Academic Policies

Below you will find information related to some of the most frequently asked questions about JSC Academic Policies. For complete information about these and other policies, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Class Membership

Students are classified for academic class membership and administrative purposes on the basis of semester credits previously earned according to the following schedule:



0 - 29.5 Freshman
30 - 59.5 Sophomore
60 - 89.5 Junior
90+ Senior

Academic Standing

Good Academic Standing

A student whose cumulative average is 2.00 or above is considered to be in good academic standing.

Academic Warning

A student whose cumulative average is 2.0 or above, but whose semester average is below 2.0, receives a letter of warning from the college. There are no punitive aspects to this warning status.

Academic Probation

A student, regardless of the number of credits earned, whose cumulative average falls below 2.00 will be placed on academic probation. The student remains on academic probation until he/she has achieved a cumulative average of 2.00 or above or until he/she falls below the dismissal standard outlined below.

Academic Dismissal

Students on academic probation will be academically dismissed if:

  • They fail to achieve a grade point average of 2.0 during the semester on probation; or

  • They are on basic skills probation because of failing one or more basic skills courses in a previous semester, and either fail to retake them in the next semester in which they are offered or do not pass them.

  • Any new first year student, with no previously earned credits, who fails to achieve a grade point average of at least 0.7 in the first semester will be academically dismissed.


Early Warning

The formal early warning process is intended to inform students who are performing poorly academically. The purpose is to send a clear, unambiguous message early enough in the semester to make corrective action possible. All faculty are required to participate in this process.

During the fifth week of each semester, an early warning is sent to each student who is performing at a grade level of D or below in a 100- or 200- level course. Written warnings for 300- and 400- level courses are optional.


Explanatory Notes

Academic probation serves as an official warning from the college that a student's performance has been substandard.

Students who receive an incomplete in one or more courses during the semester are still held academically liable for the completion of the course.


Leave of Absence

Students in good academic standing who wish to interrupt their studies for a period not to exceed two consecutive regular semesters may request a leave of absence. Students on a leave of absence need not reapply for admission and are allowed to pre-register during the regular advance registration period.

To be considered in good academic standing for a leave of absence, a student must have a cumulative average of 2.00. If a student has earned a minimum of 45.0 credits then he or she must also have an approved plan of study on file before a leave of absence will be approved.

In special circumstances, the leave of absence may be extended beyond the approved period. The Registrar must approve the extension. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for more detailed information on requesting a leave of absence.


Appeal of Academic Policies

Students may appeal any academic regulation or decision to the Academic Status Committee, then to the Academic Dean, and finally to the President of the College. This committee meets during the year to consider individual written petitions for exceptions to regulations. Information on procedures for appeal may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.