Academic censure is intended to be a service to the student who is in academic difficulty. It serves to alert some students to the severity of their academic problem and to encourage them to seek the help and counsel they need. For others, it is the imposition of a time period away from academic endeavors to permit adjustment of priorities.
Academic censure may assume one of two forms, probation or suspension, depending on the student’s academic standing. During the evaluation of student records at the end of each semester, a student will normally be subject to the form of academic censure indicated, if the cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below the level outlined.
For purposes of censure, the sum of the number of credits transferred from another institution and the number of credits attempted at La Salle are used to determine the student’s year.
A student is placed on probation when he/she has attained a cumulative grade point average of (a) less than 1.75 after any term in the freshman year, (b) less than 1.9 after any term in the sophomore, or (c) less than 2.0 after any term in the junior or senior year.
During the probation period, the student must consult with his/her academic adviser concerning remedial measures he/she can pursue to improve his/her academic performance. He/she must also limit his/her course load to two courses (six credits).
A student is liable for suspension when he/she has attained a cumulative GPA for two or more successive semesters of (a) less than 1.75 during their freshman year (zero-23 credits), (b) less than 1.9 during the sophomore year (24-53 credits), or (c) less than 2.0 during the junior (54-83 credits) or senior (84-plus credits) year. At the discretion of the Dean, a student may be permitted to pursue an additional semester on probation with the two-course-per-semester limitation or encouraged to pursue academic programs elsewhere. After one year of suspension, a student can apply to be reinstated. The decision to readmit the student can involve an evaluation of approved coursework taken elsewhere to determine the student’s readiness to resume coursework at La Salle.
The Renewal Policy can assist students who need to raise their GPAs after they return to La Salle.