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article 3—academic policies and regulations

Part 1. Grades and Grading System

§ 3-110 Probation and Drop Rules—Undergraduate Students

(a) The following probation and drop rules apply in all undergraduate colleges on the Urbana-Champaign campus. They do not apply in the Institute of Aviation, the Graduate College, or the professional Colleges of Law and Veterinary Medicine. (See § 3‑609(b) on notification.)
(1) Probationary status serves as a warning to the student that unless his or her scholarship improves, the student is subject to the drop rules.
(2) Probation and drop rules are based on the University of Illinois semester average or on one of the following averages that governs graduation: (1) University of Illinois cumulative average; (2) combined average of the University of Illinois grades and grades in transfer courses. (See § 3‑103 on computation of scholastic averages.)

(b) Probation Rules
The following regulations shall be used to determine a student’s probationary status, provided drop rules do not apply:
(1) Beginning Freshmen
A beginning freshman who does not earn at least a 2.0 (C) average in his or her first semester or during summer session is placed on a 2.0 probation for the next semester or summer session in which the student is registered.
(2) Students other than beginning freshmen
(A) A student whose cumulative average is 2.0 or better and who does not earn at least a 2.0 average in any semester or during summer session is placed on a 2.0 probation for the next semester or summer session in which he or she is registered.
(B) A student whose cumulative average is 1.75 to 1.99 inclusive is placed on a 2.25 probation.
(C) A student whose cumulative average is less than 1.75 is placed on a minimum 2.33 probation.
(D) A student may be placed on a “probationary status” at any time when, in the judgment of the college, his or her scholastic record warrants such action. Likewise, the probation rules may be waived when, in the judgment of the college, a student’s scholastic record indicates that the warning provided by the probationary status is unwarranted.
(3) Scholastic probationary status at the University may not be cleared by attendance at another institution except by special action of the dean of the student’s college.
(4) Transfer work averages below C level may result in a student being placed on probation if the combined average does not reflect a 2.0 standing.
(5) Removal from probation. Students on academic probation for failure to maintain the minimum grade-point average are returned to non-probationary standing upon obtaining a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 (C = 2.0) or better.

(c) Drop Rules
The following regulations shall be used to determine if a student is to be dropped from the University.
(1) A student is dropped if he or she fails to earn at least a 1.0 (D) average in any academic semester (not including summer session).
(2) A student on probation who fails to meet his or her established probation level is dropped unless the student has achieved at least a 2.0 average or better for that semester and his or her cumulative average is at least 2.0.
(3) A student who fails to make satisfactory progress toward a degree is dropped. Examples would be the repeated failure of a required course or failure to meet other conditions for continuation in the curriculum.
(4) A nondegree or part-time student who fails to complete the conditions of admission or continuation.
(5) The drop rules may be waived when, in the judgment of the student’s college, his or her scholastic record warrants such action.