What is Academic Probation?
At the close of each semester, your academic record will be reviewed to verify your grade point average and determine your academic standing. Academic standing is determined using both semester and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs). The three levels of academic standing (see the University Catalog for details) are:
- Good Standing
- Academic Probation
- Academic Dismissal
Academic Probation refers to a level of Academic Standing between Good Standing and Academic Dismissal. While on probation, you are allowed to continue enrollment at Indiana Tech, but you are no longer in Good Standing and are in jeopardy of Academic Dismissal.
Probation serves as a serious warning that your academic performance needs improvement, alerting you that you are in jeopardy of Academic Dismissal.
While on Academic Probation, you will be dismissed at the end of the term if both:
(1st and 2nd semester)
- Your cumulative GPA is below a 1.50, and
- Your semester GPA is below a 1.50
(3rd semester and beyond)
- Your cumulative GPA is below a 2.00, and
- Your semester GPA is below a 2.00
Why are students placed on Academic Probation?
Students are placed on probation for one of two reasons:
- If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 (1.50 for 1st and 2nd semesters), or
- If your semester GPA is below 2.00 (1.50 for 1st and 2nd semesters) for two consecutive semesters.
This means that some students on probation have a cumulative GPA below 2.00, and other students on probation have a GPA of 2.00 or higher. Either way, probation is the result of academic struggle. If you are on probation, now is the time to position yourself for success and turn things around.
Is Academic Probation Serious?
Yes, for at least two reasons: your position within your program and any financial assistance you receive.
Because probation can lead to dismissal at the end of the term, probation is very serious. Dismissal from the university can lead to permanent dismissal from certain colleges or programs. Again, some students dismissed from Indiana Tech can never return to their previous degree program. If you are on probation, contact your college about the risks of dismissal and what it might cost you.
If you are receiving financial aid, it is crucial that you begin to earn strong grades now. Of all the reasons to perform well in the classroom, finances may make the most immediate impact on our students. For students receiving aid, academic probation nearly always equates with a failure to meet guidelines for “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP).
How can I return to Good Standing?
You will return to Good Standing when both your semester GPA and cumulative GPA are 2.00 or above.
You will want to promptly contact your academic advisor, your best and most valuable resource for information. You should speak with your academic advisor about the possibility of repeating courses in which you earned a grade below C, as the new grade might possibly replace the previous grade. Successful grade-replacement repeats are one of the best ways to improve your cumulative GPA.
Most colleges operate a special advising program for students on Academic Probation. With your advisor, you will develop a plan to return to good academic standing. Your advisor can help you clarify your goals, objectives, interests, and abilities to ensure that you are on the right track. Your advisor may urge you to not overload your schedule while on Probation. This is important advice, as many students increase course loads so they can “catch up” or “fix things.” Probation is a time for quality rather than quantity; making grades of B or higher is much more important than earning extra credits.
In addition, you may want to schedule an appointment with an academic coach from the Office of Student Success to establish study strategies and discuss the obstacles you are presently facing. Your academic coach can also help you take advantage of the many resources available on campus. Both coaches and advisors are important to your academic success. Broadly, advisors help you plan your curriculum and choose your courses; coaches help you succeed in those courses.