All undergraduate students are expected to maintain a minimum of a 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all Marquette coursework. However, there are additional requirements that may lead to academic censure, as described below.
Marquette defines academic censure in one of three categories: Academic Probation (two types): College Probation and Reinstated on Probation; Academic Dismissal (two types): Required to Withdraw for Academic Reasons and Required to Withdraw for Academic Misconduct; and the College Academic Alert. All of these censure statuses are maintained permanently on the student’s academic record; however, only three appear permanently on Marquette University's official transcript as follows:
- Reinstated on Probation
- Required to Withdraw for Academic Reasons
- Required to Withdraw for Academic Misconduct
While not an academic censure issue per se, the financial aid regulation requiring the university to evaluate the satisfactory academic progress of each student is also discussed in this policy as it, by federal regulations, must be aligned with the University academic dismissal policy. Satisfactory academic progress will be maintained permanently on the student’s record; however, will not appear on Marquette’s official transcript. In addition, satisfactory academic progress does not impact or reverse the academic censure notations described above.
- Academic Probation-College Probation: A student is placed on college academic probation according to the policies of his/her individual college (see the respective college sections of the Undergraduate bulletin for details). This probation status does not impact financial aid eligibility. Likewise, financial aid eligibility does not impact or reverse academic probation.
- Academic Dismissal-Required to Withdraw for Academic Reasons (RWAR)/Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): there are two parts to this dismissal.
- SAP requirements only: A student must complete 67% of the cumulative credit hours attempted to remain in good standing, or lose financial aid eligibility.
- The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will conduct an annual review at the end of the spring term. Notification will be sent to each student who has failed to maintain SAP and is no longer eligible to receive financial aid. The student's record will be coded as such.
- In this case, the student may continue at Marquette University; however, he/she will not be eligible to receive any federal financial aid, unless SAP is appealed and granted (see appeals process below).
- RWAR/SAP: OSFA and the Office of the Registrar (OTR) will monitor cumulative GPAs at the end of each term (fall, spring and summer).
- A student who does not meet the GPA requirements listed below will be academically dismissed by the college (coded as RWAR by OTR) and his/her record coded as failure to maintain SAP (by OFSA):
- A student having attempted 24 or fewer credit hours must maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.500 or higher.
- A student having attempted more than 24 credit hours must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or higher.
- Those students who have been granted an official Medical Withdrawal by the University will not be RWAR'd for the term in which the Medical Withdrawal is approved. They will, however, be subject to SAP for that term.
- Those students who withdraw from their first term at Marquette will not be RWAR'd in that term. They will however be subject to SAP for that term.
- The college office will communicate the RWAR via Marquette email. As per University email policy, it is the student's responsibility to monitor his/her Marquette email at all times.
- A RWAR/SAP student will be dropped from any classes in which he/she is subsequently registered.
- RWAR/SAP Appeal process:
A RWAR/SAP student may appeal both RWAR/SAP by sending one form, which addresses both RWAR and SAP issues.
- The RWAR/SAP appeal form is posted on the MU Central web site and includes all of the required information the student must submit in order to have his/her appeal reviewed.
- The form is submitted to the college of the student’s primary major. The RWAR/SAP appeal decision of the college dean or dean’s designee is final.
- If the appeal is approved, the student will be 'Reinstated on Probation'; the college will design an academic plan for the student, outlining how the student will regain his/her satisfactory academic and degree progress standing and the student will become financial aid eligible.
- The plan must be measurable and ensure that the student is able to meet Marquette's SAP standards by a specific point in time. Plans should include courses to be taken, expected grades and a timeframe to complete the outlined objectives.
- The plan will be monitored by the college.
- Should the student not fulfill all of his/her academic obligations as outlined in the plan, the student will be evaluated by the college and a determination will be made as to whether the College Academic Alert process applies (see number 5 below), or whether the student will again be RWAR'd.
- If the appeal is denied by the college of the student's primary major:
- The student may request to enroll in another college within the university via the Internal Transfer form (RTS – see the Readmission and Internal Transfer policies in the Undergraduate bulletin).
- In order to be considered for an internal transfer, the student must submit the RWAR/SAP appeal along with the Internal Transfer form. The internal transfer decision of the dean or dean's designee is final.
- If the appeal is granted and the student is admitted to a new college, the new college will create and monitor an academic plan as described in 3C above and the student will be required to fulfill the academic obligations of the plan as described in 3C above.
- Academic Dismissal- Academic Misconduct:
Dismissal for academic misconduct (RWAM) is determined per the Academic Honesty policy found in the Undergraduate bulletin. Once this determination has been made, the student will be dismissed from the university. This action results in ineligibility to register at Marquette. Reinstatement criteria for the student who is dismissed, if applicable, will be outlined in the dismissal notice. If the student is allowed to return to the university, a permanent notation of ‘Reinstated to the University’ will appear on the student’s academic record and Marquette’s official transcript.
- College Academic Alert (CAA):
- A student who does not fall under the university RWAR or SAP criteria as outlined above, however fails to make progress in his/her particular college or major, will be barred from future registration by a CAA registration hold and may be dropped from any classes in future terms for which he/she is registered.
- The CAA hold is assigned by the college office and is specific to the individual college’s degree progress policies (see the respective college section of the Undergraduate bulletin). Student will be notified of this hold via the Marquette email. As per University policy, it is the student's responsibility to monitor his/her Marquette email at all times.
- This hold is removed by the college office via an internal appeal process particular to that college.
- If a student’s appeal is denied, the student may request to enroll in another college within the university via the Internal Transfer form (see the Readmission and Internal Transfer policies in the Undergraduate bulletin), and if accepted, the CAA hold will be removed after admission into the new college.
- Until the CAA hold is removed, the student may not register.