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Academic Suspension FAQ

This page provides answers to common questions students might have about academic suspension at Aims. Click on the links in the sidebar to view the questions and answers for other Registration & Records-related topics.

What is 'academic suspension'?

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).

 

Does 'academic suspension' differ from 'financial aid suspension'?

Yes. The Academic Standards Policy differs from the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Any concerns regarding your Financial Aid status and eligibility should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

 

Does my 'academic suspension' apply to other colleges?

No, this academic suspension applies only to your status at Aims.

 

How do I know if I am placed on suspension?

You will be notified via email.

 

If I am placed on academic suspension, what happens to the classes I have already enrolled in for future semesters?

If you have already enrolled for future semesters, your classes will be dropped when placed on suspension.

 

Do I have the right to appeal the suspension?

Yes, you may appeal your suspension if extenuating circumstances exist. These circumstances include factors beyond your control (e.g., family emergency, serious illness, death in family, etc.) and must be documented. Please defer to our appeal deadlines for more information.

 

What do I do if I am suspended for the first time?

If you wish to enroll, you must file an appeal by the deadline stated in the suspension letter and on the Academic Suspension Appeal Form. Otherwise, you must sit out for one term.

 

What if I am suspended for the second or third time?

The Academic Standards Appeals Committee will review each appeal form and render a decision. Students are called and emailed to their aims.edu email account with the decision. 

 

What happens once I submit my appeal?

The Academic Standards Appeals Committee will review each appeal form and render a decision. Students are called and emailed to their aims.edu email account with the decision. 

 

What if my appeal is approved?

First, you will need to fill out an Academic Suspension Reentry Plan with a Suspension Advisor, for the term in which you wish to reenter. You must also demonstrate academic progress in subsequent terms by achieving a 2.00 term GPA. A hold will remain on your academic record as long as the cumulative GPA is below a 2.00. You must also meet the conditions set forth by the Academic Standards Appeals Committee.

 

What if my appeal is denied?

You must sit out one term for the first suspension or sit out one calendar year for the second suspension.

 

What do I do if I want to return to Aims after being on suspension?

You will need to reapply for admission if you sit out for one calendar year and develop an Academic Suspension Reentry Plan with a Suspension Advisor, for the term in which you wish to reenter. 

 

Where can I get more information about the Academic Standards Policy?

You may review the complete policy on the Academic Standards page.