The College recognizes four categories of academic standing: Good Standing, Academic Probation, Academic Suspension 1, and Academic Suspension 2.
Good Standing. Students are required to maintain a minimum Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) of 2.0 to obtain and maintain good standing.
Academic Probation. Students are required to maintain a minimum OGPA of 2.0. When students’ OGPA falls below 2.0, they will be placed on probation. First-year students who are placed on probation for the first time will be required to work with an Academic Support Counselor. All students who are on academic probation will be restricted to taking no more than 12 semester credit hours and are encouraged to seek assistance through the Academic Support Center. Students on academic probation may be in jeopardy of losing Federal Financial Aid.
- Students earning a Semester Institutional GPA (SIGPA) of 2.0 or higher the semester immediately following probation will be removed from probation if their OGPA is 2.0 or higher. If the OGPA remains below 2.0, they will remain on probation.
- Any student whose SIGPA is less than 2.0 during the semester following probation will be suspended per ABAC’s academic standing policy.
Academic Suspension. Students not attaining minimum academic standards after being placed on academic probation will be suspended from the College. The minimum standard for avoiding academic suspension after being placed on academic probation is a SIGPA of 2.0. Consecutive terms of probation in which students continue to earn a SIGPA of 2.0 or higher will prevent suspension. However, failure to earn a SIGPA of 2.0 while on academic probation will result in a suspension. The first suspension will be for the first 16-week semester (fall or spring, not summer) immediately following the suspension; subsequent suspensions will be for one full academic year (three terms).
Appeal of Academic Suspension. Students may appeal an academic suspension, due to a mitigating circumstance*, by notifying in writing the Registrar’s Office. This appeal will be heard by the Academic Review Committee. An additional appeal may be submitted to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The judgment of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will be considered the final and binding decision on the matter.
*The appeals process is intended to provide a venue whereby students may voice a claim of discrimination, capricious or unfair dealings, circumstances beyond their control, or denial of due process.
Students returning to ABAC after suspension will be placed on post-suspension probation and be subject to probation requirements as noted above unless they have an OGPA of 2.0 or higher. Students returning on post-suspension probation status who earn a minimum SIGPA of 2.0 or higher will be allowed to continue in the probationary status until the OGPA of 2.0 for good academic standing is reached.