensions last one calendar year. Third and subsequent suspensions last for two calendar years. Students who are suspended may appeal their status to the Suspension Appeals Committee. Forms, information, and deadlines for the suspension appeal process are available in the Academic Support Center, Flora Frick 154, and on the Academic Support Center Web site (web.mnstate.edu/aro), Appeals for Academic and Financial Aid Suspension, Appeals Form.

    Students are responsible for checking on their academic and hold status each semester. Students who are placed on academic probation and suspension are notified via official MSUM email from the Academic Support Center. Students are responsible for keeping their local and permanent addresses updated in their computerized records and monitoring their official university e-mail for messages.