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USC Academic Review and Retention Office

Probation, Disqualification and Readmission

 

The Probation System and Mandatory Advisement
Undergraduate students and students who register under limited status are placed on academic probation when their cumulative USC GPA falls below 2.0. Students who do not raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 after two semesters of subsequent enrollment (exempting summer enrollment) will be academically disqualified UNLESS they earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.3 in the second and all subsequent probation semesters. Actions such as Corrections of Grades, Completion of Incompletes, Removal of Missing Grades, and Exception Requests WILL NOT result in academic statuses being retroactively changed.

While on probation, students must seek advisement from their departmental advisor, an Authorized School Signer, and an Academic Review and Retention Counselor prior to registration and before making any subsequent program changes. An academic Review Advisement Record form, available from your academic advisor, must be completed and signed by the departmental advisor and Authorized School Signer during the advisement process. In addition to this completed form, students should bring their Permit to Register or Change of Program form to the Academic Review and Retention Office (FIG 107) to meet with a counselor to make any registration related changes.

The Office of Academic Records and Registrar and the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP) reserve the right to review, amend or revoke academic statuses and/or registration at any time.

Academic Disqualification
Students who have not achieved the GPA standard (either 2.0 overall or 2.3 semester) at the end of a second consecutive term on probation will be academically disqualified from the University. Disqualified students who are interested in returning to USC should meet with an Academic Review Counselor (FIG 107) as soon as possible to discuss readmission procedures (more information below).

A student who is later readmitted is placed on a Readmission Contract. Any contract student who fails to meet the terms of his/her agreement will be permanently disqualified. Similarly, readmitted students who achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA but are subsequently disqualified will be considered permanently disqualified.

The Office of Academic Records and Registrar and the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP) reserve the right to review, amend or revoke academic statuses and/or registration at any time.

Petitions for Readmission
Readmission petitions are initiated with an Academic Review and Retention counselor (FIG 107) after the disqualified student has successfully completed course work at another institution. As there is no guarantee of readmission, students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Review counselor as soon as possible following disqualification to discuss the most effective strategies for being readmitted. Although required for readmission, course work completed at another institution will in no way reduce a student's grade point deficit or affect his/her USC GPA.

All coursework completed at another institution towards readmission that is not preapprove cannot be used to petition for readmission. If you are seeking readmission please email acadrev@usc.edu to initiate the petition process.

Readmission deadlines are as follows:

Fall - August 15th
Spring - December 30th
Summer - May 1st

Deadlines falling on a weekend will be extended to the following business day.

Readmitted students will be placed on a readmission contract. The terms of this agreement must be met each and every semester of enrollment until the cumulative GPA reaches 2.0 or higher. Students are allowed only one readmission. Petitioning students who are not readmitted will be advised of what they can do in the future to strengthen their requests, or will be encouraged to pursue education elsewhere.

Limited Status students who are disqualified must seek readmission through the Office of Admission.

Important Note: The Financial Aid Office, Housing, and Collections should be kept informed of your intention to return to USC. An outstanding balance that results in a Collection hold can prohibit your registration, regardless of your success in petitioning for readmission. Your readmission petition will not be submitted to the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP) until these restrictions have been resolved.

The Office of Academic Records and Registrar and the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP) reserve the right to review, amend or revoke academic statuses and/or registration at any time.