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How did I get placed on academic probation?

Undergraduates are placed on academic probation if, in any semester, their term or cumulative GPA at Chapman falls below a 2.00 (a "C" average).

Can I be dismissed if I am on academic probation?

A student is subject to academic dismissal from the University if (1) the student's cumulative GPA at Chapman remains below 2.000 for two consecutive semesters or (2) the student's term GPA at Chapman falls below 2.000 for two consecutive semesters and his or her cumulative GPA falls below 2.700. Students who wish to appeal an academic dismissal must demonstrate both extraordinary circumstances explaining the unsatisfactory academic performance and a likelihood of success if allowed to continue at Chapman.

How do I get off academic probation?

Undergraduates are removed from academic probation and restored to good standing upon achieving a 2.00 GPA in both their term and cumulative GPA at Chapman.

Can I still register for courses while I'm on academic probation?

Students on academic probation are limited to 14 or 16 credits, depending on their cumulative GPA.  If a student is enrolled in more than 14/16 credits and does not drop courses before the deadline date indicated in their probation letter, the Office of the Registrar will drop the last class the student registered for via my.chapman.edu.

What is required of me if I'm on academic probation?

All undergraduate students on academic probation will have an advising hold placed on their account that will only be lifted after the student has met regularly with their academic advisor.  In these meetings the advisor will review the probation policies, grading, success strategies, and available resources in an individual setting, and will co-sign a probation agreement with the student.  Some students may be asked to repeat courses, seek tutoring, and schedule mentoring appointments with a probation peer mentor.

Can I repeat courses for a higher grade in order to improve my GPA?

Yes.  In fact, this is the quickest way to improve your GPA.  When repeating courses, the original grade will remain on the transcript, but only the higher grade will be used in the GPA calculation.  You should meet with your advisor to discuss specific course requirements.  See the Repeating Courses page for more specific information.

How many courses can I repeat for a higher grade?

Under the policy for Courses Repeated for Higher Grades there is no limit to the number of credits that can be repeated.

If I earn a "D, F or FW" in a course taken at Chapman, do I have to repeat it at Chapman or can I repeat it at a community college of another University?

Any course taken at Chapman must be repeated at Chapman in order to replace the previous grade in your GPA.  Any course repeated at another college or University will be averaged in when calculating your GPA.

*Note: Credits are only earned once when repeating courses.

Must I repeat a class the following semester or with the same instructor to use the Courses Repeated for Higher Grades policy?

No.  You do not have to take the class the next semester or with the same instructor.  The class must have the same course name and number (i.e. BIOL 204), in order to apply the repeat.  However, it is a good idea to repeat the class the next semester while the material is fresh in your mind, and to quickly raise your GPA.

Courses Repeated for Higher Grades Policy

Did you know that any undergraduate course numbered 100-499 at Chapman may be repeated to improve the grade?  The lower grade remains on the record with a notation that the course has been repeated.  Only the higher grade and credit are computed in the cumulative grade point average.  In exercising this option, a student must repeat the same course at Chapman.