Academic standing

Disclosures and policies

Academic standing

Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward their degree and are responsible at all times for knowing their academic standing and for fulfilling all requirements of the university by referring to published academic policies, regulations and standards and by consulting with the appropriate dean, department chair or adviser. Students are responsible for ascertaining and meeting course requirements, prerequisite requirements, graduation requirements, appropriate course sequencing and any other requirements of the university.

At the sole discretion of the university, a student may be placed on academic warning or probation, or may be suspended or dismissed for any reason deemed by SCAD officials to be in the best interest of the student or of the university as a whole or if they determine that the student is not making satisfactory progress toward degree completion.

Good Standing
For undergraduate students, good academic standing is defined by a 2.0 overall grade point average. For graduate students, good academic standing is defined by a 3.0 overall grade point average.

Academic Warning
An undergraduate student whose term grade point average falls below 2.0 for any quarter or a graduate student whose term grade point average falls below 3.0 for any quarter receives a warning that his or her academic status is unsatisfactory.

Probation
An undergraduate student whose term grade point average falls below 2.0 for two consecutive quarters or a graduate student whose term grade point average falls below 3.0 for two consecutive quarters is placed on academic probation and is notified by the university. Students who are placed on probation must meet with their staff adviser before the end of the second week of the next quarter to establish a success plan. Students on probation may not withdraw from any course and must abide by the terms outlined in their probation letter. Undergraduate students are removed from probation when they achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0; graduate students are removed from probation when they achieve a term grade point average of at least 3.0.

Suspension
An undergraduate student whose grade point average falls below 2.0 for three consecutive quarters is suspended from the university for one calendar year. After that time, the student may submit a written petition to return to SCAD by emailing academicappeals@scad.edu. The petition should include all potential justification for continued enrollment at SCAD, including, but not limited to, counseling, tutoring, medical treatment or academic success programming. Reinstatement is not guaranteed.

If the student is reinstated, he or she returns on academic probation, must meet with a staff adviser prior to registering for classes and must complete an academic success program as outlined by the reinstatement letter. This may include the requirement to register for specific courses or to take a reduced course load.
A graduate student whose term grade point average falls below 3.0 for three consecutive quarters is dismissed from SCAD and is not reinstated.

Dismissal
A student who has been suspended and reinstated and does not meet satisfactory academic progress during the first quarter of his or her return is dismissed from the university.