Academic Standing

 

Good Standing

The academic standing of each undergraduate student is determined by examining records at the end of Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. (Requirements for students in the masters programs are outlined under the individual graduate program in this catalog.) Students must earn the minimum semester grade point average shown below to be in good academic standing at the college. Students already on probation may be returned to good standing during summer semesters but cannot be placed on probation or suspended during summer semesters.

Total No. of Hours Attempted at Westminster* Minimum Semester GPA Required
1–13 1.70
14–27 1.80
28 and above 2.00

* This policy is intended to aid first time students and does not apply to students who have been awarded transfer hours from other institutions.

Probation

Students failing to achieve good academic standing are placed on academic probation. While on academic probation, students may register for no more than 13 credit hours, may not register for an internship, and may participate in only one curricular or extracurricular activity, unless additional activity is required for the major and is approved by the program director. Curricular activities include choir, drama, and journalism. Extracurricular activities include student government and students on academic probation are not eligible to participate in college athletics.

Students who meet semester grade point average requirements, but not cumulative grade point average requirements, may be considered for continued probationary status rather than suspension if the term grade point average shows substantial progress toward meeting all grade point average requirements.
To be returned to good standing, students must have a 2.0 semester and cumulative grade point average. This applies only to Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Suspension

Students who fail to earn the minimum grade point average required for good standing during a probationary semester are suspended from the college. Students may not register for any classes while suspended and must remain out of the college for one or more regular semesters. To be readmitted, students must appeal for readmission.

Appeals for Readmission

A student must petition the Appeals Committee for readmission before the beginning of the semester that the student wishes to attend. If the student feels extenuating circumstances contributed to the failure to meet minimum grade point averages, he or she may choose to appeal for readmission immediately following the suspension; however, if the committee finds that extenuating circumstances did not exist, the appeal for readmission is denied and the student must remain out of the college for one or more regular semesters before again appealing for readmission.

Appeals Procedure for Readmission

To appeal for readmission, a student must submit a letter to the Director of Academic and Career Development giving evidence that the student feels supports his or her request. The student is also encouraged to request a letter from his or her academic advisor or other faculty member in support of the appeal. The student is notified of the Appeals Committee meeting and is given an opportunity to present his or her case in person. Decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.

A student readmitted through the appeals procedure is placed on continued probation. If the student has been out of the college for more than three regular semesters, he or she must also submit an application for readmission to the Admissions Office.

Admission and Retention in Academic Programs

Supplemental applications for admission and standards for retention are established by the faculties of some programs, and students may be excluded from a program for cause, as outlined in the appropriate sections of this academic catalog.