Scholastic Probation

What is Scholastic Probation?

Undergraduate students who are placed on scholastic probation (also called academic probation) should become familiar with two very important documents: 
  1. University Student Rules, Academic Rules, 12. Scholastic Deficiency/Probation
  2. The terms of probation that are outlined in the probation letter or e-mail from the dean of the student's college.
These two documents are the final word on probation and the expectations the college has for students placed on probation. 

What does it mean to be on probation?

Probation is special permission by the college or department for a student to continue at Texas A&M for one semester even though the student has not met the academic requirements to remain. Usually the student will receive a letter or e-mail from the dean of the college informing the student of probationary status.

The student will also be informed of the terms of probation—or special things that must be done in order to remain at TAMU for one more semester. Terms of probation often include meeting grade requirements, registering in specific courses, meeting regularly with an academic advisor, or attending an academic assistance program. Terms might also include a restriction on future pre-registration. Students who do not meet the terms of probation will be suspended from the college.

What should a student do if placed on probation?

Students should consider probation as the final warning from the college and should take the terms of probation seriously. Failure to meet the terms of the probation and continued grade deficiency will result in suspension. 

Students who are placed on probation are advised to take a hard look at their academic history and behaviors and to determine what might be the cause of poor academic performance. Some students identify poor study habits, lack of preparation, excess social activity, or work outside of classes as contributors. Some students discover their major is the problem. Sometimes their understanding of the major and the aptitude for the work required is different from what they expected. A lack of interest or skill in a major can contribute to poor academic performance. In many cases, a change of curriculum will be necessary, though this might not be possible while on probation.
To help identify problem areas and change their behaviors, students should talk to an academic advisor. The advisor might make a referral to the Student Counseling Service
or to the Academic Success Center, both of which offer academic skills assessment and development. The Student Counseling Service offers career interest inventories that can help students assess areas in which they might have more natural talent and interest. Undergraduate Studies also provides a number of resources for academic assistance and coaching.

Finally, students placed on probation should consider the time and cost of attending Texas A&M University and the personal commitment necessary to be successful. Sometimes students realize they are not capable of making the commitment required to be successful and wisely take a break from the university before experiencing further academic failure. Students should discuss this option with an academic advisor, along with options of continuing their education at another institution (on either a temporary or permanent basis) and for re-enrollment or re-admission to Texas A&M University.