Academic Sanctions and Advising Responses

The third leg of the Triad Program involves advising work with students whose academic performance has led to academic sanctions. Academic sanctions are imposed on students who do not meet minimum academic standards, as follows:

New Undergraduate Students

New students entering Puget Sound with freshman, transfer, or non-matriculated status who earn a grade point average below 2.00 for their first semester at Puget Sound will be placed on academic probation or will receive academic dismissal.

  • Academic probation:  If the grade point average for a new student is between 1.00 and 1.99, then the student is placed on academic probation.
  • Academic dismissal:  If the grade point average for a new student is below 1.00, then the student is dismissed for one semester. The student may petition the Committee for readmission at the end of the dismissal period provided the student can present a reasonable plan for academic improvement. The student also has the option to petition for immediate readmission and the Committee expects such a student to present a compelling argument and a compelling plan for academic improvement.

Continuing Students

After new freshman, transfer or non-matriculated students complete their first semester of attendance, they are categorized as continuing students. Academic sanctions are imposed on continuing students who do not meet minimum academic standards.

  • Academic probation: A student whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.00 for the first term is placed on academic probation.
  • Academic warning: A student whose cumulative grade point average is 2.00 or higher but whose term average is below 2.00 is placed on academic warning.
  • Academic dismissal: A student whose cumulative grade point average is below 2.00 for the second consecutive term may be dismissed. One-term dismissals are imposed when the quality point deficiency is 1.0-2.99. Two-term dismissals are imposed when the quality point deficiency is 3.0 or more.
  • Academic suspension: A student subject to academic warning for two consecutive terms may be  suspended for the next term, whether or not the second term leads also to academic probation. 

Students receiving academic sanctions of probation or warning are required by faculty policy to complete an academic improvement plan for the subsequent term. Students may develop these plans either with their advisor of record or with a member of the Academic Advising staff. The plans are kept on file at Academic Advising, and may be considered by the Academic Standards Committee in their deliberations regarding a student’s continuance in future terms. An academic improvement plan form is available on the Academic Advising Web page.

Students receiving academic sanctions of suspension or dismissal are required by faculty policy to complete an academic performance agreement before a petition for reinstatement is considered by the Academic Standards Committee. Once again, the agreement may be developed either with their advisor of record or with a member of the Academic Advising staff. Performance agreements become a part of the student’s permanent academic record, and may be considered by the Academic Standards Committee in their deliberations regarding a student’s continuance in future terms. Performance agreement forms are also available on the Web.