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Policy STUA-REG-003

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Responsible University Administrator: Vice President for Student Affairs
Responsible Officer: Registrar
Origination Date: N/A
Current Revision Date: 02/26/13
Next Review Date: 02/26/17
End of Policy Date: NA
Policy Number: STUA-REG-003
Status: Effective




Policy Statement


This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding academic standards.


Reason for Policy/Purpose

This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding academic standards 

Who Needs to Know This Policy

All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.


Website Address for this Policy




An undergraduate student will be allowed to continue in the university as long as the cumulative grade point average (GPA) indicated in the following scale is maintained.  A higher minimum allowable GPA is sometimes specified by specific colleges within the university.  In such cases, the more stringent requirements supersede those that follow.  Total Hours Attempted Minimum Cumulative GPA Required (Including transfer credit) (Southern Miss work only) 

  • 0 - 14 1.50
  • 15 - 29 1.75
  • 30 and above 2.00

Total hours attempted will include credit taken at the university and approved transfer credits.  Courses in which a student received grades of I, E or P will not earn quality points that contribute to the Southern Miss GPA.  The university expects all students, regardless of whether they are enrolled part-time or full-time, to meet certain academic standards.  Students must assume personal responsibility for their own intellectual growth and personal development and should take advantage of the opportunities for academic support that the university provides.  If a student fails to maintain the quality of work necessary to make reasonable progress toward graduation, then the student will be placed on academic probation or suspension.  The purpose of this policy is to help students re-establish an acceptable level of academic performance. 




The Academic Council is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review). 







Related Information




Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies page.

02/26/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout. 




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