The College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) is committed to assisting and supporting students on academic probation and dismissal in their efforts to achieve their full academic potential and to ultimately meet their goals of graduating from the University of Maryland. There are several factors (e.g. social, academic, financial, health, emotional) that can impact a student’s ability to achieve their academic potential. The information provided on this website serves to inform students about what academic probation and dismissal are, how they impact ARHU students, and what steps can and should be taken to move forward. All students on academic probation or academic dismissal are assigned an academic advisor to discuss course selections for current and future semesters, as well as individual strategies and resources that will enable students to move towards improved academic performance. Appointments can be made by calling the ARHU Office of Student Affairs at 301-405-2108 and/or by attending walk-in hours. Please note that appointments will not be scheduled over email.
- What is academic probation?
- How does being on academic probation in ARHU affect my registration?
- What should I do now that I'm on academic probation?
- How can I get off academic probation?
ACADEMIC INCENTIVE PLAN (AIP)
- Students are placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 in any given semester. Please click here for the complete university policy.
- The Office of the Registrar will notify students who are placed on academic probation at the end of fall and/or spring semesters. Notifications are mailed to students’ permanent addresses on file. Please click here to verify/update your contact information with the University.
The University may academically dismiss students who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 at the end of their probationary semester, contingent upon their credit levels as noted in the Undergraduate Catalog.
- Students on academic probation may not register for courses (i.e. add or drop courses from a given semester schedule) without permission from an academic advisor, who will give students permission to register for courses through electronic “stamps” which enable students to register for courses.
- Students must meet with their major advisor for advising before meeting with an ARHU advisor to discuss their plans for any current or future semester.
- Students on academic probation should do the following in their efforts to transition to good academic standing:
- Carefully read and understand the academic probation notification letter from the Office of the Registrar. Read the contents of this website. It should help boost your understanding of what academic probation is and what steps and resources can be taken and utilized to transition to good academic standing.
- Complete a self-assessment.
- Set up an advising appointment with your major advisor. This is a good opportunity to discuss remaining requirements of your major.
- Set up an advising appointment with an ARHU advsior by calling 301.405. 2108 to schedule a half-hour appointment or visit during walk-in advising hours.
- Students who achieve a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 in a fall or spring semester will effectively be considered in good academic standing by the University. Students can only transition off academic probation at the end of a fall and/or spring semester.
- Students are dismissed from UMD if their academic performance does not meet the minimum university standards.
- If you find yourself in the following categories, you may be at risk for dismissal: If you have earned 60 or more credits, and remain below a cumulative 2.0 GPA for two consecutive semesters (not including summer/winter terms).
- If you have earned fewer than 60 credits, and do not raise your semester GPA to at least a 2.0 after a probationary semester.
- For more information about academic dismissal, click here.
- If you are dismissed based on failure to attain at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA, you may apply for reinstatement.
- If you are reinstated after academic dismissal, you must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 by the end of your first semester to avoid dismissal.
- Please click here for more information about academic dismissal and the reinstatement process.
ACADEMIC INCENTIVE PLAN (AIP)
The Academic Incentive Plan (AIP) is a program designed to help students on academic dismissal or probation establish a concrete academic plan for success at the University of Maryland by ensuring that they are connected with the appropriate resources to succeed. The goal of AIP is to empower students academically and personally as they work toward graduation. Any student applying for reinstatement that successfully completes all parts of his/her AIP contract will receive supporting documentation from the College of Arts and Humanities. Conversely, the College also retains the right to deny support for reinstatement should you fail to satisfy your contracted agreement. Please note that support from the College of Arts and Humanities does not guarantee your readmission, as the Office of Reenrollment makes final decisions regarding reinstatement.
- All students who are placed on academic probation are strongly encouraged to participate in AIP. The College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) will formally invite students to participate in AIP and to meet an advisor to discuss their academic status and their options.
- Students are not required to participate and complete an AIP contract. An incentive for completing the program is that students will be connected with resources to help them achieve their academic goals, as well as supporting documentation from ARHU that could accompany a student’s reinstatement application if he/she is academically dismissed.
- All students who wish to begin and complete an AIP contract must make an appointment to meet with an advisor for an initial meeting to discuss their current academic status and the requirements of the program.
- Students should make their initial appointment by contacting the ARHU Office of Student Affairs at 301-405-2108.
- Note: Students may only meet during walk-in advising hours after they have had their initial meeting
- Before the initial appointment, students must complete the following:
- Review the ARHU website for students on academic probation/dismissal
- Meet with their major academic advisor
- Complete an AIP self-assessment (please complete, save, and email to Ms. Tanesha Leathers)
- During the initial appointment, students will discuss the factors that led to their academic probation status in an effort to identify resources and strategies to improve academic performance in the future. All participants will leave with an AIP contract and specific suggestions for ways to improve their academic performance during their probationary semester.
- After the initial appointment, students will need to complete all the components of the AIP contract outlined during their meeting to receive confirmation of completion of the program.
For more information, contact Ms. Tanesha Leathers in the Office of Student Affairs at 301-405-2108.