Academic Probation or Suspension

Academic Probation

Students who fail to meet the minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA will be placed on Academic Probation.  A student on Academic Probation may not participate on intervarsity athletic teams, student government, or represent Ambrose University College on extracurricular groups. Other restrictions, such as a limited course load, or completion of a learning contract may be imposed. Students should be aware that Academic Probation will be noted permanently on their transcript.

Academic Suspension

If a student on Academic Probation does not meet the relevant minimum performance level in the semester in which probation occurs, the student may be suspended from further studies at Ambrose University College. Students should be aware that Academic Suspension will be noted permanently on their transcript.  A student under Academic Suspension must remain out of Ambrose University College for at least one year from the date of suspension. However, such students may be allowed to apply for readmission provided they have enough course attempts remaining to satisfy the program requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0. See Admission section for information on the readmission process. In addition to all readmission requirements, applications for readmission after suspension must provide evidence of a changed approach to studies at Ambrose University College.

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So I'm on Academic Probation, now what?
Grade Point Averages (GPA)
Academic Standing
Can I withdrawal from a class that I think I am going to fail?
University Graduation Requirements
How can I get off of Academic Probation?
Why do I have to repeat all my “F” grades and “D” grades in my major?
Can I change my Major while on Academic Probation?
Why am I required to meet with the Student Success Coordinator?
Contact


So I'm on Academic Probation, now what?

RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

The following recommendations are helpful when planning your next semester schedule of classes with the assistance of a faculty adviser:

  1. Retake all courses in which you earned a "D" or "F" grade. Please consult the NIU Undergraduate Catalog regarding university repeat benefits.

    1. If you have already registered for a course for next semester and have failed the prerequisite for the course, you must register next semester for the prerequisite course you failed and drop (by the appropriate drop deadline) the course for which you do not satisfy the prerequisite. Example: MATH 230 has a prerequisite of MATH 229. If you have registered for MATH 230 for the next semester but failed MATH 229, you must drop MATH 230 and repeat MATH 229 during your next semester. PHYS 251A has a co-requisite of MATH 230. If you have also registered for PHYS 251A but failed MATH 229, you should drop PHYS 251A. Specific course repeats and selections should be discussed with your adviser.
    2. If you earned a "D" or "F" in ENGL 103, 104 or 105 you must repeat the course and earn a "C" or better to fulfill the university English core competency requirement in the "General Education Requirements" section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
    3. If you earned a "D" or "F" in MATH 155 or MATH 229 you must see your adviser to discuss fulfillment of the university mathematics core competency requirement in the "General Education Requirements" section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
  2. Drop or withdraw from future courses where failure is eminent.
  3. Reduce your course load if necessary.
  4. Correct any environmental (e.g., roommate) problems.
  5. Improve your study habits and study skills. Many students in academic difficulty do not devote sufficient study time or techniques to master their coursework. Help with study skills is available at NIU's Learning Assistance and Study Skills Lab (LASSL) at (815) 753-1206 during the academic year. Additional information on LASSL is given below.
  6. Attend classes regularly.
  7. Seek help from a tutor. Please contact the Associate Dean's Office in 331 Engineering Building for information on tutors for MATH 155, 210, 229, 230, 232, PHYS 250, 251 and PHYS 250A, 251A.
  8. Consider changing to another major if you are having difficulty with math, chemistry, physics, engineering, technology, or other technical courses required for your current major. Please make an appointment with the Associate Dean if you wish to discuss other majors or need assistance in changing your major.
  9. Reduce working hours if you work.

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Grade Point Averages (GPA)

Satisfactory progress toward completion of a degree program is judged on the basis of cumulative grade point average. The grade point average (GPA) is calculated on a semester basis by adding the quality points earned in each course and dividing by the number of credit hours in which the student is enroled. Pass/fail credit hours are not used in calculating GPA or cumulative GPA. Similarly, grades from transfer credits are not considered when calculating a student’s GPA or cumulative GPA. The cumulative GPA is the average calculated by adding the total quality points a student has earned in all courses and dividing the total by the sum of all attempted credit hours in which the student has been enroled at Ambrose University.

Letter Grade and Grade Point Average The grading system used at Ambrose University is the Alberta Common Grading Scale, also known as the Alpha 4.00 Grading Scale. Grades have the following meanings:

Grade Interpretation Grade Points A+ Excellent 4.00 A 4.00 A- 3.70 B+ Good 3.30 B 3.00 B- 2.70 C+ Satisfactory 2.30 C 2.00 C- 1.70 D+ Poor 1.30 D Minimal Pass 1.00 F Failure 0.00 AE Aegrotat No grade points AU Audit No grade points AUF Audit-Fail No grade points FR Failed-Repeat No grade points P Pass No grade points R Repeat No grade points TX Time Extension No grade points W Withdrawal No grade points Because of the nature of the Alpha 4.00 system, there can be no uniform University-wide conversion scale. The relationship between raw scores (e.g. percentages) and the resultant letter grade will depend on the nature of the course and the instructor’s assessment of the level of each class, compared to similar classes taught previously. 2018-19 Academic Calendar.

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Academic Standing

Academic Probation Students who fail to meet a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA will be placed on Academic Probation. A student on Academic Probation may not participate on intervarsity athletic teams, student government, or represent Ambrose University in extracurricular groups. Other restrictions, such as a limited course load, or completion of a learning contract may be imposed. Students should be aware that Academic Probation is noted permanently on the transcript. Academic Probation applies to the next semester in which the student is enroled. Academic Suspension If a student on Academic Probation does not meet the relevant minimum performance level in the semester in which probation occurs, the student may be suspended from further studies at Ambrose University. Students should be aware that Academic Suspension is noted permanently on the transcript. A student under Academic Suspension must remain out of Ambrose University for at least one year from the date of suspension. Such students may apply for readmission after one year of absence, provided they have enough course attempts remaining to satisfy the program requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0. See Admission section for information on the readmission process. In addition to all readmission requirements, applications for readmission after suspension must provide evidence of a changed approach to studies at Ambrose University. 2018-19 Academic Calendar

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Can I withdrawal from a class that I think I am going to fail?

Yes, however, you must heck the List of Important Dates published online each fall, spring, and summer terms carefully to be aware of specific drop and withdrawal deadlines during the term. It is your responsibility to be aware of all deadlines. Be sure that you know your status in each class prior to the deadlines. You cannot withdraw from a class after the university withdrawal deadline(s) because of academic or work-related problems. This rule is strictly enforced!

Registration Revision Period

During Registration Revision Period students may add, drop or change a course from credit to audit through the Student Portal with no academic or financial penalty. Students are responsible for any change of registration made necessary by final grades at the end of a semester. Please consult the List of Important Dates for specific dates for regular semester courses. For all other class formats, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

After Registration Revision Period

Students may withdraw from courses with financial penalty (no refund of tuition). When withdrawing from a course, a grade of W will appear on the transcript. Withdrawal from a course must be submitted by the final date to withdraw, which is noted in the List of Important Dates. No tuition refunds are granted for any course changes. Students may not add courses to their current term schedule. Students may not change from credit to audit. 2018-19 Academic Calendar.

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University Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Ambrose University, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better in their major course work and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better in all course work attempted at Ambrose University. Please consult the Undergraduate Catalog for additional graduation requirements.

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How can I get off of Academic Probation?

When you’re cumulative GPA rises above 2.0 you will be removed from academic probation.

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Why do I have to repeat all my “F” grades and “D” grades in my major?

The fastest way to raise your grade point average is to receive a better grade in the courses in which you originally earned an ‘F’. In most academic programs you cannot have a ‘D’ in any class required for your major, so that class would have to be repeated regardless of your academic standing.

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Can I change my Major while on Academic Probation?

Yes. In fact, you are encouraged to consider this possibility if you are having difficulty in your current major classes. Discuss this consideration with your Academic Advisor or a Program Chair.

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Why am I required to meet with the Student Success Coordinator?

The letter you received from the Registrar stated that you must see Kaitlyn Byl, Student Success Coordinator (kaitlyn.byl@ambrose.edu) to develop a learning contract to help you be successful. In this meeting we will discuss your past academic year(s), make a plan for the semester, and discuss other recommendations for improving your GPA. At the end of each semester the Coordinator will submit a report to the Academic Affairs Committee with the progress you’ve made while on AP toward improving your grades and/or recommendations for your status on AP, off AP, or Academic Suspension.

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Contact

f you have any questions about this please feel free to contact the Student Success Coordinator in Student Development Department at kaitlyn.byl@ambrose.edu or by calling (403) 410-2000 ext. 2963.

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