Scholastic Probation and Suspension Policy
In addition to the university's requirements for readmission after additional suspension, the College of Arts & Science's requirement is that the student should provide evidence of solid academic achievement since his/her last suspension. The academic work must include at least 12 credit hours per semester of rigorous academic work with a GPA of at least 2.5 at another college or university.
Good Standing, Probation, Suspension
Texas Tech University has four possible academic status levels for students:
- Academic Good Standing. The student has a cumulative GPA at or above 2.0 and is eligible for all extracurricular activities as governed by the rules of the specific activity. Some academic and extracurricular programs have requirements over and above the cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students who have a cumulative GPA above 2.0 but whose current semester GPA is below 2.0 should seek advice from their academic dean.
- Academic Probation. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on “academic probation.” Such a student may not enroll for more than 16 hours without prior approval of the academic dean. In addition, the student must continue to seek regularly scheduled advice and counsel from an academic advisor or the dean. Freshmen whose semester GPA is below 2.0 in their first semester must complete XL 0201, Strategies for Learning, the next semester and pay a nonrefundable course fee. A student on academic probation remains eligible for all extracurricular activities as governed by the rules of the specific activity.
- Continued Academic Probation. A probationary student whose current GPA is 2.0 or higher but whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 will be placed on “continued academic probation” until the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Such a student may not enroll for more than 16 hours without prior approval of the academic dean. The student will remain eligible for all extracurricular activities as governed by the rules of the specific activity subject to the conditions established by the academic dean or committee granting permission to attend classes. Failure to meet the conditions established will result in academic suspension.
- Academic Suspension.A probationary student who has a current and a cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the end of a fall or spring semester will be on suspension unless grade replacements for courses completed at that time raise the cumulative GPA above 2.0. Texas Tech does not suspend students at the end of a summer term. However, summer grades can result in probation, and if the student does not achieve a 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average in the subsequent semester of enrollment, suspension can result.
Students must initiate grade replacements in the Office of the Registrar. A suspended student who attains a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher as a result of grade replacement and after official grades have been submitted and academic status has been determined may be allowed to attend Texas Tech University upon appeal to the academic dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. Any courses that are completed after probation or suspension status has been determined for a particular semester will not alter that probation or suspension.
A student on academic suspension is not permitted to take classes and is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities once the suspension is posted. If the circumstances that resulted in the suspension are mitigating, an appeal may be directed to the appropriate academic dean or committee. The student is ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities during the appeal process. If the appeal results in granting the student permission to attend classes, then the student will be reinstated and placed on continued academic probation until the student meets the conditions established by the academic dean or committee granting the appeal and/or achieves a cumulative GPA at or above 2.0.
Students wishing to return to the university after suspension will be treated as former students for reinstatement purposes and must provide official transcripts for all academic work completed at institutions other than Texas Tech. Students who left in good standing, on probation or on first suspension must have a 2.0 GPA on work taken since leaving Texas Tech. Application materials and deadlines for former Texas Tech students are available at www.depts.ttu.edu/formertech.
Reinstatement granted after suspension will be probationary, and students who apply for reinstatement after suspension will be required to undergo any testing and/or counseling considered necessary by the academic dean.
Conditions of Return from a First Academic Suspension. Students on academic suspension may seek reinstatement after a minimum of one semester. Both summer terms are considered to be a semester for the purpose of serving a suspension.Students who are reinstated after first suspension will be required to complete XL 0201 Strategies for Learning successfully during their first semester of reinstatement and pay a nonrefundable course fee (see www.depts.ttu.edu/passxl). Attendance in XL 0201 is mandatory from the first day of classes. Three absences in XL 0201 will result in a student being withdrawn from the university. Absences accumulate from the beginning of the semester.
Students who are reinstated from a first suspension and desire to change colleges to pursue a different major or career goal must (1) contact the associate academic dean of the college to which they desire to transfer and ensure they meet enrollment requirements, (2) complete an academic transfer form in the receiving dean’s office, and (3) complete the process by the last day to change colleges, which is the first day of open registration for the next semester.
Subsequent Suspensions and Conditions of Return. Students who have received more than one suspension may seek readmission after two semesters. Both summer terms are considered to be a semester for the purpose of serving a suspension. A student’s academic dean must approve readmission after the student has been suspended for a second or subsequent time. Readmission is rare and solely at the discretion of the academic dean. Permission to change colleges following a second or subsequent suspension is granted infrequently, only when good cause has been shown, and then by agreement of the deans of both affected colleges.
If a student is readmitted following a second or subsequent suspension, the student must meet with the academic dean or advisor upon return to the university to determine an appropriate plan for academic success. The student’s dean may require that a student sign a contract indicating his or her intention to complete that plan. A student who fails to adhere to the terms of such a contract may be withdrawn from the university and/or barred from enrolling in other Texas Tech courses until the terms of the contract are successfully completed.