What are the academic actions and what do they mean?
On Trial (Academic Probation)
A student who earns a semester or cumulative grade-point average higher than a 1.0 (which merits dismissal) and below a 2.00, is placed on trial (academic probation). In order to avoid dismissal from the University, a student who is on trial must, in the subsequent semester, meet several conditions.
The conditions of being "on trial" include, but are not limited to:
- Have no grades of "F"
- Carry a course load of 12 or more semester hours *
- Resolve all grades of "Incomplete" **
- Take all courses for a grade and elect no courses on the "pass/no pass" basis
- Attain a semester average of at least 2.0
- Attain a cumulative average of at least 2.0 (this may require that your semester GPA be considerably higher than 2.0)
- Additional conditions as determined by the CESS Student Affairs Committee
* If you need to carry less than 12 hours, be certain to provide a typed rationale during the first week of classes which will be reviewed by the Student Affairs Committee. Bring your rationale to 528 Waterman.
** Only applies to students who have been assigned grades of "Incomplete."
Failure to meet any of these minimum trial conditions may result in your dismissal from the University by action of the College Student Affairs Committee.
Continued On Trial
Students who had "on trial" status and who considerably improved their academic record, but who are not yet in good academic standing, may be "continued on trial" and will be expected to meet the "conditions of trial."
Discontinued from Current Program of Study
Discontinued status means that the student has not met program-specific academic benchmarks. These benchmarks are set by each individual program and are outlined in the program handbook or advising folder.
Some examples of program-specific benchmarks include:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at end of first year for all teacher preparation programs
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at end of sophomore year for all teacher preparation programs
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at end of junior/senior years for all teacher preparation programs
- Completion of required courses with specific GPA requirements
Once a student is discontinued from their program, they will remain enrolled in CESS as an Undeclared student, and may register for courses outside their original program. Discontinued students have one (1) semester to regain entry to their original CESS program, or to transfer to another major. Students are responsible for determining the CESS or UVM program into which they are eligible to transfer and for completing any application requirements. Students who fail to regain entry into their original program or transfer within one (1) semester will be notified by letter of their status in the CESS or the University.
Students who are not following their program requirements, but who may be in good academic standing, will receive a letter warning them of their possible discontinuation from their program of study.
Students who are following their requirements, but who are not eligible for admission to the professional portion of the program because of their grade point average (below 2.5), will receive a warning letter.
Dismissal from the University
A student is subject to dismissal from the University as a result of one or more of the following:
- Does not satisfy the conditions of academic probation
- Earns a semester grade point average of 1.0 or lower
- Earns failing grades (F) in two (2) or more 3-credit+ courses
Students dismissed from the University of Vermont may not enroll in coursework at UVM until they successfully appeal the dismissal decision, although they may appeal to complete coursework as a continuing and distance education student. Students who successfully appeal their dismissal will return with either "on trial" or "continued on trial" status. They may also be discontinued from their current program of study.
Students who do not appeal or who are not successful in appealing the decision, will not be eligible to return for one semester. At the end of the semester away from UVM, the student may request to return through the University's re-entry process.