Academic Suspension

What is Academic Suspension?

Students previously on academic probation who fail to achieve the minimum cumulative GPA for their number of attempted hours 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 good academic standing. For the purpose of suspension, summer is not considered a long term.

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

Students placed on academic suspension for the second time may not enroll at TWU for the next two long terms (fall/spring).

Prior to enrollment after a suspension period, students must file an approved Suspension Recovery Plan with Academic Advising (students who have not been enrolled at TWU for one year will need to reapply to the university).

Students unable to meet the requirements outlined in the second Suspension Recovery Plan may not enroll at TWU for a period of two years, after which they may reapply to the University.

Financial Aid eligibility is suspended for students on academic suspension.

What should I do if I’m placed on academic suspension?

Repeat courses you’ve previously earned a grade of “D” or “F” to increase GPA. You can identify the correct course number at local community colleges by using the Texas Common Course Numbering System Matrix.

Keep in contact with the Coordinator of Academic Transitions and/or your Academic Advisor to ensure you are taking the correct courses to raise your GPA.

Contact Financial Aid, Scholarships, Housing, VA office, etc. to discuss how your academic suspension may affect your current and future eligibility.

Summer Suspension Recovery

Students placed on first or second suspension are encouraged to enroll in summer courses to bring their GPA to the 2.0 required for enrollment in the following fall semester. Eligibility to enroll in summer courses requires a cumulative GPA of 1.0 or higher.

What should I do to prepare to return to TWU after academic suspension or summer recovery?

Students who would like to return to TWU after suspension will need to contact the Coordinator of Academic Transitions to schedule a Suspension Recovery meeting with the Director of Academic Advising.

Returning students should also do the following prior to being reinstated:

  • Send all updated transcripts to TWU prior to your Suspension Recovery meeting
  • Contact the Bursar’s office to settle any outstanding balances
  • Complete the Suspension Recovery Intake Form
  • Schedule a meeting with the Director of Academic Advising


What if I want to appeal my suspension?

Students who would like to appeal their suspension should follow the same steps and procedures for all TWU Academic/Administrative Complaints and Appeals. Each type of appeal must be submitted via email no later than ten days after the date of the original decision or decision at the previous level. The ten days for appeals at each level do not include weekends, holidays, or days between academic sessions. The administrator receiving the appeal will respond via email within ten days not including weekends, holidays, or days between academic sessions.

The TWU Academic/Administrative Complaint and Appeal Form [Word] is to be used for appeals. The form may be completed electronically and submitted by email to the appropriate office within ten days of the occurrence of the decision. Addendums are permissible to concisely document the complaint and may be attached to the email or delivered to the corresponding office. Please print a copy of the completed document at each level for your records.

Page last updated 10:06 AM, April 8, 2019