Frequently Asked Questions About Academic Probation
1. What is academic probation?
Students are placed on academic probation when they have earned a grade point average (GPA) below appropriate academic standards as noted in the academic Catalog (p. 45). The purpose of probation is to alert you to the fact that you are in serious academic difficulty with the possibility of being suspended if you do not return to satisfactory academic standing by the end of the semester.
2. What happens after I'm put on academic probation?
Once you are placed on academic probation, you will receive a letter indicating your enrollment in the Applied Learning Strategies Seminar (ALSS). The purpose of ALSS is to help students who are on academic probation return to satisfactory academic standing. Students are guided to consider their class schedules carefully and to set consistent work patterns, so that they can experience success and build on their successes. Students are encouraged to articulate their goals and evaluate the choices they make in working toward their goals. Additionally students have the opportunity to attend learning strategies workshops to analyze their strategies and learn new strategies they may not have considered before. Within the ALSS program students will receive information about other support services on campus, such as personal counseling, career guidance and peer tutoring. ALSS meets once a week for the first half of the semester. During the remaining half of the semester, students meet periodically with the Director of Support Services. Since ALSS is a program of support and not an academic class, no academic credit is given. Attendance and participation records are kept and added to the students' file as evidence of their efforts during this proving period of academic probation.
3. What is academic suspension?
Academic suspension (Catalog, page 45) occurs when your GPA falls below minimum standards for two successive regular semesters. If you are suspended, you are ineligible to enroll for the following semester. You may, however, appeal your academic suspension by applying for reinstatement.
Guidelines for writing a letter of appeal:
i. The letter should be addressed to the Academic Appeals Committee.
ii. If your letter cannot be typed, please make sure the handwriting is legible.
iii. Since you are the only one who can ultimately make the necessary changes for improvement, your appeal should be written solely by you. It will not be in your best interest to have others write the letter for you.
iv. You should explain why your grades are low, and what you plan to do to earn better grades if given another chance.
v. Please list any outstanding circumstances that may have affected your academic performance, provide supporting documentation. For example, in the case of medical circumstances contributing to your situation, you should include information provided by a doctor.
vi. Remember, the purpose of this letter is to persuade the Academic Appeals Committee that you are committed to improving your academics, you have the ability to do so, and you have a plan.
vii. Send or fax the letter to:
Office of Student Success
Wingate, NC 28174
4. What are some recommendations for returning to satisfactory academic standing?
i. Repeat courses you have failed.
ii. Limit your credit hours to 12 or possibly 15 at the most.
iii. Meet with your advisor to discuss your choice of major and a plan for academic improvement.
iv. Go to every class, all the time.
v. Actively participate in class discussions.
vi. Meet frequently with your professors during their office hours.
vii. Use an academic planner or calendar.
viii. Visit the ARC in person or see their web page for time management tips.
ix. Discuss specific needs regarding study strategies with the ARC staff.
x. Free peer tutoring is available for all Wingate University students. Request a tutor early in the semester.
xi. See the ARC links to helpful study skills web pages.