Academic Probation/Suspension Policy

Continued enrollment in Longwood is a privilege that is granted a student who is making satisfactory academic progress. A degree-seeking student enrolled in Longwood is in good standing unless placed on academic suspension.

Academic Probation: Students are placed on probation based on their cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Probation indicates serious academic difficulty and notice is placed on the student's academic record when the cumulative GPA is below 2.000. Students on academic probation may not take more than 15 credits per semester and are encouraged to seek assistance in the Center for Academic Success.

Academic Suspension: Students will be suspended from Longwood University if:

  • They remain on academic probation for two consecutive regular semesters (fall and spring are considered regular semesters); or
  • Their cumulative grade point average falls below 1.000 with 1-23 GPA hours at Longwood; or
  • Their cumulative grade point average falls below 1.500 with 24 or more GPA hours at Longwood.

Students are suspended at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students suspended at the end of fall semester may not take winter intersession courses. Students suspended after spring semester may not take summer courses.

The first academic suspension means required withdrawal from the institution for the semester (fall or spring) immediately following the semester in which the suspension occurs. A student who was suspended for the spring semester may apply for re-admission for summer term.

A second suspension means required withdrawal from the institution for a minimum of five calendar years. Notice of suspension is placed on the student’s academic record.

Additional information can be found at: Making the Grade.


Petition of Academic Suspension

If a student’s academic suspension is due to circumstances that were beyond his/her control and those circumstances will change, the student may file an appeal. A student petition should include some or all of the following:

  1. Explanation of the extenuating circumstances that resulted in the academic suspension.
  2. Documentation of those circumstances.
  3. Plans for achieving academic success, such as a study plan, academic support measures, reducing non-academic commitments.
  4. Supporting documents from faculty or advisors.

The date for petition submission will be included in correspondence the student receives regarding his/her suspension. Appeals will be reviewed by the Petitions Committee for approval or disapproval.


Readmission after Suspension

Suspended students may apply for readmission to Longwood for the semester following completion of the suspension period. The student must apply at least 60 days before enrollment to the Admissions Committee, which will review the student’s record and citizenship at Longwood as well as courses taken elsewhere. A student denied readmission may appeal in writing through the Office of Admissions to the appropriate deans(s). Readmission to the institution is not automatic, even if the student has raised his/her cumulative grade point average.

A student readmitted after suspension must satisfy the following conditions until the student’s cumulative grade point average is a minimum of 2.000:

  1. Enroll under the status of academic probation,
  2. Maintain a minimum semester grade point average of 2.000 in each semester, and
  3. May not enroll in more than 15 credits.

If a student fails to achieve the minimum grade point average of 2.000 in any semester before achieving a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, the student will receive a second suspension.