According to the Academic Standing Policy, students must maintain a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA to be considered in “good academic standing.” After carefully reviewing students’ academic records each semester, students who are in danger of falling below good academic standing are placed on Academic Warning. Students on academic warning are then notified of their status via mail and SU email.

The Center for Academic Success (CAS) provides academic success resources to build academic skills and strongly encourages students on academic warning to meet with a member of the CAS team to create and implement a Plan for Success as outlined below: 

  • Complete a Plan for Success and collaborate with a CAS staff member to put the plan into action. (Communication about creating the plan will come from the CAS before the semester begins.)
  • Meet a few times throughout the semester with a professional staff member in the CAS as a check-in to support positive academic progress.
  • Utilize the online Blackboard site, “Academic Success Resources,” throughout the semester, which all students on academic warning have access to during the semester they are on warning. The Blackboard site has many academic success resources designed to assist students in creating and refining good academic habits and include topics related to time management, study skills, learning styles, and more.

A few good practices for ALL students to keep in mind:

  • The CAS is available for academic support throughout each semester for ALL students. Contact us at su-cas@susqu.edu or 570.372.4412.
  • We strongly suggest taking advantage of the peer tutoring available to students through the CAS and through academic departments. For more information on tutoring, please go to Tutoring
  • Communicate often with the professors in each of your courses to be sure you fully understand the material and to be on top of your academic standing in their courses.
  • Review your syllabi often so that you are prepared to complete assignments, papers, projects, quizzes, and exams on time. 
  • Attend all classes (even if the classes are entirely online) and be an active participant in your learning. Participation can be a very important factor in your course grade but it can also be a very important factor in YOUR learning.

According to the Academic Standing Policy, students must maintain a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA to be considered in “good academic standing.” Each semester after carefully reviewing students’ academic records, the Academic Standing Committee places students who have fallen below good academic standing on Academic Probation. Students on academic probation are then notified of their status via mail and SU email.

As a condition of Academic Probation, students must complete the following requirements through the Center for Academic Success (CAS) during the semester(s) they have academic probationary status:

  • Complete a Plan for Success and collaborate with a CAS staff member to put the plan into action. (Communication about creating the plan will come from the CAS before the semester begins.)
  • Meet regularly with a professional staff member in the CAS as a check-in to support positive academic progress.
  • Complete required online assignments throughout the semester on the Blackboard site “Academic Success Program,” which all students on academic probation have access to during the semester(s) they are on probation. A syllabus will be available on the Blackboard site outlining the topics and expectations for the semester. The assignments are designed as tools to assist students in creating and refining good academic habits and include topics related to time management, study skills, learning styles, and more.

A few good practices for ALL students to keep in mind:

  • The CAS is available for academic support throughout each semester for ALL students. Contact us at su-cas@susqu.edu or 570.372.4412.
  • We strongly suggest taking advantage of the peer tutoring available to students through the CAS and through academic departments. For more information on tutoring, please go to Tutoring.
  • Communicate often with the professors in each of your courses to be sure you fully understand the material and to be on top of your academic standing in their courses.
  • Review your syllabi often so that you are prepared to complete assignments, papers, projects, quizzes, and exams on time. 
  • Attend all classes (even if the classes are entirely online) and be an active participant in your learning. Participation can be a very important factor in your course grade but it can also be a very important factor in YOUR learning.

In the Center for Academic Success (CAS), we believe that parents and supporters should have a role in their student’s education, and we want to partner with you to help your student build the skills necessary to be successful at SU. We encourage you to have a conversation with your student about their academic status and recommend the resources below as a good place for parents and supporters to begin.*

*Although the resources above specify academic probation, they are certainly applicable to academic warning and returning from academic suspension as well.

Academic suspension is the end result of falling below Susquehanna University's standards for good academic standing. Students who are academically suspended are not eligible to register for classes and are required to take time away from the institution.

Students are notified of their academic suspension by phone, email and a letter that is sent home.

The first academic suspension must include at least one semester and one summer and, depending on circumstances, may require two semesters and one summer. If the student again meets the criteria for academic suspension after readmission, they will be permanently suspended from the university.

To understand requirements related to the academic progress policy for financial aid, students can contact Student Financial Services. To discuss vacating the residence hall, students can contact Residence Life.

To help you prepare for a strong return, examples of actions you can take during your time away include:

  • Working closely with a Center for Academic Success staff member 
  • Earning grades of C or higher in coursework at another institution
  • Finding full-time employment or volunteer opportunities
  • Working consistently with a health/mental health professional

When you are ready to return to SU, follow the steps on the Returning from Academic Suspension tab and feel free to contact the Center for Academic Success for assistance.

A student returning from suspension will be on probation until meeting the criteria for good academic standing and must complete a Plan for Success. See the Academic Probation tab for more.

Students returning from suspension are expected to achieve good academic standing by the end of two semesters after being readmitted. If, after two semesters, the student remains below the relevant probation criterion, they will be permanently suspended from the university. If, after two semesters, the student is above the relevant probation criterion but still below good academic standing, they may have a third and final semester to achieve good academic standing.

After the period of suspension, you should contact the Coordinator of Transitions and Completion in the Center for Academic Achievement at redfern@susqu.edu or ext. 4413 to indicate an interest in returning.

You will need to provide the following information to prepare your petition for readmission:

  • Complete the intention to reenter the university form
  • A one-page letter outlining: 
    • What hindered academic performance during your time at Susquehanna 
    • What you've done during your time away to address those issues 
    • A plan of action explaining how you will use campus resources to succeed, including how you would deal with any minor setbacks, after returning to the university
  • Supporting documentation (letter of recommendation from employer, therapist, professor, etc., indicating readiness to return)
  • Please email supporting documentation to su-cas@susqu.edu and indicate your interest in returning.

Academic Standing Committee: Committee consisting of five voting faculty members, the Senior Director of the Center for Academic Success, the Dean of Students and Campus Life, and the Registrar. The committee is tasked with reviewing the academic records of students on academic warning and probation and taking appropriate action in cases of unsatisfactory academic progress.

Academic Success Program: Blackboard site for Students on Academic Probation that contains required assignments and outlines expectations for the semester. The assignments are designed as tools to assist students in creating and refining good academic habits and include topics related to time management, study skills, learning styles, and more.

Academic Success Resources: Blackboard site for Students on Academic Warning that provides academic support resources including time management, study skills, learning styles, and more.

Blackboard: SU’s online learning management system.

Medical Provider: Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Neurologist, Licensed Psychologist, or Licensed Professional Counselor, Or other licensed and certified practitioner

Plan for Success: Online form designed as a tool to help students reflect on their academic strengths and challenges to be able to better plan for academic success.