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Academic Standards Policies and Information

Undergraduate information

Warning

A warning is issued to the undergraduate student whenever the grade point average for any enrollment period is less than 2.00, but the overall grade point average is 2.00 or above.

Admitted on probation

An undergraduate student who is admitted to the University on academic probation and receives at least a 0.01 grade point average their first semester will be placed on final probation. A first semester GPA of 0.00 will result in academic dismissal.

Probation

Undergraduate students at WMU are placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA falls below the required 2.0 minimum. Once placed on probation an undergraduate student must receive a semester GPA of at least 2.0 the next semester. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal and enrollment in future classes will be prohibited. If on probation an undergraduate student’s GPA the following semester is 2.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA is still below 2.0 the student will be placed on extended probation and given an additional opportunity to bring his/her GPA up to the required 2.0 minimum.

Extended probation

Undergraduate students at WMU are placed on extended probation following a semester of academic probation if their cumulative GPA has not reached the required 2.0 minimum, but their GPA for the semester is at least a 2.0. Once placed on extended probation an undergraduate student must receive a semester GPA of at least 2.0 the next semester. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal and enrollment in future classes will be prohibited. If on extended probation an undergraduate student’s GPA the following semester is 2.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA is still below 2.0 the student will be placed on final probation and given an additional opportunity to bring his/her GPA up to the required 2.0 minimum.

Final probation

Students at WMU are placed on final probation when, following a semester of extended probation, their cumulative GPA does not reach the required 2.0 minimum, but their GPA for the semester is at least a 2.0. Once placed on final probation an undergraduate student must receive a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 the next semester. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal and enrollment in future classes will be prohibited.

Academic dismissal

Occurs when an undergraduate does not achieve at least a 2.00 semester grade point average while on probation or extended probation, or from failing to achieve a 2.00 overall grade point average while on final probation.

According to University policy, students who have been dismissed are not permitted to re-enroll for at least one full fifteen-week semester.

All registration for upcoming semesters will be cancelled and you will be refunded any tuition you have paid.

Prior to returning, you must obtain approval from your college advising office. Please contact the college advising office covering the curriculum/major you wish to pursue to determine the deadline date and obligations for possible re-entry. Your readmission may be contingent upon successfully completing course work at a community college of your choice.

If you have a residence hall contract, please contact the Residence Life at (269) 387-4735 to cancel your contract.

If you are receiving financial aid, we suggest that you contact a financial aid counselor at (269) 387-6000, as your eligibility for most financial aid programs may be in jeopardy.

Graduate information

Warning

A warning is issued to the graduate student whenever the grade point average for any enrollment period is less than 3.00, but the overall grade point average is 3.00.

Probation

Graduate students at WMU are placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA falls below the required 3.0 minimum. Once placed on probation a graduate student must receive a semester GPA of at least 3.0 the next semester. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal and enrollment in future classes will be prohibited. If on probation a graduate student’s GPA the following semester is 3.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 the student will be placed on extended probation and given an additional opportunity to bring their GPA up to the required 3.0 minimum.

Extended probation

Graduate students at WMU are placed on extended probation following a semester of academic probation if their cumulative GPA has not reached the required 3.0 minimum, but their GPA for the semester is at least a 3.0. Once placed on extended probation a graduate student must receive a semester GPA of at least 3.0 the next semester. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal and enrollment in future classes will be prohibited. If on extended probation a graduate student’s GPA the following semester is 3.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 the student will be placed on final probation and given an additional opportunity to bring their GPA up to the required 3.0 minimum.

Final probation

Graduate students at WMU are placed on final probation when, following a semester of extended probation, their cumulative GPA does not reach the required 3.0 minimum, but their GPA for the semester is at least a 3.0. Once placed on final probation a graduate student must receive a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 the next semester. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal and enrollment in future classes will be prohibited.

Academic dismissal

Occurs when a graduate student does not achieve at least a 3.00 semester grade point average while on probation or extended probation, or from failing to achieve a 3.00 overall grade point average while on final probation.

According to University policy, students who have been dismissed are not permitted to re-enroll for at least one full fifteen-week semester or two 7-1/2 week sessions. Exceptions to this policy are granted only in special circumstances through your unit or program’s appeal process. If you are a degree seeking student and wish to appeal, contact your academic advisor or the department chair for an appointment. If you are a non-degree student wishing to appeal, contact the Graduate College for an appointment.

Dismissed students desiring readmission following the fifteen-week waiting period must reapply through the normal admission process. Students must send a Readmission Application to the Admissions Office, which, in turn, will forward the Readmission Application to the program or academic unit admission body for a decision. This petition process will establish your eligibility for future readmission and registration.

All registration for upcoming semesters will be cancelled and you will be refunded any tuition you have paid.

If you have a residence hall contract, please contact the Residence Life at (269) 387-4735 to cancel your contract.

If you are receiving financial assistance or have applied for financial aid, your eligibility for most financial aid programs may be in jeopardy. Please contact a financial aid counselor by calling the Office of Student Financial Aid, (269) 387-6000.

Due to your academic dismissal, if you hold a graduate student fellowship, assistantship, or associateship, it will be canceled immediately. For further assistance, please contact the Graduate College by calling (269) 387-8212.