Academic Catalog


Academic Standing

Academic Standing, Warning, Suspension, and Reinstatement

Students' academic performance can be negatively impacted by a variety of factors. In order to alert students, their advisors, and other relevant parties when academic performance falls below expectations and students do not hold Academic Good Standing, the university relies on the following designations: Academic Warning, Continued Academic Warning, Academic Suspension and Reinstatement.

Academic Good Standing applies to all students who meet or exceed a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00.  Any student with a cumulative GPA below 2.00 at any time will be enrolled in the Academic Resource Center’s programming for academic success.

Academic Warning occurs when a student's cumulative GPA is below 2.00.  Students placed on Academic Warning are expected to raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.00 or better within two semesters; if a student earns a semester GPA at or below 2.00 while on Academic Warning, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension. Any semester GPA below 1.00 will automatically result in Academic Suspension, unless this occurs in the student’s final semester prior to graduation.  Thus, a student may bypass Academic Warning and be placed on Academic Suspension if the semester GPA is below a 1.00.

Continued Academic Warning is designated when a student who is on Academic Warning is successful in achieving a semester GPA above a 2.00, but did not raise the cumulative GPA to a 2.00. Students on Continued Academic Warning are expected to achieve or exceed a 2.00 cumulative GPA at the conclusion of their next semester.

Academic Suspension occurs when a student earns a semester GPA at or below 2.00 while on Academic Warning. A student may also be suspended when the student does not attain a 2.00 cumulative GPA after being on Continued Academic Warning.  Performance of less than 1.00 GPA for any semester will result in suspension regardless of the student's cumulative GPA, unless this occurs in the student's final semester prior to graduation.

Reinstatement occurs when an academically suspended student once again becomes eligible for enrollment. Students on Reinstatement will be given conditions by the Academic Standing Board that must be fully met during the subsequent semester(s) in order to remain eligible for enrollment. The procedures for seeking Reinstatement are found below in “Eligibility for Reinstatement.”  

Eligibility for Reinstatement

A student on academic suspension who has shown marked improvement over his or her Denison record in work taken at some other accredited college or university, or can present evidence of a maturing nonacademic experience, may petition the Academic Standing Board for reinstatement. In nearly all cases, a student is expected to demonstrate some degree of academic improvement by taking course work elsewhere. This petition must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by July 1 for fall reinstatement and by November 1 for spring reinstatement. Should the student be reinstated, he or she must meet all the conditions of the Academic Standing Board or again face suspension.

A former student who was in good academic and social standing when he or she left the College may be re-admitted to Denison by writing to the Office of Student Life and by repayment of the enrollment deposit. 

Students seeking reinstatement should review more detailed situation-specific information regarding reinstatement and re-enrollment.