Jul 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Policies and Procedures

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Good Academic Standing

Degree Seeking Students

Students at the University are expected to maintain progress in their degree program, as defined by being in “good academic standing.” Good academic standing requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.000 on all University of Colorado course work.

Non-degree Seeking Students

Continuation as a non-degree student is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.000 upon completion of 12 or more semester hours.

Failure to maintain the required average will result in a non-degree student being suspended. The suspension is for an indefinite period of time and becomes part of the student’s permanent record at the university. While under suspension, enrollment at the university is prohibited. For more information contact the dean’s office of the school /college you are enrolled in. 

Non-degree students are not placed on academic probation prior to being suspended.

Early Alert

  • Student’s faculty member notifies academic advisor of academic difficulties via Early Alert system.
  • Academic advisor notifies student via university email of Early Alert, encourages student to make an appointment.
  • Advisor may place advising service indicator on student’s registration. Service indicators are “flags” placed on a student’s record that prevent the student from registering until they deal with the reason for being flagged.
  • Requires that student contact the advisor (usually via face-to-face appointment) to discuss the Alert, possible ramifications (such as academic probation), and resources available.
  • Advisor will release service indicator for registration upon satisfactory contact with student.
  • No restrictions on enrollment or class load at this time

Academic Probation

  • Student’s cumulative CU GPA (grade point average) falls below 2.000.
  • Student is notified of their Academic Probation standing via university e-mail.
  • An Academic Standing hold is placed on a student’s account every semester until their cumulative GPA is raised to 2.000 or higher. 
  • Academic probation entails:
    • Completion of the Academic Support Module (ASM). The ASM is an online module designed to support to support students’ academic progress.Students will receive a link to access the ASM in their Academic Probation notification e-mail.
    • By completing the module, students learn about various support services available through CU Denver and the Auraria Campus such as Financial Aid, the Learning Resources Center, the Office of International Affairs, and many others. They also learn about the requirements and strategies for getting back in Good Academic Standing.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor.
    • Student must complete the ASM to register for the next semester.
    • Student must earn a semester GPA of 2.300 each and every semester, including summer session, regardless of the number of credit hours attempted, until their cumulative GPA is raised to 2.000 or better.
  • Students have five attendance semesters or 30 hours to improve their cumulative CU GPA to 2.000.
  • Once a student’s cumulative GPA reaches 2.000 or better, the student is considered to be in good academic standing. Any registration or advising holds will be removed. If a student fails to achieve a term GPA of 2.300 or better while on academic probation in any given semester, the student will be  placed on “restricted probation” and notified via university e-mail.

Restricted Academic Probation

  • An appointment with the student’s academic advisor is required.
  • Together, the student and advisor will determine the best courses to take.
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation cannot register for more than two courses per semester, or in more than seven credit hours per semester.
  • Students on Restricted Academic Probation must achieve a 2.300 semester GPA
  • Students remain on Restricted Academic Probation until they achieve good standing or are suspended.


International Student Status has additional restrictions. International students must also contact the Office of International Affairs.

Academic Suspension

  • Students who fail to earn a 2.300 semester GPA while on Restricted Academic Probation will be placed on Academic Suspension.
  • Students are notified via university e-mail when they are placed on Academic Suspension.
  • Suspension entails:
    • Students are unable to attend the University of Colorado Denver, or any University of Colorado campus, for one year/three semesters (including summer session).
    • To prepare for readmission, students can either attend another institution and demonstrate improved academic performance (minimum GPA at another institution must be 2.750) OR  use the time off to address issues directly contributing to their academic difficulties.
  • Students may petition the individual college’s appellate committee (or Undergraduate Experiences appellate committee) for readmission after the required one year/three semester suspension period. It is recommended that students apply early to allow time for adequate review.
  • For readmission, students must meet and document at least one of the following criteria:
    • Attendance at another regionally accredited college/university wherein they completed a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours that are applicable to their degree, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.750.
    • Provide an explanation of their previous academic difficulties and of what has changed, and how this will allow them to now achieve and maintain good academic standing (including a semester GPA of at least 2.300 and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000).
  • If a student is granted readmission, they will be readmitted on Restricted Academic Probation and must meet the conditions of Restricted Academic Probation as described above.

Subsequent Suspension

  • Students on suspension a second time may be readmitted to the university only by petition to the college’s appellate committee.
  • Students will only be considered for readmission if they have demonstrated significant improvement in academic performance at the college/university level.