Academic Catalog

Academic Standing Policy

A student's cumulative MCLA GPA, combined with credits earned, will determine the academic standing category at the end of each semester according to the following standards:

  • Academic Good Standing
    • 2.0001 or above
  • Academic Probation
    • 0-30 credits2 - 1.500-1.9991
    • 31-75 credits2 - 1.750-1.9991
    • 76 and above credits2 - no probation
  • Academic Suspension
    • 0-30 credits2 - under 1.5001
    • 31-75 credits2 - under 1.7501
    • 76 and above credits2 - under 2.0001

Students who are suspended and successfully appeal their suspension will be so designated by a separate category of academic standing that reflects academic probation following a successful appeal of an academic suspension. The following designations reflect MCLA's Policy on Academic Standing in accordance with a student's cumulative MCLA GPA:

  • Academic Good Standing - cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Academic Probation - student on academic probation
  • Academic Probation following Appeal - appeal of suspension approved
  • Academic Suspension - student academically suspended
  • Academic Dismissal - student dismissed (permanently) from MCLA


A student with a semester GPA less than 2.0 but a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater will be issued an Academic Warning. A letter of Academic Warning will be sent to the student and copied to the student's advisor explaining the potential consequences of poor academic performance (including successive semesters of Academic Warning or future Academic Probation or Academic Suspension). 


A student who fails to achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA, while achieving a GPA higher than the Academic Suspension cutoff will be placed on Academic Probation. A student on Academic Probation or Academic Probation Following Appeal must adhere to certain conditions designed to promote academic success. These conditions may include:

  • Course load of not more than 15 credits;
  • Academic schedule changes to allow repeat courses;
  • Meetings with an academic advisor to complete an Academic Success Plan that will monitor student progress;
  • Attendance at academic success workshops (e.g. study skills, time management, etc.); and
  • Restrictions on certain extracurricular activities as determined by the Office of Academic Affairs or its designate (for the first semester on Academic Probation, a student will remain eligible for participation in extracurricular activities unless individual departments or activities have higher standards).


In cases involving academic suspension, students wishing to be readmitted must appeal in writing by the date specified in the student's suspension notice. Forms explaining suspension appeal will be sent to the student at the time of notification. 

Students will submit WRITTEN appeals ONLY.

The Academic Appeals Committee has the authority over enrollment conditions, including, but not limited to, mandating course selection for students and mandating the number of credits taken per semester.

All students academically suspended from the college must minimally meet the following conditions for readmission:

  • At least six credits of transferable credit earned during the suspension period with a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • A Readmission Approval Form must be completed by the student and approved by the Registrar or their designate prior to enrolling in classes. Courses must be taken at an accredited institution other than MCLA.
  • Students must sit out the following academic semester from MCLA. Students will be allowed to finish any courses in which they are attending classes at the time of suspension. However, such courses will not count for purposes of readmission.
  • Other conditions may be imposed by the Academic Appeals Committee of the Office of Academic Affairs or its designate, based on the student's overall record.

A student academically suspended from MCLA more than twice may appeal and may be eligible for readmission at the discretion of the Academic Appeals Committee.