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Academic Probation, Graduate Studies

Policy
Purpose: 

To define circumstances warranting academic probation for graduate students

Applies to: 

Graduate students on the Lawrence/Edwards Campus

Campus: 
Edwards
Lawrence
Policy Statement: 

Graduate students may be placed on academic probation for failure to maintain the expected level of performance and rate of progress in a degree or certificate program. Criteria for evaluating satisfactory performance are addressed in the Good Academic Standing policy. Graduate departments and programs are responsible for evaluating the students in their programs to ensure that the students are making satisfactory academic progress and for reporting to the graduate division when a student must be placed on academic probation.

Upon failure to maintain a cumulative graduate grade-point average of 3.0, or upon notification by the department that a student is no longer in good academic standing, the graduate division of the school or College places the student on academic probation. If, by the end of the next semester of enrollment following the placement of probation, the student raises the overall graduate GPA to 3.0 and otherwise demonstrates performance in keeping with departmental standards and timelines, the department or program may request that the graduate division lift the probation and return the student to good academic standing. If the student does not rectify the causes for academic probation, the student is not permitted to re-enroll and will be dismissed unless the graduate division of the school or College acts favorably on a departmental recommendation for the student to continue study while on academic probation.

If admitted provisionally due to deficiencies in grade point average, a student must earn an overall graduate GPA of at least 3.0 during the first semester of enrollment to be permitted to re-enroll. By earning a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0, the student is considered to have achieved good academic standing. A student admitted provisionally who fails to earn a 3.0 GPA in the first semester of enrollment may be dismissed immediately. Such a student may remain on provisional status for one additional semester, if the department or program recommends provisional continuation and the graduate division of the school or College approves.

Students who have been dismissed from a graduate program may be readmitted for further graduate study at KU only by petition of the graduate division of the school or College that will accept the student.The Dean of Graduate Studies must review the petition to determine final action.

Contact: 

Office of Graduate Studies
785-864-8040
graduate@ku.edu

Approved by: 
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Approved on: 
Friday, November 6, 2009
Effective on: 
Friday, November 6, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Keywords: 
academic probation, graduate studies, graduate students
Change History: 

08/10/2018: Policy revisions published; approved by Provost 16 July 2018.
01/08/2015: Policy formatting updates (e.g., bolding, spacing).
03/22/2013: This policy was updated.
11/06/2009: Policy approved and effective.

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