Mar 05, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Progress, Probation, and Suspension


Satisfactory Academic Standing

A student is deemed to be in Satisfactory Academic Standing when his/her cumulative grade point average, based upon coursework taken at Fairmont State, is 2.0 or higher.

Unsatisfactory Academic Standing

A student is deemed to be in Unsatisfactory Academic Standing when his/her cumulative grade point average, based upon coursework taken at Fairmont State, is below 2.0.

Academic Warning

At the end of each term, an active student whose term GPA falls below a 2.0 will be placed on Academic Warning and a notation of Academic Warning will be placed on the academic transcript. Academic Warning is not punitive and does not alter or affect a student’s current or subsequent term registration. Instead, the student will be referred to various and appropriate academic offices for guidance, tutoring or other services as required. A student on Academic Warning is required to meet with his/her assigned academic advisor. This policy does not supersede the Academic Suspension policy.

Academic Probation

The status of Academic Probation is automatically applied to a student when the cumulative grade point average, based upon coursework taken at Fairmont State, falls below 2.0.

The status of Academic Probation will be removed only after the cumulative grade point average, based upon coursework taken at Fairmont State, is 2.0 or higher.

A student who is placed on Academic Probation may continue to enroll on a full-time basis, but will be limited to 15 semester hours.

Academic Suspension

The academic record of each student on probation will be reviewed at the end of each regular (fall and spring) semester with regard to Academic Suspension. The following guidelines will be used in the review:

  • Academic Suspension occurs when a student’s cumulative grade point average, based upon coursework taken at Fairmont State, falls below the minimum required GPA, determined as follows in relation to overall institutional and transfer hours attempted:

*Attempted hours at Fairmont State plus transfer credits

 Credit Hours* FAIRMONT STATE Courses Only

 GPA (Excluding Transfers)

16-29          1.45

30-59          1.75

60+             2.00

  • The suspension list will be compiled at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

  • A student will be placed on probation for one (1) semester before he/she is subject to Academic Suspension (see Academic Probation above).

  • A student can be placed on suspension if he/she has been on probation in any previous semester.

  • No student with a current semester GPA of 2.0 or higher will be subject to Academic Suspension.

  • A student who is academically suspended will not be permitted to enroll in coursework at Fairmont State for the period of suspension as defined below:

First Suspension: Student will not be permitted to enroll in coursework at Fairmont State for one (1) full semester plus the summer terms. This means that a student suspended at the end of the fall semester cannot enroll again until the next fall semester. A student suspended at the end of the spring semester cannot enroll again until the next spring semester.

Second Suspension: Student will not be permitted to enroll in coursework at Fairmont State for one (1) full year. A full fall and full spring semester plus the summer terms constitute the required suspension period.

Third Suspension: For a third and any subsequent suspension, a student will not be permitted to enroll in coursework at Fairmont State for four (4) full years. Upon readmission, after the full four (4) year suspension, the student may be eligible for academic forgiveness. Whether academic forgiveness will apply will be determined by the Academic Forgiveness Policy in effect at the time of readmission.

  • A student who has been academically suspended for the first or second time is automatically eligible for readmission after the period of suspension is over, but must reapply through the Office of Admissions to have his/her Academic Suspension hold removed.

  • A student who has been academically suspended for the third time may apply for readmission after the period of suspension is over, but readmission is not automatic. The student’s record will be reviewed to determine if it is academically possible for the student to attain Satisfactory Academic Standing and complete his/her degree program within a reasonable amount of time. A determination of eligibility for academic forgiveness will also be made before readmission is granted. If a student is determined to be eligible for academic forgiveness, the student must apply for academic forgiveness at the appropriate time (Please see “Academic Forgiveness Policy”).

  • Fairmont State will not accept credit for courses taken at any institution while a student is suspended.

  • Fairmont State reserves the right to deny admission if a student has been academically suspended from any institution(s) three (3) or more times.