Academic Suspension

According to the General Announcements, students are suspended from the university at the end of any semester if they:

  • Earn grades that will place them on academic probation a third time, or
  • Have a grade point average for the semester that is less than 1.00 (exceptions are made for students completing their first semester at Rice).

Students readmitted after a previous suspension will again be suspended if in any succeeding semester they fail to achieve at least one of the following requirements:

  • a cumulative and semester grade point average of at least 1.67, or
  • a semester grade point average of at least 2.00.

The first suspension period is normally one semester; the second suspension period is at least two semesters. Students may only return for a fall or spring semester following suspension, not for summer school. Students are not readmitted after a third suspension.

Participation in student activities on and off campus and use of Rice facilities, including, but not limited to, the student center, the colleges, the playing fields, the gym, and the computer labs, are limited to enrolled students.

Students placed on academic suspension are notified by the Office of the Registrar after all final grades have been received and posted to their record. Suspension is lifted the first day of class of the semester when the student returns to the university. When students serve the nominal term of suspension but do not intend to return to Rice, suspension is lifted after permission from the Committee on Examinations and Standing is granted.

Students facing a first or second academic suspension who verify with the Office of the Registrar, academic advising, and their department that successful completion of their proposed academic plan would satisfy their degree requirements in one semester if allowed to return, may have their suspension reduced to probation. This is known as the senior exception rule, and students may invoke this ruling only once for a given academic degree plan. Students who graduate at the end of a semester under academic circumstances that would normally place them on probation or suspension will not have the terms “academic probation” or “suspension” placed on their transcript for that semester.

Helpful Link: Readmission

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