Suspension & Probation FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding academic suspension and academic probation.

No, only grades earned from Winona State are used in determining academic status. You must have a WSU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher by the time you have attempted 16 credits to be in good standing.
You complete a credit by earning an A, B, C, D, or P. If you earn an F, W, or NC, those credit are considered non-completed. To determine your cumulative completion rate, you need to add all of the credits you have completed (classes in which you got an A,B,C,D, or P) at WSU and divide that by the credits attempted (the first number plus all the classes you got an F, W, or NC in). Therefore, if you took four 3-credit classes (12 credits attempted), and earned an A, a B, a W, and an F (6 credits completed), you would have a 50% completion rate. The minimum completion rate for good standing is 67%. For more information review our Credit Completion worksheet (PDF).
Dropping or withdrawing from a class may affect your academic standing IF it causes your credit completion rate to go below the minimum of 67%. When you withdraw from a class with a “W,” that is, you withdraw after the last day to drop with a tuition refund and before the published last deadline to withdraw from classes, it will negatively affect your credit completion rate.

Yes, repeating a class can affect your academic standing. When you repeat a class, only the second grade earned is used in calculating your GPA; therefore, you can raise your GPA by repeating a class that you did poorly in the first time. This could have a positive effect on your academic standing.

However, if you repeat a class that you have already completed (with an A, B, C, D, or P), you will negatively affect your credit completion rate, because it can only count as completed once. Both your GPA and your credit completion rate must be above the minimum standards to be in good academic standing.

Good general advice is that it can only help you if you are repeating a class you failed, unless of course you fail the course again. However, if you are repeating a class you got a D or better in, you will want to consider the impact on your credit completion rate as part of the decision-making process. It would be wise to consult your academic advisor when making this decision.