Probation and Dismissal

Probation and Dismissal

Undergraduate students with a GPA below 2.0 are on Academic Probation as per UA policy.  Probation status occurs after the term (i.e., fall, spring) when the student’s cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) drops below a 2.0.* Students are removed from probation upon earning the minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Below is information about how academic probation and dismissal are handled in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). Students in other colleges should consult with their own college concerning their policies and practices.

• After each term, any student who earns less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average is placed on academic probation.  This action is automatic and handled by the Office of the Registrar. Students can view their academic standing in UAccess.

• Students on probation are emailed by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to alert them of their academic status.  All SBS students placed on probation for the first time are enrolled in the PASS program (except for online students)**.  Probation students are encouraged to meet with their advisors to discuss their situation and ways to improve their academic standing.       

• All students on academic probation are reviewed at the end of the subsequent term. There are four possible outcomes:

1. The student earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and got off probation completely.

2. The student decreased his/her B deficit and has a B deficit of 18 units or less. Even if this was insufficient for raising the cumulative GPA to 2.0, the student can continue on probation as he/she works to raise his/her GPA.

3. If the student’s B deficit increased or remained the same and/or the student has a B deficit over 18 units, the student is “subject to dismissal” from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  All students subject to dismissal are reviewed after final grades are posted.  Input is gathered from major advisors and many factors are considered (e.g., time at the U of A, extenuating circumstances) before a student is dismissed from the University.  

4. Students with B deficits of 18 units or less after the second semester on probation may be transferred to the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (CLAS) to work with the staff to explore other majors or may be moved to Social and Behavioral Sciences No Major Selected.  This action is taken with the input and recommendation of the student’s major academic advisor if s/he feels that the student has potential to succeed academically at UA, but perhaps needs to find a better fit in terms of major.  Once transferred to CLAS, CLAS will decide if they accept the student; if they don’t, the student will be dismissed from the University. 

• Any student on academic probation should see his or her advisor promptly after final grades post. Students can discuss with their advisors ways to improve their GPAs, such as grade replacement opportunity (GRO), retroactive withdrawal, and resources on campus (e.g., Think Tank, CAPS).  Waiting until dismissal is too late and the student will need to wait at least one semester before applying for readmission.

• Once a student has been dismissed, there is no appeal process.

• Readmission for students on probation is subject to review and is not guaranteed.   If after a minimum of one year or two regular semesters (fall and spring) away from the University and through enrollment in another higher education institution, a student earns 24+ academic units with a GPA of 3.0 or above, the College will consider their application for readmission.  After two dismissals, a student cannot reapply to the University.   

*Being on probation can affect a student’s financial aid, athletic participation, and other opportunities.  Students should check with the appropriate office to see how probation affects them. 

**First time probation online students are enrolled in the Online Rebound program.