Spring brings probation changes
February 16, 2001
A new academic probation program went into effect this semester to help
Faculty from the Academic Advising Department developed the policy.
If students receives a 2.0 grade point average or below for one semester,
they are placed on academic probation. When a student receives a 2.0 grade
point average or below for two consecutive semesters, they are academically
John Gingrich, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences said, "Students
continue to borrow money and do not make progress, it's not ethical to keep
During the fall semester, 66 students were placed on academic probation,
16 were academically dismissed.
"To maintain the academic integrity of the University, measures
must be taken against those who decide not to uphold academic excellence,"
said freshman Karla Pineda.
When placed on probation, students must fill out a questionnaire and
meet with a Personal Academic Career Track (PACT) adviser three times during
the following semester. PACT advisers discuss plans to get the student off
probation and ideas on becoming more successful. When students on probation
fail to meet with their PACT adviser three times throughout the course of
the semester, there is a stop on their ability to pre-register for the following
semester. "Students appreciate the fact that we are interested and
willing to help," Gingrich said.