Academic Standing Policy

Every undergraduate student enrolled at Stetson University is expected to earn and maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 on all coursework attempted. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation. The academic standing of a student is designated as Good Standing when the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. If the cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student’s academic standing is changed to Academic Warning. Once a student is on Academic Warning, the cumulative GPA must stay above a minimum threshold that is tied to the number of credits that the student has earned or the student will be Suspended for one semester. Students returning from Suspension are on Academic Probation and must make appropriate progress in restoring their cumulative GPA to the 2.0 level or they will be Dismissed. These policies are described in more detail below.

Academic Warning, Suspension, and Readmission

Any undergraduate student whose cumulative average falls below a C (2.0 G.P.A.) at the end of a grading period will be placed on academic warning. This warning will be in effect until an overall C (2.0 G.P.A.) average is regained. If a student earns a C (2.0 GPA) or higher average for a single semester but the cumulative average remains below a C, the warning will be continued. Students on academic warning are encouraged to participate in Student Success Coaching with Academic Success. Students receiving a cumulative GPA that is below 0.5 during the first semester of enrollment at the University (not including summer) will be automatically suspended.

An undergraduate student already on academic warning will be automatically suspended from the University if the cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall or spring grading periods falls below the minimum levels shown in the following table:

Total Earned Units Stetson GPA
.25-71.5
7.25-161.6
16.25-241.7
24.25+1.8

Academic suspension normally extends through one fall or spring semester. Academic work taken at another institution during the time a student is on academic suspension will not be accepted for credit toward the requirements for graduation at Stetson University. Students seeking to return to the University following suspension must apply for readmission from the appropriate Dean. Students returning from academic suspension are placed on academic probation.

  • Students who are suspended at the end of fall semester must sit out the spring and may apply to return in the next summer or fall.
  • Students who are suspended at the end of spring semester must sit out the summer and fall and may apply to return in the following spring semester.

Inquiries and requests for readmission after suspension should be directed in writing to the appropriate Dean.

Students may only serve a single academic suspension. A student who has served one suspension, returned to good academic standing, and then fallen back to the level of qualifying for a second suspension will be automatically dismissed from the University.

Academic suspension and readmission are the administrative responsibilities of the Deans of the College/Schools.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

Undergraduate students who are readmitted to the University following an academic suspension will be placed on academic probation and required to participate in Success Coaching with Academic Success.

Additionally, students on academic probation are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for each fall and spring grading period until an overall C (2.0 G.P.A.) average is regained. Any students on academic probation who fail to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for each fall and spring grading period until academic probation has been removed will be automatically dismissed from the University. A student who has been thus dismissed will typically not be considered for readmission to the University. The Provost is the final level of appeal for academic standing decisions.

A student who is on academic probation may not participate in activities which represent the student body or the college in public or official capacities, including debates, dramatic or musical performances, or other similar public appearances; intercollegiate athletics; student publications, elective or appointive positions in campus government, or other leadership positions on campus; managing athletic teams, cheerleading, or similar activities.