Academic Standards Review

To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, financial aid, and participation in university activities, the University at Buffalo regularly reviews the academic records of all undergraduate students. This review addresses the quality of the student’s studies as measured by the student’s course grades.

Academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

Academic Good Standing

A student is in academic good standing if the student’s cumulative UB grade point average (GPA) is 2.0 or greater and the student’s most recent semester GPA at UB is 2.0 or greater.

A student in academic good standing is eligible for all university activities.

Academic Warning

Many students go through an adjustment period when beginning their baccalaureate studies at the university. Therefore, any student—freshman or transfer—whose first-semester GPA is less than 2.0 will be on academic warning in his/her second semester of study at the university.

Additionally, any student will be placed on academic warning if the student’s cumulative UB GPA is 2.0 or greater but the student’s most recent semester GPA is less than 2.0.

Although a student on academic warning will be considered in good standing for purposes of participation in university activities, he/she may be subject to an advisement checkstop – a mandatory discussion with an academic advisor to help build an effective academic strategy before the student may complete any further registration activity.

Academic warning will not be noted on a student’s official transcript, but will be part of the student’s record.

Academic Probation

A student is on academic probation and not in academic good standing if his/her cumulative UB GPA is 2.0 or greater but his/her most recent two consecutive semester GPAs are less than 2.0.

A student is on academic probation and not in academic good standing if his/her cumulative UB GPA is less than 2.0 and quality point deficit is less than 20 after two or more semesters of study at UB.

Students may request, through their academic advisor, to have their UB summer session grades evaluated for purposes of reconsideration of their academic probationary or dismissal status.

Students on academic probation are not eligible to participate in university activities. In addition, students on academic probation may be subject to an advisement checkstop—a mandatory discussion with an academic advisor to help build an effective academic strategy before the student may complete any further registration activity.

Academic probation will not be noted on a student’s official transcript, but will be part of the student’s record.

Academic Dismissal

A student enrolled at UB for two or more semesters who has a cumulative UB GPA less than 2.0 and a quality point deficit of 20 or greater points will be dismissed from the university regardless of his/her most recent semester GPA.

Each dismissed student will receive official notification via U.S. mail and his/her UB email account, and all future academic-year registrations will be removed and/or blocked. The student will not be allowed to reapply to UB and register for a period of at least one year.

Dismissed students may register in the summer session immediately following their initial dismissal (e.g., students dismissed in May 20xx may enroll in Summer 20xx courses). In subsequent semesters, A dismissed student may not register as a non-matriculated student without prior review.

A dismissed student may appeal the dismissal in writing to the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education during a period of time specified in the dismissal letter. Consultation with an academic advisor is required as part of the dismissal appeal process. If the appeal is granted, notice of that will include the terms and conditions of continued study.

Academic dismissal will be noted on the student’s official transcript and will be part of the student’s record.

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