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Gadsden State Community College

Academics

Alabama's Policy on Standards

In order to avoid academic probation, a student is required to achieve the following minimum levels of progress as measured by the student’s cumulative grade-point average (GPA):

  • A student who has attempted 12-21 semester credit hours at GSCC must maintain a 1.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average.
  • A student who has attempted between 22-32 credit hours at GSCC must maintain a 1.75  Cumulative Grade Point Average.
  • A student who has attempted more than 32 credit hours at GSCC must maintain a 2.0  Cumulative Grade Point Average.

The standards of progress are applied as follows:

1. If a student’s cumulative GPA is at or above the requirements listed above, the status is CLEAR.
2. If a student’s cumulative GPA is below the required standard and the GPA for the semester is below 2.00, the student will be placed on ACADEMIC PROBATION.
3. If the student has been suspended for one semester, he/she may appeal for re-admission (see explanation of the appeal process below).  If re-admitted on appeal without having served the one-semester suspension, the transcript will be stamped SUSPENDED – ONE SEMESTER / READMITTED UPON APPEAL.  Whether re-admitted because of appeal or by serving the one-semester suspension, the student will re-enter GSCC on ACADEMIC PROBATION.
  1. If while on Academic Probation, the student’s cumulative GPA remains below the required standard but the GPA for that semester is 2.00 or higher, the student will remain on ACADEMIC PROBATION.
  2. But if, while on Academic Probation, the student’s cumulative GPA remains below the required standard and the GPA for that semester is below 2.00, the student will be SUSPENDED FOR ONE SEMESTER.  The transcript will be stamped SUSPENDED – ONE SEMESTER.
  3. Finally, if on Academic Probation, the cumulative GPA reaches at least the minimum standard of progress appropriate to the student’s situation based on the number of hours attempted, the status will once again be CLEAR.

4. If the student has been suspended for one semester, he/she may appeal for re-admission (see explanation of the appeal process below).  If re-admitted on appeal without having served the one-semester suspension, the transcript will be stamped SUSPENDED – ONE SEMESTER / READMITTED UPON APPEAL.  Whether re-admitted because of appeal or by serving the one-semester suspension, the student will re-enter GSCC on ACADEMIC PROBATION.

5. If a student has re-entered after having been suspended for one semester, whether through appeal or through serving out the suspension, without having attained CLEAR status, and if the cumulative GPA falls below the required standard but the GPA for that semester is 2.00 or higher, the student will remain on Academic Probation.   If, however, the student has re-entered after having been suspended for one semester, whether through appeal or through serving out the suspension, without having attained a CLEAR status, and if the cumulative GPA falls below the required standard and if the GPA for that semester is also below 2.00, the student will be suspended for one calendar year.  The transcript will be stamped SUSPENDED – ONE YEAR.

6. If  suspended for one year, the student may appeal for re-admission (see appeal process below).  If re-admitted on appeal, the transcript will be stamped SUSPENDED – ONE YEAR / READMITTED UPON APPEAL.  Whether re-admitted because of appeal or by serving the one-year suspension, the student will re-enter GSCC on ACADEMIC PROBATION.

7. All pertinent academic designations except CLEAR will appear on the student’s transcript.

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