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Academic Standing Appeal Process

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students


Undergraduate Students

Classification Required GPA
Freshman (0-23.99 hours) 1.50
Sophomore (24-47.99 hours) 1.65
Junior (48-71.99 hours) 1.85
Senior (72 hours and above) 2.00

Academic Warning
A student who fails to meet the required minimum cumulative GPA for his/her academic level at the end of any given semester will be placed on Academic Warning for the next semester of enrollment.  The student should repeat any courses which he previously failed and take CLST 100 (if he/she has not passed it before).  Students on Academic Warning will be able to register for classes online.

Academic Probation
A student who fails to raise his GPA to the minimum required GPA for his/her academic level after completing one semester of classes while on Academic Warning will be placed on Academic Probation for the next semester of enrollment. The student should repeat any courses which he previously failed. Students on academic probation will be able to register for classes online.

Academic Suspension

A student who fails to raise his GPA to the minimum required GPA for his/her academic level after completing one semester of classes while on Academic Probation will be placed on Academic Suspension.  Also if a student registers under full-time status in an Undergraduate program (12+ credit hours) and receives a grade of “F” or “FN” in ALL courses, he will be automatically placed on Academic Suspension.  Students will have an Academic Suspension hold placed on his/her account and will not be able to register for classes online.   An appeal must be submitted to continue taking classes.

Academic Dismissal

Students who are placed on Academic Suspension and fail to maintain a 2.0 GPA within each semester will be placed on Academic Dismissal and will not be allowed to continue taking classes.

Students placed on Academic Dismissal should wait two years and then appeal for Academic Amnesty.  When Academic Amnesty is approved, all grades of D and F are replaced with a Q on the Liberty University transcripts.  Grades of Q are not figured into the GPA.  This immediately raises the GPA to at least 2.0.

In some instances a student on Academic Dismissal might be permitted to return sooner than two years on an Academic Contract.  This option can only be considered if it is reasonable to expect the student will be able to earn the grades needed to raise the GPA to 2.0 without amnesty.

Appeals

Students who desire to return to appeal Academic Suspension or Dismissal need to submit the following information to luoacademicstanding@liberty.edu: 

  1. Give a brief explanation regarding the circumstances that led to earning D’s and F’s.
  2. Please explain how your circumstances have improved or what steps you have taken to earn C’s or higher in all future classes.
  3. What specific times during the week will you set aside for working on course assignments? Please include specific hours per day and days per week that you plan to set aside for your studies.

The appeal will be reviewed and, if the appeal is granted, an Academic Contract will be established and sent to the student.  The process may take up to two weeks.  Students should allow ample time before registration deadlines when submitting an appeal.

Keep in mind, academic and financial aid GPA requirements are different.


Graduate Students

Program Required GPA
Seminary M.A. degrees, M.A.R., M.R.E., and M.Div 2.0
M.A. in Human Services, M.Ed., M.A.T., and M.A.M.L. 2.5
All other graduate programs 3.0

Academic Warning

Students who fail to meet the required minimum GPA for their program of study at the end of a semester will be placed on Academic Warning for the next semester of enrollment.  The students should repeat any courses which were previously failed and take GRST 500 (if it has not been passed before).   Students will be able to register online.

Academic Probation

At the end of the semester of Academic Warning, students who fail to raise their cumulative
GPA to the minimum required for their program will be placed on Academic Probation for the next semester of enrollment. Students should repeat any courses which were previously failed and take GRST 500 (if it has not been passed before).  Students will be able to register online.

Academic Suspension

At the end of the semester of Academic Probation, students who fail to raise their
GPA to the minimum required for their program will be placed on Academic Suspension.  Also, if students register for at least 9 credit hours in any given semester and receive a grade of “F” or “FN” in ALL courses, they will be automatically placed on Academic Suspension.  Students will have an Academic Suspension hold placed on their account and will not be able to register online.

Academic Dismissal

Students placed on Academic Dismissal should wait three years and then appeal for Academic Amnesty

Appeals

A student who desires to return to continue in his/her programs must send an appeal to luoacademicstanding@liberty.edu.  The appeal must include 1) the circumstances which contributed to the academic performance resulting in his/her Academic Suspension or Dismissal and 2) how his/her present circumstances are more conducive to improved performance in the future. 

The appeal will be reviewed and (if the appeal is granted) an Academic Contract will be determined and sent to the student.  The process may take up to two weeks; because of this, the student should allow ample time before registration deadlines when sending in an appeal.  If an appeal is submitted within two weeks of a registration deadline, the student may be required to resume courses at the start of the next semester.

An appeal must still be submitted if the student wishes to switch to a program with a lower GPA requirement rather than continuing in his/her current degree.

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