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Undergraduate: Students whose academic performance indicates a limited chance of obtaining the minimum grades required for graduation will be subject to dismissal from the university.

The provost may dismiss:

  1. Students on probation if the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) is within the following ranges*:
    1. 16-29 GPA hours: below 1.500 cumulative GPA
    2. 30-59 GPA hours: below 1.700 cumulative GPA
    3. 60-89 GPA hours: below 1.800 cumulative GPA
    4. 90 or more GPA hours: below 1.900 cumulative GPA
  2. A student on probation or a transfer student admitted on probation who receives 9 or more credit hours of any combination of the following grades in the semester under review: F, NF, SF, U. This policy applies without regard to whether the designated grades were included or excluded from the student’s cumulative GPA.
  3. A student who fails to make adequate progress toward completion of the program of study (including, but not limited to, excessive complete term withdrawals, course withdrawals or grades of NF, SF or U).

* The provost may choose not to dismiss a student within the stated ranges if circumstances warrant.

The provost will not dismiss a student on probation if any of the following conditions apply to that student:

  1. It is the student’s first semester of enrollment at Kent State University (including first-semester freshman or first-semester transfer student).
  2. The student has 15 or fewer GPA hours at Kent State University.
  3. The student was in good academic standing at the end of the preceding term of enrollment.

A student who is dismissed should expect to be away from the university for a minimum 12 consecutive months. A dismissed student may not register for any coursework at any campus of Kent State University. The notation of academic dismissal will be printed on the student’s official transcript.

For further information concerning the conditions of probation and dismissal, students should contact their college or campus advising office. See guidelines for dismissal appeals below.

Graduate: Only work of high quality is approved for graduate credit. Graduate students are expected to maintain a 3.000 average GPA in all work attempted at Kent State. A student who fails to maintain a 3.000 average is subject to dismissal. In addition, in order to qualify for graduation, a 3.000 average must be maintained for all graduate coursework. Grades below C (2.000) are not counted toward completion of requirements for any advanced degree, but are counted in evaluating a student’s grade point average. Only graduate course credits count toward a graduate degree.

A graduate student who receives a combination of more than 8 credit hours of B- (2.700) or lower grades, or more than 4 credit hours of grades lower than C (2.000) is subject to dismissal. Dismissal may be recommended by the chair (or director) of the student’s department to the college dean, or the college dean may request the action of the department chair, or action may be recommended by the college dean’s designee.

When a department has determined that the number of in-progress (IP) or incomplete (IN) grades on a student’s record indicates poor progress toward completion of a degree, it may recommend to the college dean dismissal of the student. In certain programs in which professional success depends upon factors other than those measured by normal evaluations in coursework, a department has the right to separate from the program a student who, in the opinion of a duly constituted departmental committee, is not likely to succeed professionally despite earning acceptable grades. Such programs, along with the factors involved, are listed with the college dean. Administrators of these programs will inform the student upon admission of the nature of the assessment and the process by which it is made. A student separated from such a program has the right to appeal the decision. Information on the process of appeal is available in the office of the college dean, appropriate academic offices and student services offices upon request.

In determining a graduate student’s grade point average, all graduate courses attempted by the student while in a Kent State University graduate program are included in the computation. A change by a graduate student from one department or program to another does not eliminate the grades received under the first enrollment, which are computed in the student’s grade point average. Graduate (but not undergraduate) courses taken by the student over and above those required for the student’s program are included in the grade point average.