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Academic Policies

Student Academic Standing Policy

Good Standing

Each student begins his or her enrollment at Mercer on Good Standing, which provides no restrictions on his or her credit load beyond those contained in normal college policy. A student remains on Good Standing by passing the courses in which he or she enrolls each semester and by maintaining a satisfactory cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Academic Progress

The academic sanctions for failing to maintain satisfactory academic standards/progress may include warning, probation, continued probation, academic suspension, or dismissal. These sanctions will be imposed on students who either fail to earn sufficient grade points or who continue to withdraw excessively from classes.

More specifically, any student who has completed 12 or more semester hours with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 (C average) or who has failed to earn at least 50 percent of all credits registered for on the official day of counting student enrollment for two or more consecutive semesters may have an academic sanction of warning, probation, continued probation, academic suspension, or dismissal.

Externally accredited programs may have slightly different academic progress standards, established by said external accreditation body. Please consult the academic progress section of each externally accredited program to determine progression policy. If you are uncertain if your academic program is externally accredited, contact your academic advisor or success coach.

A student placed on academic sanction or dismissal may appeal the action to the Academic Standing Committee.

Academic Standing

To remain in good standing and become eligible for graduation, the student must maintain a C average or a grade-point average of 2.0. Externally accredited programs may have different grade-point average requirements for academic standing and/or graduation. Please consult the academic standing section of each externally accredited program to determine academic standing policy.

A student will be placed on academic probation if he/she earns a cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.0, or below minimum cumulative grade-point average requirements for externally accredited programs.

Academic Sanctions


Student Academic Standing Criteria

PRIOR STATUS SEMESTER CREDITS PASSED QUALITY POINT AVERAGE NEW STATUS



Good
Standing
Satisfactory OK Good Standing
Low Academic Warning
Minimum OK or Low Academic Warning
Below Minimum OK Academic Warning
Low Academic Probation


Academic
Warning
Satisfactory OK Good Standing
Low Academic Warning
Minimum OK or Low Academic Probation
Below Minimum OK or Low Academic Probation



Academic
Probation
Satisfactory OK Good Standing
Low Academic Warning
Minimum OK Academic Probation
Low Academic Dismissal
Below Minimum OK or Low Academic Dismissal
Academic Dismissal one 15-week semester off Academic Probation*

* upon approval of an Individual Success Plan by the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs or designee