Aurora University

Graduate Academic Standards

Under general university standards, all graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative program/major GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to remain in good standing. When a student initially fails to meet these minimum academic standards he/she will be placed on academic warning. Following a second semester (not necessarily consecutive) where the cumulative program/major GPA does not meet minimum standards (3.0 or higher), or if at any time more than two grades below “B” are earned while enrolled in a graduate program, a student will be dismissed from the university by action of the Academic Conduct and Integrity Committee. The committee may also impose conditions on a student’s continued enrollment. If dismissed for poor scholarship, the student may not be readmitted to the university for at least one full semester following the academic dismissal. A successful petitioning for readmission to the university is required, as well as the filing of a new application for admission. The petition for readmission and application for admission must be submitted by the student to the university for consideration and review, no later than 30 days prior to the start of semester for which readmission is sought. Individual programs may have additional or more stringent academic standards for retention and/or graduation of students in the program. These standards are available to students through the office of each respective program.

Graduate Academic Warning and Dismissal 

  1. When a student’s academic performance does not meet minimum standards, the instructor should send an academic alert to the student.
  2. A student is placed on academic warning at the end of any semester when his/her cumulative program/major GPA is less than 3.0.
  3. A student placed on academic warning for a second time (not necessarily consecutive terms) will be academically dismissed for poor scholarship.
  4. A student who at any time while enrolled in a graduate program, earns more than two grades below “B” will be academically dismissed for poor scholarship.
  5. A student will be academically dismissed if their Term GPA is 0.00 in any given semester.
  6. A graduate student who is dismissed from Aurora University for poor scholarship may apply for readmission after one full semester away.
  7. To be considered for readmission, a new application for admission and a petition for readmission are both required to be filed no less than 30 days prior to the requested semester of return, with the Office of Admissions.
  8. The petition will be reviewed by an academic program committee, comprised of the academic program director/chair and two faculty designated by the jurisdictional Dean. The academic program committee may require an in person meeting with the student as deemed necessary.
  9. Should readmission be granted, the student will be readmitted on Academic Warning. Should the cumulative program/major GPA fall below 3.0 in a subsequent semester, the student will be dismissed from the university.
  10. A student who has already had their petition for readmission denied by the academic program may appeal the decision to the jurisdictional Dean over the program. This step must be completed in the form of a written request to the Dean within one calendar week after the student has been informed of the program committee decision. The Dean will appoint two faculty members to serve on an ad hoc committee working to review the student’s appeal. The ad hoc appeal committee will review all relevant materials and meet with the student and others, as deemed necessary. The decision of this ad hoc appeal committee is final. The ad hoc appeal committee will then report back to the program and Registrar regarding the final decision and its reasoning.