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ACADEMIC WARNING AND ACADEMIC SUSPENSION

Scholastic Progress Standard

In order to monitor students' progress toward the baccalaureate degree, The University of Alabama employs the Scholastic Progress Standard (SPS). The SPS sets the minimum required grade point average (GPA) (for all hours completed at The University of Alabama) for freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students. Students are advised that these are minimum GPA requirements for continuing at the University; to meet divisional graduation requirements, higher grade point averages may be needed.

Grade point averages are computed on the following grades: "A," "B," "C," "D," "F," or "I" and any pluses or minuses that appear on the record. In computing a grade point average an "I" counts as an "F" until replaced by the earned grade. A grade of "P" does not enter into the computation.

Required Minimum Grade Point Average on Academic
Work Attempted at The University of Alabama
 
Credit Hours
Earned*
Required University of
Alabama GPA
0-30 1.50
31-60 1.70
61-90 1.90
91 or more 2.00


*Includes transferred credit

Sample Calculation of GPA
 
Quality hours
enrolled in
Grade
received
Grade points
awarded2
Quality hours
earned
3 A 12.00 3
4 B- 10.68 4
3 F 0 0
3 C 6.00 3
3 D+ 3.99 3
_____ _____ _____
16 32.67 13
 
Calculation
Gradepoints = Quality hours enrolled in = Grade point average
32.67 / 16=2.04 GPA


1Quality hours do not include courses graded "Pass."
2Grade points are assigned as follows: A+=4.33, A=4.0, A-=3.67, B+= 3.33, B=3.0, B-=2.67, C+=2.33, C=2.0, C-=1.67, D+=1.33, D=1.0, D-=.67, F=0, WF=0. The cumulative grade point average will not exceed 4.0.

ACADEMIC WARNING

A student will be placed on academic warning if his or her cumulative University of Alabama grade point average (GPA) is below 2.0 but above the appropriate scholastic progress standard (SPS).

The purpose of the academic warning is to alert students to improve their academic performance and to introduce students to available academic support.

Students placed on academic warning must meet with their academic advisors by March 1 for warnings issued at the end of fall semester and by August 1 for warnings issued at the end of spring semester.

Academic warning does not restrict students' ability to register for the upcoming semester or the summer term.

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION

A student whose cumulative University of Alabama GPA at the end of the spring semester is below the appropriate SPS will be suspended.

The suspended student will be allowed to enroll in summer term in order to improve his or her University of Alabama grade point average. If improvement results in compliance with the SPS, the student will be reinstated for the subsequent semester, but the previous suspension will be marked on the permanent academic transcript.

The first suspension is for one semester. Subsequent suspensions are indefinite.

A student may appeal first or subsequent suspensions to his or her college's dean or dean's designee.

Students who are suspended are encouraged to use the time of the suspension in ways that assist their academic progress. Students may not attend class or enroll in correspondence courses. Students may study in order to finish courses in which they have earned incomplete ("I") grades and may work with faculty members in this process. Students may also address other non-academic problems that have impeded their progress.

REINSTATEMENT PROCEDURES

Any student returning for the first regular academic term immediately following the semester of active suspension who has not been enrolled in any other institution of higher education following the suspension from The University of Alabama must complete and submit application for readmission according to published procedures and deadlines.

Any student returning for the first regular academic term immediately following the semester of active suspension who is or has been enrolled in any other institution of higher education following the suspension from The University of Alabama must complete and submit an application for readmission and official transcripts from each such institution.

Any student returning for any academic term after the first regular academic term immediately following the semester of active suspension must complete and submit an application for readmission whether or not he or she is or has been enrolled in any other institution of higher education following the suspension from The University of Alabama. If the student is or has been enrolled elsewhere, he or she must provide official transcripts from each such institution with the application for readmission.

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