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Academic Standing: Scholastic Actions, Probation and Dropped

The following policy explains good academic standing, probation, and dropped statuses.

Scholastic Actions

A student shall be considered in good standing if that student has:

  • a GPA of 2.0 or above in the semester just completed, and
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

A student must be in good standing in order to be eligible for graduation.

A student shall be placed on academic probation when, in the semester just completed, that student has:

  • attained less than a 2.0 GPA, or
  • earned two or more grades of F.

Once on probation, the student is continued on probation until either removed from probation or dropped.

A student shall be removed from probation when that student has:

  • attained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and
  • earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in the semester just completed, and
  • no outstanding Incompletes.

A student on academic probation shall be dropped (academically dismissed) for at least one semester at the end of any semester in which that student has earned a GPA of less than 2.0.

Dropped Status

The first time a student is dropped, they are required to sit out for one semester. Students wishing to reenter after sitting out for one semester will need permission from a dean before they are readmitted. The student should submit a re-entry application to UW-Madison and also meet with an academic dean in the Office of Academic Affairs to provide evidence that time between being dropped and applying for reentry has been used gainfully. Such activity must give evidence of serious desire to gain an education, careful thought about academic goals, and strategies that will improve academic performance. Typically, students use the time in dropped status to take course work at another institution to demonstrate their ability to succeed at UW-Madison. Additional information can be found here. If the student's re-entry application is accepted, the student will be readmitted on probation.

A student who has been readmitted on probation and who fails to earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or above will be dropped again and will not be permitted to re-enroll for at least one year and then only upon appeal to the Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee with good evidence of changed circumstances that would indicate a reasonable probability of success.

A student dropped for a third time will not be readmitted.


Students who are dropped may submit an appeal to continue their enrollment at UW-Madison without taking time off. The Office of Academic Affairs will provide information about appealing to students in dropped status.

Keywords:standing, probation, dropped, continued probation, readmit, good standing   Doc ID:73880
Owner:Sue R.Group:CALS Academic Affairs
Created:2017-06-07 12:57 CSTUpdated:2018-02-07 11:16 CST
Sites:CALS Academic Affairs
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