When an undergraduate student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the record of the student’s performance is reviewed by the University Scholastic Appeals Board, which is composed of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and representatives from the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Student Success, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, the Registrar’s Office, and the Office of Financial Aid. Also included are representatives from each of the Colleges (either an Assistant/Associate Dean or a Student Success Coordinator). The board meets between semesters and at other times as needed to act upon individual cases recommended for academic suspension or transfer out of a curriculum. This board has the authority:

  1. to require students on academic probation to take actions that might include meeting with advisors, meeting with student success coaches, attending MSU 101 or US 101, or meeting with financial aid,
  2. to suspend a student from the University for academic reasons,
  3. to reinstate a student who has been suspended for academic reasons, 
  4. to require reinstated students to take actions that might include meeting with advisors, meeting with student success coaches, attending MSU 101 or US 103, or meeting with financial aid, and
  5. to require a student to transfer out of a curriculum with the consent of both colleges involved.

The chairperson of this board will notify students placed on academic probation via their preferred email address and will notify students placed on academic suspension in writing to their permanent address and via email to their preferred email address. The designation of academic probation or academic suspension will also be noted in the student’s permanent record. Semester grade reports indicate the academic standing of students, and it is the individual student’s responsibility to review his or her grade report each semester.

Students will be placed on academic probation at the end of any semester in which their cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) drops below 2.00 on a 4.0 scale, and will be notified as part of the campus’ normal grade reporting procedures and through an email from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Additional information about University academic performance standards can be viewed at http://catalog.montana.edu/curriculum-enrollment-graduation/#Scholastic_Probation_and_Suspension

Students will be placed on academic suspension at the end of any semester if they had been placed on academic probation during the prior semester of attendance, their cumulative GPA remains below 2.00 on a 4.0 scale, and their semester GPA is not above 2.0. If students have a semester GPA of 2.00 or above, they would remain on academic probation if their cumulative GPA is still below 2.00.

Additional information about University academic performance standards can be viewed at http://catalog.montana.edu/curriculum-enrollment-graduation/#Scholastic_Probation_and_Suspension

A student who has been suspended may appeal the suspension if he or she believes there were extraordinary circumstances beyond the student’s control of which the University Scholastic Appeals Board was unaware when it reached its decision. Appeal forms are available from the offices of academic deans in each college and on the Office of the Provost website at: https://www.montana.edu/provost/students/appeals.html.

The best way for students to ensure they are in good academic standing is to keep track of grades in MyInfo and review transcripts at the end of each term.

A student who was suspended for the first time may be reinstated after one semester has elapsed (exclusive of Summer Session). In order to enroll again at MSU, however, a suspended student must submit an Intent to Register form to the Registrar’s Office. After a second suspension, one academic year must elapse before the student will be reinstated, again with submission of an Intent to Register. Students may complete their intent to register online through there MyInfo account.  Completed Intent to Register submissions must be received by the following approximate deadline dates (check with the Registrar’s Office for current deadline dates).

For Reinstatement Deadline
Fall Semester August 1
Spring Semester January 1
Summer Session May 1

Students who have received more than two suspensions at MSU must petition for reinstatement through their academic dean to the University Scholastic Appeals Board. Petitions are available from the academic deans and must be submitted in accordance with the deadlines listed above.

Reinstated students will be on “academic probation” or “suspend reinstated” when they re-enroll. When students achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above, the “academic probation” designation is removed and the student is in “good standing.” Students must have a 2.00 term and cumulative GPA to graduate.

For information regarding Graduate Student Scholastic Probation and Suspension, please visit the Graduate Homepage.

 http://www.montana.edu/gradschool/

Grade Point Average (TGPA = Term GPA, CGPA = Cumulative GPA)

Good Standing A student has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 or better or is a new student (transfer students may be admitted on below Good Standing).
Academic Probation A student’s cumulative GPA drops below 2.00 or a student’s cumulative GPA is below 2.0 and their semester GPA is above 2.00.
Academic Suspension A student was placed on Academic Probation in the prior semester and their next semester GPA was below 2.0.


All students in Academic Probation remain in a probationary status until their cumulative GPA is above 2.0.