Probation and Suspension

Academic Probation

Academic Standing Policy

A student’s academic standing during any term is determined by the cumulative grade point average (GPA) earned on the total quality hours. To be in good standing, a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 and 67% or greater earned-to-attempted pass rate must be maintained. Individuals with less than a cumulative 2.0 GPA are placed on either academic probation or suspension. Individuals with less than 67% earned-to-attempted pass rate are placed on progress warning.

Students are notified on their academic status at the end of every regular semester via email, Braveweb, and mail sent to their address on record. It is the student’s responsibility to know their academic standing status and to ensure that an accurate mailing address is on file with the Registrar.

Academic Probation

A student is placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Students on academic probation are eligible to attend the University while carrying a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 under specified provisions.

  • Students on academic probation have two (2) semesters to improve their academic performance.
  • If a student takes a leave of absence after one semester of probation, they will continue their academic probation for one semester when returning.
  • Enrollment for the probationary semesters will be limited to a maximum of 13 semester hours, and students must participate in the academic success services for students offered through the Center for Student Success (CSS).
  • This is a mandatory requirement. Failure to participate in CSS services could result in immediate Academic Dismissal at the end of the semester. Students should refer to the CSS website for more information on these services. 

At the end of each probationary semester, students must achieve one of the following:

  1. Raise the cumulative GPA to a minimum of  2.0, or
  2. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.3 for the semester in order to continue on academic probation.

Failure to meet one of the conditions above after two consecutive semesters (not including Summer Terms) will result in a mandatory suspension from UNCP for one semester. Refer to the section on Academic Suspension for more information.

Academic Suspension

If a student does not meet the above GPA requirement(s) during the second probationary semester, they will be mandatory suspended for one semester. After the suspension semester, the student must successfully appeal (see Suspension Appeals) before applying for readmission.

If approved for readmission by the Suspension Appeals Committee, the student will be readmitted to the University for two additional semesters (Fall or Spring) on academic probation. Failure to meet the GPA requirements at the end of the fourth semester on probation will result in Academic Dismissal from the University.

Financial Aid Suspension Appeal

A student may appeal their academic suspension or financial aid suspension by scheduling an appointment with the Center for Student Success. Before attending this appointment, the student should complete the Suspension Appeal Form and bring this along with the required documentation in step two of the form to their appointment.

At this appointment the student and advisor will complete a Financial Aid Progress Improvement Plan and complete an Academic Success Contract. Appointments over the phone are available for our distance students and those who are away from Pembroke during the time prior to the semester they are appealing for. Access to a fax and/or scanning capabilities are required.

Students must appeal 5 business days prior to the beginning of the semester in which they are requesting return. An appeal submission does not guarantee reinstatement to the university.

Academic Dismissal

Academic Dismissal will occur when either a Student on Academic Probation does not complete their provisions outlined in their Academic Success Contract or after returning from Academic Suspension fails to satisfy all of the probation requirements. All students who fall on Academic Dismissal are ineligible to enroll at UNCP for two (2) years.

After the two year dismissal, the student must successfully appeal (see Suspension Appeals) before applying for readmission.  Upon, return from Academic Dismissal, the student will be on academic probation. 

Appeals after Completing Mandatory Suspension or Dismissal

A student who wishes to be readmitted after an academic suspension or dismissal must appeal to the Suspension Appeals Committee. Specific deadlines for each term can be found on the Web sites of the Center for Student Success (CSS) and the office of Financial Aid.

Appeals are coordinated by the staff of the Center for Student Success. Individuals wishing to appeal a suspension should contact CSS to schedule a meeting with a counselor to develop an appeals packet. Complete appeal packets include, at a minimum, a letter of appeal outlining circumstances and causes that affected your academic success, an Academic Success Contract, and any supporting documents of personal/medical reasons for performance.

No appeals will be heard if received after each specific deadline, and the decision of the Suspension Appeals Committee is final. 

Students whose appeal has been denied may not appeal again unless there has been a material change to their academic record. Students whose appeal has been approved must participate in the Center for Student Success’ services for students.  Failure to participate could result in immediate Academic Dismissal at the end of the semester. 

Questions about your Academic Status or Appeal

Please contact the Center for Student Success at (910) 521-6625 or, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.  The Center is located in the DF Lowry building, room 324.