If a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0, that student is placed on Academic Warning and the student will not be allowed to take more than 13 hours during the next semester. If the student’s cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 at the end of the second semester, the student is placed on Academic Probation and the student will not be allowed to take more than 13 hours during the next semester. If the student has been on Academic Probation for two consecutive semesters and the GPA is still below 2.0, then the student may be suspended from Stillman. Academic suspension normally lasts one semester. A student who receives an official notice of suspension may appeal that suspension by submitting a petition letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Appealing a Notice of Suspension
A student who wishes to appeal a notice of suspension must submit that appeal within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt of the notice. The suspension will remain in force until any appeal has been decided. An appeal must include the following information:
- Statement of reason for appeal
- Explanation of circumstances or conditions that have affected academic performance.
- Documentation of circumstances beyond student control.
- Explanation of what student will do to address the past challenges to academic performance.
- Signature of student and an academic administrator (Dean of School or Department Chair, and Dean of Retention).
The Appeal of Academic Suspension can be submitted in paper copy to the Office of Academic Affairs or by email attachment in PDF with all relevant signatures sent to The Vice President for Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org). All appeals must be received thirty (30) days prior to the start of the academic term for which the student is petitioning to register.
Questions regarding academic suspension or filing an appeal of academic suspension can be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs or to the Dean of Retention in the Academic Success Center.