Retention, Probation and Suspension

The academic status of a student is determined by semester grade point average (GPA), cumulative GPA, the number of credits attempted (including transfer credits), and previous or current academic status.

Definitions of academic status as reported on students’ records:

Good Standing —met minimum grade point average required

Probation I — failed to meet minimum grade point average required at any time within 1-44 credits attempted

Probation II — failed to meet minimum grade point average required after being previously placed on probation OR failed to meet minimum grade point average required after attempting 45 or more credits

Ineligible to Return — Not eligible to continue at the university.

Retention Standards

A. To remain in good standing, students’ cumulative GPAs must be 1.60 if they have attempted between 1 and 18 credits; 1.80 if they have attempted between 19 and 44 credits and 2.00 or above if they have attempted 45 or more credits.

B. To assist students in their orientation to university level work, the minimum acceptable standards for retention are defined as follows:

  1. Students placed on probation after attempting 1-29 credits shall be given two probationary semesters to attain good standing. Students failing to meet this standard will be declared ineligible to return.
  2. Students placed on probation after attempting 30 or more credits shall be given one probationary semester to attain good standing. Students failing to meet this standard will be declared ineligible to return.
  3. Continuing students who do not remain in good standing after the completion of any two probationary semesters shall be declared ineligible to return.

C. Transfer students are required to meet the retention standards prescribed in this section.

D. No academic action is taken as a result of winter intersession or summer term attendance nor is the previous semester’s academic action impacted by winter intersession or summer term attendance.

E. Students who desire to improve their records may request permission to attend summer sessions. If a student is allowed to enroll for a summer session, a re-evaluation of the student’s scholastic status will be made at the conclusion of the summer term.

F. Deficiencies in grade point averages and failing grades in courses taken at UW-L may be improved only by taking work in residence at the university.

Standards of Retention

Cumulative credits attempted good standing if cumulative GPA not less than probation I or II if cumulative GPA less than ineligible if semester GPA less than
  1-18 1.60 1.60 1.00
  19-29 1.80 1.80 1.25
  30-44 1.80 1.80 1.50
45 and beyond 2.00 2.00 1.50

Probation

A. Students are placed on academic probation if their academic records do not meet the standard set by the university. Notice of probationary status indicates that improvement is necessary in order for students to attain the minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 required by the time they have attempted 45 credits or more.

B. Students will be removed from probation at the end of any semester in which they attain the required cumulative GPA.

C. Policies regarding freshmen entering on probation are:    

Freshmen will be removed from probation if they attain a grade point average of 1.60 or more after attempting 1-18 credits. Thereafter, probation/retention status is determined on the same basis as for freshmen not entering on probation. Freshmen who enter on probation and continue on probation are ineligible to continue if their cumulative GPA is below 1.80 after attempting 44 credits.

Academic Suspension

A. When the given period of academic probation has been allowed and/or satisfactory progress has not been made in meeting the required academic standard of the university, students are declared ineligible to return. The required standards are:

  1. Students attempting 1 and 18 credits will be declared ineligible if they earn a semester GPA below 1.00.
  2. Students attempting 19 and 29 credits will be declared ineligible if they earn a semester GPA below 1.25 or are on probation for the second time and earn a cumulative GPA below 1.80.
  3. Students attempting 30 and 44 credits will be declared ineligible if they earn a semester GPA below 1.50 or are on probation for the second time and earn a cumulative GPA below 1.80.
  4. Students attempting 45credits and beyond students will be declared ineligible if they earn a semester GPA below 1.50 or are on probation for the first or second time and earn a cumulative GPA below 2.00.

B. Students who have been declared ineligible to return will not be eligible for readmission to the university for at least one academic year. After one year, ineligible students may apply to the dean of the appropriate college or school for readmission. Students who have been declared ineligible to return, and then readmitted at a later date, shall be given one semester of probation to attain good standing or become ineligible to return.

C. Students who have been declared academically ineligible to continue at the university may request a hearing from the Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS) if it can be demonstrated that their academic suspension was due to factors beyond their control and that the causes have been removed. The written request should be directed to the committee in care of the dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled.

D. The university does not permit students who have been suspended for academic reasons at any other campus to enroll until they are eligible for re-admission at their former campus.

E. It is assumed that students declared ineligible to continue at UW-L will not be admitted to other accredited colleges or universities during their period of ineligibility. Should they be admitted, and should they earn credits at another institution, UW-L reserves the right to disallow credit for courses taken elsewhere.