Academic Probation

Students who fall below the university’s academic standards may be placed on academic probation. During this period, students must work diligently to improve their academic performance.

Academic probation students should take advantage of support services, such as tutoring, counseling, and study skills workshops. Additionally, they should communicate with their professors and academic advisors to create a plan for success.

Successfully meeting the conditions set during the probationary period will allow these students to continue their studies at Marshall University.

Academic Probation
for University College Students

All undergraduate students whose Overall or Marshall GPA drops below a 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. Academic Probation is a period of restricted enrollment for a student. All probation students are subject to the following restrictions.

  • University College students on probation must meet with their assigned academic counselor in University College before registering for classes to develop an Academic Engagement Plan (AEP) to achieve good academic standing. This plan will be binding on the student.
  • Students on probation may take a maximum of 15 hours and should repeat courses under the D/F Repeat Rule to reduce deficiency points.
  • Students on probation must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher during every semester they are on probation. Failure to achieve a 2.0 semester GPA or higher while on Academic Probation will result in suspension (see below).
  • Students on probation are not allowed to register online.
  • Students on probation must participate in their college’s retention program.
  • Other requirements may be imposed in the Academic Engagement Plan (AEP).

The student is returned to Academic Good Standing when his or her Marshall and Overall GPA are 2.0 or higher.

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Academic Suspension
for University College Students

Academic Suspension is defined as a period in which a student cannot enroll in courses at Marshall University. A student who has pre-registered and is subsequently suspended will have his/her registration automatically canceled.

Students who earn less than a 2.0 semester GPA while on Academic Probation or who accumulate or exceed the Quality Point Deficit for their GPA Hours (see Table) will be suspended for one regular semester (summer terms do not count as a term of suspension).

Suspension QPD

GPA Hours 0-29 30-59 60-89 90 or more
Quality Point Deficit 20 15 12 9



Academic Engagement Plan

When a student returns to Marshall after any suspension, the student will be placed on probation and must follow all of the requirements of his/her Academic Engagement Plan (AEP). Failure to meet any of the requirements of the AEP or exceeding the Quality Point Deficits listed in Table 1 will result in suspension.  A second suspension will be for a period of one calendar year.  Third and subsequent suspensions will be for a period of two calendar years each.

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Petition for Reinstatement
After a Second or Subsequent Suspension 

Reinstatement after a second or subsequent suspension is only by written petition to the Dean of a student’s college or to the Director of University College.

The petition must be in writing and provide evidence that the student can meet the requirements of his or her Academic Engagement Plan. The written petition for readmission must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which readmission is sought.

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Computing Quality Point Deficit 

To compute your Quality Point Deficit, both Overall and Marshall, you can use the following formula:

GPA Hours times 2 = X;    Quality Points – X = Quality Point Deficit.

For example, a student with 48 GPA hours and 90 Quality points would have this academic profile:

48 X 2 = 96                 90 – 96 = -6    a quality point deficit of six.

You can use your Overall GPA information to figure your Overall Quality Point Deficit and your Marshall GPA information to figure out your Marshall Quality Point Deficit.

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