Academics
Academic Standards
Academic Load
The normal academic load for a student in a semester is 15 or 16 semester hours credit, exclusive of physical education and musical groups. Students with considerable responsibilities in addition to their college work are strongly advised to carry a reduced course load. Students who wish to take more than 21 credit hours during a specific term must possess a 3.0 GPA and petition the appropriate Dean.

Grading System
The grades A, B, C, D, F and CR are employed to evaluate the quality of a student's work. They are defined as follows:

Grade Quality Credits
A Excellent 4
B Above Average 3
C Average 2
D Below Average 1
F Failing 0
CR Credit, no grade
There are certain non-credit which are also issued by instructors. They are as follows:
Non-Credit Explanation
W Withdrawn
AUD Audit
I Incomplete
NP No Pass

Academic Standing
Three Rivers expects students to fully participate in instructional activities in order to have successful learning experiences. While students achieve at different levels, all Three Rivers students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress.

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation and is considered by Three Rivers as good academic standing. The following criteria are used to determine academic standing status:

Total Credit Hours Attempted GPA Required
0 - 15 1.50
16 - 30 1.70
31 - 44 1.90
45+ 2.00

A student whose cumulative GPA is less than the required minimum GPA for the number of hours attempted will be placed on Academic Warning. A student on Academic Warning may be required to meet with an advisor to alter their educational plan. Students on warning may be required to reduce their credit load. If a student fails to meet satisfactory academic progress at the end of their warning period, they will be played on Academic Suspension.

A student on Academic Suspension is unable to register for coursework at Three Rivers for one academic semester. (Excludes Winter session.) After sitting out a semester, the student regains eligibility to register for courses; however, said student will once again be placed on Academic Warning. Students have the right to appeal their Academic Suspension to the Admissions and Scholastic Standing Committee.

Students have the right to appeal their academic ineligibility by completing the Application for Appeal with the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will evaluate and decide upon all financial aid issues prior to the Admissions and Scholastic Standing Committee reviewing the appeal for Academic Suspension. Students must explain any mitigating circumstances concerning their academic performance. Documentation of circumstances must be attached to the appeal. Students must submit a typed one-page letter explaining why they are currently not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and what has changed that will enable them to be successful in the future. Include relevant dates, names, and relationships when possible.

Exceptions to the college's SAP policies are not made lightly and will generally be considered only for extenuating circumstances. Decisions are based upon an individual's extenuating circumstances, supporting documentation, and the student's academic history. Both pages of the appeal form must be completed and the required documentation attached before the appeal will be considered. Failure to provide all requested documentation will result in the appeal not being reviewd. Appeals forms are available online here.

Students who are granted an appeal of their Academic Suspension are required to meet with an advisor to evaluate their educational plan. Students may be required to reduce course load, eliminate online course work, or repeat failed course work.
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