Grading Systems / Policies
The College has established standards for academic good standing which apply to all students (matriculated and non-matriculated), as follows:
- Students who have attempted or earned 12 or more credits are to have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
- Students are to have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, as well as a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in their major(s) to graduate.
At the close of each semester, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs reviews records of all students enrolled at the College. Those students whose academic performance has fallen below the Colleges established standards are advised of the deficiency by letter. The guidelines used and the actions prescribed are as follows:
- Students who have a cumulative G.P.A. between 1.01 and 1.99 for ONE semester are placed on academic warning.
- Students who have a cumulative G.P.A. between 0.00 and 1.00 for ONE semester are placed on academic probation.
- Students who have a cumulative G.P.A. between 1.01 and 1.99 for TWO consecutive semesters are placed on academic probation.
- Students who have a cumulative G.P.A. between 0.00 and 1.00 for TWO consecutive semesters are suspended from the College for one year.
- Students who have a cumulative G.P.A. between 1.01 and 1.99 for THREE consecutive semesters are suspended from the College for one year.
- Students who have previously been on academic probation and have a G.P.A. below 2.00 are again placed on academic probation and reviewed by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Students placed on academic probation are restricted as to the types or extracurricular activities in which they may participate. They may NOT (a) be a member of a recognized student organization, (b) serve on any College committee or advisory board, (c) serve as a representative of the College, or (d) participate in intramural, club, or intercollegiate sports. The academic performance of students on probation is reviewed at the end of the probationary semester. If the students grade point average remains below the College guidelines, the student is suspended from the College for one year.
Upon notification of suspension, students are given an opportunity to submit a written appeal for reinstatement to the Committee on Academic Standards and Procedures (CASP) which is comprised of two administrators, two faculty members, two students, and two professional staff members. The Committee, after having considered the appeal, recommends whether the student may remain at the College on academic probation or must accept the one-year suspension. Students who do NOT appeal to the Committee in writing by the designated deadline, are viewed as accepting the one-year suspension.
Committee recommendations, based on appeal letters, are forwarded to the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs informs students of the decision by mail. Students wishing to appeal this decision of suspension may do so by promptly submitting a written appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee, whose action will be final. Students informed that they may continue on academic probation may enroll for another semester only with an academic program approved by an advisor from the Advisement Center. In addition, students are asked to find a faculty/staff mentor. Their records are again reviewed at the end of the probationary period.
Students on academic suspension for one year who wish to return to the College at the end of the suspension period must reapply to the College through the Office of Admissions. Among the criteria for readmission are the completion of 12 academic credits from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 (taken during or subsequent to the one-year suspension from Ramapo College), no prior financial obligations to the College, and no outstanding disciplinary charges or assessed sanctions not completed. Students must meet other existing criteria for admission as well. Readmitted students remain on academic probation and must achieve above a 2.0 semester average to continue at Ramapo College. Students who fail to attain above a 2.0 average for their return semester are automatically dismissed and are ineligible for readmission to Ramapo College. Students suspended for a second time are automatically dismissed from the College and are ineligible for readmission.
Students readmitted who achieve academic good standing must conform to the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.
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