Grading Systems / Policies
Ramapo College of New Jersey 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.
(Credits and grades of all Ramapo course work contribute to the cumulative grade point average. Courses transferred from other colleges count only as credits earned; accompanying grades are NOT calculated toward the grade point average at Ramapo.)
At the close of each semester, the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs reviews records of all students enrolled at the College. Those students whose academic performance has fallen below the College's established standards are advised of the deficiency in writing. The guidelines used and the actions prescribed are as follows:
- Students who have a cumulative GPA between 1.01 and 1.99 for ONE semester are placed on academic warning.
- Students who have a cumulative GPA between 0.00 and 1.00 for ONE semester are placed on academic probation.
- Students who have a cumulative GPA between 1.01 and 1.99 for TWO consecutive semesters are placed on academic probation.
- Students who have a cumulative GPA between 0.00 and 1.00 for TWO consecutive semesters are suspended from the College for one full fall or spring semester.
- Students who have a cumulative GPA between 1.01 and 1.99 for THREE consecutive semesters are suspended from the College for one full fall or spring semester.
- Students who have previously been on academic probation and have a GPA below 2.00 are again placed on academic probation and reviewed by the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The academic performance of students on academic warning is reviewed in accordance with the aforementioned guidelines.
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 student's grade point average remains below the College guidelines, the student is suspended from the College for at least one full fall or spring semester.
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 full fall or spring semester suspension. Students who do NOT appeal to the Committee in writing by the designated deadline, are viewed as accepting the one full fall or spring semester suspension.
Committee recommendations, based on appeal letters, are forwarded to the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs informs students of the decision in writing. Students wishing to appeal this decision of suspension may do so by promptly submitting a written appeal to the Provost/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 plan approved by an advisor from the Advisement Center or their major academic program. The plan must also include a detailed self-reflective statement indicating how the academic problems of past semesters will be addressed. 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 full fall or spring semester must appeal to the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for reinstatement. Those who wish to return to the College at the end of one year must reapply to the College through the Office of Admissions. Readmission is not guaranteed after academic suspension. Among the criteria for readmission are documentation and demonstration that the student has addressed the problems which initially led to academic difficulties OR a work record which demonstrates a resolution of the heretofore mentioned difficulties OR other indication of academic success. Students who apply for readmission must have no prior financial aid obligations to the College and no outstanding disciplinary charges or assessed sanctions not completed. Students who have been suspended will be conditionally readmitted and may be advised to take a lower credit load, will be required to regularly meet with an academic advisor and create an academic plan.
Readmitted students remain on academic probation (continued probation coded as SP) and must achieve at least a 2.0 semester average to continue at Ramapo College. Students who fail to attain at least 2.0 average for their return semester are automatically dismissed and are ineligible for readmission to the College.
Students admitted who achieve academic good standing must conform to the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their readmission. Students who achieve a cumulative 2.0 average are placed in good standing.
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