Admission & Advising

Information about Academic Warning, Probation, & Disqualification

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Understanding academic standing is an essential part of college success. In order to graduate from Fort Lewis College, you need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. You also need a 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses required for your major, and in courses for any declared minors.

To help you monitor progress towards the grades needed for graduation, the college monitors your semester and cumulative GPA each Fall and Winter semester. You are in Good academic standing if both  your cumulative GPA and your most recent Fall or Winter semester GPA is at least 2.00.  When this does not happen, you are placed on a warning, probation, or disqualification standing.

The information below can help you understand what it means when you have been placed on Academic Warning; on your first, second, or third semester of probation; or if you have been Academically Disqualified. If you need further clarification regarding your academic status or the appeal process for disqualification, contact Matthew Krichman, Assistant to the Chair, Academic Standards Committee, at krichman_m@fortlewis.edu (preferred) or 970-247-7434.

Types of Academic Standing

Academic Warning (AW)
First semester of probation (1P)
Second semester of probation (2P)
Third semester of probation (3P)
Academic Disqualification (DQ)

Academic Warning (AW)

Your cumulative grade point average (GPA) after the most recently completed Fall/Winter term was at or above the minimum 2.00 required to be in good academic standing at Fort Lewis College; however, your most recent term (semester) GPA was below 2.00. This suggests you are beginning to have academic difficulties. You are given a warning that you need to resume earning term GPAs of at least 2.00 or you may be placed on Academic Probation or be Academically Disqualified from continuing as a degree-seeking student at Fort Lewis College.

First semester of probation (1P)

Your cumulative grade point average (GPA) after the most recently completed Fall/Winter term was below the minimum 2.00 required to be in good academic standing at Fort Lewis College.  This represents unsatisfactory progress toward your degree.  Therefore, you have been placed on your first semester of probation.  You have a maximum of three additional Fall/Winter semesters to raise your cumulative GPA back to 2.00 or higher. You must earn a term GPA of at least 2.00 each of these semesters or you will be academically disqualified. Obviously, however, you need to earn term GPAs higher than just 2.00 in order to raise your cumulative GPA above this standard.

Second semester of probation (2P)

Your cumulative grade point average (GPA) after the most recently completed term continued to be below the minimum 2.00 required to be in good academic standing at Fort Lewis College; however your term GPA was 2.00 or higher. This suggests you are making progress towards returning to Good academic standing; therefore, you have been placed on your second semester of probation.  You have a maximum of two additional Fall/Winter semesters to raise your cumulative GPA back to 2.00 or higher. You must earn a term GPA of at least 2.00 each of these semesters or you will be academically disqualified. Obviously, however, you need to earn term GPAs higher than just 2.00 in order to raise your cumulative GPA above this standard.

Third semester of probation (3P)

Your cumulative grade point average (GPA) after the most recently completed term  continued to be below the minimum 2.00 required to be in good academic standing at Fort Lewis College; however your term GPA was 2.00 or higher. This suggests you are making progress towards returning to Good academic standing; therefore, you have been placed on your third semester of probation.  You have only one additional Fall/Winter semester to raise your cumulative GPA back to 2.00 or higher. You should use the GPA Repair Calculator to figure out what grades you need to earn in next semester's classes to make sure your cumulative GPA is at least a 2.00. Contact your AA or professional advisor right away if you need help doing this.

Academic Disqualification

 

As a result of continued poor academic performance, you have been Academically Disqualified, effective immediately.  This means that you are not eligible to continue to take classes as a degree-seeking student at Fort Lewis College.   You have been removed from  all classes in which you are registered and your campus housing contract (if any) will be cancelled. Academic Disqualifications are rarely reversed and only due to extraordinary circumstances plus convincing evidence you are capable of achieving and maintaining good academic progress towards your degree.


 

If you wish to appeal your disqualification to the Academic Standards Committee, follow the Academic Disqualification Appeal Process.  All appeals must be in writing. It is strongly preferred that you submit the appeal form and attachments via email.  The directions and deadline for returning the appeal packet are shown on the Appeal Process page and in the disqualification notification letter and email sent to you.  Incomplete forms or forms received after the stated deadline will not be reviewed.  If you miss the deadline, your disqualification will be upheld.

 

A student who has been academically disqualified may appeal if:
  1. there are documented compelling and unforeseen reasons why the standards for satisfactory academic progress were not met, and
  2. there is a high probability that the student’s cumulative GPA can be raised to 2.00 or higher in no more than one additional Fall or Winter semester of coursework. This is determined by having a Quality Point Deficiency of no more than 10 points.
If the appeal is granted, the Academic Standards Committee will establish specific requirements the student must meet during the next enrollment period.  If these requirements are not achieved, the student is again Academically Disqualified.

 

Options for Students who have been Academically Disqualified

Students who have been Academically Disqualified have two options for restoring their GPA and seeking readmission as a degree-seeking student:

  1. FORT LEWIS COLLEGE:  Raise the cumulative GPA above 2.00 by taking FLC classes as a non-degree seeking student (unclassified, “Guest” student). Guest status must be reconfirmed each semester and requires a minimum 2.00 semester GPA and evidence of progress in returning to a 2.00 cumulative GPA. Students failing to meet these requirements will be ineligible for Guest status for at least one calendar year. Guest students register for classes during Open Enrollment. Students with this classification are ineligible for financial aid.
 See Applying for Guest Status for more information.
  2. ANOTHER SCHOOL: Take classes at another school and meet these specified transfer standards to be considered to return to FLC: complete at least 15 credits with 2.4 GPA and no Ds or Fs; all 15 credits must be in academically rigorous, college level courses.

Students meeting either re-qualification requirement must file an appeal with the Academic Standards Committee to be allowed to resume studies at FLC as a degree-seeking student., The appeal will be considered at the next regularly scheduled Appeal Hearing. Academic Standards Committee establishes specific requirements for each readmitted student, and monitors student academic progress.

 

If you need further clarification regarding academic disqualification, contact Matthew Krichman, Assistant to the Chair, Academic Standards Committee, at krichman_m@fortlewis.edu or 970-247-7434.
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