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.
The record of every undergraduate student will be reviewed at the end of
each fall, spring, and summer semester. Many of the individual colleges of
the University have higher academic requirements for students to continue in
their degree programs. However, no student will be suspended academically
from the University unless he/she fails to meet the standards specified here.
A student’s academic standing is based on his/her “Total Institutional GPA”
and “Total Institutional GPA Hours” which can be viewed in Self Service
Carolina at the end of a student’s “Unofficial Academic Transcript” under
the heading, “Transcript Totals (Undergraduate).”
When a student’s Total Institutional GPA at the end of any semester is less
than a 2.00, he or she is placed on academic probation. Students who are
placed on probation should examine their academic habits and life choices
that may be negatively affecting their academic work. Students who are
on probation 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 require-ments
REMOVAL FROM ACADEMIC PROBATION
When a student’s Total Institutional GPA at the end of any semester is a 2.00
or above, he or she is not on academic probation.
0-35 GPA < 2.0 GPA < 1.5 GPA > 2.0
36-71 GPA < 2.0 GPA < 1.8 GPA > 2.0
72+ GPA < 2.0 GPA < 2.0 GPA > 2.0
SEMESTER REPRIEVE: Regardless of the Total Institutional GPA, a student
may continue on probation and avoid suspension if the Current Term grade
point average is 2.00 or greater.
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 proba-tion
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. A student who is serving a
first or 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.
Level Length of
How suspension may be removed
First 2 major
I. Attend summer school at USC Upstate,
enroll in at least nine grade hours, and
achieve a minimum grade of C on all courses
II. Successful appeal through the suspension
appeal process, or
III. Serve the suspension.
Second 4 major
Third 48 months Follow Academic Forgiveness Procedure
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.
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