While SAIC staff and faculty seek to help every student enjoy academic and personal success, it remains students’ responsibility to seek assistance, understand institutional policy, and know their academic status. It is important that all students are familiar with the guidelines for academic satisfactory progress as well as those for financial aid satisfactory progress (FASAP).

FASAP for Undergraduate Students is calculated separately from academic satisfactory progress. Please be sure you are familiar with both of these policies. Questions can be directed to the Academic Advising and Student Success or Student Financial Services, as applicable.

Undergraduate Academic Status

Requirements for maintaining academic good standing at the SAIC apply to full-time and half-time (six credit hours or more) undergraduate, degree-seeking students and pertain to all fall and spring semesters for which the student is enrolled at SAIC.

Undergraduate student academic progress is evaluated twice a year, first in the winter (using fall semester grades) and then in the summer (using spring semester grades). The number of credit hours completed is divided by the number of credit hours attempted to determine a credit-hour completion ratio. Students are expected to complete grades of credit (CR) for at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted each semester. Courses assigned a grade of W are not counted as credit hours attempted when calculating academic standing.

Academic Warning

In a given semester, undergraduate students who fail to successfully complete at least two-thirds of all the credit hours attempted are placed on academic warning. Students on warning receive written notice from the Director of Academic Advising and Student Success and are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor. The student can return to academic good standing if—during the next fall or spring semester they enroll in—they complete credit for at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted in that semester.

Academic Probation

Undergraduate students who fail to complete two-thirds of all credit hours attempted during the next fall or spring semester following academic warning are notified in writing that they have been placed on academic probation.

Undergraduate students in academic good standing who fail 100 percent of credit hours attempted in the fall or spring semester drop from good to probation. These students must make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. They are required to work with an academic advisor to register for courses and are not eligible to register for study trips, exchange programs, or Co-op internships. They must work toward returning to warning by completing at least two-thirds of all credits attempted in the following spring or fall semester they enroll in and must do the same in the next fall or spring semester to return to good standing.

Academic Suspension

Undergraduate students who fail to complete at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted in the fall or spring semester subsequent to being placed on academic probation or fail to complete 100 percent of credit hours attempted in the fall or spring semester subsequent to being placed on academic warning are notified that they have been placed on academic suspension.

A permanent notation is also made on these students’ records. Students placed on academic suspension are not permitted to enroll at SAIC the following summer/fall or winter/spring semesters. Any of these students who have preregistered for the following semester prior to being placed on academic suspension will be dropped from all classes for that term.

Appeal of Academic Suspension

Students may appeal academic suspensions to the Academic Review Board if they believe extenuating circumstances exist. Appeals must be made in writing and be received by the Registrar at least one week prior to the first day of classes of the following spring or fall semester. A meeting with the Assistant Director or Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Academic Advising is recommended prior to submitting an appeal.

Upon returning to SAIC, suspended students must meet with the Assistant Director or Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Academic Advising before they are allowed to register for classes. Students are required to return in a fall or spring semester, register full-time, and successfully earn credit for all credit hours attempted in that semester. Students cannot drop or withdraw below 12 credits or receive any incompletes during the return from suspension semester.

The suspended student who successfully completes 100 percent of credit hours attempted in the Return from Suspension semester is placed on academic probation at the end of that semester.

The suspended student who fails to complete 100 percent of credit hours attempted during the return from suspension semester is permanently dismissed from the degree program (see academic Dismissal below) and is not eligible to earn a degree from SAIC.

More than one suspension during a student’s career will result in academic dismissal.

Academic Dismissal

Undergraduate students who are dismissed from the degree program permanently lose eligibility for earning a degree from SAIC. Students dismissed for academic reasons receive written notice of academic dismissal and a similar notation is made on the students’ academic records.

Appeal of Academic Dismissal

Students may appeal an academic dismissal to the Academic Review Board if they believe that extenuating circumstances exist. Appeals must be made in writing and be received by the Registrar at least one week prior to the first day of classes of the following fall or spring semester. A meeting with the Assistant Director or Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Academic Advising is recommended prior to submitting an appeal.


Graduate Academic Status

Requirements for maintaining academic good standing at SAIC apply to all graduate degree-seeking students and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate-seeking students attempting more than six credits in a fall, spring, or summer. Graduate and certificate students are considered to be in academic good standing when they receive credit in all credit hours attempted each semester. Courses assigned a grade of W are not counted as credit hours attempted when calculating academic standing.

Academic Probation

Graduate degree or certificate students who fail one or more courses attempted are notified in writing that they have been placed on academic probation. These students must then make an appointment to meet with their respective academic department chairs, graduate coordinator, or designee.

While on academic probation, students are required to work under the supervision of their respective department chair to register for courses. A student on academic probation is not eligible to register for study trips, exchange programs, or Co-op internships.

To return to academic good standing, graduate degree or certificate students must receive credit in all credit hours attempted in the following term.

Academic Dismissal

Graduate degree or certificate students who are on academic probation and fail one or more courses in the following term are dismissed from the degree program permanently and lose eligibility for earning a degree from SAIC. Students dismissed for academic reasons receive written notice of academic dismissal and a similar notation is made on the students’ academic records.

Appeal of Academic Dismissal

Graduate and certificate students may appeal an academic dismissal to the Academic Review Board if they believe that extenuating circumstances exist. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to meet with their department prior to submitting an appeal.

Appeals must be made in writing and be received by the registrar at least one week prior to the first day of classes of the following fall or spring semester. The Assistant Director and Assistant Dean of Academic Advising for Student Affairs are available to assist students in arranging this meeting.

In addition to this general statement of academic status, specific departments and programs may require graduate and post-baccalaureate students to comply with standards applicable to that department or program. These specific standards shall be in addition to the requirements set forth herein.