Academic Status Definitions

  • Good Standing—a duly registered full-time student, enrolled in 12 or more credit hours (not including Phys Ed), whose semester and cumulative grade-point average (GPA) are above 2.0.
  • Warning—issued when a student’s semester and/or cumulative GPA fall below 2.0.
    The student is warned that a 2.0 must be attained in the following semester or he/she faces further action, such as a required leave or withdrawal.
  • Required Leave (one or two semesters)—generally issued after a student has been warned but may be issued at any time the student’s semester and/ or cumulative GPA fall below 2.0. The student is advised that he/she must leave the university for a period of one or two semesters, and, if the student wishes to return in the future, he/she must follow the readmission requirements included with the Required Leave letter.
    Note: Students returning from required leaves must attain a minimum 2.3 grade-point average and must not have any grades of “F” or “Incomplete” in the rejoin term. Otherwise, the student will be subject to further disciplinary action.
  • Voluntary Leave—may be requested for any reason before the drop deadline (normally the end of the seventh week of classes) by a student in good academic standing, by submitting a petition signed by the student and his/her academic advisor to the Office of Student Services. Written approval from the Director of Student Services or the Registrar must be obtained. Students are advised to check with the University Bursar for tuition refund policies in the event a voluntary leave is requested once the semester has commenced. Students are responsible for all tuition, fees, and administrative charges incurred, and it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Financial Aid, Student Housing, and the ISSO, if applicable. There will be no record of enrollment for the leave semester.
  • Conditional Leave—is defined as any leave request after the drop deadline (which must be petitioned for), and/or any leave request from a student not in good academic standing (including those on Warning, Final Warning, or Rejoin status). Students who find themselves in this situation must submit a petition for a leave signed by their academic advisor. Most conditional leaves are for two semesters. The student’s record for the semester will show all grades as “W.” The school may set conditions for completion of work, internships, course work, or other activities during the conditional leave period. Written approval from the Director of Student Services or the Registrar must be obtained. Students are advised to check with the University Bursar for tuition refund policies in the event a conditional leave is approved once the semester has commenced. Students are responsible for all tuition, fees, and administrative charges incurred, and it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Financial Aid, Student Housing, and the ISSO, if applicable. A student may request a conditional leave after the 12th week of classes only in highly unusual circumstances.
  • Health Leave—must be requested and approved through Gannett Health Services. If granted a health leave, which usually is at least six months in duration, the student may not return to the university until approved by Gannett.
  • Voluntary Withdrawal—Students who fail to register by the end of the fifth week of the semester will be dropped from their classes by the Office of the University Registrar and be considered to have voluntarily withdrawn, meaning they have separated from the university and are no longer students at Cornell.
  • Required Withdrawal—issued when a student’s academic record is such that the faculty deems that the student should leave the university on a permanent basis.
  • Suspension—issued when a student has been convicted of a gross violation of the Code of Academic Integrity or the Campus Code of Conduct. A suspension is generally temporary.
  • Expulsion—is a permanent separation from the university wherein the student may not reregister in the future.