This portion of your Graduate Student Handbook is designed to help you understand the universities Academic Probation Policy. Provide you with information on how to calculate your grade point balance and additional steps that must be followed. Please review the academic probation information below (Sections I - IV). It is critical to your success in the program that read all the information provided.
I. What is Academic Probation
A student enrolled in a graduate degree program will be placed on academic probation if either the graduate or the Study Plan grade point average falls below a 3.0. A graduate student may also be placed on academic probation for reasons other than graduate and/or Study Plan grade point average. Last, if the foundation or accounting prerequisite grade point average falls below a 3.0 a student will be placed on academic probation. Probation will commence with the fall or spring semester following the session in which the study plan and/or cumulative grade-point average failed to meet the 3.0 (B) standard. It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with and understand the Academic Probation Policy.
Graduate students in the Mihaylo College of Business & Economics will be allowed two semesters, following the semester in which the grade point average fell below the minimum 3.0, excluding summer terms, on academic probation. However, students are subject to disqualification if they are unable to improve their academic situation or if their academic situation worsens at the end of their first semester following the semester in which the grade point average fell below the minimum 3.0.
Students on academic probation in their second semester, following the semester in which the grade point average fell below the minimum 3.0, are "not" eligible to enroll during their third semester until grades are reviewed. This means students will not be eligible to utilize early registration.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
To be eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, you must be maintaining progress toward a specific degree or credential. Maintaining academic progress at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) means you must: 1) meet the minimum cumulative grade point average standard, 2) meet the "pace" requirement by completing at least 70% of the units you attempt each academic year, and 3) complete your educational program within the maximum timeframe. For details on SAP please review the Financial Aid website here.
II. Areas of Significance for Academic Probation
As you continue forward there are several items that you must keep in mind. There are several areas that determine academic probation: Overall, Study Plan, Foundation, and pre-requisites.
- All 400 & 500 level courses will have an impact on your overall cumulative GPA even if the course is not included on your Study Plan / Advising Worksheet.
The Office of Graduate Studies approaches the subjects of student probation and disqualification very seriously and methodically. We follow the requirements of both state law and CSUF university policy, as outlined in the University Catalog. In addition, we consult with the graduate program advisor or chair of the department involved and conduct an in-house discussion of each potential disqualification case.
The Associate Vice President, Academic Programs, in consultation with the Mihaylo College of Business, may disqualify a graduate student who is on probation if the student does not, or cannot raise the study plan and cumulative grade-point average to 3.0 by the completion of the second regular semester following the semester in which the grade-point average fell below the minimum 3.0 standard. In addition, if at anytime it becomes mathematically impossible to raise a your GPA to a 3.0 (B) average you will be removed from the program regardless of the number of semesters you have been on probation.
IV. What is the next step in the process?
Students who go on Academic Probation for the first time must fill out an Academic Success Sheet and follow These Four Steps that have been created to help you successfully remove yourself from academic probation.