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Academic Standing

FERPA regulations

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records; to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records; and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.

Student Information Release Authorization: FORM
Students may, at their discretion, grant the University permission to release information about their student records to a third party by submitting a completed Student Information Release Authorization form. Students must complete a separate form for each third party to whom they grant access to information regarding their student records. The specified information will be made available only if requested by the authorized third party. The University does not automatically send information to a third party.

Good Academic Standing

CLA requires students to maintain a cumulative University GPA of at least a 2.00 and to earn a term GPA of at least 2.00 each semester. Students' records are reviewed after each term.

Probationary Students

All probationary students are encouraged to talk with their academic advisor or advisors within the CLA Advising & Academic Services to determine an individual plan for improvement and are required to submit the following form:

   Midterm Progress Report form

Academic Warning (Hold: PW)

Students who do not achieve a term GPA of at least 2.00 are placed on academic warning.  They will be monitored by CLA.

Academic Probation (Holds: P1, P2, PL3)

Students whose cumulative GPA is below good academic standing are placed on academic probation. Students have one semester to attain good academic standing (2.00 cumulative GPA).  


Immediate Academic Dismissal (Hold: OV)

Students with a first-term GPA below 1.00 are subject to immediate dismissal.

Academic Dismissal (Hold: OV)

Students whose cumulative GPA remains below good academic standing after one term of academic probation are subject to academic dismissal. The associate dean along with the CLA Advising & Academic Services decides either to dismiss or to extend a student’s probation. Only students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 will be dismissed. Dismissed students are notified immediately and their registration for the next semester, financial aid, and on-campus housing contract are canceled. Students are encouraged to seek academic advisement from the CLA Advising & Academic Services regarding future academic plans.


Students who wish to appeal their academic dismissal should write a letter requesting to be extended on academic probation and describing their plans to remedy their academic situation. Along with the letter, they are encouraged to submit documentation that supports their request for an exception to UMD's academic dismissal policy. The supporting documentation should help explain the event(s) or condition(s) that contributed to their academic standing. Letters without supporting documentation are unlikely to be approved. Send all materials to the the CLA Advising and Academic Services office. The review process usually takes 3 - 5 business days. Appeals may be faxed to 218-726-6386 or emailed to


Readmission to CLA will be granted when one term has passed since academic dismissal.  Coursework taken outside the University of Minnesota system will be considered. All requests for readmission will be reviewed. Students are advised to submit an academic plan for success along with their re-enrollment form. Visit the UMD re-enrollment site for the form and additional information.


See also the VCAA Academic Standing Policy.

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