2019-2020 Course Catalog

Academic Suspension and Dismissal


Chatham reserves the right to require an undergraduate student to take a mandatory leave of absence for academic reasons following a review by the appropriate University authorities. This action, which requires the student to be away from the University for a specified period of time, is taken in the best interest of the student. If a student does not fulfill the terms of the suspension, which are outlined in the letter he/she received from the dean of the school, this leave will result in a permanent dismissal. In all cases, the student, the advisor, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, all appropriate staff members and parents or guardians, when deemed necessary, will be notified of this action.

Undergraduate students who meet any of the following criteria are subject to suspension

  • A semester GPA of 1.0 or lower OR
  • A cumulative GPA below 2.0 for two semesters OR
  • A cumulative GPA below 2.0 after at least one previous semester of academic probation.

If a student receives a final course grade of I (Incomplete), and the student's GPA without including that incomplete course meets one of the criteria above, the student will receive a letter of academic action requiring a mandatory leave of absence. If suspended, the student will still be required to complete the work for the incomplete course within the previously set time frame. (See section on Incomplete Grades above.)

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree programs earning a grade below C- in any repeated required major courses will be dismissed from the program.

Students enrolled in the RN-BSN Program will need to retake any required core RN-BSN course(s) with an earned grade below C- (70%) in a graded course or a grade of fail in pass/fail courses and earn a passing grade. A second earned grade below C- (70%) in a graded course or fail in pass/fail courses in ANY required core RN-BSN course in a subsequent session or semester will be cause for dismissal from the program.

A student will not be granted a second suspension, the student will be dismissed from the university.


Graduate students who are on academic probation and fail to make a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or the equivalent for the next semester or fail to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA after two semesters will be subject to suspension or dismissal from the program. Students who have been suspended may have an opportunity to return to the school, the criteria to re-enter will be outlined in the suspension letter from the dean.