Academic Standing, Probation & Dismissal

Academic Standing

The term “in good academic standing” means that a student is eligible or has been allowed to register for and undertake academic course work as a matriculated student for the semester in question. In some instances, the College may define a student as being “on academic probation.” The mechanism of academic probation, including any accompanying constraints upon a student’s activities, is intended merely as an educational device designed to encourage greater effort on the part of students who appear to be having difficulty in meeting certain academic standards. Placement on academic probation may precede denial of the right to register for academic course work as a matriculated student if certain conditions are not met, but a student on academic probation is considered to be in good academic standing. Any question concerning whether or not an individual student is in good academic standing will be determined by the College’s Faculty Petitions Committee.

Standards for Academic Probation and Dismissal

If a certain minimum cumulative grade point index is not maintained, a student is subject to probation or dismissal. In determining this index, a grade of “Y” is considered to be an “F.” Grades of “S” or “U” in non-credit developmental courses will be considered by the Academic Review Committee in end-of-semester academic decisions regarding probation or dismissal. This minimum index varies with the total credit hours completed according to the following standards:

Total Credit Hours Dismissal Index Below Probation Index Below
0–23.5 1.00 1.50
24–38.5 1.25 1.75
39–54.5 1.50 1.90
55 or more 1.75 2.00

Total credit hours above include credits earned at Jefferson Community College, transfer credits granted and credits earned by examination (Proficiency Examinations, Jefferson Community College Examinations, C.L.E.P., etc.)

In addition to the cumulative grade point index requirement described above, students enrolled in A.A.S. and A.S. Degree programs are required to maintain a minimum cumulative index within their major course sequence of 1.4 after the first semester, 1.6 after the second semester, and 1.8 after the third semester. If the cumulative index falls below these minimums, the student will be permitted to continue in the major sequence only with the approval of the faculty in the department offering such majors. If permitted to continue, the student is obligated to raise the cumulative index in the major sequence by the end of the following semester, or be denied further enrollment in the major.

Any student placed on probation at the end of a semester is advised that if the cumulative grade point index is not raised sufficiently to remove the probationary status by the end of the next regular semester, the student may be subject to dismissal.

A student who has been placed on academic probation or dismissed from the College is notified in writing of his or her status.