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Purpose of academic probation

  • To provide a warning that allows time to recover before reaching suspension
  • To focus attention on students’ grades and address issues preventing success
  • To connect students with strategies and support services needed to insure success

Why students’ grades fall leading to academic probation  

  •  Procrastination in doing assignments


  •  Lack of study skills 
  •  Missed classes


  •  Test taking skills
  •  Stress


  •  Poor study environment
  •  Lack of Time Management


  •  Inadequate study time
  •  Lack of motivation


  •  Inability to concentrate

(results of UNC-G survey)

University policies on probation and recovery from probation

Academic Probation

Students who fail to maintain academic good standing are placed on academic probation or suspension.  Academic standing is determined based on cumulative GPA at the end of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Good standing means a GPA of 1.8 for students who have attempted 29 or fewer hours; 2.0 for students with 30 or more hours). Students previously in academic good standing who fail to achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average for their classification will be placed on academic probation.

Students placed on academic probation may enroll any following semester and should meet with an advisor before registering. If, upon enrolling, they achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average for their classification, they are then returned to academic good standing. If they do not attain that minimum, but they do earn a semester grade point average of at least 2.0 on nine or more hours, they are continued on probation. 

For summer, the 9 or more hours can be in the long summer term or total equivalent short terms.  Students will not be placed on probation at the end of the summer term who were not previously on probation entering the term.  However, summer work that raises the GPA above the cumulative minimum will return the student to good academic standing.  A student on probation may not apply for graduation.

 Academic Suspension

Students previously on academic probation who fail to achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average for their classification or who are not continued on probation as just described, are placed on academic suspension.   Students will not be suspended at the end of a summer term who start the term on probation, but the probation status will remain for the following fall term if the summer work fails to improve the GPA to the minimum needed for academic good standing.  For the purpose of suspension, summer is not considered a long term. 

• Students placed on academic suspension for the first time are not allowed to enroll at TWU for the next long term (fall or spring).

• Students placed on academic suspension for the second time are required to complete a Suspension Recovery Contract and are not allowed to enroll at TWU for the next two long terms (fall or spring).

• Students unable to meet the GPA requirements outlined in the Suspension Recovery Contract are not allowed to enroll at TWU for an indefinite period; typically at least two years. 

Financial Aid eligibility is suspended for students on academic suspension.

Summer Suspension Recovery.  Students on first or second suspension with a GPA of 1.0 or higher may enroll in summer courses at TWU.  A suspended student must raise their GPA to a 2.0 in order to enroll in the subsequent fall semester.  Students meeting the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement must petition the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Partnerships in writing in order to be considered for fall reinstatement.

Undergraduate Student Reinstatement.  When the suspension period has expired, students are eligible to re-enroll on academic probation by petitioning the Office of Undergraduate Studies in writing and completing a Suspension Recovery Contract.  As part of the Suspension Recovery Contract, the Office of Undergraduate Studies may impose conditions on re-entry students regarding specific courses for enrollment, course load limits, work load limits, etc. 

It is not possible for students on academic suspension to shorten the suspension period by submitting work early that has been completed at another institution during the suspension period.  Course work completed at another institution during suspension may help raise the cumulative GPA and affect eligibility for financial aid.  Upon return from suspension students should consult with an academic advisor prior to enrolling in any courses.

Want to return from suspension?  Follow this Roadmap to Recovery.

Probation Recovery Strategies and Probation Recovery Form

  • Download the Probation Recovery Form
  • Meet with your academic advisor before registering for next semester and again at mid-semester
  • Use the Probation Recovery form to make a written plan to recover your GPA; calculate what GPA you will need to earn.
  • Take no more than 12 credit hours
  • Re-take and pass classes you have failed as soon as possible.
  • Get help to improve study habits and time management
  • Attend every class
  • Regularly seek assistance from tutoring centers

Least effective strategies for recovery from probation

  • “Try harder” but make no change in study habits or attendance
  •  Continue working full time while on academic probation

Examples of probation recovery efforts

The fastest way to get off probation and clear up your record is to enroll in fewer classes, repeat any substandard work, and pass all future classes.  Following the sample student's academic record below may help you select a strategy for academic recovery.

Fall 2007




 MATH 1013



 ENG 1013



 SCI 1114




 1.1 (semester GPA)

 1.1 (cumulative GPA)

Spring 2008

   SCH Grades 
WS 2013  3  B
HIST 1013  3  D
PSY 1013  3  D
GPA  1.67 (semester GPA) 1.385 (cumulative GPA)

Strategy 1: Same plan, just try harder

   SCH Grades 
HIST 1023 3 C
MATH 1303 3 C
GOV 2013 3 C
GPA  2.0 (semester GPA) 1.69 (cumulative GPA)

The student takes the same number of courses.  She works harder and does better, earning all C grades.  However, C grades earn a 2.0 GPA for the semester and only bring the student's cumulative GPA up to 1.69.  The student would continue on probation.

Strategy 2: Fewer classes, more study = much better grades

   SCH Grades 
HIST 1023 3 B
MATH 1303 3 C
GPA 2.5 (semester GPA) 1.94 (cumulative GPA)

The student takes only two courses and does much better, earning a B and a C.  She is able to get better grades because she can devote much more time to study for each class, and the quality of her work goes way up.  Her cumulative GPA goes up significantly to a 1.94.  She is still on probation, however, she could potentially get off probation after one more successful semester like this one.

Strategy 3:  Fewer classes, more study and repeat Ds and Fs

   SCH Grades 
ENG 1013 3 A
MATH 1303 3


GPA 4.0 (semester GPA) 2.27 (cumulative GPA)

In this final strategy, the student has chosen to repeat ENG 1013 (which was an F grade in Fall 2008) and take only one other course.  She gets all A grades, however, because she is repeating an F grade, her cumulative GPA shoots up to 2.27!  The student is no longer on academic probation!

 Guidelines for GPA Calculation for Probation Recovery

  • A = 4 grade points
  • B = 3 grade points
  • C = 2 grade points
  • D = 1 grade point
  • F= 0 grade points
  • W = no grade points, not figured into GPA
  • WF = 0 grade points, but IS figured into GPA
  • Developmental course grades are NOT figured into GPA.

For 2.0 GPA [C average] to continue on probation (2.0 GPA)

A student could continue on probation with the following grades:


  • 1 B, 1C, 1D;  -or-
  • 3 Cs;  -or-
  • 1 A, 2 Cs

12 SCH

  • 1 B, 2 CS, 1 D; -or-
  • 4 Cs; -or-
  • 2 Bs, 2 Ds; -or-
  • 1 A, 1 C, 2 Ds

15 SCH

15 SCH is not recommended for students on probation.  TWU recommends taking fewer courses and repeating and replacing failing grades to boost your GPA.

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