Undergraduate Level Academic Clemency
Any undergraduate student who has previously attended UA Little Rock or its predecessor institutions (Little Rock Junior College or Little Rock University) and whose attendance at UA Little Rock or any institution of higher education has been interrupted for a period of at least two years may qualify to request academic clemency providing he or she meets all of the criteria specified below. Under this policy a student may apply to have grades and credits earned at UA Little Rock previous to the separation removed from his or her grade point average. Approval of a request for clemency requires the signature of the student’s advisor and the provost.
After re-entering UA Little Rock following a separation of at least two years from any institution of higher education, a student may request academic clemency at the Office of Records and Registration. The student shall specify the term(s) for which clemency is desired. The request will be forwarded, along with appropriate permanent record information, to the student’s advisor for approval. The advisor shall forward the request to the provost.
Things to consider regarding Clemency!
- A student who requests and receives academic clemency is ineligible to graduate with honors.
- Clemency shall cover all credits earned during the term(s) for which clemency is requested.
- The student’s complete record will remain on the transcript with the added notation of academic clemency received.
Any petition for academic clemency must be requested and granted prior to the awarding of a degree. Once the degree is awarded, the record is closed and the academic clemency policy cannot be invoked.
Graduate Level Academic Clemency
UA Little Rock graduate students who have received low grades for one or more semesters of coursework may be eligible to apply for academic clemency. Academic clemency removes a limited number of grades and credits from a student’s grade point average (GPA). In some cases, academic clemency can restore a student to good standing in cases where the student’s GPA has fallen below a 3.0; it may preserve a student’s eligibility for a graduate assistantship or enable a student to be removed from academic probation.
Clemency removes from the student’s GPA all grades and credits earned during the semesters (i.e., spring, summer, fall) for which clemency is requested. The student’s complete record will remain on the transcript with the added notation of academic clemency received.
Graduate students are eligible to apply for academic clemency if:
- they were not dismissed from UA Little Rock for non-academic reasons
- they have not been enrolled at any higher education institution for at least 1 year
Students may apply by completing and submitting this Form: Graduate Level Clemency Request .
Students may request clemency for up to two semesters of credit. The request will be forwarded to the student’s program coordinator for approval. Upon approval, the coordinator shall forward the request to the Graduate School Dean. If more than two semesters of credit are needed to return the student to good academic standing, a special petition must be filed with the Graduate School
Any petition for academic clemency must be requested and granted prior to the awarding of the degree. Once the degree is awarded, the record is closed and the academic clemency policy cannot be invoked. Academic clemency may be approved only once. For purposes of degree requirements, a student who receives clemency must follow the provisions of the Graduate Catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment.
Students will be placed on academic probation at the end of the semester if their cumulative grade point average (GPA) drops below a 2.0. Students on academic probation cannot enroll for more than 13 credit hours each semester. Students will continue on academic probation for as long as their cumulative GPA continues to remain below a 2.0.
Students on probation or suspension must see their academic advisor. Additional campus services are offered to assist students in returning to good academic standing. Success Coaches and Student Support Specialists help students enhance academic skills such as note-taking, study habits, and test-taking strategies. They also help students address social/emotional/life challenges that may impact students’ academic success. Students should schedule a coaching or student support meeting by requesting an appointment at Student Success. Student-athletes on academic probation must report to their Academic Advisor or their coaching staff member in Athletics. Non-Degree Seeking Students are exempt from this requirement.
Suspension (from UA Little Rock)
Suspension occurs after the third successive semester of academic probation where the cumulative GPA and semester GPA are below a 2.0. Students who have finished their academic suspension are required to contact the Office of Records and Registration (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on how to have their suspension lifted. These returning students will be placed on academic probation with enrollment restriction which limits them to enrollment in a maximum of 13 credit hours. In addition this status academic probation after suspension status requires that the students achieve a semester GPA of 2.0 or greater for each term until the student’s cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher. Failure to achieve a semester GPA of 2.0 or greater while in this probationary status will result in an academic suspension for two full semesters. Students will remain in this probationary status until their cumulative GPA rises above 2.0. Both International Freshmen and International Transfer Students on academic suspension must report to the Office of International Student Services so they can be informed on their options regarding their immigration status.
Students needing fewer than 18 credit hours to complete all academic requirements for graduation may request an exemption to the enrollment restriction from their academic advisor or department chairperson. If this request is approved, the Office of Records and Registration will need to be notified by the department so that the student’s record can be adjusted. Denial of this request may be appealed to the dean of the college and the provost.
Students admitted to the university with academic deficiencies will be limited to a maximum enrollment of 13 credit hours each semester. When such a student achieves both a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0, the enrollment restriction will be removed. If the student fails to obtain the required semester or cumulative GPA, then the student will be placed on academic probation. Such students will not be subject to academic suspension until the end of the third semester unless they were admitted on a single-semester contract basis.
A student suspended from UA Little Rock who earns academic credit from another institutionally or regionally accredited college or university during the period of suspension may receive credit for the course at UA Little Rock when readmitted if the course is transferable.
Suspension (from an institution other than UA Little Rock
A student under their first academic suspension from an institutionally or regionally accredited college or university may be admitted to UA Little Rock and allowed to enroll in a probationary status. The student may enroll for a maximum of 3 hours (Summer) or 7 hours (Spring and Fall) and must attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Failure to attain the minimum 2.0 GPA in the first semester will result in a suspension from UA Little Rock.
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: UA Little Rock does not have an individual grade forgiveness policy)
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.
Chancellor’s and Dean’s List
Names of students whose academic performances have been superior are recorded on the Chancellor’s and the Dean’s Lists. This recognition is also noted on the student’s grade report and on official transcripts. This status will be granted at the end of each semester in which the following qualifications have been met:
- At least nine hours for credit with a grade of A, B, C, or CR
- At least a 3.9 grade point average for the semester
- No D, F, I, or NC grades on the semester grade report
- At least nine hours for credit with a grade of A, B, C, or CR
- At least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester
- No D, F, I, or NC grades on the semester grade report
Several departments at UA Little Rock offer honors programs to exceptional students. Admission to an honors program is generally tied to the student’s grade point average and year standing and may require nomination by a faculty member. Such programs are distinct from graduation with honors; in addition to meeting and maintaining a certain grade point average, qualifying students take a special curriculum in the major. Requirements may include advanced study, seminars, or a research project and presentation. Departmental honors are posted on the student’s academic transcript at graduation. Contact individual departments for more information.
A student who requests and receives academic clemency is ineligible to graduate with honors.
Graduation honors are calculated on all academic work including all UA Little Rock credit courses, all repeated courses and all work completed at all other institutions, whether accepted as transfer credit at UA Little Rock or not.
The bachelor’s degree with honors will be conferred upon candidates who graduate and earn a minimum cumulative grade point on all courses taken (both transfer courses and credit courses at UA Little Rock. as follows:
- Summa cum laude: minimum grade point average of 3.90
- Magna cum laude: minimum grade point average of 3.70
- Cum laude: minimum grade point average of 3.50
A minimum of 30 hours in residence at UA Little Rock is required to qualify for a degree with honors. A student qualifies for honors based on the grade point average on all hours, including repeated courses at UA Little Rock and including transfer hours whether or not accepted for credit.
All academic work, including transfer courses and repeated courses, is included in the final calculation for honors. Some courses from institutions outside of the U.S. are calculated in the admissions process on a pass/not pass basis. In order for a student to be considered for honors, all credentials from institutions outside of the U.S. must be evaluated to determine an A, B, or C equivalency.
The associate degree with honors will be conferred upon candidates who at graduation have earned a minimum cumulative grade point on all college work (both transfer and residence credit) of 3.70. The recipient must have met all requirements for graduation with an associate degree and must not have completed more than 83 credit hours. A UA Little Rock student can be awarded graduation honors only once. Students who graduate from another college or university and pursue a second undergraduate degree at UA Little Rock are not eligible for honors. University and departmental honors (but not awards) may be posted on the academic transcript.