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Academic Standing

A student’s academic standing at NU-Q is determined according to the grades that the student earns. The student with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is in good academic standing.

Academic Probation

Academic probation constitutes notice of unsatisfactory academic performance; it is a warning that minimum standards for graduation are not being met. Unless a student demonstrates significant scholastic improvement during the period of probation and thereby indicates ability to fulfill degree requirements within a reasonable period of time, the student may be dismissed from NU-Q. A student will be notified in writing no later than the middle of a term that, because of unsatisfactory work in a previous term or terms, he or she will be excluded in the event of unsatisfactory work during the term for which the notice is issued.

The following are ordinarily placed on academic probation:

Additional conditions of academic probation may be established as NU-Q may deem appropriate.

Removal from Academic Probation

Students on academic probation are ordinarily removed from probation if the deficiencies that resulted in probation have been remedied during the next succeeding semester in residence. Students are rarely removed from probation on the basis of a program consisting of less than four courses graded on a basis other than the pass/no credit option.

If students on probation who receive grades of X or Y are not dismissed, probation continues until they have completed all courses or until the end of the next semester in residence, when the students’ records are again subject to scrutiny.

In no case are students removed from probation at the end of a semester in which they have failed any course.

Academic Suspension or Dismissal

The following is a partial list of categories of students who may be suspended or dismissed for academic deficiencies (in every case, the decision is determined in part by the student’s cumulative academic record):

As a matter of general policy, the probation period for a freshman may be extended to the third semester of residence if such extension appears to be in the best interests of the students and NU-Q. Such consideration is not granted to a freshman whose record clearly discloses lack of aptitude or neglect of work.

Disciplinary Suspension or Dismissal

Students suspended from NU-Q may not receive Northwestern credit for academic work at any other institution during the period of suspension.

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