A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation. Thus, it is desirable that each student earns at least 2.0 term average during each period of enrollment at the university. A student who maintains a cumulative average of 2.0 or better will not be subject to academic suspension. However, in any term in which the student’s cumulative average drops below 2.0, some appropriate action is taken, i.e. warning, probation, suspension, or dismissal. Minimum standards for academic progress are as follows:
Lower Level Students
A. (0-29 hours attempted) A freshman student whose cumulative average is less than 2.0 will be permitted to remain at the university under continuous counseling and academic advisement. The student will receive a warning each period of enrollment that his or her term average falls below 2.0. If the cumulative average is below 2.0 after 29 hours attempted, the student will be placed on academic probation and must earn a minimum of a 2.0 term average during the next period of enrollment. Failure to do so will result in academic suspension from the university.
B. (30-59 hours attempted) A sophomore student must maintain a 2.0 term average, but no action will be taken as long as the cumulative average is 2.0 or above. Otherwise, a student who fails to earn a 2.0 term average will be placed on probation the first time and suspended any term thereafter that a 2.0 term average is not earned.
Upper Level Students (60 hours and above attempted)
At the end of 59 hours attempted, a student must have a 2.0 cumulative average and maintain it each term. A student whose cumulative average is less than 2.0, but who earns at least a 2.0 term average, will be allowed to remain in school but placed on probation. Failure to earn a term average of at least 2.0, with the cumulative average being below 2.0, will result in probation or suspension.
Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal
The first time a student fails to meet the minimum standards of progress; he or she will be placed on academic probation. All subsequent failures to meet minimum standards of progress will result in academic suspension of at least one (1) semester. A student will only be permitted to return to the university following 2 academic suspensions. The third academic suspension is a permanent suspension or dismissal.
Graduate students are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.00 "B" or better. Failure to maintain the required "B" average could result in termination of a graduate student’s status. Monitoring of academic progress of graduate students occurs in the academic department.
Procedures for Petitioning for Readmission
A student who has been permanently suspended (dismissed) from the university for academic reasons must remain out for two (2) terms and may petition the office of admissions for readmission during the second term of his or her suspension. Any petition for readmission must be filed at least (6) weeks prior to the beginning of the term in which the student wishes to re-enroll.
The student’s readmission petition file will be made up by the office of admissions and must contain:
1. A letter of petition for readmission from the student
2. Letters of recommendation for readmission from:
a. The student’s academic adviser
b. The student’s department head
c. The student’s dean
d. An academic plan from the student's advisor
e. Any other letter(s) of support the student wishes to submit.
The student must request that these individuals send letters on his or her behalf to the Director of Admissions, Room G-9, Foote Hilyer Administration Building, Florida A&M University.
3. A copy of the student’s academic record obtained from the university registrar.
The student’s readmission petition file will be forwarded to the university Admissions Committee for review. This committee will recommend approval or disapproval to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision made on the student’s readmission will be final.
If the student is readmitted, the student may re-enter the major he/she was in when last enrolled or use the procedure under "Change of Major" to enter a different major. In the event that the major a readmitted student was in when last enrolled is now either dormant or terminated, the student will not be readmitted into the last major, but will need to seek acceptance into a currently offered major.