Academic Standing

Academic Good Standing for Undergraduate Students

Students in academic good standing have either: (1) an overall and SHSU grade point average of at least 2.0 or (2) have a grade point average of less than 2.0, but have been readmitted by the appropriate academic dean. Any student readmitted by the appropriate academic dean is considered by Sam Houston State University to be making satisfactory academic progress.

Academic Probation or Suspension for Undergraduate Students

An undergraduate student who falls below a 2.0 overall grade point average at the close of any semester or summer school during which one or more semester hours are attempted will be placed on probation. Summer school (two sessions) is considered to be a unit equivalent to a semester. If an enrolled student on probation fails to achieve a minimum of a 2.0 overall grade point average or earns a grade of F in a developmental course at the close of the next semester or summer school following the starting of the probation, the student will be suspended. Students on probation must be advised prior to the start of the subsequent semester or summer session.  Notice of probation status for international students must be transmitted to the International Student Advisor in the Office of International Programs.

Undergraduate transfer students who are admitted with less than a 2.0 overall grade point average are admitted on probation. An undergraduate transfer student must achieve a minimum overall grade point average (including all transfer work) of 2.0 at the close of the semester or summer school for which the student is admitted or the student will be suspended.

The total amount of deficient quality points are those received from Sam Houston and other institutions. Notice of such suspension must be transmitted to the International Student Advisor in the Office of International Programs.

Chart for Calculating Deficient Quality Points
A +2
B +1
C 0
D -1
F -2

Academic actions are based on the total Sam Houston State University record and are implemented at the close of the fall semester, the spring semester, and summer semester (summer semester ends at the completion of the second summer session). The appropriate academic dean may place on probation, retain on probation, or suspend any student deficient in quality points without regard to the regulations previously stated.

Removal of Academic Probation

The student will be removed from probation at the close of the semester in which the cumulative SHSU and overall grade point averages both meet or exceed 2.0.

Readmission to Undergraduate Studies after Suspension

The period of academic suspension and the subsequent readmission of a student on academic probation are based on the entire Sam Houston State University academic record. Readmission from suspension must be approved by the academic dean of the college in which the student was majoring at the time of his/her suspension. The petition for readmission must be made in writing.

When a student has not been enrolled for an academic year, he or she must seek readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

Students who are subject to suspension under the stated terms of the Academic Probation, Suspension, and Termination policy and register for enrollment at the University do so at their own risk and monies paid for fees and tuition are subject to the refund regulations as stated in the current catalog.

Academic Grievance Procedures for Students

Academic grievances include disputes over academic standards, course grades, unauthorized class absences or tardiness, suspension from the University for Academic Deficiency, and/or alleged unprofessional conduct by a course instructor. A copy of Academic Policy Statement 900823, Academic Grievance Procedures for Students, can be obtained from the office of the student’s academic dean, departmental chair, or the Newton Gresham Library. This academic policy statement is available online at

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