Terms & Definitions
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): Computed by dividing the total number of quality points earned at JMU by the total number of credit hours attempted at JMU.
Total Hours Attempted: Cumulative hours a student has attempted while enrolled at JMU. Does not include credit hours transferred to JMU, credit hours earned by departmental exam, AP, IB credit, or credit hours for courses taken on a credit/no credit basis.
Total Hours Earned: Cumulative hours a student has earned. Includes credit hours transferred to JMU, credit hours earned by departmental exam, AP, IB credit hours for courses taken on a credit/no credit basis.
Hours for Standing: All hours attempted at JMU + credit hours transferred to JMU + credit hours earned by departmental exam, AP, IB credit + credit hours for courses taken on a credit/no credit basis.
Quality Points: The numerical value assigned to a grade.
Academic Standing: Determined by a student’s cumulative grade point average and total hours for standing.
Academic Good Standing: Cumulative grade point average must be at least 2.0.
Academic Probation: Cumulative grade point average is below 2.0 but remains above the minimum required for continued enrollment.
Academic Suspension: Cumulative grade point average is below the minimum required for continued enrollment.
Academic Dismissal: Permanent dismissal from the university occurs after three suspensions.
Continued Enrollment: Uninterrupted enrollment at the university. Following a first academic suspension a student must sit out for at least on year. However, the student may appeal in writing to the contact person of his/her major college and request Continued Enrollment – to be permitted to enroll in the university in the semester immediately following their academic suspension.
Re-entry: A degree-seeking student who has been absent from the university for at least a semester and who wishes to return to his/her studies at JMU seeks to re-enroll though the process of re-entry.
Transfer Equivalent Option: Students not in good standing who return to JMU after a separation of two calendar years, and who maintain a 2.0. GPA for 12 credit hours at JMU, are eligible to apply for the transfer equivalent option. This option allows the student a quality point status equivalent to that of transfer students admitted to the university.