Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Academic Standing

This section pertains to the standards that apply specifically to a student’s academic standing within the University. The standards for satisfactory academic progress that students must meet in order to be eligible to receive Title IV financial assistance may be found here. Those standards are for financial aid purposes only and do not replace or override the following academic policies of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Students who are admitted on standard admission status (or who are admitted without being placed on probation), but whose GPA falls below a certain level while in the program, will be placed on academic probation. Note that each program maintains specific requirements that must be met in order to be considered in good academic standing. Consult program-specific sections of the current Catalog for information.

Students not meeting these standards will be placed on academic probation. Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA falls below satisfactory academic progress criteria as determined by their program. Students placed on academic probation must achieve a minimum grade of B- in each of the first three consecutive courses during the student’s probationary term in order to be placed on regular admission status.

Students who fail to attain a grade of at least a B- in each of the three consecutive probationary courses, or who earn less than a 1.00 GPA in any term (regardless of academic standing), are subject to academic dismissal. A first-time academic dismissal lasts for six months; a second dismissal lasts for one year. Students who are academically dismissed will receive written notification. If a student has started another course, s/he will be administratively withdrawn from that course and issued a 100% refund (includes all applicable tuition and fees). The student will likewise be administratively withdrawn from the program and the university, and will still be charged for any textbooks s/he has received. The student may apply for reinstatement to the Dean of the appropriate academic department after the dismissal period has been served.

Any student who wishes to appeal an academic dismissal must, within seven days of the date of the dismissal letter, submit a letter to the Dean of the appropriate academic department in which he/she provides a detailed plan for improving his/her GPA. The student may remain in class while the Dean of the appropriate academic department processes the appeal. If a student’s appeal is not granted, s/he may apply for reinstatement to the Dean of the appropriate academic department after the dismissal period has been served.