All students enrolled at USC Upstate are subject to the same continuation
standards. Administration of these regulations is the responsibility of
the senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and is coordinated by the
Registrar's Office. Students seeking relief from these regulations must go
through the appeal process (see Academic Suspension Appeal Process).
The following standards regarding scholastic eligibility are applicable to
all undergraduate students.
Degree-seeking students who have attempted 1-23 hours and drop below
a 2.0 GPA will receive an academic warning. An academic warning is a
chance for students to examine their academic habits and life choices that
may be negatively affecting their academic work. Students who are placed
on academic warning must:
1. successfully complete an academic workshop coordinated by the
Student Success Center,
2. submit a Conditional Enrollment Agreement w/ the Student Success
3. satisfy the requirements in the Agreement, and
4. meet with a financial aid counselor.
A registration hold will be placed on a student’s record until these requirements
The academic record of every student is reviewed at the end of the fall
semester, the end of the spring semester, and at the end of the final summer
session. Students who do not meet the following overall GPA standards will
be placed on academic probation:
24 to 44 grade hours—a minimum overall GPA of 1.50 is required
45 to 59 grade hours—a minimum overall GPA of 1.75 is required
60 or more grade hours—a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 is required
A student who has been placed on academic probation must achieve a minimum
GPA standard on courses attempted after being placed on probation.
The GPA standard required of students who have been placed on academic
probation is as follows:
0-11 grade hours—no minimum GPA required
12 or more grade hours—a minimum GPA of 2.00 is required
Academic probation may be removed in the following way:
1. Attempt 12 or more grade hours while on probation, and
2. Attain a minimum overall GPA that meets the above GPA standards.
Students who leave the University without completing a term of probation,
and are absent for three (3) or more years, will begin a new term of probation
A student who has been placed on academic probation but does not achieve
the required minimum GPA standard will be placed on academic suspension.
There are three levels of academic suspension.
Level Length of
How suspension may be removed
First 2 major
1. Attend summer school at USC Upstate,
enroll in at least nine grade hours, and
achieve a minimum grade of C on all
courses attempted, or
2. Successful appeal through the
suspension appeal process, or
3. Serve the suspension
Second 4 major
1. Successful appeal through the
suspension appeal process, or
2. Serve the suspension.
A student who is serving a second suspension may attend summer school
at USC Upstate. Grades earned in summer school may provide evidence of
fitness for removal of the second suspension through the appeal process. A
student who has a third (indefinite) suspension may not enroll in classes at
USC Upstate. Suspended students will not be admitted or allowed to continue
any program of the university for credit or GPA purposes. Grades based on
credits earned at other institutions while under suspension will not be used
to remove the suspension. See suspension appeal process.
ACADEMIC SUSPENSION APPEAL PROCESS
Students wishing to appeal academic suspension should obtain an appeal
form from the University's website. Completed forms must be submitted to
the Records Office to be considered prior to the start of the term.
1. The Student Services Committee of the faculty may grant students
relief from academic suspension only in extraordinary circumstances.
2. Decisions of the Student Services Committee may be appealed to the
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
RETURNING TO THE UNIVERSITY
A student who reenters the University after having been suspended will
begin a new term of probation. The conditions of that academic probation
are those listed above. Students who have been granted relief through the
suspension appeal process may have additional conditions imposed on
them. Students will be notified of any additional conditions by letter. When
a student is granted relief from academic suspension through the appeal
process, the suspension is not removed from the permanent record, but
continues to appear on the record and to count as one of the three academic
suspensions a student is allowed.
The University of South Carolina Upstate is committed to the judicious, fair
and impartial resolution of conflicts which arise between an instructor and
a student and of petitions from students who seek relief from university
regulations related to their academic work. The process is designed to provide
an objective review of student complaints regarding academic grievances,
including acceptance into a program (for example, nursing or education),
transfer credit, grades and other academic policies. Copies of the Academic
Grievance Policy and the appeal form are available in the Records Office.
Instructors are not bound by the grade appeal recommendations. Students
wishing to appeal academic suspension should follow the procedure under
"Academic Suspension Appeals Process."
Students wishing to transfer to USC Upstate should refer to the admissions
Academic Regulations 47
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog