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Probationary Status, Good Standing and Academic Dismissal


In order to be a considered a student in good standing at Briar Cliff University, a student must earn and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better. Any student who fails to earn a 2.00 GPA in any term and whose cumulative GPA drops below 2.00 is classified as a student on probation and runs the risk of being dismissed from the university.

Students who fail to achieve the following cumulative grade point averages are subject to academic dismissal: 

  • 1.00 upon attempting 15 credit hours at BCU
  • 1.25 upon attempting 30 credit hours at BCU
  • 1.50 upon attempting 40 credit hours at BCU
  • 1.75 upon attempting 50 credit hours at BCU
  • 2.00 after attempting 60 or more credit hours at BCU.

NOTE: The preceding includes credit hours taken at Briar Cliff.

In addition, students who fail to achieve the following cumulative grade point averages are subject to academic dismissal:

  • 1.50 upon attempting 70 credit hours
  • 1.75 upon attempting 80 credit hours
  • 2.00 after attempting 90 or more credit hours.

NOTE: The preceding includes transfer credit hours.

A student who is subject to academic dismissal may appeal his or her dismissal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Any student who is academically dismissed may return to the university after one term (not including summer school). Those who choose to return must show evidence of the likelihood of academic success. Upon readmission to the university, they may resume their study on a full-time basis and may apply for financial aid.

Any student receiving a grade point average less than 1.00 in any term is subject to academic review and/or dismissal.