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Academic Probation

What is Academic Probation?

Impacts of Academic Probation

Academic Dismissal

Non-consecutive probationary semesters

Resources for Avoiding Academic Probation/Assistance While on Probation

What is Academic Probation?

Every graduate student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in his/her degree program to maintain good academic standing, and must make satisfactory progress towards degree completion. If a student's cumulative GPA drops below 3.0, even if he/she has received credit for all courses attempted, and/or the student is not considered to have made satisfactory academic progress, he/she may be placed on Academic Probation.

Academic Probation is a status that indicates that the School of International Service and American University are concerned that a student is experiencing difficulties in completing his/her program. As such, the School actively intervenes to work with students in probationary status to develop action plans and strategies to boost their GPAs and succeed in the program.

Impacts of Academic Probation

Probationary status impacts a student in several ways:

  • The student is required to meet with at his/her academic advisor at least once during the probationary semester to discuss the status and develop strategies and discuss resources to improve his/her academic performance. A student on probationary status will not be allowed to register for subsequent semesters unless he/she has met with his/her advisor. Assuming he/she has met with his/her academic advisor, the student may conditionally pre-register for the next semester, with the understanding that the student’s registration will be cancelled if he/she fails to attain the necessary GPA.
  • A student has either one semester or 9 credits (over up to 3 semesters), whichever is shorter to raise his/her GPA above 3.0. At the end of the semester of probation or 9 credits, the advisor will review the student’s GPA to assess whether he/she can be taken off probation (i.e. has a GPA 3.0 or higher). If the student’s GPA remains below 3.0, he/she will be academically dismissed. 

Probationary status is not recorded on a student's transcript or elsewhere in the student's permanent academic record. It remains within the student's academic advising file.

Academic Dismissal

Academic Dismissal indicates that a student has had his/her association with the American University terminated due to inadequate academic performance. In all cases, a permanent notation of academic dismissal is noted on a student's transcript. This penalty is most frequently employed at the graduate level because of failure to make satisfactory academic progress (as the end of the academic probation process), or a violation of the Academic Integrity Code. The reason for the dismissal is not noted on the transcript. All Academic Dismissals at the graduate level are permanent.

Non-consecutive Probationary Semesters

A student is given a maximum of one probationary semester. A student who succeeds in getting off probation but then earns a GPA below 3.0 will be academically dismissed.

Resources for Avoiding Academic Probation/Assistance While on Probation

The University has several resources and offices to assist students achieve academic success, and the Graduate Advising Office encourages students to be proactive in seeking assistance and support before facing the prospect of academic probation. We encourage all students to take advantage of these resources.

Last Updated 26 June 2012