Students who enter institutions of higher education agree to know and abide by the rules of their institutions. Listed below are some specific regulations which govern students and academic programs.
Other regulations, including the Grade Appeals process, can be found in the Student Handbook, which is accessible online through the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. A complete set of academic regulations is also available in the Office of Campus Life and Dean of Students.
Students in Good Standing
For reports and communications to other institutions and agencies, students are considered in good standing unless they are dismissed, suspended, or academically dropped from the university without being formally readmitted.
The Dean’s List is Purdue University Northwest’s way of recognizing undergraduate students for outstanding scholastic achievement. At the end of each semester, the Dean’s List honors recognize undergraduate students who have:
- at least 12 credit hours in the cumulative GPA,
- at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA,
- at least six credit hours in the semester GPA, and
- at least a 3.0 semester GPA.
Semester Honors recognize undergraduate students who have:
- at least six credit hours in the semester GPA,
- at least a 3.5 semester GPA, and
- at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Students whose names are placed on the Dean’s List shall be entitled to the following special privileges during the semester following the designation of distinction:
- may be assigned to more than 18 credit hours upon request;
- with the instructor’s permission, a full-time Dean’s List student may audit one class without assessment or additional fee
It would be possible to earn both Dean’s List and Semester Honors standing if the student has a really outstanding semester.
Pass/no-pass grades and credits do not count in hour totals for either category of honors.
Academic Standing Regulations Effective Fall 2015
Beginning Fall 2015, a student must maintain a minimum 2.0 semester and cumulative GPA to remain in Good Academic Standing. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisors to develop an academic plan that leads to successful completion of their program of study.
Beginning Fall 2015, a student at Purdue University will be placed on Academic Probation if either semester or cumulative GPA at the end of any fall or spring semester is less than 2.0.
A student on academic probation can return to good academic standing at the end of the first subsequent fall or spring semester in which they achieve both semester and cumulative GPA’s 2.0 or higher. Academic Standing is not assessed in summer sessions.
Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the GPA and determination of probation standing.
Drop for Academic Deficiency
Beginning Fall 2015, a student starting the semester already on academic probation will be dropped from the University at the close of any fall or spring semester in which both the semester and cumulative GPA is less than 2.0.
Any grade change due to a reporting error will result in a recalculation of the GPA and determination of the drop status.
Readmission Procedure For Students Who are Academically Dropped for Scholastic Deficiency
Students who are academically dropped from the Purdue University system may not register or attend classes in any capacity, either for credit or on an audit basis, unless they are readmitted by the Office of Admissions. Students who are academically dropped are eligible for readmission only after they have completed at least one full regular semester (summer session does not count) of non-attendance. Students who have been academically dropped more than once are required to complete at least one calendar year of non-attendance.
For inquiries regarding the readmission process, contact the Office of Admissions.
Beginning Spring 2009, instructors have the option of assigning plus/minus letter grades. Quality points are allocated to each recorded grade according to the following scale:
|A+, A||4.0 grade points per semester hour|
|A-||3.7 grade points per semester hour|
|B+||3.3 grade points per semester hour|
|B||3.0 grade points per semester hour|
|B-||2.7 grade points per semester hour|
|C+||2.3 grade points per semester hour|
|C||2.0 grade points per semester hour|
|C-||1.7 grade points per semester hour|
|D+||1.3 grade points per semester hour|
|D||1.0 grade point per semester hour|
|D-||0.7 grade points per semester hour|
|F||0.00 grade points per semester hour|
Semester Grade Point Average
To determine your semester grade point average, you will need to determine the number of total semester points you earned this semester and the total credit hours you had attempted.
Semester Points/Semester Credits Attempted = Semester GPA
Cumulative Grade Point Average
To determine your overall grade point average, you will need to determine the number of total grade points you have earned and the total credit hours you have attempted beginning with your first semester of attendance.
Total Grade Points/Total Credits Attempted = Cumulative GPA
Please note: Instructors have autonomy in determining the grading scale they wish to use for their courses.
Example: Semester GPA Calculation
Semester Grade Points/Semester Credits Attempted=Semester GPA
- SOC 10000
- 3 credit hour course with a grade of A. 3 credits × 4.0 points = 12.0
- CHM 11500
- 4 credit hour course with a grade of C+. 4 credits × 2.3 points = 9.2
- GPA Calculation: 21.2 total semester grade points /7 credit hours = 3.03 Semester GPA
Students cannot change their curriculum if they have a hold on their record.
A Hold refers to the restriction of a student’s eligibility to enroll in classes, change their curriculum or obtain academic transcripts at Purdue University. Holds can result from a variety of situations, including but not limited to:
- Nonpayment of library fines, tuition and fees, parking tickets, and residence hall bills
- Disciplinary action taken by the Office of the Dean of Students
- Poor scholastic performance
If your record becomes placed on hold for financial reasons, you cannot register for future courses nor obtain copies of your transcript until your financial obligation is settled and the hold is removed.
To Remove a Financial Hold
To remove a financial hold, contact the Bursar’s Office.
If you are dismissed from Purdue for scholastic reasons (academic drop) or suspended for disciplinary reasons, a hold will be placed on your record to prevent future registrations. You will, however, still be able to request academic transcripts. This hold will remain in effect until such time as you are officially readmitted by the Committee on Scholastic Delinquencies and Readmissions, or until the suspension is removed by the Office of the Dean of Students.
If you are in hold status and would like to verify the hold, you can do so through myPNW. For further information, contact the Office of the Registrar.
Incomplete grades can be given to students under certain circumstances. An Incomplete, or “I” grade, is defined in the Academic Catalog as a “temporary record of work which was passing when interrupted by unavoidable absence or causes beyond a student’s control.” A student who receives an “I” grade must achieve a permanent grade in the course no later than the 12th (twelfth) week of the second semester subsequent to the enrollment. If not, the “I” grade will become an “IF”. Please consult the Academic Regulations section of the Academic Catalog for more information.
If you are unsure if your situation warrants an Incomplete grade, please speak with your instructor and the Office of the Dean of Students.
Classification of a student is based upon the number of hours completed toward the intended degree. The following formula in table format is helpful in determining your student classification:
|1 – 14||1||Freshman|
|15 – 29||2||2nd Semester Freshman|
|30 – 44||3||Sophomore|
|45 – 59||4||2nd Semester Sophomore|
|60 – 74||5||Junior|
|75 – 89||6||2nd Semester Junior|
|90 – 104||7||Senior|
|105||8||2nd Semester Senior|
A person who is already enrolled as a student in the University and who wishes to attend a course in the University without credit shall obtain from the Office of the Registrar an Audit Permission form stating his/her name, their PUID, the subject, course number, and CRN (Course Reference Number), the number of credits and the term. The form needs to be signed by the instructor of record for the course. A person who is not already enrolled as a student must apply for admission as a non-degree student with the Office of Admissions. Once accepted, he/she may follow the steps outlined above. No person who is ineligible for readmission by reason of that person having been dropped from the University for scholastic or other reasons shall be eligible to attend classes as a auditor.
A person who has status in the University by reason of admission to, and registration in, a definite classification may enroll in a course as an auditor. The assignment and enrollment must be completed by the regular procedure for registration. The assessment of fees and determination of allowable load shall be in accordance with the credit value or equivalent of the course(s) involved. Students whose names are placed on the Dean’s list should be entitled during the semester following the designation of distinction with the instructors permission, may audit one class without assessment or additional fee.
An auditor in a course shall be entitled to hear lectures, recitations, and oral quizzes. He/She shall not participate in classroom exercises except as invited by the instructor. He/She shall not submit papers, when tests or examinations are given, nor take part in laboratory work. An auditor shall receive no credit for the course.