To be in good standing, students must meet the minimum cumulative grade point average standards and any additional standards that have been set by a student’s master’s degree or graduate certificate program. Students can be academically disqualified by violating either cumulative grade point averages or departmental standards. Academic standings are updated at the end of each fall, spring, and summer semester.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all coursework numbered 600-700 to be in good standing for GPA.
This table summarizes the cumulative grade point average standard:
At the conclusion of fall, spring, and summer semesters, an email will be sent to students’ Fort Lewis account explaining how they may check their academic standing for cumulative grade point average and cumulative pace.
Students on probation based on cumulative grade point average or cumulative pace standards are expected to establish an academic plan with their Graduate Faculty advisor prior to the beginning of the next semester.
Students with an academic standing of academic disqualification will be provided instructions in their notification email about how to appeal.
In addition to the minimum academic standards established in this policy, a graduate student may be required to meet departmental standards. Departmental standards are published as part of the requirements for each program.
If through a process established by the department, a student has been judged to not be making academic progress, the department may petition the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee to change a student’s academic standing to Probation or Academic Disqualification.
At the conclusion of every semester (fall, spring, summer), all students will receive an email informing them of their updated academic standing. The only academic standing that may be appealed is Academic Disqualification.
A student must submit the appropriate paperwork to the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee to appeal Academic Disqualification.
Students may appeal academic disqualification based on cumulative grade point average or cumulative pace standards if:
Students appeal by emailing a completed Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standing Appeals package to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if necessary, mail print copies of the form and documentation. The deadline to submit this appeal package will be specified in the notification letter and email sent to the student.
The appeals package must include:
Incomplete appeals packages will not be considered.
Download the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Disqualification Appeals form
If you have any questions about preparing the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standing Appeals package, please contact Skyhawk Station.
The Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee hears appeals three times yearly, at the close of each semester (January, May, and August).
The Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee will consider appeals case-by-case. The Committee will review the appeals package, including the disciplinary record. Additionally, the Committee may seek input from faculty and professional staff in other relevant campus offices.
If the appeal is approved, the student’s academic standing will be “Reinstated from Academic Disqualification,” and, in consultation with faculty in the student’s department, the Committee will establish specific requirements the student must meet and the consequences of not meeting those requirements
Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision by email to their Fort Lewis College email address as soon as possible. If the FLC email address is not active, the student will be asked to provide an alternative email address.
The Committee’s decision may be appealed to the Provost or designee.