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Academic Probation

Academic probation is a formal notification sent to a student when his or her cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00. Copies of this notification are sent to the registrar and the student’s advisor. Read important information for the spring 2020 semester.

  1. Normally, a student is placed on academic probation following a semester during which the student’s progress has been found to be problematic. Probationary status is not a punitive action. It is intended to indicate problems that require correction and, if not corrected, may result in loss of federal Title IV aid and academic dismissal. However, academic probation is not necessarily a prerequisite for dismissal.
  2. Academic probation is recorded on the student’s transcript. To have such a notation removed from the record, a full-time student must, in the semester following the action, meet the minimum expectation described in the probation notice. The work must be completed on time, i.e., no incomplete (I) grades.
  3. If placed on academic probation, students are encouraged to give particular attention to their educational and professional development.
  4. In some situations, the appropriate school, conservatory, or arts board of study may determine that a student be placed on academic probation or dismissed during the course of a semester. Problems concerning professional conduct in a BFA, MusB, MFA, or MM program or lack of classroom attendance by a student in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) may also fall into this category.

Restrictions of Privileges

Students who have been officially placed on academic probation are required to cease extracurricular activities in the expectation that they concentrate on their studies during the semester of probation. As soon as probation is removed from the student’s record, the student is eligible to continue with his or her extracurricular activities.

Extracurricular activities are defined as:

  1. Any elected or appointed executive board position in the Purchase Student Government Association (PSGA) or a PSGA-sponsored club or organization.
  2. Any elected or appointed executive position in any governance organization, including the Purchase College Senate, the Educational Policies Committee, the Personnel Policies Committee, the Purchase College Association, Academic Review Committees, the Campus Appeals Board, faculty review committees, etc.
  3. Participation in any intercollegiate athletic team. Students employed by the college (e.g., head residents, resident assistants, student directors) who are placed on academic probation are placed on “job probation” as well. These students have their employment commitment re-evaluated by the supervisor, who may recommend a reassignment of duties. Students on “job probation” may also be required to participate in academic support services (e.g., a study skills workshop).

Exceptions to the restriction of privileges are considered by the appropriate Academic Review Committee upon receipt of a letter of appeal within five academic working days of probation notification. The letter of appeal should state exactly what circumstances mitigate against enforcement of the rule.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid

To maintain eligibility for certain types of financial aid, students must also meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards for federal and state financial aid. For additional information on these standards, please refer to the Student Financial Services site (

 Important Policy Change for Spring 2020

Changes in Warning/Probation/Dismissal Policies for spring 2020

Due to extenuating circumstances brought on by the COVOD-19 pandemic, Purchase College’s student Warning, Probation, and Dismissal policies have been adjusted for the spring 2020 semester. These policy changes have been endorsed unanimously by the college’s Educational Policies Committee.

For the spring 2020 semester:

  1. Enforcement of GPA-based academic dismissal will be suspended. No students will be subject to academic dismissal at the end of the spring 2020 semester.
  2. Enforcement of GPA-based academic warning and probation will be suspended. No students will be newly placed on a status of academic warning or academic probation at the end of the spring 2020 semester.
  3. Students currently on a status of academic warning or probation will not have their status re-evaluated at the end of this semester, unless this evaluation will result in removal from a status of warning or probation.

The new policy ensures that no students will be penalized as a result of the disruption caused by the pandemic, but also allows for students who are showing progress in their academic work (by increasing their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher) to be rewarded for their efforts.