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. 

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 their cumulative or semester program/major GPA is less than 3.0.
  3. A student, placed on academic warning for a second time (not necessarily consecutive semesters) will be academically dismissed, for poor scholarship.
  4. A student, will be academically dismissed if their Term GPA is 0.00 in any given semester.
  5. A graduate student, who is dismissed from Aurora University for poor scholarship may apply for readmission after one full semester away (Spring, Summer, or Fall).
  6. 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.
  7. The petition will be reviewed by an academic program committee, comprised of the academic program director/chair and two faculty designated by the Jurisdictional Academic Dean, to make a determination based on the academic standards of the program. The academic program committee may require an in person meeting with the student as deemed necessary.
  8. Should readmission be granted, the student will be readmitted on Academic Warning. Should the cumulative program GPA fall below 3.0 in a subsequent semester, the student will be dismissed from the university.
  9. A student who has already had their petition for readmission denied by the academic program may appeal the decision to the Jurisdictional Academic Dean over the program. This step must be completed in the form of a written request to the Academic Dean within one calendar week after the student has been informed of the program committee decision. The Academic 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 the University Registrar regarding the final decision and its reasoning.