The Probation/Suspension Process
As the Honors College Student Handbook explains, Honors College probation or suspension can be triggered by a number of
factors. We have established a number of processes to address probation and suspension;
these processes enable us to recognize and intervene when a student is struggling
and help ensure that the door to graduating from the Honors College remains open for
students who experience academic difficulty.
- Probation does not jeopardize your scholarship or appear anywhere in your official
record. It is an internal process only.
- Probation provides an opportunity for us to intervene, help you determine where you
went off track, and find/provide the support you need to fulfill your potential and
- If you are placed on probation, you will be asked to meet first with the dean and
then with your Honors College advisor.
- At the meeting with the dean, you will develop a Plan for Academic Improvement (PAI)
that lays out expectations for the following semester, including the required GPA
(e.g., a 3.25 cumulative GPA or a specific semester GPA). Each case is unique, and
the PAIs reflect that.
- After you and the dean establish the PAI, you will meet with your Honors advisor to
discuss how they can support you in meeting these expectations.
- At the conclusion of the following semester
- students who have reached a 3.25 cumulative GPA will return to good academic standing;
- students whose cumulative GPAs are below 3.25 but who have met the terms of their
PAI will remain on probation until their standing is clear;
- students who fail to reach the terms of their PAI will be suspended.
- Any student who is suspended from the Honors College has the right to appeal. Appeals
are reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff.
- If a student’s appeal is granted, they will be placed on HC probation and will move
through the probationary process as outlined above.
- While there are occasions where students are placed on suspension immediately, suspension
more typically follows probation.