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Policy Details

3 -01.10

Administrative policy regarding dismissal of undergraduate students for academic reasons

(A)    Purpose. A student whose academic performance indicates a limited chance of obtaining the minimum grades required for graduation will be subject to dismissal from the university.


(B)    Eligibility. Specifically, the provost may dismiss:


(1)     A student on probation if the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) is within the following ranges:


(a)     16-29 GPA hours: below 1.5000 cumulative GPA.


(b)     30-59 GPA hours: below 1.700 cumulative GPA.


(c)     60-89 GPA hours: below 1.800 cumulative GPA.


(d)     90 or more GPA hours: below 1.900 cumulative GPA.


(2)     A student on probation or a transfer student admitted on probation who receives nine or more credit hours of any combination of the following grades in the semester under review: F, NF, SF, U. This policy applies without regard to whether the designated grades were included or excluded from the student’s cumulative GPA.


(3)     A student who fails to make adequate progress toward completion of the program of study (including, but not limited to, excessive complete term withdrawals, course withdrawals or grades of NF, SF or U).


(C)    The provost may choose not to dismiss a student within the stated ranges above if circumstances warrant. The provost will not dismiss a student on probation if any of the following conditions apply to that student:


(1)     It is the student’s first semester of enrollment at Kent state university (including first-semester freshman or first-semester transfer student).


(2)     The student has fifteen or fewer GPA hours at Kent state university.


(3)     The student was in good academic standing at the end of the preceding term of enrollment.


(4)     The student earns a 2.000 term GPA (unadjusted for the recalculation provisions in the course repeat policy).


(D)    Required absence. Students meeting the above conditions will be subject to academic dismissal and should expect to be away from the university for a minimum of twelve consecutive months. A dismissed student may not register for any coursework at any campus of Kent state university. The notation of academic dismissal will be printed on the student’s official transcript.


(E)    Reinstatement.


(1)     Reinstatement after dismissal from Kent state university is neither automatic nor guaranteed. A student may be reinstated only if the student provides convincing evidence of probable academic success if permitted to return to the university. A dismissed student who has previously accumulated a substantial number of credit hours and/or an excessively low GPA should expect that reinstatement is not likely to be approved. For programs with selective admission requirements, specified certification standards or additional program and graduation requirements, reinstatement may be impossible. Application for reinstatement after the required period of time away from the university should be to the dean of the college or campus that houses the major program the student wishes to enter. The application should include convincing evidence of the student’s motivation to continue and of the student’s specific efforts during the period of dismissal to eliminate previous weaknesses. After evaluating the application for reinstatement and all supporting materials, the dean will inform the student of the reinstatement decision.


(2)     A student who is reinstated is automatically placed on probation until good academic standing (minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA) is attained. Academic requirements will be determined by the catalog-in-force at the time the student re-enrolls at the university.



Effective: March 1, 2015  

Prior Effective Dates: 3/22/1982, 9/19/2005, 6/1/2007, 8/21/2012, 9/1/2014  

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