Undergraduate Catalog - Academic Policy - Academic Standing | Judson University Christian College

Academic Standing

Each student admitted to Judson University is assumed to have the preparation, the desire and the ability to make satisfactory progress towards a degree. In practice, however, some students do not make the progress expected of them. Such students are notified, offered special assistance,provided academic counsel, and allowed time to improve their performance.

Government regulations require higher education institutions to establish academic policies to prevent students from continuing school without achieving the minimum standard grades to graduate within a reasonable time. In addition, all students must maintain a minimum cumulative completion rate of 70% of all hours attempted within a maximum time frame (189 total attempted hours) to remain in good standing.

These standings are provided as a standard; however, in individual cases, the university administration reserves the right to change a student’s standing based on the student’s academic performance and any extenuating circumstances. Academic standings will be run for all students at the end of each term.

Good Standing

Academic standing is based on semester and cumulative coursework. The minimum semester and cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for good standing is 1.80 for freshmen (students with 0-27.99 hours)and 2.00 (unless the declared major requires a higher GPA) for all other students. For simplicity, the word “limit” will be used for the required GPA.

Academic Warning

A student will be placed on academic warning at the end of any term in which his or her semester grade point average falls below the limit. These students are limited to 13 credit hours of registered courses in a semester. Traditional students are also required to enroll in GEN 098 – Seminar for Academic Success. Students in our Professional Studies program are required to meet with the advising team and must have two follow-up visits. These students will be limited to courses required by the major and not permitted to register in any additional courses without approval. No student on academic warning will be permitted to take additional coursework beyond the cohort term; no transfer credit will be awarded during the term in which a student is on academic warning. Students wishing to appeal the conditions of their warning status must appeal in writing to the Associate Vice President for Student Success/University Registrar.

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on academic probation at the end of any term in which his or her cumulative grade point average fall below the limit. These students are limited to 13 credit hours of registered courses in a semester. Traditional students are also required to enroll in GEN098 – Seminar for Academic Success. Additionally, students on probation will lose the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities such as athletics, music (beyond what is required in the student’s major), campus leadership positions, leadership in Chapel, yearbook, newspaper and intramurals. Students in the  Professional Studies program are required to meet with the advising team. Students will be limited to courses required by the major and will not be permitted to register in any additional courses without approval. No student on academic probation will be permitted to take additional coursework beyond the cohort term; no transfer credit will be awarded during the term in which a student is on probation. Ift he student’s following session and cumulative GPA fall below 2.00 (1.80 for freshmen), the student will be suspended. If the student’s following session and cumulative GPA are at or above 2.00, the student will return to good standing. Students wishing to appeal the conditions of their probationary status must appeal in writing to the Associate Vice President for Student Success/University Registrar.

Note: A student is not placed on warning or probation nor are they removed from warning or probation based on grades received during the Summer 1 (3-week) term or the Summer term. These grades will be included in the cumulative record reviewed at the end of the subsequent term.

Academic Suspension

Until a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (1.80 for freshmen) is achieved, a student on probation must achieve a semester GPA of2.00 (1.80 for freshmen) or above in all subsequent semesters; failure to do so will result in suspension. Students who are notified of suspension may appeal to the Associate Vice President for Student Success/University Registrar.

REAPPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR SUSPENDED STUDENTS

A suspended student may appeal for readmission after one academic semester from date of suspension upon demonstrating an improvement in motivation or preparation for university work; however, readmission by virtue of application is not guaranteed. The best means for a suspended student to demonstrate improvement worthy of readmission is to:

·        Complete at least 12 hours of approved university-level coursework at an accredited single institution other than Judson University. Earn from there a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above before being considered for readmission to Judson University.

·        Students petition the Associate Vice President for Student Success/University Registrar to begin the readmission process.

 

Academic Dismissal

Suspended students who have been readmitted must achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.00 (1.80 for freshmen) each semester to remain at Judson University, since a continued semester GPA of at least 2.00 is necessary in order to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.00 (which is the minimum required to graduate for most majors). Students who do not achieve a continued semester GPA of 2.00 (1.80 for freshmen) will be academically dismissed and denied any further readmission to the university.

 

Honors

SEMESTER HONORS

Dean's List: Students achieving a 3.55 or higher semester GPA based on 12 or more hours attempted are recognized after the end of each semester. If the hours attempted do not total 12 but at least 12 hours were earned (due to pass-fail credits), the student is eligible for the Dean's List if he/she was on the Dean's List the previous semester. Students with grades of I or NR are not considered for the Dean's List until their final grades are received. Unclassified students are not eligible for the Dean's List.

GRADUATION HONORS*

Graduation cum laude: 3.50-3.69 summary GPA

Graduation magna cum laude: 3.70-3.84 summary GPA

Graduation summa cum laude: 3.85-4.00 summary GPA

*Students who transfer to Judson must maintain the minimum summary grade average both in work at Judson and in all  previous University work. Students must complete a minimum of 60 earned graded hours at Judson.

All traditional student honors for commencement are based on GPA’s for the previous semesters, as the current semester grades will not be available until after commencement.

Student Academic Appeals

As a Christian community, all Judson University personnel live under the authority of Biblical standards and the direction of the Holy Spirit, sharing mutual accountability for ethical and just behavior. And as a human community, we will make mistakes.

Students at Judson University have the right of appeal of academic decisions. If a student believes that a faculty or administrative decision on her/his work has not been entirely fair, that student has, without fear of penalty or reprisal, the right of pursuing one or more of the following appeal steps;

  • Direct appeal to the faculty member or administrator involved for review and possible revision of the original decision;
  • If Step 1 does not resolve the student's concern, then they may appeal to the faculty member's Department Chair and/or Dean.
  • If Step 2 does not resolve the concern, then appeal to the CAO.

For reasons of both efficiency and charity, any appeal should be pursued as close in time to the alleged unfair event as possible.  Any Appeal pursued beyond Step 1 must be documented by all involved parties.  Any such appeal initiated more than sixty days after the alleged unfair event may possibly (but not necessarily) be itself reviewed for any evidence of capricious or mischievous intent.  Standard rules of evidence and strict confidentiality will be observed through and and all appeal steps.



Student Success and Registrar's Office Staff

Virginia L. Guth
Associate Vice President for Student Success/University Registrar

Heather Johnson
Assistant Registrar

Maria Aguirre
Academic Advisor

Jill Smith
Academic Advisor

Kat Hamilton
Academic Records Coordinator - Adult Professional

Kim Blake
First Year Freshmen Advisor
Test Proctor

Caitlin Kiel
First Year Freshmen Advisor
Enrollment Verifications
Transcript Orders
Reporting

Susan J. Kunze
Catalog and Course Coordinator

Kirsten Olson
Transfer Student Director
Prep Program Coordinator

Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Advisor

 

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