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Academic Standing

The college attempts to keep students informed regarding individual academic standing. Students will be notified of academic deficiency. The college provides counseling and academic advising services to help students increase their effectiveness in meeting academic standards, and ultimately to graduate. To be considered “in good academic standing” students must maintain a semester minimum GPA of 2.00, be eligible to reenroll at the college, and cannot be on academic suspension or dismissal status.

Students failing to achieve satisfactory progress will be notified by the dean of student development and encouraged to consult a counselor for assistance. Consistently poor grades will result in an academic warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal from the college. The circumstances under which these actions may be taken are described below:

Good Standing: Students are considered to be in “good academic standing” if they maintain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 per semester, are eligible to re-enroll at the college, and are not on academic suspension or dismissal status.

Academic Warning: Students who fail to attain a minimum GPA of 2.00 for any semester will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning are encouraged to consult with a college counselor and take advantage of academic support services provided by the college.

Academic Probation: Students who fail to maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.5 will be placed on academic probation until such time as their cumulative average is 1.75 or better. The statement “Academic Probation” will be placed on the students’ permanent record. Students shall be placed on probation only after 12 semester credit hours have been attempted. Students on academic probation are ineligible for appointive or elective office in student organizations unless special permission is granted by the dean of student development or another appropriate college administrator. Students on probation may be required to carry less than the normal course load the following semester and are required to consult with a college counselor and take advantage of academic support services provided by the college.

Academic Suspension: Students on academic probation who fail to attain a semester GPA of 1.5 or better will be placed on academic suspension only after attempting 24 semester credit hours. Academic suspension will be for one semester. The statement “Academic Suspension” will be placed on the students’ permanent record. Students who have been informed that they are on academic suspension may immediately submit a Student Admission Appeal Petition to the dean of student development for reconsideration of their cases. The dean will utilize, as appropriate, the Student Affairs Committee in reviewing any such appeals. Otherwise, suspended students may be readmitted after termination of the suspension period and upon formal written request to the dean of student development or college registrar.

Reinstatement after Academic Suspension: Students reinstated from academic suspension must achieve a 2.00 GPA for the semester of their reinstatement and must earn at least a 1.75 GPA in each subsequent semester of attendance. The statement “Subject to Dismissal” will be placed on the students’ permanent record. Students reinstated from academic suspension will remain “Subject to Dismissal” until their cumulative GPA is 1.75 or better. Reinstated students may be required to carry less than a normal course load the following semester and are required to consult with a college counselor and take advantage of academic support services provided by the college.

Academic Dismissal: Students not achieving at least a 2.00 GPA for the semester of reinstatement following academic suspension will be academically dismissed. Students who achieve at least a 2.00 GPA for the semester of their reinstatement following academic suspension must earn at least a 1.75 GPA in each subsequent semester of enrollment. Failure to achieve a 1.75 GPA in each subsequent semester until the cumulative GPA reaches 1.75 will result in academic dismissal. The statement “Academic Dismissal” will be placed on the students’ permanent record. Academic dismissal is normally permanent. In exceptional circumstances, students may appeal by formal written request to the vice president of instruction and student development. Students who have been reinstated after academic dismissal will be “Subject to Dismissal” until their cumulative GPA is 1.75 or better. Reinstated students may be required to carry less than a normal course load the following semester and are required to consult with a college counselor and take advantage of academic support services provided by the college.

Students who are suspended or dismissed from other educational institutions should use these procedures to request admission and enrollment at RCC.

This page was reviewed on June 11, 2013, updated on May 19, 2013. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.

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