Academic Probation

Matriculated Students

When a student’s cumulative graduate GPA falls below B (3.0) for grades earned in courses numbered 500 and above taken at Stony Brook, the student shall be placed on probation.

• If the student’s overall GPA has been raised to B (3.0) by the end of the next semester of enrollment after being first notified of probation, the student will be returned to regular status.

• Students may be on probation for a maximum of two semesters.

• A student on academic probation who fails to achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the second semester on probation will usually not be permitted to re-enroll.

• A student who has changed a registered area of graduate studies may, upon the request of the new program, have their record treated as two separate records. The GPA for the new area of graduate studies may be calculated from the beginning of the semester in which the change became effective.

• A student enrolled part time who has accumulated six semester credits with a cumulative average below 3.0 will have two semesters, or six additional credits (whichever comes first) to bring their cumulative GPA to 3.0.

• Temporary grades (I and NR), missing grades and those grades for which no numerical equivalents are defined (P, S, U, and R) are not calculated in determining the eligibility for academic probation.

Programs may have additional requirements as specified in program literature. Failure to meet these requirements may result in academic probation.

Non-Matriculated Students

Academic Warning

After completing at least 3 credits, when a student's cumulative graduate GPA falls below 2.5 for grades earned in enrolled courses and above taken at Stony Brook, the student shall be placed on an academic warning.

• If the student's overall GPA has been raised to 2.5 by the end of the next semester of enrollment after being first notified of the warning, the student will be returned to regular status.

• A student on an academic warning who fails to achieve a 2.5 cumulative GPA after completing 6 credits will be academically dismissed from the School of Professional Development.

• A student who changes from non-matriculated status to matriculated status, upon the request of the new program, may have their record treated as two separate records. The GPA for the new area of graduate studies may be calculated from the beginning of the semester in which the change became effective.

• Temporary grades (I and NR), missing grades and those grades for which no numerical equivalents are defined (P, S, U, and R) are not calculated in determining the eligibility for academic warning.

Academic Dismissal

When a student on academic warning, cumulative graduate GPA falls below a 2.5 after completing 6 credits in courses taken at Stony Brook, the student shall be dismissed from the School of Professional Development.

Conditional Reinstatement from Dismissal

Non-matriculated students who have been dismissed may petition for a conditional reinstatement. However, there is no guarantee a petition will be granted. Petitions should address the reason why the students GPA is below a 2.5 and actions that will be taken to ensure the problem(s) will be addressed and not impede success in future classes.

If approved, returning students are placed on conditional reinstatement (a $50 administrative fee must be paid for the petition). Conditionally reinstated students are required to earn at least a 2.5 semester GPA after 6 credits.