General Requirements
for a Bachelor's Degree

Academic Continuation


Students are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 to receive the baccalaureate degree from The University of Tennessee at Martin. Academic standards of performance have been established to ensure satisfactory progress toward a degree. These performance standards form the basis for the following academic classifications:

  1. Good Standing
  2. Academic Probation
  3. Academic Suspension

Guidelines and procedures for placing students in the previous classifications are explained in the following paragraphs.

Good Standing. A student is considered to be in good academic standing so long as the number of quality points earned is equal to twice the number of gpa hours attempted. This is equivalent to a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Academic Probation. A student will automatically be placed on academic probation at the end of any semester if he/she fails to have a 2.00 cumulative GPA. The probationary status will be removed upon the achievement of a 2.00 cumulative GPA. If a student on academic probation fails to achieve a 2.00 cumulative GPA, the student will remain on probation as long as a 2.00 semester GPA is earned, indicating satisfactory progress. Should the probationary student fail to demonstrate satisfactory progress after one or more continuous semesters of probation, he/she will be academically suspended.

The student must meet with an advisor in the Office of Student Academic Support (SAS), Clement 210, and develop a contract for improving his or her academic success. This plan will be tailored to meet the individual needs of each student and may include supplementary work with reading, writing, mathematics and study skills computer software, work in the Hortense Parrish Writing Center or the Math Lab, work in a group of individual tutoring sessions, as well as attend conferences with an SAS advisor.

Probationary students may not register for more than 16 credit hours per semester or eight credit hours per summer term, inclusive of correspondence credit, without the prior written approval of the dean of his/her college.

Academic Suspension. A student on academic probation for one or more continuous semesters will be academically suspended for one semester unless one of the following occurs: (1) cumulative GPA is raised to 2.00 or better; or (2) a 2.00 or better semester GPA is achieved. A student may appeal for reinstatement to the term immediately following his/her first suspension. If a second suspension occurs, the student must leave the university for one academic semester, excluding summer, and may apply for readmission after the one semester suspension. If a third suspension occurs, the student may apply for readmission after a minimum suspension of one calendar year.

Readmission following academic suspension is never automatic. The student must apply for readmission to the Office of Admissions no later than one month prior to registration for the semester for which he/she is applying. A student under suspension may not engage in correspondence study. Students who enroll at another institution while on academic suspension at UT Martin will not be readmitted to UT Martin until their cumulative GPA from all institutions attended meets the UT Martin continuation requirement of a cumulative GPA of 2.00.