Academic Standards

The University of West Georgia seeks to provide an environment suitable for promoting the systematic pursuit of learning. To ensure this primary goal, the University requires of its students reasonable academic progress. The retention of those students who repeatedly demonstrate a lack of ability, industry, maturity, and preparation would be inconsistent with this requirement.

Students will be evaluated each semester on the basis of cumulative grade point average and the total number of hours attempted. Hours transferred will be included in determining the total hours attempted; however, the cumulative grade point average will be computed only on the work completed at West Georgia (institutional grade point average (GPA)). The academic standing for a semester is not adjusted when a course taken that semester is subsequently repeated during a later semester and the first grade earned is removed from the calculation of the grade point average.

Academic Standards: The cumulative grade point average required for the total number of hours attempted is given below:

 

 1-30...................... 1.8
 31-60.................... 1.9
 61+ hours............. 2.0

 


Under the provisions of the academic policies of West Georgia, students are classified as follows:

Academic Warning

All students who fail to meet academic standards will be on Academic Warning the next semester of enrollment. Students on Academic Warning may be required to meet certain conditions to be eligible to register for future terms. Such conditions may include a reduced course load, meeting with an academic advisor, attending student success seminars, and/or other academic support interventions. There are three possible outcomes from a semester on Academic Warning:
(1) A student who raises his/her institutional grade point average to meet the Academic Standards outlined above, will be removed from Academic Warning.
(2) A student who receives a term GPA of 2.0 but does not raise the institutional GPA enough to meet above standards, will remain on Academic Warning.
(3) A student who fails to achieve a semester grade point average of 2.0 while on Academic Warning will be placed on Academic Probation.

Academic Probation

All students who fail to meet the conditions to be removed from or stay on Academic Warning will be on Academic Probation the next semester of enrollment. Students on Academic Probation may be required to meet certain conditions to be eligible to register for future terms. Such conditions may include a reduced course load, meeting with an academic advisor, attending student success seminars, and/or other academic support interventions. There are three possible outcomes from a semester on Academic Probation:
(1) A student who raises his/her institutional grade point average to meet the Academic Standards outlined above, will be removed from Academic Probation.
(2) A student who receives a term GPA of 2.0 but does not raise the institutional GPA enough to meet above standards, will remain on Academic Probation.
(3) A student who fails to achieve a semester grade point average of 2.0 while on Academic Probation will be placed on Academic Suspension. Once on Probation, a student will not return to Academic Warning, but will remain on Academic Probation unless he/she meets outcome 1 or 3.

Academic Suspension

Students who do not earn a minimum semester grade point average of 2.0 while on Academic Probation regardless of the institutional GPA will be suspended for one semester. Readmission on Probation will be automatically allowed after one semester of suspension. Students on probation who do not make satisfactory progress after returning from an initial suspension will again be suspended, this time for one calendar year. An appeal is possible only if plausible evidence is provided that an error has been made or that a course grade was unjustly assigned. A student who is suspended for the second time may apply for readmission on probation one calendar year from the date of suspension.

Academic Dismissal

Students on probation after a second suspension who do not make a 2.0 on all work attempted in each subsequent semester of enrollment regardless of the cumulative GPA will be dismissed. Dismissed students are eligible to return only when they have earned an associate degree or are granted Academic Renewal after a five-year absence from any post-secondary institution.