Academic Probation

Academic Probation Suspension & Readmission

The purpose of academic probation is to provide a consistent and fair method of academic sanction for all students that not only supports the academic rigor of the College and Syracuse University programs, but also provides direction and a system of intervention for students. Students in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics who have been placed on Academic Warning or One Term Trial will have the availability of a number of resources within the College and University including access to an academic counselor who will work with them to develop and implement a plan that will lead to future academic success.

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Academic Probation and Progress Monitoring Policies

The purpose of academic probation is to provide a consistent and fair method of academic sanction for all students that not only supports the academic rigor of the College and Syracuse University programs, but also provides direction and a system of intervention for students. Students in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics who have been placed on Academic Warning or One Term Trial will have the availability of a number of resources within the College and University including access to an academic counselor who will work with them to develop and implement a plan that will lead to future academic success.

Students will receive letters or e-mails notifying them of their probationary status as soon as possible after grades are posted. This letter or email will include information about the reason for the academic probation along with an explanation of how they can restore their good academic status and details on how to set up appointments with their assigned student support counselor.

Academic Probation Classifications

Academic Warning

Occurs the first time (and can only be designated once in a student’s academic career in the Falk College) a student achieves one or more of the following:

  • Lower than a 2.0 semester and/or cumulative grade point average after a regular semester.
  • Excessive number of incompletes, NA’s and/or missing grades.
  • Lack of progress towards degree (especially in major requirements).

Students on Academic Warning can be removed from this status and moved to good academic standing by achieving all of the following in the Academic Warning Semester:

  • Earning 12 or more credit hours of advised and completed course work with a minimum of both a 2.0 semester and cumulative grade point average.
  • Making adequate progress towards degree requirements.
  • Attending a minimum of Student Support meetings with their appointed counselor. The Student Support hold for registration will not be lifted until all meeting attendance is fulfilled.

One Term Trial

Occurs in subsequent regular semesters (after the Academic Warning or Readmit semester) when students achieve one or more of the following:

  • Lower than a 2.0 semester and/or cumulative grade point average after a regular semester.
  • Excessive number of incompletes, NA’s and/or missing grades.
  • Lack of progress towards degree (especially in major requirements). d. No declared major upon achieving 54 credits.

Students on One Term Trial must achieve the following during the One Term Trial semester in order to be removed from this status and moved to good academic standing:

  • Attend Student Support meetings with their appointed counselor as designated in their one term trial letter. The Student Support hold for registration will not be lifted until all meeting attendance is fulfilled (as noted by their student support counselor).
  • Earning 12 or more credit hours of advised and completed course work with a minimum of both a 2.0 semester and cumulative grade point average.
  • Making adequate progress towards degree requirements.
  • Declaring a major.

If these requirements are not met, students may be suspended.

Progress Monitoring

(For under twelve credits during a regular semester)
When a student goes below twelve credits in a regular semester they will be placed on Progress Monitoring status (which is not an academic probation status) which includes:

  • Attending an Assessment Meeting with an assigned Student Support Counselor who will determine appropriate intervention for the under twelve situation (which could include moving to academic probation status).
  • Being placed on the MSPR student report list to monitor their mid-semester progress to assess if intervention is warranted.

Academic Suspension and Appeal Procedures

Students are suspended from the Falk College if they fail to meet the requirements stipulated during their one term trial semester. Students do have the option of appealing their suspension if there are substantial reasons for doing so (see Appealing a Suspension below). Student appeals (along with transcripts and attendance at student support meetings) are reviewed by the Falk College Academic Review Committee which consists of faculty and staff within the college along with counselors from the Office of Student Services and is chaired by the Associate Dean.

Students who accept their suspension have the option of applying for future readmission provided they meet the requirements for readmission set forth by the Falk College.

Appealing a Suspension (Immediately After Suspension)

If a student chooses to appeal an academic suspension from the Falk College, s/he must submit an email of appeal to the Office of Student Services by the deadline (pay attention to the date and time) stated on the suspension letter.

The email or letter should address the points below and should only be 2 – 3 pages in length (please note that what you write is considered confidential information and will only be shared with the Academic Review Committee and your appeal will not be placed in your academic file). It is highly recommended that you follow the Suspension Appeal Outline below to write your letter to make sure you address all the important points.

  • The reasons for your academic problems. Be honest, forthright, and frank when describing what happened. Please include any health, mental health and/or substance abuse issues, learning disabilities, family/personal issues or other situations that compromised your ability to succeed academically.
  • Whether or not you met with an Academic Counselor and/or received other supportive services (tutoring, therapy, medical treatment, and etc. while on probation). If you did not use these or other supportive services please explain why not. If you did receive these services, written documentation from your provider will strengthen your appeal.
  • Explain what you plan to do differently to become a successful student. Be honest and realistic when explaining to the Committee why you believe your new strategies will work. Include specific behaviors that will help you recover from your poor academic performance. This may include whether and how your employment status, living arrangements and environment, study skills, and lifestyle or habits will change to increase our academic success.

The email should be sent to: falkss@syr.edu or
Faxed to: 315-443-2562 (Attn: James Byrne)

Notification of Appeal Decision and Follow up Actions

Students will be notified by email of the Academic Review Committee decision. Please note that it is extremely improbable that an appeal will be honored after a previous suspension and appeal.

If the appeal is granted, the student will be on One Term Trial and will receive an email describing the conditions of this probation during the semester s/he returns including how often they will need to see their academic support counselor.

Please Note: The Decision of the Academic Review Committee Is Final

Outline for Appeal Letter

Please address the points in the outline below. Your appeal letter should be 2-3 pages in length.

Please note that what you write is considered CONFIDENTIAL information and will ONLY be shared with the Academic Review Committee and your appeal letter will NOT be placed in your academic file.

Introduction

  • Introduce yourself
  • Thank the Academic Review Committee for taking time to review your letter
  • Explain why you are writing the letter
  • Brief reason for Suspension

Reason for Suspension

  • Give specific and honest details of why you had academic problems
  • Include information regarding any health, mental health and/or substance abuse
  • issues, learning disabilities, family/personal issues or situations that compromised your ability to succeed academically

Supportive Services

  • Tell if you did or did not meet with your Academic Support Counselor
  • Tell if you received any other supportive services like tutoring, therapy, medical treatment, working with ODS, etc.
  • If you did not use these services, or if you did not use these supportive services as much as you should have, explain why not
  • If you did receive supportive services, written documentation from your provider(s) will strengthen your appeal

Your Plan to Be a More Successful Student

  • Explain what you plan to do differently to be a more successful student next semester
  • Explain how your work habits, employment status, living arrangement and environment, study skills, lifestyle and/or habits will change to improve your academic success
  • Be honest and realistic as to why you feel these new strategies will work Include specific behaviors that will help you recover from your poor academic performance
  • Include supportive services that you plan on using

Conclusion

  • Explain why your education and being here at Syracuse is important to you
  • Ask the Academic Review Committee to please take your letter into consideration and accept your request for an appeal
  • Thank the Academic Review Committee for taking time to consider your appeal

Readmission

There are two ways in which students who have been academically suspended can be readmitted to the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics – Fast Track or Standard Readmission, as described below. In the event of a suspension by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the student must ALSO contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (315-443-3728), located at 310 Steele Hall, for the appropriate procedure. Please note: All required readmission documentation (see below) must be received at least two full weeks prior to the beginning of the academic semester (and preferably sooner) in which the applicant wishes to enroll.

Fast Track Readmission

Fast Track Readmission can occur after a student has been suspended from the Falk College for one regular (fall or spring) semester. Students with a 1.5 cumulative grade point average or higher at the time of suspension from the Falk College are eligible to apply for the Fast Track to return to their declared major or undeclared status provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must pass a minimum of 9 credit hours of course work from an accredited institution in one regular semester (fall or spring).
  • All courses must be pre-approved by the student’s academic advisor in the Falk College and be applicable/transferable to the student’s existing program at Syracuse University.
  • Students must achieve a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average for the 9 (or more) credit hours and must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in a course (in order for it to transfer to SU).

Standard Readmission

Standard Readmission can occur after the student has been suspended from the Falk College for an academic year and the following requirements are met. Students must:

  • Take a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work from an accredited institution during fall and/or spring semesters.
  • Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each course in order to transfer credits back to SU.
  • Achieve a minimum gpa of 2.5 for all credits taken.
  • Have all courses pre-approved by their academic advisor and be applicable/transferable to the student’s existing program at Syracuse University.

Readmission Materials and Procedure

The following materials must be submitted in order for a student to be considered for readmission:

  • An email or letter to the Assistant Dean requesting readmission and explaining the reasons that led to suspension and how these issues have been handled. This correspondence should include:
    • Current Email address, current residential address and a telephone number.
    • How you have occupied your time during your suspension.
    • Any health, mental health and/or substance abuse issues, learning disabilities, family/personal issues or other situations that compromised your ability to succeed academically.
    • If you have received supportive services (tutoring, therapy, medical treatment, and etc. while on suspension). If you did receive these services, written documentation from your provider will strengthen your readmission request.
    • Explain what you plan to do differently to become a successful student. Be honest and realistic when explaining why you believe your new strategies will work. Include specific behaviors that will help you recover from your poor academic performance. This may include whether and how your employment status, living arrangements and environment, study skills, and lifestyle or habits will change to increase your academic success.
  • An official transcript from the institution where the external course work occurred.

Emails should be sent to James Byrne, Assistant Dean, at jrbyrne@syr.edu.

Letters and official school transcripts should be sent to:
Syracuse University
Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Attention: James Byrne/Assistant Dean
Office of Student Services
300 MacNaughton Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Letters may also be faxed to 315-443-2562 to James Byrne’s attention.

All materials will be reviewed by the Assistant Dean who will consult with the Chair of the Department where the students’ major is situated. Consideration will be on an individual basis and are especially rigorous for those students who have already experienced more than one academic suspension at the College and/or University. Students will be notified by the Assistant Dean when a decision has been made.

All readmitted students will be placed on One Term Trial status (see information under Academic Probation tab) and will be required to see an academic support counselor in the Office of Student Services during the first week they return to school to review the terms of their readmission.

Once readmitted, students will be cleared to register for their first semester back and should contact their academic advisor to determine their course schedule.