Academic Probation Policy

Academic Probation Policy

Approved By and Date: Board of Trustees 07-24-2014
  Executive Leadership Team 06-23-2014
  ICORE 06-11-2014

Student learning and success are at the core of Stanly Community College’s (SCC) mission.  Students who maintain a 2.00 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) are classified as making satisfactory academic progress.  If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00 at the end of a semester, the student will be placed on academic probation. During academic probation, a student is expected to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 each semester until he/she returns to a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above. In order to promote student success and the improvement of a student’s GPA, course loads will be limited based on the student’s current cumulative GPA. Some SCC programs may have more rigorous academic progress criteria.  It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet all requirements related to satisfactory academic progress and/or academic probation. 

Academic Probation Procedures

Approved By and Date: Executive Leadership Team 03-25-2019
  ICORE 03-20-2019

1. Students will be sent an email to their student email account containing a notice of academic probation status, the parameters of academic probation and the appropriate contact information for the counseling staff.

2. Students will be responsible for contacting a counselor and their Success Coach to discuss appropriate courses for registration.  Counselors will use the following criteria to assist students in course selection.

Registration guidelines:

  • Current Cumulative GPA 0.00 – 0.99 = can register for 1 course or a max of 4 credit hours
  • Current Cumulative GPA 1.00 – 1.50 = can register for 2 courses or a max of 6 credit hours
  • Current Cumulative GPA 1.51 – 1.99 = can register for 3 courses or a max of 9 credit hours

Seated courses are preferred for students below 1.5 GPA. However, if this is not an option, use discretion as to whether online classes are doable based on the student’s past record. If so, credit hours may need to be reduced to compensate for increased course load.

1. Students will contact their success coach to discuss recommended classes for the upcoming semester. The student or success coach will contact a counselor to discuss the suggested course load and the counselor will then register the student based on this communication. Students are highly recommended to speak with the counselor to review support services such as counseling, time management skills, and/or study strategies. In high demand times registration for courses may not be immediate.  Students will need to plan ahead to ensure course selection and prompt registration.

2. The counselor may discuss registration options with the relevant faculty to evaluate the course load for the student.

3. When the student’s cumulative grade point average reaches a 2.00, he/she will no longer be on academic probation. All holds related to academic probation will be removed at that time.



Revision: 06/23/2014 (procedures)


SACSCOC Standard 10.1, Academic policies

SACSCOC Standard 10.4, Academic governance