Academic Probation

In some instances, students may encounter academic or personal obstacles that result in them being placed on academic probation. The Office of Academic Advising & Transfer Transition is committed to assisting students who find themselves in this situation. Below you will find the Universities Academic Standing Policy. 

Academic Standing Policy

Advising for Students on Academic Probation

Students on academic probation are required to work with a professional advisor (in addition to their departmentally-assigned faculty advisor) within the Office of Academic Advising & Transfer Transition to improve their own academic performance. Students on academic probation may be required, at the advisor’s discretion, to:

  • Meet for individual advising appointments on a regular basis,
  • Meet to review mid-semester progress reports,
  • Respond to communications from the probation coordinator throughout the semester, and/or
  • Follow any conditions mutually agreed upon between the professional advisor and the student or set by the Committee on Academic Standing when approving an appeal for a dismissed student to return on probation.

In consultation with the assigned professional advisor, students are responsible for developing a strategy to bring their GPA up to the necessary level. The strategy should include specific direction with regard to course load, course selection and/or ongoing advising and academic support. The plan must be in writing, and a copy will be placed in the student’s file for monitoring purposes. Failure to participate in regularly scheduled appointments, comply with any conditions and/or follow developed plans will be shared with the appropriate division’s Committee on Academic Standing if a student on probation is subsequently dismissed and files an appeal to be reinstated.

Students may not appeal probation status. In order to have the probation status removed from their record, students with incomplete grades on their record must complete the work and have a grade submitted before the end of the add/drop period of the subsequent semester.

Success Strategies for Students on Academic Probation

  • Meet regularly with your academic advisor
  • Attend classes regularly
  • Be on time
  • Take notes
  • Sit in the front row
  • Consider repeating courses to repair your GPA
  • Take care of any incomplete coursework
  • Purchase a planner and record all deadlines for upcoming tests, papers, presentations, and exams
  • Practice time management
  • Utilize campus resources
  • Meet instructors during their office hours to ask questions and get clarification
  • READ, READ, READ, STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!!

Academic Probation Advisors 

Nicole West
(413) 572-8191
nwest@westfield.ma.edu

Bill Pass
(413) 572-8815
wpass@westfield.ma.edu

Francheska Cordero
(413) 572-8677
fcordero@westfield.ma.edu