Academic Probation and Dismissal

Basic information

Each student admitted to Calvin is assumed to have the preparation, the desire, and the ability to make satisfactory progress toward a degree; however, some students do not make the progress expected of them. Such students are notified that they are placed on academic probation, offered special assistance and academic counseling, and given an opportunity to improve their records.
The records of all undergraduate students are reviewed after each semester, and academic status is determined according to the following schedule:

Total of cumulative semester hours attempted

Minimum cumulative grade point average needed for continuation

Minimum cumulative grade point average needed for good standing

Minimum percent of attempted hours, which must be credited for good standing

16 or fewer

1.0

1.5

66%

17-31

1.30

1.65

66%

32-49

1.45

1.75

68%

50-67

1.60

1.85

70%

68-85

1.75

1.95

72%

86-104

1.90

2.00

74%

105-123

2.00

2.00

77%

124 or more

2.00

2.00

80%

The number of semester hours attempted is the number of hours for which a student is registered at the beginning of the second week of classes. Credited hours are those for which the student has earned credit that applies toward a degree.

Courses that are repeated are counted in the number of courses attempted, but not in the number of semester hours credited. For the purpose of calculating the GPA, incompletes are calculated as a neutral grade until the deadline for completion. If they are not completed by the deadline, a failing grade is assigned.

Students receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs are placed on academic probation if their GPA falls below 2.00. They must raise their GPA to 2.00 in order to continue to be certified for these benefits. Prior to enrolling for the final 12 semester hours, students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.00. If any student receiving veteran’s benefits fails to meet the GPA standard within the prescribed probation period, the school will inform the Veterans Administration. The student will be informed, in writing, that the Veterans Administration has been notified.

A student who does not meet the requirement for continuation is subject to dismissal. Any student whose average falls below the minimum required for good standing is placed on academic probation. In the subsequent semester, students placed on probation must earn a GPA equal to or better than the GPA required for good standing in that semester. Students placed on academic probation will be required to take a number of actions as outlined by the academic review committee and the registrar’s office. These actions will include the following:

  • Meet regularly with an academic probation counselor,
  • Limit enrollment for the subsequent semester, normally to 12 credit hours,
  • Limit outside employment and extra-curricular activities.

In addition:

  • First year students placed on academic probation will be required to successfully complete an academic support course (normally ASC 111).
  • In partnership with the academic probation counselor, all students on academic probation will utilize other appropriate resources.

Failure to meet the specified conditions will constitute grounds for immediate dismissal. Students who fail to meet the standards for good standing during the semester they are on probation are subject to dismissal. Students not permitted to continue may appeal their academic dismissal to the academic review committee. One year must elapse before students dismissed for poor academic performance are eligible to petition for readmission. A request for readmission will be reviewed by the academic review committee and the committee on admissions; readmission following academic dismissal will be based upon evidence that the difficulties previously encountered can be overcome and that eventual completion of degree requirements can reasonably be expected.

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