University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Apr 16, 2024  

Undergraduate Academic Standards: Academic Progress, Academic Distress, and Dismissal


Class Conduct:

Students may be dropped from class at any time for negligence or misconduct, upon recommendation of the instructor and with approval of the college dean.

Satisfactory Academic Progress: The University of Nevada expects students to maintain academic standards of excellence and make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree objectives. Undergraduate students are in good academic standing if both their current University of Nevada semester and cumulative grade point averages are 2.00 or above. Students not meeting the criteria above are not making satisfactory academic progress.

Financial aid recipients must follow the Policies for Satisfactory Academic Progress published by the Office of Financial Aid, Employment and Scholarship Services.

University policies on awarding of federal and institutional aid are consistent with its policies for certifying eligibility to participate in NCAA competition. For example, student-athletes who have attempted fewer than 29 units and earned less than a 2.0 at the end their first regular semester at the University are eligible to receive aid and may be certified to compete during their second semester if their grade point average falls within the range allowable by NCAA standards.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress:

Undergraduate degree-seeking students who have less than a 2.0 cumulative University of Nevada, Reno grade point average are making unsatisfactory academic progress, which may lead to the academic action described in the following section.

Credits and coursework from other institutions do not alter the University GPA.

Academic Action: Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress are placed into the Academic Recovery Program at the end of each fall, spring, and summer semester. Initially, students are identified as in Academic Distress. Failure to recover may lead to Notice of Academic Dismissal, and Dismissal.


Academic Distress: Academic standing for undergraduate students whose cumulative University of Nevada GPA is below 2.0 at the end of any regular semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) is updated to in Academic Distress. This academic standing is not updated if grade replacements are processed after standing has been assigned for the semester.

Students who are identified as in Academic Distress will receive a communication notifying them of their academic status. Admissions and Records will place an advising hold at the end of each semester in which a student’s UNR cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0. Students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to review the guidelines for Academic Recovery as well as to develop a strategy including appropriate action plans for returning to Good Academic Standing.

While a student is in the Academic Recovery Program, they must earn a minimum UNR semester GPA of 2.0. If a student in the Academic Recovery Program has a semester with a term GPA below 2.0, their standing will be updated to Notice of Academic Dismissal. 

Notice of Academic Dismissal: An undergraduate student placed on Notice of Academic Dismissal must earn at least a 2.0 UNR term GPA in the subsequent term. If a student on Notice of Academic Dismissal earns less than a 2.0 UNR term GPA, they will be dismissed from the University.

Release from Academic Recovery: Undergraduate students are removed from the Academic Recovery Program at the end of the next regular semester in which their UNR cumulative GPA rises above 2.0.

Program Probation: A school or college may place a student on Probation whenever satisfactory progress toward degree objectives is not maintained. The credit load of a student on Probation is determined in consultation with the assigned advisor and, when necessary, the dean of the appropriate school or college.

Release from Program Probation: The school or college defines release from program probation.


Students who are on Notice of Academic Dismissal and earn a UNR term GPA of below 2.0 will be dismissed from the University at the end of the term.

Dismissed students receive notification to access updated information regarding their academic standing via MyNEVADA. An undergraduate student who has been academically dismissed may not enroll as a degree-seeking student for one academic year.

Return from University Dismissal:

Upon dismissal, students should contact their academic advisor promptly to develop a plan to obtain release from dismissal. Dismissed students must submit the Release from Dismissal form and may return to the University only with the approval of the Return from University Dismissal Committee.

The Return from University Dismissal Committee will review completed submissions in a timely manner. The committee will include representatives from across campus such as, but not limited to: financial aid, counseling services, academic advising, dean of students, and academic faculty.  The committee will release students from dismissal only on the basis of evidence that underlying conditions have materially improved and that the students are now capable of academic success.

Students returning from dismissal must earn a UNR term GPA of at least 2.0 each subsequent semester and must progress toward good-standing each semester. The Dismissal Review Committee may approve requests for release that include a prescribed action plan. The Committee may add appropriate contingencies not explicitly referenced here to its decision to readmit any dismissed student.

The returning student admission application fee will be assessed for students who are readmitted to the University via the Request for Release process.