Understanding Academic Probation

Academic Probation Status

Students are placed on academic probation status as a warning that their academic progress is not satisfactory and that they should take steps to improve their academic performance to avoid suspension from the University. Students who are placed on academic probation should immediately seek assistance in academic improvement from such sources as academic advisors, instructors, Student Life, or the  Academic Resource Center . Information regarding academic policies can be found in the University’s Academic Policies Handbook or Catalog.

Definition of Academic Probation from the Academic Policies Manual:

Students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade-point average falls below the minimum required (see below). It is an early warning that students should take steps to improve academic performance.Students are placed on academic probation if they:

  • are in the first semester of enrollment at Western(regardless of the number of credit for which they are enrolled) and receive asemester GPA below 1.500;
  • have attempted fewer than 10 credits and have less than a1.750 cumulative GPA at the end of a non-probationary semester;
  • have attempted between 10 and 44 credits and have less than a 1.880 cumulative GPA at the end of a non-probationary semester; or
  • have attempted 45 or more credits and have less than a 2.000 cumulative GPA at the end of a non-probationary semester.

Students are expected to raise their cumulative grade-point average to the required level during the probationary semester. Academic probation ends when the student achieves the required cumulative grade-point average. Students on probation achieving at least a 2.000 semester grade-point average even though the cumulative grade-point average has not reached the specified level), may be permitted to continue for an additional probationary semester.