Academic Suspension & Reinstatement

Undergraduate students will be academically suspended at the end of any semester if they had been placed on academic probation during their prior semester of attendance and their cumulative GPA remains below 2.00 on a 4.0.

Exceptions are made if students earn at least a 2.00 grade average for the current semester without raising the cumulative GPA to 2.00. In such cases, students remain on academic probation.

As a result of an academic suspension, in compliance with Board of Regents Policy 301.9, the University of Montana requires at least one semester of non-attendance following an academic suspension.

If course registration exists for the following semester, those classes will be dropped and a hold placed on further registration until a reinstatement is transacted. 

We understand that a student can get overwhelmed in college, and that an academic suspension may feel like a dead end.  However, every student who has been placed on academic suspension has the opportunity to apply for reinstatement to the University of Montana after sitting out the following semester. Summer semester counts as a semester off. We encourage students to use the time away to develop a plan which will maximize opportunity for success when studies are resumed.

Per the Board of Regents Policy 301.9, cumulative GPA is defined as the grade-point average which is computed by dividing the summation of grade points earned by the summation of credits carried, except that neither the credits nor the grade points shall be counted for the following:

  1. non-credit, remedial, developmental, or other subcollege-level courses;
  2. courses passed on a grade-basis of pass/fail; and/or
  3. Transferred coursework.

Students can find their cumulative GPA in their student profile or on their unofficial academic transcript, both located within CyberBear.

To find unofficial transcripts:

  1. Log into CyberBear
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

Your education is an investment in your future, and it should be approached with the same degree of careful consideration you would give any other long-term investment.

Your required semester of non-attendance will give you the opportunity to re-assess your educational goals and your approach to your studies. We encourage you to meet with your academic advisor and discuss your academic difficulties and how to best resolve them. You may apply for reinstatement after you’ve prepared an Academic Reinstatement Plan in consultation with the reinstatement advisor in your major’s academic department.

The plan will cover both the academic and out-of-classroom issues that impacted your prior academic performance. The meeting serves as an opportunity for you and the advisor to explore the reasons for poor performance in the past, and develop strategies to address the identified issues. For example, an Academic Reinstatement Plan often includes referrals to the Office for Student Success, Career Services, math tutoring, Study Jam group tutoring sessions, the Financial Aid Office, the Financial Education Program, and study skills courses. You also may be required to take the math placement test.

We encourage you to begin working with your advisor early. Your Academic Reinstatement Plan is then submitted for approval by the academic Dean or designee of your college.

Academic Reinstatement Plan Form

*Please note that an Academic Reinstatement does not reinstate Financial Aid. That is a separate process through the Financial Aid Office (406-243-5373).

 

College

Contact

Undeclared OR Pre-Nursing

Undergraduate Advising Centerr

Aber Hall 4th Floor, 243-2835

College of Humanities & Science

 

Rick Anderson, Director of Student Services CHS

406-243-2316

W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

Shonna Trowbridge, Director of Student Services FCFC

406-243-4844

 

College of Business

Business Student Success Center

406-243-5971

Phyllis J. Washington College of Education

College of Education Advising

406-243-6170

College of Health

College of Health Dean’s Office

406-243-4621

 School of Visual & Media Arts

Ed Morrisey, Professional Advisor

406-243-4008

School of Journalism

Denise Dowling, Program Director

406-243-4001

Missoula College

2-year degree & certificate programs

Jimmy Kendall, Director of Student Success Missoula College

406-243-7840

Students may appeal a suspension in cases where there are compelling and documented circumstances.  If the appeal is approved by the dean of the student’s college, the student may return to the university without sitting out a semester. 

Appeals are considered where the student has otherwise demonstrated an ability to succeed at the university and the compelling circumstances that led to the poor performance have been resolved.

An appeal of academic suspension will only be granted one time, on the approval of the appropriate dean.  See the appeal form which details eligibility criteria and appropriate procedures.

Appeal of Suspension Form

IMPORTANT: If you have sat out at least one semester, it is not an appeal. Use the Academic Reinstatement Plan Form instead.