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Academic Status

Academic Probation

Students are placed on academic probation if:

  1. Their cumulative grade-point average (GPA) falls below 2.0. Students on probation for this reason who achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher shall be removed from probation.
  2. They have two consecutive UK academic terms with term GPAs below 2.0 regardless of their cumulative GPA. Students who achieve a 2.0 or better in the next term and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be removed from probation.

If the student has completed all the academic and procedural requirements for the degree while still maintaining an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher (or the minimum GPA established by a specific college), the degree shall be awarded and the student placed in good standing. 

Students may be removed from probation by the dean of the college when the student on scholastic probation has earned 90 semester hours (senior standing), and at the end of a semester or session has a cumulative grade-point standing of 2.0.

NOTE: The Summer Session and Summer Term are considered two separate academic terms and are subject to the same probation and suspension provisions as Spring and Fall.

Please consult the UK Bulletin for more information.

Academic Suspension

Students are suspended if:

  1. They fail to earn a 2.0 term GPA for any term while on probation;
  2. They have three consecutive UK terms in which their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0;
  3. Their GPA is below 0.6 after their first term, if the semester’s GPA is based on at least 9 hours of grades, A, B, C, D or E.

Notwithstanding the provisions above, in the case of a student eligible for suspension, the dean of the student’s college may continue a student on academic probation if the individual case so justifies with notification to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. A student academically suspended from the University may not enroll in any courses offered by the University nor take any special examination for University credit.

Please consult the UK Bulletin for more information.


After they have remained out of the University for at least two terms, not including the Winter Intersession term, students who have been academically suspended from the University may only be reinstated by the dean of the college in which they plan to enroll when they present evidence that they are capable of performing at the level required to prevent being suspended a second time. The deadline for students to schedule an appointment for reinstatement in all colleges is May 15 for the fall term, October 1 for the spring term, and March 1 for the summer term. The student needs to complete the reinstatement appointment, and the dean needs to make a decision about reinstatement, prior to the stated readmission application deadline. Reinstated students must meet admissions criteria to be eligible for readmission to the University.

Please consult the UK Bulletin for more information.

Academic Bankruptcy

Undergraduate students who have been readmitted after being out of UK for two or more consecutive years may return to UK, take 12 hours or more and earn a GPA of 2.0 or higher beginning with their first semester after readmission and request that all of their previous UK work be removed from their GPA. The grades will remain on the official transcript with a notation stating the grades are not used in calculating the student’s GPA. The dean of the student’s college may allow students to receive credit for certain courses without using the grades in the student’s GPA.

Academic Bankruptcy may only be used once.

If a student completes a degree, sits out 2 years and returns for another degree, they may not apply for academic bankruptcy on courses taken for the completed degree.