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Probation or Academic Dismissal

Student academic performance is evaluated by the Committee on Student Progress and Status. The evaluation is used to determine a student’s eligibility to continue in college.

At the end of each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) the records of all students are reviewed. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree are dismissed from the College. All students who are properly authorized to register for the next semester as degree candidates are considered to be in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Any student whose cumulative GPA either falls below or remains below 2.00, is placed on probation, continued on probation, or dismissed from the College. Students are placed on probation whenever their semester GPA falls below 2.00, regardless of their cumulative GPA.

Students may be dismissed whenever they fail to make reasonable progress toward the completion of the requirements for graduation in the program for which they are registered, even if their cumulative GPA is above 2.0. It is not necessary for a student to be on probation before being dismissed.

The factors considered when determining whether a student is eligible to continue in college are: cumulative GPA, GPA for the most recent semester(s), number of semesters on probation, unsatisfactory grades in courses required by the program for which the student is registered, and/or the number of semester hours of work completed.

The following cumulative GPA’s are used to identify students who are subject to routine dismissal for academic reasons. These may not necessarily apply in instances in which the student’s most recent semester average is above 2.0:



1st semester freshmen


1st semester transfer


All 2nd semester students


All other students


*Exception: Readmitted students – refer to the section on "Readmission."

Students’ GPAs are calculated using grades earned at Oneonta. Transfer grades do not affect the Oneonta GPA.

Academically dismissed students may submit a written appeal. This appeal must be submitted to the Student Progress and Status Committee and must contain a report of documented extenuating circumstances contributing to poor academic performance. Students whose appeals are not granted and those who do not appeal their dismissal are eligible to possibly return to the College after one full calendar year. Refer to the section on "Readmission" for deadlines and policies.

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