Academic Standards, Policies, and Integrity

Academic Standards Policy

Academic 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.

Students in danger of falling below a 2.00, or who have a significant decrease in a term GPA, may be placed on Academic Warning. They may be required to complete an academic success contract with their advisor which places limitations or requirements on the student in an attempt to help them perform better academically and connect them with university resources.

Students who have earned a minimum of 12 credits in the College of General Studies and whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00 at the end of any term will be placed on Academic Probation. Students placed on probation may be limited to 6-12 credits a term until they have regained good academic standing and will be required to complete an academic success contract that stipulates the conditions of their probation.

Any students placed on probation who fail to regain good academic standing by the time they have completed an additional 12 credits of course work are subject to Academic Suspension. Suspension lasts for one calendar year.

After the 12 credits following suspension, students whose GPA remains below 2.00 may be subject to Academic Dismissal. Dismissed students are not eligible for reinstatement.

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.

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.

Read the full code online. 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.