Academic Probation

When a student isn't performing well in their studies and receives an overall GPA of 2.0 or below, they will be flagged in our academic monitoring system, Starfish, for Academic Probation. Academic Probation Advisors are assigned to work with students to help them assess the reasons for their academic difficulty and discuss the potential actions they can take to return to Good Academic Standing.

What Happens on Academic Probation

If placed on academic probation you have the opportunity to work with an Academic Probation Advisor to develop a success plan to help you return to good academic standing. Success plans include requirements such as repeating one or more courses and meetings with the Academic Success Advisor several times throughout the semesters. If you do not complete the process you may be academically disqualified.

  1. Academic Advisor Assigned
    An assigned Academic Probation Advisor will email you instructions to make a required appointment.

    Students who fail to meet with their AP Advisor to create a success plan will not be considered "on plan" at the end of the following semester and will be academically disqualified if they don't meet the standards for returning to good standing.

  2. Complete an Online Self-evaluation
    The online form link will be sent to your Oswego email account with the dates that each requirement must be completed. This evaluation helps you reflect on the reasons for your academic difficulty and consider what you need to do to recover academically.

    Students who don't complete the self-evaluation will not be considered "on plan" at the end of the following semester and could be academically disqualified if they don't meet the standards for returning to good standing.

  3. Develop an Academic Success Plan in Starfish
    Work with your Academic Probation Advisor during intersession, either face to face, with Skype, or by phone to develop an Academic Success Plan to get you back on track. Academic Success Plans include requirements such as repeating one or more courses and meetings with the Academic Probation Advisor several times throughout the semester.

    If you do not meet with your Academic Probation Advisor to create a plan or fail to follow that plan you may be at risk for academic disqualification.

Helpful Terminology

Successful semester
Semester GPA of 2.0 or above and has received (A through D-, P, S, H, or IP) in 12 credits for the semester when full-time.

On plan
Meet with academic success advisor and created a success plan.

Good Academic Standing
An overall GPA of 2.0 or above and had a Successful Semester

Returning to Good Standing

Students must have a successful semester by:

  • achieving a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA (all semesters combined)
  • receiving passing grades (A through D-, P, S, H, or IP) in at least 12 credits for the semester when full-time

Remaining on Academic Probation

A student on Academic Probation will remain on academic probation if they:

  • have a successful semester, overall GPA below 2.0, on plan
  • have unsuccessful semester, over GPA 2.0 or above, on plan
  • are a reinstated student after academic disqualification

In this case, the student will be expected to follow Academic Probation procedures for the following semester.

Who Goes on Academic Probation?

  • A student whose overall GPA falls below 2.0
  • A new student who does not meet successful semester criteria
  • A continuing student with a previous unsuccessful semester who does not have a successful semester
  • A continuing student who was either in Good Standing or on Academic Warning during the semester who has an overall GPA below 2.0 or an overall GPA 2.0 or above, but did not have a Successful Semester and had a previous instance of Academic Warning or Academic Probation
  • A student currently on Academic Probation, whose overall GPA falls below 2.0, had a successful semester and followed their Academic Success Plan
  • A student currently on Academic Probation, whose overall GPA is 2.0 or above, did not have a successful semester and followed stipulations of their Academic Success Plan

Related Links

Official Academic Standing Policy
How to Schedule an Academic Probation Appointment in Starfish