Policies and Procedures

3200P ACADEMIC STANDARDS (PROCEDURES)

Original Date: 3/29/2005     *     Last Revision Effective: 9/11/2012
Policy Contact: Vice President, Instruction

PURPOSE

Bellevue College will have procedures that cover academic progress, probation, dismissal, reinstatement and appeals. Individual programs and departments may have additional academic standards.

PROCEDURES

Academic Progress

Students will be notified by the registration office regarding academic standards once they have achieved 30 credits in residence. Additional information will be provided to students to assist them to graduate in a timely manner and to notify them of the process for applying for graduation. Information provided may include available resources such as advising services, counseling and tutoring center.

Students are making academic progress when they have attempted 30 or more college-level credits and

  • achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and 
  • complete at least 75 percent of the credits attempted and
  • complete their degree/certificate before reaching 125 percent of the required credits.

Students who reach 85 percent of the college-level credits required for their degree/certificate will be notified by the office of the vice president of student services that they should be nearing completion and inform them of the 125 percent requirement to meet academic progress standard. Students who reach 125 percent of the college-level credits required for their degree/certificate will be required to meet with a counselor for approval of any additional courses. Courses approved will only be those necessary for completion of the degree. 

Academic Probation 

Students who fail to meet the academic progress standards may be placed on academic probation and their registration blocked until they meet the standard. Students are placed on academic probation when they

  • fall below 2.00 cumulative GPA after attempting thirty (30) college-level credits or
  • fail to complete 75 percent of the credits attempted over three (3) consecutive quarters or
  • Withdraw from more than 25 percent of their attempted credits over three (3) consecutive quarters or
  • Reach 125 percent of the required credits for their degree/certificate program.

Students on academic probation are blocked from registration. They will be contacted by the counseling center staff or delegate and offered interventions including a personal academic session. The counselor or delegate may allow the student to register for an upcoming quarter after an approved plan has been formulated. The student will remain on academic probation until he or she meets academic progress standards.   

Academic Dismissal

Students will be dismissed from the college and future registration will be blocked when they

  • Reach sixty (60) cumulative GPA credits with a Cumulative GPA below 2.00, or
  • Reach 140 percent of the required credits for their degree/certificate program, or
  • Fail to complete 75 percent of the college-level credits attempted over four (4) consecutive quarters, or
  • Withdraw from more than 25 percent of their attempted college-level credits over four (4) consecutive quarters.

Students who have been dismissed from the college for academic reasons may apply to be reinstated after an evaluation of the circumstances that led to the academic dismissal. The student must submit to the vice president of student services a suitable plan to improve academic performance. The student may be referred to the director of counseling and be required to participate in intervention(s) designed to improve their academic success, such as a workshop on study skills and time management. If the student is reinstated, their registration will be blocked while a counselor 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 services forty-eight (48) hours prior to a meeting of the academic standards committee to be considered during a scheduled meeting. Otherwise, the committee will be convened within ten (10) working days from the date of appeal submission. Students will be mailed a copy of the committee's decision.

The academic standards committee has jurisdiction over matters relating to academic standards, and makes recommendations to the vice president of instruction concerning the application of academic progress requirements. In particular, the committee is empowered to act on petitions from students who wish to be granted an exception of their academic dismissal. Approval of these requests is neither automatic nor guaranteed; each request is evaluated on its own merits.

RELEVANT LAWS AND OTHER RESOURCES

RCW 28B.10.695

REVISION HISTORY

Original 3/29/2005
Revisions 5/21/2009; 9/11/2012

APPROVED BY

President’s Staff

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