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Academic Probation, Graduate Studies


To define circumstances warranting academic probation for graduate students

Applies to: 

Graduate students on the Lawrence/Edwards Campus

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.

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 Vice Provost of Graduate Studies must review the petition to determine final action.


Office of Graduate Studies

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Friday, November 6, 2009
Effective on: 
Friday, November 6, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
academic probation, graduate studies, graduate students
Change History: 

06/30/2023: Removed reference to provisional admission, updated related policy links.
08/10/2022: Updated approver from Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; updated broken links.
06/25/2020: Changed Dean of Graduate Studies to Vice Provost of Graduate Studies.
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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