One of the requirements for graduation from St. Mary's is that students earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. In order to ensure that you don't spend four years working towards a degree only to find yourself ineligible due to a low GPA, we monitor your progress throughout your time at the college. Students whose cumulative GPA slips below 2.0 are placed on academic probation. If you do not raise your GPA over 2.0 by the end of the following semester — or if you fall below 2.0 in a subsequent semester — you run the risk of dismissal.
Students will not automatically dismissed due to a low GPA: if you are showing steady improvement, the probationary period may be extended. If not, however, you may expect to receive a dismissal letter from the office of the Registrar after the second semester you end with less than a cumulative 2.0. Letters will be delivered by e-mail and US certified mail; it is your responsibility to check your grades, check your mail, and acquaint yourself with your status.
Students who are dismissed but feel they would benefit from a second chance have the right to appeal their dismissal: instructions for doing so will be contained in the dismissal letter from the Registrar.
If you accept your dismissal, but after a period of 1–3 years wish to return to the college, you may contact the office of academic services to discuss what in your situation has changed, and make the case for your readmission. Students who have been absent for more than three years and are interested in re-enrolling must re-apply through the office of admissions.
At any time after your dismissal, we would be happy to speak with you about your academic situation, and make recommendations for how to prepare yourself for an effective and successful return to the college at some point in the future.