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Academic Standing

Academic Warning, Probation and Suspension

Bismarck State College is committed to the academic success of every student.  The college will monitor a student’s grades and issue an appropriate warning if grades are inadequate.  A student’s academic standing, which is based on term and cumulative grade point average (GPA), is determined at the end of each semester after final grades have been posted in CampusConnection.

Poor academic performance could result in being placed on one of the following academic standings:
  • Academic Warning
  • Academic Probation
  • Academic Suspension
Refer to the Bismarck State College policy for a complete description of each level of academic standing: BSC Policy – Academic Standing 

Bismarck State College keeps students informed of their academic standing by printing a statement on the student’s transcript, as well as sending correspondence directly to the student.  

Note:  Financial aid status is not the same as Academic Standing. Please review Financial aid satisfactory academic progress for more information.
Academic Warning
Academic Warning indicates that the student did not achieve a term and/or cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher for the term.  This can occur regardless of the student being a first year, transfer or continuing student. 
 
If placed on Academic Warning, the student should review and complete the following:
  1. Review Academic Warning Workbook or Academic Warning Workbook (Accessible PDF)
  2. Complete Academic Warning Worksheet
  3.  Meet with their academic advisor or the Mystic Advising and Counseling Center to discuss an academic plan to help recognize and eliminate problems that may be hindering positive academic achievement
While the student is eligible to continue enrollment at BSC, it is important to begin to take steps to improve their GPA.

Failure to achieve a 2.00 term and/or cumulative GPA in the next term of enrollment can affect:
  • Academic standing (student will be placed on Academic Probation)
  • Graduation eligibility (Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher is required for graduation)
  • Extra-curricular activity eligibility requirements.
  • Financial Aid satisfactory academic progress standard is not the same as Academic Standing. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions related to your financial aid. 701-224-5494, bsc.financialaid@bismarckstate.edu
Academic Probation
Students who are on Academic Warning and fail to earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher after finishing their next semester of enrollment are placed on Academic Probation. 
The student must raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.00 or higher and maintain a term GPA of 2.00 or higher to return to good standing.  If the student fails to comply with the standards for Academic Probation, they will be placed on Academic Suspension.
If placed on Academic Probation, the student should review and complete the following:
  1. Review Academic Probation Workbook or Academic Probation Workbook (Accessible PDF)
  2. Complete Academic Probation Worksheet
  3.  Meet with their academic advisor or the Mystic Advising and Counseling Center to discuss an academic plan to help recognize and eliminate problems that may be hindering positive academic achievement
 
While the student is eligible to continue enrollment at BSC, it is important to begin to take steps to improve their GPA.
 
Students receiving a 2.00 or higher term GPA will be allowed to remain on Academic Probation until they improve their cumulative grade point average (GPA) to a 2.00 or higher.
 
Failure to achieve a 2.00 term and/or cumulative GPA in the next term of enrollment can affect:
  • Academic standing (student may be placed on Academic Suspension)
  • Graduation eligibility (Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher is required for graduation)
  • Extra-curricular activity eligibility requirements.
  • Financial Aid satisfactory academic progress standard is not the same as Academic Standing. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions related to your financial aid. 701-224-5494, bsc.financialaid@bismarckstate.edu
Academic Suspension
Students who are on Academic Probation and fail to earn a term GPA of 2.00 or higher after finishing their next semester of enrollment are placed on Academic Suspension. 
Students who are academically suspended are formally notified by letter. If a student is enrolled for any future semesters, they are administratively withdrawn to zero credits and inactivated as a Bismarck State College student.
Students need to understand the following:
  • First-time suspension- The student will not be reinstated before a lapse of at least one semester (summer session does not constitute a semester) 
  • Multiple suspensions- The student will not be reinstated before a lapse of at least two semesters (summer session does not constitute a semester)
 
While on Academic Suspension, students should reflect on what factors led to their suspension, whether it be academic or personal. Students are encouraged to meet with the Mystic Advising and Counseling Center (MACC) to assist with planning for future readmission.
Academic Suspension Readmission
Students placed on Academic Suspension from Bismarck State College or another institution may apply for readmission as follows:
  • First-time suspension– The student will not be reinstated before the lapse of at least one semester (summer session does not constitute a semester)
  • Multiple suspensions– The student will not be reinstated before the lapse of at least two semesters (summer session does not constitute a semester)
To prepare for a successful semester, it is strongly recommended that the student completes the readmission process at least two weeks prior to the start of the student’s first course. 
 
The student must complete the following steps when applying for readmission to Bismarck State College:   
 
  1. Complete the BSC Admissions Application
  1. Complete the Academic Suspension Readmission Request Form 

    Academic Suspension Readmission Request Form (NDUS Username & Password Required)
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  1. Review and complete the following:
 
  1. Contact the Mystic Advising & Counseling Center at bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu or 701-224-5752 to review the readmission request with an Academic Advisor.  
 
Refer to the Bismarck State College procedure for more information:  BSC Procedure – Academic Suspension Readmission
 
If the request is approved, the student will be placed on Academic Probation and must earn at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in their next term of enrollment to maintain satisfactory progress.  If the student fails to comply with the standards for Academic Probation, they will be placed back on Academic Suspension as outlined in the student policy.
 
There may be additional stipulations placed on readmission before the student is eligible to enroll in course(s). 
 
Academic Suspension Appeal
Students who are on Academic Suspension from Bismarck State College or another institution may appeal the suspension through the appropriate Academic Dean.

Students will be in the best position to appeal if they have:
  • Shown that they are working on making progress towards reaching their academic goals.
  • They have documented extenuating circumstances that prevented their ability to meet minimum academic requirements. Extenuating circumstances could include, but are not limited to, serious illness to the student or immediate family member, death of an immediate family member, significant trauma in the student’s life that impaired the student’s emotional and/or physical health.
If the student is considering submitting an appeal, it is strongly recommended that they complete the appeal process at least two weeks prior to the start of the student’s first course.
 
The student must complete the following steps to be considered for an appeal:
 1.  Complete the Academic Suspension Appeal Request Form.
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2. Review and complete the following:
 
The Academic Suspension Appeal Request will be reviewed by the appropriate Academic Dean for consideration of readmission. 
  • The student will be notified by the appropriate Academic Dean of the appeal decision.
Refer to the Bismarck State College procedure for more information: BSC Procedure - Academic Suspension Appeal