What is academic probation?

As an undergraduate student at Christopher Newport University you are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 each semester.  A 2.0 is required in both your cumulative GPA and your major field of study GPA.  A student is placed on Academic Probation at the end of a semester when their term GPA and/or their cumulative GPA has fallen below a 2.0.

What causes me to be suspended from CNU?

You will be suspended from the University when your cumulative GPA drops below the minimum standard of continuance. See the chart below for the standards for Academic Continuance. Please notice that as you attempt more credits the range for probation or suspension gets smaller. For more information about academic suspension and the academic continuance please refer to your undergraduate catalog.

Minimum Standards for Academic Continuance

FIRST SEMESTER, FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN Minimum GPA

Credit Hours Attempted* for Good Standing                Probation GPA      Range Suspension GPA

1-18 .......................................... 2.00 ............................. 1.99-1.00 .............................. .99 Or Less

ALL OTHER STUDENTS AND SEMESTERS

Credit Hours Attempted* for   Good Standing            Probation GPA            Suspension GPA

1-30 ........................................ 2.00 ............................ 1.99-1.61 ......................1.60 Or Less

31-60 ...................................... 2.00 ............................ 1.99-1.70 ......................1.69 Or Less

61-75 ...................................... 2.00 .............................1.99-1.80 ......................1.79 Or Less

76-90....................................... 2.00 ............................ 1.99-1.90 ......................1.89 Or Less

91 Or More .............................. 2.00 ............................ 1.99-1.98 ......................1.97 Or Less

*Attempted credit hours are those hours for which a grade is earned at CNU (excluding I, M, AU, P, or W). Attempted credit hours are cumulative. On the academic transcript, these hours are presented as GPA hours.

How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)?

To calculate your CNU GPA you have the total number of grade points earned from CNU courses divided by the total number of credit hours attempted.

Grading System

A=4.00 A-=3.70 B+=3.30 B=3.00 B-=2.70 C+=2.30 C=2.00 C-=1.70 D+=1.30 D=1.00 D-=0.70 F=0.00 UI=0.00

So an example of how you calculate your GPA is

Course

Credits

Grade

Quality Points

RSTD 212

3

C (2.00)

6.00 (3x2.00)

ENGL 123

3

C+(2.30)

6.9 (3x2.30)

COMM 201

3

C (2.00)

6.00 (3x2.00)

BIOL 107

3

C- (1.70)

5.10 (3x1.70)

BIOL 109L

1

C- (1.70)

1.70 (1x1.70)

PSYC 201

3

C- (1.70)

5.1 (3x1.70)

Totals

16

30.8

So to calculate it you take 30.80/16 = 1.92 Term GPA (Do not round the results)

To calculate your Cumulative GPA if you have been here for more than one semester you would add your quality points from the current term to quality points from your other terms and divide it by the total credit hours attempted.

For example you earned a 30.8 quality points in 16 credits this term and 45.0 last term in 15 credits you would do 30.8+45.0= 75.8 and divide that by credit hours attempted 16 + 15= 31.  So 75.8/31= 2.44 is your Cum GPA.

For information on calculating your GPA with credits transferred in from another school please refer to your catalogue.   

What happens when I am on Academic Probation?

Once you are placed on Academic Probation it will be noted on your web-based grade report and on your permanent record.  As a student on Academic Probation you may not enroll in more than 14 credit hours.  You will need to contact your advisor to adjust your course load for the next semester. If you fail to adjust your credit load during the add/drop period, the registrar will automatically do it for you.  

One recommendation is to consider taking COLL 150 (2 credit class) "The Intentional Learner".  This course is a great way to help you discover your role and responsibility in learning, develop good study skills and test taking strategies, create both long and short-term goals, and fully engage in your courses through the discovery of possible major options.

I am on Academic Probation, what can I do to get off of it?

At CNU we want all our students to succeed. After a term that puts you on academic probation, you have various options to help you:

Do some personal reflection about the past semester.  Did your classes not interest you?  Did you have trouble balancing your time?  Did you find it hard to take notes or struggle to prepare for your tests properly? Were outside influences affecting your studies? What can you do to make it better for the next semester?

Know your resources on campus. The Center for Academic Success is committed to helping you achieve academically.  The Center provides tutoring, writing consultations, and personal academic coaching.  If you need a tutor, help with a paper, or someone to help you address time management, test taking skills, or note taking come on up to The Center located in the Trible Library 240.  Don’t forget to contact your advisor so they can help you create an plan to get back on track.

Did you have a problem getting to know people around campus or finding the right activity to be involved in?  There are fellows in Student Engagement that can help you find a great niche socially.  If you need help with personal issues, Counseling Services can provide resources to support you.

Don’t forget about the opportunity to take course repeats.  If you took a class this past semester that you did not do well in, you have the opportunity to retake the course.  However, if you started and completed the course at CNU during the semester, the class must be repeated at CNU.  You may not repeat a course at a local community college. Course repeats are a  great way to drastically improve your GPA and help you get off Academic Probation.

Please refer to the Academic Probation Check List  on this web page to start the process for getting off Academic Probation . 

I am a student-athlete on Academic Probation, what am I required to do?

Athletics expects you to know the information presented above. You will follow the same Academic Probation Checklist  for all students on Academic Probation.  After you complete the checklist, you will be required to meet with your Athletics Academic Support Mentor (you will not need to make an appointment in CAS).

 

Academic Probation Checklist

1) Reflect on the previous semester(s)

     What went wrong? What went right? What is one goal that you have for the upcoming semester?

2) Read over the Academic Probation Information found on this web page under the FAQ tab.

3) Complete the Academic Probation Self Assessment.

     Click HERE to complete the assessment.

4) Schedule an appointment to meet with a staff member at the Center for Academic Success

     All appointments must be scheduled prior to January 30, 2015
     To schedule an appointment before classes begin you may contact the Center for Academic Success via email
     (academicsuccess@cnu.edu) or phone (757-594-7684).
 
     To schedule an appointment once classes begin, you may click on the appropriate link below.

Freshmen - click on one of the calendar links below to schedule an appointment

Eric Anderson - Appointment Calendar

Tessa Thies - Appointment Calendar

Sophomores- click on the calendar link below to schedule an appointment

Erin Wotjkun -  Appointment Calendar

Juniors or Seniors- click on one of the calendar links below to schedule an appointment

Erin Wotjkun -  Appointment Calendar

Jeannine Leger -  Appointment Calendar

Athletes- Contact Joyce Anne Koubaroulis regarding appointments

5) Complete and Sign an Academic Probation Action Plan


     You will develop and sign an Academic Probation Action Plan during your appointment with a staff member from the Center
      for Academic Success or the Athletics Department.

     This Action Plan must be completed by Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

     Failure to complete the Academic Probation Action Plan will result in a registration hold being placed on your CNU account.  

What causes me to be suspended from CNU?

You will be suspended from the University when your cumulative GPA drops below the minimum standard of continuance.  See the chart below for the standards for Academic Continuance.  Please notice that as you attempt more credit hours, the range for probation or suspension becomes smaller.  For more information about academic suspension and the academic continuance, please refer to your undergraduate catalog.

Minimum Standards for Academic Continuance

FIRST SEMESTER, FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN Minimum GPA

Credit Hours Attempted* for Good Standing                Probation GPA      Range Suspension GPA

1-18 .......................................... 2.00 ............................. 1.99-1.00 .............................. .99 Or Less

ALL OTHER STUDENTS AND SEMESTERS

Credit Hours Attempted* for   Good Standing            Probation GPA            Suspension GPA

1-30 ........................................ 2.00 ............................ 1.99-1.61 ......................1.60 Or Less

31-60 ...................................... 2.00 ............................ 1.99-1.70 ......................1.69 Or Less

61-75 ...................................... 2.00 .............................1.99-1.80 ......................1.79 Or Less

76-90....................................... 2.00 ............................ 1.99-1.90 ......................1.89 Or Less

91 Or More .............................. 2.00 ............................ 1.99-1.98 ......................1.97 Or Less

*Attempted credit hours are those hours for which a grade is earned at CNU (excluding I, M, AU, P, or W). Attempted credit hours are cumulative. On the academic transcript, these hours are presented as GPA hours.

What happens if I'm suspended?

When suspended, you are not allowed to register for any classes at Christopher Newport University for one full semester (fall or spring). In addition you may not take summer courses.  A notation of Academic Suspension will be placed on your permanent academic record.  You are not permitted to take classes at another institution for transfer credit at CNU during your time of suspension.

When will I be eligible to return to CNU?

You will be allowed to return to CNU after you have completed one term of suspension.  If you are academically suspended and do not return for two or more consecutive terms, you must reapply for admission through the Office of the Registrar.

I am on academic suspension.  What must I do in order to return to CNU?

If you would like to return to CNU after the completion of your term of suspension, you will need to complete the Second Chance Contract process.  In order to return in a fall semester, you will need to complete your Second Chance Contract no later than March 15th.  In order to return in a spring semester, you must complete your Second Chance Contract no later than October 15th. To begin the process to develop a Second Chance Contract, refer to the Academic Suspension - Second Chance Contract Checklist.  If you have questions about the Academic Suspension - Second Chance Contract Checklist you may contact the Director of Academic Success, Jeannine Leger at (757) 594-0336 or by email at jeannine.leger@cnu.edu.

The Second Chance Contract is an agreement and action plan that details your credit hour limit, academic conditions and/or requirements you must meet, and establishes a plan of study for term you will return to CNU.  If you have not already completed College 150, you will be required to take this course. In addition,expect to repeat classes in which you have earned a grade of  UI, D or F. To avoid dismissal, you must follow the Second Chance Contract and earn at least a 2.00 term GPA in a minimum of 12 credit hours by the completion the semester you return and in subsequent terms until your cumulative GPA is above 2.00.  If you earn a 2.00 term GPA but your cumulative GPA is still below 2.00, you will not be dismissed.  However, you will be required to develop and sign a Second Chance Contract for each semester that you remain on academic probation following your academic suspension.

What happens if I fail to achieve a term GPA of 2.00, fail to successfully complete 12 credit hours, or do not fulfill the terms of my Second Chance Contract?

Failure to achieve a term GPA of 2.00 in a minimum of 12 credit housr or to fulfill the terms of your Second Chance Contract will result in Academic Dismissal from CNU. The notation Academic Dismissal will be placed on your web-based grade report and permanent academic record.  Students who have been academically dismissed from CNU may not apply for readmission to the University for at least five (5) calendar years.  Your academic record at CNU will be considered part of the relevant materials for readmission to the University.

Academic Suspension - Second Chance Contract Checklist

1) Reflect on the previous semester(s).

     What went wrong? What went right? What is one goal that you have for the upcoming semester?

2) Read over the Academic Suspension Information found on this web page under the Academic Suspension FAQ tab.

3) Print out and complete the Academic Suspension Self Assessment and Action Plan linked below.

4) Schedule an appointment to meet with the Director of Academic Success Services.

     For fall semester reinstatement: All appointments must be scheduled prior to March 15th.

     For spring semester reinstatement: All appointment must be scheduled prior to October 15th.

 To schedule an appointment please contact the Director of Academic Success Services, Jeannine Leger, via email (jeannine.leger@cnu.edu) or by phone (757) 594-0336.

5) Bring your completed Academic Suspension Self Assessment and Action Plan with you to your meeting with the Director of Academic Success Services.

     You will need your completed Academic Suspension Self Assessment and Action Plan for your meeting with the Director of Academic Success Services.  Give your Action Plan considerable thought as some or all of your action steps may become a part of your Second Chance Contract with the University.  Be prepared to discuss your past academic progress and challenges, as well as the steps you have taken to address any issues and barriers during your mandated semester off.

6) Sign your Second Chance Contract and take it to the Registrar's Office.

     You will complete and sign a Second Chance Contract during your appointment with the Director of Academic Success Services.  A copy of this contract will need to be taken to the Registrar's office to enable you to register for classes.

     Be aware - If you do not follow your established plan of action as outlined in your Second Chance Contract and/or you do not attain at least a 2.00 or higher term GPA in a minimum of 12 credit hours at the completion of the contract semester, you will be academically dismissed from the University.

7) Make an appointment to meet with your Faculty Adviser to determine your class schedule.

     Once you take your Second Chance Contract to the Registrar's Office, you will need to meet with your Faculty Adviser to determine your class schedule and plan of study.  You will then be able to register for your courses.  You will also want to contact campus housing to initiate your return to the campus community.