Information for Students on Academic Probation

Academic Probation

An undergraduate seeking a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate student seeking a second bachelor’s degree, or an unclassified post-baccalaureate student will be placed on academic probation if either the overall grade point average or the cumulative GPA at Humboldt falls below 2.0 (C grade average). The purpose of probation is to alert you to the danger of academic disqualification from the university due to a lack of academic progress.

Disqualification

If a student is on academic probation and the Humboldt State cumulative GPA is below the following levels, the student will be academically disqualified:

Freshmen (<30 units) - below 1.50
Sophomores (30 to 59.9 units) - below 1.70
Juniors (60 to 89.9 units) - below 1.85
Seniors ( > 90 units) - below 1.95
Unclassified post-baccalaureate graduates below 1.95

Note: A student may remain on probation for no more than two sequential semesters. After two semesters on academic probation, a student must either return to good academic standing or be disqualified.

Graduate students, including those who are classified or conditionally classified, and credential seeking students will be placed on academic probation if their Humboldt State cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.0 (B grade average). A graduate coordinator may also notify a student of academic probation or disqualification for failure to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the degree. Graduate students may be placed on probation and/or disqualified for failure to make adequate progress in the program, as defined by the requirements and policies of individual programs, by recommendation of the program faculty and graduate coordinator, and action of the graduate dean. While on academic probation, if a graduate student or a credential student’s cumulative GPA at Humboldt State is below a 3.0 for a second consecutive term, the student will be academically disqualified.

Major Advising

Students on academic probation should first discuss class schedules with their major advisors before following any of the advice below. Major advising includes, but is not limited to, sequencing of courses, frequency of course offerings, prerequisites, recommended level of preparation for courses, and academic resources.

Program Load

Students on Academic Probation are strongly urged to take a balanced load of 12-13 units per term; that is, courses from a variety of areas and of varying degrees of difficulty. Students reinstated from Academic Disqualification will be required to follow a contract which limits enrollment to no more than 12 units during the term. Financial aid recipients are advised to first contact the Financial Aid Office since reducing units may affect aid.

Policy on Repeating Courses

With the exception of repeatable courses, undergraduate students may only repeat courses if the grade in the course was lower than a C. Effective Fall 2009, undergraduate students may repeat up to 16 units with grade forgiveness. For additional restrictions and complete information regarding grade forgiveness, grade averaging, and maximum attempts, please visit www.humboldt.edu/reg/students/regulations/repeat.html.

Reinstatement

Disqualified students will not be allowed to register unless they are formally reinstated and/or readmitted to the university.

Regularly enrolled students who are academically disqualified from HSU are not eligible to enroll in coursework through eLearning and Extended Education.

For undergraduate and unclassified post-baccalaureate students:

After the absence period, an admission application is required for reinstatement consideration. Humboldt State reserves the right to accept applications for disqualified students during specified application terms only. Please contact the Office of Admissions or visit www.humboldt.edu/admissions/apply/returning/index.html for more information.

First DQ: Student must take off a minimum of one semester before reapplying.

Second DQ: Student must take off a minimum of a full year before reapplying. Students may be required to take additional time off, or complete courses at a different institution before being readmitted.

Third DQ: No option to reapply to HSU. May complete coursework elsewhere and reapply to a different CSU campus.

For graduate and credential students:

First DQ: Students may be immediately reinstated to the university given a positive recommendation from the graduate program including an agreement by a graduate faculty member to serve as the student’s advisor submitted to the Graduate Studies Office.

Second DQ: Student must take a minimum of one semester off before reapplying. Students may be required to take additional time off. Students may be readmitted to the university given a positive recommendation from the graduate program including an agreement by a graduate faculty member to serve as the student’s advisor. Students will be required to provide a letter with a statement describing the reasons for the academic probation and a plan to address the underlying problems in order to increase the likelihood of success. Both documents will be forwarded to the Graduate Studies Office for processing. After the absence period, an admission application is required for reinstatement consideration. Humboldt State reserves the right to accept applications for disqualified students during specified application terms only. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Third DQ: No option to reapply to HSU. May complete coursework elsewhere and reapply to a different CSU campus.

General Advice for Improving GPA

Students who use support services when needed, participate regularly in organized study groups, and limit work and other commitments tend to be more successful in their classes. It is recommended that students meet with current instructors during the semester to discuss academic progress and expectations, as well as attend class regularly and hand in assignments on time. It is also important to keep close track of academic and class deadlines by writing them in planner at the beginning of the semester, commit to a regular study schedule, and identify a place in which to study. Listed below are services you will find helpful.

Academic and Student Support Services

For academic and major advising contact:

Your major (faculty) advisor
Contact major department office
Academic & Career Advising Center
707-826-5224
SBS 295

For academic information or help with policies, procedures, registration, records, or DARS:

Office of the Registrar
707-826-4101
SBS 133

To apply for a tutor and get help with a difficult course:

Tutorial Services (Learning Center)
707-826-5217
Lower Library 55

To improve academic and study skills contact:

Learning Center
707-826-5217
Lower Library 55

To get help developing your writing skills contact:

Writing Center (appointments)
Sign up in FH 201

For financial aid assistance contact:

Financial Aid
707-826-4321
SBS 231

For career info or major selection, as well as job opportunities:

Academic & Career Advising Center
707-826-3341
GH 114

For personal counseling:

Counseling and Psychological Services
707-826-3236
Health Center, Room 205

For issues concerning health contact:

Student Health Center
707-826-3146
Heath Center

For disability services contact:

Student Disability Resource Center
707-826-4678
Lower Library 55