The university notifies students about academic probation or unsatisfactory academic performance in writing. However, when incomplete or missing grades prevent the advising office from making a decision about academic standing, it may not be possible to send a timely notice to the student. In these cases, decisions about academic standing and dismissal will be based on the final grade report, whether or not previous letters regarding academic standing have been sent to the student. Also, a student who has ceased to keep up with his/her studies may be dismissed or suspended from the university even when satisfactory academic standards have been met in previous semesters.
The terms of academic probation are as follows: Students must complete at least 12 credits in the next semester, with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 and a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or above. In making the G.P.A. calculation, incomplete grades (I) will be calculated as failures (F). In addition, any grade in a satisfactory/unsatisfactory course may be taken into consideration.
for Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
When a student is dismissed from the university, several university offices are notified and several important consequences follow.
The terms for readmitting a student who has been dismissed for academic reasons are established by the Academic Review Committee. The readmission process is described in the dismissal letter. Students who have been dismissed should discuss the process with their advising office.
Students who receive prior approval to complete courses at another college or university during the period of dismissal are subject to the university’s 12-credit limit on the number of transfer credits that can be applied toward graduation.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
However, students should be aware that JHU scholarship funds are awarded for a maximum of eight semesters. Under some circumstances, a ninth semester of scholarship may be awarded on appeal. Federal and state aid may be available for additional semesters.
Eligibility to Register
Students are also expected to accumulate total credits at the rate of at least 12 credits per semester. Students who fall behind in credit accumulation will be subject to the academic probation and dismissal policies stated above. In addition, if a student falls behind in credit accumulation by 24 or more credits, that student will be ineligible to register and will be dismissed from the university for failure to make satisfactory academic progress. Repeated courses count only once toward the cumulative credit requirements.
An academic appeals committee will consider student appeals of these decisions. The appeals committee will have the authority to rescind a decision to dismiss a student and/or to establish new satisfactory progress terms for individual students who have fallen behind in credits.
Minimal Satisfactory Credit Accumulation Table
*Students should earn an average of 15 credits per semester to earn 120 credits in 8 semesters.
While students are required to maintain full-time status by registering for at least 12 credits, rare circumstances may lead to a student receiving permission to register for less than 12 credits in a given semester because of illness, disability, or other unusual circumstances. Less than full-time status may affect some types of financial aid.
Academic progress will be reviewed at the conclusion of each regular term (fall and spring). Incomplete or missing grades may prevent timely notification to the student. A student’s academic performance during the summer term or intersession will not affect his/her academic standing except that credits and grades will count in the cumulative measures.
Semesters need not be consecutive. Leave of absence semesters do not affect academic standing. If a student studies abroad or attends another approved program off campus, the semesters attended at the other institution are counted in the assessment of whether the student is making progress toward his/her degree the same as if the student had attended Johns Hopkins.
For transfer students, satisfactory academic progress will be based only on work done after matriculation at Johns Hopkins in accordance with the eligibility-to-register requirements above.