Academic Standing

Good Standing

Undergraduate and degree seeking post-baccalaureate students who meet or exceed the minimum academic standards specified for the number of attempted hours are considered to be in good academic standing at the University.

The academic standing is determined by the cumulative grade point average at the close of the fall, spring and summer semesters. The total number of semester credit hours attempted at Texas Woman’s University and all semester credit hours included in transfer from other institutions of higher education will be included in determining the cumulative grade point average (GPA).

The minimum cumulative grade point average required for undergraduate students to remain in good academic standing is outlined below:

  • 0 – 29 credit hours completed = 1.8 GPA
  • 30+ credit hours completed = 2.0 GPA

Post-baccalaureate students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA regardless of the number of completed credit hours.

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 dependent on number of attempted hours. Students previously in good academic standing who fail to achieve the minimum cumulative GPA for their number of attempted hours will be placed on academic probation. Students placed on academic probation may enroll any following semester, and are required to meet with an advisor before registering. If, upon enrolling, the student achieves the minimum cumulative GPA for their number of attempted hours, the student is then returned to good academic standing. If the student does not attain that minimum, but does earn a semester GPA of at least 2.0 on six or more semester credit hours, the student is on continued probation.

For summer, the six or more semester credit hours can be in any combination of the summer 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 cumulative GPA above the minimum will return the student to good academic standing.

A student on probation may not apply for graduation.

What should I do if I’m notified that I’m on academic probation?

If you are notified that you have been placed on Academic Probation, you will be provided academic support through the Pioneers Achieving Student Success (PASS) program. The PASS program provides students with the academic tools and resources they need to develop a plan towards achieving academic success.

As part of the PASS program, you will have an academic hold on your account that will prevent you from registering until after you meet with your PASS Advisor. The PASS Advisor also serves as your academic college’s Coordinator of Academic Advising. This meeting is conducted in addition to your regular advising appointment, and must be completed prior to having your probation hold lifted for registration. To schedule your appointment, you must contact your PASS Advisor and complete the PASS Intake Form prior to your meeting.

Please schedule your PASS Advisor appointment as soon as you receive notification of your academic probation status to develop your academic plan for success.

Campus resources to utilize:

Academic Coaching
Blagg-Huey Library 2nd Floor
Located in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
What they can help with: test taking skills, note taking skills, study skills, time management, and academic motivation.

TWU Write Site
Blagg-Huey Library 235
What they can help with: individualized writing assistance, workshops, and seminars.

Math & Technology Success Center
Multipurpose Classroom Laboratory (MCL) 307
What they can help with: tutoring in math, technology, and statistics courses.

Science Learning Resource Center
Ann Stuart Science Complex (ASSC) 365
What they can help with: tutoring in science courses.

Counseling & Psychological Services
West Jones Hall
What they can help with: individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, mental health resources

Student Health Services
Jones Hall
What they can help with: care for medical issues, mental health services, well woman/well man exams, complete physical exams, prescriptions and refills, lab and imaging tests, referrals to specialist, etc.

Career Connections Center
Woodcock Hall 200
What they can help with: exploring different career paths and majors, resumes, interviews, and job search assistance.

What will happen if I don’t make a 2.0 GPA during the semester?

Outcome 1: At the end of the probation semester, the student has achieved the minimum cumulative GPA required based on the number of hours the student has attempted. The student is returned to good academic standing.

Outcome 2: At the end of the semester, the student has not achieved the minimum cumulative GPA, but has achieved a semester GPA of at least 2.0 on six or more semester credit hours. The student continues on academic probation.

Outcome 3: At the end of the semester, the student has not returned to good academic standing and is not eligible to continue probation. The student is placed on academic suspension (link to academic suspension section of the website) and may not enroll at TWU for at least one long semester (fall or spring). At the end of the suspension period, the student must file a Suspension Recovery Plan before they may return to TWU.

For more information contact a Coordinator of College Academic Advising at 940-898-2367 or advising@twu.edu.

How can I improve my GPA and get off Academic Probation?

The most effective way to raise your GPA is to retake courses you’ve previously earned a grade of D or F. When a course is taken more than once, the grade used to compute the student’s GPA is the highest earned grade.

 

What if I want to appeal my probation?

Students who would like to appeal their probation 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.

 

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 setting up a meeting and 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

To begin the process for suspension recovery or ask additional questions, please email advising@twu.edu or call 940-898-2367.

 

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.

 

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