Academic Good Standing Policies

The academic progress of all students at Wilmington College is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester in order to determine the academic standing of each student. Good standing is determined by the following criteria:

a) The student must average 12 credit hours with passing grades of "D" or better during full-time semesters* enrolled at Wilmington College. (However, credits earned during summer session count toward good standing even if the student is taking less than 12 credit hours.)

AND

b) The student must complete EN101 (and EN100, if required) with a grade of "C-" or better after one attempt

AND

c) The student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of:

1.80 at close of first semester at Wilmington College
2.00 at close of all subsequent semesters

Students who are enrolled regularly on a part-time basis* will be considered in good standing if they pass courses for which they receive recorded grades on the following basis:

  • First 6 to 8 cumulative Wilmington credits recorded - pass at least 3 credits.
  • 9 to 11 cumulative credits recorded - pass at least 6 credits.
  • 12 or more cumulative Wilmington credits recorded - pass at least two-thirds of all credits attempted at Wilmington with a cumulative average of 1.80 at close of first semester at Wilmington College and 2.00 at close of all subsequent semesters.

*indicates status at the end of the drop/add period

Academic Integrity Policy

Students should consult the Student Handbook for policies regarding academic integrity issues including, but not limited to, guidelines for examinations, plagiarism, classroom behavior, and handling academic misconduct charges. Students with Academic Integrity violations may not be eligible for academic awards and honors (i.e. - academic honors, dean's list/merit list, Green Key Honor Society, Who's Who Award, and other Honorary societies).

Athletic Eligibility

Students on academic probation are ineligible for intercollegiate athletic competition. Wilmington College abides by NCAA, Division III rules and regulations. Wilmington College will determine athletic eligibility or ineligibility for each student one week (7 days) after grades are due to the Office of Academic Records for the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Early Alert Retention Protocol

The Associate Vice President meets weekly with representatives from Athletics, Admission, Multicultural Affairs, Student Resource Center, and Student Life to discuss reported student academic issues. The Associate Vice President will communicate with students who are consistently absent from classes without an excuse to discuss a course of action. Extended absences (up to two weeks without notification to the Office of Academic Affairs) can result in immediate administrative withdrawal from the College. In addition, during any term, a pattern of non-engagement or four or more academic alert notices in multiple classes can also result in immediate administrative withdrawal or suspension. Non-engagement is defined as missing classes, refusal to adhere to College policies, non-attendance, non-responsive to attempts to communicate, or a combination of these factors.

Academic Probation

Students who do not maintain good standing will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Along with other requirements in their probationary semester, they may be required by the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee to take ID100, Effective College Study Strategies. Students meeting the criteria for good academic standing at the conclusion of a probationary semester will return to academic good standing. Students on academic probation are ineligible for intercollegiate athletic competition and may be ineligible for other extra-curricular activities as well.

Academic Suspension

A student who fails to meet the requirements to regain academic good standing at the conclusion of a semester on academic probation is subject to academic suspension. In addition, any student whose semester grade point average falls below 1.00 is subject to immediate academic suspension. Students subject to academic suspension may make a written appeal to the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee. If the Committee views the appeal favorably, the student will be allowed to remain on academic probation for an additional semester. Students should consult with the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs about the appeal process.

Academic suspension from Wilmington College spans a minimum six (6) month period after which an individual may apply for readmission. During the period of suspension from Wilmington College, the individual is encouraged to reexamine educational and career goals. Readmission is not automatic and depends on an individual's circumstances. If readmitted, an individual will return to Wilmington College on academic probation.

Academic Dismissal

A student who fails to meet probationary requirements, and has been suspended previously from Wilmington College, is subject to academic dismissal. The student subject to academic dismissal may make a written appeal to the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee requesting an additional semester of academic probation or a second academic suspension. If the Committee views the appeal for probation favorably, the student will be allowed to remain on academic probation for an additional semester. If the Committee grants a second academic suspension, it will be treated like the first academic suspension. Students should consult with the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs about the appeal process.

Readmission is not possible after academic dismissal from Wilmington College except under the Fresh Start Program.