Academic Policies

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By enrolling for courses, students obligate themselves to abide by the policies set forth in the catalog and in other college publications. Below is a selection of policies governing enrollment and academic standing. A complete version of current Academic Regulations and Requirements can be found in the college catalog.


Academic Standing

Good Academic Standing

A student who has 30 or more earned or GPA credits, whichever is higher, and whose cumulative grade point average is 2.00 or above (1.75 for students with fewer than 30 earned or GPA credits, whichever is higher) is considered to be in good academic standing.  The cumulative and semester averages are calculated by including only the graded credits (A, B, C, D, F) earned during the current and past semesters.  These averages do not include courses bearing other grade designators.


Academic Warning

A student whose cumulative average is in good standing or above but whose semester average is below good standing (see above) will receive a letter of warning from the college. There are no punitive aspects to this warning status.


Academic Probation

Academic probation serves as an official warning from the college that a student's performance has been substandard.  A student whose GPA falls below good standing (see above) shall be placed on academic probation.  Students remain on academic probation until they raise their cumulative grade point average to good standing, or until they fall below the dismissal standard outlined below.  Students on academic probation who have less than 30 earned or GPA credits, whichever is higher, must work with the academic probation counselor to create a plan for academic success. When a student voluntarily withdraws from the college while on probation status, or is academically dismissed and later readmitted, he/she will return on probation.


Academic Dismissal

Students on academic probation will be academically dismissed if:

  • They fail to achieve a semester grade point average of 2.00 having 30 or more earned or GPA credits, whichever is higher (1.75 having fewer than 30 earned or GPA credits, whichever is higher), during the semester on probation.

  • Any new, first-year student with no previously earned credits who fails to achieve a grade point average of at least 0.70 in the first semester will be academically dismissed.

  • Students who successfully appeal academic dismissal may be placed stipulated probation and may be required to sign a contract to abide by conditions set forth by the Academic Status Committee.  Failure to comply with any portion of this contract may result in immediate dismissal from Johnson State College.

  • Students academically dismissed may reapply for admission generally after two regular semesters of absence.  Students must follow the regular procedure for application to the college for re-admission and will remain on probation upon their return.


Early Warning

The purpose of early warning notification is to send a clear message to students who are performing poorly in 1000- and 2000-level courses, and to do so early enough in the semester for corrective action to be taken.  During the fifth week of the semester, students who are performing at a grade level of D or below in a 1000- or 2000-level course will receive an early warning notification.


Participation in Commencement

Only students who have completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony.  The college recognizes that there may be occasions when special circumstances arise.  Under such unusual circumstances, students may petition the academic dean or his/her designee to participate in Commencement.  Students must, however, be within 8 credits or a single experience (such as an internship) of completing graduation requirements.  No other exceptions will be considered.  The decision of the academic dean or his/her designee is final and may not be appealed to the president.

Students participating in the Commencement ceremony will be required to wear a cap and gown which can be ordered through the Registrar's Office.  A cap & gown fee will be charged to the student's account

Appeal of Academic Policies

Students may appeal any academic regulation or decision to the Academic Status Committee of the Faculty Assembly (for campus-based students) or the EDP Academic Review Board (for EDP students) and then to the academic dean and president of the college. Information on procedures for appeal may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.