Academic Standards, Policies, and Integrity

Academic Standards Policy

Good Standing

The College of General Studies requires students to maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 or above. A student is in good standing if he/she has achieved a minimim GPA of 2.0 or above and is not on either academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal.

Dean’s List and Dean’s Stars

Full-Time Students

Following the fall and spring terms, College of General Studies students whose grades in the preceding term indicate outstanding academic achievement are recognized on the Dean’s List. To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must have earned at least 12 credits (not including courses taken on the Satisfactory/No-Credit option) with a term GPA of at least 3.50. Dean’s Stars are students recognized for having a 4.0 GPA for the term.

Part-Time Students

College of General Studies students whose grades in the preceding fall and spring terms indicate outstanding academic achievement are recognized on the Dean’s List following the spring term. To be placed on the Dean’s List, a part-time student must have earned at least 12 credits (not including courses taken on the Satisfactory/No-Credit option) across the consecutive fall and spring semesters with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 for those terms.

Dean’s Stars are students recognized for having a cumulative GPA of 4.0 across the fall and spring.

Academic Probation

If students fall below a cumulative GPA of 2.00, they will be placed on academic probation and may be required to enroll in an academic intervention plan and CGS 0092 Mastering the University (1cr.). Recognizing that early attention to academic difficulty can improve a student's performance considerably, advisors work one-on-one with students to address individual needs so that they can improve their academic standing. These students may also meet with the Director of Advising and Student Support.

Suspension

A student who still has a cumulative GPA below 2.00 after 12 credits following the probationary term may be subject to continued probation or suspension from the College. Suspension lasts for one calendar year. Students who have repeated probation or suspension violations may be permanently dismissed from the University.

Suspended students are not eligible to enroll for classes at the University of Pittsburgh or at any other institution of higher learning during the suspension period. Upon completing the suspension period, a student must apply for reinstatement through their advisor. Students returning from academic suspension are reinstated on academic probation. Reinstated students’ records are reviewed after each subsequent term of enrollment. Suspended students may not take courses at another institution for transfer back to the College of General Studies.

Dismissal

After the 12 credits following suspension, students whose GPA remains below 2.00 may be subject to dismissal. Dismissal is a final action. Dismissed students are not eligible for future enrollment in the College of General Studies.

Notification

Students who are on probation, are suspended, or are dismissed will receive an email and written notification to their address on file at the University of Pittsburgh with instructions on what to do and information about the policy pertaining to their academic standing.

If a student is seeking to appeal a suspension or dismissal, they should complete a detailed statement and submit this to the Assistant Dean of CGS, 1400 Posvar Hall, explaining why they have not been able to maintain satisfactory grades and outlining a plan for how they intend to improve their performance.  The statement should be accompanied by documentation of extenuating circumstances.  If the appeal is granted, the Assistant Dean will consult with the student’s advisor on what conditions and stipulations should be listed on the Academic Success Contract.  If the student agrees to the terms outlined in this document, they will sign, along with the advisor and assistant dean. 

Students should be further advised that the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA) monitors financial aid eligibility. Students who are on probation, suspension, or are dismissed should contact OAFA in Alumni Hall at 412-624-7488 for information about how their academic standing may affect their financial aid.

Grade Disputes

Students who wish to dispute a grade should follow the following guidelines:

  • The student and the professor should meet to resolve a grade dispute.
  • If no resolution is agreed upon, the student and the professor should meet with the chair of the department offering the class.
  • The chair of the department puts in writing his/her resolution to the dispute.
  • The student has the option to contest the chair's resolution with the CGS Assistant Dean.
  • The CGS Assistant Dean has the option to interview the student, the professor, and the department chair. The Assistant Dean puts in writing his/her resolution to the dispute.

Academic Integrity Code

Students and faculty are expected to familiarize themselves with the published rules and regulations governing academic integrity, the ethical standards of integrity by which each student and faculty member is expected to operate. As members of a community of learners, all students and instructors are expected to adhere to these behavioral, academic, and ethical standards of the University community and of their field of study. The Academic Integrity Code sets the standards for protocol regarding issues such as how to handle cheating or plagiarizing.

To read the full code online, visit www.provost.pitt.edu/info/acguidelinespdf.pdf. See also College of General Studies Academic Integrity Code (PDF). This document provides guidelines pertaining to student-faculty academic integrity issues, such as plagarism, in the classroom and other contexts.

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct is an outline of the nonacademic rights and responsibilities of University students. The code defines offenses by and against students. A student or University official may file a complaint of violation of the Student Code of Conduct at the University Student Judicial System.

Visit http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/studentconduct to read the full code online.