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.

Academic Standing: Undergraduate Students

Requirements for maintaining academic good standing at SAIC apply to all undergraduate degree-seeking students. While SAIC's staff and faculty wish to see every student achieve academic and personal success, it remains every student's responsibility to seek assistance, to understand institutional policy, and to know their own academic status. It is important that all students be familiar with the guidelines for maintaining academic good standing as well as those for maintaining Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (see Financial Aid section).

Academic Good Standing

An undergraduate student is considered to be in academic good standing when they receive Credit (CR) for at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted each fall and spring semester (e.g., a student enrolled in 15 credits must receive Credit (CR) in at least 10 of those hours to remain in academic good standing). An undergraduate student's academic progress is evaluated twice a year, first in the winter and then in the summer. The number of credit hours completed during the preceding semester is divided by the number of credit hours attempted during that semester to determine a credit hour completion ratio. The student is expected to receive grades of Credit (CR) for at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted each fall and spring semesters. Courses assigned a grade of Withdraw (W) are not counted as credit hours attempted when calculating academic standing. In addition, students who have yet to complete their first year required courses must satisfy the First-Year Curricular Requirements (defined below) in order to maintain academic good standing.

First-Year Curricular Requirements

Students are expected to complete their first-year required courses in a timely manner. A student who receives a grade of No Credit (NC) in a first-year required course must repeat that course in the next semester in which the student enrolls at SAIC. Students are required to complete these courses by their third attempt or they will be suspended from SAIC, as discussed more fully below. First-year required courses include: ARTHI 1001 World Cultures and Civilizations: Pre-History to 19th Century Art & Architecture, CP 1010 Core Studio Practice I, CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II, CP 1020 Research Studio I, CP 1022 Research Studio II, ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I, ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II, EIS 1021 Fluency I, EIS 1022 Fluency II.

Academic Warning

Except as noted below, an undergraduate student in good standing who fails to successfully complete at least two-thirds of all the credit hours attempted during a fall or spring semester will be placed on undergraduate academic warning for the following fall or spring semester in which they are enrolled. An undergraduate student on academic warning receives written notice from the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of Academic Advising and is encouraged to meet with an academic advisor. The student can return to academic good standing if (i) they received Credit (CR) for all First-year required courses taken in that following fall or spring semester, and (ii) they received Credit (CR) for at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted during that semester. An undergraduate student may also be placed on undergraduate academic warning if they pass at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted but fail a first-year required course for the first time (in a fall or spring semester. The student will be notified in writing that they have not met the first-year requirements and must successfully re-take this course in the following major semester (fall or spring) in which they enroll in order to return to academic good standing.

An undergraduate student in good academic standing who fails 100% of their credit hours attempted during a fall or spring semester will drop directly from good standing to academic probation (defined below), bypassing the academic warning level. An undergraduate student on academic warning who fails 100% of the credits attempted during the fall or spring semester immediately following the student's placement on academic warning will drop directly from academic warning to academic suspension (defined below), bypassing the academic probation level.

Academic Probation

If an undergraduate student fails to complete two-thirds of all credit hours attempted during the fall or spring semester following academic warning, the student is notified in writing that they have been placed on undergraduate academic probation for the following fall or spring semester in which they are enrolled. Additionally, an undergraduate student who fails the same required first-year required course two times will be notified in writing that they have been placed on undergraduate academic probation because they have not met the First-year requirements for a second semester and that they must successfully retake this course in the following fall or spring semester in which they are enrolled or face academic suspension from SAIC.

An undergraduate student on academic probation is required to meet with an academic advisor, who will work with the student to register for future courses and/or alter existing course selection as appropriate.

Prior to registering for courses, students on academic probation may also be required to participate in academic recovery activities or programs as outlined by the Dean of Student Life and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Academic Advising or their designee. Academic recovery activities or programs include, but are not limited to, a series of one-on-one meetings with an academic advisor, participation in a workshop or seminar related to academic skills, and completion of a self-assessment exercise.

An undergraduate student on academic probation is not eligible to register for study trips, exchange programs, or the Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) internship program. Students who are registered for such activities prior to being placed on academic probation will be dropped from these courses by the overseeing offices.

While on academic probation, the student must work towards moving up to academic warning status by (i) receiving Credit (CR) for all first- year required courses taken in the following fall or spring semester (as applicable), and (ii) receiving Credit (CR) for at least two-thirds of all credit hours attempted during that semester. Once the student returns to academic warning status, they are expected to pass all first-year required courses attempted in the following fall or spring semester (as applicable) and complete at least two-thirds of all credits attempted that semester in order to return to academic good standing.

Academic Suspension

Undergraduate students will be notified in writing that they have been placed on academic suspension for the following fall or spring semester (as applicable) if they 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 and/or fail the same first-year required course three times.

In both cases, a permanent notation of the academic suspension will be made on the student's record. The student placed on academic suspension is not permitted to enroll at SAIC for the following fall or spring semester (as applicable) and is not permitted to take courses during the intervening winter or summer interim semesters either.

Should the student have pre-registered for the following fall/ spring semester and/or a winter/summer interim semester prior to being placed on academic suspension, the student will be dropped from all classes for those terms.

A student may appeal an academic suspension to the Academic Review Board if the student believes extenuating circumstances exist. Appeals must be made in written form and be received by the Registrar at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes of the following fall or spring semester. A meeting with the Assistant Director or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of Academic Advising is recommended prior to submitting an appeal.

Return from Academic Suspension

Upon return to SAIC, the suspended student must contact the Office of Academic Advising to complete a reinstatement meeting before they are allowed to register for classes. The student is required to return in a fall or spring semester, and their enrollment plan must be approved by their academic advisor. The student will be required to enroll in any remaining First-year required courses (if applicable), and enroll in no more than 12 credits that term.

During that first semester following academic suspension or following a successful appeal of an academic suspension, the student may be required to participate in academic recovery activities or programs (discussed above) as outlined by the Dean of Student Life and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Academic Advising or their designee.

Upon return from academic suspension or following a successful appeal of academic suspension, the student must successfully complete 100% of credit hours attempted in that first fall or spring semester (as applicable) in order to be placed on undergraduate academic probation at the end of that semester. If the suspended student or the student who successfully appeals suspension fails to complete 100% of credit hours attempted during that next semester, they will be dismissed from the degree program (see academic dismissal below) and will not be eligible to earn a degree from SAIC.

In addition, a student who is placed on academic suspension more than once during their SAIC career will be dismissed from the degree program and will not be eligible to earn a degree from SAIC.

Academic Dismissal

An undergraduate student who is dismissed from the degree program permanently loses eligibility for earning a degree from SAIC. The student dismissed for academic reasons receives written notice of academic dismissal and a similar notation is made on the student's academic record.

Appeal of Academic Dismissal An undergraduate student may appeal an academic dismissal to the Academic Review Committee if the student believes that extenuating circumstances exist. Appeals must be made in written form and be received by the Registrar at least two weeks prior to the first day of classes of the following fall or spring semester. A meeting with the Assistant Director or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs of Academic Advising is recommended prior to submitting an appeal.

Please Note: Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress is calculated separately from academic standing. Please be sure that you are familiar with both of these policies. Questions can be directed to Academic Advising (academic standing) or Student Financial Services (Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress/FASAP).


Academic Standing:
Graduate Degree and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Students

Academic Good Standing

If a graduate degree or certificate student receives No Credit in one or more courses attempted during a term when they are subject to standing requirements, the student is notified in writing that they have been placed on Academic Probation. The student must then make an appointment to meet with their respective Academic Department Chair or a faculty Graduate Coordinator designated by the Department Chair. While on Academic Probation, the student is required to work under the supervision of their respective Department Chair or designee to register for courses. A student on Academic Probation is not eligible to register for study trips, exchange programs, or CAPX internships. To return to Academic Good Standing, a graduate degree or certificate student must receive Credit in all credit hours attempted in the subsequent term (excluding winter) where they are enrolled for more than six credit hours.

In addition, for degree or certificate students with a critique requirement, failure to complete a scheduled critique during Critique Week will result in the student being placed on Academic Probation. In addition, the student will be required to make arrangements to make up the critique under the supervision of the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to completing their degree.

Academic Dismissal

If a graduate degree or certificate student who is on Academic Probation receives No Credit in one or more courses during a term when they are subject to standing requirements, the student's academic standing will drop to Dismissal. A student who is dismissed from either the graduate degree or post-baccalaureate programs permanently loses eligibility for earning a degree from SAIC. The student dismissed for academic reasons receives written notice of academic dismissal and a similar notation is made on the student's academic record.

In addition, for degree or certificate students with a critique requirement, failure to complete a second scheduled critique during Critique Week during their career will result in Dismissal.

Please Note: With regard to academic standing, if a student is suspended or dismissed and they are pre-registered for the following semester, their classes are dropped immediately following the issuance of standing letters. Financial aid satisfactory progress 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 or Student Financial Services.

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.