Academic Standing Policy
The following Academic Standing statuses and alerts are designed to help students that need to improve in their coursework, and to identify situations where guidance may be needed.
The University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College expects all students to abide by and practice the highest standards of academic integrity as defined in the University of Cincinnati Student Code of Conduct. Every UC student is responsible for knowing what constitutes academic misconduct and acting accordingly. Cheating violates the academic and ethical standards of the UC community. Moreover, students who cheat sacrifice the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills associated with a course, to be prepared for future courses (which require mastery of previous courses) and to be prepared professionally. Cheating will be rigorously sanctioned per the criteria and standards of the University of Cincinnati Student Code of Conduct.
Good Academic Status
The University of Cincinnati Academic Standing Policy identifies five categories of student academic standing. These are:
- Good Academic Standing
- Academic Alert
- Academic Probation
- Academic Suspension
- Academic dismissal
A student is in "good academic standing" if the student has earned a cumulative (overall) GPA of 2.0 or above.
However, students should be aware that:
- Specific programs or majors may require a GPA substantially above 2.0 to gain admittance, or remain enrolled in that specific program or major. See your academic adviser or information on specific program or major for details.
- Students who receive financial aid must meet Financial Aid Standard of Academic Progress in order to maintain financial aid. Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress include additional criteria. Students can see the UC One Stop website or the UC Blue Ash One Stop office for details. We encourage all students who receive aid to regularly review their current and future financial aid status.
A student is placed on University of Cincinnati Academic Alert when:
- The student has earned a cumulative (overall) GPA of less than 2.0
- The student has attempted less than 30 University of Cincinnati credit hours. All credit hours that have been completed as well as any credit hours that have been attempted but not completed count in as credit hours attempted for purposes of determining a UC student's academic standing status. This would include grades of F, W, UW, I, WX, X and any other credits that was attempted but not completed.
The purpose of University Academic Alert is to provide early notice regarding the urgency of improving academic performance. Should the student not achieve good academic standing before reaching the 30 credit hours attempted threshold, then:
- The student is placed on University Academic Probation.
- If receiving financial aid, the student would also be highly likely to have not met Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress criteria, and thus would be at risk of losing financial aid eligibility.
Students who are placed on Academic Alert or Academic Probation (see below) will receive notification regarding their academic standing status from the University of Cincinnati and UC Blue Ash College. UC Blue Ash students on Academic Alert and Academic Probation will be expected to fully engage in support programs specified by the Office of Academic Affairs. Our mission at UC Blue Ash is to support student success each step of the way – in good as well as challenging times. We will provide the tools, resources and support that help “make it possible” for students to achieve good academic standing. We expect that students who are placed on Academic Alert or Probation will “make it happen” by fully engaging in all support efforts.
A University of Cincinnati student is placed on Academic Probation when:
- The student has earned a cumulative (overall) Grade Point Average (GPA) of LESS THAN 2.0.
- The student has attempted 30 OR MORE University of Cincinnati credit hours. All credit hours that have been completed as well as credit hours that have been attempted but not completed count as credits attempted. This would include grades of F, W, UW, I, WX, X and any other credit hours that were attempted but not completed.
Academic Probation should be understood as a serious and urgent call for the student to assess challenges and constraints that may be affecting academic progress, formulate plans and strategies to address these challenges, and effectively implement an action plan for success going forward. UC Blue Ash students on Academic Probation will be expected to fully engage in the ASAP (Academic Success and Advocacy Program) program. Our mission at UC Blue Ash is to support student success each step of the way - in good as well as challenging times. We will provide the tools, resources and support that help “make it possible” for students to achieve good academic standing. We expect that students will “make it happen” by fully engaging in the ASAP program.
During any semester in which a student in placed on Academic Probation, the student must earn a minimum TERM (semester) GPA of 2.0 or above. Should the student not earn the minimum term GPA of 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension by the University of Cincinnati. A student who is placed on University Academic Suspension is ineligible to enroll for classes, ineligible for financial aid and ineligible to participate in student clubs and organizations.
A student may be placed on University Academic Probation during any UC semester – Fall, Spring or Summer. The student will be notified of her or his University Academic Probation status through the student’s University of Cincinnati (UC) student e-mail account. The Office of Academic Affairs at UC Blue Ash will provide one or more additional notifications. While on Academic Probation, a student must earn a term GPA of 2.0 to avoid academic suspension. Academic Probation standing – other than when the student is academically suspended or dismissed – remains in effect until the student’s cumulative (overall) GPA improves to 2.0 or above.
While on Academic Probation a student must earn a term GPA of at least 2.0 to avoid University Academic Suspension. The standing of any student placed on University Academic Suspension is reviewed at the end of each term (semester) through the UC Registrar's Office. If the student does not earn a term GPA of at least 2.0 while on University Academic Probation, the student is placed on University Academic Suspension. While on University Academic Suspension, the student will not be permitted to enroll in classes for a minimum of one year. If the student has already registered for classes for a future term, those classes will be administratively dropped (meaning the enrollment is cancelled).
Following the year of academic suspension, a student may apply for readmission to the University of Cincinnati. However, readmission is not automatic or guaranteed. The student must submit a written appeal to be considered for readmission; the appeal must include a meticulous, detailed plan of action that includes how standards for a UC degree can be completed, how past challenges and constraints have been resolved, and how success going forward will be attained. The appeal must be submitted to the University of Cincinnati Suspension and Dismissal Appeals Committee. The web link below specifies procedures and deadlines for appeals of academic suspension. The student should consult with an academic advisor from their college for advice, for analysis of feasibility of a successful readmission appeal, and for guidance on constructing a plan of action. Responses to appeals will be conveyed through the student's University of Cincinnati e-mail account. Should a student be approved for readmission following a University Academic Suspension, the student will be placed on University Academic Probation and remain on University Academic Probation until the student's cumulative (overall) GPA reaches 2.0 or above.
A student who is readmitted to the University of Cincinnati following a University Academic Suspension is placed on University Academic Probation. Should the student again fail to earn a term (semester) GPA of 2.0 or above, the student will be placed on University Academic Dismissal. Academic Dismissal results in permanent denial of eligibility to enroll for classes at the University of Cincinnati.
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