New Academic Standing Policy

Effective Fall 2013

All students are expected to earn and maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 each semester and to successfully complete (earn) at least 67% of their attempted hours each semester. Successful completion of a course means that a student must earn credit or have credit pending for the course with a grade other than F, U, or W.

Good Academic Standing

Students with a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and who successfully complete at least 67% of their attempted hours each semester are considered to be in Good Academic Standing.

Academic Warning

Students are placed on Academic Warning if any of the following three conditions occur:

  • The student’s semester GPA is < 2.0,
  • The student’s cumulative GPA is < 2.0, or
  • The student’s successful completion rate (earned hours divided by attempted hours), either for the semester or cumulative, is less than 67%.

To continue enrollment, students on Academic Warning must either regain Good Academic Standing, as described above, or meet all of the following Criteria for Continued Enrollment each semester until they regain Good Academic Standing.

Criteria for Continued Enrollment while on Academic Warning

  • The student must earn a semester GPA of at least 2.25,
  • The student must successfully complete at least 70% of their attempted hours each semester, AND
  • The student must meet with a OneStop Advisor prior to the first day of class to complete an Academic Recovery contract.  This contract may stipulate additional requirements that the student must fulfill in order to continue enrollment.

Exception: Students who earn all F grades or a combination of all F, U, or W grades will be Suspended without a period of Academic Warning.

Suspension

Students who are on Academic Warning and who fail to meet any of the three criteria necessary for continued enrollment (see above) will be Suspended.  Students who earn all F grades or a combination of all F, U, or W grades will be Suspended. Students who are Suspended are not eligible to enroll at the university during the next regular semester, but may return after they have served one semester of suspension.

When students return from Suspension, they are placed on Academic Warning and must meet the criteria outlined for continued enrollment (see above) until they are in Good Academic standing. Failure to meet any of the three expected GPA and semester hour completion rate standards will result in Dismissal from the university. (See below)

Dismissal

Students who have served a semester of Suspension and who, while still on Academic Warning, fail to meet the 2.25 semester GPA and 70% successful completion standard will be Dismissed from the university. Students who are dismissed have no right to future enrollment at UNC Asheville and must wait at least three years before appealing to return.

Summary

Academic Standing

Requirements/Conditions

Expectations and Eligibility to Enroll

Good Academic Standing

* Cumulative and Semester GPA of at least 2.0, and

*  Successful completion of at least 67% of attempted hours each semester.

 

Eligible to continue enrollment.

Academic Warning

* Cumulative or Semester GPA < 2.0,

OR

* Did not successfully complete at least 67% of attempted hours.

 

Student must regain Good Academic Standing or earn a GPA of 2.25 and successfully complete at least 70% of attempted hours each subsequent semester until in Good Academic Standing to be eligible to enroll.

Suspension

* On Academic Warning, and

* Did not meet the expected 2.25 semester GPA or 70% of attempted hours completion rate standards.

OR

* Earned all F grades or combination of all F, U, or W grades for the semester.

 

Is not eligible to enroll in the next regular semester. May return to the university after serving the semester of suspension.

Dismissal

* Has served a semester of suspension, and

* Did not meet the expected 2.25 semester GPA or 70% of attempted hours completion rate standards.

 

Is not eligible to enroll in the university.  May appeal for readmission after a period of at least three years.

Academic Standing Policy FAQ

Why did UNC Asheville change their Academic Standing policy?

The policy was changed to better align a student's ability to enroll with their ability to receive financial aid. The new policy also conforms with the expectations of the UNC system guidelines.

What are the main differences?

Under the new policy, students on Academic Warning may continue to enroll as long as they meet the expectations listed below. Under the new policy, students on Academic Warning may continue to enroll as long as they:

  • earn a semester GPA of 2.25, AND
  • successfully complete at least 70% of their attempted hours, AND
  • successfully complete the conditions of their Academic Recovery contract.

If students on Academic Warning do not earn a 2.25 semester GPA or successfully complete 70% of their attempted hours, they will be Suspended.

Under the prior policy, students on Academic Warning could be Suspended after just one semester if they did not meet the cumulative GPA expected for their number of attempted hours - even if, as example, they earned a semester GPA of 2.35.

What causes a student to be on Academic Warning?

A student will be placed on Academic Warning if any of the three conditions below occur:

  • Their cummulative GPA is < 2.0,
  • Their semester GPA is < 2.0, or
  • Their hours completion ratio is less than 67%.

When will a student be suspended?

Students will be suspended if:

  • they earn all Fs or combination of all F, W, or U grades.
  • they are on Academic Warning and do not earn a semester GPA of at least 2.25 or successfully complete 70% of their attempted hours.

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