Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Standing

All courses completed at Fitchburg State University including those taken during winter or summer sessions determine current academic standing. The grades and credit for winter session and summer courses are included in the student's GPA.
Credits transferred from another institution are applied to a student's total number of credits earned, but grades earned from transferred credits are not calculated into the cumulative GPA.

Good Academic Standing

To achieve good academic standing, students must:

  • Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major;
  • Meet any additional requirements of the major which have been approved by the All University Committee and are consistent with university policy.

Early Intervention For Academic Difficulties

If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 at the end of any semester, that student will be placed on probation. To avoid suspension, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • A student on probation who has attempted fewer than 33 semester hours and who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 1.6 or higher for two semesters may enroll for a third semester to improve academic standing;
  • A student on probation who has attempted 33 to 59 semester hours and who has maintained a cumulative GPA of 1.8 or higher for four semesters may enroll for a fifth semester to improve academic standing.

Students on probation must:

  • Meet with their academic advisor/s before the start of the second week of each semester to review current course load and arrange periodic meetings throughout the semester;
  • Contact the Academic Advising Center during the first two weeks of the semester;
  • Utilize the many resources the university has to offer including faculty, Counseling Services, Academic Success Center, Expanding Horizons, Career Services and other support systems as needed.

Students placed on probation for the first time will remain eligible to:

  • Hold elected or appointed office;
  • Serve on campus committees;
  • Participate on athletic teams (provided academic progress meets the criteria in Section 1).

    Any additional probations will disqualify a student from eligibility for these activities.
    Students who voluntarily withdraw from the university while on probation will remain on probation if they are readmitted.
    Students who maintain the university's academic standards for probation must also meet the financial and and athletic eligibility requirements for satisfactory academic progress.
    Financial Aid and Athletics Offices have additional academic requirements for probationary students. Students should consult the appropriate office to determine their eligibility.

Suspension

Any student who earns a grade point average of 1.0 or lower in their first semester of full-time study at Fitchburg state University will be suspended from the university. In all other cases, students will be suspended if they have spent at least one semester on probation and do not meet the following GPA and credit criteria:

  • A student who has attempted fewer than 33 semester hours and has a cumulative GPA below 1.6 after two semesters;
  • A student who has attempted 33-59 semester hours and has a cumulative GPA below 1.8 after four semesters;
  • A student who has attempted 60 credits and has less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA

Suspended students are not eligible to enroll in any credit course in any division of Fitchburg State University for at least one semester.
Following suspension, students must submit a letter requesting readmission before the deadline established by the registrar. Students who are readmitted after a suspension do so under contract with the dean of the Student and Academic Life Office.
Suspension status is not changed by a voluntary withdrawal.

Dismissal

Once students have been readmitted after a suspension, they must meet probationary standards and do so under contract with the dean of the Student and Academic Life Office to avoid dismissal.
Dismissal status results in permanent dismissal from all divisions of Fitchburg State University. A dismissed student may not enroll in any credit courses in any division of the university for a period of five years.