Academic Probation Policy

Approved By and Date:Board of Trustees07-24-2014
 Executive Leadership Team06-23-2014

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 Team06-23-2014
  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 their assigned coach with instructions to contact their advisor to create a MAP and select courses for registration.
  2. Students will be responsible for contacting their advisor to create a MAP and discuss appropriate courses for registration.  Advisors 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. If a MAP has not already been created, students will work with their advisor to create a MAP at that time. (The academic plan may include, but not be limited to such options as repeating failed courses, seeking tutoring or developmental course work, changing program of study, or limiting the course load in order to improve the student’s grade point average.)
  2. Student will contact the appropriate assigned coach with the course selections reviewed with advisor.  The Coach will register the student for the courses based on this communication.  In high demand times registration for courses may not be immediate.  Students will need to plan ahead to ensure course selection and prompt registration.
  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.