Academic Status

Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation at the end of a term if their cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below 2.00. Students on academic probation are limited to a maximum of 13 credit hours each semester. Students will continue on academic probation as long as their cumulative GPA continues to remain below 2.00. Students needing fewer than 18 credit hours for graduation may request an exception for the credit hours restriction to their academic advisor or department chairperson. Exception requests should be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration. Denial of this request may be appealed to the dean of the college and the provost.

Suspension

If after two successive terms of academic probation the student’s current term and cumulative GPA’s are below 2.00, the student will be automatically suspended for one semester (either fall, spring, or summer). All students have at least three semesters before they can be suspended. If this is the second suspension, the suspension is for two full semesters. Students who have finished their academic suspension are required to contact the Office of Records and Registration, SSC Room 218. These students will be placed on academic probation, limited to 13 credit hours per semester while on probation, and placed in a single semester probation status. This status requires that the student achieve a current term GPA of 2.00 or higher each term until the student’s cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher. Failure to achieve a term GPA of 2.00 or higher while in a single semester probationary status will result in academic suspension for two full semesters. There are no appeals or exceptions for students who are suspended from the university.

Academic Clemency

Academic clemency is available for students who have attended UALR previously and have not been at any college or university for a two year time period. It is granted only once for a previous term or terms. All course work within the granted term is excluded from the student’s GPA and is not considered meeting any prerequisites or degree requirements. Once a student re-enrolls at UALR, they may request academic clemency. It is recommended that you consult with your advisor to see if academic clemency is appropriate for you. If you are granted academic clemency, you are ineligible for graduation with honors.

Repeated Courses

If an undergraduate student repeats a course for credit, only the last grade will be computed into the cumulative grade point average. There is no limit to the number of times you can repeat a course. (The earlier grade will remain on the transcript with an “E” indicating exclusion from the grade point average.)

If there have been any changes in course numbers or titles, the student must first obtain the approval of the chairperson of the department offering the course to be assured it is an identical course.

All grades for repeated courses are included in calculations for graduation honors. Once a degree has been awarded, repeated courses will not be accepted. (Please note: UALR does not have an individual grade forgiveness policy)

Grade Appeals

A student has the opportunity to appeal a grade if he or she feels the grade was inequitably awarded in that it violated a faculty member’s own specified grading standards. Students and faculty members are urged to make all attempts possible to resolve a grievance before initiating formal appeal. For more information on the procedure, please review the grade appeals policy.