Satisfactory Academic Progress

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) indicates the successful completion of coursework. Students must fulfill both the GPA requirements of their credit level and percent completion as indicated below in order to be considered making satisfactory academic progress and avoid being placed on academic status (i.e., academic warning, suspension, or probation).

  • All students must complete 66.667 percent of the sum of all MSUM credits attempted plus all transfer credits accepted.
  • At 1 - 29 total attempted credits, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 1.8 or higher.
  • At 30 - 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are able to determine their own academic status, by monitoring their e-services dashboard, viewing the “Holds” section of the online web registration program and/or by comparing their own progress to the standards listed above.

Students not making satisfactory progress will be placed on an academic status of warning, probation or suspension depending on their individual academic situation.

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

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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 academically suspended.

Students who are academically suspended have the right to appeal to return to MSUM. If a student's suspension appeal is granted, they will be placed on contract probation and will be given minimum semester standards that must be met and provided with ongoing professional support for achieving those standards.

Students returning from a one semester or one year suspension who are readmitted after completing their academic suspension will be placed on academic probation. They will be given minimum semester standards that must be met.

Students who do not meet the GPA and/or percent completion criteria required of their warning or probation status will be suspended. Students who are academically suspended have the right to appeal to return to MSUM.

Students who are suspended for the first time may not return to MSUM for one semester (not including summer term). Subsequent suspensions are for one calendar year.

Students who are placed on academic warning, probation and suspension are notified via official MSUM email from the Coordinator of Academic Intervention. Students are responsible for keeping their local and permanent addresses updated in their computerized records and monitoring their official university e-mail for messages.

If a student feels there are circumstances that warrant reconsideration by the Financial Aid and Academic Suspension Appeals Committee, they have the option to complete the appeal process. Students must complete the online appeal form. In order for an appeal to be considered it must be submitted by the appropriate deadline.

Financial Aid and Academic Suspension Appeal Form

The information here refers to Academic Suspension Appeals and readmission from suspension. There are separate deadlines and procedures for Financial Aid appeals and also academic appeals regarding academic policies.

To return after the completion of your suspension, the admissions form must be completed and approved. The readmission form is available on the Returning Student Admissions page. The readmission form must be submitted at least 45 days before the beginning the semester you would like to attend.

 

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Coordinator of Academic Intervention | Adjunct Faculty
Academic Support Center
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