Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Academic Standing

Academic standing of all traditional students is 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.

Students enrolled in at least twelve hours who achieve a GPA of at least 3.50 with no grade below a B- are included on the Dean's List published each fall and spring semester.

A 2.00 cumulative GPA is required for graduation from the University. Good academic standing is defined as maintaining the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Some programs required a higher minimum GPA. 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 the Dual Enrollment Options program must maintain a cumulative 2.00 GPA to remain enrolled at the University.

Semester of Attendance
at the University

Minimum Cumulative
GPA Required

1

1.70

2

1.80

3

1.90

4 and beyond

2.00

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

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

  • whose cumulative GPA meets the minimum required after the respective semesters of attendance; and
  • whose semester GPA 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. Additional stipulations may be included with any of these academic standing or academic progress options.

Academic warning status is issued to traditional students whose semester GPA is below 2.00 during the fall or spring semester, while the cumulative GPA 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 GPA is below the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance, but whose semester GPA is 1.00 – 1.99; or
  • whose semester GPA is 1.00 – 1.99 in two consecutive semesters of attendance, even if the cumulative GPA 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.

Students on academic probation status and students who have not met the minimum GPA in their declared major(s) may petition to transfer in the credit and grade point via prior written approval by the school dean over the corresponding major. If the student changes his/her major(s), then the University has the right to remove the grade points. No retroactive grade points will be allowed.

Note: First-time freshmen who are placed on academic probation for their second semester for having a cumulative GPA 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 GPA for semesters of attendance is met.

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 GPA 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 GPA and cumulative GPA 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.

Academic dismissal status will be issued to traditional students:

  • whose semester GPA is below 1.00 in any semester of attendance, even if the required minimum cumulative GPA for semesters of attendance is met.
  • whose semester GPA is below 2.00 in three consecutive semesters of attendance, even if the cumulative GPA 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. In most cases, these students also do not meet the minimum required cumulative GPA after the respective semester of attendance.

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

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 GPA and semesters of attendance at MVNU 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 GPA 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 full time traditional students are for one full semester (January and summer sessions excluded). Subsequent dismissals are for one full academic year.

Students who are academically dismissed may appeal their dismissal. Full information about that appeal procedure is included with the student's letter of dismissal.

After the dismissal period is served, students may apply for reinstatement. 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 GPS program should see the Graduate and Professional section of this Catalog for academic standing policies.