Undergraduate Academic Status: Required Grade-Point Average

A student's academic status is determined by the cumulative Spalding grade-point average (GPA). A candidate for a degree must gain not only the number of credits required, but also quality points equal to at least twice the number of credits earned (i.e., at least a 2.00 Spalding GPA). A student with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher is designated as being in "Good Academic Standing."

Quality points indicate the grade of work done and are computed as follows:

  • each credit hour with a grade of A gives 4 quality points
  • each credit hour with a grade of B gives 3 quality points
  • each credit hour with a grade of C gives 2 quality points
  • each credit hour with a grade of D gives 1 quality point
  • each credit hour with a grade of F gives no quality points.

Under certain circumstances, a student may repeat a course in an attempt to improve the grade. See Repeating a Course for further information.

Academic standing is defined by a student’s cumulative Spalding Grade Point Average (GPA) as it correlates to the number of attempted hours. Any student whose cumulative Spalding GPA is equal to or above the minimum requirement, as shown on the scale below, is considered to be in Good Academic Standing.

  • after 12 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is 1.70 or above
  • after 24 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is 1.80 or above
  • after 36 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is 1.90 or above
  • after 48 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is 2.00 or above

At the recommendation of the Council on Undergraduate Retention, a student whose cumulative Spalding GPA is lower than the Academic Good Standing requirement at the end of any 18-week academic term (or the equivalent in the Adult Accelerated Program) may be placed on probation. If the cumulative Spalding GPA exceeds the minimum requirement after 12 additional credit hours earned at Spalding, and all other conditions of probation have been met, the Council on Undergraduate Retention may choose to remove the student from probation. If the cumulative Spalding GPA is still below the minimum requirement after 12 additional credit hours earned at Spalding, the Council on Undergraduate Retention may choose to suspend the student for up to twelve weeks. During this time, the student will be subject to the requirements of the Students On Suspension (SOS) program. Any student successfully completing SOS will continue on probation. Any student failing to meet the conditions of suspension is subject to automatic academic dismissal.

A student on probation is required to adjust his or her course load as required by the Council. The individual courses to be carried will be determined by the student's academic advisor.

Any student whose cumulative Spalding GPA falls below the minimum requirement, as shown on the scale below, is subject to automatic academic dismissal.

  • after 21 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is below 1.25
  • after 32 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is below 1.50
  • after 48 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is below 1.65
  • after 64 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is below 1.75
  • after 80 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is below 1.90
  • after 96 attempted credit hours, if the cumulative Spalding GPA is below 2.00

The Council on Undergraduate Retention has the discretion to academically dismiss, for any reason, any student whose cumulative Spalding GPA has been lower than the minimum requirement for Good Academic Standing (even if higher than the minimum shown on the scale above) for a minimum of six months.

After at least two calendar years have passed since the date of the dismissal action by the Council on Undergraduate Retention, an academically dismissed student may apply for readmission. The application for readmission must give evidence of how the student has prepared to improve his or her grade-point average. The application must be submitted to the Admissions Committee. If the application is approved, the student will be readmitted on probation and must comply with any stipulations made by the Admissions Committee. Within a period of time specified by the Committee, and after the student has earned at least 12 credit hours, the student must attain the cumulative Spalding GPA for the appropriate class level. All appeals of academic status shall be made to the Admissions Committee at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes in which the student wishes to be readmitted.

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