|Responsible University Administrator:||Vice President for Student Affairs|
|Current Revision Date:||02/26/13|
|Next Review Date:||02/26/21|
|End of Policy Date:||N/A|
Students need to be aware of deadlines for adding or dropping classes, and follow procedures necessary to withdraw from school or obtain a refund if necessary. Failure to maintain an appropriate grade point average can result in academic probation and perhaps academic suspension.
This policy is required for the effective communication of University policy regarding adding or dropping a class.
All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.
The withdrawal deadline for receipt of a grade has nothing to do with the refund schedule for fees. A student who officially withdraws after enrollment may obtain a refund in accordance with the refund policy. Upon notification to the Registrar and Business Services offices, a review will be made on a case-by-case basis for withdrawals that did not follow official withdrawal policy.
The University of Southern Mississippi
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Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Appeals for refunds due to extenuating circumstances may be made in writing to:
If a student does not attain the minimum cumulative GPA as indicated above, he or she is placed on academic probation at the end of the semester. Academic probation will be removed when the student attains an acceptable cumulative GPA. If the cumulative GPA at the end of the semester the student was on academic probation is lower than the minimums specified above or the semester GPA was at least a 2.00, the student will be placed on academic probation continued. A student may remain on academic probation continued for as long as he or she earns a semester GPA of at least a 2.00. A student placed on academic probation continued may not enroll in a subsequent semester without the prior written approval of the chair or director of the student’s current department or school and the dean of his or her college. A student placed on academic probation continued who fulfills the conditions of his or her contract may not enroll in a subsequent semester without the prior written approval of the chair or director of the student’s current department or school. Southern Miss Gulf Coast students should contact the Office of the Academic Dean, Gulf Coast. Attaining the required minimum cumulative GPA will clear all probation categories.
A student will be suspended from The University the first semester he or she does not earn at least a 2.00 semester GPA while on academic probation continued. Also, regardless of hours attempted or probation status, any student earning a semester GPA of 0.00 (excluding Audit and P grades) will be suspended from The University, unless the cumulative GPA at the end of that semester meets the minimums listed above. The student may appeal suspension through a formal appeals process initiated with the chair or director of his or her major department or school. Any exception to the suspension policy must then be approved by the dean of the respective college with final approval for denied appeals only granted by the provost.
A student placed on academic suspension may not enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi until after the next semester (fall, spring or summer). The student may not transfer credits earned at any other university or college without prior written approval of the chair or director of the student’s current department or school and the dean of his or her college. Any credits earned contrary to this policy will not count toward graduation requirements at Southern Miss. Southern Miss Gulf Coast students should contact the Office of the Academic Dean, Gulf Coast.
After one semester on suspension, a student may be readmitted with prior written approval of the chair or director of the student’s current department or school and the dean of his or her college. A student readmitted following academic suspension must earn a minimum semester GPA of at least 2.25 or attain the required cumulative GPA. A student readmitted after academic suspension but who fails to attain the required semester GPA will be suspended for two semesters (fall, spring or summer).
Readmission after the required suspension period requires reinstatement to the university through “the change of academic status” process initiated with the chair or director of the student’s current department or school and the dean of the college in which the student was enrolled as a major.
The Registrar is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies page.
02/26/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.
09/12/18: Formatted for template: Updated policy per Academic Council changes to Add/Drop/Withdrawal section.