Print this page


Undergraduate Academic Probation, Suspension, Dismissal, and Reinstatement Policies and Procedures

Students with Academic Difficulties

Students are encouraged to seek assistance from their instructors, advisors, and/or counselors. Help can also be obtained from the Academic Support office, where students can get information about one-on-one tutors, walk-in tutoring, supplemental instruction sessions, the Writing Center, the Math Assistance Center, advising and coaching options, and various academic strategies for success. Academic Support is located at 250 Ronan Hall and can be reached at 989-774-7506.

While it is important for students experiencing academic difficulty to seek assistance, instructors are encouraged to take action when a student is not succeeding in their courses. Instructors should work directly with the student and may report their concerns to the Early Alert Referral site or submit a CARE report. 

Academic Probation

At the end of each semester or summer session, all students whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) is below 2.00 will either be placed on academic probation, academic suspension, or academic dismissal. Academic probation occurs when a student’s GPA is below 2.00 but above the range for suspension or dismissal, which varies according to the student’s attempted credit hours or total credit hours, whichever is greater. Total attempted hours include CMU credits earned or attempted at the 100-level or above, transfer credits, and hours earned in any other manner. For a full definition of attempted hours, refer to Table 1.

The university notifies students who are placed on academic probation, and encourages them to seek academic support resources. If a student is on academic probation for three consecutive semesters, including summer sessions, the student is subject to academic dismissal.

Academic Suspension

Students in their first semester (at least 6 credit hours) of academic courses taken at CMU are assigned an academic suspended status if their first semester or summer session GPA falls below the range for academic probation (See Table 1). Suspended status is a warning and students may not attend the next academic session until they appeal with their academic advisor. Details regarding a student’s academic suspension status, suggestions for corrective action, and the appeal process are communicated following the official grade deadline for each semester or summer session by e-mail from the Academic Support office.

Academic Dismissal

A student will be assigned an academic dismissal status with a cumulative GPA below the cumulative GPA range for probation (see Table 1), or when the student has been on academic probation for three consecutive semesters including summer session.

The University notifies students whose enrollment is canceled. Details regarding a student’s academic status, suggestions for corrective action, and an appeal process are communicated following the official grade deadline for each semester or summer session by e-mail from the Academic Support office.

Consideration for enrollment is based on individual student circumstances. If students wish to return to the University, they must appeal through the reinstatement process with the  Academic Support office (250 Ronan Hall, 989-774-3465) or see

Table 1.
GPA Ranges by Total Attempted College Credits

Attempted/Total Credit Hours Suspension- First Semester at CMU  Dismissal GPA Range for Probation
6-18 0.0-0.99  0.0-0.99 1.00-1.99
19-35 0.0-1.49  0.0-1.49 1.50-1.99
36-45 0.0-1.69  0.0-1.69 1.70-1.99
46-58 0.0-1.79  0.0-1.79 1.80-1.99
59-71 0.0-1.84  0.0-1.84 1.85-1.99
72-85 0.0-1.89  0.0-1.89 1.90-1.99
86 and over 0.0-1.94  0.0-1.94 1.95-1.99
Attempted/Total Credit Hours include every course at 100-level or above ever registered for that shows on the transcript and for which there is a grade or grade substitute such as W, I, CR, NC, N, or Z. This does not include courses dropped during registration. It does include credits transferred from other institutions and credits earned by other methods, such as Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IP).

Reinstatement to CMU

A student whose eligibility to enroll (matriculate) has been canceled for academic reasons may appeal to return through the reinstatement process with the Academic Support office.  Students who have been suspended may apply for immediate reinstatement.  Students who have been dismissed may appeal for reinstatement consideration usually 12 months after dismissal. A student who has been dismissed twice will be reinstated only under extraordinary circumstances.

Reinstatement requires a written application, payment of the reinstatement application fee and meeting with staff from Academic Support. Supporting documents may also be required.  Interviews for students seeking to return will be scheduled in advance of each enrollment period.

Permission to return is not automatic and is based upon individual circumstances.

Approved by the Senate 4/4/17; Editorially revised by the Provost's Committee on Academic Standing, 4/2/20