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I just received an e-mail that I am on Academic Probation...what does that mean?
  1. Your cumulative GPA is currently below a 2.0.
  2. You need to work hard next semester to get that GPA back up above the 2.0 to be in Good Standing (you have two semesters to get your GPA back up to avoid suspension).
  3. You should check to make sure your financial aid has not been affected.
  4. You need to think about what was going on last semester, were you:
    • Working too much?
    • Not studying enough or not studying well?
    • Struggling with class material?
  5. Take a look at your class schedule; do you need to make changes? Contact Academic Advising for assistance.

Below are some common questions regarding being on probation:

Does probation mean I’m kicked out of school and can’t come back next semester?

No, it is a WARNING that your grades need to improve. You have 2 semesters to get your cumulative GPA back up before earning suspension.

How will academic probation affect my registration/classes?
  • During the registration period, you are strongly recommended to register for a maximum of 12-13 credits in fall or spring and 6 credits in the summer term.
  • While on probation you want to consider selecting specific courses that will yield the greatest potential for success.
  • Repeat coursework: If you earned a D or F, you could repeat it to help to boost your cumulative GPA. (Repeat policy – all your original grades remain on the transcript, but when you repeat, the most recent grade (not the highest) is used to calculate the cumulative GPA).
What will happen if I am unable to raise my cumulative GPA above a 2.00 when I am on probation?

If you earn a cumulative GPA between 1.0 and 1.99 for two consecutive semesters, you will earn strict probation. (Note: Suspension will occur anytime your cumulative GPA falls below 1.0.)

Will being on probation affect anything else?

Probation could affect your financial aid so you want to be sure to contact the Financial Aid office. Their phone number is 920-465-2075 and e-mail is

Major/Minor: Your GPA can also affect the major you have selected. Some of our majors, such as Education, Social Work, Communication, Human Biology, Accounting and Business have GPA requirements. Your GPA may take a while to recover depending on where you are at or may make you ineligible for one of the programs above; you may need to start thinking of a Plan B. You also want to consider what classes you received poor grades. Were these classes going towards a particular major?

Will my parents know I am on probation?

Only if you decide to share that information with them or if you have filled out a FERPA release form allowing them access to your grades. The University is unable to release information about your student record without your permission.

What can I do? Who can help me to return to good standing?

There are various resources to help you succeed. Your assigned advisor can work with you on referrals.