Academic Regulations

These policies are effective as of Fall 2009 grades.

Grade Point Average
To calculate a cumulative grade point average, divide the total number of quality points earned by the total hours attempted. Transfer credit is included in the cumulative GPA. Grades of AU, CR, P, R, W or WP do not affect GPA calculations.

Dean's List Honors (Undergraduate Students Only)
Full-time (courses in which a grade of P is received will not count toward full-time status for this purpose) undergraduate students who have attained a term grade point average of 3.50 or above in either a spring or fall semester will be placed on the "Dean's List" for that semester and the Dean's List designation will appear on the student's record. This requirement must be met at the time grades are posted. Grades of I may prevent a student from being placed on the Dean's List. Dean's List information is also displayed under the Academics tab on myGate. University Communications sends all of the Dean's List information to students' local media outlets following the posting of final grades. For more information, please call 270-809-2198.

Students are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). The conditions and actions described below pertain to students whose GPA's fall below 2.0.

Academic Warning
A student will be on academic warning when his or her cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 but is at or above the values listed below for the number of hours the student has attempted. A student on academic warning may enroll for a maximum of 16 credit hours during a fall or spring term.

Academic Probation
A student will be on academic probation when his or her cumulative GPA is less than the value listed below for the number of hours the student has attempted.

Hours Attempted   Cumulative GPA 
1-32   1.5
33-64   1.7


80 or more   2.0

An undergraduate student will be placed on academic probation at the end of the first grading period in which her/his cumulative GPA falls below the appropriate threshold listed above.  A student on probation may register for a maximum of 16 hours in a regular semester.

Removal from Probation
A student will be removed from probation after the probationary semester by reaching or exceeding the appropriate cumulative GPA threshold listed above. Failure to do so will result either in a status of "continued on probation" or "academic suspension."

Continued on Probation
A student who does not meet the cumulative GPA threshold for his/her hours attempted, but earns a term GPA of at least 2.0 for the probationary semester will remain on probation and may register for a maximum of 16 hours in a regular semester.

Academic Suspension
An undergraduate student will be suspended from the university following a probationary semester in which he or she does not meet the criteria for continued on probation or removal from probation (see above).  A student suspended for the first time may not re-enroll until one succeeding (fall or spring) term has passed.

Note: A student who feels there are extenuating circumstances may appeal for special consideration in writing to the Registrar, no later than seven days prior to the beginning of classes.

Academic Dismissal
An undergraduate student who receives a second academic suspension may not re-enroll for two calendar years. An undergraduate student who receives a third academic suspension will be indefinitely dismissed from the university.

Reinstatement after Suspension
A student suspended for 2 or more academic years must submit an application for readmission. Students who are reinstated are readmitted on probation. A student who has been suspended for a third time may not re-enroll at Murray State.

A student who has been academically suspended or dismissed may appeal in writing to the Registrar's Office for special consideration when a repeated or lengthy illness or family emergency has been the cause of excessive absences from class and when the absences have been beyond the control of the student. All appeals must be on file at least 14 days before the first day of class of the relevant term.