Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing

Academic standing and eligibility for a degree are determined by the quality of the student's course work.

Determination of Academic Standing
Appeal of Suspension
Academic Probation
Extended Academic Probation
Academic Dismissal
Fresh Start Program

  Determination of Academic Standing

To ascertain the student's academic standing, the University uses a point system, each qualitative grade having an equivalent numerical value.

A      4.0
A-     3.7
B+    3.3
B      3.0
B-     2.7
C+    2.3
C      2.0
C-     1.7
D+    1.3
D      1.0
F       0.0

Quality points are computed by multiplying the number of course credits by the numerical value of the qualitative grade assigned. For instance, a three-credit course with a grade of B+ would carry 9.900 quality points (3 x 3.300). Grade-point averages and cumulative grade-point averages are obtained by dividing the number of quality points earned by the number of credit hours attempted.

Specified grade-point averages are computed solely on the basis of those courses attempted at the University of Massachusetts Lowell which have been qualitatively evaluated with the following letter grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and F.

Academic Standing

Students who are on Academic Warning or Academic Suspension after the fall semester and are registered for a Winter Intersession course at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will have the grade for that course included in the review of any appeals related to their Academic Standing.

Students who are on Academic Warning or Academic Suspension after the spring semester and are registered for Summer 1 classes offered May through June at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will have the grade(s) for those courses included in the review of any appeals related to their Academic Standing.

The consequences of the academic standing of warning or suspension will not apply for students satisfying all degree requirements that semester.

All students are required to maintain at least a 2.000 average throughout their academic career. Academic records are evaluated at the end of each semester. No student, however, will be academically suspended without having at least one semester of academic warning.

The academic status of a student is one of the following categories:

Satisfactory Academic Standing

A student whose semester grade-point average is at least 2.000 and whose cumulative grade-point average is at least 2.000 is in Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Academic Warning

Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, a first-semester freshmen whose grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 will not be placed on Academic Warning but will be notified that he or she is considered to be academically at risk and strongly advised to seek help through appropriate University Resources. After the first semester at the University the student will be subject to the following Academic Standings:

A student whose semester GPA is below 2.000 is placed on Academic Warning. A student on warning is still considered to be in acceptable academic standing, and may register for the following semester and participate in campus and athletic activities. Certain campus programs and activities may choose to prohibit the participation of students on Academic Warning. At the end of the student’s warning semester the student's cumulative grade point average must equal or exceed 2.000 to continue in Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Academic Suspension:

A student who was on Academic Warning at the end of the previous semester and whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.000 is placed on Academic Suspension. A student who is on Suspension may not enroll in the succeeding semester, and therefore may not represent the University in athletic programs nor participate in campus activities.

Academic Dismissal:

A student who was on Academic Suspension at the end of the previous semester and whose cumulative GPA at the end of the probationary semester is below 2.000 is automatically dismissed from the University.

  Appeal of Suspension

A suspended student may submit a written appeal to the College Dean requesting permission to continue enrollment for an additional semester an academic probation. If permission to continue is granted, the program of study that must be undertaken and the minimum semester grade-point average that must be attained during the additional semester of academic warning will be made explicit.

Entering freshmen and transfer students who are permitted to initiate their University studies with summer school day courses should note that credits attempted in University summer sessions are included in grade-point averages. Subsequent to preliminary evaluations for retention purposes, the records of all students (including probationary students) are evaluated at the end of each semester.

Grades earned during summer session or winter intersession may be used to change a student's academic status prior to the beginning of the following semester. A student who has been suspended is prohibited from enrolling in any credit-bearing program of the University, including credit courses offered by continuing studies, in summer sessions, or in winter intersession. If a suspended student chooses to enroll in another accredited degree-granting institution, earns credit at that institution, and subsequently seeks to return to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, such credit may or may not be accepted in transfer at the University of Massachusetts LowellL, depending upon the specific circumstances.

Students who enroll in University summer school and/or continuing studies courses after they have been notified by the Office of the Registrar that they are suspended from the University for unsatisfactory academic standing are in defiance of University regulations. Grades received by such students will not be credited to University baccalaureate programs, even if the students are subsequently reinstated as probationary students or achieve satisfactory academic standing after reinstatement.

  Academic Probation

A student who has been suspended from the University is entitled to apply to the suspension hearing office for immediate readmission as a probationary student in accordance with procedures enumerated under the admission policy heading Probationary Readmission.

Students who have been suspended and decide to remain un-enrolled for four semesters or more must apply for readmission on probation through the Office of the Registrar whenever they decide that they are prepared to undertake such a probationary period. The student will receive a letter that specifies the conditions of their probation, and the semester average that they must achieve during their probationary semester in order to achieve satisfactory academic standing.

Probationary students are prohibited from holding student offices or running for elective office and from representing the University in athletic or other activities.

A student who achieves the required minimum semester grade-point average during his or her probation is automatically reinstated as a student in satisfactory academic standing.

  Extended Academic Probation

Students whose academic performance during a probation semester has significantly improved, but whose cumulative grade average is still slightly below 2.0, may apply to the suspension hearing office for an extended period of probation. Students who are granted such extensions will be notified in writing prior to the beginning of classes for the following semester that they have been granted an additional semester to achieve satisfactory academic standing.

Students who fail to achieve satisfactory academic standing and are not granted extensions of their probations by the Provost and students who are granted such extensions and fail to achieve satisfactory academic standing are dismissed from the University.

Students readmitted on probation should not withdraw from any course unless they withdraw from the University for emergency or medical reasons. A probationary student who withdraws from any course may thus be unable to satisfy the conditions of his or her probation and may be dismissed from the University at the end of the current semester of enrollment.

Probationary students who receive course evaluations of INC (incomplete) and who fail to make up their work prior to the beginning of the next semester are advised that they may not qualify for extension of their probation and may not register for or attend University courses (including continuing studies courses) until such time as a final determination of their status has been made. Probationary students who have received permission from the suspension hearing office to extend their make-up period should understand that such extension does not waive the requirement for a final determination of academic standing that is based upon grades for all probationary courses.

  Academic Dismissal

Students on academic probation who fail to achieve satisfactory academic standing during their probationary semester and are not granted extensions of their probation by the suspension hearing office and students who are granted such extensions and fail to achieve satisfactory academic standing are dismissed from the University and are subsequently barred from attending both day and evening courses.

While on dismissal, students are not allowed to make progress toward a University degree. Students who have enrolled in University summer school and/or continuing education courses after they have been notified by the Office of the Registrar that they are dismissed for unsatisfactory academic standing are in defiance of University regulations. Grades received by such students will not be credited to University baccalaureate programs even if the students are subsequently reinstated as probationary students or achieve satisfactory academic standing after reinstatement.

The University recognizes that dismissal from the institution for reasons of academic failure need not be permanent. Under the following circumstances readmission is possible.

Freshman and sophomore students [attempted less than 60 credits] who have been academically dismissed may qualify for readmission to the university as follows: 1) under the provisions of the Massachusetts Transfer Compact after completion of an associate's degree at a Massachusetts Community College; and 2) after a lapse of two years, under the provisions of the Fresh Start program.

Students of junior or senior standing at the time of dismissal may reapply to the University after an absence of at least two years, under the provisions of the Fresh Start program.

The procedure for readmission of academically dismissed students begins with filing an application with the Office of the Registrar. The final decision to readmit an academically dismissed student rests with the dean of the college in which the student was enrolled at the time of dismissal from the University.

  Fresh Start Program

Students who have been absent from the University for two years or longer may be readmitted under the terms of the Fresh Start program. Under this program, a returning student will be treated as if he or she were a transfer student. Courses completed during earlier periods of enrollment with grades of C or above will be accepted toward graduation but will not be included in the cumulative average. Courses completed during earlier periods of enrollment with grades below C will not be counted toward graduation or included in the cumulative average.

A maximum of 75 earlier the University of Massachusetts Lowell transfer credits will be accepted toward graduation, and after readmission under Fresh Start the student must earn a minimum of 45 credits in residence at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in a matriculated program of study.

Courses taken in the academic major during earlier periods of enrollment must be approved by the major department before those courses can be counted toward the requirements of the major. (This provision is especially important in majors that undergo regular curriculum revision).

Students may opt to use the Fresh Start Program only once in their career at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.