Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal

Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal

Scholastic Probation

Students are placed on scholastic probation at the end of the term in which their cumulative GPA drops below 2.0. Students who fail to clear scholastic probation by raising their GPA above 2.0 after one semester will be placed on continued probation.

Continued Probation

Students are placed on continued probation if their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for two or more consecutive semesters. Students on continued probation must fulfill ONE of the two conditions outlined below to avoid being placed on academic dismissal:

  1. Earn a 2.3 semester GPA or better on at least SIX completed academic hours (in courses numbered 1000 or higher in which grades of A,B,C,D, or F are given) in fall/spring semesters or at least THREE completed academic hours in summer semester. Courses in which grades of W, V, I, S, U, NR, or ER are received do not count toward these hours. Note: The 2.3 term grade point average requirement applies to *all* coursework completed during the term, whether you enroll in the minimum required hours (6 for fall/spring and 3 for summer) or a greater number of credit hours.
  2. Earn the required UGA cumulative average required based on your total UGA credit hours attempted. To see the required cumulative GPA for various credit hour ranges, see http://bulletin.uga.edu/bulletin/acad/dismissal.html.

If a student on continued probation meets one of the above conditions but the cumulative GPA remains below 2.0, the student will remain on continued probation. If a student on continued probation fails to meet either of the above conditions, the student will be placed on first dismissal. 

Clearing Probation

Students clear academic probation when their cumulative GPA rises to a 2.0 or higher.

First Dismissal

Upon a first academic dismissal, a student may not re-enroll in the University until a full fall OR spring semester has elapsed. To be readmitted to UGA following a first dismissal, students must make a readmission appointment BEFORE the first day of classes for the semester they wish to return. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE READMITTED DURING DROP-ADD WEEK. If you have questions concerning probation or dismissal, or to make a readmission appointment, contact:

Jennifer Patrick
Coordinator of Student Academic Services
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
mjenn@uga.edu
164 Psychology Building 706-542-0035

Second Dismissal

After a second academic dismissal, students will be suspended from the University for a minimum of one calendar year. At the end of the suspension, permission to return to the University can be granted only by appealing to the University Educational Affairs Committee. For more information, see https://ovpi.uga.edu/student-opportunities-resources/student-resources/student-academic-appeals/appeal-process. For questions concerning second dismissal, contact

Dr. Diane H. Miller
Director of Student Academic Services
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
dmiller@uga.edu
164 Psychology Building 706-542-0035

Important Terms

Cumulative GPA 

Your cumulative grade point average (GPA) includes only your UGA grades. You must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be in good standing and to graduate. Grades earned in college level courses taken outside of UGA, including transfer and dual enrollment coursework, will not be counted when your UGA academic standing is computed.

Overall GPA 

The overall grade point average (GPA) is calculated using the grades in all of your college level coursework, including courses taken at UGA as well as courses taken at other institutions. The overall GPA is not used to determine academic standing at UGA.

Good Academic Standing

You are considered to be in good academic standing when your cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or above.

Franklin College Academic Support and Retention Programs (CARE, STEP, TPAS, STAR)

The mission of the Retention Programs (STEP, TPAS, STAR) in Franklin College is to help students take steps toward academic progress.  Using a holistic approach, including personalized academic counseling that is reinforced through campus-wide resource connections, we are committed to student success leading to graduation and beyond the arch.

UGA CARE(s)

CARE is an academic success resource offered by the Division of Academic Enhancement designed to improve the performance of any UGA student.  We do this by helping students become self-regulated learners and scholars in their chosen fields and disciplines.  To perform well at UGA, students must effectively manage their time, motivation, coursework, and personal life.  The CARE program helps students Pause, Plan, (connect), and Perform well in college.  Participation in CARE is required for students on scholastic probation in Franklin College.  For more information, please contact Keith Allen in the Division of Academic Enhancement via email at khallen@uga.edu or call 706-542-7575.

Steps Toward Educational Progress (STEP)

STEP is a program designed to assist students who are on continued academic probation, and therefore are in danger of academic dismissal. Students enrolled in the STEP program will meet with an advisor to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop a personalized plan to overcome obstacles to academic success. Students also receive referrals to a variety of campus resources that may be beneficial to them. The program is mandatory for students who are on continued probation.

Contacts:
Zeeshan Bakht
Academic Advisor II
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
xeeshawn@uga.edu 706 542-1412 

Heather Robalik
Academic Advisor I
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
hrobalik@uga.edu 706 542-4305

Transfers Pursuing Academic Success (TPAS)

“Transfer shock” affects many transfer students during their first semester at a new institution. Students who transfer to a large research university such as UGA often have to strengthen their study habits, adjust to new people and larger class sizes, and familiarize themselves with new academic resources. TPAS is a mandatory support program for transfer students who are placed on probation (i.e., have below a 2.0 UGA average) at any time while at UGA. TPAS, a program of the Office of Transfer Academic Services, is located in 130 Memorial Hall.

Contact:
Judy Iakovou
Coordinator of Transfer Academic Services 
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
jiakovou@uga.edu 706-542-6400

Steps Toward Academic Recovery (STAR)

The STAR program supports students who are returning to UGA following a first or subsequent dismissal from the university and whose grade point average falls within a specific range. The program promotes retention by providing individualized recommendations, professional guidance, and academic intervention to help students take the appropriate steps to enhance academic progress. Students are required to make an appointment with the STAR advisor once each semester (with the exception of summer) until they clear probation.

Contact:
Jennifer Patrick
Coordinator of Student Academic Services 
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
mjenn@uga.edu 
164 Psychology Building 706-542-0035