Undergraduate students who do not meet the requirements of their academic probation are suspended from the University. A student who is on probation and earns a semester GPA of less than 2.00 is subject to suspension. An undergraduate student placed on academic suspension shall be notified in writing of that action by the Exploratory Advising Center (or by the Academic Advising and Orientation Office at USU-Eastern). Since this notification will typically be sent by e-mail, it is the student's responsibility to check his or her preferred e-mail account as designated in Banner (Access) (see E-mail Communication Policy ). The notation Academic Suspension is placed on the student's transcript. A student who is registered for classes in the semester immediately following the suspension will be dropped from those classes. Questions about the suspension should be directed to the student's advisor.
Notifications, Transcript Notations, and Holds
An undergraduate student placed on academic suspension shall be notified in writing of that action by the Exploratory Advising Center (or by the Academic Advising and Orientation Office at USU Eastern). Since these notifications will typically be sent by e-mail, it is the student's responsibility to check his or her preferred e-mail account as designated in Banner (Access) (see E-mail Communication Policy ). A notation, Academic Suspension, is placed on the student's transcript.
Suspension Appeal Process
Any suspended student wishing to appeal his or her academic suspension must meet with an advisor, located in the Exploratory Advising Center (or the Academic Advising and Orientation Office at USU Eastern), and express a desire to make an appeal. Students should understand that, while they are entitled to appeal their suspension, very few appeals will be approved.
The student must write an appeal letter and complete an appeal form. The appeal letter must include: (1) a clear explanation as to why the student believes the suspension penalties should be lifted, (2) an account of reasons why the student feels he or she didn't perform well, and (3) a description of the student's plan for improvement.
The chair of the Suspension Appeals Committee will submit the appeal letter (attached to the student's transcript) to the committee. The chair will contact the student's academic advisor to solicit additional information that might be relevant to the committee's decision. Additionally, the matriculation advisor will find out if the student's department supports a suspension reversal or not.
If the committee upholds the suspension, the decision will be final (if endorsed by the Vice President for Student Affairs). The committee chair will notify the student that the appeal was denied. After the suspension has been satisfied, the student may apply for readmission.
If the committee waives the suspension penalties, the Director of Exploratory Advising will meet with the student and have him or her sign a retention contract. The student's department will provide specific contractual obligations.
If the student was not properly notified of his or her probation (as outlined in the Academic Probation policy), the student's appeal is likely to be granted. Students should be aware that, even if their appeal is granted, a notation of suspension will remain on their transcripts.
Readmission Following Academic Suspension
Students who have been suspended once may apply for readmission after a one-semester layout at USU Eastern or a two-semester layout at USU. Students who have been suspended two times may apply for readmission to the University following a layout of one full calendar year.