Academic Standing

This page briefly summarizes the criteria for Academic Warning, Academic Probation, and Poor Academic Standing and the polices related to Academic Dismissal, Leaves of Absence and Withdrawal from the College. For more details, please see the Academic Standing page of the Academic Regulations site.

Academic Standing

The Academic Standards and Awards Committee is responsible for reviewing  students’ academic records and, when appropriate, assigning an individual student to a particular Academic Allegheny Standing category. By matriculating at Allegheny, students recognize the right of the Committee to determine their Academic Standing.

  • Academic Warning is assigned to students who have two consecutive semesters with a semester average below 2.0, but whose cumulative grade point average remains above 2.0. Students remain on Academic Warning until they achieve a semester grade point average over 2.0.
  • Academic Probation is assigned to students at the conclusion of the first semester in which the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0. Students remain on Academic Probation for one semester, at the end of which the student may be subject to dismissal or placed on Poor Academic Standing if the cumulative average remains below 2.0.
  • Poor Academic Standing:
    • Students in their first semester at Allegheny College who receive a G.P.A. of 1.0 or below are dismissed from the College. Students who are dismissed have the opportunity to appeal the decision; if the appeal is successful and they are permitted to return, they are placed on Poor Academic Standing.
    • Continuing students with two or more consecutive semesters with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 are dismissed from the College unless they meet all of the following criteria for the current semester: 1) semester GPA of 2.0 or better; 2) course load of at least 12 credits; and 3) passing grades in all classes. Students who are dismissed have the opportunity to appeal the decision; if the appeal is successful and they are permitted to return, they are placed on Poor Academic Standing.

All students not on Poor Academic Standing are considered to be in good academic standing. Students on Poor Academic Standing cannot participate in varsity athletics until their cumulative G.P.A. rises to a 2.0, and they are not permitted to become a member of the College Greek system until their G.P.A. meets the requirements outlined for Greek chapters.

Academic Dismissal and Appeals

Academic Warning, Academic Probation, and Poor Academic Standing are determined by grade point average and are not subject to appeal.

Academic dismissals are initially determined automatically on the basis of academic performance as described above. Students are encouraged to appeal dismissal if they can demonstrate the potential for success at Allegheny. To appeal, students must send statements specifically discussing recent academic performance, trends in grades, and any relevant personal circumstances to the Registrar’s Office. All materials related to an appeal of academic dismissal must be received by the date specified in the letter informing the student of the initial dismissal. Late appeals will not be considered.

Dismissal is for a minimum of six months for first-year students dismissed at the conclusion of their first semester and one calendar year for all other students. Students who are dismissed are prohibited from taking Allegheny courses until they are readmitted to the College.

Dismissed students seeking readmission should submit a written request to the Dean of Students Office by May 1 for a fall term readmission and November 1 for a spring term readmission. Students are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office prior to these deadlines for assistance in preparing the request for readmission. If a student who has been readmitted to the College after dismissal fails a second time to achieve the minimum standard, the student may be dismissed for second time. A student who is dismissed twice for poor academic performance may not apply for readmission. The second dismissal may occur at the conclusion of any semester subsequent to readmission, provided the cumulative average does not rise above 2.0.

Academic Dismissal is noted on the transcript; Academic Warning, Academic Probation, and Poor Academic Standing are not. (Dismissals that are reversed on appeal do not appear on the transcript.)

Leaves of Absence

Students may apply to the Office of the Dean of Students for a Leave of Absence when personal circumstances make a temporary absence advisable and a commitment to return to the College is evident. The length of the leave is determined by the student’s needs, but normally will not exceed one calendar year. Students may be granted leaves from the College without grade penalty up until the last day of classes in any semester. Depending on the circumstances, a leave may be arranged during or between semesters. However, students on a leave may return only at the beginning of an academic semester. When a student is granted a Leave of Absence during the semester, the course registration remains on the transcript and the notation “L” is assigned instead of a letter grade. Please contact the Dean of Students Office if you are considering taking a Leave of Absence. In some instances, the College may require a Leave of Absence for Health Reasons, which would supersede a voluntary Leave of Absence or voluntary Withdrawal. A member of the Winslow Health Center staff, Counseling Center staff and/or the Dean/Associate Dean of Students may recommend a Leave of Absence for Health Reasons at any time it is deemed reasonably necessary to protect the student, other students, members of the College community or the interests of the College itself. Please see the Academic Standing page of the Academic Regulations site for further details about Leaves of Absence.

Withdrawal from the College

Students who do not expect to continue study at Allegheny should complete the withdrawal form available from the Office of the Dean of Students. Students who withdraw from the College between the conclusion of the fifth week of the semester and the last day of final examinations will receive the grade of “WC” for all courses for which they are registered. This will not affect their grade point average. Students who do not resume study at the opening of any semester are withdrawn from the College by action of the Dean of Students. Students who withdraw from the College are expected to leave the campus within 48 hours.Please see the Academic Standing page of the Academic Regulations site for further details about Withdrawal from the College.