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Academic Standing:
Academic Probation, Disqualification, Reinstatement

Good Standing

Undergraduate students whose cumulative grade point average (g.p.a.) is 2.0 or above are considered in good academic standing. Graduate students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or above are considered in good academic standing.

Academic Probation

An undergraduate seeking a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate student seeking a second bachelor’s degree or unclassified post-baccalaureate student will be placed on Academic Probation if either his/her overall grade point average OR his/her Humboldt State University cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.00 (C grade average). If a student is on Academic Probation and the HSU cumulative grade point average is below the following levels, the student will be academically disqualified:

Freshmen will be academically disqualified if their HSU g.p.a. is below a 1.50.

Sophomores will be academically disqualified if their HSU g.p.a is below a 1.70.

Juniors will be academically disqualified if their HSU g.p.a. is below a 1.85.

Seniors and post-baccalaureate students seeking a second bachelor’s degree and unclassified post-baccalaureate students will be disqualified if their HSU g.p.a. is below a 1.95.

Master’s students who are classified or conditionally classified and credential seeking students will be placed on Academic Probation if their HSU cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.0 (B grade average). A graduate coordinator may also notify a student of Academic Probation or Disqualification for failure to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the degree. While on Academic Probation if a graduate student or a credential seeking student’s HSU cumulative grade point average is below a 3.0 for a second consecutive term the student will be Academically Disqualified.

Students on Academic Probation

As soon as a student falls into academic probation, a hold is placed on his/her Student Center that prevents registration. Simultaneously, the Registrar’s Office sends probationary students an email with instructions for completing the Academic Probation online tutorial through the Learning Center. Once the student completes the tutorial, the hold is removed. These actions are to insure that the student gets immediate, focused advice about what the probation status means, and information and support to help the student move out of probation and back into good standing. Here is a link to the Learning Center website:
Academic Probation Tutorial

Recommendations usually include the following:

  • Limit of 12 academic units
  • Repeat of failed courses when appropriate
  • Balance of major, GE, and elective classes
  • Frequent check-ins with course instructors during faculty office hours
  • Regular check-ins with advisor
  • Use of an academic planner
  • Use Learning Center resources (tutors, study strategies workshops, etc.)
  • Use academic resources such as the Writing Center and Math Lab
  • Participate in study groups when possible
  • Enroll in supplemental instruction courses whenever possible
  • Visit financial aid to clarify financial aid issues
  • Pay close attention to academic dates and deadlines

Master’s students and graduate students in credential programs are exceptions to the intervention described above. They are advised to consult their advisor or program coordinatory.

Disqualification and Reinstatment

Students on probation who fall below the allowable levels described above will be disqualified. Disqualified students will not be allowed to register without formal readmission to the University.

Disqualified students may petition for reinstatement through the Office of the Registrar. Usually reinstatement is only granted after one year has passed and there is evidence that the student has earned grades of at least a 2.0 or higher during the year after being disqualified.

Reinstatement to the university does not guarantee reinstatement of financial aid. Students who feel their extenuating circumstances warrant immediate reinstatement can obtain petitioning guidelines from the Office of the Registrar.

Office of the Registrar

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