Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for good standing?

As of the fall 2012 semester, the following academic eligibility rules will apply to all students, regardless of when they began college:

A 2.000 cumulative UNC-Chapel Hill grade-point average and the following number of academic semester credit hours passed:

9 academic hours to enter a second semester

24 academic hours to enter a third semester (30 hours is recommended)

36 academic hours to enter a fourth semester

51 academic hours to enter a fifth semester (60 hours is recommended)

63 academic hours to enter a sixth semester

78 academic hours to enter a seventh semester (90 hours is recommended)

93 academic hours to enter an eighth semester

Special permission of the dean to enter a ninth semester

What does “Eligible – On Probation” mean?

An academic status of “Eligible – On Probation” means that you are eligible to enroll in the following semester, but you will be on academic probation.First year students entering the University on or after May 14, 2007 are required to meet certain eligibility standards (remain in good standing), which define the minimally acceptable levels of performance.Students who fall short of the standards for good standing, but have passed at least nine credit hours of graded coursework (excluding BE or PL credits) in the preceding semester and who were not already on probation, will be on academic probation for one semester with the objective of meeting those standards.The requirements to remain in good standing at the university include:A 2.000 cumulative UNC-Chapel Hill grade-point average and the following number of academic semester credit hours passed:

9 academic hours to enter a second semester

24 academic hours to enter a third semester (30 hours is recommended)

36 academic hours to enter a fourth semester

51 academic hours to enter a fifth semester (60 hours is recommended)

63 academic hours to enter a sixth semester

78 academic hours to enter a seventh semester (90 hours is recommended)

93 academic hours to enter an eighth semester

Special permission of the dean to enter a ninth semester

What do I do if I am on academic probation?

The first thing a student on academic probation should do is make a commitment to return to good academic standing. If you are on probation during the fall or spring semesters, you must complete the probation intervention. If you are on probation during the summer, you do not need to complete the intervention steps; however, you are strongly encouraged to attend Summer Session at UNC-Chapel Hill. To complete the probation intervention, you must also complete the following steps:

1. Complete the Self-Assessment.
2. Complete the online Student Success Seminar . View the seminar via Mozilla Firefox
3. Sign the Probation Contract found at the end of the seminar.
4. Make an appointment with your advisor.

All students on probation are expected to meet with an academic advisor at least 2 times during the semester to discuss their progress towards returning to good standing.

You must make an appointment using the online appointment scheduler.

Walk-in appointments cannot be used to fulfill the probation requirements.

You must bring a copy of the completed Self-Assessment and the signed Probation Contract to the meeting with the advisor.

***If you do not complete ALL of the probation steps above, a “stop” will be placed on your account preventing you from registering for future courses.***

If you have been on probation in a prior term, you still must complete the steps listed above.

In addition to these steps, it is highly recommended that you sign up for the Bounce Back program.  Bounce Back is a semester-long program in which students meet on a weekly-basis in a group setting to foster resiliency, scholastic and personal skills. To register for Bounce Back, email Dave DeVito at dev@email.unc.edu.

What does “Ineligible” mean?

Students who do not qualify for probation or who do not meet cumulative eligibility standards after a probationary term have an academic status of Ineligible. An academic status of Ineligible means that you may not enroll in spring or fall terms.

What do I do if my academic status is Ineligible?

Raising your Grade-Point Average

If your academic ineligibility is due to an insufficient grade-point average then you must raise your GPA by enrolling in additional UNC-Chapel Hill courses to restore your eligibility. You may:

• attend UNC-Chapel Hill Summer School
• enroll in and complete appropriate Carolina Courses Online

Will you be leaving the University due to academic ineligibility? View this helpful document designed to help facilitate your successful return to campus.

Raising Your Cumulative Hours Passed

If your GPA is satisfactory and your ineligibility is due only to an insufficient number of academic credit hours passed (and you are not a transfer student deficient in academic credits earned at UNC-Chapel Hill), you may pursue the options noted above or you may transfer credits from another college, subject to their approval by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Undergraduate Admissions and your advisor in the Academic Advising Programs.
To pursue this option, submit a Course Approval Form to Undergraduate Admissions to verify whether the courses you wish to take at another college will transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill. Then, present the form to your advisor to confirm that the UNC-Chapel Hill credit you would receive is acceptable for your course of study. You must request that the registrar of the other college send an official sealed transcript to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB # 2200, Jackson Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200

in order for Admissions to award you transfer credit for the course; credit hours will be awarded only for courses in which you earn a grade of “C minus ” or higher. To avoid cancellation of your registration, your transcript from the other school must be received in time for the credits restoring your eligibility to be posted to your UNC-Chapel Hill transcript. If transfer credits that clear your eligibility are posted after your registration is cancelled but before the fall semester begins, you may re-register for available fall courses.

Resolving Temporary Grades
Some students may improve their current standing by converting an AB or IN grade from the previous term to a passing grade. Students to whom this applies must qualify for an exam excuse issued by the Campus Health Service or by one of the deans in the Academic Advising Programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the General College before an AB grade could be changed with a make-up final exam. To avoid cancellation of your registration, it would also be necessary for the final exam and/or completion of other coursework to be done early enough for the instructor to assess your performance and to report a grade change; however, instructors are not under any obligation to schedule an exam or to grade additional work on short notice if you have not already made such an agreement. If a change of grade restores your eligibility after your registration is canceled but before the fall semester begins, you may re-register for available fall courses.

Note: Students who return to full-time study may also need to apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. To determine if this applies to you, please visit this webpage.

What does “Ineligible (Pending)” mean?

Students who do not meet cumulative eligibility standards after the spring semester will have an academic status of “Ineligible (Pending).” These students have the opportunity to restore their eligibility over the summer. If eligibility is not restored over the summer, the student will be Ineligible for the fall semester.

What do I do if my academic status is Ineligible (Pending)?

Raising your Grade-Point Average

If your academic standing is Ineligible (Pending) due to an insufficient grade-point average then you must raise your GPA by enrolling in additional UNC-Chapel Hill courses to restore your eligibility. You may:

• attend UNC-Chapel Hill Summer School
• enroll in and complete appropriate Carolina Courses Online

Raising Your Cumulative Hours Passed

If your GPA is satisfactory and your academic standing is Ineligible (Pending) due only to an insufficient number of academic credit hours passed (and you are not a transfer student deficient in academic credits earned at UNC-Chapel Hill), you may pursue the options noted above or you may transfer credits from another college, subject to their approval by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Undergraduate Admissions and your advisor in the Academic Advising Programs.

To pursue this option, submit a Course Approval Form to Undergraduate Admissions to verify whether the courses you wish to take at another college will transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill. Then, present the form to your advisor to confirm that the UNC-Chapel Hill credit you would receive is acceptable for your course of study. You must request that the registrar of the other college send an official sealed transcript to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB # 2200, Jackson Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200

in order for Admissions to award you transfer credit for the course; credit hours will be awarded only for courses in which you earn a grade of “C minus ” or higher. To avoid cancellation of your registration, your transcript from the other school must be received in time for the credits restoring your eligibility to be posted to your UNC-Chapel Hill transcript. If transfer credits that clear your eligibility are posted after your registration is cancelled but before the fall semester begins, you may re-register for available fall courses.

Resolving Temporary Grades
Some students may improve their current standing by converting an AB or IN grade from the previous term to a passing grade. Students to whom this applies must qualify for an exam excuse issued by the Campus Health Service or by one of the deans in the Academic Advising Programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the General College before an AB grade could be changed with a make-up final exam. To avoid cancellation of your registration, it would also be necessary for the final exam and/or completion of other coursework to be done early enough for the instructor to assess your performance and to report a grade change; however, instructors are not under any obligation to schedule an exam or to grade additional work on short notice if you have not already made such an agreement. If a change of grade restores your eligibility after your registration is cancelled but before the fall semester begins, you may re-register for available fall courses.

Does everyone get a semester of probation?

No. You must pass 9 credit hours in the preceding semester to qualify for probation. If you did not meet the standards for Good Standing and you did not pass 9 credit hours in the preceding semester, you will be Ineligible.

What happens if I do not qualify for a semester of probation?

If you do not qualify for a semester of probation, you will be Ineligible and must restore your academic standing (see What do I do if I am Ineligible?).

If you did not qualify for a semester of probation but you would like to request a semester of probation you must appeal for probation.

How long is probation?

Students are granted one semester of probation.

What is continued probation?

In the rarest of cases, a student who has already completed a semester on probation but did not return to good academic standing, may be granted one semester of continued probation through the appeals process. Continued Probation will only be granted if the appealing student took full advantage of the probation intervention program and University resources and came very close to returning to good academic standing (students appealing for continued probation should have at least a 1.900 cumulative GPA).

Students requesting continued probation should have done everything requested of students on probation during their probationary semester:

completing the Self-Assessment,
completing the online Student Success Seminar,
completing the Probation Contract,
completing the End of Semester Assessment,
meeting with their academic advisors,
and utilizing university resources such as the Learning Center.

Whether or not a student completed these steps and/or took additional measures to resolve their probationary status such as participating in Bounce Back, will be taken into consideration when determining whether or not to grant continued probation.

Students will not be granted continued probation if they cannot return to good academic standing in one semester or if the student’s academic performance is getting worse rather than better.
Students appealing for continued probation should have at least a 1.900 cumulative GPA. All students on continued probation will be required to meet with a member of the Undergraduate Retention team and complete an individualized performance contract.

My academic status is Ineligible. Can I request a semester of probation?

If you did not qualify for a semester of probation and you would like to request a semester of probation, you must appeal for probation.

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