Academic Warning, Suspension, and Dismissal

The University expects you to maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0, which is a C average. If you fail all of your courses during your first semester at Stetson you may be placed on Academic Suspension. If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 you will be placed on Academic Warning, and you need to be concerned about the possibility of an Academic Suspension, and maybe eventually with an Academic Dismissal. Suspension or Dismissal may also be triggered by violating the Honor System for Academic Integrity or the Student Code of Conduct. Each of these is described below.

Academic Warning:

If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 you will be placed on Academic Warning. You will be removed from Academic Warning once your cumulative GPA is above 2.0.

Once you are on Academic Warning, you have one semester to get your cumulative GPA equal to or above a minimum value that is determined by the number of credits that you have earned (one unit equals four credits). The minimums are shown in the following table.

Credits Attempted Minimum GPA
1-28 1.500
29-64 1.600
65-96 1.700
97+ 1.800

If your cumulative GPA is not at or above the minimum value at the end of the first fall or spring semester that you are on Academic Warning you will be automatically place on Academic Suspension. If the Academic Warning continues during subsequent semesters, you must ensure that your cumulative GPA does not fall below the minimum value or you will be placed on Academic Suspension. Note that as you take additional courses, the number of credits earned increases and the minimum GPA gradually increases. You need a GPA of at least 2.000 to graduate.

Academic Suspension:

There are two ways of ending up on Academic Suspension: 1) earn a GPA that is less than 0.5 on the courses during your first semester at Stetson, or 2) be placed on Academic Warning for having your cumulative GPA fall below 2.000 and then failing to get or keep your cumulative GPA above a minimum value shown in the section above on Academic Warning.

Academic Suspension lasts for one regular semester. If you are suspended at the end of the fall semester you must sit out the spring and may apply to return the next summer or fall. If you are suspended at the end of the spring semester you must sit out summer and fall and may apply to return in the spring. While on Suspension you will not be allowed to take courses at Stetson, and any academic work taken at another institution will not be accepted for credit toward the requirements for graduation at Stetson.

After the period of the suspension has been completed you apply to the dean of the college or school for readmission to the University.

Upon returning to Stetson you will be required to create and follow a student success plan through the Academic Improvement Program with the Academic Resources Center. You will also be placed on Academic Probation until your cumulative GPA is at or above 2.000. While you are on Academic Probation, you must earn a GPA of 2.0 or higher for the courses taken each fall and spring semester or you will be Dismissed from the University.

If you are on Academic Probation you are not allowed to participate in activities which represent the student body or University in public or official capacities, including debates, dramatic or musical performances, or other similar public appearances; intercollegiate athletics; student publications, elective or appointive positions in campus government, or other leadership positions on campus; managing athletic teams, cheerleading, or similar activities.

Students may only serve a single academic suspension. A student who has been suspended, returns to good academic standing, and then falls back to the level of qualifying for a second suspension will be Dismissed.

Disciplinary Suspension:

You may be placed on Disciplinary Suspension if you violate the Honor System for Academic Integrity or the Student Code of Conduct. The period of the suspension will be specified in the letter notifying you of the suspension. During that period you will not be allowed to take courses at Stetson, and any academic work taken at another institution will not be accepted for credit toward the requirements for graduation at Stetson.

After the period of the suspension has been completed you apply to the dean of the college or school for readmission to the University. This should be done at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled date of registration for the term for which you are seeking readmission.

Academic Dismissal:

The only students who need to be concerned about being dismissed from the University are those who have previously been placed on Academic Suspension. See the preceding section for a description of what will cause dismissal. Academic Dismissal is permanent removal from the University. Under ordinary circumstances, a student will not be readmitted to the University following Academic Dismissal.

Disciplinary Dismissal:

You may be Dismissed from the University if you violate the Honor System for Academic Integrity or the Student Code of Conduct. Disciplinary Dismissal is permanent removal from the University. Under ordinary circumstances, a student will not be readmitted to the University following Disciplinary Dismissal.


Revised: 07/29/13