So I just received an e-mail that I am on Strict Probation…what does that mean?
- You were on probation last semester and your cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0.
- You have this semester to get your cumulative GPA back above a 2.0 or you will earn suspension.
- You should check and make sure your financial aid has not been affected.
- Think about what was going on last semester...
- Were any of the changes you made effective?
- Did you make any changes in your lifestyle/studying habits?
- Did you utilize resources on campus?
- You will now be expected to meet with an advisor in Academic Advising at least once during the semester before you are able to register for classes for the next semester.
- You will now be required to complete the Academic Contract (online or in person) before you are eligible to register for classes next semester.
- Take a look at your class schedule for this semester; do you need to make changes? Contact Academic Advising for assistance.
Below are some common questions regarding strict probation:
What will happen if I cannot raise my cumulative GPA above a 2.0 after this semester on strict probation?
You will earn academic suspension. See information on Suspension. (Note: Suspension will occur anytime your cumulative GPA falls below 1.0.)
Should I make any changes to my schedule this semester?
Maybe – this depends on what your schedule looks like for the semester. Some questions to ask yourself:
- How many credits do I have? Would I do better this semester if I enrolled in 12 credits instead of 15 credits?
- Do I have any F’s or D's on my transcript? Have I considered repeating those courses to help improve my GPA?
- Are the courses I am registered for ones I am interested in/have skills in? Feel free to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss these concerns and make any necessary schedule changes.
Will strict probation affect my class registration for next semester?
Yes. A hold will be placed on your account so you are expected to meet with your advisor in order to register for classes for the next semester. Class Schedule:
- Recommended you only register for 12-13 credits (or 6 for summer – not in the same session); and select classes that will give you the greatest potential for success.
- Repeat coursework. If you have received an F or a D in a class (especially if it is a required course like Hum Biol 102) add at least 1 repeat course into your schedule. Repeat coursework can help boost your cumulative GPA faster. Contact Academic Advising with any questions.
When I have to meet with my advisor, what do I talk about?
- Talk with your advisor about how you are doing in your current classes. Are there areas you are struggling? Perhaps we can suggest resources for you.
- Bring in your course grades and we can calculate where your cumulative GPA would be based on those estimations.
- What you have been doing differently since last semester to be successful.
- Classes you are planning to take next semester.
- Majors/careers are you considering.
Will being on strict probation affect anything else?
Financial Aid: It could affect your financial aid so you want to be sure to contact the Financial Aid Office if you are unsure. Their phone number is 465-2075 and their e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major/Minor: Your GPA can also affect what 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?
What if I am not able to return to good standing after my semester on Strict Probation?
You would earn academic suspension. See information on Suspension.
What can I do? Who can help me to return to good standing?
There are various resources on campus to help you succeed. Your assigned advisor can work with you on referrals.