Undergraduate Scholastic Probation, Dismissal, and Forgiveness Policies

Scholastic Probation

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 based on grades at Bradley University is required for graduation. Students must maintain this minimum grade point average each semester in order to remain in good standing. A student whose cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00 will be enrolled on probation for the next semester. Students on probation will be unable to register for January Interim or May Interim during early registration. A student enrolled on probation who does not achieve either a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or a semester grade point average of 2.25 at the end of the semester will be dismissed. If a student on probation does not enroll in the next regular semester (fall or spring), the student must apply for readmission and all academic records will be subject to evaluation. A student who enrolls on probation is urged to see his or her academic advisor who will review the academic program of the student and recommend a course of study. For students enrolled at Bradley on probation, participation in the Turning Point Program is recommended, and in most cases, required. (See below.) A student’s probationary status will be changed to “good standing” as soon as the student’s cumulative grade point reaches 2.00 or higher. Summer school and interim terms will not be counted as probationary, but grades earned will be computed in the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Turning Point Program

The Turning Point Program, an academic support service offered through the Center for Learning Assistance, is required for all undergraduate students on academic probation for the first time and reinstated students as recommended by the Academic Review Board. When final semester grades are processed, students are notified in writing about being automatically enrolled in the Turning Point Program.

Scholastic Dismissal

A student enrolled on probation who does not achieve either a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or a semester grade point average of 2.25 at the end of the semester will be dismissed. Once dismissed, the student will not be allowed to attend any class offered by Bradley University for college credit, including any interim, summer session, or continuing education class, without reinstatement. There are no reinstatements for the interim session immediately following dismissal. Apply for reinstatement with the Academic Review Board. In special cases, the academic dean may grant permission to enroll in summer sessions immediately following dismissal. A student’s enrollment will be canceled as a result of academic dismissal if there is no reinstatement by the Academic Review Board.

Petitions for Scholastic Reinstatement

Any student dismissed for poor scholarship has the right of appeal for reinstatement. A student should not expect to be reinstated until after one full regular semester has intervened. Petitions for reinstatement should be directed to the Academic Review Board.

Academic Forgiveness Policy

To qualify for the Academic Forgiveness Policy, students must not have been enrolled in a Bradley degree program for at least five years. Persons who wish to be readmitted to Bradley University under the Academic Forgiveness Policy must petition the Academic Review Board and request forgiveness of previous grades earned at Bradley. If the petition is approved, grades for all Bradley courses taken before the hiatus of five or more years will be removed from the GPA calculation. Students will retain credit for those courses with grades of “C” or better, whether the credit was taken in residence at Bradley or from another source. The forgiven grades shall not count in determining the student’s grade point average for academic probation or dismissal or for graduation; however, they shall remain on the transcript with an appropriate notation, and shall be used in determining graduation honors. Forgiveness is a one-time option which is final and irreversible once granted.

Academic Review Board

The Academic Review Board is authorized to act upon petitions of reinstatement of undergraduate students dismissed for poor scholarship. This board also considers petitions for Academic Forgiveness and waivers of graduation regulations.

Dismissal for Other Causes

Students found guilty of a breach of academic integrity (plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized use of University computers, etc.) are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from the University. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to report to the Executive Director of the Center for Residential Living and Leadership any occurrences of breaches of academic integrity and the penalties assigned to the student. Specific procedures for doing so and the appropriate penalties are published in the Faculty and Student Handbooks. In addition to breaches of academic integrity, students whose actions are considered detrimental to the best interest of the University may be dismissed from the University upon recommendation of the administration, the faculty, or the appropriate University committee. Such actions are specifically described in the University’s Student Handbook.



This Catalog represents the University’s best effort to communicate information on academic programs, policies, rules, and regulations that were in effect at the time of its publication. Students should be aware that the University reserves the right to modify these programs, policies, rules, and regulations at any time within a student’s term of residence. The University’s policy is to provide notice of any such modifications sufficiently in advance of their implementation to ensure adjustments without undue inconvenience. Before pre-registering for any academic term, students should contact the administrative office of their academic department or college to verify the most current information.