Policies, Procedures, Academic Standing

Academic Standing

A student at Barnard is in good academic standing as long as she is matriculated, and is making satisfactory academic progress towards her degree. The academic standing of all students is reviewed at the end of each semester. The concept of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) mandates that students maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 each semester, and that the number of credits completed towards the degree shows quantitative progress, as indicated in Barnard College policy outlined in the course catalogue under Academic Policies and Procedures/Registration/Classification (online, see http://catalog.barnard.edu/barnard-college/academic-policies-procedures/...). 

Consequences of not being in Good Academic Standing

At the end of each semester, after student grades have been reviewed, a student who is found not to be in good academic standing might face the following consequences:

a) Academic Probation: Students whose semester or cumulative GPA's fall below a 2.0 may be considered to be not in good academic standing, and may be placed on probation. These students will be required to meet with their Class Dean on a regular basis to ensure that they are being connected to the appropriate resources to help support them and help them return to good academic standing.

b) Required Withdrawal: Students whose GPA's fall below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters, or students who fail to complete 24 credits at the end of every academic year at minimum, may be asked to withdraw for one semester or one year. These students may be asked to complete credits of coursework outside of Barnard in order to provide evidence of the ability to maintain good academic standing, and to help them make progress towards their degree completion upon their return. Students who fail to make academic progress in one semester may also be asked to withdraw (consideration is given on a case-by-case basis).

c) SAP warning (Satisfactory Academic Progress Warning): Students who may have met the GPA requirement, but have not made satisfactory academic progress towards their degree, may be put on SAP WARNING status for one semester. If students on SAP Warning do not make satisfactory progress in the semester in which they are on SAP Warning, meaning they do not meet the minimum credit requirements for their class year, they may be required to withdraw the following semester. Students who are eligible for financial aid may lose funding, pursuant to determinations made in conjunction with the Financial Aid office. For more information, see online: barnard.edu/finaid/general-policies.

d) Extracurricular or co-curricular activities: Students who are not in good academic standing should note that eligibility for some co-curricular or extra-curricular programs may be impacted by this status.


Appeal requests are considered by the faculty Committee on Programs and Academic Standing, and by the Class Deans. Students wishing to appeal a required withdrawal can do so only in these cases:

a) They would like the faculty Committee on Programs and Academic Standing to consider reducing their sanction (for example, reducing required withdrawal for one year to one semester, or asking not to be required to take coursework elsewhere);

b) They have new information regarding their academic progress that they would like to share with the Committee (e.g., a grade change or unfinished work having been turned in).

Appeals should be made in writing to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing. Due to the short period between semesters, students who have been notified of their academic standing in January (after the fall semester) will have 48 hours after receiving the emailed letter from the Dean of Studies to submit an appeal; students who have been notified in June (after the spring semester) will have seven (7) days from the date on the emailed notification from the Dean of Studies office to submit an appeal.  This appeal should include not only the reasons for the appeal, but also the student's academic plan for moving forward, an explanation of why a sanction might need reconsideration, and plans for returning to good academic standing, and making satisfactory academic progress. Students may speak with their Class Dean for guidance before submitting the appeal. Appeals are written; no appeals are made in person.