EFFECTIVE DATE: April 11, 2017
ISSUE #: 1
PRESIDENT: Michael A. Olivas (Interim)
This policy statement establishes the University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD)
probation and suspension policy for graduate students.
2.1 Term: For purposes of this policy, “term” will reference the academic coursework taken
during fall, spring, or combined summer terms. This excludes winter and May sessions.
2.2 Consecutive term: Any term of enrollment after a student has been placed on academic
2.3 Policy: The description of what is to occur under the policy.
2.4 UHD graduate cumulative GPA is the GPA calculated for all UHD graduate program
coursework as defined in the UHD Grading System policy (PS 03.B.04).
2.5 Academic probation is a warning to the student that his/her UHD cumulative
graduate cumulative GPA is unsatisfactory: the student is not making satisfactory
progress towards meeting graduation requirements and may be placed on suspension if
his/her academic record does not improve.
2.6 Academic suspension is a status that prevents a student from reenrolling until a successful
appeal for readmission.
2.7 Academic dismissal is the complete termination of student enrollment in a graduate
2.8 Cumulative graduate program GPA is the GPA calculated for all UHD coursework
applied to a graduate program.
3.1 Academic Probation of Graduate Students Enrolled in a Degree Granting Program.
3.1.1 Graduate students will be placed on initial academic probation at the end of any
term in which their cumulative graduate program GPA for graduate coursework
falls below 3.0.
3.1.2 All Graduates placed on academic probation must consult with an advisor before
term registration to discuss their plans, academic progress, and GPA repair.
3.1.3 Notification of probationary status is the responsibility of the graduate program
3.1.4 The cumulative GPA for graduate academic probation including repeated
courses, is computed according to PS 03.B.04 and to individual program
guidelines. Students should refer to individual program handbooks for
3.1.5 Graduate students remain on probation until their cumulative graduate program
GPA is raised to 3.0 or higher. Probationary students may remain in the program
if they make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the applicable
individual program handbook.
3.1.6 A graduate student who receives grades of I (Incomplete) while on probation
will remain on probation until all grades of I are resolved.
3.1.7 A graduate student on academic probation who does enroll in a period specified
in the applicable individual program handbook must apply for readmission and, if
admitted, the graduate student will retain his/her original academic probation
status. Only courses taken at UHD may be counted in removing a student from
3.1.8 Academic probation will be noted on the student’s official graduate transcript.
3.2 Suspension of Graduate Students Enrolled in a Degree Granting Program.
3.2.1 A graduate student who is on academic probation and is not making significant
academic progress, as defined by the applicable individual program handbook
will be placed on suspension.
3.2.2 A graduate student who is suspended may apply for reinstatement after one year
of non-enrollment. Reinstatement is not automatic, but rather is governed by the
applicable individual program handbook. If a student is reinstated in the program,
he/she will return with the same academic probation status that resulted in the
original suspension and be subject to the same rules for maintaining a GPA.
3.3 Dismissal of Graduate Students who are enrolled in a Degree Granting Program.
3.3.1 A Graduate student who receives grades of “C” in 9 or more graduate semester
credit hours is subject to dismissal. Specific programs may have more stringent
requirements. Refer to applicable individual program handbooks for these
requirements. In addition, a grade of “D” or “F” in a graduate course is grounds
for dismissal from the program (PS 03.B.04). Notification of student dismissal is the
responsibility of the graduate program director.
3.3.2 Graduate students who are dismissed may not take graduate courses at UHD. Any
appeals regarding graduate probation, suspension, or dismissal are
made to the appropriate program director. Final appeals of the program director’s
decision are reviewed by the Academic Dean or Dean’s designated representative.
Students who appeal must provide clear, compelling case demonstrating their
potential for academic success.
3.4 Academic Probation and Dismissal of Graduate Students Enrolled in a Certificate
3.4.1 The rules governing probation and dismissal of graduate students who are enrolled
in a certificate program are developed by the respective certificate programs. These
standards must be published in the relevant certificate program’s handbook.
There are no exhibits associated with this policy statement.
Responsible Party (Reviewer): Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost
Review: Every five years, or as necessary
Signed original on file in Employment Services and Operations
Issue #1: 4/11/17
PS 03.B.04 Grading System for Graduate-Level Courses