All students, including dual credit, are expected to meet academic standards for coursework completed at South Texas College. Students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.00 (C average) will be placed on academic probation, continued academic probation or academic suspension as appropriate.
Semester and Cumulative GPA Calculation
All grade points earned by a student, including developmental courses and the College Success course, will be included in the computation of the semester grade point average and cumulative grade point average. In the case of a repeated course, the last grade recorded will be used in the computation.
The academic progress standards for students attending the College are as follows:
Scholastic Progress Standards
|Level of Academic Status
||Cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above
||Cumulative GPA has dropped below 2.00
|Continued Academic Probation
||Previously on Academic Probation or Continued Academic Probation and cumulative GPA is below 2.00, but current semester GPA is 2.00 or above
||Previously on Academic Probation or Continued Academic Probation and cumulative GPA is below 2.00 and current semester GPA is below 2.00
Academic Probation is a system of monitoring student grades in all South Texas College courses in order to identify students who are experiencing difficulty in making satisfactory progress. Academic Probation occurs at the end of any semester when a student's cumulative GPA drops below 2.00.
Continued Academic Probation
Continued Academic Probation is a system of monitoring student grades in all South Texas College courses for students placed on Academic Probation in order to identify students who continue to experience difficulty in making satisfactory progress. Continued Academic Probation occurs at the end of the semester following Academic Probation when a student earns a current semester GPA of 2.00 or higher and cumulative GPA remains below 2.00.
Academic Suspension is a system of forced interruption in attendance at the College in those instances where a student is unable to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Academic Suspension occurs when the student who has previously been on Academic Probation or Continued Academic Probation and cumulative GPA is below 2.00 and current semester GPA is below 2.00. Academic suspension may last for one regular fall or spring semester. Students placed on academic suspension may enroll for summer sessions for the purpose of raising their cumulative GPA to the level required for good standing.
Readmission After A Period of Suspension
After a period of Academic Suspension, a student may be readmitted on academic probation. Before readmission under probationary status, the suspended student must report to Counseling and Student Accessibility Services for an academic counseling session to develop an Academic Improvement Plan.
Students on Academic Suspension who raise their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or higher can be reinstated in good standing following application to the Office of Admissions and Records. Removal from suspension can be most effectively accomplished by re-enrolling for courses in which the student has a failing grade.
If a student who has been suspended feels that unusual circumstances warrant a review, the student may provide a written appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee in care of the Counseling and Student Accessibility Services.
Developmental Studies Program
South Texas College offers students the opportunity to develop college-level skills in mathematics, reading, writing and college success. South Texas College provides Developmental Education options to students that contain the essential academic skills to successfully complete academic/technical coursework.
Students who have not met Placement Standards to enroll in freshman-level coursework and not qualifying for a TSI exemption are required to enroll in and attend developmental course(s) until they meet the Placement Standards for those skills. Students placing in one or more Developmental courses are advised to enroll in and attend a College Success course (EDUC 1300 Learning Framework, PSYC 1300 Learning Framework, CSFH 0101 College Success for Healthcare) during their first semester, until they successfully exit the course or become college ready in all areas. Students who withdraw, are withdrawn from, or do not enroll in their required developmental classes are entitled to a one semester-long waiver, which will allow them to continue without being withdrawn from all their academic classes; however, they will be enrolled in the appropriate developmental class(es) the following semester or sooner. Students’ Financial aid status will be affected if they are withdrawn from academic classes.