Mount Vernon Nazarene University

2011-2012 Catalog

Academic Standing

Academic standing of all traditional students is reviewed by the Student Academic Life Committee after final grades are submitted at the end of each semester (fall and spring). In some instances, a student’s academic standing may be reviewed after the January or summer terms.

A 2.00 cumulative grade point average is required for graduation from the University. Good academic standing is defined as maintaining the minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. Some programs required a higher minimum grade point average. The University does allow (as needed) for gradual attainment of the minimum cumulative average to students in their first three semesters of attendance, as outlined in the table below. Students enrolled in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program must maintain a cumulative 2.00 grade point average to remain in the program and in the University.

Semester of Attendance
at the University

Minimum Cumulative
Grade Point Average
Required

1

1.70

2

1.80

3

1.90

4 and beyond

2.00

Along with maintaining the required minimum cumulative grade point average, students must also make satisfactory academic progress indicated by a 2.00 grade point average during each semester of their attendance.

Good academic standing and satisfactory academic progress is granted to students:

  • whose cumulative grade point average meets the minimum required after the respective semesters of attendance; and
  • whose semester grade point average remains at or above 2.00, or does not drop below 2.00 for two consecutive semesters while at the University.

Students not making satisfactory academic progress may be subject to one of the following: [1] academic warning, [2] academic probation, [3] continue on academic probation, or [4] academic dismissal. These four provisions are described below. In addition, the Student Academic Life Committee may include other stipulations that must be met in response to any of these academic standing or academic progress options.

Academic warning status is issued to traditional students whose semester grade point average is below 2.00 during the fall or spring semester, while the cumulative grade point average meets the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance (see table above). Those on academic warning maintain good academic standing even though performing below satisfactory academic progress.

Academic probation status is issued to traditional students:

  • whose cumulative grade point average is below the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance, but whose semester grade point average is 1.00 – 1.99; or
  • whose semester grade point average is 1.00 – 1.99 in two consecutive semesters of attendance, even if the cumulative grade point average remains above the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance for good academic standing; or
  • who were placed on academic dismissal, appealed, and were re-admitted by the Student Academic Life Committee for the next semester of attendance; or
  • who left the University on academic probation or academic dismissal, sat out the required semester(s), then re-applied and enrolled again at the University.

Note: First-time freshmen who are placed on academic probation for their second semester for having a cumulative grade point average of less than 1.70 will also be placed on social restriction for the same time period. Under this social restriction: [a] the first-time freshman is not eligible for a late pass, and [b] overnight sign-outs are limited to home. Specific rules for academic probation are outlined below for transfer students.

Continue on academic probation status may be issued to traditional students who show improvement in a semester, but whose academic performance has not yet shown consistency above 2.00 over consecutive semesters. This status may remain, even if the required minimum cumulative grade point average for semesters of attendance is met.

Academic dismissal status will be issued to traditional students:

  • whose semester grade point average is below 1.00 in any semester of attendance, even if the required minimum cumulative grade point average for semesters of attendance is met.
  • whose semester grade point average is below 2.00 in three consecutive semesters of attendance, even if the cumulative grade point average for good academic standing remains above the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance.
  • who were on academic probation in a semester and did not show satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Student Academic Life Committee. In most cases, these students also do not meet the minimum required cumulative grade point average after the respective semester of attendance.

Note: Specific rules for academic dismissal are outlined below for transfer students.

Off academic probation status (return to good academic standing) will be issued to traditional students who while on academic probation meet the semester and cumulative grade point average required after the respective semesters of attendance.

Students under academic probation who make satisfactory academic progress in a given semester may: [1] be taken off academic probation and given good academic standing if progress made is sufficient to establish semester and cumulative grade point averages above the minimum required; or [2] continue on academic probation if improvement in academic progress was shown yet was insufficient to be removed from academic probation. The Student Academic Life Committee may also include other stipulations that must be met to any of these academic status options.

First-time transfer student academic policies include the following: [1] Transfer students who are accepted to the University in good academic standing are evaluated by the cumulative grade point average and semesters of attendance at Mount Vernon Nazarene University as described in the satisfactory academic progress chart presented above. [2] Transfer students who are accepted to the University on academic probation are evaluated according to the following satisfactory academic progress criteria. At the end of the first semester, if the semester grade point average is:

  • > 2.00, the student will be considered a student in good academic standing and taken off academic probation for the next semester.
  • > 1.70, but < 2.00, the student will continue on academic probation for the next semester.
  • < 1.70, the student will receive academic dismissal for the next semester.

Academic dismissals for all students are for a period of one full semester (January and summer sessions excluded). Second and subsequent dismissals are for one full academic year. Students under academic dismissal may appeal their dismissal to the Student Academic Life Committee. Direct questions about the appeals process to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs in the Lakeholm Building.

After the dismissal period is served, students can apply for reinstatement to the University through the Admissions Committee. The completed Application for Readmission must reach the Admissions Office no less than six [6] weeks prior to the beginning of the semester for which re-admission is requested.

Students enrolled in a non-traditional Graduate and Professional Studies program should see the applicable section of the GPS Student Handbook for academic standing policies.