Undergraduate Policies


Academic Standing

Policy Statement

A student’s academic standing is based on the results of their academic performance at Thomas Jefferson University calculated and evaluated every semester in which the student is enrolled including summer and abbreviated terms.


Good Standing:

A.  Undergraduate Students are determined to be in Good Standing when they meet all of the following criteria: cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) at or above 2.0 and successful completion of at least 75% of all credits that appear on their transcript.

B.  Graduate Students are determined to be in Good Standing when they meet or exceed a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

C.  School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) students are determined to be in Good Standing when they meet or exceed a cumulative GPA of 2.0 following their first twelve (12) attempted academic hours.   Students who are not in good academic standing after attempting 12 academic hours will be placed on Academic Probation and may attempt an additional 12 hours to be restored to Good Standing.

Academic Probation:

Students who fall below the minimum GPA are placed on Academic Probation. Academic probation is a means of emphatically informing students that their record is unsatisfactory while there is still time to remedy the situation. Probation is not meant to be a penalty, but should be interpreted as a serious warning to improve the quality of academic work.

Academic Dismissal:

  • Students who fail to bring their cumulative GPA to or above the minimum standard by the conclusion of the next academic term of enrollment are dismissed from the university
  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies (SCPS) - the next review period occurs after the completion of an additional 12 credits, which is not necessarily the next academic term of enrollment.


Conditions of Academic Probation

  • Official notification of probation will be in writing and sent directly to the student by the Program Director
  • Students will be required to sign a student success contract with their Advisor (document found on Academic Success Center website)
  • Student must meet with their advisor upon being placed on probation regularly throughout probationary period
  • Placement on Academic Probation may also place the student on financial aid probation and are advised to meet with Financial-aid to discuss this
  • Student is not permitted to take more than a normal course load and may be required to take a reduced course load
  • Student will not be able to participate in intercollegiate athletics or hold an elected or appointed office in any SGA-recognized student organization
  • Student should reduce the number of hours of employment whenever possible and limit participation in any other extracurricular activities that interfere with the performance of their academic work.

Academic Standing and Grade Change

  • If a grade change results in a student’s GPA rising to Good Standing, he/she may notify the Registrar’s Office to request a change in Academic Standing; reassessment is not automatic and must come from a request to reassess standing.

Academic Standing and Change of Major

  • Students must meet the admissions criteria for the program to which they will be applying. This policy also applies to a student who chooses to change their original program for any reason.
  • A student who does not meet the program-specific “Satisfactory Academic Progress” requirements of their undergraduate or graduate program may apply to transfer to another academic program within Thomas Jefferson University.

Academic Dismissal Notification and Appeal Options

  • Student will receive written notification of academic dismissal
  • Student may appeal for reinstatement by submitting a written request for reinstatement to the chair and sub-committee chair by the date listed in the dismissal letter. (See Appeal Process)
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS)- students should submit a written appeal for reinstatement to the SCPS Director of Student Services


Review Date(s): 11/26/19