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Grading Policies

Academic Probation

Students are placed on academic probation if their GPA falls below the minimum retention standards. During the probationary period, students maintain their academic standing with the College but are limited to 12 credits until they attain the minimum required GPA (See Academic Standing, p. 92). Students on academic probation or special probation who obtain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher are automatically restored to good academic standing. Students who have been academically dismissed and have a grade appeal pending will be reinstated if they prevail in their appeal and, as a result, their overall GPA is 2.0 or higher.

Dismissal

Students whose GPA falls below minimum retention standards for two consecutive semesters are academically dismissed. Academically dismissed students may not attend BMCC or any CUNY college for at least one semester unless they are eligible to file an appeal as set forth below, and the appeal has been granted by the Committee on Academic Standing.

Application for readmission to the College after First Academic Dismissal

A student who is academically dismissed once may be readmitted to the College on special probation if the student meets all of the following criteria: 1. has not attended BMCC for at least one semester; 2. has a cumulative grade point average of 1.8 or more; 3. has, in consultation with a Student Life counselor or any academic advisor, developed an academic success plan. Students meeting the above criteria may file a readmission application with the Admission Office and must do so by the deadline set by the college. Students who are academically dismissed twice are not readmitted to BMCC except as set forth below (see Sections: Students Academically Dismissed More Than Once and Students who are Academically Dismissed and who wish to Appeal asserting Extenuating Circumstances).

Appeal of Dismissal

Academic dismissal may be appealed as set forth below by submitting a completed appeal form to the Committee on Academic Standing. Documentary evidence must be provided in support of the appeal. Written recommendation from a Student Life college counselor or any academic advisor must also be submitted. Appeal forms are available in the Counseling Center (Room S330), the Registrar’s Office (Room S310) or the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center (Room S763).

Students Academically Dismissed Once – Conditions for Appeal for Special Probation

1. Students who have been academically dismissed once who have a GPA of 1.8 or higher and wish to attend the following semester may file an appeal with the Committee on Academic Standing for immediate reinstatement on special probation.

2. Students who have been academically dismissed once who have a GPA below 1.8 and have not attended for a semester may file an appeal with the Committee on Academic Standing for reinstatement on special probation.

Students Academically Dismissed More than Once

Students who are academically dismissed more than once are eligible to file an appeal for readmission if the student meets one of the following criteria:

1. The student’s GPA during the semester that he/she was on special probation is 2.0 or higher; or 2. The student only took remedial courses during the semester he/she was on special probation and received a passing grade for each course taken; or 3. The student received only grades of W or *WN during the semester he/she was on special probation.

Students who are Academically Dismissed and who Wish to Appeal Asserting Extenuating Circumstances

Students who are academically dismissed and who do not meet the above grounds for appeal may file an appeal for an immediate reinstatement asserting extenuating circumstances. In the application for reinstatement, the student must provide legal and/or official documentation of the extenuating circumstances that made it impossible for the student to meet minimum retention standards and must provide evidence that they are capable of performing at the level required to prevent further dismissal. Students who are academically dismissed a third time cannot appeal their dismissal.

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