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Undergraduate Academic Standing Policy

Each Roosevelt University undergraduate student has an academic standing determined by his or her Roosevelt cumulative grade point average and unfinished course work. Transfer course work is not included in the Roosevelt GPA. Unfinished course work is defined as any grade of I or F.

To remain in good standing undergraduates must maintain a cumulative Roosevelt GPA of 2.0 or higher and fewer than 12 semester hours of unfinished course work.

Admitted on Probation

Students admitted on probation by the Office of Admission are required to earn a minimum Roosevelt semester GPA of 2.0 in their first term of enrollment. Students admitted on probation are limited to 12 semester hours or fewer if indicated. Students who do not earn the minimum 2.0 GPA at the end of their first term will be academically suspended.

Academic Probation

Students in good standing are placed on probation if their cumulative Roosevelt GPA falls below a 2.0 and/or they have accumulated 12-14 hours of unfinished course work. Students on probation have one term to either bring their cumulative Roosevelt GPA back up to a 2.0 or higher; and/or reduce unfinished course work to 11 hours or less; or to achieve a semester GPA of 2.2 or higher. Failure to do so will result in academic suspension. Students on academic probation are limited to 12 semester hours per term, or fewer if indicated. Students on academic probation must be advised in the Office of Academic Advising and Assessment.

Usually it is possible for students to improve their cumulative Roosevelt GPA or to reduce their total number of unfinished semester hours. To raise the cumulative Roosevelt GPA, a course initially taken at Roosevelt will need to be retaken at Roosevelt. Courses repeated at other colleges do not raise the cumulative Roosevelt GPA.

Academic Suspension

Students are placed on Academic Suspension for the following reasons:

  • Students admitted on probation who have cumulative Roosevelt GPA less than 2.0 during their first semester
  • Students placed or continued on probation who have a cumulative Roosevelt GPA less than 2.0 and a semester Roosevelt GPA below 2.2
  • Students who have 15 or more semester hours of uncompleted course work. i.e., grades of F (failing) or I (incomplete)

Students academically suspended are not allowed to register for or audit classes, negotiate with professors for grades other than those already posted or make further arrangements to remove incomplete grades unless they are reinstated. In order to return to Roosevelt University, students must apply for reinstatement. A suspended student is not eligible for reinstatement the semester immediately following his/her academic suspension.

Petitioning for Reinstatement

Students on academic suspension are eligible to appeal their suspension and petition the Academic Status and Progress Committee for reinstatement to the University. To do so, students must complete and return a reinstatement petition to the Office of Academic Advising and Assessment by the deadlines noted below.

Reinstatement Term Application Deadline

In order for a student to be reinstated for the summer or fall semesters, a completed petition must be received by February 15. To be reinstated for the spring semester, a completed petition must be received by October 15.

Click here to view and print the Reinstatement Application. Petition forms are also available in the Office of Academic Advising and Assessment on either campus.

Submitting an application for reinstatement does not automatically grant a student the opportunity to return to Roosevelt. Applications are evaluated and decided upon by the committee. The student will be notified in writing via Roosevelt email and regular mail of the committee's decision.

The Academic Status and Progress Committee may decide that a student should not return to Roosevelt for the term for which the petition was received but feel that the student has the potential for future success. The student is encouraged to petition for a future term after conditions set by the committee are fulfilled; most often the requirement is the successful completion of designated course work at a city or community college.

Academic Dismissal

If the Academic Status and Progress Committee decides that a student should not be reinstated for any future term, the student's status is changed from academic suspension to academic dismissal. In such cases, students will be notified in writing of their permanent academic dismissal by the Committee Chair. Students who are academically dismissed can have the Committee's decision reviewed by notifying the Committee Chair, who will forward the appeal to the Acting Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Administration, whose decision is final. 

Graduate Academic Standing Policy

Good Academic Standing

To be in good academic standing, graduate students at the master's level must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all graduate work attempted within the student's current degree program. Transfer grades are not included in the GPA. No more than two courses or up to seven semester hours with grades of C will be included in the course credits accepted for the master's degree. For doctoral students, good academic standing permits only three semester hours of C grades, and requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

All graduate credit except transfer credit and excluded courses will be considered in decisions regarding probation, suspension and dismissal. The graduate dean will notify students (and their program directors) in writing of their probation, suspension or dismissal as soon as feasible after the end of the semester.

Academic Probation

Students are placed on probation following any semester in which their grade point average falls below 3.0 (3.25 for doctoral students) or in which they earn a third grade of C or below in their graduate program. Students notified that they have been placed on probation should contact their graduate advisor or program director and agree upon a plan to return to good academic standing within one semester. Probation is a temporary status that allows these students to have one semester or six semester hours to improve their grade point average and/or eliminate excessive grades of C or below from their academic record. This can be accomplished by retaking a required course or substituting an equivalent elective course with the approval of their graduate program advisor. Specific programs may have additional requirements.

Academic Suspension

Students on probation who fail to return to good academic standing in one semester (or six semester hours) will be suspended and barred from registering for further courses until a written plan for regaining good standing is presented to the graduate program director, recommended by the program director to the graduate dean and approved by the graduate dean. This plan must include an account of the reasons for the inadequate performance, a description of any change in circumstances that promise improved performance and a detailed proposal of specific actions (courses to be retaken, substituted or excluded and in which semesters) needed to retain good academic standing. Students who successfully appeal will be permitted to register for one additional semester.

Academic Dismissal

Suspended students who fail to present an acceptable plan for returning to good standing, or who fail to earn adequate grades to return to good standing, will be dismissed from the graduate program. Additionally, students who earn two or more grades of D or F in one semester or in two consecutive semesters will be dismissed without first being placed on probation or suspension. Students whose continued poor grades place them on probation a second time will be dismissed directly.

Reinstatement Procedures

Students who are dismissed may appeal the decision to their academic program's director or advisor. The program director or advisor sends a recommendation and any supporting documents to the graduate dean, who presents the case to the Executive Committee of the Graduate Council. The full Graduate Council considers the Executive Committee's recommendation for or against reinstatement. The Graduate Council's decision is final. Students who successfully appeal will be permitted to register for one additional semester. Students also may be dismissed by a program for academic reasons other than grades, including but not limited to the program's determination that the student fails to meet dispositional or other standards required for the profession.


In all cases of appeals from probationary, suspension or dismissal status, the Office of the Graduate Dean will notify the students in writing of the outcome of the appeal, with copies to the graduate program director or advisor.