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.

Academic Review

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 plus the attempted hours accumulated from previous semesters at Calvin. 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 not calculated in the GPA until the deadline for completion. If they are not completed by the deadline, a failing grade is assigned.

At the end of the fall and spring terms, students who have attempted at least 24 semester hours at Calvin are evaluated by the Academic Review Committee, and determined to be in good standing if they maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and have completed at least 50% of attempted semester hours. Students who have attempted fewer than 24 hours at Calvin are assumed to be in good standing.

Academic Warning

All students who earn a semester GPA of less than 2.0 or who complete fewer than 50% of attempted current term semester hours are placed on academic warning and will be required to take a number of actions as outlined by the Academic Review Committee. These actions generally include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Meet regularly with an academic 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 warning or probation will be required to successfully complete an academic support course (normally ASC 111)
  • In partnership with the academic counselor, all students on academic warning or probation will be advised to utilize other appropriate resources

Failure to meet the specified conditions will constitute grounds for immediate dismissal.

Academic Dismissal and Probation

Students are subject to academic dismissal after attempting at least 24 semester hours if they have a resulting cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 or have completed less than 50% of attempted semester hours.

Students who are permitted by the Academic Review Committee to continue are automatically placed on academic probation, no longer in good standing, and consequently subject to the interventions outlined for academic warning above.

Students who are not permitted to continue may appeal their academic dismissal to the Academic Review Committee. Students for whom an appeal is granted are also placed on academic probation, no longer in good standing, and consequently subject to the interventions outlined for academic warning above.

Students who are currently on academic warning or probation and earn less than a 2.0 GPA or complete fewer than 50% of the attempted semester hours in that semester are also subject to dismissal.

Readmission

A request for readmission will be reviewed by the Academic Review Committee; readmission following academic dismissal will be based upon evidence that the difficulties previously encountered can be overcom and that eventual completion of degree requirements can reasonably be expected.

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