Academic Standing Committee


Membership List Y22C.

Bylaws Information

(Information in italics below is repeated from the Faculty Bylaws Article VIII, Section 6)


  • Provost/Executive Vice President or designee, administrative officer
  • Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
  • Registrar
  • Six members of the teaching faculty elected for two-year terms, one from the College of Arts and Sciences and one from each of the schools into which the institution is organized, and two members-at-large from among the teaching faculty. Three members will be elected each year, with at-large members elected in different years. The committee will elect annually in May a chair from among these faculty members.
  • Representative appointed by and from the Academic Advising Office, ex officio, without vote
  • Two student members appointed by the President of the Student Government Association
  • Faculty of the Law School are excluded from service on this committee


  • To periodically review standards for satisfactory academic performance by undergraduate students of the University
  • To periodically review academic standards for probationary status or suspension of undergraduate students whose work fails to meet these standards
  • To recommend an appeals procedure for undergraduate students contesting academic standing decisions
  • To establish procedures for the readmission of suspended undergraduate students
  • To periodically review the operation of the grading system and to propose changes that will provide for academic quality
  • To publish periodic reports of its work to the faculty
  • To advise on standards for making Dean’s list, Honors, and other academic programs and recognition for the undergraduate program
  • To consider special projects or policies as proposed by Academic Council
  • To evaluate the effect of curricular or program change on academic standing issues (e.g., Elon Core Curriculum changes, student body changes)
  • To periodically review the grade appeal process
  • None of the above duties of the committee will apply to the law school or graduate programs

Information for the Academic Standing Committee


Areas of Committee Concern

  • The University grading system
  • Academic standing decisions pertaining to undergraduate students and programs
  • Academic standards pertaining to undergraduate students and programs
  • Long term effects of academic standards pertaining to changes in the curriculum

Policies and Procedures

  1. The committee elects annually in May its chair from among the full-time teaching faculty members on the committee.
  2. As administrative officer of the committee, the Provost/Executive Vice President or designee handles all correspondence and conferences pertaining to committee recommendations and decisions, and convenes the entire committee when necessary as decided in conference with the chair.
  3. The requirements for suspension and probationary status are published in the University Catalog and the Student Handbook. Exceptions to these requirements are based on special circumstances. The committee reviews the list of probation and suspended students at the end of fall, winter, spring, and summer terms, and may review individual appeals at the request of the Provost/Executive Vice President or designee.
    • Academic standing requirements are applied to any student who has completed at least 12 semester hours. In order to continue at the University a student must earn a minimum grade point average each semester of 1.0 and at the end of the spring semester have a cumulative GPA of 1.70 for 1-29 semester hours, 1.80 for 30-61 semester hours, 1.90 for 62-95 semester hours, and 2.0 for 96 semester hours or more.
    • Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 are placed on probation. The third consecutive semester on probation will result in suspension. A first suspension is for a minimum of one full semester. A second suspension is normally permanent.
  1. Students may appeal committee recommendations and decisions to the Provost/Executive Vice President or designee who, in sensitive cases, will involve other committee members prior to making a decision.
  2. Readmission of students after an academic suspension is handled by the Provost/Executive Vice President Affairs or designee.

Methods of Reporting to the Campus Community

The committee chair will submit a written annual report to Academic Council. On matters deemed to be of general concern, the Council may request that the committee report directly to the faculty.

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