Academic Standing

Academic Warning, Probation and Suspension

Bismarck State College is committed to the academic success of every student.  The college will monitor a student’s grades and issue an appropriate warning if grades are inadequate.  A student’s academic standing, which is based on term and cumulative grade point average (GPA), is determined at the end of each semester after final grades have been posted in CampusConnection.  
 
Poor academic performance could result in being placed on one of the following academic standings:
  • Academic Warning – Students who have a term or cumulative GPA below 2.00 are placed on Academic Warning.
  • Academic Probation – Students who are on Academic Warning and fail to earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher after finishing their next semester of enrollment are placed on Academic Probation. 
  • Academic Suspension – Students who are on Academic Probation and fail to earn a term GPA of 2.00 or higher after finishing their next semester of enrollment are placed on Academic Suspension. 
 
Refer to the Bismarck State College policy for a complete description of each level of academic standing: BSC Policy – Academic Standing 

Bismarck State College keeps students informed of their academic standing by printing a statement on the student’s transcript, as well as sending correspondence directly to the student.  

Students in poor academic standing are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor or the Mystic Advising & Counseling Center (MACC) to discuss academic goals and develop a plan toward academic success.  Additionally, Academic Warning, Academic Probation and Academic Suspension workbooks have been developed to help students understand the meaning of their academic standing and to provide information on how to improve their grade point average (GPA).  Students are encouraged to review the workbook related to their academic status and submit the corresponding worksheet.      

Academic Suspension Readmission

Students who are academically suspended are formally notified by letter. If a student is enrolled for any future semesters, they are administratively withdrawn to zero credits and inactivated as a Bismarck State College student.
 
Students placed on Academic Suspension from Bismarck State College or another institution may apply for readmission as follows:
  • 1st time suspension– the student will not be reinstated before the lapse of at least one semester (summer session does not constitute a semester)
  • Multiple suspensions– the student will not be reinstated before the lapse of at least two semesters (summer session does not constitute a semester)
In order to prepare for a successful semester, it is strongly recommended that the student completes the readmission process at least two weeks prior to the start of the student’s first course

A student must complete the following steps when applying for readmission to Bismarck State College:   
  1. Complete the BSC Admissions Application
  2. Complete the Academic Suspension Readmission Request Form 

    Academic Suspension Readmission Request Form (NDUS Username & Password Required) 

    Academic Suspension Readmission Request Form (Authentication NOT Required) 
     
  3. Contact the Mystic Advising & Counseling Center at bsc.advising@bismarckstate.edu or 701-224-5752 to review the readmission request with an Academic Advisor.  
Refer to the Bismarck State College procedure for more information:  BSC Procedure – Academic Suspension Readmission 

Academic Suspension Appeal

Students who are on Academic Suspension from Bismarck State College or another institution may appeal the suspension through the appropriate Academic Dean.

Students will be in the best position to appeal if they have:
  • Shown that they are working on making progress towards reaching their academic goals.
  • Documented extenuating circumstances preventing them from meeting the minimum academic requirements.  Extenuating circumstances could include but are not limited to serious illness to the student or immediate family member, death of an immediate family member, significant trauma in the student’s life that impaired the student’s emotional and/or physical health.
In order to prepare for a successful semester, it is strongly recommended that the student completes the appeal process at least two weeks prior to the start of the student’s first course.

To be considered for an appeal, the student must complete the Academic Suspension Appeal Request form. 

Academic Suspension Appeal Request Form (NDUS Username & Password Required) 

Academic Suspension Appeal Request Form (Authentication NOT Required) 

The Academic Suspension Appeal will be reviewed by the appropriate Academic Dean for consideration of readmission. 

Refer to the Bismarck State College procedure for more information: BSC Procedure - Academic Suspension Appeal