2021-2022 Course Catalog

Academic Suspension

Academic suspension is a University-initiated intervention which requires a student to separate from Chatham for a specified period because of academic reasons. Academic suspension is administered with the best interest of the student’s future academic success in mind. If a student does not fulfill the conditions of the suspension within the timeframe outlined by the academic Dean of their school, then the student will be dismissed. Students who wish to return after this timeframe has passed should contact the academic Dean of their school and may be referred to the Office of Admissions for readmissions. In all cases, the student, the academic 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 academic suspension. 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.) 

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

Academic Suspension status for undergraduate students is subject to appeal. Students who receive this status will be provided with information to make an appeal. Students who successfully appeal their Academic Suspension, are allowed to return on Academic Probation.