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Probation, Continuance and Readmission

While the information is as accurate as possible, in the case of any discrepancies between this webpage and the student's catalog of record, the catalog will be the final authority. Online catalogs can be found here.


Academic Criteria for Continuance

  • In order to be eligible to continue at The Citadel, a student must meet minimum standards for hours earned at The Citadel or properly transferred from another accredited institution and cumulative grade-point average maintained.
  • These criteria are assessed initially after the cadet’s second semester at The Citadel and then at the end of each two-semester period.
  • Credits earned through AP or course work taken by an entering freshman in the summer prior to initial matriculation WILL NOT be used toward meeting the minimum standard for hours earned in an academic year.
  • Although The Citadel will notify students who are deficient in either or both areas, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that these criteria are met.
  • To avoid academic discharge, a student must meet both hour and GPA requirements concurrently either at the end of the fall semester, at the end of the spring semester, or in August, as appropriate.
  • A full-time student (one carrying at least 12 credit hours each semester) must pass at least 24 semester hours in each 12-month period after initial matriculation or readmission. If a previously passed course is repeated, the hours may be used only once toward meeting requirements for hours passed.
  • Part-time students must pass 50% of the hours attempted.
  • Each student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average as prescribed in the following table.
  • The column labeled “Total Hours” includes:
    1) all credits attempted for which a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” was received at The Citadel.
    2) course work transferred from other colleges.
    3) courses taken Pass-Fail or in which the grade of “U” was earned.

Total Hours (Quality Hours Plus Transfer & Pass/Fail Hours)

This table shows the minimum academic progress a student must make to continue at the College and to avoid academic discharge:

Total Hours
(Quality Hours Plus
Transfer & Pass/Fail Hours)

Grade-Point Average
for Continuance
on Probation

0-39

1.300

40-69

1.500

70-99

1.700

100 & above

1.900

For the purpose of determining academic probation, criteria for continuance, dean’s list, gold stars, graduation, and other academic matters, the grade-point average will be computed to three decimal places.


 Academic Probation

  • A student is placed on academic probation for any semester when the cumulative grade-point average based on courses taken at The Citadel fails to meet the requirements for continuance without probation as outlined in the following table.
  • A student will be removed from academic probation after the semester in which the cumulative grade-point average meets the requirements set forth in the following table.

Total Hours
(Quality Hours Plus
Transfer & Pass/Fail Hours)

   Grade-Point Average

  for Continuance Without

Probation

0-39

1.700

40-69

1.800

70-99

1.900

100 & above

2.000


 Academic Discharge

  • A cadet’s academic record will be subject to formal review for purposes of academic discharge at the end of the second semester after initial matriculation at The Citadel.
  • During these two semesters and the summer sessions after initial matriculation, the cadet must have earned at least 24 credit hours and must at the time of review meet GPA requirements for continuance.
  • If these requirements are not met concurrently at that time, the cadet will be discharged for academic deficiencies.
  • Academic assessment for the purpose of academic discharge is conducted at the end of each two-semester period, and the associated summer sessions, after the student is admitted or readmitted. Under the Academic Discharge Policy, cadets may be discharged for academic deficiencies in January or in August of each year.
  • Credits completed while a student is on academic discharge will not normally be accepted for transfer to The Citadel. Exceptions to this policy must have the approval of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.
  • Summer session work cannot make students ineligible to enroll in the follow- ing fall semester, if they were eligible for enrollment at the end of the previous spring semester.
  • Minimum grade-point averages for the various categories are as shown in the previous sections; however, the minimum GPA required will not be raised as a result of summer school work.
  • That is, students moving from one category to the next higher category as a result of credit hours earned in summer school at The Citadel or elsewhere will be required to meet the GPA minimum of the lower category of credit hours for continuance in the following fall term.
  • Students who voluntarily withdraw at times other than January or August or who are discharged for other than academic reasons will have their academic status assessed upon application for readmission.
  • Cadets may also be discharged for violating The Citadel’s class attendance policy.
  • When the number of unexcused absences reaches 5, the student and his or her parents will be issued a warning by the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs that continued disregard of the academic policy requiring class attendance will result in an academic discharge from the College.
  • If the number of unexcused absences reaches 10, the student will be permitted to complete the current semester, but will be academically discharged from the College for the following semester.
  • Cadets who accumulate 10 or more unexcused absences in their final semester and who would otherwise be eligible to participate in commencement will not be permitted to do so. In all other circumstances, cadets who accumulate 10 or more unexcused absences will be awarded an academic discharge for the following semester.

 Readmission

  • A student who is discharged for academic reasons for the first time may apply for readmission after being out of school for one semester.
  • Summer school does not constitute a semester in this instance.
  • Students who are discharged for academic or disciplinary reasons may not, during the period of discharge, take courses for transfer to The Citadel.
  • The deadline for the receipt of an application for readmission for Maymester and summer School is March 1st, for the spring term is October 1st, and for the fall term is June 1st.
  • In addition to any specific readmission requirements stated at the time of discharge, applicants for readmission to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets must meet the personal and physical fitness requirements for current cadets (see updated Application for Readmission on the Registrar’s website). These include the following:
    1) Applicants for readmission must meet the U.S. Army standard for height and weight (Army Reg 600-9) and must be physically qualified as determined by the Citadel Surgeon. Applicants who fail to meet the height/weight standards can gain readmission by meeting the Citadel body-fat standard. Height/weight and body-fat standards for current cadets are detailed in the White Book, Chapter 5. These standards are more stringent than those for initial applicants.
    2) Applicants for readmission may not be married nor have childcare responsibility for any minor child related to him or her by blood or marriage.
    3) Applicants must not have a record of conviction of a criminal offense showing poor moral character.
    4) Applicants for readmission must be less than 26 years old on the first day of classes in the semester of their readmission. Applicants for readmission who have not completed their fourth-class system requirements must be less than 23 years old on the first day of classes in the semester of their readmission.

If approved for readmission after an academic discharge, the student will be readmitted on academic probation. Cadets who have been approved for readmission may or may not be assigned to their former cadet company.


 Second Academic Discharge

  • A student who fails for a second time to meet minimum academic criteria for continuance will be awarded a Second Academic Discharge.
  • The Associate Provost for Academic Affairs will review the academic record and any extenuating circumstances the student wishes to present in writing.
  • Based on this review and in consultation with the faculty advisor and the department head or Associate Dean, the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs will determine the conditions under which the student may be considered for readmission after a second academic discharge.

 Conduct Discharge

Cadets who have been suspended or dismissed or who leave the College with a disciplinary board pending are not eligible to attend any undergraduate class at The Citadel—day, evening, or summer—or to transfer credits back to The Citadel for any courses taken during the period of discharge.

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