Academic Standing Policy
Conditions for Good Standing, Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has an academic standing policy all current students should be aware of and understand.
A student's academic standing at UAFS is determined at the end of each term of enrollment (fall, spring or combined summer terms) on the basis of the student's cumulative and/or term grade point average (GPA). The student's academic standing governs his or her reenrollment status and determines any conditions associated with reenrollment or denial of enrollment for a subsequent term. Normally, students should expect to receive an individual letter from UA-Fort Smith if they are no longer in good standing shortly after the end of each term. However, the policy statement reviewed here is the formal notification to all students of the conditions that determine academic standing and the consequences for each term, regardless of individual notification.
Good Standing (00):
Upon initial admission and during a student's first term of enrollment, except for transfer students, the student is in good standing. (The standing of a transfer student reflects the student's prior record and the status assigned by the Records Office upon admission). A student remains in, or returns to, good academic standing at the end of any term when the cumulative GPA is at or above a 2.00.
UAFS policy states that a student in good standing will remain so as long as their cumulative gpa is a 2.00 or higher.
Academic Probation (AP):
Students will be placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 at the close of the fall, spring, or combined summer terms.
Students will remain on academic probation as long as the semester GPA is 2.00 or higher and cumulative GPA is less than 2.00. Credit hours are not limited. However, students will be required to meet with their advisor to review academic probation and suspension policies. Students on probation will be restricted from web registration and from taking any full online or hybrid courses. Students will be considered in good standing
when their cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher.
Academic Probation Transfer (AT) :
New or returning students who have recently transferred from another institution and have a cumulative GPA below 2.0 must appeal for admission. If admission is granted, they will enter on probation (AT). Students with this standing may have specific enrollment requirements and must make a 2.0 GPA their first semester or be moved to AB suspension (see suspension). Students on AT probation will be restricted from web registration and from taking any full online or hybrid courses.
Academic Suspension (A1, A2, AB):
Students will be placed on academic suspension if, while on academic probation, they do not achieve both a 2.00 semester and cumulative 2.00 GPA at the close of the fall, spring or combined summer terms.
While on academic suspension—the following rules apply:
First suspension (A1):
- Option 1—students may sit out one major term (fall or spring) and return without appeal.
- Option 2—students may enroll in the following major term, but they will be limited to taking 13 hours which must include SAS 0201: Bridge to Success Seminar.
- (AB Suspension): If the student does not make a 2.00 semester GPA and pass the SAS 0201 with a grade of C or better, the student will be suspended for one major term and cannot appeal. Students who enter on AT probation and who do not make a semester GPA of 2.0 will also be suspended for one major term and cannot appeal.
Second suspension (A2):
Once the student has returned after sitting out one major term, if he/she does not make a 2.0 term gpa and raise their cumulative gpa to a 2.0, then they will be suspended for a second time. When this happens, then the student must sit out for the fall AND spring terms.
Academic Dismissal (A3):
A third suspension places a student on academic dismissal. Academic dismissal is permanent unless readmission is granted by the Admission Appeals Committee. Appeals will only be reviewed for extreme medical/life crisis situations if documented and past history is supportive.
Students who find they are no longer in “good standing” at UAFS are encouraged to use this time in ways that assist their academic progress.
One way to do this is to get connected with the Gordon Kelley Academic Success Center.
This academic resource is in place to help students succeed, particularly those who struggle in their classes. Learn more about this resource at: Academic Success Center