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. This action plan must be signed by the advisor and the student and placed in the student’s file in the graduate office within one month from the date of the written notification of probation. The student’s failure to file an action plan may be cause for dismissal from the program. The action plan must specify the date by which the deficiency will be cleared. The Academic Probation Contract/Plan form will be sent to the student with the probationary letter, but it can be picked up in the Office of Graduate Student Services. Students will be placed on probation for the following deficiencies:

  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) below 3.000. If the student remains on academic probation for two semesters, he or she may be terminated from the graduate program.
  • In some programs, a grade of B– or below in a specified course.
  • Unsatisfactory final grade in a clinical course, practicum, internship, or 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 during his or her entire 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.