Academic Standing, Probation, Dismissal, and Reinstatement

Good Scholastic Standing

To be in good scholastic standing at the end of any term, a student must have an overall average of 2.0 or higher for all UM-Dearborn courses elected.

Neither credit nor grade points are allowed for a course in which a student received an E grade. Any deficiency of grade points (below 2.0 average) resulting from one or more E grades must be made up while enrolled before the student is restored to good standing. A required course in which a grade of E has been assigned must be repeated on this campus during the student’s next academic term.*

*This does not apply to CASL students.

Unsatisfactory Performance

The records of students are reviewed at the end of each term by the Academic Standing Committee. Three degrees of scholastic deficiency are used by the Committee to identify a student’s unsatisfactory performance resulting from poor grades: warning, on probation, or required to withdraw.

In cases where the grade average for one term falls below 2.0 while the overall average remains above 2.0, the student normally will receive a warning letter from the Committee.

Probation

Probationary status (academic probation) is normally assigned to students who are not in good scholastic standing but whose records indicate a possibility for removal of deficiencies by continued enrollment. Students on academic probation are restricted to registering for no more than 13 credits per semester.*

*This does not apply to CASL students.

Students whose academic record is poor for two or three successive semesters are required to withdraw from the university. Students who have been required to withdraw may submit a formal written appeal to be readmitted at a later time, but must, in all cases, have had at least one semester of non-enrollment for their appeal to be accepted for consideration.

  •  College of Business
    While any D grade (D, D-, D+) is passing, it is not considered satisfactory performance. Any deficiency of grade points (below 2.0 overall average) resulting from one or more D grades must be made up before the student is restored to good standing. If the student receives a D grade in a course that is an important prerequisite for other courses, it is recommended that the course be repeated.
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Services
    The College of Education, Health, and Human Services reviews the records of all its degree students at the end of each term. If a certification student’s grade point average for one term drops below 2.75, the student is placed on academic probation and may not register for education methods courses in the professional sequence. If the overall average remains below 2.75 for another term, the student may not be allowed to register as a student in a teacher certification program. Other undergraduate students (those not seeking a teaching certificate) must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5.

Academic Standing Appeals

Students who wish to appeal decisions on their academic status, made by a unit's committee on academic standing, may do so by addressing a petition to the executive committee of the unit in which they are admitted. If a negative decision is rendered, the student may, under unusual circumstances, appeal to the Provost Office.

Consecutive Withdrawal

A student who first registers and then withdraws from two consecutive terms may be placed on academic probation and may not register without the explicit written permission of the Associate Dean or the Associate Dean's representative.

A student who is required to withdraw from one academic unit may not be admitted to another UM-Dearborn academic unit within the same term that the withdrawal action was taken.

Required Withdrawals

Unless extenuating circumstances are presented by petition, a student who is required to withdraw from one academic unit may not be admitted to another UM-Dearborn academic unit within the same term as that in which such withdrawal action is taken.

Academic Reinstatement Policy

The academic reinstatement process is designed to facilitate the return to good academic standing of students who have been dismissed and are seeking to re-enroll at UM-Dearborn. Reinstatement, however, is not automatically granted but is a privilege granted to former students at the discretion of the academic unit.

A former UM-Dearborn student is eligible for academic reinstatement, after an absence of one semester, if the student:

Had a cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.0 during their previous enrollment at UM-Dearborn;

Provides a petition which demonstrates an improved academic performance or a readiness for academic success;

A former UM-Dearborn who is dismissed a second time will be eligible to petition for reinstatement after a period of one-academic year.

All petitions granted are subject to a probation period of at least two semesters where the student must maintain a grade-point average of no less than 2.0. If a student fails to maintain the minimum grade-point average during that period then the student will be immediately placed on probation (see Section Probation).