Office of Student Success

North Foundation Hall Rm 157
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-4480
Fax: (248) 370-4485

adviser sitting with student at desk

Academic Probation

Academic probation is a warning that the student's academic performance has fallen below a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Academic probation occurs at the end of each semester after official grades have been completed. Any student having a cumulative grade point average below a 2.00 is placed on academic probation.

Who can I talk with about academic probation?
Your Academic Adviser is the best person to talk with about academic probation.
  • First-year students and students who are either Undecided or Re-deciding are encouraged to meet with their First Year Advising Center Academic Adviser.
  • Sophomores and above are encouraged to meet with their Academic Adviser in their professional school or college to discuss success strategies.
  • To find out who your Academic Adviser is, visit the Find My Academic Adviser web page.
What happens in an academic probation advising meeting?
When you meet with your Academic Adviser, they can
  • develop an academic success plan;
  • empower you with relevant and vital information regarding your degree program;
  • provide different student support services specific for you.
I received an email that I am enrolled in the Academic Empowerment Series-what is this?
Students on academic probation and continued probation are enrolled in the Academic Empowerment Series. ( Click here to get started in the Academic Empowerment Series)
  • The Academic Empowerment Series (AES) is a 10 module series in e-Space with knowledge to empower students to be successful;
  • Each module is approximately 20-25 minutes long, with a short quiz at the end to pass (4/5 or 5/5) and earn a badge;
  • All students start with module 1, "Design Your Own Life Plan", that has students explore what motivates them.  Complete the quiz, earning a score of 4/5 or 5/5 and then the other 9 modules will be opened to the student.  
What other resources are available for me to use to get back into good academic standing (above 2.00 GPA)?
There are many resources and support services available for all students, whether on academic probation or not, to guide students in their academics.  Visit the Tutoring Center, Meet with an Academic Coach, or view the Student Services page for more information.
Academic Probation Policy

The following Academic Probation Policy applies to all undergraduate students.

Students in good academic standing will be placed on probation at the end of a semester/session when their cumulative GPA is below 2.00. They will be allowed to remain at Oakland University on probationary status for at least one semester/session.

At the end of a probationary semester/session, the following actions will be taken:

  1. If the student’s cumulative GPA is 2.00 or greater, the student returns to good academic standing.
  2. If the student’s cumulative  GPA is less than 2.00, AND
    • the student’s semester GPA is 2.00 or greater, the student continues on probation.
    • the student’s semester GPA is less than 2.00, AND
      • the student has less than 24 GPA credit hours, the student continues on probation.
      • the student has 24 or more credit hours, the student is dismissed, unless their cumulative GPA exceeds the minimum in the GPA chart, in which case the student continues on probation.
  • Cumulative GPA: In order to establish a cumulative GPA, a student must receive an alpha grade in at least one course at Oakland University, and in the computation of the cumulative GPA, only those courses at Oakland University for which a student has received grades A through F are used. The “honor points” for each course are computed by multiplying the honor points of the grade received by the number of credits assigned to the course. The cumulative GPA is determined by dividing the sum of the honor points for all courses receiving grades A through F by the total number of credits attempted in courses receiving alpha grades at Oakland University.
  • Semester GPA: This is calculated based on alpha grades earned in one semester at Oakland University.
  • GPA credit hours: Overall total credits of courses that carry honor points.
  • Good academic standing: Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above (or those without an established cumulative GPA) are considered to be in good academic standing
GPA Chart
GPA Credit HoursCumulative GPA

Note: Students who have the required GPA for the set credits shown in the chart above will remain on Academic Probation. If a student's GPA falls below the required GPA for the set credits shown, the student could be academically dismissed.

Academic Probation FAQ's
How will I know I'm on academic probation?
Official notifications from the Office of Student Success are emailed to your OU email and mailed to your permanent mailing address letting you know you are on academic probation.
What does academic probation mean?
You have received a cumulative GPA below a 2.00. You will be allowed to remain at Oakland University on probationary status for at least one semester.
Should I change my schedule?
There are times when your schedule will need to be adjusted. Contact or set up an appointment with your Academic Adviser if you have any questions.
Does academic probation affect my scholarship(s), grant(s), or financial aid?
Generally, being on academic probation means your scholarships and/or grants may be at risk. Renewal requirements vary for each one. For more information, contact Student Financial Services at (248) 370-2550 or visit their office in North Foundation Hall, Room 120.
Should I repeat any classes?
There are a few important things to consider when deciding whether or not to repeat a course. Course repeats impact the number of credits completed in a semester, which could impact your financial aid, scholarships, and grants.

Also, consider that the most recent grade will be the grade of record whether or not it is the highest grade earned. Speak with your Academic Adviser and Student Financial Services before making any decisions regarding repeating a class.
Can I repeat my course at a community college?
It is not recommended to repeat a course at another institution because it does not improve your GPA. For more details review the Undergraduate Catalog and see your Academic Adviser.
What do I need to do to get off of academic probation?
Achieving a cumulative GPA of a 2.00 or higher takes you off academic probation and you are considered in good academic standing with the University.
What happens after I am on academic probation for one semester and don’t have a 2.00 cumulative GPA?
Students can continue on Academic Probation, as long as they are within the guidelines stated in the Academic Probation Policy (refer to the GPA chart on this tab) in the Undergraduate Catalog. If a student does not meet the guidelines noted in the Academic Probation Policy, the student could be academically dismissed. 

It’s important for students to continue meeting with their Academic Adviser to discuss academic success strategies to get back into good academic standing (2.00 or higher GPA).