2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Academic Status and Academic Probation

  • Academic Good Standing: This status is achieved by earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in a given academic term.
  • Academic Warning: Issued to a student whose GPA for any term is below 2.0, but whose cumulative GPA is at least 2.0.
  • Probation: This status is earned by a student in the semester after his or her cumulative GPA falls below 2.0.
  • Continued Probation: This status is granted to a student who, while on probation has failed to raise his or her cumulative GPA to at least 2.0, but has earned a term GPA of 2.0 or higher in the most recently completed term.
  • Academic Suspension: (Sanction) Any student on probation failing to raise his or her cumulative GPA to at least 2.0, and unable to earn a GPA of at least a 2.0 in his or her next term, is placed on academic suspension for a term of one calendar year.
  • Suspension Appealed: Any student who successfully appealed academic suspension will have this status listed. Students are permitted to appeal academic suspension once in their academic residency.

All students are required to maintain academic good standing. A student in Academic Good Standing has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

An Academic Warning is issued to a student whose GPA for any term is below 2.0, but whose cumulative GPA is at least 2.0. Students on Academic Warning will receive a letter from the office of the Dean of Students informing them of their status, and the requirements of this condition. Warned students are required to meet with an academic advisor no later than the first week of the following semester to discuss their course scheduling, and to develop a plan for academic success, which may include retaking a course where a D or F was earned.

Probation is a set of academic conditions governing coursework, University-sponsored activities, and/or campus employment placed on a student in the semester after his or her cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. 

These academic conditions may include:

  • Credit and course restrictions. 
  • Ineligibility to take independent study, directed study or online courses unless otherwise approved by the office of the Dean of Students.
  • University-sponsored activities may be reduced during the probation period. These activities include, but are not limited, to participation in: athletics, University-sponsored trips, student leadership positions, music ensembles and theater productions.
  • Hourly limits for on-campus employment.

Any student earning a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 shall be subject to Probation. He or she will receive a letter from the office of the Dean of Students informing him or her of their status, and the requirements of this condition. Students on Probation are required to meet with designated support staff to develop an academic success contract. He or she will be required to retake those courses in which he or she has previously earned an F or D, as soon as possible. Students then will have one semester to regain academic good standing.

Continued Probation is a similar set of academic conditions placed on a student, who while on Probation has failed to raise his or her minimum GPA to at least 2.0, but has a GPA of at least 2.0 in the next term. Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements apply in this case as well. Any student who is on continued probation is subject to the same academic conditions outlined in the probation section. He or she will be required to retake those courses in which he or she has previously earned an F or D, as soon as possible.

In a case where a student on Probation has failed to regain Academic Good Standing by the end of the first semester of Probation, but has earned a semester GPA of at least 2.0 in the immediately succeeding semester, the student will be allowed to continue his or her academic pursuits on Continued Probation, and will remain on Continued Probation as long as his or her term GPA is at least 2.0, and Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements are met.

For example:

Semester GPA Requirements
1 cumulative 1.50
2 (probation) term 2.25; cumulative 1.875
3 (continued probation) term 2.5; cumulative 2.08 (good standing restored)

If the student is unable to earn a term GPA of at least a 2.0 by the end of the semester of Continued Probation, the student shall be placed on Academic Suspension.

Academic Suspension is a sanction. Any student on probation failing to raise his or her cumulative GPA to at least 2.0, and unable to earn a GPA of at least a 2.0 in his or her next term, is placed on academic suspension for a term of one calendar year.

Any student who fails all courses in any term shall be placed on Academic Suspension.

A student may appeal his or her Academic Suspension in the following manner:

  • A student on Academic Suspension may appeal for reinstatement to the Academic Standards and Progress Committee convened by the office of the Dean of Students. 
  • The decision of the committee is final.
  • A student is allowed only one such appeal during his or her academic residency at Concordia University Chicago.

A student may apply for readmission to Concordia University Chicago after Academic Suspension only after one calendar year from the date of suspension, and only if he or she has  successfully completed courses from an accredited college or university totaling 12 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.