Academic Probation FAQ

What is “academic probation?”

Academic probation serves as an indicator that you are in academic jeopardy. A student must meet a minimum cumulative grade point average. The following table indicates the minimum GPA needed in order to avoid being placed on academic probation. Both hours and GPA are based on Luther work only.

Hours                            Minimum Cumulative GPA

0-26                              1.75

27-59                            1.90

60-93                            2.00

94-                                2.00

Students will also be placed on probation when their Luther cumulative GPA is at or above these minimum GPA guidelines and they obtain a semester GPA of less than 1.0. 

When am I notified of my academic probation status?

The Registrar's office will issue a written notice of academic probation to the student and academic advisor approximately two weeks after the end of the previous semester.

What happens if I am placed on academic probation?

Students who are placed on academic probation must meet with their Academic Advisor and a member of the CAE Office. You will also need to complete the Academic Success Plan (ASP) which helps to identify and list expectations designed to encourage academic improvement, and will be required to set up weekly appointments with a CAE staff member to establish methods of support.

Expectations and Requirements for students with an ASP:

  1. Are required to complete an individual ASP or learning contract.
  2. Are required to participate in the “academic success program” housed in the Center for Academic Enrichment (CAE).
  3. Attending regularly scheduled meetings with an academic mentor/coach from CAE, TRIO or Catalyze Program.
  4. Attending scheduled meetings with Academic Advisor(s).
  5. Attending scheduled meetings with relevant professors.
  6. Attend tutoring sessions, as needed.
  7. Participation in and successful completion of, the Critical Reading and Learning (GS-110) course or scheduled Student Success Workshops (i.e., time management, study skills, etc.)
  8. Are required to meet with a Financial Aid counselor. 

Am I still qualified to receive financial aid when I am on academic probation?

Yes, but you should always check with the Financial Aid Office at 563-387-1018 to determine your aid eligibility.

What can I do to help myself get off academic probation and achieve good academic standing?

We are here to support you through this bump in the road and have many resources available. Students on probation who improve their cumulative GPA to the minimum level or higher will be removed from academic probation. Students on probation must achieve a term average of at least a 2.0, or they are subject to dismissal.

Will I still be able to participate on my intercollegiate athletic team? 

No. In compliance with NCAA Division III rules, students on academic probation may not compete on any intercollegiate athletic team.