Academic Standing, Support, and Retention

All students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to remain in good academic standing.

Academic standing is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Stony Brook is committed to helping students who are at risk academically. The following retention system is designed to identify and provide academic support for these students.

Students who withdraw from the University and whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00 are required to wait for at least one semester before they are permitted to re-enroll. To learn more about taking a leave of absence, please refer to the "Leave of Absence and Returning to the University" section in this Bulletin.

Students on Probation, First and Second Reinstatement will be limited to 16 credits in a semester.

Academic Notice

Students who are in good academic standing but whose semester g.p.a. falls below 2.00 will receive a letter of notice and will be encouraged to contact an academic advisor.

Academic Warning

First-semester students

First-semester students whose g.p.a. is below 2.00 will receive a letter of warning and will be required to contact an academic advisor who must approve the student's schedule for the following semester. Students who fail to consult an  academic advisor will be blocked from making changes to their schedules.

Continuing Students

Continuing students in good academic standing whose semester g.p.a. is below 2.00 for two consecutive semesters will receive a letter of warning and will be required to contact an academic advisor who must approve the student's schedule for the following semester. Students who fail to consult an academic advisor will be blocked from making changes to their schedules.

Probation

Students whose cumulative g.p.a. falls below 2.00 will be placed on probation and will be required to contact an academic advisor who must approve the student's schedule for the following semester. Students who fail to consult an academic advisor or who fail to register for the approved schedule will be blocked from making changes to their schedules. Students who are validly registered at Stony Brook and whose current academic standing remark is "academic probation" are considered to be in good standing for purposes of enrollment certification and participation in athletic and other co-curricular activities.

Suspension

Students on probation who fail to achieve good academic standing the following semester will be suspended.  Students who have earned at least a 2.00 term g.pa. may petition for academic reinstatement by completing a  petition form and submitting it to the appropriate Committee on Academic Standing and Appeals.

First Reinstatement

Students who have been suspended and have had their petition for reinstatement approved will have their reinstatement noted on their academic records. Reinstated students may be asked to sign a contract agreeing to conditions for reinstatement.

Second Reinstatement

Students who fail to achieve good standing in the semester following their reinstatement will have this noted and will be required to contact an academic advisor who must approve the student's schedule for the following semester. Students who fail to consult an academic advisor or who fail to register for the approved schedule will be deregistered.

Dismissal

All reinstated students remain on probation. Conditions may be attached to the student's reinstatement. Students who fail to meet the conditions for reinstatement or who fail to achieve a 2.00 cumulative g.p.a. within two semesters of reinstatement will be dismissed from the University.