Academic Probation and Dismissal

Good Academic Standing

All students not on Academic Probation are considered to be in good academic standing and are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities at Buffalo State. Any Buffalo State student with a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or above, on Academic Warning, or on Academic Probation is eligible to register for coursework at Buffalo State.

Academic Warning

Many students go through an adjustment period when beginning their baccalaureate studies at Buffalo State. Therefore, any student—freshman or transfer—whose first-semester GPA is less than 2.0 and who has not met any of the terms for academic dismissal from Buffalo State will be on Academic Warning in his or her second semester of study at the college. However, if a student’s GPA is less than a 2.0 and the student has met one or more of the reasons for academic dismissal from Buffalo State, the student may still be immediately dismissed at the discretion of the college.  A student on Academic Warning has until the completion of the next semester (i.e., spring or fall) to raise the cumulative GPS to a 2.0 or higher.

In accordance with the Buffalo State Advisement Policy, students on Academic Warning may be subject to an advisement hold in order to encourage a discussion with the student’s academic adviser to help build an effective academic strategy before the student may register for additional coursework at Buffalo State. An extended Academic Warning semester may be granted at the discretion of the college if the student has demonstrated exceptional academic progress during the Academic Warning term. Students on Academic Warning may be ineligible for financial aid based on failure to meet federal and/or state aid eligibility standards. Students on Academic Warning are limited to registering for 15 credits per semester, unless special permission to register for additional credits is granted by their academic Dean's office.

Academic Probation

A student is on Academic Probation if the student’s cumulative Buffalo State GPA is less than 2.0 after the second semester of study at Buffalo State. However, if a student’s GPA is less than a 2.0 and the student has met one or more of the reasons for academic dismissal from Buffalo State, the student may be immediately dismissed at the discretion of the college without a probationary semester. A student on Academic Probation has until the completion of the next semester (i.e., spring or fall) to raise the cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher.

In accordance with the Buffalo State Advisement Policy, students on Academic Probation may be subject to an advisement hold in order to encourage a discussion with the student’s academic adviser to help build an effective academic strategy before the student may register for additional coursework at Buffalo State. Students on Academic Probation may be ineligible for financial aid based on failure to meet federal and/or state aid eligibility standards. Students on Academic Probation are not eligible to participate in extracurricular college activities. Students on Academic Probation are limited to registering for 15 credits per semester, unless special permission to register for additional credits is granted by their academic Dean's office.

Academic Dismissal

Students are reviewed for Academic Dismissal at the end of each academic semester (fall, spring, and summer). Each dismissed student will receive official notification via U.S. mail to the student’s address of record with the college or the student’s Buffalo State e-mail account, and all future academic-year registrations and on-campus housing reservations will be removed. Dismissal appeal guidelines and deadlines are communicated to the student in the dismissal notification sent by the assistant provost for Academic Success and can be found online at academicstandards.buffalostate.edu/academic-standing.

Students may be dismissed from Buffalo State for the following reasons:

  1. Unsuccessfully completing (i.e., E, F, U, I, N, X, or W) one half or more of a semester’s work
  2. Failing to satisfy Academic Warning or Academic Probation requirements
  3. Failing any course for the third time
  4. Failing to complete basic skills requirements (e.g., the Intellectual Foundation’s Basic Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning requirements) by the end of their sophomore year
  5. Determination of an academic misconduct offense

Students who have been academically dismissed must wait one full year from the time of dismissal before being considered for readmission and/or nonmatriculated enrollment at Buffalo State. A dismissed student may not attend Buffalo State Summer or J-Term Session courses. If readmitted, all coursework taken previously at Buffalo State will be considered in computing the cumulative average, unless the student has opted for Academic Clemency. All prior Buffalo State coursework, including clemency-bearing credits, will be used in calculating the readmitted student’s federal and state financial aid eligibility at Buffalo State. Readmission forms are available in the Admissions Office, Moot Hall 110.

Academic Eligibility for Financial Aid

Financial aid guidelines require that to continue to receive financial aid, students must show evidence of making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. For additional information about financial aid eligibility, refer to the financial aid section of this catalog or visit financialaid.buffalostate.edu

Academic Misconduct

All students are expected to display honesty and integrity in completing course requirements and college academic regulations. Academic misconduct refers to any form of plagiarism or cheating on examinations or assignments, and is inconsistent with the aims and goals of Buffalo State.

Faculty may require students to use textual similarity detection software (e.g., Turnitin.com) in courses at Buffalo State. Textual similarity detection software compares submitted student text to a database of millions of previously published documents, including those on the public Internet, a proprietary collection of published articles, as well as every student paper previously submitted to the detection service. When similarities between student text and an existing document are found, the software identifies those similarities for the instructor and/or student review. (Similarity alone is not evidence of academic misconduct, as such material may be correctly cited.) This software may be used as an educational tool to assist students in learning how to properly cite resources, decrease instances of academic misconduct, and/or assist in the identification of acts of academic misconduct.

All Buffalo State students are expected to display honesty and integrity in completing course requirements and following college academic regulations. “Academic misconduct” refers to any form of plagiarism, fraud, or cheating in connection with academic coursework, and is inconsistent with the aims and goals of Buffalo State College. Instances of academic misconduct include but are not limited to:

  • Presenting as one’s own work the words or ideas of another individual without proper acknowledgment (“copying” or plagiarism).
  • Fabricating facts, data, or other forms of evidence for use in coursework.
  • Reusing coursework from another course without the permission of the instructor.
  • Performance of coursework for another individual.
  • Misrepresenting an individual's share of responsibility for collaborative coursework and/or assignments.
  • Working with other students on course assignments without the permission of the instructor.
  • Cheating on an exam or quiz (looking at another’s exam, participating in unauthorized communications, using “cheat sheets,” failing to follow the rules of an exam stipulated by an instructor or proctor, etc.).
  • Prior acquisition, selling, or possession of an examination, written assignment, or similar assessment without the permission of the instructor.
  • Providing false information on or tampering with attendance records, academic records, or other official documents or means of identification.
  • Enabling another student to commit any act of academic misconduct described above.

As a result of an admission of academic misconduct, an instructor may issue a written warning; allow the student to resubmit the work, telling the student what grade penalty, if any, will be assessed; assign a grading penalty on an assignment(s); submit a recalculated grade; or submit a failing grade for the course. Note that the "J" component of the EJ, FJ, or UJ assigned for academic misconduct will be recorded on the student’s “internal” audit but will not appear on the student’s official transcript, and quality points will be averaged, if applicable, even if the student repeats the course. In addition, students found to have engaged in academic misconduct may be required to complete an academic misconduct educational program. If the student accepts responsibility for engaging in academic misconduct and accepts the suggested sanctions, a Statement of Resolution form must be completed by the instructor, signed by the parties noted on the form, and filed in the Academic Standards Office, the student’s major department office, and the department office of the course in which the academic misconduct occurred.  No penalty for an alleged instance of academic misconduct may be imposed unless the student has been apprised of the allegation, the penalty, and the procedures of due process that are available under this policy. Neither the instructor nor the student should be represented or accompanied by an attorney. A student has the right to appeal allegations of academic misconduct as outlined in the Academic Misconduct Policy

A statement outlining formal college policies and procedures to be followed in cases of alleged academic misconduct will be on file in each academic dean’s office, in the Academic Success Office, in the Student Life Office, and online. Cases of severe infractions of acceptable standards may be brought before the Academic Misconduct Board and may result in academic dismissal.