Low Scholarship

The department and the Graduate School are invested in helping students who are not meeting program expectations. In sum, the process is a tiered approach, involving first the department (warning) and then both the Graduate School and the department (probation, final probation, and drop).


A student who is not making minimum progress may be issued a warning by the department. See Academic Progress for minimum progress criteria.

  • A student placed on warning is reviewed the following quarter (excluding summer quarter).

A student placed on warning may petition for:

  • Permission to go on Leave of Absence for a specified period not to exceed one year
  • Restoration of “good standing” status

Possible outcomes:

  • Restoration of good standing
  • Permission for Leave of Absence 
  • Continuation of warning status, to be reviewed in the following quarter
  • Recommendation to the Graduate School for academic probation


The department may recommend to the Graduate School probationary status. Students on academic probation will be reviewed each quarter that the probation is in effect.

Possible outcomes:

  • If the student has regained minimum progress, the GPC will recommend to the Graduate School that the probationary status be removed.
  • If the student has not regained minimum progress the GPC may recommend:
    • Continuation of probation
    • Final probation

Final Probation

If a student on final probation has not regained minimum progress by the end of the subsequent quarter, the Graduate Program Committee will recommend either:

  • termination from the program
  • (in exceptional circumstances) continuation of the final probation

Related Graduate School Memoranda

  • Memorandum No. 16 outlines the Graduate School 's policy on Continuation or Termination