Academic Probation and Dismissal

Academic Probation

The Graduate Division will place students on academic probation if their GPA falls below 3.00, and are subject to dismissal if their GPA at the end of the following semester remains below the minimum 3.0 requirement. The department may also recommend probation or dismissal for students who fail to make normal progress towards their degrees, based on a written evaluation of the student’s progress, including program-specific requirements. Only the Dean of the Graduate Division has the authority to place a student on probation, to remove probationary status, and, if necessary, to dismiss a student from graduate standing.

The probationary period is normally for one semester, during which the student is expected to remove academic deficiencies. Probation may be extended based on departmental recommendation. If at the end of the probationary period the student has failed to correct identified deficiencies, the Graduate Division will contact the Head Graduate Advisor to request a recommendation on whether an extension of the academic probationary period is warranted. If the probationary period is not extended, the Head Graduate Adviser will formally request that the Dean of the Graduate Division dismiss the student. For details please consult the Guide to Graduate Policy E1.7 Academic Probation.

Dismissal from the Doctoral Program

Placement of a student on formal probation is required before the student can be dismissed from the program. If the Head Graduate Adviser believes that it is unlikely that a student on probation can improve his or her record or that the student is unable to meet requirements for the degree, the Head Graduate Adviser may recommend dismissal to the Dean of the Graduate Division. 

Dismissal for academic reasons is the purview of the Dean of the Graduate Division, under the auspices of the Graduate Council. Students may also be dismissed for disciplinary reasons due to violations of the Code of Student Conduct, under the jurisdiction of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Office of Student Conduct. For more details on potential reasons for or consequences of dismissal, please consult the Guide to Graduate Policy E1.8 Dismissal.