Office of Student Success

North Foundation Hall Rm 157
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-4480
Fax: (248) 370-4485

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Academic Probation

Academic probation is a warning that the student's academic performance has fallen below a 2.00 cumulative grade point average. Academic probation occurs at the end of each semester after official grades have been completed. Any student having a cumulative grade point average below a 2.00 is placed on academic probation.

Who can I talk with about academic probation?
Your Academic Adviser is the best person to talk with about academic probation.
  • First-year students and students who are either Undecided or Re-deciding are encouraged to meet with their First Year Advising Center Academic Adviser.
  • Sophomores and above are encouraged to meet with their Academic Adviser in their professional school or college to discuss success strategies.
  • To find out who your Academic Adviser is, visit the Find My Academic Adviser web page.

What happens in an academic probation advising meeting?
When you meet with your Academic Adviser, they can
  • develop an academic success plan;
  • empower you with relevant and vital information regarding your degree program;
  • provide different student support services specific for you.

What resources are available for me to use to get back into good academic standing (above 2.00 GPA)?
There are many resources and support services available for all students, whether on academic probation or not, to guide students in their academics. Visit the Student Success Resources page for more information.
Probation FAQ's
How will I know I'm on academic probation?
Official letters notifying you of your probationary status are sent by the Office of the Student Success to your OU email and mailed to your permanent mailing address on file.

What does academic probation mean?
You have received a cumulative GPA below a 2.00. You will be allowed to remain at Oakland University on probationary status for at least one semester.

Should I change my schedule?
There are times when your schedule will need to be adjusted. Contact or set up an appointment with your Academic Adviser if you have any questions.

Does academic probation affect my scholarship(s), grant(s), or financial aid?
Generally, being on academic probation means your scholarships and/or grants may be at risk. Renewal requirements vary for each one. For more information, contact Student Financial Services at (248) 370-2550 or visit their office in North Foundation Hall, Room 120.

Should I repeat any classes?
There are a few important things to consider when deciding whether or not to repeat a course. Course repeats impact the number of credits completed in a semester, which could impact your financial aid, scholarships, and grants.

Also, consider that the most recent grade will be the grade of record whether or not it is the highest grade earned. Speak with your Academic Adviser and Student Financial Services before making any decisions regarding repeating a class.

Can I repeat my course at a community college?
Typically it is not recommended to repeat a course at another institution because it does not improve your GPA. For more details review the Undergraduate Catalog and see your Academic Adviser.

What do I need to do to get off of academic probation?
Achieving a cumulative GPA of a 2.00 or higher takes you off academic probation and you are considered in good academic standing with the University.

What happens after I am on academic probation for one semester and don’t have a 2.00 cumulative GPA?
Students can continue on Academic Probation, as long as they are within the guidelines stated in the Undergraduate Catalog.

It’s important for students to continue meeting with their Academic Adviser to discuss academic success strategies to get back into good academic standing (2.00 or higher GPA).
Probation and Dismissal Policy

The following Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy applies to all undergraduate and second degree students.

  1. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above or without an established cumulative GPA are considered to be in good academic standing. (See the table below).
  2. Students in good academic standing will be placed on probation at the end of a semester/session when their cumulative GPA is below 2.00. They will be allowed to remain at Oakland University on probationary status for at least one semester/session.
  3. At the end of a probationary semester/session, students will be:
    1. returned to good academic standing if their cumulative GPA is 2.00 or higher;
    2. continued on probation if they have fewer than 24 GPA credit hours even if their semester GPA is below 2.00; or
    3. continued on probation if their semester GPA is 2.00 or higher, even if they do not meet the minimum requirements on the chart below; or
    4. dismissed from the university if their semester GPA is below 2.00, they have 24 or more GPA credit hours, and their cumulative GPA is below the minimum GPA according to the chart below. For example, if at the end of a probationary semester/session, a student has attempted 26 credits, has a semester GPA below 2.00, and a cumulative GPA of 1.50, the student will be dismissed from Oakland University.
Oakland University
GPA Credit HoursCumulative GPA