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Drop Action for Unsatisfactory Scholarship

Drop action is taken for unsatisfactory scholarship (policy 54-50) based on the total credits scheduled and grade-point deficiencies accrued. A grade-point deficiency exists when total grade-points are less than total credits times two. Deferred Grades (DF) and No Grades (NG) are not included in this calculation.

Grade-point Deficiency Example: A student who had scheduled a total of 36 credits and who had earned 66 grade-points would have a deficiency of 6 grade points (36 x 2 = 72 - 66 = 6).

The drop action will not occur if the semester GPA is 2.00 or higher.

Baccalaureate Degree Candidate

A baccalaureate degree candidate shall be dropped as a degree candidate for unsatisfactory scholarship (policy 54-52) based on the following table:

Total Credits Scheduled Grade-Point Deficiency
24 to 39.5 21 or more
40 to 69.5 18 or more
70 to 99.5 15 or more
100 and more 12 or more

Associate Degree Candidate

An associate degree candidate shall be dropped as a degree candidate for unsatisfactory scholarship (policy 54-54) based on the following table:

Total Credits Scheduled Grade-Point Deficiency
20 to 29.5 16 or more
30 to 49.5 14 or more
50 to 59.5 12 or more
60 and more 8 or more

Petitions for retroactive grade changes, late course drops and withdrawals are reviewed by the Faculty Senate. If approved, these changes are recorded by the Registrar's office. The Registrar's office will notify the student by letter if there is any change to the student's academic drop status

Nondegree Candidate

A student in nondegree status (regular or conditional) shall be dropped from the University once the student has accumulated 30 or more credits as a nondegree student and is not eligible for entrance to a degree program (policy 14-10).

The drop action will not occur if the semester GPA is 2.01 or higher and the student obtains written support from the academic college of the intended major program.

Nondegree students who are dropped can only re-enter the University through the academic renewal process (policy 58-60).