Guidelines for Continuing Students

Minimum Guidelines for Continuing Students
(Revised for Fall 2013, Modified June 2015 – Programmatic oversight team reviews policies regularly and communicate updates to students via official TAMU communication channels)

  1. Freshman must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPR at all times or they may be subject to probationary terms or dismissal.
  2. Sophomores, Juniors, ad Seniors must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPR at all times or they may be subject to probationary terms or dismissal.
  3. Student must enroll in and successfully complete (with a “C” or better) a minimum of one science course per semester.

-The Grade Point Ratio (GPR) is the total number of grade points divided by the total attempted hours at TAMU

-Classifications determined by student rules 13.1-.3 at:

TAMU Student Rules defines any undergraduate student with a GPR < 2.0 as scholastically deficient. The University Dismissal Policy applies for all students below a 2.0.

Forensic and Investigative Sciences students whose cumulative GPR at Texas A&M falls below a 3.0 may be blocked from further registration and dropped from the FIVS program without probation.

In an effort to proactively engage students academically and retain students within the Forensic & Investigative Sciences program, students may be subject to academic caution terms if their term grade point ratio falls below that required of their classification.

Students who are dropped from Forensic and Investigative Sciences for not maintaining the minimum programmatic GPR requirements will be readmitted only after meeting change-of-curriculum requirements as outlined under the guidelines for admission.

Probationary terms may apply to students who fall below the guidelines for continuing students. Probation students must be able to meet the minimum requirements for continuation one long semester (Fall/Spring) immediately after falling below the guidelines, if a student cannot OR will be unable to meet these requirements; they will be blocked and dropped from the program.*

Students with honor code violations will be dismissed from the program with no recourse for reentry.

Students must make reasonable progress towards degree. Students must apply for upper level before reaching 70 total credit hours. Multiple probationary semesters may be taken into account for student continuation.

*Special consideration will be given to graduating seniors, as determined by the academic appeals committee, based on extenuating circumstances and/or special needs.

*Students may be required to complete additional academic success courses as determined by academic appeals committee. Specifics regarding probationary terms will be included in a signed contract with the departmental advisor.

Statement of Curricular Responsibility

  • Students are expected to complete courses in the semester they are outlined on the curricula or with prior advisor approval. Students who deviate from the curriculum as outlined, or planned with advisors, may be forced to delay graduation.

Students are expected to:

  • Schedule regular appointments with their advisor during each semester
  • Ask questions if they do not understand an issue or have specific concern regarding their education plan.
  • Keep a personal record of their progress toward meeting individual and programmatic goals.
  • Organize official documents in a way that enables them to be accessed readily.
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide faculty/staff with accurate information regarding their interests and abilities
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Use available resources to monitor and achieve their academic success.
  • Understand that they are ultimately responsible for meeting educational plan requirements and achievements.
  • Accept responsibility for their decisions and actions (or inactions).

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