Probation/Dismissal

warning iconAcademic Probation

Probation I

Students are placed on Probation I when their term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.00.  Students are notified of their status via a letter and email from the Office of the University Registrar.  Once students are placed on probation, a hold is placed on their account for future registrations.  To remove probation status, students must complete a semester of coursework with both a semester and cumulative GPA above 2.00.

Probation II

Students are placed on Probation II when their term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 for two consecutive semesters.  Students are notified of their status via a letter and email from the Office of the University Registrar.  Once students are placed on probation, a hold is placed on their account for future registrations.  To remove probation status, students must complete a semester of coursework with both a semester and cumulative GPA above 2.00.

Status AfterUNL Term GPANU Cumulative GPAAttempted UNL Credit HoursProbation & Dismissal
One Semester <2.00 OR <2.00 Any Probation 1
Two Consecutive Semesters <2.00 OR <2.00 Any Probation 2
Three Consecutive Semesters <2.00 OR <2.00 Any Dismissed

no iconAcademic Dismissal

Dismissal rules are contingent on the total number of credit hours a student has attempted while enrolled at UNL.  A student will be dismissed from UNL if any semester ends under the following conditions:

  • If a student has 1-18 cumulative attempted credit hours, has attended UNL, UNO or UNK for more than one semester, and his/her cumulative GPA is below 1.00.
  • If a student has 19-45 cumulative attempted credit hours, his/her prior cumulative GPA is below a 2.00, and both semester and cumulative GPA are below 1.75
    or the student has spent three consecutive semesters on probation.
  • If a student has 46 or more cumulative attempted credit hours, his/her prior cumulative GPA is below 2.00, and both semester and cumulative GPA are below 2.00
    or the student has spent three consecutive semesters on probation.

If a student is dismissed, the university will automatically cancel any registrations for the following semester.

Decisions regarding continued eligibility for federal financial aid are made independently of the academic dismissal/reinstatement policy.  Students should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for assistance.

Attempted UNL Credit Hours*Prior Cumulative GPASemester GPACumulative GPAProbation and Dismissal
1 - 18 hours
and > 1 semester
Any Any <1.00 Dismissed
19-45 hours <2.00 and <1.75 and <1.75 Dismissed
≥46 hours <2.00 and <2.00 and <2.00 Dismissed
3 Consecutive Semesters On Probation Dismissed

*Note: Attempted credit hours include all the credit hours a student registered for at UNL and did not drop during the first two weeks of the course.

list iconAdditional Notes:

  • Attempted credit hours include all the credit hours a student registered for at UNL and did not drop during the first two weeks of the course. 
  • Coursework taken during any of the four summer sessions will be collectively considered as one semester of attendance.  If a student is not enrolled for the Second Five-week Session, the probation/dismissal calculation will be made at the grade census date of the First Five-Week Session.  Otherwise, the calculation will be made as of grade reporting for the Second Five-Week Session.  Because it is difficult to accumulate enough credits over the summer to successfully raise one’s cumulative GPA to remove probation status, students should consult with their advisers before enrolling in summer classes. 
  • Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture students: students in these programs should check the published standards in the Undergraduate Catalog for academic probation.

check iconAcademic Dismissal Appeals

Students who are academically dismissed from the University may appeal that dismissal. Students wishing to initiate the appeal should do so as quickly as possible by meeting with an academic advisor in their college dean's office.

This appeal must be filed no later than the end of the first week of classes of the semester immediately following the one in which you were dismissed.

Student Academic Dismissal Information

No consideration of a dismissal appeal will be given until all financial blocks/holds have been removed. If all financial blocks/holds have not been removed prior to the deadline, the committee will not consider an appeal.

NOTE: See "Registration Hold/Service Indicators" under "Eligibility to Enroll" for the corresponding semester.

next iconReadmission of Dismissed Students

Students who have been dismissed from UNL will be denied enrollment privileges for at least two consecutive semesters (the four summer sessions count as one semester).

A dismissed student may apply for readmission to UNL for the semester or term following the mandatory suspension period.

  • The deadline for returning for a Spring semester: December 1 of prior year
  • The deadline for returning for a Fall or Summer semester: May 1

Readmission is not automatic. Factors that will be considered in determining readmission of dismissed students are:

  • Proven academic performance since dismissal (e.g., courses or academic credits earned at other post-secondary institutions).
  • Work experience that has contributed to development.
  • Other appropriate experiences that have helped prepare the applicant to resume studies and achieve academic success.

The following are available at the Office of Admissions, 1410 Q Street and must be completed and received with supporting documentation by the Office of Admissions by the above deadline:

  • Application for Admission
  • Returning Student Questionnaire

All HOLDS, including financial, must be resolved before a student can enroll.

Readmission does not guarantee financial aid eligibility. Please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, 17 Canfield Administration Building South, (402) 472-2030, to discuss your eligibility for financial aid.

sun iconSummer Classes

Undergraduate students taking summer classes should be aware that ANY course, or any combination of courses, constitutes a full semester's work in terms of academic standards. The student at highest risk is one who, at the beginning of summer classes, is:

  • "continued on probation" (as a result of spring semester grades); or
  • "readmitted on probation"; or
  • "continued on probation" (as the result of successful dismissal appeal).

Because all summer classes (whether just one course or many) constitute a full semester's work, a student's probation/dismissal status WILL be assessed either at the end of the First 5-week Session (for students enrolled in Pre-Session, 8-Week Session and/or First 5-Week Session, but not in the Second 5-Week Session) or at the end of the Second 5-Week Session (for students enrolled in that session).

Under certain circumstances, taking a single course could appropriately cause a student to be academically dismissed from the University, particularly if the student receives a grade below C.

Any student who is unsure of the effect of summer work on their probation/dismissal status should consult with an academic advisor before taking any summer course or combination of summer courses.

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