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Academic Probation, Dismissal and Reinstatement

Working with students on academic probation is an important part of your work as an advisor because, what students understand about their probation has an impact on what future academic choices they might make. If students feel ashamed or fear that exposing their probationary status to others will make them appear inadequate, they may not look for help.

Defining academic probation

For students to remain in good academic standing with the university, they must maintain a minimum Boise State University cumulative grade-point-average, which is based on the number of credits they have completed. The number of credits includes both transfer and Boise State University credits. The table below indicates the requirements. When working with students, be certain they understand that their probation status is only based on Boise State’s cumulative GPA, however, both their Boise State and transfer credits determine the number of credits completed.

Cumulative Credits Earned
26 or more
Minimum Boise State GPA

Academic standing is determined at the end of each semester. If a student fails to maintain the minimum Boise State GPA shown in the table above he/she is placed on probation and will receive a letter from the Registrar’s Office. At the end of the student’s next semester at Boise State, the university reviews the student’s record and takes one of the following actions:
  • The student is removed from probation (if the cumulative Boise State GPA is at or above the minimum specified in the table above
  • The student’s probation is continued (if the cumulative GPA is below the minimum specified in the above table but the semester GPA is 2.0 or higher)
  • The student is dismissed from the university (if the cumulative Boise State GPA is below the minimum specified in the table above and the student’s semester GPA is below 2.0)

 Defining academic dismissal

Students who are placed on academic probation and do not meet the semester GPA of 2.0 or higher will be dismissed from the university. The first time, they are dismissed for one semester. A second dismissal will be for a full year.  A third dismissal is final.

The reinstatement process for students returning to the university

When students are re-instated to the university after a dismissal, they are admitted under a probationary admission status. They are required to receive at least a 2.0 grade-point-average in their first semester. Students who do not receive at least a 2.0 will be dismissed again for a full year. Students who are out for a single semester due to a dismissal must reapply to the university through the application process. For more information, contact the Admissions Office, 1st Floor, SUB, 208.426.1156. Once a student is reinstated, they must maintain contact with their academic advisor.

Appealing a dismissal

If students wish to appeal their academic dismissal, they can pick up an appeal form in the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Room 110 or download the form here. However, students must understand that extreme extenuating circumstances must exist for the appeal to be approved and they must be able to show documentation of the circumstances. To help students develop an appropriate plan of study, please use this form Form.