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RCC Academic Standing Standards

The purpose of academic standards is to ensure students are progressing toward completing their program in a timely manner. A student’s academic standing affects their ability to enroll in classes. All students will be evaluated for their academic standing at the conclusion of each term. Academic difficulty results when a student is not maintaining academic standards. In addition to the Academic Standing requirements, for a student to maintain financial eligibility they must meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.

Good Academic Standing

A student is considered in Good Academic Standing and maintaining academic standards if the student meets the following minimum requirements:

  • a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) each term and
  • completes at least two-thirds or 66.67% of their term credits attempted (Pace) with grades of A, B, C, D or P.

Academic Alert I

Students who fail to meet the term GPA and/or term Pace standard will be placed on Academic Alert I status and still qualify for enrollment. These students will receive an Academic Alert I notification reminding them of the Academic Standing policy requirements along with a list of academic resources. The student will receive a Registration Hold, preventing enrollment in the current or future term, until they meet with an Academic Case Manager.  At the end of their next term enrolled, students who meet the minimum term GPA and term Pace standards advance to Good Academic Standing, and students who are unsuccessful at meeting the minimum standards move to Academic Alert II status.

Academic Alert II

Students who are on Academic Alert I status who do not successfully move toward Good Academic Standing status are immediately placed on Academic Alert II status. The student will receive a Registration Hold, preventing enrollment in the current or future term, until they meet with a Counselor. Students on Academic Alert II/Financial Aid Suspension status will not be eligible for financial aid unless they successfully appeal for financial aid reinstatement.

Academic Suspension

Students who are on Academic Alert II/Financial Aid Suspension status who do not successfully move toward Good Academic Standing status are immediately placed on Academic Suspension status, which suspends enrollment at RCC. This status is noted on a student's permanent electronic file and on the student's transcript. The student will receive a Registration Hold and must sit out a term and meet with an RC Counselor before being eligible to submit an Academic Return Packet appeal to be reinstated for a future term.

Reinstatement after Academic Suspension

After sitting out one or more terms and meeting with an RCC Counselor, students placed on Academic Suspension status may reestablish enrollment eligibility by submitting an Academic Return Packet. All Instructions provided in the academic return packet must be followed in order to be considered for return. The academic return packet must be submitted to the Counseling Department by the deadline noted in the return packet and the student will participate in an in-person or web conference meeting with the Academic Reinstatement Committee, if desired or required.

The appeal must describe the situation that led to losing their enrollment eligibility, including any supporting documentation, and explain what they will do differently to ensure success in future terms.

Academic Reinstatement Decisions

The Academic Reinstatement Committee will review appeals and notify the student of the decision. If approved, the student is placed on a Probation status. If denied, the student will remain on Academic Suspension status and will not be eligible to re-enroll and/or receive financial aid for at least one term. After taking a term off, the student has the right to re-appeal, and must describe what they are doing differently to be successful. A student may appeal the decision of the Academic Reinstatement Committee in writing to the Vice President of Student Learning and Success within 7 working days of the date of notification of the decision of the Academic Reinstatement Committee.  Students may appeal based on new information that was not provided to the Reinstatement Committee.

The following information is used to determine a student’s Academic Standing status:

  • Successful grades include A, B, C, and P 
  • Unsuccessful grades include D, F, I, NP, W, and Y

Probation Status

Students on an Academic Suspension status who successfully submit an Academic Return Packet based on a corrective plan and not extenuating circumstances and are approved for reinstatement will be placed on a Probation status and are not financial aid eligible, however they will have an academic plan designed to bring the student back into good academic standing. Under the academic plan students will be limited in the number of classes they may take. Students who are placed on probation must show overall improvement at the end of each term.

At the end of the Probation term a student will have their academic standing re-evaluated.

  • If a student meets the requirements of their academic plan by passing 100% of their classes with a C or better grade in each class and has at least a 2.0 cumulative cGPA the student will be considered in Good Academic Standing.
  • If a student meets the requirements of their academic plan, but does not have at least a 2.0 cumulative cGPA, they will remain on probation status until they have at least a 2.0 cumulative cGPA. The Probation status will display on student’s transcript at the end of the next term following Academic Suspension. The student will receive a Registration Hold, preventing enrollment in the current or future term, until they meet with a Counselor.
  • Students who do not fulfill the requirements of their academic plan by passing 100% of their classes with a C or better grade will be academically suspended again, see Second or More Academic Suspension section.

Probation (Aid Eligible) Status

Students on a Probation (Aid Eligible) status are financial aid eligible. Student’s will have an academic plan designed to bring the student back into both Good Academic Standing and Good SAP Standing. Under the academic plan students will be limited in the number of classes they may take. Students who are placed on Probation (Aid Eligible) status must meet the requirements of their academic plan by passing 100% of their classes with a C or better grade in each class.

At the end of the Probation (Aid Eligible) term a student will have their academic standing re-evaluated.

  • If a student meets the requirements of their academic plan by passing 100% of their classes with a C or better grade in each class and has at least a 2.0 cumulative cGPA the student will be considered in Good Academic Standing.
  • If a student meets the requirements of their academic plan, but does not have at least a 2.0 cumulative cGPA they will be moved to a Probation status, which will display on student’s transcript at the end of the next term following Academic Suspension. The student will receive a Registration Hold, preventing enrollment in the current or future term, until they meet with a Counselor.
  • Students who do not fulfill the requirements of their academic plan will be academically suspended again (see Second or More Academic Suspension section below).

Second (or more) Academic Suspension

Students academically suspended more than once will receive a Registration Hold and must sit out a term and they must meet with an RCC Counselor before being eligible to submit an Academic Return Appeal requesting to be reinstated. A student must appeal for reinstatement in-person or via a web conference to the Academic Reinstatement Committee.