Academic Probation Policy

Academic probation is a period of time when a student must address and remediate academic deficiencies. An action plan to clear the deficiency must be developed by the student, the student’s academic advisor, and the specific program graduate committee (if applicable). A student placed on probation will receive written notification by the Office of Graduate Student Services. The student’s program advisor will also receive notification of probationary status. It is the student’s responsibility to write an action plan with his or her advisor. The plan should document how the deficiency will be remediated and it must also include a date by which the deficiency will be cleared. The action plan must be signed by the advisor and the student and returned to the Bouvé Office of Graduate Student Services (123 BK) within one month from the date of the written notification of probation. The student’s failure to submit an action plan may be cause for dismissal from the program. The Academic Probation Contract/Plan form will be sent to the student along with the probationary letter via email, but a printed copy can also be picked up at the Office of Graduate Student Services (123 BK). Students may be placed on academic probation based on but not limited to the following deficiencies:

  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) below 3.000. Students who remain on academic probation for two semesters are subject to termination from their current graduate program.
  • In some programs, a grade of B– or lower in a specified course.
  • Unsatisfactory final grade in a clinical course, practicum, internship, research course, etc.

A Bouvé College of Health Sciences (BCHS) graduate student may repeat a course only once to achieve a passing grade and may only repeat two courses for the entirety of their program of study. A student may be on probation for only one semester, or until the course is offered again, unless the advisor approves an action plan that specifies a longer, but definite, period. A student may only be placed on probation twice during enrollment in BCHS and must correct all deficiencies, as specified, in each respective action plan during the applicable probationary period. Failure to remediate the deficiency within the agreed-upon time may result in dismissal from the program. During the period of probation, the student must earn a GPA of 3.000 or better each semester, or he or she is subject to dismissal from BCHS. Note that individual graduate programs may have additional requirements that must be included in the probation action plan.

Once the student has regained a GPA of 3.000, earned a grade of B or better in a repeated course, and/or demonstrated satisfactory performance in a clinical course, he or she will be removed from probation.

Deficiency Information by Program

  • Audiology: 3.000 GPA and B lowest grade approved
  • Applied psychology: 3.000 GPA and B– lowest grade approved
  • Exercise science: 3.000 GPA and B lowest grade approved
  • Health informatics: 3.000 GPA and B– lowest grade approved
  • Nursing: 3.000 GPA and B lowest grade approved (Direct Entry has exceptions for undergraduate courses taken during the program)
  • Physical therapy: 3.000 GPA and C lowest grade approved
  • Physician assistant: 3.000 GPA and C lowest grade approved
  • Public health: 3.000 GPA and B– lowest grade approved
  • Pharmaceutical sciences: 3.000 GPA and C– lowest grade approved
  • Speech: 3.000 GPA and B lowest grade approved