Department of Political Science

Academic Difficulty Questions

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY/RETENTION PERIOD ("What GPA should student make to be able to stay at ECU?")

Students' academic eligibility is based on GPA hours plus transfer hours in Banner.

  • 1-29 GPA hours plus transfer hours = 1.8 GPA
  • 30-59 GPA hours plus transfer hours = 1.9 GPA
  • 60 + GPA hours plus transfer hours = 2.0 GPA

ACADEMIC STANDING (WARNING, PROBATION, SUSPENSION)

Good Standing: Student has at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.

Academic Warning: Student has a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0, but GPA is above the requirement for his/her retention period.

Academic Probation: Student has not met the required academic standards. Student must bring their GPA up to the appropriate eligibility or they will be suspended.

A student SHOULD improve their GPA to their appropriate retention GPA in the following semester or they will be suspended. (for example, Tommy took 15 hours in the fall and was placed on probation because he didn't have the appropriate GPA. On probation, he's now taking 15 hours this spring but that will give him 30 hours and he now needs a higher GPA. If he doesn't make that, he's SUSPENDED. (although he has 2 chances at an "automatic appeal" see below)

Academic Suspension: Student failed to meet the probation requirements and must sit out 1 semester (fall/spring) for first offense; 2 semesters for 2nd offense (fall/spring). Student is not suspended for the summer, they can always come to summer but there is a risk involved. Summer is looked at as 1 collective term.

If a student is suspended at the end of Spring and chooses to come to summer school, he/she is as risk of being further suspended. Student is strongly encouraged to talk with advisor to calculate if it is mathematically possible for the student to raise GPA to appropriate retention standard by taking only 1-2 courses. Student may choose to come to summer and take "2.5 on at least 12 hours" however if student does not make 2.5 on at least 12, he/she could be further suspended.

Academic Suspension "Automatic Appeal" (Second Chances): If a student does not meet the appropriate retention GPA, they are SUSPENDED.

If a student is suspended at the end of the semester, the student has 2 options to return for the following fall/spring semester

  • If a student was within 5 QP's of their retention GPA, student receives an "automatic appeal" and allowed to return. So technically, student is "suspended" from ECU but is allowed to return because an automatic appeal was granted. Academic Standing would be "probation after suspension"
  • If a student failed to earn the required cumulative, but did earn a 2.5 on at least 12 hours during the semester, student receives an "automatic appeal" and is allowed to return. So technically, student is "suspended" from ECU but is allowed to return because an automatic appeal was granted. Academic Standing would be "probation after suspension"

If a student is suspended at the end of the SPRING semester, the student has the option of attending summer school to try to return in the fall. However, coming to summer school may be risky. If student does NOT raise their GPA to the required standard, they will be suspended again. (However, if student earns 2.5 on 12 hours OR is within 5 QP, the student receives another automatic appeal and is allowed to return to ECU in the fall, though technically they are suspended again. Their academic standing would then be "probation after suspension"

Academic Suspension & Taking Classes Elsewhere: Beginning Fall 2010, students were granted permission to take courses elsewhere, regardless of ECU GPA. HOWEVER, if the student has broken enrollment (sat out fall or spring semester) with ECU, student must have a 2.5 or above on all transferrable coursework to be re-admitted.


Dept. of Political Science, Brewster A-124, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone (252) 328-6189
Fax (252) 328-4134