Scholastic Action / Probation

The faculty expects students to focus attention on the academic program and work to

their full potential. When a student falls short of these standards, the administration meets to make a recommendation for academic action. The recommendation, once voted at the faculty meeting, becomes the action of the faculty and results in scholastic action: a formal expression of the school’s concern to both students and parents. Scholastic action is not punitive. Rather, it alerts students, parents, and advisers to the seriousness of those difficulties. It is hoped that this official warning will encourage students in academic difficulty to improve their study habits or seek help from available sources on the campus.

There are FOUR LEVELS of scholastic action:

  1. Scholastic Warning is usually the first stage of formal action. Often the attention paid at that level is sufficient for students to turn their record around by repeating a course and earning a passing grade.
  2. Scholastic Probation generally follows Scholastic Warning when the level of academic concern has not been addressed or met by the student and/or the situation has significantly worsened. This level of scholastic action indicates that the student’s position at the school may be in jeopardy.
  3. Advice to Consider Withdrawing typically comes when all avenues of reasonable academic support have been pursued but with little evidence of satisfactory progress.
  4. Requirement to Withdraw occurs when the student’s academic performance does not match the academic demands of the institution, for a generally unsatisfactory academic record, for a continued demonstration of willful neglect of work, or when there is no likelihood that the student will be able to meet the graduation requirements.