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Academic Progress

Academic Progress
University-wide minimum academic progress requirements (individual colleges or departments may have higher requirements) are based on the set of minimum grade averages printed below. The minimum grade average requirement is raised progressively in order to help students meet the minimum requirements for graduation.

Satisfactory Progress Requirements
Semester Credits Attempted/Required cum GPA
60 or more/2.00

All student records are reviewed at the completion of each term throughout the year. Should the cumulative grade point average (cum GPA) fall below the required minimum, as noted in the table above, the student is placed on academic warning, academic probation, or may be suspended, depending on prior academic history.

Academic Warning
The first time a student’s end-of-term grades bring the cum GPA below the required minimum, a warning shall be issued from the Registrar’s Office notifying the student that he/she has been placed on Academic Warning. A notation of “Academic Warning” is added to the student’s permanent record.

Academic Probation
The student on Academic Warning is given another term of enrollment to bring the cum GPA up to at least the required minimum. Failing that effort, the student is moved from a status of Academic Warning to one of Academic Probation. A notation of “Academic Probation” is added to the student’s permanent record/transcript.

Exception: The student who has earned a Term GPA of at least 2.0 will be extended yet another Probationary term in which to attempt to raise the cum GPA to at least the required minimum. A notation of “Continued Probation” is added to the student’s permanent record/transcript.

Academic Suspension
If a student on Academic Probation (cum GPA is below the required minimum) earns below a term GPA of 2.0, he/she will be placed on Academic Suspension. A notation of “Academic Suspension” is added to the student’s permanent record and official transcript.

A first suspension requires that the student sit out for the next fall or spring semester. The student may then be readmitted on Academic Probation to attempt again to bring the cum GPA to at least the required minimum. Once again, if the student falls below a 2.00 Term GPA, a second Academic Suspension will be issued and the student will have to sit out for both a fall and spring term.

Summer Term
Students on Academic Suspension may choose to enroll in the Summer Session at MSU in an effort to bring their cum GPA up to the required minimum.

Suspension Appeals Committee
Students suspended from the University may petition for a one-term extension of probationary status if they feel their case warrants special consideration. Appeals must be made in writing to the Registrar’s Office. Circumstances beyond the student’s control and a plan for improved performance must be evidenced before reinstatement will be considered. If the appeal is granted, the student will be conditionally readmitted with the statement “Academic Suspension/Reinstated” recorded on the permanent record/transcript.