Academic Probation & Dismissal

Good Standing

Students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative average to remain in good standing.

Academic Probation/Dismissal

Graduate students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation.  Graduate students must raise their GPA to 3.00 by the end of the next semester (or full summer term) in which they register.  An additional probationary semester may be granted at the discretion of the graduate dean.  If a student fails to meet the conditions of academic probation he/she is subject to dismissal.  Graduate students earning a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or lower will be dropped from their graduate program without a probationary period.  Graduate students on academic probation are not eligible for graduate assistantships. 

Programs/departments reserve the right to immediately have a student that has earned an F as the final course grade dismissed from their program.  At the discretion of the graduate coordinator and graduate dean, the student may be required to repeat the course during their next semester of enrollment (refer to Leave of Absence policy) or the next time the course is offered.  No student may graduate with a graduate degree from WCU with an F grade for a course in his or her program.  A course taken at WCU for which the student earns an F for the final grade must be retaken at WCU and not at any other institution of higher learning.

Students dismissed from the university may apply for re-admission.  Courses taken prior to the dismissal may be applied to a subsequent program with departmental consent.  The original program reserves the right to refuse to re-admit the student. 

Grades earned during summer sessions count the same as grades earned during the academic year. All grades recorded determine the student's academic status, even if a student changes degree programs. Students dropped from a graduate program due to unsatisfactory work will not be permitted to take courses for credit towards a graduate degree in that department beyond the semester in which they are dropped.

Individual programs may have higher GPA minimums or additional requirements. To be eligible to receive the master's degree, graduate students must complete all requisite courses and credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

Students holding graduate assistantships who fail to maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA will have their assistantships revoked or will not have them renewed. This policy includes courses taken during summer sessions. Departments also may stipulate higher academic standards for maintaining assistantships.