Academic Probation and Suspension Policy
In this policy, the word “student” means an undergraduate student. The term “academic year” means any period of 12 consecutive months embracing two regular semesters, an interim term and two summer sessions. The “cumulative grade-point average” refers only to credits taken at Drake University.
The provisions of Drake University’s probation and suspension policy are grounded in the philosophy that any student enrolled at the University should:
- maintain a level of grade performance that demonstrates that he or she can reasonably expect to attain the 2.00 cumulative grade-point average necessary for graduation;
- progress at a rate that permits graduation within five years of full-time enrollment or within six years for pharmacy undergraduates.
Procedures: Files of students subject to probation and suspension are reviewed immediately after grades are received from the Office of Student Records. Between the fall and spring semesters, when time is of the essence, assistant/associate deans may gather information before grades are processed by student records and begin a preliminary review.
Suspension decisions are made by the associate/assistant dean of each college and school. Before the final decision is made, input from various sources, including the student, adviser, professors and other relevant sources may be obtained. Students are suspended from both the college/school and the University.
It is the college/school practice to mail suspension letters within 5 working days after grades are made viewable on the Web. Suspended students are notified by certified mail, return receipt requested. A copy of the probation and suspension rules is attached to the letter or a reference to those rules is made in the letter.
- A student shall be placed on University probation if, at the end of any fall or spring semester, he/she:
- has a cumulative GPA less than 2.00 after enrolling as a full-time student at the beginning of the semester; or
- in the first year of full-time enrollment fails to complete 20 credit hours of coursework, or in a subsequent year of full-time enrollment fails to complete 26 credit hours of coursework;
- has a cumulative GPA less than 2.00 after attempting a total of 10 hours or more as a part-time student. Individual colleges and schools of the University may establish additional requirements for maintaining “good standing.” Such requirements, when they exist, are outlined in the relevant college/school sections of the catalog.
- A full-time student shall be continued on probation for one additional semester if he/she:
- has a cumulative GPA less than 2.00 but at or above 1.50 after one semester on probation, and/or
- has failed to meet, but is making satisfactory progress toward, the credit hour requirements specified in Section 1b.
- A student shall be removed from probation if he/she:
- has a cumulative GPA of 2.00, and
- is a full-time student and has met the credit hour progress requirement specified in Section 1b.
- Any person who is currently paying tuition for a student may receive notification when that student is placed on probation and may receive copies of all successive communications related to the academic standing of the student until such time as probationary status is removed.
A student shall be suspended from the University for at least one academic year if he or she
- is a full-time student and has a cumulative grade-point average less than 1.00 after his or her first semester at the University, or
- is a full-time student and has a cumulative grade-point average less than 1.50 after one semester on probation, or
- is a full-time student and has a cumulative grade-point average less than 2.00 after two consecutive semesters on probation;
- is a full-time student and, after one academic year on probation, has failed to meet, or after one semester on probation has failed to make satisfactory progress toward, the credit hour progress requirement specified in Section 1b;
- is a part-time student and has a cumulative grade-point average less than 2.00 after attempting an additional 10 credit hours after being placed on academic probation.
- A student who has been suspended from the University may petition for readmission during the last regular semester of the specified term of suspension to the dean of his or her college or school. The student may not enroll at the University for at least one year from the time of initial suspension, or until the term of suspension has expired.
- A student readmitted after suspension remains on probation until he or she has met the requirements for removal from probation as specified in Section 3 of this policy statement. The student shall be suspended from the University again for at least one academic year if he or she has not met the requirements specified in Section 3 after one year of re-enrollment.
- A student may appeal the suspension decision to his or her associate/assistant dean; then to the dean of the appropriate college or school; and finally to the provost of the University. The appeal must be in writing with supporting documentation attached. A personal interview may be granted as well.
- A student who successfully appeals may be granted the privilege of re-enrollment subject to terms and conditions specified and agreed upon by the student and associate/assistant dean.
These statements reflect the policy and practice in each of the undergraduate colleges and schools. A student who may be subject to probation or suspension should contact the appropriate associate/assistant dean for additional information.