Academic standing of all students is reviewed by the Student Academic Life Committee (SALC) after final grades are submitted at the end of each semester (fall and spring). In some instances, a student's academic standing may be reviewed after the summer terms.
The minimum cumulative grade point average to graduate from the University is a 2.00. Some programs require a higher minimum grade point average to graduate. Good academic standing
is defined as maintaining the minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 ("C" average). The University does allow (as needed) for gradual attainment of the minimum cumulative average to students in their first three semesters of attendance, as outlined in the chart below.
|Semester of Attendance at MVNU||Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average Required
|4 and beyond||2.000
Along with maintaining the required minimum cumulative grade point average, students must also make satisfactory academic progress
indicated by a 2.00 grade point average during each semester of their attendance.
Good academic standing
and satisfactory academic progress
is granted to students:
Whose cumulative grade point average meets the minimum required after the respective semesters of attendance; and
Whose semester grade point average remains at or above 2.00, or does not drop below 2.00 for two consecutive semesters, while at the University.
making satisfactory academic progress
may be subject to one of the following: 1) academic warning, 2) academic probation, 3) continue on academic probation, or 4) academic dismissal
. These four provisions are described below. In addition, the SALC may include other stipulations that must be met in response to any of these academic standing or academic progress options.
status is issued to students:
Whose semester grade point average is below 2.00 during the fall or spring semester, while the cumulative grade point average meets the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance (see chart above). Those on academic warning maintain good academic standing even though performing below satisfactory academic progress.
status is issued to students:
- Whose cumulative grade point average is below the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance, but whose semester grade point average is 1.00 to 1.99; or
- Whose term grade point average is 1.00 to 1.99 in two consecutive semesters of attendance, even if the cumulative grade point average remains above the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance for good academic standing; or
- Who were placed on academic dismissal, appealed, and were re-admitted by the SALC for the next term of attendance.
- Who left the University on academic probation or academic dismissal, sat out the required semester(s), then re-applied and enrolled again at the University.
Note: First-time freshmen who are placed on academic probation for their second semester for having a cumulative grade point average of less than 1.70 will also be placed on social restriction for the same time period. Under this social restriction: [a] the first-time freshman is not eligible for a late pass, and [b] overnight sign-outs are limited to home. Specific rules for academic probation are outlined below for transfer students.
Continue on Academic Probation
status may be issued to students:
- Who show improvement in a term, but whose academic performance has not yet shown consistency above 2.00 over consecutive semesters. This status may remain, even if the required minimum cumulative grade point average for semesters of attendance is met.
status will be issued to students:
- Whose term grade point average is below 1.00 in any semester of attendance, even if the required minimum cumulative grade point average for semesters of attendance is met.
- Whose term grade point average is below 2.00 in three consecutive semesters of attendance, even if the cumulative grade point average for good academic standing remains above the minimum required after the respective semester of attendance.
- Who were on academic probation in a semester and did not show satisfactory academic progress as determined by the SALC. In most cases, these students also do not meet the minimum required cumulative grade point average after the respective semester of attendance.
Note: Specific rules for academic dismissal are outlined below for transfer students.
Off Academic Probation
status will be issued to students:
- Who while on academic probation meet the semester and cumulative grade point average required after the respective semesters of attendance.
Students under academic probation who make satisfactory academic progress
in a given semester may: 1) be taken off academic probation
and given good academic standing
if progress made is sufficient to establish semester and cumulative grade point averages above the minimum required; or 2) continue on academic probation
if improvement in academic progress was shown yet was insufficient to be removed from academic probation. The SALC may also include other stipulations that must be met to any of these academic status options.
First-time Transfer Student academic policies include the following:
Transfer students who are accepted to the University in good academic standing
are evaluated by the cumulative grade point average and semesters of attendance at Mount Vernon Nazarene University as described in the satisfactory academic progress chart presented above.
Transfer students who are accepted to the University on academic probation
are evaluated according to these satisfactory academic progress criteria. At the end of the first semester, if the semester grade point average is:
- > 2.00, the student will be considered a student in good academic standing and taken off academic probation for the next semester.
- > 1.70, but < 2.00, the student will continue on academic probation for the next semester.
- < 1.70, the student will receive academic dismissal for the next semester.
for all students are for a period of one full semester (summer sessions excluded). Second and subsequent dismissals are for one full academic year. Students under academic dismissal may appeal their dismissal to the Student Academic Life Committee. Direct questions about the appeals process to the Director of Student Success.
After the dismissal period is served, students can apply for reinstatement to the University through the Admissions Committee. The completed Application for Re-admission must reach the Admissions Office no less than six  weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which re-admission is requested.
Students on academic probation
or academic dismissal
- to participate in intercollegiate athletic practice or competition;
- to participate on University-sponsored church relations ministry groups;
- to participate in selected activities that officially represent the University to the public, as determined by the Office of Academic Affairs;
- to hold any appointed or elected office within the Student Government Association or other official University clubs or organizations.
Students under certain discipline contracts administered by the Student Life Office may also be ineligible to participate in the above listed activities.
A list of candidates for leadership positions in all student organizations must be submitted to the University Registrar for an eligibility check one week prior to publishing or printing a ballot. A list of those students under consideration for church relations or official representative groups must be presented to the University Registrar for an eligibility check prior to consideration for selection or payment of required deposits for group participation. Students receiving academic probation or dismissal during a term of service must relinquish student leadership or church relations ministry group positions immediately upon notification of academic probation or dismissal. The continued involvement of students chosen for activities officially representing the University who receive notification of academic probation after paying required deposits, but prior to actual participation, will be judged on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Academic Affairs; those receiving academic dismissal will become ineligible for participation.