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Academic Probation

If, at the end of a grading period (semester or summer term) on academic warning, a student’s cumulative grade point average in courses taken at the University falls below a 2.00, but not so low as to warrant academic suspension, that student will be placed on academic probation. Students who are placed on a probationary status may enroll for no more than 16 hours in a regular semester and no more than 6 hours in a summer term. Students may not enroll exclusively in S/U graded courses while on probationary status. A student on academic probation must achieve at least the following grade point average each grading period until good academic standing is reached or he/she will be academically suspended:

  • Freshmen and sophomores MUST earn a minimum term GPA of 2.10.
  • Juniors and seniors MUST earn a minimum term GPA of 2.25.

What this means...

If you start a semester in good standing but earn a semester GPA of less than 1.0 AND your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, you are placed on academic probation.

If you start the semester on academic warning and earn a semester GPA of at least 1.0 BUT your cumulative GPA stays below 2.0, you are placed on academic probation.

If you are on academic probation and earn a semester GPA of at least 2.1 (or 2.25 if you have 60 or more semester hours) BUT your cumulative GPA stays below 2.0, then you continue on academic probation.

If you are on academic probation and you do not earn a semester GPA of at least 2.1 (or 2.25 if you have 60 or more semester hours), you are suspended from Western for the next semester. If this happens twice, you are dismissed. (Please refer to the University catalog for an explanation of academic dismissal or call the Office of the Registrar at 309/298-1891 for clarification.)

If you are returning to Western from academic suspension, you return on academic probation. Also, some transfer students begin at WIU on probation because of poor work at a previous school.

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