Academic Standing for each undergraduate in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is evaluated at the end of every academic term.
A student is considered in good standing if they maintain a cumulative KU GPA of 2.00 or better. If a student falls below a KU cumulative GPA of 2.00, they are considered on probation. If it is a student's first semester below a KU cumulative GPA of 2.0, they will instead be placed on notice for that semester.
Generally, students on probation will face an academic dismissal if they do not return to good academic standing or meet their required term GPA at the end of the fall or spring semester. However, there will be an alternative option for students who do not meet their fall 2020 probation requirements. Please see the options below.
What does it mean?
Students with a KU cumulative GPA of a 2.00 or higher but had a fall or spring semester with a KU term GPA below a 2.00 are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss options to help improve their GPA for future terms. This standing is not listed on a student’s record but is noted in the KU portal for advising purposes.
Students that have fallen below a 2.00 KU cumulative GPA for the first time at KU will need to meet with their advisor to fill out an Academic Action Plan and discuss the steps needed to bring their KU cumulative GPA up to a 2.00 or higher. If a student does not bring their KU cumulative GPA up to a 2.00 or higher after the next fall or spring semester they are placed on probation.
Placed on Probation
Students that either did not return to good academic standing after their notice term or have previously been on probation will need to earn their required term GPA or raise their KU cumulative GPA to a 2.00 or higher. In addition to the GPA requirements students must also meet with their advisor to fill out an Academic Action Plan and participate in required support opportunities. Please connect with a College Retention Advisor to help you get started.
Continued on Probation
Students that meet their KU term GPA requirement but do not return to good academic standing will continue on probation and will need to meet with their advisor to fill out an Academic Action Plan to keep working towards returning to good academic standing.
What is my required term GPA?
Your required term GPA is determined by how many graded hours you have attempted at KU. If you have attempted less than 45 KU hours then you are required to earn at least a 2.00 KU Term GPA. If you have attempted 45 or more KU hours then you are required to earn at least a 2.50 KU term GPA.
If a student does not meet their required KU term GPA or raise their KU Cumulative GPA to a 2.00, then they are academically dismissed. Students that are dismissed are not allowed to attend KU for at least the following term and must meet readmission after dismissal requirements in order to be eligible for future readmission.
The College has a petition process where students can request to continue even though they did not meet their probation requirements. It is important for students to have engaged with their advisor, connected with support opportunities and/or show academic progress for us to consider allowing a student to continue.
Generally, students on probation will face an academic dismissal if they do not return to good academic standing or meet their required term GPA at the end of the fall or spring semester. However, there will be an alternative option for students who do not meet their fall 2020 probation requirements. If you do not meet your required term GPA or raise your KU cumulative GPA to 2.00 at the end of this semester, you will receive a notification that you have been dismissed. If you are dismissed, we do have options on how to request an exception. Please see details below.
Next step options if academically dismissed:
- First dismissal – Meet with retention advisor (Shelly Mann or Darrell Johnson) by January 25, 2021 to complete an action plan in order to continue on probation for spring 2021.
- Second + dismissal – Submit a reinstatement petition by January 25, 2021 to receive a decision on whether you will be allowed to continue at KU for spring 2021.
- If you take no action or if your reinstatement petition is denied – Your spring class schedule will be dropped and you will need to complete readmission requirements to return to KU.
- Please note – Even if you are approved to continue on probation for spring 2021, the dismissal will remain on your academic record.
Students that have been academically dismissed from the College must sit out the required time and complete 3 hours of transferable coursework that counts toward any outstanding KU Core Goals 1 – 5. If the student has successfully completed all of KU Core Goals 1 – 5 they are not required to take coursework during their time away.
First Dismissal – Must sit out at least one fall or spring semester
Second Dismissal – Must sit out at least one academic year
Third Dismissal – A third dismissal is final
A 2.50 GPA is required of all transferable coursework taken since dismissal.
Students can apply for readmission here. The College also has a petition process if a student has not met their readmission after dismissal requirements due to extenuating circumstances. More information can be found on our readmission page. If you are thinking about attending a community college in Kansas you can find admission information here.