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Academic Probation is an indication that, unless improvement in a student’s academic
performance can be demonstrated, that student risks suspension from Cornell. Students
on Probation have no restrictions on their right to take courses and participate in all the
activities of the College. However, they need to bring up their semester or cumulative
GPA to 2.00 and/or make up lost credits as quickly as possible. They may need to curtail
their non-academic activities to make sure that they do not fall into even greater
difficulty. A student on Probation is required to draw up, sign, and fulfill a Learning
Contract. The Contract will bind the student to additional conditions in order to continue
as a student at Cornell.

Suspension and Probationary Suspension

The phrase “subject to suspension” means that the Academic Standing Committee places
students on Suspension or Probationary Suspension at its own discretion. The primary
criterion for determining a student’s probationary status is whether the student has a
reasonable chance to graduate from Cornell if that student continues at Cornell or
whether the student would benefit from time spent away from the College.

Students whose academic record is such that they are subject to Suspension at the end of
a semester are given the opportunity to (a) explain their academic troubles, (b) outline a
plan for improving their academic performance, and (c) discuss their commitment to
following through on this plan. They must submit this information to the Committee
prior to the time the Committee meets to conduct its academic review of students for the
semester. The actions of the Committee are not subject to appeal.

    Probationary Suspension

    Students who are subject to suspension but who have, prior to the Academic
    Standing Committee’s deliberations, presented a plan for improving their academic
    performance that the Committee deems compelling, may be placed on Probationary
    Suspension. These students continue on Probation but may have additional
    restrictions and obligations as specified by the Committee. Students whom the
    Committee deems to have violated these additional restrictions and obligations will
    be subject to Academic Suspension.


    An individual who is suspended for unsatisfactory academic performance has their
    status as a student revoked and is denied permission to continue to attend classes, to
    enroll in subsequent terms, to reside in College housing, to receive Cornell-funded
    financial aid, and to participate in Cornell-sponsored extracurricular activities in
    ways that are not also open to the general public. The student must leave the campus
    within three days after notification unless granted an extension by the Dean of
    Students. The individual may apply for readmission to the College once they have
    met stipulations laid out in their suspension letter.

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