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Academic Probation and Suspension

Academic Probation and Suspension

There are three categories of academic status: 1) academic good standing and eligible to be enrolled; 2) academic probation and eligible to be enrolled; and 3) academic suspension and not eligible to be enrolled. Academic standing notations appear on the academic transcript. Although students will usually receive official email notification of academic status, such notice is not a prerequisite to students being placed in one of the above categories. Students have the responsibility to ascertain their academic status prior to the beginning of the next enrollment period.

Undergraduate Rules

Academic Probation
  1. A student is placed on academic probation when the overall GPA is below 2.0.
  2. Once on academic probation, the student remains on probation as long as each term GPA is at least 2.0.
  3. Once the overall GPA is 2.0 or higher, the student is placed in academic good standing.
  4. Transfer students may be admitted on academic probation, pending receipt of credentials to determine academic status.
Academic Suspension
  1. A student on academic probation is suspended when the term GPA falls below 2.0. First-time freshmen admitted in good standing are not be suspended prior to the completion of two semesters of enrollment.
  2. The first academic suspension is for one regular semester. A student suspended for the first time at the end of the spring semester may attend the summer session without appeal.
    1. If the overall GPA is raised to 2.0 or higher as a result of academic work completed during the summer session, the student is placed in academic good standing, and the suspension is lifted. The student may then attend the fall semester without appeal.
    2. If the overall GPA is not raised to 2.0 or higher as a result of academic work completed during the summer session, the suspension for the fall semester is in effect. In this case, only one suspension is counted.
  3. A second or subsequent academic suspension is for one calendar year. A student suspended for a second or subsequent time at the end of the spring semester may also attend the summer session without appeal.
  4. A student suspended at the end of any term or semester may appeal to his/her college appeals committee to be readmitted. The appeal process is online and can be accessed through Banner Self-Service. The committee may grant or deny a student’s appeal, and the committee’s decision is final.
  5. A suspended student may not enroll in another university within the University of Louisiana System while the suspension is in effect, but may enroll in a community college. To ensure minimal or no loss of credits upon return to the University, it is recommended that the student consult with his/her academic advisor regarding the choice of courses to be taken at the community college. Credits earned under these conditions may be accepted for a degree at McNeese provided grades of C or higher are earned in each of the courses to be transferred.
  6. Registration will be cancelled for a student who registers during regular registration (prior to the end of a semester or summer session) and is then suspended.
  7. A transfer student under academic suspension for a specified period will not be admitted until that period has ended. A transfer student suspended for an indefinite period of time may be considered for admission only after such intervals of time would have elapsed had the suspension been incurred at McNeese. Transfer students under academic suspension who have at least a 2.0 overall GPA may appeal to enroll at McNeese.
  8. Any student, including suspended students, who did not enroll at McNeese during the preceding semester must submit an application for admission and follow the re-admission requirements set forth for former students. Admission to the University does not constitute acceptance of an academic suspension appeal.

Graduate Rules

Probation
Graduate students whose graduate overall or term GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Once on academic probation, a graduate student will continue on probation until he/she earns a graduate term and overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Suspension
Graduate students on academic probation whose term GPA falls below 3.0 will be suspended from further graduate studies. Students who earn a grade of F in any graduate course will be suspended from further graduate studies. 

Readmission of Suspended Graduate Students
Suspended graduate students may be readmitted on probation only upon the recommendation of their academic department head and with the approval of the dean of the Graduate School. Suspended graduate students may enroll in undergraduate courses without seeking approval for readmission to Graduate School. A suspended graduate student intending to enroll in undergraduate courses only must apply for undergraduate admission.

Other Suspensions

A student may be suspended or expelled from the University for reasons other than poor academic performance. In these cases, if a student is permanently dismissed from the University, the notation "ineligible to enroll" will appear on the student's academic transcript. If a student is dismissed for a specific period of time, the notation "eligible to return (semester) (year)" will appear on the student's academic transcript.