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Academic Progress Policy   - 
Students Who Entered FAMU
Fall 2014 & After

Academic Progress Policy   - 
Students Who Entered FAMU Prior to Fall 2014

4.012 Levels of Academic Standing for Undergraduate Students

(1) Good Academic Standing occurs when a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.0 or above. 

(2) Academic Warning occurs when a new student’s cumulative GPA is below 2.0 at the end of the student’s first term at the University.  Students on Academic Warning will have a hold placed on their registration until they have met with an advisor and devised an academic plan of study to return to Good Academic Standing at the end of their next enrolled term. 

(3) Academic Probation occurs when a continuing (i.e., second term or thereafter at the University) student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Students on Academic Probation may not register for more than fifteen (15) semester hours.  A hold is placed on their registration until they have met with an advisor and devised an academic plan of study to return to Good Academic Standing at the end of their next enrolled term. 

(4) Academic Suspension occurs when the cumulative GPA of a student on Academic Probation is still below 2.0 after the student’s next enrolled term. Students on Academic Suspension cannot re-enroll at the University for at least two (2) consecutive terms.  They must file a petition for readmission prior to the beginning of any term in which they are eligible to return. All readmission petitions are forwarded to the University Admissions Committee for review.  This committee will recommend approval or disapproval of each petition to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The decision of the Provost will be final. Students readmitted from Academic Suspension are placed back on Academic Probation.  Students will be placed on Academic Dismissal instead of receiving a second Academic Suspension. 

(a) Students on Academic Dismissal are not allowed to re-enroll at the University unless they are reinstated.  

(5) Reinstatement after Academic Dismissal

(a) An undergraduate student who has been academically dismissed from the University may petition to be reinstated after earning an Associate of Arts degree from a community college.  This option is not available for students who have already earned an Associate of Arts degree prior to being dismissed.  As part of the reinstatement, students may request that their cumulative GPA be renewed after re-entry. The new cumulative GPA will begin immediately upon enrollment after being reinstated.  All previous grades will remain on the student’s transcripts however, they will not be calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA. For honors classification purposes, all grades, including grades earned prior to the academic dismissal, will be considered.

(b) After returning to the University, a student must remain in Good Academic Standing by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Student petitions for reinstatement will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the University Admissions Committee.  All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.  If a reinstated student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be academically dismissed and is not eligible to return.  

(6) Effective Date

(a) This regulation is effective with the Fall 2014 semester and later cohort of students.   Students entering the University prior to the Fall 2014 semester are subject to the Levels of Academic Standing policy in effect at the time of their matriculation.  


Specific Authority: Article IX, section 7(c), Florida Constitution, and Board of Governors Regulation 1.001. History: New July 10, 2014. 


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.