Academic probation indicates to students that their academic record is unsatisfactory and that failure to improve may lead to suspension.
- Undergraduate Students
Students on academic probation will be required to meet with an academic counselor and enroll into our academic assistance program: Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR). These requirements are mandatory for registration to be considered official for the ensuing semester. We will monitor their academic progress along with faculty advisors.
Students with a GPA that falls below a 2.0 — Cal Lutheran or cumulative — will be placed on academic probation. Once placed on academic probation, students must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Fully participate in the STAR program
- Earn a 2.0 or higher semester GPA
- Earn a 2.0 or higher GPA (Cal Lutheran and cumulative)
Students who meet all three criteria will be removed from academic probation.
If these criteria are not met, students may be placed on academic suspension.
What if all the criteria are not met?
- Students who meet criteria 1 and 2 but not 3 may be granted a second semester on probation.
- Students with a semester GPA above 2.0 in the first semester on probation may be given a second semester on probation in which to raise the Cal Lutheran and cumulative GPAs to 2.0 or above.
- Students who have returned to probation in the second semester and who have not achieved above a 2.0 Cal Lutheran or cumulative GPA will normally be placed on academic suspension.
Students who do not contact us and agree to the Probation Contract requirements may be administratively withdrawn from their courses. Even if a withdrawal occurs, students will be held financially responsible and may not be able to receive a reduction of charges on their student accounts.
Students may be placed on academic suspension if they:
- Fail to achieve a 2.0 or higher semester, Cal Lutheran, and cumulative GPAs in the first semester after being placed on academic probation
- Fail to fully participate in the STAR program
- Have been granted a second semester on probation and fail to raise their semester, Cal Lutheran, and cumulative GPAs to 2.0 or higher
- Have been reinstated following suspension and fail to meet all readmission conditions specified at the time of readmission
Students on academic suspension may not take courses at Cal Lutheran.
Academic suspension normally lasts for one full academic year; however, students may be reinstated after one semester if they complete a semester of full-time letter graded coursework and earn a semester GPA at or above a 3.0 at another accredited institution.
Suspension appeals and re-admission
Students who have been suspended must submit a letter of appeal to be considered for reinstatement. All students who have been reinstated following suspension will be subject to the same rules as students in their second semester on probation.
In order to establish the conditions that may lead to readmission, the letter of appeal must include:
- A written rationale for readmission
- A tentative plan for success if granted readmission
- Transcripts of all work completed since suspension
If, following readmission, a previously suspended student is suspended for a second time, that student cannot appeal to be readmitted until after a two-year absence or by completing two semesters of full-time letter graded coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at another accredited institution.
All petitions for readmission must receive final approval from the Provost.
Students with a Cal Lutheran and cumulative GPA at 2.0 or above are eligible for intercollegiate competition and/or participation in any activity that requires absence from classes. Eligibility is also dependent on meeting Cal Lutheran's standards of behavior.
- Graduate Students & Professionals
A minimum 3.0 Cal Lutheran and cumulative GPA are required of all students enrolled in a graduate program or enrolled in the teacher preparation program.
Students whose Cal Lutheran or cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation.
Students on academic probation must bring their Cal Lutheran GPA and cumulative GPA up to 3.0 in the following semester. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 Cal Lutheran and cumulative GPA are subject to academic disqualification from the University.
Students in the PsyD Program
Any grade below a B- in any course will result in academic probation and the convening of a faculty academic review committee meeting. A second course grade below a B- may result in academic disqualification from the program. Satisfactory standing is considered a 3.0 or better with no failed classes (any grade below a B- in any course).
Students in the MBA Program
A grade below a B- in any foundation course is considered failing. This will result in academic probation or academic disqualification. Students may not repeat a foundation course more than once.
Students in a PLTS Program
A grade below a C is considered failing. This will result in academic warning, probation, or disqualification. Students may not repeat a core course more than once.