Academic Standing in the College of Arts and Sciences

General Guidelines

For Students in the College of Arts and Sciences (from the course catalog 2013-14)

As of the Fall 2013 semester, the graduation requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree is a minimum of 32 full courses of which a maximum of two of the required 32 courses may be fulfilled by a combination of co-curricular credits. All students are required to complete a minimum of 30 full academic courses. Two half academic courses will count as the equivalent of one full course.

Students are expected to progress toward graduation at a more or less constant rate. Given the requirement of 32 full courses, students should pass an average of four courses per semester to complete 32 courses in eight semesters.

There is a minimum level of accomplishment each semester to maintain good academic standing. Students in their first semester must pass at least three full academic courses or the equivalent; students in each subsequent semester must pass no fewer than three and one half full courses per semester of which three must be full academic courses or the equivalent. The remaining half course may be another academic course or the equivalent in co-curricular courses.

AP, IB, or other courses earned prior to or after matriculation at Oberlin cannot be used to make up for a failed course for the purpose of academic standing.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.67 to be in good academic standing. Students who at the beginning of a semester need fewer than 3.5 full courses to graduate are required to complete only the number of courses necessary for graduation. The Academic Standing Committee reviews the records of students whose achievement in a given semester falls below the established minimum; for details, please see http://new.oberlin.edu/office/dean-of-studies/policies/academic-standing.dot. The online chart indicates the possible academic standing sanctions that serve as guidelines for the initial review of a student’s record.

A student who has been suspended or dismissed has the option to appeal the decision of the Academic Standing Committee if he or she believes that there are extenuating circumstances that the Committee should consider. The decision of the Academic Standing Committee regarding the appealis final.

An academic suspension in the College of Arts and Sciences is for two semesters; a suspended student has the option of appealing to return for the next semester (or after one semester of suspension). The Academic Standing Committee may expect the student to take approved academic courses at another accredited college or university in order to demonstrate readiness to return to Oberlin. A student who is suspended may not take or participate in any Oberlin College courses, live in campus housing, nor may s/he participate in student organizations e.g., teach or take an ExCo course, or work on campus. Requests for exceptions must be approved by the Office of the Dean of Studies in consultation with the Dean of Students.Conditions to return from suspension will be clearly stated in a student’s suspension letter and must be met or be in process before the student appeals to return.

The Arts and Sciences Academic Standing Committee reviews the records of Arts and Sciences students whose achievement in a given semester falls below the appropriate established minimum. (The records of students who withdraw after the end of the tenth week of classes are subject to review by the Committee.) The decision of the Academic Standing Committee regarding a student’s academic standing is final.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

May I appeal a suspension decision?

Yes, students may appeal a suspension decision by following a well-defined appeal process within firm deadlines. Please contact Kathryn Stuart, Dean of Studies, for details.

I was suspended for two semesters. It's time for me to return now, what do I need to do?

Suspended students must submit a Reinstatement Form to the Office of the Registrar for readmission to Oberlin. Students are asked to submit additional materials to the Dean of Studies prior to action on their applications. Appropriate forms and materials must be received by August 1 for return in the fall semester and by January 2 for return in the spring semester. Students must be cleared for reinstatement by August 15 for return in the fall semester or January 15 for return in the spring semester in order to enroll for that semester. No exceptions are made.

May I appeal a dismissal decision?

Yes, students may appeal a dismissal decision by following a well-defined appeal process within firm deadlines. Please contact Kathryn Stuart, Dean of Studies, for details.

Who do I contact if I have questions/concerns about my academic standing?

Contact the Office of the Dean of Studies if you are a student in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you are a conservatory student, contact the Office of the Associate Dean of the Conservatory. You can also review the academic standing section in the Course Catalog.