Dismissed Enrollment, Graduate Studies
To define the expectations and procedures for dismissing a graduate student who fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Graduate Students on the Lawrence/Edwards Campus
Graduate programs are responsible for evaluating the students in their programs to ensure that they are making satisfactory progress toward a degree. If the graduate program finds that a student has failed to resolve a probationary status or is not making satisfactory progress as determined by the Good Academic Standing policy, the program may recommend to the school or College that the student be dismissed from the program. Graduate programs request dismissal using the Progress to Degree form.
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.
Academic Probation and Dismissal due to low GPA
When a degree- or certificate-seeking student falls below a cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, the graduate division of the school or College places the student on academic probation. If the student’s cumulative graduate GPA has been raised to 3.0 by the end of the next semester of enrollment after being placed on probation, the student may be returned to good academic standing. If not, 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. For more information about GPA calculation, see the Graduate Credit policy.
When a non-degree-seeking student admitted to a program, department, or school falls below a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.0, the graduate division of the school or College dismisses the student unless they choose to act favorably on a departmental recommendation for the student to continue study. When a general non-degree-seeking student without program or school affiliation falls below a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.0, the university dismisses the student. For more information about GPA calculation, see the Graduate Credit policy.
Graduate divisions within the schools or College may have more stringent dismissal policies in place. Please check with the graduate division of the school or College for more information.
07/07/2023: Fixed broken links, policy formatting, changed approved by to Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.
06/25/2020: Changed Dean of Graduate Studies to Vice Provost of Graduate Studies.
04/25/2018: clarified programs, schools, and/or KU are authorized to dismiss non-degree-seeking students who fail to maintain 2.0 GPA; clarified and cleaned up existing policy and process language - SVPAA approved 24 April 2018.
This policy was updated on March 22, 2013.