Academic Standing

Students must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative average.

Academic Good Standing

A student is in good standing if s/he maintains a 2.0 or higher cumulative average.

Academic Alert

Students in their first semester at UMass Boston (freshman, transfer, or non-matriculated) whose GPA at the end of the first semester is below 2.0 receive a notice of Academic Alert. This serves to alert students of potential academic problems and encourages them to seek advising.

Academic Warning

A student in their second or subsequent semester at UMass Boston whose semester average falls below 2.00 but whose cumulative average still meets the required minimum receives a notice of Academic Warning.

Academic Probation

Students are placed on probation at the end of their second or subsequent semester, in which their cumulative GPA is below 2.0. A letter is sent informing the student of his or her probationary status and strongly urging consultation with the student’s advisor to review the forthcoming semester’s program. While on academic probation, a student shall not be eligible to hold office in any recognized student organization, to represent the University in any sense on or off campus, or to participate in any intercollegiate athletic teams.

Academic Suspension

The student who does not meet the required minimum cumulative average for the second semester is suspended for one semester and must apply for readmission through the appropriate authority. The readmitting body may set conditions on the student’s schedule and shall set standards for retention. A student who has achieved a semester average of at least 2.3 for the semester immediately preceding suspension (having completed at least six credits with grades other than P, F, or INC) will instead be placed on Extended Probation, giving the student another semester in which to achieve a cumulative average of 2.0. Students are eligible for multiple semesters of Extended Probation, as long as they continue to meet these minimum conditions.

Academic Dismissal

A student who, subsequent to suspension and readmission, does not meet the retention standards set by the readmitting body shall be dismissed. A student who has been dismissed may appeal for readmission after one year. A student who is suspended or dismissed may not enroll as a Special Student and may not take courses through University College (either in regular semesters or winter and summer courses).

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