3200P Academic Standards Procedures

Original Date: 3/29/2005 * Last Revision Effective: 3/29/2016
Policy Contact: Vice President, Instruction

Purpose

Bellevue College is committed to the academic success of its students. The primary purpose of the Student Academic Standing Procedures is to quickly identify and alert students with low academic achievement and provide those students with assistance to improve their academic performance.

This procedure applies to all students. Some individual college programs/funding sources may have additional requirements. Students in these programs should contact the appropriate program advisor for information regarding these requirements or contact an academic advisor or counselor if they have questions.

Procedures

Academic Progress

Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better to remain in good academic standing. The following consequences will be imposed progressively for students who are not in good academic standing.

Academic Warning Cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 and quarterly GPA is less than 2.0.
Academic Probation Cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for the second consecutive quarter* and quarterly GPA is less than 2.0.
One (1) Quarter Academic Dismissal Cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for the third consecutive quarter* and quarterly GPA is less than 2.0.
Four (4) Quarter Academic Dismissal

 

Cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for the fourth consecutive quarter* and quarterly GPA is less than 2.0.

* Consecutive quarter is defined to mean the next quarter in which a student is enrolled even if a break in time occurs. Note: Students will remain at currently assigned academic standard level if cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 but quarterly GPA reaches 2.0 or better.

Academic Warning

Students carrying five or more credits will be placed on Academic Warning at the end of any quarter in which their quarterly GPA is below 2.0

Students who fail to make satisfactory progress over time will be placed on the next level of academic intervention. There is no appeal process to this level of intervention.

Academic Probation

Students carrying five or more credits will be placed on Academic Probation at the end of any quarter in which their quarterly GPA is below 2.0 for a second consecutive quarter.

Students placed on Academic Warning or Academic Probation will be sent a letter that offers effective study tips and strongly encourages students to take advantage of college support resources for education planning.

Students on Academic Probation are required to complete an Academic Probation Contract that outlines steps for improving the student’s academic performance. A student on Academic Probation will be required to meet with an Academic Advisor, Counselor, or designated Faculty member (in certain programs) to review the plan prior to registration. Online registration will be blocked while the student remains on Academic Probation. There is no appeal process to this level of intervention.

1 Quarter Academic Dismissal

Students carrying five or more credits will be placed on 1 Quarter Academic Dismissal at the end of any quarter in which their quarterly GPA is below 2.0 for a third consecutive quarter.

Students placed on 1 Quarter Academic Dismissal will not be permitted to register for any courses for credit the subsequent quarter. Dismissed students will be blocked from registering. Students who enrolled for classes prior to suspension status will be administratively withdrawn, and tuition paid will be refunded. 

Students placed on 1 Quarter Academic Dismissal will be sent a letter that outlines the appeal process for reinstatement. To be considered for reinstatement, students must outline a plan for making measurable and substantial progress towards improving their grade point average and meet in person with the Dean of Student Success or designee.

All appeals are reviewed by the Dean of Student Success. If approved, the student will continue on probationary status until satisfactory academic progress has been met for two quarters or longer. Notification will be sent to the student outlining conditions of reinstatement.

Four Quarter Academic Dismissal

Students carrying five or more credits will be placed on 4 Quarter Academic Dismissal at the end of any quarter in which their quarterly GPA is below 2.0 for a fourth consecutive quarter.

Students placed on 4 Quarter Academic Dismissal will not be permitted to register for any courses for four quarters. Dismissed students will be blocked from registering. Students who enrolled for classes prior to suspension status will be administratively withdrawn, and tuition paid will be refunded.

Students placed on 4 Quarter Academic Dismissal will be sent a letter that outlines the appeal process for reinstatement. The student must submit to the Vice President of Student Affairs a suitable plan to improve academic performance. The student may be referred to an Academic Advisor, Counselor, or designated Faculty member (in certain programs) helps with the student’s progress.

Petitions to appeal an academic dismissal must be received in writing in the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs at least two weeks prior to the start of the quarter in which the student wishes to enroll. If approved, the student will continue on probationary status until satisfactory academic progress has been met for two quarters or longer. Notification will be sent to the student outlining conditions or reinstatement.

Relevant Laws and Other Resources

RCW 28B.10.695

Revision History

Original 3/29/2005
Revisions 5/21/2009; 9/11/2012; 4/6/2015; 3/29/2016

Approved By

President’s Cabinet

Last Updated May 23, 2016