University Bulletin 2017-2018

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Academic Status Policy for Undergraduates

Academic Status Policy for Undergraduates

Required Grade Point Average

All undergraduate students must meet the established standards designating appropriate academic progress. 

As discussed in the section, General Requirements of Bachelor Degrees, a student must earn a minimum cumulative USA grade point average of 2.0 to graduate. (See special requirements in the College of Education and Professional Studies.)

Academic Probation

Students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 are having academic difficulties and are alerted to this fact by being placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are placed on hold and are required to meet with their academic advisor to discuss their course load and plans for the upcoming semester.  Students will not be able to adjust or make changes to their schedule until they speak with their academic advisor or designated staff in their dean's office.

Students with grade point averages less than those listed in the table below are subject to academic suspension or dismissal.

Academic Suspension

Academic suspension for one regular semester results if a student at the end of any semester does not have the minimum grade point average indicated in the suspension and dismissal table following. The minimum required grade point average varies with the total number of GPA hours at the University. No student will be suspended before they have at least thirty GPA credit hours at the University.

Academic Dismissal

Academic dismissal for one calendar year results if a student who has been reinstated following a previous academic suspension or dismissal fails to make satisfactory progress. Satisfactory progress is specified in the sections following titled Reinstatement Following Academic Suspension and Reinstatement Following Academic Dismissal.

Suspension and Dismissal Table

GPA Hours Minimum GPA
30-42    1.20
43-54   1.43
55-66 1.56
67-77 1.64
78-89 1.69
90-102 1.73
102-up 1.80

 

Reinstatement Following Academic Suspension

Students reinstated following one regular term (excludes summer term) of academic suspension are readmitted on academic probation. Students in this category are subject to academic dismissal if they do not make satisfactory progress. A student is considered to be making satisfactory progress as long as he or she maintains a USA grade point average for each semester of 2.00 or above until their cumulative USA grade point average is above the minimum required grade point average for dismissal as outlined in the table above. Once a student achieves a grade point average higher than the minimum required grade point average, he or she is subject to the requirement to maintain his or her grade point average above the minimum value as listed in the table. Returning students will remain on probation until the cumulative USA grade point average is 2.0 or greater.

Students intending to seek readmission after suspension must first file a Readmission Form by the official deadline with the Admission's Office.

Reinstatement Following Academic Dismissal

Students academically dismissed from USA may be considered for readmission on academic probation after a period of one calendar year has passed. Readmission requires dean's approval. Students readmitted after dismissal are subject to a second dismissal if they do not make satisfactory progress. A student is considered to be making satisfactory progress as long as he or she maintains a USA grade point average for each semester of 2.00 or above until their cumulative USA grade point average is above the minimum required grade point average for dismissal as outlined in the table above. Once a student achieves a grade point average higher than the minimum required grade point average, he or she is subject to the requirement to maintain his or her grade point average above the minimum value as listed in the table. Returning students will remain on probation until the cumulative USA grade point average is 2.0 or greater.

Students intending to seek readmission after dismissal must first file a Readmission Form with the Admission's Office by the official deadline. Readmission after academic dismissal requires approval by the academic dean.

Academic Bankruptcy

Undergraduate students readmitted after an absence of at least one or more calendar years may choose to count all or none of their University of South Alabama credits toward completion of degree requirements and the computation of their GPA. Should the student elect to count none of the prior work, i.e., declare academic bankruptcy, the student is, in effect, allowed to start academic work at the University of South Alabama over with a GPA of zero; however, all course work will remain on the student's academic record. This determination must be made by the student during the term of reentry no later than the last day of class for that term, but preferably at the time of application for readmission. It requires dean's office approval. This election may be made only once during a student's USA career and is irrevocable. Such election also carries with it the stipulation that the student's choice of Bulletin is limited to those in effect from the time in which the student declares academic bankruptcy onward. Academic bankruptcy applies only to courses completed at the University of South Alabama.

In determining academic honors at the University of South Alabama, only the course work taken after academic bankruptcy has been declared counts in the calculation of GPA.

The option of academic bankruptcy is not available to a student who has received a bachelor's degree or certificate.

For financial aid recipients - filing academic bankruptcy will not clear your satisfactory progress problem nor reinstate your federal financial aid eligibility (including loans).

Withdrawals

Official withdrawal (dropping all courses in progress) from the University can be done through PAWS (the student on-line self-service system). Students attending with VA benefits need to check with the Veteran Affairs Office prior to withdrawing. Students with financial aid need to check with that office to determine the impact of course drops or complete withdrawals on financial aid eligibility or possible repayments. International students must get authorization from the Office of International Services prior to withdrawing. The symbol "WD" is recorded for all courses when the student completes the withdrawal within the time limits listed in the official calendar. A grade of "F*, or U*" is recorded when a currently enrolled student leaves the University without completing the withdrawal.

Readmission to the University

Students who were previously enrolled in courses at the University of South Alabama, and have been absent from the University of South Alabama for at least three consecutive terms should comply with the following:

How to Apply for Readmission

An applicant should request the appropriate forms from the Admission's Office. The readmission form, including all required credentials, should be filed with the Admission's Office by the published deadlines found on the Admission's Office web site http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/admissions/applytousa.html.

Requirements for Readmission

An applicant must be eligible to return to the University of South Alabama on the basis of a previous academic record at this institution. If the student has attended any college or university subsequent to last enrollment at the University of South Alabama, the student must also have the required transfer average or higher (as computed by the University of South Alabama) on work attempted, and must be in good standing and eligible to return to the last institution attended. 

Credits Earned in Other Colleges as a Transient Student

A student enrolled in the University of South Alabama is not permitted to take credit work as a transient student at another institution to be applied toward a degree without prior permission from the dean of the college. The permission must be in writing, specifying which courses are acceptable and their equivalents at the University of South Alabama. A copy of this permission must be filed with the University Registrar. Students do not need transient approval if they have not been enrolled at the University for two or more consecutive terms (not including summer).