Academic Standing

Since the University requires that matriculated students have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and an average of 2.00 in the major and the minor in order to earn a bachelor’s degree, the grade point average is an important indicator of the ability to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Thus, the following Academic Retention Standards are in effect for matriculated students whose performance indicates that they are in danger of failing to meet the conditions necessary to earn a degree.

Academic Warning

A student whose semester grade point average falls below a 2.00 (but is a 1.00 or above) will receive an Academic Warning from the Dean of Undergraduate Education. This action will not subject the student to any further penalty but is intended to remind the student of the University’s policies as well as to inform the student of the resources available to ensure appropriate progress in achieving an undergraduate degree.

Academic Probation

  1. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.00 will be placed on Academic Probation for the following semester. A student placed on Academic Probation will be notified by the Dean of Undergraduate Education, and will be advised of the resources available to assist students in improving their academic standing.
    • Students on Academic Probation will be expected to improve their academic performance immediately. They must raise the cumulative grade point average to at least 2.00 to be removed from Academic Probation. Students who fail to meet this condition will be placed on Terminal Probation in the following semester.

    Terminal Probation

    1. A student will be placed on Terminal Probation for the following semester if either of the following occurs:
      • the student’s semester grade point average is below 1.00
      • the student has a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 for a second semester
    2. Students on Terminal Probation for a semester are in danger of academic dismissal at the end of that semester. Therefore, as a condition of continuing their enrollment at Albany, they must complete an "Academic Improvement Form" (AIF) to improve their academic performance in consultation with their academic advisor, and must file this plan with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education by the designated date. Students who fail to file this form will have a registration hold on their records.
    3. If the student achieves a semester grade point average and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00, the student will be removed from Terminal Probation.
    4. If the student's semester grade point average  is at least a 2.00 but the cumulative grade point average  remains below 2.00, the student will remain on Terminal Probation and must continue to meet the conditions described in section 2) above. The student must raise the cumulative grade point average to at least 2.00 to be removed from Terminal Probation.
    5. If the student earns a semester grade point average below a 2.00 while on Terminal Probation, the student will be dismissed.

    Academic Dismissal

    Academic dismissal will occur only if a student has been on Terminal Probation and fails to earn a semester grade point average of at least 2.00. The student's record will have the notation "Academic Dismissal." Students who have been academically dismissed have the right to seek reinstatement to the University by submitting a written petition to the Committee on Academic Standing.

    Academic Dismissal Policy for Educational Opportunities Program Students

    Students enrolled at the University through the Educational Opportunities Program will be granted an additional semester on Academic Probation before they are subject to Terminal Probation, even if their cumulative grade point average  is below a 2.00.

    Note: Academic Standing for a semester is calculated on the basis of semester grades only. Summer and Winter Sessions classes do not change the academic status as assigned at the end of a preceding semester.