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Academic Probation and Suspension Policies


Students at the University are expected to maintain 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 course work.

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 (via University-assigned email and postal letter) of their academic probation status.
  • Students on Academic Probation will be required to complete the Academic Success Plan during their first semester on Academic Probation.
  • Students will be required to schedule an appointment and meet with their academic advisor to discuss the completed Academic Success Plan before they will be allowed to register for the subsequent term.
  • Students on Academic Probation will be required to schedule an appointment and meet with their academic advisor every semester that they are on Academic Probation before they will be allowed to register.
  • Academic Probation requires that students achieve a minimum 2.3 semester GPA each subsequent term until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0 to return to good academic standing. Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative CU GPA to meet graduation requirements.
  • Students who fail to earn the 2.3 semester GPA during any semester of Academic Probation will be placed on Restricted Academic Probation.
  • Students have five semesters or 30 credits (whichever happens sooner) to raise their cumulative GPA to above a 2.0, or they will be placed on Academic Suspension.
  • Once a student has raised his/her cumulative CU GPA to at least a 2.0, s/he will be removed from Academic Probation and notified via University-assigned email that s/he is in Academic Good Standing.

Restricted Academic Probation

  • Students who fail to earn the 2.3 semester GPA during any semester of Academic Probation will be placed on Restricted Academic Probation.
  • Students are informed in writing (via University-assigned email and postal letter) of Restricted Academic Probation status.
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation will be allowed to enroll for a maximum of 6 credits/2 classes per semester (whichever is more). A course and its attached lab are considered to be one course in this case.
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation will be required to schedule an appointment and meet with their academic advisor in order to register for courses.
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation will not be able to register online; they will need to register for courses using a Schedule Adjustment Form, which must be submitted to the Service Center (North Classroom #1003) for processing.
  • Restricted Academic Probation requires that students achieve a minimum 2.3 semester GPA each subsequent term until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0. Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative CU GPA to return to good academic standing and to meet graduation requirements.
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation who do not meet the 2.3 minimum semester GPA will be placed on Academic Suspension.
  • Students who fail to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or above in five semesters or 30 credit hours on Academic Probation and Restricted Academic Probation will be placed on Academic Suspension.

Academic Suspension

  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation who do not meet the 2.3 minimum semester GPA will be placed on Academic Suspension.
  • Students are informed in writing via certified/registered letter of their Academic Suspension status.
  • The minimum duration of Academic Suspension is for a period of one year (three semesters, including summer term).  Students placed on Academic Suspension will be unable to take courses from any CU campus during this time.
  • Should a student be placed on Academic Suspension while registered for the next semester, s/he will be administratively dropped from their courses by the University.
  • A student’s Academic Suspension status is permanently indicated on his/her official University of Colorado transcript.
  • During the one-year Academic Suspension period, students who wish to return to the University should consider one (or both) of the following actions:
    • Attend another regionally-accredited college/university. 
      • Students who choose to attend another institution while on Academic Suspension can take as many or as few credits as they choose, but must earn a 2.75 cumulative GPA in all transferable course work.
      • Students should consult their academic advisor to discuss appropriate course work.
    • Use the time off to directly address and resolve the factors that contributed to the academic difficulty.
  • After the one-year suspension period has elapsed, students must petition the appellate committee (of the school or college they wish to enter) for readmission and meet and document at least one of the following criteria:
    • Attendance at another regionally accredited college/university where they earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in transferable credit.
    • Explanation of their previous academic difficulty, demonstration of what has changed, and how this will allow them to now achieve and maintain Good Academic Standing (including a semester GPA of at least 2.3 and a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0).
  •  Students who choose to petition their college’s appellate committee for readmission must submit their petitions by the following deadlines:
    • For fall admission: June 1
    • For spring admission: December 1
    • For Maymester/summer admission: April 1
  • If a student is granted readmission and his/her CU GPA is below a 2.0, s/he will be readmitted on Restricted Academic Probation. These students must meet the condition of Restricted Academic Probation every semester until their cumulative CU GPA is at least a 2.0.

Second Suspension

  • Students who are readmitted after their first Academic Suspension and fail to meet the conditions of Restricted Academic Probation for a second time are placed on a second suspension for an indefinite period of time.
  • Students on a second suspension may be readmitted to the University only by petition to the college’s appellate committee. 
  • Students will not be considered for readmission unless they have demonstrated significant improvement in academic performance at the college/university level, and/or considerable and positive change in personal circumstances.
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