L&S Academic Standing: Academic Probation – Spring 2022

The following went out to L&S undergraduate students on academic probation at the end of spring 2022:

Dear Student,

You are receiving this email to let you know that, based on your grades from the Spring 2022 term, you are on  academic probation. Academic probation is designed to be helpful to you and to promote a successful experience at UW-Madison. The purpose of this letter is to make sure you are aware of your academic status and to help connect you with resources you can use to address barriers to your success. The probation process will end once you meet the requirements to return to good academic standing.

We are committed to the academic success of each of our undergraduate students. We also understand that success is not always achieved in a predictable path. There are many reasons students encounter academic difficulty. These reasons can span personal, financial, health, family, or other issues like adjusting to new teaching formats and the various complex challenges of COVID.  Our goal is to help you to identify the factors that are relevant to you and to help you address them. You are not alone in experiencing these difficulties. Many students participate in the probation process each year and, by accessing campus resourcesand reaching out to others for support, many leave the process and continue on to have a successful career at UW-Madison.

The probation process will end (you will “clear probation”) once your current term GPA and overall cumulative GPA are both at least 2.0 and you have no unresolved incomplete grades. In the meantime, you must earn a term GPA of at least 2.0 each semester, including summer term. We are confident that you can meet these requirements. However, it is important that you take steps to address the causes of your academic difficulties. If the requirements are not met, you will be academically suspended (“dropped”). (You may find more specifics on this here.)  If this were to occur, you would not be eligible to enroll in UW-Madison classes for one year, after which you could reapply for admission.

To help you develop a plan for academic growth and success, please take full advantage of the resources available to you here at UW. The best way to plan to move forward is to figure out what happened. Take some time to reflect on this past term. Many students have found it helpful to discuss concerns and future academic plans with their academic advisors, their families, and/or counselors. Please consider taking the Academic Enhancement Seminar(CP115), a 1-credit class designed to help students reflect on their own situations and strategically address them. This class has a great track record for helping students who complete it to make their way back to strong academic performance.  Or, learn study skills, time management, academic writing, motivation, and self-direction in “How to Succeed in College” (Inter-LS 145).

Above all, we recommend speaking with your advisor about your academic plans andresources that may be beneficial. This is an especially good idea if you are planning to take classes this summer.  You can find the name of your assigned advisor in the Academic Navigator on MyUW.  Your advisor may reach out to you to encourage a conversation, and it may be helpful to complete this Academic Success Plan before meeting with your advisor. The experience of past students shows that early and timely consultation with advisors and other mentors contributes heavily to academic growth and success. We all look forward to working with you to help build a rewarding and successful experience during your years at UW-Madison.


Susan Koenig, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean

L&S Academic Deans’ Services

101 Ingraham Hall

1155 Observatory Drive

Phone:  608-262-0617

Fax:  608-262-5093