Master of Social Work Academic Probation Policy
A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.85 during the first 18 hours of coursework is placed on academic probation. A student who has earned more than 18 hours and who fails to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 is placed on probation. Because of the sequential structure of the MSW Program, MSW students placed on academic probation are allowed to enroll in the subsequent semester of course work to restore their overall grade-point average to 3.0 or higher (2.85 or higher during the first 18 hours of coursework).
In cases where students have earned a grade of F in a course(s), their progress in the Program will be suspended until they successfully repeat the course(s). If they successfully repeat the course(s), and their grade-point average is restored to 3.0 or higher, (2.85 or higher during the first 18 hours of coursework), they are then returned to good academic standing. If they successfully repeat the course(s), but their grade-point average remains below 3.0 (2.85 or higher during the first 18 hours of coursework), they may then enroll in one subsequent semester of course work to restore their overall grade-point average to 3.0 or higher (2.85 or higher during the first 18 hours of coursework). Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the Program.
No more than two courses with a grade of C or F may be repeated; a given course may be repeated only once. A graduate student may not transfer credit taken at another institution while he or she is on academic probation at Winthrop or is ineligible to return to Winthrop. Students who have been dismissed because of academic ineligibility may reapply for graduate admission. Those wishing to be considered for readmission following a dismissal must wait at least one year before applying. One year is defined as two semesters or one semester and one summer session. During this period, they are ineligible for admission to any program at Winthrop University. Applications for readmission may be found on the Forms Online page of the Graduate School website. Readmission applications are evaluated by the Admissions Committee; readmission may or may not be granted depending on the Committee’s recommendation.