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Temporary Policy Regarding Academic Status and Satisfactory Academic Progress-Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 Only

In response to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of courses during the spring 2020 semester, the current Academic Status and Satisfactory Academic Progress policy shall be temporarily amended. The intention of this policy is that the academic record of students in negative academic standing can only be improved and not negatively impacted; Federal financial aid regulations will still apply to the evaluation of satisfactory academic progress.

Academic Status Spring and Summer 2020 Terms

A full evaluation of student academic status will be suspended for the spring and summer 2020 terms. Students will carry forward their academic standing assignments from the fall 2019 semester except in the circumstance where their academic performance in either the spring 2020 term or summer 2020 term results in a restoration of good academic standing as defined in the Academic Status and Satisfactory Academic Progress policy of the university. All restrictions associated with the academic risk standing category of the student will carry forward to the fall 2020 semester unless the student has moved into good academic standing.

Students who receive no credit for fully graded courses (receive all NP grades) attempted in the spring or summer 2020 terms will be required to meet with an advisor to complete a self-assessment and complete an approved academic improvement plan.

Financial Aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress Spring and Summer 2020 Terms

Federal financial aid regulations require the university to continue evaluating satisfactory academic progress for students using financial aid. Students on Academic Probation at the end of the fall 2019 semester and who have not yet achieved good academic standing at the end of the spring or summer 2020 terms and who are on an approved academic plan and financial aid appeal will be reviewed for continued financial aid eligibility by the financial aid office.

Students will be notified by the financial aid office about their financial aid status for the summer and fall 2020 terms.

Students on Academic Warning at the end of the fall 2019 semester who have a cumulative GPA below 2.000 or have failed to complete at least 66% of all credits they have attempted at either the end of the spring or summer 2020 terms shall lose their eligibility for financial aid, but are eligible to submit a financial aid appeal after meeting in some capacity with a professional advisor to complete an approved academic improvement plan. The United States Department of Education has provided clear guidance that circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak may form the basis of a financial aid appeal.

Students in negative academic standing are encouraged to consult with an advisor if they have questions regarding their academic status and satisfactory academic progress for the spring or summer 2020 terms.