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Academic Advisory, Probation and Suspension Status

Academic Advisory

Students are placed on academic advisory when their academic performance indicates that there is a high risk that they will be placed on academic probation in a future semester.

A student is placed on academic advisory if:

  1. The student earns a semester GPA of less than a 2.0 on graded hours at Coastal Carolina University; and
  2. The student has a cumulative GPA of greater than or equal to 2.0 and less than 2.5 on graded hours at Coastal Carolina University.

Academic advisory appears on a student's academic record at the end of the regular semesters (fall and spring). Students on academic advisory must complete a set of requirements to help them succeed academically, as outlined by their college; see academic policy College Requirements for Academic Advisory

Academic Probation

Students are placed on probation when their academic performance is endangering their opportunity to earn a degree from the university. When a student's academic level of achievement falls below a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on graded hours at Coastal Carolina University, the student is placed on probation. Probation appears on a student's academic record at the end of the regular semesters (fall and spring).

Students who are on academic probation:

  1. May not enroll in more than 16 credits per semester. (Students who pre-registered for more than 16 credits must drop to 16 credits. Should the student fail to drop to 16 credits, the University may adjust the student's course schedule to 16 credits);
  2. Are required to have their course schedules and credits reviewed and approved by their academic advisers at the beginning of each semester;
  3. Are required to meet at least two times per semester with their academic adviser;
  4. Are required to attend a one-day Dean's Academic Counseling Seminar at the beginning of each semester; and
  5. Complete any additional requirements for academic probation as outlined by their college; see academic policy College Requirements for Academic Probation.

In addition to the requirements listed above, students who have earned less than 30 credits and are placed on probation will be enrolled in a designated section of ACED 101 and assigned an academic coach during any semester that they are on probation. They are required to meet at least four times with their academic coach as well as successfully complete ACED 101.

A student who enrolls while on probation must demonstrate progress toward the attainment of a degree by earning at least a 2.0 semester grade point average in each subsequent regular semester to be allowed continued enrollment and to avoid academic suspension. Once the student has earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in a regular semester, the student is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress and is no longer subject to the rules of probation.

Academic Suspension

Students are suspended from Coastal Carolina University at the end of the fall or spring semesters if, while on probation, the student fails to earn a minimum 2.0 semester grade point average in the regular semester (fall or spring).

The first academic suspension means a required separation from Coastal Carolina University for the regular semester (fall or spring) immediately following the semester in which the suspension occurs. After the first suspension is served, a student must be readmitted to the University through the Office of Admissions. 

A subsequent, or indefinite, suspension means a required separation from Coastal Carolina University for a minimum of one calendar year. Students who have served an indefinite academic suspension must seek readmission through the Academic Suspension Petitions Committee and be readmitted to the University through the Office of Admissions. Admission is not automatic or guaranteed. Students on academic suspension may not attend summer courses at Coastal Carolina University except by action of the Academic Suspension Petitions Committee. Suspended students who are granted permission to take summer courses will be admitted to those courses through the Office of the Registrar.

Suspension, including reinstatement by petition or administrative action, remains on the academic record and is considered as a suspension for subsequent decisions.

Students who enroll after academic suspension are admitted under the status of probation. Students are required to earn at least a 2.0 grade point average each regular semester (fall or spring) to avoid a subsequent suspension, until their cumulative GPA on graded hours at Coastal Carolina University reaches 2.0 or higher. Students who are readmitted after suspension are subjected to all the rules of academic probation, which are previously outlined.  

Under extenuating circumstances, appeals for readmission or other exceptions to academic policies may be presented to the Academic Suspension Petitions Committee. Students must contact the Office of the Dean in the college of their major for information and deadlines for submitting an appeal. Students on academic suspension may not be admitted to, or continue in, any program at Coastal Carolina University for credit or grade point average purposes. Suspension does not extend the time allowed to make up an I (incomplete) grade. Credits earned at other institutions while a student is on academic suspension from Coastal may be applied towards a degree from Coastal Carolina University, provided the coursework meets all transfer eligibility and degree program requirements. Credits earned at other institutions cannot be used to improve the Coastal Carolina University grade point average. Students are reminded that these rules are for suspension from Coastal Carolina University. Some degree programs may impose more stringent requirements for retention in the program. Students suspended by this policy have the right to petition the Coastal Carolina University Academic Suspension Petitions Committee to waive the application of the suspension rule. Any such request must be received before the beginning of the semester in question in order for the committee to have adequate time to process the request. Requests for petitions, specific deadlines and other information should be directed to the Office of the Dean in the college of the student's major.