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At the end of each semester a student’s academic performance is reviewed to determine if the student is in Good Academic Standing. The review is based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all academic work attempted at the College of Southern Maryland.
|Total Credits Attempted||Minimum Cumulative GPA|
|45 or more||2.00|
A student who – at any point after six credits (or two developmental courses) are attempted – falls below the prescribed Minimum Standards for Good Standing is placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation may not register for more than 13 credit hours during any semester in this status. Students on academic probation must meet with an advisor prior to registration each semester until they are off of academic probation. A student on academic probation must achieve a 2.00 or higher semester GPA every semester while in this status.
Academic restriction results when a student on academic probation fails to reach the Minimum Cumulative GPA and does not achieve a 2.00 semester GPA. Students on academic restriction, with the approval of an academic advisor, may register for up to two courses plus a STU 1010 or STU 1030 course. Courses must be selected from those that an advisor has approved. Students who fail to achieve the Minimum Cumulative GPA but who achieve a 2.00 or higher semester GPA will return to an academic probation (P13) status.
Academic dismissal results when a student on academic restriction fails to achieve at least a 2.00 GPA during the current enrollment period. Academic dismissal precludes registration for any courses for a period of at least one semester (fall or spring semester) unless the student has previously been dismissed from the college. A student dismissed for academic reasons a second or subsequent time is not permitted to register for any courses for one full calendar year. Students returning to the college after being dismissed for academic reasons will be placed on academic restriction (P7) upon their return.
Note: Students receiving federally backed financial assistance may be required to meet stricter academic standards to maintain their financial assistance. These guidelines appear in Appendix II. Students in the Nursing and Physical Therapist Assistant programs are required to maintain higher academic standards and must meet specific criteria in clinical practice. See the programs handbooks for complete information.
Attempted Credits refers to the number of credits attempted at the institution. An attempted credit includes graded credits (“A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “F”, “FX”, “IP” or “P”), withdrawn credits (“WD”), incomplete credits (“I”), no grade credits (“NG”), and audited courses (“AU”). Only those credits that are dropped by the institution are not considered attempted.
To calculate the percentage of credits completed, total all attempted CSM credits and total all completed CSM credits. Then, divide the number of completed credits by the number of attempted credits.
Students who are placed on academic probation, academic restriction or academic dismissal may appeal their academic standing to the vice president of Academic Affairs whose decision is final. Appeals must be in writing and must be received no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which re-enrollment is sought.
A student who has been dismissed from the college for academic reasons will be reinstated after the proscribed period of time (one semester or one calendar year). Upon reinstatement, the student will be placed on academic restriction (P7), and other requirements such as re-taking one or more placement tests, may be established. Students on academic restriction, with the approval of an academic advisor, may register for up to two courses plus a STU 1010 or STU 1030 course. Courses must be selected from those that an advisor has approved.
There are many resources available to students to improve academic standing. The Student Success Center offers tutoring, skills improvement software, and services to students with disabilities. Use our online GPA (Grade Point Average) Calculator to determine how your current progress in your courses will affect your overall GPA. Repeating courses that you failed can significantly improve your GPA. However, the newest grade received will be the grade that is calculated into your GPA, even if it is a lower grade. You should meet with an academic advisor to plan your path to successful degree completion.
Note: Students receiving federally backed financial assistance may be required to meet stricter academic standards to maintain their financial assistance.