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Academic Standing

The academic records of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) students are updated after each semester of an academic year to determine academic standing. Academic standing is posted to students’ academic records at the end of each semester and may be viewed by students at that time. The grade point average (GPA) is based on courses in which students receive a grade of A, B, C, D, F, and P (with course credit). Students who fail to maintain academic good standing are placed on academic warning, academic probation or academic suspension as described below. These standards apply to all undergraduate students, full-time and part-time.

  • Academic Warning: Students are placed on academic warning the first time their cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Academic warning may occur only once during a student’s matriculation.
  • Academic Probation: Students are placed on academic probation if their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 after one semester on academic warning. Students may remove themselves from academic probation by raising their cumulative GPA to at least 2.0. For students attending summer school, a reevaluation will occur at the end of the summer. Summer school grades will be considered a part of the previous academic semester.
  • Academic Suspension: Students on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension for failing to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 after two consecutive semesters on academic probation. Students suspended under this rule will be eligible to apply for readmission to the University after one semester of suspension. After the third suspension students will not be eligible for readmission.
  • Academic Good Standing: A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for an undergraduate student to maintain academic good standing at CAU.

Notification of Academic Standing: Academic standing is posted to students’ academic records at the end of each semester and may be viewed by students at that time. Students will be notified by the Executive Director of the Center for Academic and Student Success (CASS) of their academic suspension status within thirty (30) days of the end of the semester in which they are suspended. To appeal academic suspension and dismissal actions, a student must be able to document mitigating circumstances. Petitions for reinstatement must be received in the Office of Academic Enrichment and Success within two (2) weeks of notification.

Conditions of Continued Enrollment for Students who are not in Academic Good Standing:
Students who are not in academic good standing must adhere to the following conditions:

  • Contact the Office of Academic Enrichment and Success (AES) for advisement at which time an Academic Improvement Recommendation (AIR) Form is completed by the academic advisement counselor in the AES office. This form provides students with strategies to improve their academic standing. Changes to this form can be made only by the Director of AES in conjunction with the academic advisor.
  • Enroll in no more than fourteen (14) semester hours except on approval of the chair of the major department.
  • Must earn at least 2.0 during the probationary semester. Continued enrollment will be determined at the end of each semester.
  • Meet with their academic advisor and/or department chair to review their academic progress at least once a month.
  • Enroll in CUGS 097/098 – Undergraduate Academic Seminar. This seminar is required of students who are not in academic good standing. However, students on academic probation and students who have been reinstated after academic suspension must successfully complete the Undergraduate Academic Seminar or they will forfeit their right to appeal should they be academically suspended.

Academic Reinstatement following Academic Suspension for Continuously Enrolled Students:
Students seeking reinstatement must complete an Academic Appeal Form that requires them to outline specific reasons for not progressing satisfactorily along with a plan for improvement should they be granted reinstatement. This form will be sent to the student along with the academic suspension letter. This form is also available on the CAU Website. Supportive documentation is required, where applicable. The type of documentation that is required is dependent on the circumstances. The request for reinstatement and supporting documents should be forwarded to the
AES for review.

Academic Reinstatement following Academic Suspension for Students Who Have Not Been Continuously Enrolled:
Students who have failed to attend at least one academic semester must reapply through the Office of Admissions. The student must also submit a statement describing any academic activities during the suspension period and outline reasons that reinstatement should be granted to AES for review. A recommendation for action will be returned to the Office of Admissions and communicated to the student