Rogers State University, in cooperation with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, has adopted the following policy relating to the retention of students pursuing undergraduate course work. The policy combines an early notification of students experiencing academic difficulties with a gradual increase in the overall standards required for retention/continued enrollment at the University.
All courses in which a student has a recorded grade will be counted in the calculation of the retention/graduation grade point average (GPA) with the exception of those courses excluded as part of the Academic Forgiveness Policy, developmental courses, and activity courses.
Definition of Terms
- Good Academic Standing: Any student who meets the retention requirements as set forth in this section is in good academic standing.
- Academic Notice: Any student with 30 or fewer credit hours, with a retention GPA of 1.7 to 1.99 will be placed on academic notice.
- Academic Probation: Any student whose cumulative retention GPA falls below those listed in the Retention GPA Requirements for a given semester will be on academic probation. The student will remain on probation as long as he/she maintains a current term GPA of 2.0 each semester until his/her retention GPA is a 2.0. If the student does not maintain a current term GPA of 2.0, he/she will be placed on Academic Suspension.
- Academic Suspension: Any student who is on academic probation and who does not achieve a term GPA of 2.0 (excluding activity/performance courses) will be suspended and will not be eligible for reinstatement until one regular semester (fall or spring) has elapsed.
Retention GPA Requirements
A student must maintain a 2.0 retention GPA for the duration of his/her college experience with the exception of freshmen on academic notice. A student will be placed on academic probation if he/she fails to meet the following requirements:
|Credit Hours Attempted||Retention GPA Requirements*|
|0 through 30 semester credit hours||1.70|
|Greater than 30 semester credit hours||2.00|
Any student not maintaining satisfactory progress toward his/her academic objective as indicated above will be placed on probation for one semester. At the end of that semester, he/she must have a semester GPA of 2.0 in regularly graded course work, not to include activity or performance courses, or meet the minimum retention GPA standard required above in order to continue as a student. Students not meeting either of these criteria will be immediately suspended and cannot be reinstated until one regular semester (fall or spring) has elapsed. Students suspended in the spring semester may attend, at the discretion of the University, the summer session immediately following spring suspension. However, such students may enroll only in core academic courses that meet the general education requirements or degree requirements. Only students under first-time suspension status at the University are eligible. To continue in that fall semester, such students must achieve a 2.0 semester GPA or raise their retention GPA to the required level. *All courses in which a student has a recorded grade will be counted in the calculation of the grade point average for retention purposes excluding any courses repeated or reprieved as detailed in the University’s Grading Policy, excluding remedial/developmental pre-college courses and physical education activity courses.
Suspension of Seniors
The University may allow a student with 90 or more hours in a specified degree program who has failed to meet the retention grade-point average of 2.0 or the semester GPA of 2.0 to enroll in up to 15 additional semester hours in a further attempt to achieve the retention GPA requirement. During these 15 hours of enrollment, the student must achieve a minimum 2.0 semester GPA during each enrollment or raise his/her retention GPA to 2.0 or above. This senior suspension exception can be exercised only once per student.
Readmission of Suspended Students
Students who are academically suspended from Rogers State University will not be allowed to reenter the University for at least one regular semester (fall or spring) except as provided in the suspension appeals process. Any student who has been suspended for at least one regular semester may apply for readmission to Rogers State University. The student will need to send a letter of reapplication to the Office of Admissions declaring his/her intent and a plan of action. The Office of Admissions will determine if the conditions that led to the academic suspension have been corrected. If, in the judgment of the Office of Admissions, the student has a reasonable chance of academic success, he/she will be permitted to reenter the University. The following criteria will apply to all students readmitted to Rogers State University after serving at least one regular semester on academic suspension.
- Suspended students can be readmitted only once.
- Such students will be readmitted on probationary status and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) each semester attempted while on probation or raise their retention GPA to the designated retention level.
- Students admitted after a suspension may be limited to 12 credit hours of enrollment during their first semester at RSU.
- Should a student who has been reinstated be suspended a second time from Rogers State University, he/she cannot return to the University until such time as he/she has demonstrated, by attending another institution, the ability to succeed academically by raising his/her GPA to the retention standard.
Appeal for Immediate Readmission after Suspension
Students who feel that they have had extraordinary personal circumstances that contributed to their academic difficulties may petition for immediate reinstatement by completing an Application for Suspension Appeal on MyRSU (Students Tab, Student Forms, Application for Academic Suspension Appeal). If, in the judgment of the Dean of the School where the student has their major, the Registrar and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the student has a reasonable chance of academic success, he/she will be permitted to reenter the university.
If approved, the student will be reinstated for one semester on a probationary basis and must meet the retention requirements at the end of the semester for continued enrollment at Rogers State University. Should a subsequent suspension occur, the student would not be allowed to reapply until such time as he/she has demonstrated an ability to succeed academically by attending another institution and subsequently raising his/her retention/graduation GPA to meet retention requirements.
Grade Appeals and Academic Misconduct
To initiate a grade appeal, the student should first discuss the issue with the instructor and, if unsatisfied, then with the Dean of the School. If the matter is unresolved, the student may file a formal grade appeal request with the Dean of the School in which the course is offered or with the Dean of the Student Affairs. Policies and procedures outlining the grade appeal process are found in the Student Code of Conduct Handbook.