Academic Standing, Probation & Exclusion

Students are expected to make reasonable progress toward a degree by maintaining a minimum GPA and completing the courses they register for each semester. Students who progress toward a degree and maintain a cumulative GPA of a 2.00 or higher are in Good Standing (GS) with the institution. Students who do not consistently make reasonable progress, as noted in the table below, may be subject to Academic Probation (AP) and/or Academic Exclusion (AE). Probation serves not only as a notice that the sub-par academic work has endangered their opportunity to continue at Wofford, but also as incentive to seek whatever motivation, discipline, and assistance is necessary to improve their performance. Students’ records are evaluated at the end of each semester and summer term.

The GPA hours and GPAs to which the table refers are cumulative figures and are based only on work undertaken at Wofford, or in Wofford-related study abroad or cross-registration programs. The GPAs include all such work except for coursework graded on a Pass/Fail basis and that which the student received a grade of 'W'.

Students with GPA hours in these ranges: Are placed on probation if their GPAs are below this level: Are excluded if their GPAs are below these levels:
0-39 2.00 1.60
40-59 2.00 1.70
60-89 2.00 1.80
90 and over 2.00 1.90

Students who fail to earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00, but still earn above the minimum that warrants exclusion, are placed on academic probation for the subsequent semester. A student on probation will remain on probation until his/her cumulative GPA improves to at least a 2.00.  Wofford will not accept credit for any coursework undertaken at another institution during the time which the student is on academic probation. 

Students who earn a GPA below the probationary limit as determined by the GPA hours noted above are excluded for one academic semester.  Students excluded at the end of spring are required to serve their exclusion period during the fall semester.  However, students have the opportunity to make themselves eligible for continued enrollment in the fall semester by earning a total of 12 credit hours at Wofford with a 2.50 or better during Summer I and II OR who complete less than 12 credit hours, but are able to improve their cumulative GPA to the probationary level or higher.  Students who are eligible for continued enrollment will be placed on academic probation until they regain good standing by earning a cumulative GPA of a 2.00 or better.  Although excluded students may regain good academic standing through successful work in summer session, they lose their priority for residence hall rooms and for financial aid when they are excluded.

Students excluded at the end of fall may attend Interim, but are required to serve their exclusion period during the spring semester.  They are eligible to re-enroll for the following summer or fall term as they desire.

Wofford will not accept credit for any coursework undertaken at another institution during the time the student is on academic exclusion.  Students on exclusion and wanting to take coursework elsewhere are required to return to Wofford and regain good standing (a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better) prior to receiving approval to complete coursework at another institution.  Students who are ready to return after serving their academic exclusion must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar

Students who have been excluded more than once may be required to wait for a period as long as two years before receiving consideration for readmission.

Permanent exclusion from the college is a very serious matter which is considered only after thorough deliberation among the Provost, the Registrar, the student concerned, and the student’s faculty adviser. No specific regulations, therefore, are prescribed for those situations in which permanent exclusion might be a possibility.

All the provisions listed above notwithstanding, for cases in which a student’s current academic performance is judged to be extremely poor, the Provost may require, after consultation with the Registrar, the student, and the student’s faculty adviser, that the student withdraw from the college, whether or not his or her cumulative GPA meets the technical standard for good standing.