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Judicial Affairs Office

5 Rope Ferry Road, Room 203
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-3482
Fax: (603)646-0421
Hinman Box 6020

Academic Probation

A student in satisfactory standing will be placed on Probation if he or she receives three grades of D in one term or one grade of D and one grade of E (or NC) in one term. In addition, a student on Risk will be placed on Probation if he or she receives two grades of D or one grade of E (or NC). A student on Warning will be placed on Probation if he or she receives one grade of D. After receiving three Risk notices, any failing or unsatisfactory grade in any subsequent term will result in Probation (unless the student is otherwise liable for Suspension or Separation). If a student's record at any time warrants a third Warning notice, the student will be place on Probation. A student in satisfactory standing who has previously been suspended for unsatisfactory scholarship will be placed on Probation for a single D or E (or NC). A student whose grades would place him or her on Probation for the second time will be suspended. Students on probation are advised to limit any extracurricular involvements that detract from their academic obligations.

Probation carries with it the following consequences:

  • the action is recorded in the student's file in the Office of the Dean of the College and is temporarily reflected on academic records while the student is on Probation
  • a notification letter will normally be sent to parents
  • students on Probation may not elect the Non-Recording Option in the next term in residence
  • students on probation may be prohibited, at the discretion of the COS, from intercollegiate athletic competition, holding of offices in student organizations, and public participation or performance in the name of the College that requires a significant absence from campus or other withdrawal from academic activities

First-Year Students and Sophomores on Probation, and Juniors and Seniors who are continued on Probation or returned to Probation, are denied the following privileges:

  • participation in any Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus or exchange programs
  • election of a four course load

To be returned to satisfactory standing, students must enroll in a minimum of three courses in one term and earn grades of C-, CT or better in each. Students who enroll in only two courses and earn grades of C-, CT, or better in each will be continued on Probation until their satisfactory completion of a three course term. Students on Probation will have ready access to the academic support resources of the College. Students on Probation are particularly reminded of their responsibility not to be absent from class without excuse.

Students placed on Risk, Warning, or Probation are not restricted in their eligibility for financial aid. Restrictions associated with Continued Probation are noted under Financial Aid—Satisfactory Progress.

Last Updated: 9/2/10