A student is placed on academic probation if his or her cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.00. Probationary status is indicated on the permanent record as well as on the grade report.
When a student is placed on academic probation, the Registrar will send the student (and his or her advisors) a letter defining the terms of the probation and indicating what constitutes satisfactory progress toward removal of the probationary status. Satisfactory progress includes achieving a minimum 2.00 semester grade-point average and meeting the other requirements in the letter. A student remains on probation until the cumulative grade-point average reaches 2.00.
A student on academic probation may not register for more than 16 credit hours for any regular semester during the term of the probation.
Extracurricular programs unavailable to students on academic probation:
- Varsity sports
- Campus media
- Student government offices
- Student club offices
- Drama productions and music ensembles (Music ensembles and drama productions are not prohibited to those students on academic probation who are taking them for credit as part of their academic load of 16 or fewer credit hours)
At the beginning of the semester, students on academic probation are required to complete an academic success plan, in consultation with their advisor. After meeting with their advisor, they must meet with an advisor in Academic Services. Depending on what areas are targeted for improvement, we may suggest regular meetings with us, appointments at the Writing Center, work with a peer mentor, or other strategies.
One of the requirements for graduation from St. Mary’s is that students earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
To avoid this, Academic Services monitors your progress throughout your time at the college. Students whose cumulative GPA slips below 2.0 are placed on academic probation. If you do not raise your GPA over 2.0 by the end of the following semester — or if you fall below 2.0 in a subsequent semester — you run the risk of dismissal.
Students will not automatically be dismissed due to a low GPA. If you are showing steady improvement, the probationary period may be extended. If not, you may expect to receive a dismissal letter from the office of the Registrar after the second semester with a low GPA. Letters will be delivered by e-mail and US mail. It is your responsibility to check your grades, check your mail, and acquaint yourself with your status.
Students who are dismissed but feel they would benefit from a second chance have the right to appeal their dismissal. Instructions for doing so will be contained in the dismissal letter from the Registrar.
If you accept your dismissal, but after a period of 1–3 years wish to return to the college, you may contact the Office of Academic Services to discuss how your situation has changed, and make the case for your readmission. Students who have been absent for more than three years and are interested in re-enrolling must re-apply through the Office of Admissions.
At any time after your dismissal, we would be happy to speak with you about your academic situation, and make recommendations for how to prepare yourself for an effective and successful return to the college at some point in the future.