Academic Probation Policy

Approved By 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 Date
Executive Leadership Team 11-27-2023
ICORE 11-08-2023
  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 their Success Coach to discuss appropriate courses for registration. Success Coaches will use the following criteria to assist students in course selection.
    • Registration:
      • 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.
  3. Success coaches will highly recommend that students speak with their counselor to review support services such as counseling, time management skills, and/or study strategies. Success coaches will also highly encourage students on academic probation to self-enroll in the Canvas course “Academic Support Resources” found in the Self-Care Statement section of class syllabi.
  4. 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: 03/25/2019 (procedures)


1D SBCCC 400.11 Education Services through Career and College Promise

SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation:

  • Standard 10.1 (Academic policies)
  • Core Requirement 12.1 (Student support services)
  • Standard 12.3 (Student rights)

Satisfactory academic progress, 34 C.F.R. § 688.34