The scholastic requirements presented in this section define the nature of satisfactory academic achievement and are designed to uphold the standards of the university. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be subject to academic penalties.
- Students who have 11 or fewer GPA credit hours of college work will be placed on scholastic probation if their overall grade point average is less than 1.5.
- Students who have 12 to 24 GPA credit hours of college work will be placed on scholastic probation if their overall grade point average is at least 1.0 but less than 1.5.
- Students who have 25 or more GPA credit hours of college work will be placed on scholastic probation if their overall grade point average is at least 1.0 but their number of quality points 10 or more below what is required for a 2.0 (“C”).
- Students can be placed on scholastic probation only on the basis of unsatisfactory grades made in college.
- Once placed on probation, students will remain on probation for each enrollment period until they have earned a 2.0 cumulative average.
- Students cannot be placed on scholastic probation on the basis of work taken during a summer term.
- Students who are not on scholastic probation and who have 12 or more GPA credit hours will be suspended from the university if their overall grade point average is below 1.0 (“D”).
- A student who is already on scholastic probation and who earns less than a 2.0 grade point average in a given semester will be suspended.
- Students cannot be suspended from the university on the basis of work taken during a summer term.
- LSUA does not accept for credit toward a degree any credits that a student earns from another institution during the period in which he or she is in suspension status.
First Drop Program
A student who for the first time has been suspended from the university for academic reasons will not be permitted to enroll until the expiration of one full semester, unless the student is readmitted through the First Drop Program. Students enrolled in the First Drop Program will participate in training designed to increase their ability to successfully complete their studies. Such students may register for at least three but no more than six hours of course work for credit. If such students earn at least a “C” average (2.0) for their semester’s coursework, they will be allowed to continue in school. If, however, they earn less than a “C” average for their semester’s coursework, they will be suspended from the university for one calendar year. Students who wish to re-enter the university through the First Drop Program must request permission from the Division of Student Engagement. The student’s transcript will carry a notation that indicates that the student was suspended but conditionally readmitted on probation based on his or her enrollment in the First Drop Program. When students register early for an upcoming semester and are subsequently suspended for academic reasons, the classes for which they registered are automatically canceled.
Suspension Appeal Process
Students who more than once have been suspended from the university for academic reasons cannot enroll for at least one calendar year. A student may appeal the suspension if extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control exist. Appeal forms are available through the Office of the Registrar.
After one calendar year has passed, a student may apply for readmission through the Admission Office. (Link to Admission Office)
Students readmitted to LSUA after being suspended for academic reasons will be on scholastic probation when they return and will remain on probation until their overall grade point average is at least 2.0. In order not to earn another suspension, such students must attain a 2.0 grade point average in each semester of their enrollment.
A separate financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy.
Academic Progress is reviewed for all grants, loans, and work study programs. Students must meet a GPA requirement, an earned hour requirement, and have not exceeded the maximum number of attempted hours allowed.
Academic progress for Financial Aid is typically checked once an academic year, at the conclusion of a Spring semester and is reviewed primarily on the hours attempted during both the Fall and Spring semesters of the student’s last academic year of attendance.
Listed below are the basic criteria students must meet to be eligible for all federal and state grants, loans, and work study programs.
- Maintain a 2.0 Cumulative GPA
- Cumulatively earn at least 70% of the hours cumulatively attempted
- Have not cumulatively attempted more than 150% of the hours required to complete the student's current, primary degree program