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Temporary Academic Suspension Policy
in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

James Madison University is adjusting undergraduate academic suspension and continued enrollment policy for the Spring 2020 semester due to the transition from in-person to online course delivery.

Current academic suspension and continued enrollment policy is modified in the following ways for the Spring 2020 semester:

Academic Suspension

  • There will be no new academic suspensions at the end of the 2020 spring semester.
  • At end of the spring 2020 semester, all students (with the exception of continued enrollment and re-entry students) with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in academic suspension range will receive an academic suspension alert message, and their transcript notation will read “academic probation”.
  • Students (with the exception of continued enrollment and re-entry students) will not face the possibility of academic suspension until the end of the spring 2021 semester.
  • During the summer of 2020, students who received an academic suspension alert message will receive follow-up communication with individualized information concerning the level of academic performance needed in 2020-2021 to avoid academic suspension at the end of spring 2021.
    • Follow-up communication will provide guidance concerning the advisability of enrolling at JMU for the 2020-2021 academic year, address the GPA needed during the 2020-2021 academic year to avoid academic suspension at the end of the 2021 spring semester, and encouragement to consult with their academic advisor and the Associate or Assistant Dean of their college.

Continued Enrollment and Re-entry Students

  • All current, conditionally enrolled continued enrollment and re-entry students (regardless of their spring 2020 academic performance/cumulative GPA) will be allowed to continue enrollment at JMU through, at a minimum, the end of the fall 2020 semester.
  • At end of spring 2020:
  • By 5 PM on Thursday, May 14, continued enrollment and re-entry students who have reached academic good standing and/or who have met continued enrollment conditions will be sent congratulatory correspondence.
  • By 5 PM on Thursday, May 14, continued enrollment and re-entry students who did not meet the conditions specified for spring 2020 (with the exception of students pursuing application of the Transfer Equivalent Option) will receive correspondence indicating that they will be allowed to continue enrollment at JMU through, at a minimum, the end of the fall 2020 semester. The message sent will include guidance on changing graded courses to credit/no-credit.
  • Students who did not meet the conditions specified for spring 2020 will receive follow-up communication by end of May 2020 with individualized information (level of academic performance needed in summer/fall 2020 to avoid academic suspension at the end of fall 2020).
  • By 5 PM on Thursday, May 14, students pursuing application of the Transfer Equivalent Option will receive guidance concerning any/all courses they should consider changing from a graded to a credit/no-credit option in order to remain eligible for continued enrollment and application of the Transfer Equivalent Option.
  • The Transfer Equivalent Option is applied after a student earns a 2.0 average on the first graded twelve (12) hours completed upon re-entry.
    • Re-entry students pursuing application of the Transfer Equivalent Option will be advised to change the grading option of any spring 2020 course that would make them ineligible for application of the Transfer Equivalent Option to the credit/no-credit option.
    • Students will be permitted to continue to work toward earning the 2.0 average on the first graded twelve (12) hours completed upon re-entry during their next semester/term of enrollment.

If you have questions about this temporary policy, please consult the Academic Standing Policy FAQ and/or email acadconcerns@jmu.edu.

 

 

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