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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, Spring, and Summer semester. You are in Good academic standing if both your cumulative GPA and your most recent 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 standing, contact Crystal Fankhauser, Director of Student Success, at fankhauser_c@fortlewis.edu or 970-247-7670.

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 semester was at or above the minimum 2.00 required to be in good academic standing at Fort Lewis College; however, your most recent semester GPA was below 2.00. This suggests you are beginning to have academic difficulties. You are given an Academic Warning that you need to resume earning semester 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 semester 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 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 semesters to raise your cumulative GPA back to 2.00 or higher. You must earn a semester GPA of at least 2.00 each of these semesters or you will be academically disqualified. Obviously, however, you need to earn semester 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 semester continued to be below the minimum 2.00 required to be in good academic standing at Fort Lewis College; however your semester 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 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 Academic Success Coach 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.
 
Options for Students who have been Academically Disqualified
 
There are only two options for students who have been academically disqualified to return to the college as degree-seeking students. These options are (a) successfully appeal the academic disqualification (details below) or (b) take at least two years off from any college-level work and then request Academic Renewal when reapplying to Fort Lewis College.
 
How to Appeal Academic Disqualification
 
A student who has been academically disqualified may appeal if:
  1. there are documented compelling and unforeseen reasons why academic standards 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 semester of coursework. This is determined by having a Quality Point Deficiency of no more than 10 points as determined by the GPA repair calculator.

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.

How to Apply for Academic Renewal

A returning Fort Lewis College student who has not attended any college for at least two years (24 consecutive months) and whose Fort Lewis College cumulative GPA is below 2.00 may apply for Academic Renewal.

Students apply for academic renewal as part of the readmission process. Questions about this process should be directed to the Office of Admission. A student may receive academic renewal only once.

Click here more information about Academic Renewal.