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Academic Probation and Suspension Policies

  • Students in the College are expected to maintain appropriate progress in their degree program, as defined by being in “good academic standing.”  Good academic standing requires minimally a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all University of Colorado coursework.
  • Grades earned in another college or school within the University of Colorado system (Denver, Boulder & Springs campuses) are used in determining the student’s scholastic standing and progress toward the degree.
  • Grades earned outside the University of Colorado system (traditional transfer credits) are not used in calculating the grade point average at the University of Colorado.

Academic Probation

  • Academic probation is a warning to students that they are not progressing toward completion of their degree in a satisfactory manner. Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative CU GPA falls below a 2.0 at the end of any academic term. Students are informed in writing of academic probation.
  • Academic probation requires that student achieve a minimum 2.25 semester GPA each subsequent term until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0. There is no restriction on the length of time a student can remain on probation status; however, students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative CU GPA to meet graduation requirements.
  • Once a student has raised their cumulative CU GPA to at least a 2.0, they will be removed from academic probation and be considered in good academic standing.

Academic Suspension

  • Students on academic probation who do not meet the 2.25 minimum semester GPA in the subsequent semester(s) will be suspended from the College. Students are informed in writing of academic suspension.
  • Students placed on academic suspension are not allowed to register for courses at the University (see following paragraphs for details). Should a student be placed on suspension while registered for the next semester, they will be dropped from their courses by the College. A student’s suspension status is permanently indicated on their official University of Colorado transcript.

First Suspension

  • Students who fail to meet the conditions of academic probation are placed on academic suspension for one calendar year, and will be unable to take courses from any CU campus during this time.
  • During the one year suspension period, students should consider one of the following actions:
    • Attend another regionally accredited college/university with the express goal of raising their cumulative GPA (CU GPA + GPA from the other institution) to a minimum of 2.0.
    • Use the time off to directly address and resolve the factors that contributed to the student’s academic difficulty.
  • After the one year suspension period has elapsed, students must petition the Academic Policies Committee for readmission and meet and document at least one of the following criteria:
    • Attendance at another regionally accredited college/university where their cumulative GPA (CU GPA + GPA from the other institution) was raised to a minimum of 2.0.
    • Explanation of their previous academic difficulty and demonstration what has changed, and how this will allow them to now achieve and maintain Good Academic Standing (including a semester GPA of at least 2.25 and a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0).
  • If a student is granted readmission, and their CU GPA is below a 2.0, they will be readmitted on probation. These students must meet the condition of Academic Probation each and ever semester until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0.

Second Suspension

  • Students who are reaccepted after first suspension and fail to meet the conditions of academic probation for a second time are placed on second suspension for an indefinite period of time. Students on second suspension may be readmitted to the college only by petition to the CAM Academic Policies Committee. Students will not be considered for readmission unless they have demonstrated significant improvement in academic performance at the college/university level.

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Dean’s List & Honors

At the end of each semester, students who earn a 3.75 semester with the following stipulations will be put on the Dean’s List:

  • be registered for at least 9 CAM credit hours (for fall and spring semesters; 6 CAM credit hours in summer), not including Internship, Independent Study, or Extended Studies
  • and achieve a 3.75 grade point average in all CU hours taken during the semester.

This is noted on the student’s transcript, and their name if forwarded to the National Dean’s List.

Students who have completed a minimum of 45 semester hours at the University of Colorado (on any CU campus) with at least a 3.65 cumulative GPA will graduate with honors. The following is the level of honors and the corresponding cumulative GPAs.

GPA            Level of Honors

3.65             cum laude

3.75             magna cum laude

3.85+            summa cum laude

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Campus Resources:

Center for Learning Assistance
NC 2006
(303) 556-2802

Writing Center
CN 206
(303) 556-4845

Student & Community Counseling Center
NC 4036
(303) 556-4372

Academic Advising Center
NC 1503
(303) 352-3520

CAM Advising Offices
ARTS 177
(303) 556-2279

Student Advocacy Center
NC 2012 C
(303) 556-2546

Student Debt Management & Student Employment
AD 360
(303) 556-2301

Student Life/Student Activities
TIV 303
(303) 556-3399

Office of Disability Resources & Services
ARTS 177
(303) 556-3450

Career Center
Tivoli 260
(303) 556-303-556-2250

Helpful Websites:

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