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Academic Suspension Information

Overview of the policy and process for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Definitions and Policies:

Policy 54-20 (academic warning)
Policy 54-40 (academic suspension)
Policy 58-00 (re-enrollment)
Policy 54-50 (academic dismissal)
Policy 54-90 (academic renewal)

Effective Fall 2016, Academic Suspension (Policy 54-40) is an official notification that a student has earned a semester grade-point average of less than 2.00 while on Academic Warning.

A student on academic suspension may not schedule courses at the University for two consecutive semesters. Summer session is equal to one semester and includes all courses offered after Spring semester and before Fall semester.

A student returning from Academic Suspension must apply for re-enrollment (per Policy 58-00) and will return to the University in warning status, with his/her former cumulative grade-point average, and with a registration hold. The student must receive written support obtained in the college/major (or DUS) the student intends to pursue.

A student can be academically suspended from the University two times. If, after two suspensions the student fails to achieve at least a 2.00 semester GPA, the student is subject to academic dismissal (Policy 54-50). A student may apply for academic renewal (Policy 54-90) four years after academic dismissal.

 

Returning to the College of Agricultural Sciences from Academic Suspension:

1. Prepare a letter requesting re-enrollment into the College of Agricultural Sciences that includes:

  • Reflection on past goals and performance
  • Description of any circumstances that caused the academic difficulty that led to suspension, and how those circumstances have changed
  • Description of what has been accomplished while away for two consecutive semesters
  • Development of realistic goals and plans to achieve these goals
  • Identification of campus services that will support you upon your return

Documentation to provide additional information of your situation and/or progress can be included with your letter of request for re-enrollment. Examples of documentation include:

  • Activities that demonstrate academic skill building: e.g. transcripts demonstrating successful course completion at another institution; completion of online study skills/time management tutorials; bibliography of reading that has been undertaken
  • An essay that shares your personal growth.  How have you changed as a person?  What have you done that has contributed to your growth?
  • A listing of activities that demonstrates your engagement in exploration or making changes: e.g. certification of job shadowing, volunteering, work, rehabilitation, medical documentation

2. Submit a copy of the re-enrollment form that was submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.

 

All materials must be sent to the College of Agricultural Sciences Advising Center, ATTN: Dr. Alyssa Bumbaugh, 101 Agricultural Administration Building University Park, PA 16802, or email to acb134@psu.edu

Upon receipt and review of your materials, you will be contacted for an advising appointment. 

Students must submit their materials no later than December 8, 2017 to be considered for re-enrollment for the Spring 2018 semester.