Academic Probation

Students who fail to meet minimum scholastic standards are placed on academic probation. The grade point average (GPA) is the average grade points per credit hour computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted at Huntington, not including Incompletes, courses graded S/U, courses replaced with a Repeat course or courses withdrawn with a W before the end of the tenth week of the semester.

At the end of any semester in which students fail to meet the minimum cumulative GPA required for good standing, students are placed on academic probation by the Academic Concerns Committee. Students will be on academic probation for the following semester that they are in attendance at Huntington University.

Minimum Grade Point Average for Range of Semester Hours Attempted

1.70Fewer than 26 hours attempted
1.8026 but fewer than 41 hours
1.9041 but fewer than 56 hours
2.0056 or more hours

Semester hours attempted for minimum GPA include all hours in courses attempted at Huntington as well as those attempted at other institutions, whether or not such courses were transferable.

Any student whose cumulative or semester GPA falls below a 1.0 will be suspended from the University or placed on probation even though the cumulative average is satisfactory. Any conditionally admitted student whose GPA falls below 1.0 will be dismissed from further attendance.

Special students may be refused permission to re-enroll for any semester based on past poor scholastic achievement and are not eligible for probation.

Academic Support Contracts and Conditions of Academic Probation

Students on academic probation are permitted to continue their enrollment under the conditions outlined in the academic support contracts developed with the probationary students by the director of the Academic Center for Excellence. Conditions designated in the contract include a reduction of course load to not more than 12 to 13 hours and limitations on participation in co-curricular activities. Additional conditions may include, but are not limited to, reduction or elimination of non-university activities, required study assistance, limits on work commitments, mandatory counseling, arranging for alternative housing, required class attendance and any other measures recommended by the director of the Academic Center for Excellence or the Academic Concerns Committee to ensure concentration on the academic program. Students are automatically registered for SS 102 Guided Studies Program when they are placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are accountable to the director of the Academic Center for Excellence and the Academic Concerns Committee and are expected to abide by any restrictions established by those individuals as a condition of attendance. Students admitted on probation are subject to the same requirements.

Students admitted, placed or continued on academic probation must contact the director of the Academic Center for Excellence before the first day of the semester to make arrangements to meet individually with the director before the second full week of classes to develop and sign the academic support contract. The terms of the academic support contract are required conditions for continued attendance for probationary students, and students are expected to honor them. Failure to contact the director before classes begin or to follow through on any requirements placed on probationary students may result in the students’ immediate dismissal from the University.

Students on academic probation may not participate in public performances or intercollegiate contests of any kind. Students on probation may not be candidates for positions of honor, such as the Homecoming Court, may not hold office or any other responsible position in organizations, be a member of Student Senate or the Student Activities Board, be a member of a Campus Ministries leadership team, be editors or business managers of student publications, be cheerleaders, be student managers of athletic teams, participate in theatrical productions in either technical or performance roles, participate in University broadcasting or forensic activities or participate in University musical performances unless exceptions are specifically designated in the academic support contract. The Academic Concerns Committee has final authority over the conditions placed on students on academic probation. 

The period of academic probation begins on the first official day of classes of the students’ next term following the semester for which the assessments of academic performance are made and continues through the full semester of attendance. Disciplinary probation may go into effect at any point in the term. 

Students on academic probation are consequently subject to the restrictions designated in the academic support contract and ineligible for various activities effective with the first official day of classes of the next semester they are in attendance. At the end of each semester, the Academic Concerns Committee reviews all completed work to date and the recommendation of the director of the Academic Center for Excellence to determine whether students may be removed from probation or be suspended or dismissed from the University.

Students are neither placed on probation nor removed from probation on the basis of a record achieved while carrying less than eight semester hours except that students who fail to achieve a 1.0 may be placed on probation or advised to withdraw. A record achieved in the summer session does not place students on or release students from probation; grades achieved in the summer session are included in the cumulative record reviewed at the end of the subsequent semester. Grades earned at another institution are not considered when releasing students from probation. 

Any students who are on probation for poor scholarship and who fail to earn the required minimum GPA at the end of the subsequent semester of attendance are not permitted to re-enroll except that students who achieve a C semester average may be allowed to petition to continue for an additional semester. The Academic Concerns Committee must be persuaded that there is reasonable expectation of success and that reasonable progress is being made toward the completion of the degree objective. The Committee may require a higher semester average than C for continued enrollment on probation.

Students suspended because of poor scholarship may apply for readmission on academic probation after one or two semesters provided the students’ records give evidence of ability to succeed. Students who are suspended for poor scholarship, who do not have any record of academic success at Huntington University, should demonstrate the ability to be successful by taking at least a full semester of university level courses at another institution before applying for readmission. Students who were initially admitted on limited load or who have performed unsatisfactorily in their first year and have been subsequently suspended are not likely to be readmitted. Students applying for readmission must demonstrate a reasonable expectation of success in their written appeal to the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty before readmission by the admissions counselor can be considered. Students twice suspended are dismissed from the University and will not be given consideration for readmission.