Academic Standards

Degree and/or certificate programs require a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all courses taken to complete an associates degree or occupational certificate and to maintain good academic standing.

The following standards have been established regarding warning, probation, and dismissal.

 

Credits Attempted1 Warning GPA2 Probation GPA3 Dismissal GPA4
0 - 18 1.51 - 1.99 0.00 - 1.50
19 - 36 1.76 - 1.99 1.26 - 1.75 0.00 - 1.25
37 - 54 1.91 - 1.99 1.51 - 1.90 0.00 - 1.50
>54 1.81 - 1.99 0.00 - 1.80

1 Includes transfer credit and all SUNY Adirondack credits for which a student registers.
2 Applies to part-time student once he or she has attempted twelve credits.
3 Full-time students on academic probation may register for a maximum of 14 credit hours. Part-time students on academic probation may be restricted to certain course work.
4 Student may not re-register for one calendar year. If the student then returns, he or she must maintain a 2.0 or higher average or will be dismissed again. Readmission after a second dismissal requires permission of the Dean for Student Affairs.

A student may be judged “not in good academic standing” and subject to academic action if she or he:

  • accumulates six or more unfinished (W, X or I) grades, or
  • has had GPAs of less than 2.0 for three or more semesters or has attempted 36 or more credit hours and has a GPA below 2.0.

Students will be notified of academic status as soon as the information is available.

Academic Warning
A student will be considered to be on academic warning if he/she has a GPA below 2.0. Academic warning is designed to assist students who appear to be having difficulty in meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. It is recommended that students on academic warning enroll in a maximum of 14 credit hours for the upcoming semester. Students placed on academic warning should work with the Center for Student Success in selecting courses.

Academic Probation
A student who does not maintain the minimum GPA noted in the chart based on the total attempted credit hours, will be considered on academic probation. The consequences of academic probation are:

1. Financial aid may be affected.
2. A student may not register for more than 14 semester hours.

Students placed on academic probation should work with the Center for Student Success in selecting courses.

Academic Dismissal
A student who does not maintain the minimum GPA noted in the Academic Standards chart based on the total attempted credit hours or accumulates more than six W’s, X’s, and/or F’s, will be dismissed by the College and will not be allowed to return for one calendar year.  Students who plan on returning after a one year absence should refer to the Re-admission after Academic Dismissal policy.

Process to Appeal Academic Dismissal
A student who has been dismissed from the College can submit an appeal for re-admission to the Academic Appeals Board.  The Board may extend special consideration to those whose circumstances or academic records indicate that such consideration is warranted.  The appeal must be in writing and received by the specified deadline.  If a student is re-admitted, he/she may then appeal to the financial aid waiver committee for a federal financial aid waiver, if needed.

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