New registration policy provides support for students having academic difficulty


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1:33 p.m., Oct. 18, 2010----A new registration policy established this fall provides additional support for undergraduate students experiencing academic difficulty.

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Under the new policy, students who are on academic probation will not be allowed to register for the next semester until they have met with their academic advisers.

“The success of our students is our primary goal,” Deputy Provost Havidán Rodríguez said. “This new process ensures that students who are not performing well in their classes will talk with their advisers and make sure that they are in the correct academic program. Poor grades can be a signal that a student should consider a different major or perhaps map out a new career goal.

“This is an opportunity for these students to have a candid and meaningful conversation with someone who can help them find the right academic path,” he said. “We want the students to be in good academic standing, and we want to help them succeed.”

Academic probation occurs when a student's cumulative grade point index falls below 2.00. (For more information on academic probation, visit the UD online catalog and search "academic probation.")

Students who are on probation may not register for more than 12 academic credits per semester, and degrees are not awarded to students on academic probation.

Under the new policy, students who are in academic difficulty will receive a letter from the assistant dean of their college informing them that a “registration hold” has been placed on their record and that they must receive academic advisement to have it removed. The letter also includes information on academic probation, deficit points, registration information and the procedures for getting advisement and releasing the hold.

The new policy has been reviewed with the Provost Executive Committee, which includes the college deans, as well as the executive committee of the Faculty Senate.