Article VII. Academic Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress of Students

1. Definitions

[adopted 5/7/09; amended 5/30/10]

  1. Term. The word term as used in these regulations applies to any semester or summer session.
  2. Academic standing. Academic standing refers to the level of the student's academic performance. There are three levels of academic standing: regular, academic probation, and ineligible to re-enroll.
  3. Satisfactory progress. Satisfactory progress refers to the time progression in meeting the requirements of the student's established educational objective. Typically, the student's educational objective is the completion of a degree program.
  4. Graded course. Graded course is a course in which a student receives credit if successfully completed. A course in which the student is enrolled as a Hearer is not regarded as a graded course for that student.
  5. Completion of a course. A course is completed if the student earns a grade of A, B, C, D, and the "+" or "-" sign if appropriate or S for the course. For the purposes of this Article, a course in which the student receives a grade of W, F, or I is not considered a completed course. However, in certain instances a course in which a graduate student receives a grade of I will be considered a completed course as specified below.
  6. Full-time undergraduate student. A full-time undergraduate student is enrolled in at least 12 semester hours during the Fall and Winter semesters or an equivalent number of hours during Summer session. An otherwise qualified student who has a disability (as defined by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act) will be eligible to request, as an accommodation, a reduced course load of 9 credit hours each semester or the equivalent during Summer session while still being considered a full time undergraduate student. Students who receive such accommodations will be granted an appropriate extension in the length of time permitted to complete all degree requirements, to the extent possible consistent with professional accrediting standards. This accommodation will be approved on a semester-by-semester basis.
  7. A 3/4-time undergraduate student. A 3/4-time undergraduate student is enrolled in at least nine semester hours during the Fall and Winter semesters or an equivalent number of hours during Summer session.
  8. A 1/2-time undergraduate student. A 1/2-time undergraduate student is enrolled in at least six semester hours during the Fall and Winter semesters or an equivalent number of hours during Summer session.
  9. A full-time graduate student is enrolled in at least 9 semester hours during the Fall and Winter semesters or an equivalent number of hours during Summer session. An otherwise qualified student who has a disability (as defined by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act) will be eligible to request, as an accommodation, a reduced course load of 6 credit hours each semester or the equivalent during Summer session while still being considered a full time graduate student. Students who receive such accommodations will be granted an appropriate extension in the length of time permitted to complete all degree requirements, to the extent possible consistent with professional accrediting standards. This accommodation will be approved on a semester-by-semester basis.
  10. A 3/4-time graduate student is enrolled in at least 6 semester hours during the Fall and Winter semesters or an equivalent number of hours during Summer Session.
  11. A 1/2-time graduate student is enrolled in at least 4 semester hours during the Fall and Winter semesters or an equivalent number of hours during Summer session.

2. Academic Standing and Progress

  1. Any beginning student admitted to MU who does not meet the minimum admission standards as specified in Article II (Admission, Advanced Standing, and Classification) will be entered on academic probation.
  2. In the application of the regulations in this Article, the faculty of the division concerned will determine how the grade of I in a course and a grade in a repeated course will be considered in determining a student's academic standing. However, for financial aid purposes the grade of I is not considered a completed course and a repeated course will be counted as additional credit hours attempted.
  3. Regulations in this Article are the prescribed minimum standards but do not limit the authority of the faculty of any division to adopt and enforce additional regulations affecting students enrolled therein. In the event that a division adopts standards higher than set forth in this Article, the divisional standards will take precedence over the relevant portions of this Article.
  4. The Dean of the relevant division may, after consulting with relevant faculty, waive any of the regulations in this Article governing a student's eligibility to re-enroll. However, the Financial Aid Advisory Committee shall have authority concerning a student's satisfactory progress toward his/her educational objective and eligibility to receive federal, state and institutional student financial aid.

    Note: Satisfactory progress is based on two concepts: (a) minimum number of credit hours completed expressed as a percentage of total credit hours attempted and (b) a maximum time to complete the degree as expressed by a total number of credit hours attempted.

3. Academic Standing — Undergraduate Students

  1. A student whose term and cumulative grade point averages are 2.0 or higher is in regular academic standing.
  2. A student in regular standing whose term grade point average subsequently falls below 2.0 but is 1.0 or above is placed on academic probation.
  3. A student whose term grade point average falls below 1.0 is ineligible to re-enroll.
  4. A student on academic probation must establish a 2.0 cumulative grade point average within two successive terms of enrollment; otherwise, he/she is ineligible to re-enroll.
  5. A student who has attempted at least 60 semester hours will not be making satisfactory progress for financial aid purposes if the student's cumulative grade point average is less than 1.67.
  6. A student who has been ineligible to re-enroll for a period of one year may be readmitted only upon the approval of the dean of the division in which the student desires to enroll. As a condition of readmission, the Dean may set forth stipulations with regard to minimum standards of academic work that must be maintained by the student. If the student after readmission again becomes ineligible to enroll, his/her ineligibility to re-enroll is normally considered permanent.

4. Academic Standing — Graduate Students

The GPA in the Graduate School is based on the student's entire graduate record in courses numbered 200 and above taken at MU. To remain in regular standing, a graduate must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. At the end of any semester, a graduate student with a GPA below 3.0 is placed on academic probation. If at the end of the following semester the cumulative GPA is 3.0 or better, probation status is removed. A student on probation failing to raise the cumulative GPA to 3.0 may, on the recommendation of the department or area, be allowed a second and final probationary semester. A student is subject to dismissal upon failure to raise the cumulative GPA by the end of the second probationary semester or at any time that the semester or cumulative GPA falls below 2.0.

5. Academic Standing — Advanced Professional Students

Regulations regarding academic standing of advanced professional students are determined by the faculty of the respective advanced professional schools (Law, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine).

6. Satisfactory Academic Progress — Undergraduate Students

Each undergraduate student is expected to make satisfactory progress toward achieving his/her educational objective. Standards for satisfactory academic progress are as follows:

  1. An undergraduate student is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress if he/she completes at least 75% of all credit hours of graded coursework attempted.
  2. An undergraduate student shall not be considered to be making academic progress if he/she have attempted more than 180 semester hours of graded coursework. These hours may have been attempted at MU or at another institution and transferred to MU.
  3. An undergraduate must be enrolled in an academic program that leads to a degree in order to be eligible for federal, state and institutional financial aid.
  4. During the student's freshman year only, the Dean of the division in which the student is enrolled may authorize a student to engage in credit or non-credit prerequisite or remedial programs or courses and apply the time spent on remedial work to the minimum semester hour requirement specified in 1.F, 1.G, and 1.H above.

7. Satisfactory Progress — Graduate Students

The Graduate Faculty determines satisfactory progress and the maximum time limit for completion of a graduate degree for graduate students.

8. Satisfactory Progress — Advanced Professional Students

Regulations regarding satisfactory progress and the maximum time limit for completion of a degree of advanced professional students are determined by the faculty of the respective advanced professional schools (Law, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine).

9. Additional Information

The regulations in this Article represent the internal policies of the University. In addition, these regulations are to be used as standards for making certifications to external agencies regarding a student's academic standing and progress toward his/her educational objective. Typically, such certifications to external agencies have to do with the students' eligibility for financial aid.

Athletic grants-in-aid have their own prescribed policy concerning academic standing and satisfactory progress and are not covered under this article.

An academic year shall be defined for the purposes of this policy to be a "12-month period of enrollment" that begins with the Summer term. The Financial Aid Office will review student's compliance with this policy once each academic year at the end of the Winter semester. In order to be making satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes a student must meet both the qualitative and quantitative provisions of this policy. A student who is deemed not to be making satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility may appeal this decision to the director of the Financial Aid Office. A student will also retain the right to further appeal any decision to the Financial Aid Advisory Committee.

10. Academic Renewal

[adopted 2/13/03; amended 11/18/10]

Students who are returning to the University of Missouri-Columbia to pursue an undergraduate degree after an extended absence may request permission to remove one or more of the complete academic terms from future degree and GPA considerations.

  1. Eligibility. To be eligible for academic renewal consideration, students must meet these requirements:

    1. Students must not have enrolled as degree-seeking at the University of Missouri-Columbia or any other University of Missouri System campus for four or more consecutive years.
    2. Students must not have graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
    3. Students must either:

      1. Be admitted as degree-seeking and have earned a minimum of 12.0 credit hours with at least a 2.5 GPA of record for those hours at the University of Missouri-Columbia within the past 12 months; or
      2. Have attended as a non-degree-seeking student and have earned thereby a minimum of 12.0 credit hours with at least a 2.5 GPA of record for those hours at the University of Missouri-Columbia within the past 12 months and subsequently have been admitted as degree-seeking by the University.
  2. Conditions. Academic renewal is based on the following conditions:

    1. All courses and credits taken during the chosen terms will be removed from consideration for GPA and degree requirements. Students may not combine individual courses from multiple terms to comprise the semester(s) dropped. All courses and grades for the chosen terms will remain on the student's academic record.
    2. Renewal may be applied only to academic terms completed prior to the student's extended absence.
    3. Students may be granted only one academic renewal.
    4. Students who choose academic renewal must meet the degree requirements of the University of Missouri-Columbia undergraduate catalog at the time of their readmission.
    5. Degree requirements met during the dropped terms will have to be repeated.
    6. To be eligible for a degree, students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours at the University of Missouri-Columbia after the granting of academic renewal.
  3. Procedures

    1. Students should discuss their desire to pursue academic renewal with an Academic Adviser in the college they wish to enter.
    2. Students should submit an application for academic renewal to the Office of the University Registrar.
    3. For each term approved for academic renewal, a note will appear on the transcript.