(The following is an excerpt from the UCO Undergraduate Catalog.) 

Retention Status

All students at the University of Central Oklahoma will be classified in one of the following statuses for retention purposes: (Concurrent students: If coursework taken while a concurrent student falls below a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0, please see below under Freshman Academic Notice or Academic Probation).

Academic Good Standing - Any student who meets the retention requirements set forth in this section.

Freshman Academic Notice - Undergraduate students with 30 or fewer credit hours with a retention GPA of 1.7 to 1.99. All students new on freshman academic notice will be required to take a two credit hour success strategies class designed to assist them in their academic recovery.

Academic Notice - Any student in an area of study with higher academic standards whose GPA falls below the retention requirements but remains higher than 2.00.

Academic Probation - Any student whose retention GPA falls below the retention requirements. Students placed or continued on academic probation must maintain a 2.00 GPA in regularly graded course work (excluding activity or performance courses) for continued enrollment at UCO. Students with less than 30 earned credit hours who are new on probation may be required to take a two hour Success Strategies class to assist them in their academic recovery.

Students who raise their retention GPA to meet the retention requirements will be removed from academic probation.

Academic Suspension - Any student who was on academic probation the previous semester will be suspended from the University if s/he fails to raise his or her retention GPA to the required retention GPA level (retention requirements) or achieve a 2.00 semester GPA in regularly graded course work, not to include activity or performance courses. Students not meeting either of these criteria will be immediately suspended and may not be reinstated until one regular semester (fall or spring) has elapsed.

For continued enrollment as a student in academic good standing at the University of Central Oklahoma, a student must have earned a retention grade point average at or above the following:

Retention Requirements 2012 - 2013

Credit Hours Attempted Retention          GPA Requirement

*0 through 30 semester hours                                   1.7

31 or greater semester hours                                     2.0

*Students with 0-30 semester credit hours with a retention GPA of 1.7 through 1.99 will be considered to be on freshman academic notice.

Students will be removed from academic probation when they have met the minimum requirements above. All students who have less than 30 credit hours and are new on probation or on academic notice must take UNIV 2012, Success Strategies, to remain in good standing.

At the end of the probationary semester or term, students who continue to fail to make satisfactory progress toward the academic objective, as indicated by the retention requirements, will be suspended for the next regular (fall or spring) semester. Students suspended twice from the University of Central Oklahoma are not eligible to return until by attendance at another accredited institution, they have raised their retention grade point average to a minimum of 2.0.

Continued Study by Suspended Seniors

A student suspended for the first or second time from UCO  with 90 or more hours in a specified degree program who failed to meet the retention GPA of 2.0 or the semester GPA of 2.0 may enroll in an additional 15 semester hours in a further attempt to achieve the requirements for retention. During this 15 hours of enrollment, the student must achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA during each semester or raise his/her retention GPA to 2.0 or above. Such students will be afforded this extension one time only.

Reinstatement of Suspended Students

One time suspended students will be eligible to apply for readmission to the University of Central Oklahoma after an absence from the University for a regular (fall or spring) semester assuming they have not attended any other college or university. To be readmitted, students must make application and pay the $40 application fee. Students should be prepared to discuss with the advisor reasons for earlier academic difficulties and should explore available campus resources that will assist in meeting educational goals.

Students suspended from the University of Central Oklahoma who have attended another college or university may only reapply after demonstrating they have earned a 2.0 or higher grade point average at all institutions attended since the suspension. Should a second suspension occur, students will be unable to be readmitted to UCO until their retention GPA meets the University's retention standards. Students may raise their GPAs by successful attendance at another regionally accredited college or university.

Procedures For Immediate Admission of Suspended Students From Other System Institutions

In some instances, students with no more than one suspension from another institution may apply for probational admission. To be considered for probational admission, students must have met all other applicable UCO admission criteria at the time of first college admission. If admission is granted, future enrollments will depend upon the student meeting applicable retention grade point average requirements. To apply for probational admission following a suspension from another institution, students must petition the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Retention.

Petition forms are available online at www.uco.edu/em/appeal.  Click on the admissions link.

Academic Suspension Appeals

Students who believe extraordinary conditions led to an academic suspension at UCO may petition the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Retention for immediate reinstatement. If approved, the suspension status will not change, but the students will be allowed an immediate readmission. Limitations on enrollment may apply. Should a subsequent suspension occur, students will not be allowed to reapply until such time as they have demonstrated an ability to succeed academically by attending another institution and raising their retention GPA to meet UCO retention standards. Students with two academic suspensions are not eligible for this appeal. Petition forms are available online at www.uco.edu/em/appeal. Click on the admissions link.

Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Retention

The purpose of this committee is to consider the following petitions: Alternative Admission for First-Time Freshmen; Appeals for Adult Admission; transfer probational admission of probation or suspended students from other institutions; and other exceptional and extraordinary individual applications.

Students who feel they have extraordinary personal circumstances which contributed to their academic difficulties or students requesting Alternative Admission, transfer probation, Adult Admission, or desiring to appeal an admissions decision may obtain an Academic Retention Appeal Petition online at www.uco.edu/em/appeal, then click on admissions.

A student's request for admission or readmission will only be considered when full documentation (including complete official transcripts) supporting the appeal has been submitted for evaluation within the time requirements established for committee meetings.

Appeals will not be considered once classes begin. It is deemed inappropriate for at-risk students to begin the term late. The authority of the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Retention is limited to granting admission or readmission, placing conditions or limitations on the first semester enrollment, and DOES NOT EXTEND TO REMOVING OR REVERSING AN ACADEMIC SUSPENSION.

The decision of the committee is final. A student cannot reapply to UCO without satisfying the committee recommendations.

Petition forms are available online at www.uco.edu/em/appeal.  Click on the admissions link.

Appeal Process

If a student wishes to petition for readmission or admission on probation, a written request must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with attached official transcripts of all college work. The student's request for reinstatement will be considered only by satisfactorily completing the following steps for appeal:

A. Document reasonable cause for unusual or extraordinary personal circumstances that contributed to academic failure;

B. Submit evidence of the capability for academic success (satisfactory scores on aptitude or achievement tests may be a requirement);

C. Provide an objective plan for balancing proposed enrollment, study time, and a work schedule which will ensure success toward obtaining an educational and/or degree goal.

D. If the student is currently attending another college, final grades for that term must be submitted with the appeal.

E. If testing is required, test scores must be submitted prior to deadline.

F. All requested documents and test scores must be received on or before deadline.