Office of Academic Services

Academic Standing Policy

The SAS Academic Standing Policy is described on this page. For explanations and questions about the policy and resources available to students in academic difficulty, please see the Academic Warning, Probation, or Dismissal Students section of this site.

Academic Review

At the end of each semester, the Committee on Academic Standing, composed of faculty and academic staff, will review and may take action on the record of every student whose semester or cumulative grade-point average is below 2.000. The committee may dismiss students from the School of Arts and Sciences (except at the end of the first semester) or place students on academic warning or probation. All such students are notified via email. However, all students are responsible for monitoring their own academic record and performance, and failure to receive the notification does not nullify the scholastic standing action. In addition, students are encouraged to seek out assistance from the appropriate university resources.

For the purpose of scholastic standing, grades reported as TZ, TF, or NG and blank grades may be calculated into the student's semester grade-point average as F. Courses with E (with the exception of  TZ  and NG grades in potential dismissal cases) and J prefixes are excluded from the formula for grade-point average calculation. Exercising the repeated course option does not negate prior scholastic standing action.

Warning

Students are placed on academic warning when the semester grade-point average is lower than 2.000 for the first time. Students receive individual email notifications of warning status that include the requirements that must be met for return to good academic standing. Students placed on academic warning are restricted to a maximum of 16 credits for the following semester and required to meet with an academic adviser. Students are returned to good academic standing if they earn a 2.000 semester grade-point average in the following semester.

Probation

Students are placed on academic probation when the semester grade-point average is lower than 2.000 for two or more consecutive semesters. Students receive individual email notifications of probationary status that include the requirements that must be met for return to good academic standing. Students placed on academic probation are restricted to a maximum of 13 credits for the following semester and required to meet with an academic adviser. Students are returned to good academic standing if they earn a 2.000 semester grade-point average in the following semester.

Students placed on academic warning or probation may be required to participate in programs designed to help them return to good academic standing. Failure to comply with the conditions of probation may result in further restrictions on registration or academic dismissal. Students will receive at least one semester of academic probation before the first dismissal.

First Dismissal

Academic dismissal is based on the cumulative grade-point average measured against a graduated standard of increasing expectations in accordance with the number of semesters of enrollment and designated class year. Students' cumulative grade-point averages will be reviewed each year at the end of the spring semester to ensure that all students are making consistent and realistic progress towards graduation standards.

A student will be subject to academic dismissal from the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) when the cumulative grade-point average is less than the figure given below:

at the end of the second semester* 1.500
at the end of the fourth semester* 1.700
at the end of the sixth semester* 1.900
at the end of the eighth or higher semester* 2.000

*Semesters completed at Rutgers University and at other postsecondary institutions are included in the calculation of semesters attended. However, attendance during Winter and Summer Sessions is not counted as an additional semester in attendance. For SAS nontraditional-status students, 12 credits on the transcript (earned or attempted) count as one semester for the purposes of these requirements.

First-year and transfer students enrolled in their first semester at Rutgers during a spring semester ARE NOT subject to dismissal, even when the cumulative GPA is below the specified standard for their class year.

A notification regarding dismissal is sent to students' permanent address of record and Rutgers email address as soon as possible after the end of the spring semester.

Dismissal Policy

Students whose academic performance has deteriorated to the point of dismissal present a myriad reasons for their poor performance. The goal of the dismissal policy is not to punish such students but rather to help guide the student to a pathway for academic success.

Specific Options for Continuation of Study following Academic Dismissal

Students dismissed from the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) are not considered for immediate readmission, although they may enroll in Summer Session or Winter Session. Students must meet all conditions stipulated by the Committee on Scholastic Standing and explained in the letter of dismissal. Students must be able to demonstrate readiness for successful academic work, the ability to raise their cumulative grade-point average to graduation level, and a realistic plan for completing degree requirements.

Students may be readmitted on probation and are expected to earn a 2.0 in their returning semester by exercising one of the following options:

Appeal

Students dismissed from the School of Arts and Sciences by the Committee on Scholastic Standing may appeal, in writing, within 10 days of the date of the letter of dismissal. Click here for details on writing an appeal. Grounds for appeal include technical error or extenuating circumstances (e.g., severe medical problems or family crisis). Students are allowed to present information to the committee only in writing. The letter of appeal must be written by the student, must state the reasons for the appeal, and should be accompanied by appropriate documentation. The decision of the committee is final. Students are notified in writing within one week of the committee's decision.

Grace Period Remediation

A first or second dismissal may be reversed if a student  raises his or her cumulative GPA to the specific standard required by completing coursework during the Rutgers Summer Session immediately following the dismissal.

Students who are able to sufficiently raise their cumulative average will be taken off of the dismissal list but may be placed on warning or probation as determined by the spring semester GPA.

In some cases, when the cumulative average is such that the grace period is not sufficient to raise the GPA to the required standard, it may be more beneficial to waive the grace period in favor of Summer Session Conditional Readmission (see below).

Intent to Continue Form

Summer Session Conditional Readmission

Students dismissed for a first time who are unable to raise their cumulative GPA during the grace period OR by choice waived the grace period in favor of readmission, may accept their dismissal and earn readmission by the following: Students must complete 6 credits (two courses) of coursework for which they have not yet earned during the Rutgers Summer Session, and obtain a Summer Session GPA of 2.75 or higher by the end of the third summer semester. Courses taken during the grace period may count toward readmission. If, however, students choose to enroll in more than 6 credits of summer coursework, the full average for ALL summer coursework must be at least 2.75 to gain probationary readmission.

Students who are successfully able to earn conditional readmission will be placed on academic probation with mandatory conditions and restrictions for the following semester of enrollment and a notation of academic dismissal will remain in the student's record.

Only students dismissed for a first time may utilize this option for continued study.

Intent to Continue Form

Second Dismissal

Students may be dismissed a second time for failure to meet the same standards listed for a first dismissal. Students dismissed for a second time ordinarily are not eligible to return to any matriculating program or unit within the School of Arts and Sciences.

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