- become well informed about policies and procedures, curricular options and academic program requirements;
- clearly define their educational objectives;
- plan programs which incorporate their interests, abilities and careers goals; and
- make full use of the facilities and resources available at Plymouth State.
Plymouth State University is committed to providing quality advising services to students in all academic programs. However, attaining this goal requires that both advisors and students understand their respective roles in the advising process. Plymouth State University believes in the developmental approach to academic advising. This means that our faculty and staff go beyond outlining courses you need to take and registration. We adhere to a person-centered approach that integrates these activities, while also clarifying values, providing information about educational options and monitoring your educational progress. The main goal is to establish a personal and caring relationship between you and your advisor, providing the personal touch that you need in order to adjust and succeed. Academic advising is the best source for accomplishing the task of focusing on services that enable you to clarify your educational and career goals and relate those goals to academic offerings. Your advisor is key to this process.
- Recognize personal responsibility for continuous evaluation of progress toward the objectives set by the University and the ultimate responsibility for all academic choices.
- Formulate social and academic goals in order to optimize life and career choices.
- Become acquainted with the resources at PSU that can increase the likelihood of academic success and help with definition of long-term goals. These include The Bagley Center, Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS), Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Undergraduate Advising Center, the Writing Center, the Math Activities Center, and the academic advisor.
- Become familiar with academic policies, procedures, and requirements by studying the Academic Catalog and the Student Handbook .
- Know the graduation requirements for the chosen program in order to monitor progress toward completion of the degree.
- Maintain accurate and current academic records, such as add/drop transactions, transfer credit evaluations, student request copies, and correspondence from beginning to completion of the degree program.
- Initiate regular contact with the advisor.
- Prepare in advance for every meeting with the academic advisor and bring to each meeting the necessary supporting materials such as tentative schedules.
- Follow through on the evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges and universities to assure that transfer credit is applied correctly to PSU degree requirements and on the students’ PSU transcript.
When do I have to declare my major?
Students are required to declare an academic major no later than the semester they are completing 60 credits. Students who fail to declare a major after completing 60 credits are not eligible to register for any subsequent semester until a major is declared. Transfer students with 60 or more credits must declare a major by the end of their first full-time semester.
How many credits do I have to be enrolled in to be full-time?
You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to qualify as a full-time student for insurance, some financial aid, and athletic purposes. Discuss this with your advisor, Bursar and Financial Aid Offices if you want to drop coursework that will then bring your credit load below full-time status.
Is there a time frame in which I should complete my General Education requirements?
You should try to complete your lower-level General Education requirements within your first two years at PSU.
What is the lowest grade I may receive in a course to repeat it at PSU?
Students are allowed to retake any course in which they earned a grade of C- or below. Credits and grade points for the first grade will be deleted from the cumulative record, while the grade itself will remain on the transcript and the repeat noted. The most recent grade counts even if lower than an earlier grade.
Can I retake a PSU course at another school and transfer it back to Plymouth?
With prior approval, you may retake courses you have failed at PSU through transfer credit. Those are the only courses you may retake via transfer that will impact on your cumulative GPA. You may not retake, through transfer, courses in which you have earned credit with grades above F (i.e., a grade of D- earned at PSU may not transfer back to Plymouth to improve your grade point average).
Will my instructor drop me from class if I do not attend the first class of the semester?
If you do not attend the first class of the semester, you MAY be dropped from the course. This is not automatic and many faculty instructors do not drop students. You should always recheck your schedule to be sure you are attending the courses in which you are actually registered. This includes making sure you are attending the right section of the course.
How do I change my advisor?
Ask the advisor you would like to change to, and contact the Undergraduate Advising Center so they can change your advisor in the computer system.
How do I declare or change my major?
Students submit the electronic form Academic Major Declaration or Change through the Registrar’s office to declare or change their major. Typically, a new advisor from the new major department is either chosen by the student or assigned.
How do I declare a minor?
Declaration of Academic Minor forms are available at the Registrar’s Office or online. This form requires the signature of your advisor and the appropriate representative of the department or council offering the minor. Completed forms are returned to the Registrar’s Office.
Can I earn a PE credit if I play on a varsity athletic team?
A student may earn one PE credit by playing on a varsity team. Athletes must register for PE1970 during the semester in which they are in season.
Once you have been officially readmitted through the Admissions Office:
- you need to be in contact with Financial Aid (if eligible) and Student Account Services offices to take care of all other financial obligations
- you may be eligible to register for your classes
- if you want to live on campus, you should contact the Residential Life Office at 603-535-2260 or in Mary Lyon Hall to discuss housing possibilities
You are allowed to follow the Catalog you were following when you originally were admitted to Plymouth State University unless:
- you are in a teacher certification option. If this is the case, you are required to follow the most recent Catalog
- your original Catalog is older than seven years. If this is the case, you need to follow a more recent Catalog
- your major program has changed a great deal since you were last attending PSU, that it makes more sense for you to follow a more recent Catalog
- Process any Catalog change at the Registrar’s Office in Speare Building
If you need a review to find out what classes are remaining for you to complete your degree and graduate, you should contact Mary Campbell in the Registrar’s Office at 603-535-2688 or in Speare Building 208.
- Your myPlymouth account will be activated, and the Registrar’s Office will create a Web Registration Pin Number for you.
- You should contact your academic advisor for assistance in selecting an appropriate schedule of classes. Once you have done this, your advisor will give you your registration pin number.
- You may then go on-line to register for your classes during your appointed registration time or after until the end of the Add period for the next upcoming semester.
- Preferred Process: If you have taken coursework at another school while away from PSU, you should fill out a Transfer Credit Approval Form for each course you took. You need to have an official transcript sent to the Registrar’s Office so your credits may be evaluated and applied to your degree program. The Transfer Credit Approval Form should have been filed prior to taking coursework at another school to be certain they will transfer back to Plymouth State as needed. This is especially important if you repeated an F graded course at another school and are transferring it back to PSU to repair your cum GPA.
- Alternative Process: You should have an official transcript submitted to the Admissions Office, who will then forward your transcript to the Undergraduate Studies Office so your credits may be evaluated and applied to your degree program.
- Contact Information: Contact the Registrar’s Office or by calling 603-535-2345 with any questions about transferring courses.
Making a Four-Year Plan
You should make a four-year plan of how you are going to satisfy your degree program requirements. Look at your DegreeWorks in myplymouth to see what courses are needed and plot out each semester’s coursework. You can also reference your Academic Catalog, for more major information and a recommended course sequence. Remember that you will need to register for 15 credits each semester to graduate in four years. Some majors require more than 120 credits so it may not be feasible to accomplish all this in four years. That is why it is necessary to plan carefully so you can determine whether you may need to take Winterim or Summer courses in order to meet the minimum credits required within the four years.
As part of your plan, remember to include your general education courses. Each degree program requires you to complete courses that satisfy general education requirements in addition to your major course requirements. Some general education courses may be specified in your major. When choosing courses to satisfy general education requirements, look carefully at your major requirements to see which ones, if any, may be specified. Review the General Education Program further >>
Curriculum Planning Guide
Curriculum Planning Guides are a paper-copy listing of all courses required for your program of study based on each Academic Catalog. Print a copy for your major >>
Academic Support Services
During your time here, we suggest you use the resources available to you. Some of these may include the Math Activity Center for help in any math course, the PASS Office (Plymouth Academic Support Services) for tutoring, study skill or exam preparation assistance, or the Writing and Reading Center for assistance in writing papers. You need to remember that we are all here to help you achieve your goal…to earn a Plymouth State University degree.
Transfer Credit Database and form
You may decide to take a course or courses during the summer or winterim sessions at an institution near your home. Be sure to obtain approval prior to registering for the course, to make sure the course is going to transfer back to Plymouth. The following indicates the steps you should take to transfer courses:
- Obtain a listing of the courses that will be offered at the institution where you plan to take the course.
- Go to the Transfer Credit Database and enter the name of the institution. A list of courses that have previously been transferred to Plymouth will be in the list. Check to see if the course you wish to take is included in the database list.
- If the course you wish to take is listed in the Transfer Credit Database as how you would like it to apply, you only need to fill out the top two sections of a Transfer Credit Approval Form. These forms are available from the Office of Undergraduate Studies in Speare 208 or online.If the course you wish to take is not listed in the Transfer Credit Database, you will need to get a course description of the class, and obtain approval for the course from the appropriate department chair (i.e., if the course you want to take is Psychology, you would see the Psychology Department Chair). The department chair fills out Section A of the Transfer Credit Approval form.
- Return the Transfer Credit Approval form to the Registrar’s Office.
- Register for the course.
- Once you have completed the course, have an official transcript sent to the Registrar’s Office. Only courses in which you have earned a grade of C or better will transfer back to Plymouth. Only credits transfer, not the grade itself.
Once an official transcript is received and has been verified that you earned at minimum grade of C, the course credits will be added to your Plymouth State University transcript. Be sure to follow up on this to make sure everything has been taken care of.
There are a variety of forms that you may need to file at some point during your time at Plymouth. For example, if you want to declare an academic minor, you need to file an Academic Minor Declaration form. To change your major, you need to file an Academic Major and/or Option Declaration or Change form. Forms may be obtained at the Registrar’s Office in Speare Building or online.
You may pursue two Bachelor of Arts or two Bachelor of Science majors, but they must be in different disciplines. For example, you may not declare a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Management because they are both in the Business discipline. However, you may choose a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in History because they are in two different disciplines. You must fulfill the requirements of both majors, including general education requirements. The major requirements of one program will satisfy the upper-division, outside the major requirement for the second program.
You may pursue two different degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. To do so, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits of coursework beyond what is required for the first degree. The degrees must be from different disciplines. For example, you may not declare a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
If you already have received a degree from Plymouth State, you may apply for readmission to add a major to that degree. You will be required to follow the most current Academic Catalog at the time of readmission.
Adding a Degree of the same type
If you have earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Plymouth, you may apply for a second Bachelor of Science degree in a different discipline. You, of course, will need to complete the requirements of the second program.
Adding a Degree of a different type
If you wish to major in a different degree program from your first (i.e., you received a Bachelor of Science and now want to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree), you must complete the following:
- a minimum of 30 credits of coursework at Plymouth subsequent to the completion of the first bachelor’s degree
- all the requirements of the second degree, including general education requirements that may not have been fulfilled by the first degree
- at least half of the courses in the new major at Plymouth
If you have received a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from another college or university, you may pursue any of Plymouth’s degree programs. You must complete the following:
- a minimum of 30 credits at Plymouth
- at least half of the courses in the new major at Plymouth
If you have already graduated from Plymouth State, you may apply for readmission to retroactively add a minor or option to their degree. You will be required to follow the requirements of the current Academic Catalog for a minor. You may follow the requirements of your original Academic Catalog for an option, if possible. If this is not possible, you will be required to follow a more current catalog to complete option and general education requirements.
You have reached your Junior year…now what?
As you approach your junior year, be sure to verify all outstanding requirements and process any necessary paperwork. Adjust your four-year plan if needed. Check out Responsibilities of a Junior as well as Preparing to Graduate for more information.
- reviewing remaining degree requirements;
- calculating major, discipline, and minor GPA averages;
- processing pertinent paperwork;
- course planning for their remaining semesters; and
- serving as a referral for available resources to help you achieve their goals.
Steps to follow:
- You should set up a meeting with your academic advisor to review your outstanding course requirements, grade point average requirements, and to set up a plan for completing your degree.
- If you and/or your advisor feel you would like to confirm with the Undergraduate Advising Center your remaining coursework, grade point averages and plan, you should stop by Mary Lyon 034 or call (603) 535-3065 to set up an appointment with either Beth Wichland or Deb Tobine.
- File any outstanding paperwork, such as a Minor form; and any necessary Student Requests requesting substitutions in coursework.
- Once a plan has been established, you should file your Undergraduate Degree Request. This form asks for your name, telephone number, date of completion, your major, option and minor information, as well as how you would like your name to appear on your diploma and to where it should be sent. You must file your Undergraduate Degree Request by December 1 if you will be completing your degree in May or Summer; or April 1 if you will be completing your degree in December. However you may file it any time prior to this date, so the sooner the better.
- Monitor your course grades. If you are experiencing difficulty in achieving the required major, discipline and/or cumulative grade point averages, it is critical that these be evaluated at the end of each semester. Doing so will help keep you on track toward achieving the requirements for graduation. Remember…earning grades below C lessen the chance that you will achieve the minimum 2.0 GPA requirements. Some majors have higher GPA requirements, so monitoring your grades is essential.
- Stick to your plan. Admittedly, there are times when you may need to enroll in one course for another in a given semester, but it is best to stay within the completion plan of coursework and credit loads you have established, whenever possible.
- Enjoy your remaining semesters. College is a wonderful experience, but it does go by quickly. Make a commitment to your educational experience, and value the time you spend here.
Advanced Placement Exams
Students who have performed well on Advanced Placement examinations may receive appropriate credit and/or be allowed to enroll in advanced courses. An official transcript is submitted to Plymouth State University, at which time an evaluation by the Office of Undergraduate Studies will determine both credit to be awarded and placement (if appropriate). Information on the Advanced Placement Tests is located in the back section of the Academic Catalog, including the minimum score required, credits awarded, and whether the course satisfies a General Education perspective or equivalent Plymouth State course. For more information regarding the Advanced Placement tests, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies in Speare Building 208 at (603) 535-2235.
CLEP Exams (College Level Examination Program) and DANTES Exams
Credit for CLEP and DANTES exams is granted in accordance with the recommendations of the Council on College Level Examinations of the College Entrance Examinations Board and the American Council on Education. Information on the CLEP and DANTES exams is located in the back section of the Academic Catalog, including the minimum score required, credits awarded if you meet the minimum score, and whether the course satisfies a General Education perspective or equivalent PSU course. CLEP and DANTES exams are offered through the Office of Continuing Education in the garden-level of Mary Lyon. For more information, call (603) 535-2228.
If you believe you have adequate background in a particular subject area, you may seek to obtain credit by taking an exam offered within the appropriate department. The faculty in the academic department determines whether a course is open to credit-by-examination. They are also responsible for administering, assessing, and reporting the results to the Registrar’s Office. Grades are not awarded, only competencies and/or credits. A credit-by examination fee is required.
All matriculated undergraduate students (full-time and part-time) attending Plymouth State University are expected to make satisfactory progress toward their educational objectives. They must meet or exceed the academic continuance requirements established by the University faculty. These requirements are based upon the cumulative grade point average (cumGPA) for the cumulative credits attempted (CCAT). Cumulative credits attempted include all graded, pass/no pass and transfer credits as well as credit-by-examination. Students who do not meet these requirements will be placed in one of three categories: Academic WARNING, PROBATION or SEVERANCE. Student academic status is revised only at the end of each regular semester (Fall and Spring). Grades earned in Winterim and Summer Sessions do not alter academic status, nor do changes in grades processed after the last day of the ADD period for the following semester.
|Credits Attempted||if cumulative GPA is below||if cumulative GPA is below||if cumulative GPA is below|
|1st semester First-year*||2.00||1.60||.50|
|less than 30||2.00||1.75||1.50|
|30 – 45.5||2.00||1.60|
|46 – 59.5||2.00||1.75|
|60 – 74.5||2.00||1.85|
|75 – 89.5||2.00||1.95|
|90 – 115.5||2.00||1.96|
|116 and above||2.00||1.98|
*first full-time semester in University
Students with fewer than 30 cumulative credits attempted and with a cumulative grade point average as noted above will receive a letter of Academic Warning. Since a minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required for all students to graduate (some majors have higher requirements), students whose average is below that level are in danger of accumulating a record that will become increasingly difficult to correct as time goes on. We recommend that students who receive Academic Warning notices discuss their progress carefully with their advisor and take full advantage of all services on campus for academic assistance. Students should seriously consider retaking any course they have failed, as this is the fastest way to improve their grade point average.
Student Account Services Information for Students on Academic Warning
Student Account Services assumes students on academic warning will be attending Plymouth State University in the coming semester; should they decide otherwise, however, they must make sure they officially withdraw from Plymouth State University by contacting the Vice President for Student Affairs’ Office at (603) 535-2240 on or before the first day of classes to ensure charges for the coming semester are reversed 100%. No later than 30 days from the date Student Account Services is notified of the student’s official withdrawal, an audit will be performed on their tuition account and a refund check or bill, if applicable, will be processed and mailed.
Financial Aid Information for Students on Academic Warning
If students are receiving any federal student aid, they need to be aware of the requirements for Standards of Academic Progress (SAP). Their academic progress will affect their continued eligibility for any financial assistance. Visit the Financial Aid Team with any questions regarding this federal requirement.
Students will not be allowed to take more than seventeen credits during the semester(s) in which their academic status is one of Academic Warning.
Students whose cumulative grade point average is below the limit indicated above for the cumulative credits attempted will be placed on Academic Probation. The period of Academic Probation will be the next full semester of attendance, not including Winterim and Summer Session. The warning, probation, severance system at Plymouth is cumulative and progressive. If their cumulative grade point average falls within the probationary category and they do not regain good academic standing within two semesters of probation, they will receive an Academic Severance.
Academic Probation Guidelines
Students on Academic Probation will receive probation guidelines which will, among other things, restrict the number of credits they may take, suggest repeating specific courses, specify a semester grade point average to be attained and suggest the use of tutors or other academic support services. Plymouth has a policy of allowing a grade in a repeated course completely replace a lower grade in the same course. This is the fastest way to raise their GPA out of probationary range. The guidelines are written by a group a faculty members and administrators (Academic Affairs Committee); it represents their best advice for how students can attain good academic standing as quickly as possible. The idea is for students to redesign their schedule for the upcoming semester in a way that maximizes their chances for success. The probation guidelines limit students to a maximum of 13 credits. This is because it is much harder to do well in 5 or 6 courses than it is to do well in 4 or 5 courses. Students on Academic Probation need to be realistic about this and not overextend themselves. Now is the time to consider the extent of their extracurricular activities and employment demands as well.
Adjusting the Semester Schedule
If pre-registered, students need to decide which courses they will drop from their current schedule to carry a maximum credit load of 13 credits and to also make room in their schedule for repeating courses. To get into courses that are full they may need to pick up a voucher at the Undergraduate Advising Center in Mary Lyon 034. This voucher conveys their need to retake the course to the instructor involved. Enrollment in full courses cannot be guaranteed.
The student’s advisor is sent a copy of their probation guidelines. Students should contact both their advisor and the Undergraduate Advising Center for any and all assistance they may need to get off probation and back into good academic standing. The University has many people and services to help students in academic difficulty such as the Math Activity Center in Hyde Hall, The Writing Center in Lamson Library, tutoring, time management and study skill help through Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS) in Lamson Library, and Michael L. Fischler Counseling Center. Students should take advantage of all that Plymouth offers.
Student Account Services Information for Students on Academic Probation
Student Account Services assumes students on academic probation will be attending Plymouth in the coming semester; should they decide otherwise, however, they must make sure they officially withdraw from Plymouth State University by contacting the Vice President for Student Affairs’ Office at (603) 535-2240 on or before the first day of classes to ensure charges for the coming semester are reversed 100%. No later than 30 days from the date Student Account Services is notified of the student’s official withdrawal, an audit will be performed on their tuition account and a refund check or bill, if applicable, will be processed and mailed.
Financial Aid Information for Students on Academic Probation
If students are receiving any federal student aid, they need to be aware of the requirements for Standards of Academic Progress (SAP). Their academic progress will affect their continued eligibility for any financial assistance. Visit the Financial Aid Team with any questions regarding this federal requirement.
Academic Probation after an Academic Severance
Students who have been readmitted on probation after having been severed may do well enough during the upcoming semester to reestablish good academic standing. Alternately, they need to earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.00 during their first semester back in order to be granted a second semester of probation. During that second semester of probation, they will need to raise their cumulative GPA out of severance range if it is their first severance, or to 2.00 or above if it is their second severance to avoid being severed again.
Students on Academic Probation may not take more credits than their guidelines allow, except through an appeal to the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies or Undergraduate Advising Center.
First Academic Severance
There are two situations that will result in a first academic severance.
- The cumulative grade point average (cumGPA) is below the standard required for the cumulative credits attempted (CCAT) or
- the cumulative grade point average is in the academic probation range for the third consecutive semester.
Students who have been academically severed for the first time are not eligible to be a matriculated student at PSU for one (fall or spring) semester.
Students who have been academically severed for the first time may be granted an opportunity, through reinstatement, to demonstrate their ability and intention to succeed academically and to earn a degree from Plymouth State University. Students severed following their first semester at Plymouth are not eligible to appeal. If students are eligible and wish to appeal for immediate reinstatement, they must submit a letter to the Undergraduate Advising Center. In the letter, which should be addressed to the Academic Affairs Committee, they should explain any special circumstances that have contributed to their poor academic performance. They should also discuss the strategies they will use to improve their academic status if their appeal is granted (i.e., what courses they will include in their schedule, what resources they will utilize, etc.). The letter may be mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the Undergraduate Advising Center in Mary Lyon 034 (address and fax information are included on the letter they receive). Please understand that appeals are not automatically granted and requests for them should be carefully considered. The required one semester of non-matriculated status from Plymouth State University is intended to provide an opportunity for them to reassess their personal and career goals. It is recommended that they return to the university only if they can do so with renewed energy and commitment to their academic success. The Academic Affairs Committee will meet to review the appeal. They will be reviewing the student’s appeal letter, their academic transcript, and also any judicial or residential life issues that may have occurred during the past semester. The student will be sent a letter once a decision has been made. They may also call the office after the Committee has met to find out the decision of their appeal. Please note that only the student may call for the decision. The decision of the Academic Affairs Committee is final. If their appeal is successful, they will be placed on Academic Probation for the next upcoming semester and be required to abide by the terms outlined in the guidelines that would be written for them. More information on the terms of probation is sent if their appeal is granted. If their appeal is successful, but they choose to withdraw from the University, they may return only through the readmission process described below.
Readmission to Plymouth State University
How do students raise their cumulative GPA for readmission eligibility by taking classes at PSU?
If students are ineligible to appeal, choose not to appeal or if their appeal is denied, during the mandatory semester (fall or spring) of non-matriculated status, they may enroll for a maximum of eight credits through the Office of Continuing Education. Their office is located in Mary Lyon 034 and their telephone number is (603) 535-2228. They may also enroll in a maximum of four credits during a winterim or summer session. Any time following the mandatory one semester of non-matriculated status, they may apply to the Office of Admission for readmission. Students severed after one semester of attendance may apply for readmission without having repaired their GPA after they have spent at least one semester as a non-matriculated student. Readmission, in this circumstance, is contingent on presenting a convincing argument (in a cover letter to accompany their application for readmission) that they have a plan to solve whatever problems resulted in their lack of success in their first semester. Students severed after having attended Plymouth State University for two or more semesters, must first raise their cumulative GPA out of the severance range.
How do students raise their cumulative GPA for readmission eligibility by taking courses at another school?
Students may repeat a course in which they earned a grade of “F” at Plymouth by taking it at another college or university. They may not retake a course in which they earned any other grade, as they already have earned credit for the course. Repeating “F” graded courses will help improve their GPA, as the credits will transfer and the “F” will be deleted from the GPA calculation. (Students must earn a minimum C grade for the course to be accepted back at Plymouth.) Students must be sure to get approval prior to registering for the course to be sure that the course they are going to take is equivalent to the course failed here at Plymouth. They should contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at (603) 535-2235 for assistance in transferring coursework to Plymouth. A Transfer Course Database is available through the Undergraduate Studies Office webpage. This database contains a listing of all courses that have been accepted by Plymouth State, and will assist students in locating schools where the course failed at Plymouth may be taken. A Transfer Credit Approval Form must be completed, and an official transcript sent to the Undergraduate Studies Office once the course is completed.
When should students reapply?
To be readmitted for the fall semester, they should file a readmission application by April 1. To be readmitted for the spring semester, they should file a readmission application by December 1. The readmission application is available through the Admission Office webpage or by calling (603) 535-2237.
What happens when students are reinstated or readmitted?
Students will be placed on Academic Probation for the next regular semester. Ideally, they will do well enough during their probationary semester to reestablish good academic standing. If they earn a 2.00 semester GPA for that semester, but fail to raise their cumulative GPA out of the Severance range, they will be given a second probationary semester in which to do so. If they do not earn a 2.00 semester GPA and their cumulative GPA falls into the severance range, they will earn a Second Academic Severance. At the end of the second probationary semester, their cumulative GPA must be a minimum 2.0, or it will result in a Second Academic Severance, a status that carries more severe consequences.
Second Academic Severance
Students who are academically severed a second time will be assigned to non-matriculated, part-time status. Students may not appeal for reinstatement during the next regular fall or spring semester following a second severance action. Students who have incurred a second severance and who had registered for courses during registration the previous semester, will be dropped from those courses for which they registered. If students decide to return as continuing education students (see below), they must re-register. Students who have been severed a second time have three educational options at Plymouth State University: 1. They may take courses as non-matriculated, part-time students through the Office of Continuing Education for the purpose of lifelong education. 2. They may take courses as non-matriculated, part-time students through the Office of Continuing Education in order to repair their cumulative GPA and to demonstrate their commitment to earning an undergraduate degree from Plymouth State University. Students, who, through self-advised selective repeating of courses and taking of new courses, raise their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above, may appeal, in writing, to the associate vice president for undergraduate studies for readmission to a degree program. The associate vice president for undergraduate studies, in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Advising and a voting member of the Academic Affairs Committee, will make a final ruling on the appeal. Readmitted students will be placed on academic probation for the next regular semester. If the appeal is denied, students may continue to work on repairing their GPA and may apply for readmission to a degree program no sooner than two academic years following the second severance. 3. Without having raised the GPA to 2.00, they may apply for readmission no sooner than seven academic years following the second severance. If readmitted, these students may choose (a) to declare academic bankruptcy or (b) to repair their existing cumulative GPA. If the cumulative GPA of any student readmitted following a second severance falls below 2.00, that student will incur a third, and final, Severance.
Third Academic Severance
Students who are academically severed a third time cannot earn an undergraduate degree from Plymouth State University. They are not eligible for reinstatement or readmission at any time in the future. Grades earned in Winterim or Summer Session will not be used to reverse such an action. These students may, for purposes of life-long education, take courses as part-time non-matriculated students.
Student Account Services Information for Academically Severed Students
Please note that a final audit of the student’s tuition bill account will be performed by Student Account Services no later than 30 days from the date of their academic severance letter and any refund check or bill, if applicable, will be processed and mailed to them.
Residential Life Information for Students Living On Campus and Not Returning to Plymouth State University
Students who live on campus and are not planning to return to Plymouth, or students who live on campus and earn an academic severance, need to contact Residential Life immediately at (603) 535-2260, to make arrangements to remove their belongings.
If parents wish to speak with us regarding their student’s academic situation, they will need to submit a letter in writing to the Undergraduate Advising Center giving permission for us to do so.
To graduate with a Plymouth State University degree, you must have the following requirements fulfilled:
- Complete all course requirements as outlined in the University Catalog for your program, including major courses, minor courses (if applicable), and general education coursework.
- Be sure you have met the total number of credits required for your degree program. The minimum number of credits to graduate is 120; however, some programs have a higher credit requirement.
- Be sure you have met the major average, discipline average (if applicable), minor average (if applicable), and cumulative grade point average for your degree program. Every major, discipline, and minor requires a minimum 2.00 average, but some require a higher average.
- Be sure you have filed all appropriate paperwork.
- Are you completing a major and/or option in your major, but not filed the Academic Major and/or Option Declaration or Change form?
- Is the Academic Catalog you are following the one in which you are actually declared? For instance, are you listed with the Registrar’s Office as following the 2012-2013 Catalog, but actually following the 2013-2014 Catalog? If so, submit a Request to Change Catalog form to the Registrar’s Office in Speare Building.
- Are you completing an academic minor, but not filed the Academic Minor form?
- Did you file an Academic Minor form, but now are not going to complete the minor? If this is the case, submit a Request to Remove An Academic Minor or Option form with the Registrar’s Office in Speare Building.
- If you are substituting a different course for a course required in your major or minor, have you filed a Student Request form?
- Have you taken a course at another institution, but haven’t filled out a Transfer Credit Approval form, or had an official transcript sent to Plymouth so the course appears on your Plymouth State University transcript?
- Be sure to take care of any financial obligations. Do you have an outstanding library book or fine? Do you have any unpaid parking tickets?
- File your Undergraduate Degree Request & Commencement Participation Notification by November 30 if you will be completing your degree in May or Summer; or September 30 if you will be completing your degree in December.
If you are a current degree-seeking student and have earned a minimum of 90 credits by October 1 of the year preceding the Commencement Ceremony, you are automatically eligible to walk, and will be notified of such. You will receive directions on how to file for commencement participation during the fall semester. If you do not meet the minimum requirements to walk, you must first meet with the Center for Student Success to complete your detailed plan for finishing your degree requirements. You must submit the plan, which shows completion no later than the fall semester following the commencement ceremony, to the academic advocate and student policy advisor. If your request is approved, you will be notified. You will then need to file a Degree Request and Commencement Participation form.
Degree Requests will be accepted up to one month beyond the deadline; however, there will be a $50.00 Late Fee. Degree Requests received after this time will be interpreted as requests for graduation in the subsequent year.
Commencement Participation: If you are currently a degree-seeking student and have a minimum of 90 credits earned by October 1, you are automatically eligible to file for commencement participation. If you do not meet the minimum credits required to walk, an appeal for exception addressed to the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies may be submitted in writing to the Registrar’s Office stating your graduation plan. You are not eligible to walk until your are notified that your appeal has been approved. You may participate in Commencement only once.