Satisfactory Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Stanton University requires all students to maintain the following standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to progress satisfactorily through an educational program and graduate.
Maximum Program Length
All students must complete their program within the Maximum Time Frame (MTF). If a student cannot complete the program within the Maximum Time Frame (MTF), the student will be dismissed.
Students who do not maintain satisfactory academic progress will be placed on academic probation for one quarter. For associate and bachelor’s degree programs, every student is required to maintain a 2.0 GPA or better every quarter he/she is enrolled. For master’s degree program, he/she is required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or better every quarter he/she is enrolled. If one of the quarters the student cannot maintain that average, then he/she will be placed on academic probation. The student cannot be on academic probation for more than two quarters. Students will be notified by email or phone. All students placed on probation will be counseled by their academic advisor and will be given assistance, if needed, in order to improve their GPA. At the end of the one quarter probation period, if the academic record is not in compliance with the standards of satisfactory progress, the student will be dismissed. A student who receives Academic Probation two (2) consecutive times will be dismissed.
The decision to dismiss a student who is subject to dismissal rests with SU and entails a thorough review of the student’s academic record, progress and plan. Students whose academic standing is classified as subject to dismissal must meet with their academic advisor to discuss their academic standing, progress and plans.
A student has the right to appeal a dismissal decision. He/she may do so by submitting a petition with the Office of Admissions and Records. The form must be completed and filed by the student within seven (7) days of having been notified in writing that he or she is being dismissed from the SU and in no case later than the first day of classes in the term in which the dismissal is to take effect.
Upon submitting the petition to appeal the dismissal decision, the student will be scheduled to meet with the Academic Dean in order to discuss his or her academic progress and plan. A final decision regarding the outcome of the student’s appeal will be communicated at this meeting.
If a student seeks to be reinstated for the term into which the dismissal is to take effect, he/she must meet with the Academic Dean before end of the first week of the term. After that date, appeals will be considered for the subsequent term.
Terms of Reinstatement After Dismissal
Reinstatement to the SU is subject to the following conditions:
The student is expected to meet the SAP of the University by the time he/she is to graduate. During the period of reinstatement, a student cannot change his/her program of study or status.
Undergraduate students must obtain a minimum term GPA of at least a 2.00 during the readmitted term and may not earn grades of “D” or below, or “I” in any given course during this term. If the student does not meet the 2.00 GPA standards as established under the conditions of reinstatement, he/she will be dismissed from the University. Failure to meet the above conditions will result in dismissal from the University.
Graduate students must obtain a minimum term GPA of at least a 3.00 during the readmitted term and may not earn grades of “C” or below, or “I” in any given course during this term. If the student does not meet the 3.00 GPA standards as established under the conditions of reinstatement, he/she will be dismissed from the University. Failure to meet the above conditions will result in dismissal from the University.
Students (a) who do not appeal the initial dismissal decision, (b) who receive a negative decision from the Academic Official, (c) who fail to meet the conditions of reinstatement, or (d) who fail to meet SEVIS regulations, are dismissed from Stanton University.
Any student who is academically disqualified may not attend the University during the succeeding quarter. Re-enrollment or re-admission will be approved only after evidence is shown to the appropriate university official’s satisfaction – program director, department chairperson, school dean, or director of admissions and records – that the conditions that caused the interruption for unsatisfactory progress have been rectified. A re-applying student must meet all the university’s and the program’s entrance requirements in effect at the time of re-applying. Should a student, undergraduate or graduate, wish to re-apply for admission to the same program they were disqualified from previously, it will be the decision of the appropriate administrator as to whether or not to re-admit the student to the program, and, if so, what the student’s status or standing in the program will be.
Implications of Transfer Credits on SAP
Transfer credits from other colleges and universities, and credits earned through AP examinations, are included in the attempted units for the calculation of maximum time frame but not counted towards GPA calculation. Transfer credits are not automatically awarded. Students must submit a Transfer Credit Application form and have it approved.
Effects of Change of Program or Additional Credential on SAP
• Change of Program: A student who changes programs at Stanton University will be allowed to complete the new program within a new 150 percent maximum time frame. The credits do not automatically carry over to the new program. Students must submit the Transfer Credit Application form and have it approved to transfer the units from the previously enrolled program into the new enrolled program. The units transferred from the previous program will be treated as transfer units and will be included in the calculation of maximum time frame but not counted towards GPA calculation.
• Additional Credential: A student who completes a program at Stanton University, and wish to earn another degree or certificate from Stanton University will be allowed to complete the new program within a new 150 percent maximum time frame. The credits do not automatically carry over to new program. Students must submit the Transfer Credit Application form and have it approved to transfer units from the previously completed program into the new enrolled program. The units transferred from the previous program will be treated as transfer units and will be included in the calculation of maximum time frame but not counted towards GPA calculation.
Effects of Withdrawal on SAP
Withdrawals remain on the transcript, and no grade points are assigned. “W” is a permanent grade. A “W” or withdrawal does not affect the cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
Effects of Incomplete Grades on SAP
No grade points are assigned for an “I” grade. The “I” symbol will be marked on the transcript until the final grade is complete. However, it will not be calculated into the CGPA.
Effects of Repeated Courses on SAP
Students may be required to, or may choose to retake a class in order to improve academic performance. Classes may only be repeated one time. Undergraduate students may not retake courses in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned. The new grade will be included in the CGPA computation and the first attempt will be removed. The first attempt will be notated with an “R” on official transcripts, but will not be included into CGPA calculations.
Effects of Attendance on Satisfactory Academic Progress
Attendance is included in the calculation of the student’s final grade in the course. A student is expected to follow the established attendance policy of the course.
Effects of Mitigating Circumstances on SAP
The program department may waive the Standards of Satisfactory Progress for circumstances of personal illness, unusual family responsibilities, military service, unexpected consequences arising in their homeland, or other significant occurrence outside the control of the student, as long as they are not on federal financial aid. These circumstances must be documented by the student to demonstrate that the cited circumstances have had an adverse impact on their performance. No waivers will be provided for graduation requirements.
Effects of Audited Class on SAP
Students can audit a class. Audited classes are subject to a special tuition rate and have no effect on CGPA calculations or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Effects of Non-credit or Remedial Courses on SAP
Non-credit or remedial courses at Stanton University are assigned the grade notations Pass (P) / No Pass (NP). These courses have no effect on CGPA calculations or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Stanton University does not offer extended-enrollments.