Academic Probation

An undergraduate student attempting five or more credits at SPU will be placed on probation level 1 when his or her total SPU cumulative grade-point average first falls below a 2.0. The student is removed from academic probation status at the end of the quarter in which she or he raises the SPU cumulative grade-point average to 2.0 or above.

When a student leaves the University while on academic probation, the student resumes the same probation status upon returning as when leaving. The student is removed from probation at the end of the quarter in which a cumulative SPU GPA of 2.0 or better is achieved. No student will receive a degree until he or she is removed from academic probation.

The quarterly SPU GPA that determines a student’s academic standing will take into account the entire SPU GPA from that quarter and will not exclude grades from repeated courses in which the student earned equal or higher grades in past quarters.

Students on probation level 1 are asked to complete an Academic Reflection Survey and meet with their academic counselor in Student Academic Services to develop a plan that outlines goals and appropriate means to meet those goals toward achieving academic success. This meeting must occur before the fifth day of the quarter. Students also are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors.

If, after a second quarter, a student's cumulative SPU GPA remains below 2.0 and the quarterly GPA is below 2.3, the student will be placed on probation level two.

A student on probation level 2 may not enroll in more than 13 credits. Again, students are asked to complete an Academic Reflection Survey, meet with an academic counselor and faculty advisor. These students also may be required to meet with staff in the Center for Learning to discuss study skills and time-management strategies.

If a student on probation level 2 does not earn a quarterly GPA of 2.3 or raise his or her cumulative GPA to 2.0, the student will be dismissed from the University. The academic dismissal will be noted on the student’s academic record.

An academically dismissed student can apply for reinstatement after two quarters away from Seattle Pacific University (which can include summer). Comprehensive details about academic dismissal and reinstatement are found on the Student Academic Services website.

A student who is granted reinstatement will still be considered on academic probation level 2 upon re-entry until his or her cumulative SPU GPA is a 2.0 or higher. A reinstated student will be dismissed if he or she fails to attain either a quarterly GPA of 2.3 or higher or a cumulative SPU GPA of 2.0 or above by the end of the first quarter back.

Academic Warning

In addition to tracking students’ total SPU GPA, the University monitors their quarterly SPU GPA so that resources may be offered to students showing signs of academic struggle. Therefore, students may be placed on Academic Warning if they do not earn a quarterly GPA above 1.30 in a quarter in which they attempt at least five credits. A student on Academic Warning may be required to meet with either an academic counselor or student-support staff before a registration hold applied to the student’s records will be lifted.