Academic StandardsAcademic 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 Chair of the department housing their program.
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:
There are certain non-credit marks which are also issued by instructors. They are as follows:
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|
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 is required to meet with an advisor to review their educational plan, and 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 placed on Academic Suspension. A student on Academic Suspension is unable to register for coursework at Three Rivers for one academic semester. (Excludes Winter and Summer sessions.) 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 apply for an override of their Academic Suspension to the Student Standing Committee.
Academic Suspension Override Request Process
- Students have the right to request an override his/her suspension by completing the Suspension Override Request Form.
- Students must submit their request to the Financial Aid office 2 weeks before the start of the term to allow sufficient time for the committees to review prior to classes beginning.
- Required Documentation
- Completed Suspension Override Request Form.
- Typed summary answering the following questions:
- What extenuating circumstances prohibited you from meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress?
- What changes have occurred that will enable you to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress?
- Supporting documentation that verifies the circumstances referenced in the request.
- The Student Standing Committee will review the requests regarding academic suspension. 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. The request must be completed and the required documentation attached before the request for an override will be considered. Failure to provide all requested documentation will result in the request not being reviewed.
- The Registrar will notify the student via email of committee’s decision.
- Students who are granted an override of their Academic Suspension are placed on probation and 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.
- Students who are denied an override of their Academic Suspension and are pre-registered for classes will be dropped from all classes.
Academic Fresh Start
Three Rivers College is committed to providing students with a second chance at college success. To that end, a student who has not attended an institution of higher learning for at least three years can apply for the Three Rivers College Academic Fresh Start Program upon re-enrollment.
Eligibility for Academic Fresh Start are as follows:
- The student must not have attended an institution of higher learning for at least three years.
- The student must complete an Academic Fresh Start form upon re-enrollment at Three Rivers College.
- The student must complete twelve credit hours of coursework for which a letter grade is earned over two consecutive semesters, not counting summer.
- The student must achieve satisfactory academic progress as measured by the grade point average of twelve credit hours of coursework enrolled in after entering the Academic Fresh Start Program.
- Academic Fresh Start may be granted only once.
- All coursework and grades shall remain recorded on the transcript.
- Removal of the courses the student failed to complete successfully from the GPA.
- The date the Academic Fresh Start will be noted on the permanent record of the student.
- Academic Fresh Start is a Three Rivers College procedure and only applies to courses completed at Three Rivers.
- Academic Fresh Start may not be recognized by other institutions upon transfer.
- Academic Fresh Start has no impact on balances due to the College.
- Grades excluded from a student’s GPA as a result of Academic Fresh Start are still applicable to the calculation of financial aid academic standards.