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Aims Community College supports the success of all students. The Academic Standards Policy outlines what is expected of students and what support they can expect from Aims to help them reach their academic goals while enrolled here and beyond. 

Academic Standards Policy

In Fall 2005, Aims Community College implemented an Academic Standards Policy to ensure that degree- and certificate-seeking students maintain satisfactory academic progress.

To remain in academic good standing, a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher must be maintained. Academic good standing is required to be eligible to receive a degree or certificate. Students who achieve less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA will be placed on academic probation as a warning that their academic progress is unsatisfactory.

Once placed on academic probation, a registration hold will be placed on their records temporarily preventing further registration activity. Removal of the hold is contingent upon completion of an academic success plan and subsequent meeting with an academic advisor in the Student Success Center. The purpose of this requirement is to help students recognize obstacles that have impeded academic success and to identify solutions that will contribute to improved academic performance.

Please note that academic probation differs from financial aid probation. Any concerns regarding financial aid status and eligibility should be directed to the Student Financial Assistance office for further information.

Students on academic probation status who do not demonstrate improvement in the following semesters may be placed on academic suspension. Students who are academically suspended from Aims will need to submit a written appeal for reinstatement, which will be forwarded to the Academic Standards Appeals Committee for review and decision.

The committee will be composed of representatives from faculty, student services and administration. If an appeal is denied, students will be required to sit out a term, reapply for admission and develop an academic reentry plan with the Student Success Center at the time of reapplication. A full explanation of the appeal process will be made available to students placed on academic suspension.

If you are experiencing academic difficulties, you are urged to take immediate action to improve your academic performance to avoid academic probation. In addition to requesting assistance from your instructor or advisor, you may also get help from a variety of academic resources available to students on the Greeley Campus and at Loveland, Fort Lupton and Windsor. A listing of academic resources by campus is available for your reference through myAims on the student tab under Student Rights & Responsibilities.

At Aims, we are very interested in your success. Please use the resources available to you to achieve your educational goals. Questions or inquiries about the Academic Standards Policy may be referred to the Dean for Student Services, Arty's Burrow - Building #3a or by calling (970) 339-6258.

Probation allows students who fall below the expected academic standards at Aims to make a plan to get back on the path to degree achievement. 

First-term academic probation occurs when a certificate or degree-seeking student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 for the first time during any term. The cumulative GPA is computed using all classes numbered 100 level or above. Students on first-term academic probation must view the online academic probation workshop and submit a verification form before registering for classes. Be sure to reach out to your Pathway Advisor to discuss registration and next steps.

Students must view the online workshop from a link on the Students Rights and Responsibilities section of the Student tab of their myAims account. After viewing the workshop, student’s must submit the online verification form also found in the Students Rights and Responsibilities section.      

Students on Academic Probation may find the following resources helpful:

Continuing probation occurs when a certificate or degree-seeking student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 for consecutive terms. The cumulative GPA is computed using all classes numbered 100 level or above. A student may stay on continuing probation status indefinitely if the cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 but the term GPA each semester remains at 2.0 or better. Students on continuing probation are required to meet with a Probation Advisor to register for classes after completing an Academic Recovery Plan.

An academic suspension results when a student on academic probation (cumulative GPA below 2.00) does not show progress toward good academic standing (term GPA below 2.00). 

Students placed on Academic Suspension will receive a letter in the mail from the Vice President, Student Engagement, Inclusion & Success notifying of Academic Suspension status and a registration hold will be placed on their record. Students enrolled for future semesters will have their classes dropped.

Students may appeal Academic Suspension if they are able to document that extenuating circumstances exist. These circumstances include factors beyond the student’s control (e.g., family emergency, serious illness, death in family, etc.).

Review the Guidelines for Writing your Academic Suspension Appeal before submitting an Academic Suspension Appeal Form.

If the appeal is approved, the student must meet with a Suspension Advisor to develop a Suspension Re-Entry Plan before being allowed to register.

Review the guidelines for completing the academic re-entry procedure for academically suspended students 

Find answers to commonly asked questions about Suspension on the FAQ page. 

Academic Suspension Appeal Deadlines

Spring Semester 2021: Monday, May 17, 2021, 5 p.m.

Summer Session 2021: Monday, August 23, 2021, 5 p.m.