Academic Probation and Dismissal

Good Academic Standing
The term "in good academic standing" means that a student is eligible or has been allowed to register for and undertake academic coursework at the college for the term in question. In some instances, students may be defined as being "on academic probation." The mechanism of academic probation, including any accompanying constraints upon students'; activities, is intended as an educational device designed to encourage greater effort on the part of students who appear to be having difficulty in meeting certain academic standards. Placement on academic probation may precede denial of the right to register for academic coursework if certain conditions are not met, but students on academic probation are considered to be in good academic standing. Any questions concerning whether or not an individual student is in good academic standing will be determined by the campus committee on academic standards.

Students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 are automatically classified as "on academic probation." The cumulative GPA is determined at the end of each semester and is included on the term grade report. Students on probation have until the completion of the next regular semester to raise the cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher. Failure to do so by that time may result in dismissal from the college.

Students facing dismissal because of a low cumulative GPA may appeal that status by seeking a hearing before the appropriate Probation Appeal Board. An appointment may be made in the dean's office of the faculty responsible for the student's major program. Undeclared students not affiliated with an academic support services program (i.e., EOP, STAR, SSSP, AIM) may make an appointment to appeal a recommendation of academic dismissal by contacting the Academic Standards Office, Twin Rise 100.

Academic Dismissal
Students may be dismissed from the college for the following reasons:

  1. Failing any course for the third time.
  2. Failing one-half or more of a semester's work.
  3. Failing to satisfy the probation requirements.
  4. Failing to complete basic skills requirements by the end of their sophomore year.

Students who have been academically dismissed must wait one full year from the time of dismissal before being considered for readmission. If readmitted, all coursework taken previously will be considered in computing the cumulative average, unless the student has opted for Academic Clemency.

Readmission forms are available in the Admissions Office, Moot Hall.

Academic Eligibility for Financial Aid
Financial aid guidelines require that to continue to receive financial aid, students must show evidence of making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. For additional information about financial aid eligibility, refer to the financial aid section of this catalog or visit

Academic Misconduct
All students are expected to display honesty and integrity in completing course requirements and college academic regulations. Academic misconduct refers to plagiarism or cheating on examinations or assignments, and is inconsistent with the aims and goals of Buffalo State. Specifically, students may neither use the work of another individual without proper acknowledgment nor perform work for another individual. Other examples of inappropriate academic conduct include prior acquisition or possession of an examination or submission of false data. As a result of a sustained allegation of academic misconduct, a low or failing grade for part or all of the coursework may be given to the student, at the discretion of the instructor. No penalty for an alleged instance of academic misconduct may be imposed unless the student has been apprised of the allegation, the penalty, and the procedures of due process that are available.

A statement outlining formal college policies and procedures to be followed in cases of alleged academic misconduct will be on file in each dean's office, in the Academic Standards Office, and in the Student Life Office.

Cases of severe infractions of acceptable standards may be brought before the Academic Misconduct Board, chaired by the director of academic standards, and may result in academic dismissal.