Registration and Records

2014-2015 Catalog Year

Academic Standing

FGCU has established minimum academic standards to which all students must adhere.

Undergraduate Academic Standing Academic actions listed below are applied to students who fail to meet academic standards. Such designations do not allow the student to be considered in Good Standing as defined below. All actions taken to enforce FGCU standards shall be reflected by notation on the student’s academic record; some of these notations can be permanent.

Officially changing a course grade does not reverse these academic actions. An exception can be made when an error is committed and is stated on a Change of Grade form completed by the professor of a course.

Policies on academic warning, probation, and suspension are based on the premise that a student can overcome academic difficulty and make appropriate progress toward a degree. Colleges, schools, and departments may have academic regulations that are more restrictive than those established by the university. It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with all unit regulations and program requirements.

Good Standing: A student is in good academic standing if his or her institutial GPA is greater than or equal to 2.00.

Academic Notice: This will be for informational purposes only and will not be noted on the transcript. A student whose institutional cumulative GPA is between 2.00 and 2.25 will receive an email from the Center for Academic Achievement to notify him or her of the minimum GPA required for Good Academic Standing. It will include information about campus resources with the intent to prevent the student from falling below Good Academic Standing. It will not be sent to students who have applied to graduate for the current semester. Additionally, a hold will be placed on the student's record (SOAHOLD) indicating that the student is on Academic Notice. The text of the hold will include a website address directing the student to information and resources. It will not prevent registration.

Academic Warning1: A student will be placed on Academic Warning if his or her institutional GPA falls below 2.00 for the first time.

Warning status requires students to meet with the staff in the Center for Academic Achievement and then his/her respective academic/college advisors in order to register for the following semester. For additional information concerning academic warning, contact the Center for Academic Achievement.

Academic Probation 1: A student will be placed on Academic Probation if his or her institutional GPA falls below 2.00 for the second time.

A student placed on academic probation must earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.00 for each semester after being placed on academic probation, until his/her institutional GPA reaches 2.00 or higher. Failure to reach 2.00 per semester will result in Academic Suspension for the following semester. FGCU is dedicated to assisting students on probation achieve academic success. A student placed on academic probation will be restricted from registration until he/she has met with a Center for Academic Achievement representative and their respective academic university/college advisors. For additional information concerning Academic Probation, please contact the Center for Academic Achievement.

Academic Suspension: A student will be placed on Academic Suspension if he or she is currently on Academic Probation and earns a semester GPA below 2.00. The student may not enroll in courses at FGCU for the subsequent fall or spring semester, whichever comes first. (If a student is placed on Academic Suspension at the close of fall semester, he or she may not enroll in courses for the spring semester. If a student is placed on Academic Suspension at the close of the spring semester, he or she may not enroll in courses for the summer and fall semesters. If a student is places on Academic Suspension at the close of summer semester, he or she may not enroll in courses for the fall semester). Academic Suspensions are noted on the student’s official academic transcript.

Probation After Academic Suspension 1: A student will be placed on Probation After Academic Suspension when he or she returns following non-enrollment for Academic Suspension. Semester GPA of 2.00 or higher must be earned to avoid Academic Dismissal.

Academic Dismissal: A student will be placed on Academic Dismissal if he or she does not earn a 2.00 or higher semester GPA while on Probation after Academic Suspension. He or she may not enroll in courses for one calendar year. Subsequent Academic Reinstatement is not automatic. If the student plans to seek Academic Reinstatement, the petition process may be initiated during the beginning of the third semester of his or her academic dismissal.

Academic Reinstatement: A student may petition the Academic Standards Committee for re-admission after the second semester of his/her Academic Dismissal. If reinstated, a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher must be maintained. Any petition for re-admission must be filed at least eight weeks prior to the semester in which re-admission is sought. The student's request for re-admission must contain:

  • A completed Request for Re-admission After Academic Dismissal form.
  • A personal statement and plan of action that would reflect a sincere change in attitude or lifestyle that would support the continuation and completion of his/her higher education.
  • Letters of recommendation for re-admission from the following:

    1. The student's university/college advisor.
    2. Program faculty who have taught the student and/or program leadership,
    3. Center for Academic Achievement Contact Log of Compliance or letter of support.
    4. Any other letter(s) of support the student wishes to submit.

The student’s request must be submitted with all documents attached by the stated deadline period to:

The Office of the Registrar
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

The student’s re-admission petition will be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee and the student will be notified of the committee’s decision by mail. Students have the right to attend the Committee meeting in which their petition is being heard. Notification of review will be mailed to the student.

If the student believes that there is a procedural error, he or she may petition the university ombudsman for review. The decision of the Ombudsman may be appealed through the Provost Office. The provost (or designee) will make the final decision.

Appeal Process. A student may appeal his/her suspension status by submitting a written request, with documents supporting the circumstances, to the Office of the Registrar. Academic status appeals must be received no later than one week prior to the first day of classes for the term in which the appeal is sought. The Academic Standards Committee will review the appeal and provide notification to the student of the committee's decision prior to the last day of registration for the term.

Earning credit while suspended. A FGCU freshman or sophomore student who receives a first or indefinite suspension and who subsequently receives an AA degree from another Florida public community college or SUS institution may seek to be re-admitted to the university. Students who attend other colleges or universities following first or indefinite suspension and re-apply for admission to FGCU will be classified as transfer students and re-admission will be based on total educational records.

1Statuses of "Academic Warning," "Academic Probation," or "Probation After Academic Suspension" do not specifically prohibit a student from participating in extracurricular activities unless otherwise specified by university policy, rules, or by-laws governing the activity or organization.