Office of Academic Services

Suspension (formerly First Dismissal)

As of Spring 2015, there has been a change in terminology relating to the SAS Dismissal Policy, but the policy itself has not changed. What was formerly termed "First Dismissal" is now called "Suspension". What was formerly termed "Second Dismissal" is now called a "Dismissal".

Academic Suspension is based on the cumulative GPA measured against a graduated standard of increasing expectations in accordance with the number of semesters of enrollment and designated class year. Students' cumulative GPA are reviewed each year at the end of the Spring Semester to ensure that all students are making adequate and consistent progress towards degree completion.

A student will be subject to Academic Suspension from the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) when the cumulative GPA 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

*Class year is the determining factor in Suspension/Dismissal Status. Be sure that your declared class year matches a realistic, intended graduation date. 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 students officially designated as having nontraditional status, 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 Suspension, even when the cumulative GPA is below the specified standard for their class year. Students will receive at least one semester of Academic Warning before receiving a Suspension.

A notification of Suspension is sent to the student's permanent address of record and Rutgers email address as soon as possible after the end of the Spring Semester.

  • For explanations and questions about the policy and resources available to students in academic difficulty, please see the Academic Standing: Success at SAS section of this site.


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