At the end of each term of attendance, a student's final grades are collected from their instructors and our office computes the term GPA (grade point average) as well as the cumulative GPA for the student at that point (see here for how a GPA calculation is done). The end-of-term processing also involves our office making GPA and earned hours adjustments for any repeated courses (per University policy noted here). Finally, our office then determines the appropriate scholastic standing and any recognition on the Deans List for the term. A student is considered to be in good standing unless the combination of the cumulative GPA and the term GPA would indicate otherwise.
NOTE: For students who take shorter-than-full-term classes, final grades for those classes may be posted for the student to see prior to the end of the term (as may be some type of GPA, though perhaps it will be an incomplete GPA). However, the scholastic standing is not computed until the end of the term. Thus, a student who checks their early-posted grades should not assume that they know the complete picture of where they stand academically, since their scholastic standing will not yet have been determined. Instead, such a student should check again at the end of the term to see their scholastic standing and any Deans List recognition.
A student who is not in good standing is at risk of being restricted in their future education at the University, since students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward a degree, certificate, or other approved objective. (The expectation of making satisfactory progress is especially true for students receiving federal financial aid as noted here [with more details for undergraduate students noted here].)
Probation and SuspensionProbation – Undergraduate Students
When an undergraduate student's cumulative grade average falls below a "C" average (2.0 GPA), that student will be placed on scholastic probation. Such a student may continue to be enrolled at the University going forward, but will be limited in the number of hours they can register for while on probation, unless they are approved to take more hours by the dean of their academic unit. This limit is normally 14 hours during a Fall or Spring semester and 7 hours during a Summer session.
Students on probation may be restricted from changing to a different academic unit or changing majors.
While the undergraduate student is on probation, there is the risk that the student may be scholastically suspended. However, for that student on probation, as long as each subsequent term's GPA is 2.0 or above while the cumulative GPA remains below 2.0, they will remain on probation (referred to as "continuing probation"). Additionally, once the cumulative GPA is raised to 2.0 or above, that student will be removed from probation and placed back in good standing.
More details about probation are noted in the Undergraduate Catalog, chapter 2, Grading and Scholastic Regulations section, Scholastic Probation subsection (on page 28 of the 2016-2017 edition).Suspension – Undergraduate Students
If the undergraduate student on probation fails to achieve at least a 2.0 term GPA during each term in which they are enrolled while on probation, they will be at risk of being scholastically suspended. (The actual computing of scholastic suspension depends upon the presence of "negative quality points." These are described in more detail in the Undergraduate Catalog, chapter 2, Grading and Scholastic Regulations section, Positive and Negative Quality Points subsection [on page 28 of the 2016-2017 edition].)
Suspended students can no longer be enrolled at the University. They may petition for reinstatement after a minimum of two semesters' interruption, but must furnish tangible evidence that additional education can be successfully undertaken. Some academic units have scholastic requirements in addition to the overall University requirements. Students must learn and comply with the University requirements as well as those requirements applying to individual schools and colleges.
Effective Summer 2013, undergraduates who are enrolled full time in their first term of enrollment at the University, and whose term GPA is an "F" average (0.0) for that first term, will be scholastically suspended from the University without first being placed on scholastic probation.
More details about suspension are noted in the Undergraduate Catalog, chapter 2, Grading and Scholastic Regulations section, Scholastic Suspension subsection (on page 28 of the 2016-2017 edition).Graduate and Professional Students
The rules used for determining good scholastic standing – as well as probation and suspension – are different for graduate and professional students. Such students should check with their academic units for details. (For example, graduate students may consult the Graduate Catalog, chapter 1, General Regulations and Procedures section, Retention subsection [on page 19 in the 2016-2017 edition].)
Reviewing Grades, GPAs, and Standing
A student can review their grades, term and cumulative GPAs, and scholastic standing by logging into SalukiNet. Complete information for a term is usually available by the Thursday after the end of final exams for the term, so students who check their grades, GPAs, and standing before such time may not get complete (or ultimately accurate) information. Even when checking at the appropriate time, it is possible that a student may not have all grades yet properly recorded (e.g., there may be NR ["not recorded"] grades present), and so will have to wait to see their complete information for the term until their instructors submit such missing grades to our office.
Within SalukiNet, students can see their grades, GPA, and academic standing. The fastest way is to search for "0251" to bring up the Registrar's Office task centers. The Registrar -- Academic Records & Graduation task center is what you are interested in. That task center contains a few different tasks that will help with understanding your current academic progress, as well as projecting your future progress.