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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

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

All appointments must be scheduled prior to September 5th, 2014.
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.

 Sophomores- click on the calendar link below to schedule an appointment Sophomore Appointment Calendar Juniors- click on the calendar link below to schedule an appointment Junior Appointment Calendar Seniors- click on the calendar link below to schedule an appointment Senior 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, September 12, 2014 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?

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?

Once you have completed your term of suspension, if you would like to return to CNU, you must contact the Director of Academic Success Services, Jeannine Leger, to sign a Second Chance Contract.  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 Jeannine at (757) 594-0336 or jeannine.leger@cnu.edu.

The Second Chance Contract is an agreement and action plan that details your credit hour limit, academic conditions and requirements you must meet, and establishes a plan of study for term you will return to CNU.  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.

## 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?

#### 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.