Here is a guide to your academic progress here at Binghamton University. For official University policy, please check the University Bulletin.
Students' academic progress is reviewed at the end of each regular semester to ensure that satisfactory progress is maintained.
"Satisfactory progress" is defined as maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average (GPA).
The GPA is calculated on a 4.0 system using the following grade-point equivalents:
- A = 4.0
- A- = 3.7
- B+ = 3.3
- B = 3.0
- B- = 2.7
- C+ = 2.3
- C = 2.0
- C- = 1.7
- D = 1.0
- F = 0.0
Some students are advised to retake a course if they did not meet the minimum grade requirement.
Only if a failed course is retaken does that grade become part of the cumulative grade-point average.
When a course in which a student has earned a grade of D or better is retaken, it does count toward full-time enrollment during the semester in which it is retaken but the final grade does not replace the first (D) in the student's DegreeWorks Report or the student's grade-point average.
Students are expected to be familiar with the University-wide policies governing changes in their course registration, specifically the add/drop deadlines. No changes are made to an undergraduate record after two years have passed.
Add/Drop Deadline: The add and drop deadline is 11:59 pm on September 5 (2018).
Course Withdrawal: The course-withdrawal period extends from the drop deadline until Tuesday, October 30 (2018). Students who drop courses online during this period will receive a grade of W. Deadlines for summer courses and variable-credit courses are adjusted accordingly.
All above-mentioned deadlines can be found on the University calendar.
Note: If an academic petition is approved for a late add or late drop because of extraordinary circumstances, a late add/drop fee is placed on your student account.
Watson School Policy for Course Withdrawal after the Official University Withdrawal DeadlineUnder extraordinary circumstances, a student may seek a late withdrawal from a course via BU Brain. This is subject to both instructor's and Watson Advising approval and requires the following:
- A complete description of extenuating circumstances.
- Accompanying official documentation (medical reports, etc.).
Full-time students who complete a semester with a 3.5 or better GPA are placed on the Dean's Honors List. This honor is noted on the permanent transcript.
- 3.50-3.69 GPA: cum laude
- 3.70-3.84 GPA: magna cum laude
- 3.85-4.00 GPA: summa cum laude
Students whose cumulative grade point average for courses taken at Binghamton falls below 2.0 are placed on academic probation for the following semester and are subject to the following restrictions:
- may not register for more than 14 credit hours
- may not run for or accept any campus office or committee chairmanship
Students are removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA reaches 2.0
Academic probation does not preclude students from receiving financial aid.
Students on academic probation who again fail to meet both the 2.0 cumulative GPA and the last-semester GPA are suspended. Students who meet the last-semester GPA requirement but still post a cumulative GPA under 2.0 remain on academic probation.
Suspension becomes effective immediately when it is imposed.
The duration for academic suspension is one semester, and students are not considered for readmission during that period.
Academic Dismissal Index
Appeals will be considered for students, but only if the suspension is due to extreme circumstances. An appeal letter must be written by the suspended student.
Any medically-related appeal must be supported by acceptable medical documentation and must include written statements by medical professionals.
Any other type of extreme emergency situation must also be carefully and officially documented.
Students who decide to request readmission after the minimum of one semester away from school due to suspension are required to contact the Watson Advising Office to discuss their academic plan and begin the readmission process.
Students who, after being suspended and readmitted once again fail to meet the required academic standards, are dismissed.