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University Academic Probation

Academic probation is both an academic standing as well as recovery process for students whose cumulative UofSC GPA is below a 2.00.

SPRING 2020 SPECIAL ACADEMIC STANDING PROVISION

In response to concerns presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UofSC Faculty Senate voted that no student will be suspended due to poor academic performance at the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester.

  • Students who were placed on university academic probation at the conclusion of the fall 2019 semester will continue on university academic probation (i.e. will not be suspended) if their cumulative UofSC GPA remains below a 2.0 at the conclusion of spring 2020.
  • Students whose cumulative UofSC GPA rises above 2.0 at the conclusion of spring 2020 will return to good academic standing.

The Academic Probation Process

Students are placed on academic probation so that they can begin the process of returning to good academic standing and avoid being placed on academic suspension. Once a student’s cumulative UofSC GPA is above a 2.00 he or she is no longer on academic probation. (Please note: university academic probation is separate from the probation standards of individual colleges or schools. Contact your primary academic advisor for information on probation standards in your college or school.)

Total Institutional GPA Hours Placed on Probation Continue on Probation
(Avoid Suspension)
Removed from Probation
12-35  below 2.00 Total Institutional GPA 1.500 or higher Total Institutional GPA 2.00 or higher Total Institutional GPA
36-71 below 2.00 Total Institutional GPA 1.800 or higher Total Institutional GPA 2.00 or higher Total Institutional GPA
72+ below 2.00 Total Institutional GPA only with semester reprieve* or by college petition 2.00 or higher Total Institutional GPA

* SEMESTER REPRIEVE: Regardless of the Total Institutional GPA, a student may continue on probation and avoid suspension if the Current Term point average is 2.50 or greater

First year freshman and first semester transfer students are sent a letter to their address of record notifying them of their inclusion in the university academic probation process and identifying next steps.

First, realize that you are not alone! Many students experience a temporary setback for a range of reasons. UofSC is committed to helping you get back on track to academic success.

Your next step depends on where you are in your academic career:

  • First Year Freshmen on university academic probation are required to make an Academic Coaching appointment with the University Advising Center. At this appointment, you will create an Academic Plan that outlines your goals, incorporates your unique strengths, and identifies the steps you need to take to regain good academic standing. (Please note: You will not be able to register for the subsequent semester until you have attended an Academic Coaching appointment and completed an Academic Plan with your Coach.)
  • First semester transfer students and all upperclassmen on university academic probation are strongly encouraged to make an make an Academic Coaching appointment with the University Advising Center. Your Academic Coach will work with you to explore majors and degree programs, discuss the major change process, complete self assessments (e.g. CliftonStrengths©), create an academic and engagement plan, set strategic goals, and identify campus resources that can help achieve academic goals within and beyond the classroom environment.

Raise your cumulative UofSC GPA to a 2.00 or above and you will come off university academic probation.

A note on Semester Reprieve: regardless of the cumulative UofSC GPA, a student may continue on university academic probation and avoid suspension if the current term GPA is 2.50 or greater.

Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid immediately to inquire about the affect of academic probation on their financial aid by calling 803-777-8134.

Students on academic probation who receive federal, state, or private education loans are also required to complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) process as mandated by the US Department of Education.



 


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