Academic Standing

(College of Business and non-Rackham program students should refer to the individual unit section in this Catalog.)

To maintain satisfactory academic standing, a student must have a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0) for all graduate courses taken for credit and applied toward the degree program in which the student is enrolled.

A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below a B (3.0) in a given term or half term will be placed on probation for the following term or half term, or may be denied permission to re-register. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below a B average for two successive terms or half terms may, upon the recommendation of his or her graduate chair and the consent of the Graduate School, be granted a final opportunity to correct the scholastic and/or academic deficiency. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below a B average for three successive terms or half terms may not be permitted to enroll again, and may be required to withdraw from the University.

In addition to the minimum cumulative standards, degree programs may require that students achieve certain minimum grades in the overall program of study and/or in particular courses. A student who is not making satisfactory progress in his or her program, or who has failed to demonstrate an ability to succeed in his or her plan of studies, may be required to withdraw from the University.

A student whose cumulative grade point average is below a B (3.0) cannot be recommended for a degree or certificate, and may be limited in the transfer of credit hours.

Modification of the Conditions of Academic Standing or Discipline

University actions in response to a student's academic deficiencies that result in 1) admitting a student on a conditional basis, 2) placing a continuing student on probation, 3) requiring a student to withdraw from the University, or 4) not recommending a student for a degree or certificate are "conditions of academic standing or discipline" and affect the student's academic status. Under certain special circumstances the actions described above may be waived, by petition, to modify the conditions of academic standing or discipline as follows:

A student on probation when last enrolled in a Rackham program who wishes to be reinstated or change fields or degree level must petition the graduate program and the Graduate School to modify the conditions of academic standing or discipline. The petition should: provide reasons for the poor academic record; explain how conditions that produced this poor performance have changed; and present specific plans for improvement. The graduate program must approve the petition before a student can be reinstated.

For additional information, refer to the individual unit section in this Catalog.

Maintaining Good Standing

All academic units are expected to review the student's academic progress at the end of each term. If a student does not meet the unit's written standards, the student will not be allowed to register. However, the strict use of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) as the sole criterion may not be appropriate in all situations, since certain cases may require that other criteria be used.