Probation & Suspension - First Semester Freshmen & Transfer Students
All new students (freshman or transfer) who earn less than a 2.00 GPA but at least a 1.25 GPA at the conclusion of their first semester will be placed on academic probation until such a time that they either raise their GPA to 2.00+ or have attempted 30 semester credits. Once a student attempts 30 or more semester credits they fall under the academic requirements for continuing students (see below). Students on probation may not carry more than 16 semester hours of registration in any one semester.
New students (freshman or transfer) who fall below 1.25 during their first semester will be suspended and will not be allowed to continue in the next full semester or summer session. No exceptions are made to the continuing student suspension policy; however, first-semester students can be invited to continue through a contract-based program called SORTS. As the program is by invitation only not all applications to the SORTS program are accepted.
Probation & Suspension - Continuing Undergraduate Students
Students who have attempted 30 or more hours are expected to earn at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in order to avoid suspension. Suspensions for continuing students don’t go into effect until the conclusion of the academic year in which the student attempted their 30th semester hour – meaning the end of the last summer session in any given year.
Consequently, students who will have attempted 30 or more hours by the end of the fall semester will have both the spring and summer semesters to bring their cumulative GPA up to a 2.00 in order to avoid suspension. However, students who have earned less than a 2.00 cumulative GPA by the end of the spring semester must enroll at Radford University during the summer semester and earn grades sufficient enough to increase their GPAs to at least 2.00 by the end of the summer, or they will be suspended for the fall semester. Transfer credits have no bearing on GPA.
Basically, students who have attempted 30 or more hours at RU and who’s cumulative GPAs is under 2.00 at the end of the last summer session of that same year WILL BE SUSPENDED.
No exceptions are made to this policy, no matter how close the student's GPA is to 2.000. Suspended students who wish to return following their semester(s) of suspension must apply for readmission. Readmission is never automatic.
Additional information about suspension and readmission policies may be found in the undergraduate catalog. Students who are in special populations (e.g., SORTS students, spring semester readmitted students) are encouraged to check with their Advising Centers for any specific policies particular to their situations. In fact, all students with questions about either the Dean's List or suspension policies should contact their Advising Centers.
SORTS - Students On the Road to Success
Those students judged to have the greatest potential for future success, based on multiple indicators – may be invited to participate in a contract-based program, SORTS (Students On the Road to Success), coordinated by the Office of New Student Programs. These students will be granted an “exception to suspension” and will be allowed to take classes in the next full semester. A student in the SORTS program must meet all the requirements stipulated in the SORTS contract or his/her suspension will be reinstated immediately and will remain in effect through the following fall or spring semester. Students who were not invited to participate or who declined the university’s invitation to participate in SORTS may not enroll in the next regularly scheduled academic term but may apply for readmission for a future term.