Academic Probation and Suspension

Academic Good Standing

Students are in good standing at Southwest unless placed on academic warning, academic probation or academic suspension.

Southwest students must at least meet certain standards for continued enrollment to be in good standing with the college. To see the list of minimum standards that must be maintained, please review the admissions standards.

More information regarding the Retention standards can be found in the Southwest College Policy Number 2:03:01:01/10: Retention and Progression Standards (PDF).

Academic Probation and Suspension

The success of our students is important to us. At the end of each semester, a student's Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for the number of hours attempted. When the GPA falls below the required standard for the number of hours attempted, the student is placed on Academic Probation for one semester. Students will be notified via Southwest email and in the My.Southwest College Portal if they have been placed on probation.

Students must take the following steps during their probationary semester:

  • Meet with Professional Academic Advisor to complete an academic plan.
  • Meet with Probation Case Manager to discuss your academic plan and initiate a student success contract.
  • Register for classes.
  • Submit two (2) Progress reports during the probation semester.
  • By the end of the semester, successfully attain either the minimum GPA for the hours attempted or a 2.0 for that term.

If at the end of the probationary term the student has failed to attain either the minimum institution combined GPA required for the number of semester hours attempted or a minimum GPA of 2.0 for that term, the student will be suspended for one full term. For example, a student suspended spring term may not enroll summer or fall. After the period of suspension, the student may re-enroll.

Students can appeal their suspension by submitting an appeals form to the Suspension Case Manage. Students who receive an appeal and students re-enrolling after their suspension term will follow the steps for a probationary semester.