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2012-2013 Catalog

Academic Standards & Policies

Academic Notice, Academic Probation & Suspension - Undergraduate Students


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The standards below apply to all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled, including students who entered under a previous catalog.

  1. The undergraduate student is expected to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for hours attempted at this institution, which is the minimum grade point average required for graduation. A student is subject to scholastic action any term or session in which one or more semester hours is attempted. Combined sessions and/or terms are considered a unit equivalent to a term.  The cumulative grade point average is based only upon the student’s work taken at UH-Victoria for which grade point values are assigned.  For repeated courses, only the semester hours and grades earned on the last enrollment will be used for computation of the cumulative grade point average.
  2. Credit awarded by examination and hours earned with a grade of S are counted in determining classification but not in determining the grade point average.
  3. Grade changes: If an instructor changes a student’s grade in a course from I (incomplete) to a grade of completion (A, B, C, D, F, or S), the new grade will affect the student’s status only for future terms.  That is, the new grade will not change a student’s status retroactively but may remove a student from probation or suspension for a term (or terms) after the grade has been changed.
  4. Transient/visiting students are not subject to academic probation or suspension while transient students.  If, however, they are later admitted as regular students, the grades they earned as a transient student will be included in all calculations of their cumulative grade point average at the university.
  5. Financial aid probation/suspension is different than Academic probation and suspension.  Please refer to the Financial Aid section for more information regarding satisfactory academic progress.

Academic Notice/Warning
Freshmen students (1-29 semester credit hours) who earn less than a 2.0 grade point average in the first semester of enrollment at UH-Victoria shall be placed on academic notice.  Freshmen students on academic notice are not on academic probation and cannot be suspended.  Freshmen students on academic notice must be advised by the academic advisor in their school, or by an academic advisor in the School of Arts & Sciences if an undeclared major.  After the first semester of enrollment at UHV, freshman students are subject to regular scholastic standards for academic probation and/or suspension.

Academic Probation
Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students are placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0.  Students on academic probation are required to be advised by the academic advisor in their school, or by an academic advisor in the School of Arts & Sciences if an undeclared major, prior to enrolling. 

Students on academic probation whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.0 but whose semester or summer session grade point average is 2.0 or higher will not be suspended at the close of that semester.  The student’s status will remain “academic probation.”

Removal from Academic Probation
Students on academic probation will be removed from that status at the close of a term or summer session in which the cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher.

Academic Suspension
Academic suspension is based on the philosophy that a student may continue to enroll as long as satisfactory progress toward an educational goal is being made.  When progress is not satisfactory, the student is given time to reconsider goals and career plans outside the educational setting.

Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students on academic probation whose semester or summer session grade point average is below 2.0 are placed on academic suspension at the close of that semester or summer session.

Readmission from Academic Suspension
Academic suspensions are based on the cumulative grade point average at UHV only. 

  1. A first suspension applies to the fall or spring term, plus any intervening summer sessions, immediately following the suspension. A student would be eligible to re-enroll after the suspension period.
    • Students placed on first academic suspension at the end of a fall semester are not eligible to re-enroll until the following summer.
    • Students placed on first academic suspension at the end of a spring semester are not eligible to re-enroll until the following spring.
    • Students placed on first academic suspension at the end of a summer session are not eligible to re-enroll until the following spring.
  2. If suspended a second time, the student may not reenroll for a period of at least one year (12 months) and must submit a petition in writing to the academic dean for readmission. Example:  Placed on second suspension after the Fall 2009 term; eligible to reenroll Spring 2011 upon successful appeal to the academic dean.
  3. 3. If suspended a third time, a student may not reenroll at UH-Victoria for a minimum of three years.  Students may appeal to the Academic Council for reinstatement after the third year.  Example:  Placed on third suspension after the Fall 2008 term; eligible to appeal for reinstatement after the Fall 2011 term.