Retention Policies

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Retention and Academic Probation Policy

Satisfactory academic progress is measured by retention grade point average and the number of credit hours successfully completed. For continued enrollment, a student must have earned a retention grade-point average as indicated below:


0 through 30 semester hours attempted ................ 1.70

Greater than 30 semester hours ............................ 2.00


(Note: All courses in which a student has a recorded grade will be counted in the calculation of the grade point average for retention purposes excluding any courses repeated, reprieved, and physical education activity courses as detailed in the State Regents' Grading Policy.)


Freshman students, 30 or fewer credit hours, with a GPA of 1.7 to less than 2.0 will be placed on academic notice.


Any student who has not maintained satisfactory progress toward his/her academic objective as indicated above will be placed on probation for one semester. At the end of that semester, s/he must have a semester GPA of 2.0 in a minimum of 12 hours of regularly graded course work, not to include activity or performance courses, or meet the minimum retention GPA standard required above, in order to continue as a student.


Students not meeting either of these criteria will be suspended and may not be reinstated until one regular semester (fall or spring) has elapsed. The Vice President of Student Affairs will notify students placed on academic probation or suspension in writing following the close of the semester.


Suspension of Students Classified as Seniors


A student with 90 or more hours in a specified degree program who does not meet the retention 2.0 GPA or semester 2.0 GPA may enroll in up to 15 additional hours in an attempt to achieve retention requirements. This extension will be granted one time only.


Academic Suspension Appeals


The academic suspension appeal procedure allows appropriate discretion in deserving cases. Academic suspension appeal procedures require that the student meet with the Student Affairs Committee.  Prior to that meeting, the student must submit a written document, which states any extraordinary personal circumstance(s) that contributed to his/her academic deficiencies. The Student Affairs Committee is responsible for the final action taken on academic suspension appeals.


Any student who has been placed on academic suspension, successfully appealed their suspension, and has been reinstated to NWOSU must maintain a 2.0 GPA in a minimum of 12 hours of regularly graded coursework in the next term of attendance. Students must do so until they reach the required 2.0 retention GPA. Students not meeting this criteria will be suspended a second time.


Should a reinstated student be suspended a second time, s/he cannot return to NWOSU until such time as s/he has demonstrated the ability to succeed academically. Attending another institution and successfully raising the retention GPA to meet retention standards may do this.


*This information is located on pages 33 and 34 of the NWOSU Undergraduate Catalog.