Academic Probation

What does it mean to be on probation?
Upperclassman students on probation have received a cumulative and/or semester GPA lower than 2.0. Freshman students on probation have received a cumulative and/or semester GPA lower than 1.8. These students are considered to be in poor academic standing with the college and are academically at risk.
How do I get back in good standing?
Upperclassman students with a cumulative and semester GPA above a 2.0 are considered in good academic standing. Freshman students with a cumulative and semester GPA above 1.8 are consider in good academic standing. Raising your GPA can be challenging, this is why you are encouraged you to follow the items listed in your probation letter, as well as those listed below.

What to do when you receive your probation letter:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor AGAIN - Students often register for the next semester prior to receiving their probation letter. Please meet with your advisor to discuss you new semester courses. The probations committee requires that you enroll in no more than 13 credit hours while on probation. You many have adjust your credit load and your advisor will guide you with that.
  2. Seek help -  If you have earned fewer than 56 credits you must schedule an appointment with the Learning Center. They can be reached by phone at (716) 829-7774 and are located in the KAB building, 4th floor, room 409. If you have earned over 56 credit hours we highly recommend utilizing the learning center for tutoring assistance and academic guidance. Do not wait until you are struggling in a course to seek assistance. Go often and go early!
  3. Take advantage of workshops on campus - Workshops are offered in motivation, study skills, time management and other areas of concern to students. View listing of upcoming workshops.
  4. Schedule an appointment with Retention Services - At your retention services appointments you will discuss your academic progress, your satisfaction with D'Youville, and any other items that relate to your situation. We will work on setting goals and getting you back on track for future semesters. It is important to have a place to go to seek guidance and retention services can be just that place.

Be proactive not reactive with your next semester

  1. Get to know your instructors. They have all the answers on the course you are taking, so why not talk with them outside of class? Go to their posted office hours, hang out a few minutes before and after class. Ask questions!
  2. Figure out where you struggle. Admitting our imperfections or shortcomings is very difficult to do but by doing so you will enable yourself to adjust your time, habits, and distractions in order for you to succeed. For example if you love a particular television show, admit you want to watch it, so therefore do not block that time out to study. Be realistic!
  3. Get it done early! If you are having a light workload week there is no crime in working in advance on readings, papers, and/or projects. This will help alleviate stress in busy workload weeks.

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Contact Us

Retention Services
Amy Yoder, Director
Campus location: ALT 104
Phone: (716) 829-7625
Fax: (716) 829-7760


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