Undergraduate Academic Standing Policy

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Undergraduate Academic Standing Policy

Undergraduate students at the University of Northern Iowa are expected to meet academic standards set by the university and to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress towards earning a degree. Academic Alert and Academic Probation serve to warn students that unless their academic performance improves, s/he may be placed on Academic Suspension. No students in his/her first-semester of attendance at the University of Northern Iowa will be placed on Academic Suspension.

First-semester students (freshman or transfer students) at the University of Northern Iowa placed on Academic Alert or Academic Probation may be subject to conditions designed to increase academic success. A student who does not agree to these conditions may have her/his course schedule canceled for the semester.

All continuing students (students who are in their second semester or beyond at UNI) who are placed on Academic Probation should also seek assistance for academic improvement from academic advisors, the Academic Learning Center, or the Counseling Center.

Academic Alert

Any first-semester student who earned a UNI semester GPA of 1.00-1.99 after their first semester, will be placed on Academic Alert. Only first-semester students new to the university can be placed on Academic Alert. While on Academic Alert, the student will be limited to 14 credit hours. Academic Alert is not recorded on the student's official academic transcript.

At the end of a student's semester on Academic Alert, one of the following actions will be taken:

  • The student will be placed on Academic Probation if his/her UNI cumulative GPA is less than a 2.00. 
  • The student will be removed from Academic Alert and shall be in Good academic standing if his/her UNI cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher.

Academic Probation

Any first-semester student who earned a UNI semester GPA below 1.00 after their first semester, will be placed on Academic Probation. Also, any continuing student will be placed on Academic Probation when their UNI cumulative GPA is below a 2.00. A student placed on Academic Probation must earn a minimum UNI semester GPA of 2.00 for each semester while on Academic Probation until his/her UNI cumulative GPA reaches 2.00 or higher.

While on Academic Probation, a student will be limited to 14 credit hours. Once a student's UNI cumulative GPA reaches 2.00 or higher, s/he will be removed from Academic Probation and shall be in Good academic standing. Academic Probation is not recorded on the student's official academic transcript.

At the end of a student's semester on Academic Probation, one of the following actions will be taken:

  • The student will be academically suspended if his/her UNI semester GPA is less than a 2.00.
  • The student will continue on Academic Probation if his/her UNI semester GPA is a 2.00 or higher and his/her UNI cumulative GPA remains below a 2.00.
  • The student will be removed from Academic Probation and shall be in Good academic standing if his/her UNI cumulative GPA is a 2.00 or higher.

Academic Suspension

A student on Academic Probation who fails to earn a UNI semester GPA of 2.00 of higher will be placed on Academic Suspension. Academic Suspension is for a minimum period of one calendar year and is permanently noted on the student's official academic transcript. Once suspended, a student will not be allowed to re-enroll at the University of Northern Iowa until he/she has been academically reinstated.

Readmission After Suspension

Academic Suspension is for a minimum period of one calendar year. Only the most extenuating circumstances would warrant consideration for readmission before the minimum of one academic year elapsed.

An undergraduate student who has been placed on Academic Suspension may be readmitted only after completing the Application for Readmission from Academic Suspension and receiving formal reinstatement from the Committee on Admission, Readmission, and Retention.

The Application for Readmission from Academic Suspension can be completed and submitted online. As a condition of reinstatement, a student may be subject to stipulations designed to increase academic success. A student who does not agree to these conditions may be denied readmission or have his/her course schedule canceled for the semester.

A student who is readmitted after suspension will be placed on Academic Probation following Suspension beginning with the semester immediately following his/her return to UNI. A student readmitted after suspension must earn a UNI semester GPA of 2.00 or higher for each semester after being readmitted until his/her UNI cumulative GPA reaches 2.00 or higher. While on Academic Probation following Suspension, the student will be limited to 14 credit hours for the semester.

Academic Suspension for a second time is considered permanent. Only the most extenuating circumstances would warrant consideration for readmission from Academic Suspension a second time.

At the end of a student's semester on Academic Probation following Suspension, one of the following actions will be taken:

  • The student will be permanently academically suspended if his/her UNI semester GPA for the semester is less than a 2.00.
  • The student will continue on Academic Probation following Suspension if his/her UNI semester GPA is a 2.00 or higher and his/her UNI cumulative GPA remains below a 2.00.
  • The student will be removed from Academic Probation following Suspension and shall be in Good academic standing if his/her UNI cumulative GPA is a 2.00 or higher.

 

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