Academic Standing

Every student's academic record is reviewed, for the purpose of observing academic progress, at the end of each term in which the student is enrolled at UM-Dearborn.

To be in good scholastic standing, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Students who fall below 2.0 in their grade point average will be placed on academic probation. After having been placed on academic probation, the student is allowed one more term of coursework on campus in order to attempt to bring the cumulative grade point average up to the required 2.0 level. If the student does not return to good scholastic standing at the completion of that term, the student may not re-register without the explicit written permission of the unit.

This general description of standards must be augmented by the regulations of each individual unit. All students must, therefore, be familiar with the academic requirements and rules of their own college.

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 (the chief policy body) of the unit in which they are admitted. If a negative decision is rendered at this high level, the student may, under unusual circumstances, appeal the case to the Academic Appeals Board of UM-Dearborn.

  1. The UM-Dearborn Academic Appeals Board shall hear cases dealing only with academic matters, excluding matters of academic misconduct, which shall be addressed by the Academic Integrity Board as defined in the UM-Dearborn Statement of Student Rights & Code of Student Conduct.
  2. Individuals may seek redress from the Board only after all reasonable efforts have been made to settle the disagreement within the unit. Such an individual may then write to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, stating the grounds of the complaint, the name(s) of those most immediately involved, and a summary of the relevant information.
  3. The Board is empowered to determine which complaints it will review. If a hearing is to occur, all parties shall receive written notice, ordinarily within thirty (30) days after the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs has received the written complaint. If, for any reason, a hearing is not to take place, the Board will inform the parties in writing and the reasons for its decision.
  4. The Board will consist of the Council of Deans (minus the dean in whose academic unit the case is being contested), plus the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Life, the Registrar, the Academic Affairs “Proceedings Advisor”, and one student representative named by the Student Government Council.
  5. The Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will chair the Board, without a vote, except to break a tie. All other members of the Board are regular voting members.
  6. Five regular voting members will constitute a quorum to hear appeals. There are no alternates for the eight regular voting members. The term of office is one full academic year for all members.
  7. Each side may call upon the assistance of an adviser.
  8. An audiotape record of the proceedings will be available to both sides.
  9. Since it is the function of the Board to conduct hearings and not court trials, the Chair shall set reasonable limits upon the length of the presentations. The usual format will allow the opposing sides to make opening statements, present evidence, and make closing statements.
  10. Within ten days after the hearing, all parties will receive written notice of decisions rendered by the Board. The Board's action represents the final decision in the UM-Dearborn academic appeal process.