Academic Standards

Academic Standards Office

The Academic Standards Office provides academic assistance to students, particularly those having difficulty meeting retention standards of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. All student appeals for reinstatement are submitted to the Academic Standards Office. The Director is available to provide information on academic policies, and registration procedures, to assist students in selecting courses of study consistent with their personal and career ambitions, and to refer students to other campus offices for academic assistance.

Good Standing

In order to remain in good standing at the UW-Whitewater, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above. Some colleges and/or programs may require a combined UW-Whitewater GPA above 2.00 in order to remain in good academic standing in the programs.

Academic Probation

Any student who earns less than a 2.00 cumulative GPA will be placed on academic probation and will be limited to 15 units of enrollment in the following term.

A student placed on probation must earn a term GPA of 2.00 or higher in the subsequent semester of enrollment. 

Final Probation

Any student who was on academic probation and earns as 2.00 semester GPA in the subsequent semester of enrollment, but fails to raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.00 or higher will be placed on final probation and have one additional term to attain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. A student on final probation will be limited to 15 units of enrollment in the following term.

Academic Dismissal

A student will be academically dismissed from UW-Whitewater (ineligible to continue attendance) in the following situations:

  • If a student’s term grade point average falls below a 1.00 (a cumulative UW-Whitewater gpa of 2.0 does not negate this rule).
  • If a student is on academic probation and a 2.00 term grade point average is not attained.
  • If a student is on final probation and the required 2.00 cumulative grade point average is not attained.
  • When a student is reinstated into UW-Whitewater and fails to meet the requirements of their reinstatement. (Note: Students whose academic standing is listed as Reinstate - Final Academic Probation must meet the Final Probation requirements and students whose academic standing is listed as Reinstate-Academic Probation must meet the requirements of Academic Probation.)

Instructions for admission after dismissal can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/academicstandards.

Reinstatement from Academic Dismissal

A student who has been dismissed at the end of a fall/spring semester and wishes to petition for reinstatement must follow the appropriate procedure below that describes his/her situation.

A student who has been academically dismissed must be formally reinstated to be eligible to attend classes in a Fall/Spring semester following the one in which he/she is dismissed. A student who is dismissed may enroll in Summer or Winterim classes in an effort to improve his/her cumulative grade point average and academic standing. A dismissed student is not eligible for financial aid for Summer or Winterim classes. Questions about the reinstatement process can be directed to the Academic Standards Office, Roseman 2054.

A student who has been dismissed at the end of a Fall/Spring semester and wishes to petition for reinstatement must follow the appropriate procedure below that describes his/her situation.

  1. A student who has been dismissed for the first time and wishes to continue his/her enrollment in classes during the Fall/Spring semester following the one in which he/she was dismissed MUST...
    Submit a complete appeal for reinstatement to the Academic Standards Committee by the proper deadline. If the appeal is approved by the Committee, the student will be reinstated and remain eligible to be enrolled in the next Fall/Spring semester's classes. If the appeal is denied, the student will be ineligible to continue enrollment in the next Fall/Spring semester and must follow the reinstatement procedure listed in #2 below.
  2. A student who has been dismissed for the first time and will not be enrolled for classes during the Fall/Spring semester following the one in which he/she was dismissed MUST...
    Apply for readmission with the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The Admissions Office must approve the application before the student will be eligible to continue.
  3. A student who has been dismissed two or more times and wishes to attend the Fall/Spring semester following the one in which he/she was last dismissed MUST...
    Submit a complete appeal for reinstatement to the Academic Standards Committee by the proper deadline. If the appeal is approved by the Committee, the student will be reinstated and remain eligible to be enrolled in the next Fall/Spring semester's classes. If the appeal is denied, the student will be ineligible to continue enrollment in the next Fall/Spring semester and must follow the reinstatement procedure listed in #4 below.
  4. A student who has been dismissed two or more times and will not attend the Fall/Spring semester following the one in which he/she was last dismissed MUST...
    Submit a complete appeal for reinstatement to the Academic Standards Committee by the proper deadline (the Committee must approve the appeal);
    AND
    Submit an application for readmission with the Undergraduate Admissions Office by appropriate deadlines (the Admissions Office must approve the application).

Term Honors

Students who have earned a 3.40 or above term grade point average with no grade below C (D, F, I, NN, or NC) will be granted Academic Honors for that term. To be considered for Academic Honors, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 unit hours of work for the term, at least 9 of which must have been taken on a conventional grade basis.

Undergraduate Academic Forgiveness Policy

With an absence from formalized higher education for a minimum of five consecutive years prior to readmission to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, students may make a written appeal to invoke the Academic Forgiveness Policy. The appeal, which is made to the Academic Standards Committee, must give reasons for the student's previous poor UW-Whitewater performance, information about current educational plans, and justification for the appeal. The Committee will assess the student's record and appeal to determine the approach most educationally appropriate. The Committee will determine whether academic forgiveness is a better approach than use of the repeat policy. Factors such as time elapsed, changes in courses, course availability, course requirements, and educational objectives can be used to determine Committee action.

The Committee may require the student to complete certain specific conditions, such as completion of a specified number of units or terms of enrollment with work academically acceptable to the Committee, before authorizing the implementation of the policy.

When notified in writing by the Committee, the Registrar will mark the permanent academic record with an "Academic Forgiveness" notation and begin the computation of a new grade point average for all subsequent course work. None of the previous UW-Whitewater record will be used in the new calculation.