ACADEMIC PROBATION INFORMATION
Information regarding Academic Probation is taken from OBU's General Catalog (2018-2019).
Academic Probation is the status of a student whose academic performance is below the following minimum standards.
Cumulative GPA of 1.700 0 – 28.5 semester hours
Cumulative GPA of 1.800 29 – 58.5 semester hours
Cumulative GPA of 1.900 59 – 88.5 semester hours
Cumulative GPA of 2.000 89 – and above semester hours
After grades are posted at the end of the fall and spring semesters, the student,
advisor, and Registrar will be notified of the student’s placement on Probation I,
Probation II, or Academic Suspension.
A student who does not meet the above standards will be placed on Probation I.
A student on Probation I, as a condition of registration, shall have passed or be
enrolled in ASKL 2001 Success Seminar and repeat such courses with D or F grades that
will contribute most to the requirements of a degree. A student may repeat a course
in which a D or F has been previously recorded. The second and any succeeding grades
will be used to calculate the GPA. The academic load of a student on Probation I must
not exceed 15 hours, except by permission of the Academic Success Center Director.
A student on Probation I status whose semester GPA is less than 2.000 or who does not raise the cumulative GPA to meet the above minimum standards will be placed on Probation II.
A student on Probation II, as a condition of registration, shall have passed or be
enrolled in ASKL 2001 Success Seminar, repeat such courses with D or F grades that
will contribute most to the requirements of a degree, and sign a contract of participation
in the Student Retention Program. A student’s failure to honor the contract will be
grounds for being asked to withdraw from school. The academic load of a student on
Probation II must not exceed 15 hours, except by permission of the Academic Success
A student on Probation II status whose semester GPA is less than 2.000 or who does not raise the cumulative GPA to meet the above minimum standards will be placed on Academic Suspension.
While on Academic Suspension, a student may not earn credit to be transferred to Ouachita. After being placed on Academic Suspension status, a student may apply for readmission following a lapse of at least one regular semester. At the Deans’ Council’s discretion, a student on Probation II whose semester work would result in Academic Suspension may be considered for immediate readmission if the student has attempted 89 or more semester hours and makes a semester GPA of 2.000 or better.
In all cases, written application to the Deans’ Council for readmission must state
reasons for desiring reinstatement and plans for remedying academic deficiencies.
A student who has been suspended for academic reasons and readmitted to the University
will be placed on Probation II status.
Regaining Regular Academic Status
A student on Conditional Admission I may attain regular academic status by meeting the minimum cumulative GPA requirements for the number of hours attempted as stated above.
A student on Conditional Admission II, Probation I or Probation II may attain regular academic status by meeting the following conditions:
- Achieve a semester GPA of 2.000 AND raise the cumulative GPA to meet the minimum standard as stated above. For the purpose of attaining regular academic status, the GPA will be calculated at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
- Maintain a minimum course load of 12 semester hours during the fall or spring semester.
Any student seeking an exception to academic policy may petition the Deans’ Council. Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar and online. The Deans’ Council will notify the student in writing of its decision. Referrals or appeals from the Deans’ Council to the President must be made in writing, with all pertinent records and reports included. No appeal will be considered until all materials are furnished. The President’s response to the referral/appeal will be made in writing to the student, with copies to members of the Deans’ Council, Registrar, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.