Academic Probation Policy

Northampton Community College is committed to the academic success of its students. Students who do not achieve a cumulative grade point average in accordance with the following standards will be placed on academic probation:

Cumulative Attempted Credits Cumulative GPA
0-25 1.50
26-40 1.75
41+ 2.00

Students will be notified of their Academic Probation status through NCC student email or by letter prior to the start of their probationary semester. Students must meet with an Academic Probation Counselor or their Success Navigator to develop a plan for improved academic performance and will be limited to a maximum enrollment of 13 credits for their first semester on academic probation. The Academic Probation Counselor or Success Navigator will recommend specific actions based on the meeting and may place restrictions on the type of courses the student may attempt. A hold restricting registration may be placed on the student’s account to ensure compliance with any restrictions.

Academic Warning and Suspension

Any student who meets the Academic Probation criteria for two consecutive major semesters may be placed on Academic Warning. Academic Warning requires the student to earn a minimum semester GPA of a 2.0. Failure to meet the GPA requirements during the Academic Warning semester will result in Academic Suspension for academic one year.

Students will be notified of their suspension for academic reasons and the process by which they may appeal. Appeals must be made at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the fall semester, or 5 business days prior to the spring semester. A committee comprised of three faculty members, an Academic Dean, an Advising staff member, and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment or their designee will review the appeals and make a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs whose decision is final.

Students who are academically suspended more than once or who do not make academic progress upon return to NCC, may be dismissed from the institution for a minimum of three years.