Academic Standing

registrar academic standing

Academic standing at Quincy University is based on the student's cumulative grade point average in residence. The grade point average (GPA) is obtained by dividing the total number of quality or grade points by the total number of GPA credit hours completed. Four quality points are given for every hour of "A," three for "B," two for "C," one for "D," and none for "F." (See grading scale, p. 13). The chart below shows the minimum requirements for Good Standing. A student who falls below the level of probationary good standing is subject to suspension from the University.

Year Semester Normal Probation Suspension
1 after 1st 2.00 or above 1.99-1.50 below 1.50
after 2nd 2.00 or above 1.99-1.60 below 1.60
2 after 1st 2.00 or above 1.99-1.70 below 1.70
after 2nd 2.00 or above below 2.00

after 1st

2.00 or above below 2.00
after 2nd 2.00 or above below 2.00
4 after 1st 2.00 or above below 2.00
after 2nd 2.00 or above below 2.00
below 2.00


  1. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average to be in normal good standing.
  2. Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.0 will be placed either on probationary good standing or on academic suspension according to their cumulative grade point average as indicated by the chart above.
  3. A student who has been placed on academic suspension has the right to appeal citing extenuating circumstances.
  4. Students receiving financial aid through federally-sponsored student-aid programs must maintain satisfactory progress in the course of study they are pursuing. (See Statement of Satisfactory Academic Progress, p. 36.)
  5. Academic standing for transfer students will be based on the number of semesters a student has been enrolled at all colleges/universities the student has attended.
  6. Athletic eligibility is governed by the academic and general requirements of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Bylaws Article XIV, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

New Start Policy

Under this policy, a student who left the University at least two years prior with less than a satisfactory grade point average may begin a new cumulative grade point average upon reentry. The student must petition to be reinstated. The transcript will note "New Start Policy Invoked; Cumulative GPA Restarted, except for selected courses."
The following restrictions apply:

  1. The student may not have attended another institution within the past three years.
  2. All previous Quincy University coursework and grades remain on the transcript.
  3. "D" and "F" work from the previous period must be repeated if required in the new program; "C-" and better coursework may be carried forward and built into the new GPA.
  4. The last grade achieved is used for all repeated courses.
  5. Students exercising a "New Start" option must achieve a 2.0 average for all work counted toward the degree and whatever GPA is required in the major.
  6. A "New Start" can only be approved once and applies to undergraduate coursework only.
  7. There are certain majors that cannot invoke this new start policy, such as education and nursing.

Probationary Good Standing or Suspension

Students in probationary good standing may enroll for no more than 16 semester hours of coursework, and may be required to participate in certain academic support programs as a condition for continuance in class. Students who have been suspended for academic reasons may not apply for admission or readmission to Quincy University for one semester. Suspended students must apply through the Office of Admissions for readmission to Quincy University. The application for readmission will be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for evaluation. A student's campus citizenship will be a factor in determining whether readmittance will be granted. A successful appeal will result in the student being readmitted on probationary good standing.

Students who violate university policies and regulations governing conduct and behavior are subject to probation or suspension or dismissal through action of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Policies addressing student behavior and the review procedure are set forth in the Student Handbook, which is online at