Academic Standing

Academic Standing is evaluated at the end of each academic semester, normally a few business days following the final grade due date listed on the Academic Calendar. A student who is placed on Academic Warning, Probation, or Suspension is notified by an electronic letter sent to the official Norwich email and may also be sent to the personal email on record.

The Satisfactory Academic Standing policy is different from the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy used by the Financial Aid office to determine eligibility for financial aid. Refer to the SAP policy for further information. 

Definitions

Satisfactory Academic Standing is when a student is meeting the course grade or grade point average requirements. A student with a Satisfactory Academic Standing is eligible to enroll in classes and participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities without restrictions.

Academic Warning is the least severe level in the Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension process. A student placed on Academic Warning is considered to be in Satisfactory Academic Standing. Academic Warning serves as an opportunity to address challenges with the goal of preventing students from being placed on Academic Probation. Academic Warning does not appear on students' official academic record.

Academic Probation is an indication of serious academic difficulty that may ultimately lead to Academic Suspension. Academic Probation appears on the student's official academic record. A student on Academic Probation is no longer in Satisfactory Academic Standing and is at high risk of not completing a degree.

Academic Suspension is an indicator of severe academic difficulty and appears on the student's academic record. Academic Suspension allows students time to reassess their academic and career goals and/or resolve other causes for continued academic failure. A student on Academic Suspension may not take courses or participate in any extracurricular or co-curricular activities at Norwich University for at least one semester. (see also Readmission policy)

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) is determined by calculating credit hours of all coursework for which a grade has been recorded (see also Grades).

Plan for Academic Improvement is a document prepared by the student to identify areas of concern inhibiting academic success with strategies to help overcome the challenges identified.

Academic Probation Plan is a document prepared by the student to identify areas of concern inhibiting academic success with strategies to help overcome the challenges identified.

Reactivation is when a student stopped attending for one semester and wishes to activate their account to resume enrollment.

Readmission is when a student has been removed from the University due to not meeting academic or disciplinary policies.

Undergraduate Students

Satisfactory Academic Standing

To remain in satisfactory academic standing, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.

Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension Procedures

A student whose semester GPA or cumulative GPA drops below 2.00 is subject to Academic Warning, Academic Probation, and/or Academic Suspension.

Academic Warning

A student will be placed on Academic Warning when one of the following criteria is met:

  1. After completion of the first semester at Norwich University, they have a semester GPA between 1.00 and 1.99;

  2. A returning student, currently in a good standing, earning a cumulative GPA below 2.00; or

  3. A returning student who has a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above but have earned a semester GPA below 1.00.

A student on Academic Warning must complete a Plan for Academic Improvement at the beginning of the semester to demonstrate the steps necessary to return to Satisfactory Academic Standing.

At the end of the Academic Warning semester, students will either:

  • Be removed from Academic Warning status by raising their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above;

  • Continue on Academic Warning for one more semester by earning a semester GPA of 2.00 or above but failing to raise the cumulative GPA above 2.00;

  • Continue on Academic Warning by earning semester GPA of below 1.00 but maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above;

  • Be placed on Academic Probation by earning a cumulative GPA below 2.00 and a semester GPA below 2.00; or

  • Be placed on Academic Probation if, after two semesters on Warning, the cumulative GPA is below 2.00 regardless of the semester GPA.

Academic Probation

A student is placed on Academic Probation when one of the following criteria is met:

  1. After completion of one semester, they have a semester GPA 0.99 or below;

  2. After completion of one semester on Academic Warning, they earn both a cumulative GPA and a semester GPA below 2.00; or

  3. After completion of the second semester on Academic Warning, their cumulative GPA is below 2.00 regardless of the semester GPA.

Being put on Academic Probation places restrictions and conditions on the student's enrollment. A student placed on Academic Probation is allowed to continue their enrollment at the university for the subsequent term under the following conditions:

Conditions while on Academic Probation:

  • Must develop an Academic Probation Plan with the Center for Academic Success and Achievement or the program management team by the end of the second week of classes of the semester/term.

    • The plan will determine the appropriate number of semester credits to promote student success. 

    • The plan will prioritize repeating failed courses if practical.

  • Will not participate in extracurricular activities, such as varsity or club athletics or special interest clubs.

    • The Academic Probation plan will determine the student's ability to participate in limited Service Learning or other academic-related activities that promote student success.

  • Will not hold rank in the Corps of Cadets or hold additional Corps responsibilities.

A University appointed designee will review the plan and impose appropriate restrictions. The student can petition the Academic Probation conditions to the Committee on Academic Standing and Degrees (CASD).

A student who fails to adhere to the conditions of their enrollment while on Academic Probation may be administratively suspended prior to the conclusion of the semester. In such an event, the student will be administratively withdrawn from all classes following the academic calendar deadlines and billing policies.

At the end of the semester in which student is on Academic Probation, they will either:

  • Be removed from Academic Probation and returned to Satisfactory Standing by earning a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above;

  • Continue on Academic Probation by earning a semester GPA of at least 2.00 but maintaining a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00; or

  • Be Academically Suspended by failing to earn a semester GPA of 2.00 or above and maintaining a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00.

Academic Suspension

A student will be placed on Academic Suspension when:

  • At the conclusion of the Academic Probation semester the semester and cumulative GPA are below a 2.0.

Graduate Students

Satisfactory Academic Standing

To maintain Satisfactory Academic Standing, a Graduate student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Academic Probation, and Suspension

Academic Probation

A student is placed on Academic Probation when:

  • The cumulative GPA is below a 3.0.

Academic Suspension

A student will be issued suspension when:

  • After one semester on Academic Probation and fail to earn a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Appeal of Academic Suspension for Immediate Readmission

Under mitigating circumstances, a student may appeal for immediate readmission. A student seeking to appeal an Academic Suspension must submit an appeal no later than the Wednesday before the first day of classes to the CASD Committee (form available on the Registrar’s website) including any documentation in support of mitigating circumstances. While the appeal is under review, a student may not enroll in courses, attend a class, or participate in extra- or co-curricular activities. In the event of a successful appeal, a student will be placed on Academic Probation and must follow the Academic Probation procedures.

Grade Change after Academic Standing Posted

A grade change entered for a course in the previous term will affect academic standing for the previous term; but, no student will be academically suspended within the current semester due to a grade change.