Academics and Regulations


You are expected to attend classes regularly; unexcused absences may result in a failing grade. You are responsible for conferring with your instructor concerning absences and the possibility of arranging to make up missed work.

If you are required to participate in either (a) military or (b) UAF-sponsored activities that will cause you to miss class, you must notify your instructor as soon as possible of your absence. You must notify your instructor(s) of all scheduled UAF-required absences for the semester (e.g., travel to athletic events) during the first week of classes.

You and your instructor will make a good faith effort to make suitable arrangements to assure that you can make up classes and work you miss and are not penalized for your excused absence. If suitable arrangements cannot be made, you will be allowed to withdraw from the course without penalty. However, your instructor is under no obligation to allow you to make up missed work for unexcused absences or if notification and arrangements are not made in advance of the absence.

Academic Progress

Instructors are responsible for ensuring that students are aware of the grading policy for a course and that homework, exams and other assignments are returned to students in a timely manner. Instructors who have freshmen enrolled in their classes are expected to submit freshman progress reports early in each semester. Progress reports help students gauge their class performance and, if necessary, seek assistance early in the term.

Academic Standards

UAF's scholastic standards are designed to help students take action before their academic record deteriorates to the point that readmission to UAF or another institution is difficult. In all cases involving poor scholarship, students are encouraged to consult with their advisor, instructors or dean.

Undergraduate or certificate students and non-degree students enrolled in 12 or more credits are subject to scholastic action if they fail to earn a GPA of 2.0 at the end of the semester. Scholastic action may result in probation or disqualification from the university.

Good Standing

Undergraduate students--You are in good standing if your cumulative GPA and most recent semester GPA are 2.0 or better.

Graduate students--To maintain good academic standing in UAF graduate programs, students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses taken since admission to graduate school. Before advancing to candidacy, however, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. You must earn at least a B grade in 400-level courses.
  2. Be registered at UAF with a minimum of 6 graduate or 400-level credits per year unless on approved leave of absence.
  3. Abide by all parts of the Student Code of Conduct.
  4. Have a current graduate study plan or an advancement to candidacy submitted and approved, unless you are still within the first year of graduate study.
  5. Have on file with the Graduate School by May 15 of each year an annual report from the graduate advisory committee, certifying satisfactory progress. This is the responsibility of the student. Students starting in January need not submit an annual report until May of the next academic year. If a satisfactory annual report is not filed as specified, the student may be placed on probation.
  6. Pass any required qualifying exams or comprehensive exams. Departments may set the number of times a student may retake an exam.

Academic Honors

Undergraduate and certificate students--To be eligible for academic honors at the end of a semester, you must be a full-time undergraduate degree or certificate student who has completed at least 12 UA institutional credits graded with the letter grades A, B, C, D or F. If you have received an incomplete or deferred grade, your academic honors cannot be determined until those grades have been changed to permanent grades. Academic honors are recorded on your permanent record. You will make the chancellor's list with a semester GPA of 4.0. and the dean's list with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. UAF announces the students who have earned honors each semester. Students with incompletes or deferred grades that are changed after publication of honors will not be announced separately. If you've requested that information not be released about you (under FERPA), your name will not be released to the media.


Undergraduate students--Students whose cumulative and/or semester GPA falls below 2.0 will be put on academic probation. Students on probation may not enroll in more than 12 credits a semester, unless an exception is granted by the appropriate dean. Probation may include additional conditions, as determined by the dean of the college or school in which the student's major is located. Students on probation will be referred for developmental advising/education and/or to an advising or support counseling center. The student will work with an academic advisor to prepare an academic plan for achieving a higher GPA; the advisor is responsible for forwarding this plan to the appropriate dean. A student on probation will not be allowed to register unless the academic plan is on file. Removal from probation requires the student's cumulative and semester GPAs to be at least 2.0.

Graduate students--Probationary status indicates a student is not in good standing. When a student is placed on probation, the dean of the school or college and the advisory committee will tell the student what requirements are necessary to be returned to good standing. If a student does not return to good standing by the end of two semesters, he or she may be dismissed from the degree program.

Academic Disqualification

Undergraduate students--Undergraduate probation students on probation whose semester and cumulative GPAs are less than 2.0 at the end of spring semester will be disqualified from degree-seeking status. Disqualified students may continue their enrollment at UAF only as non-degree students and are limited to a maximum of 9 credits per semester. To be eligible for reinstatement in an academic degree program, the student is expected to earn at least a C grade in all courses taken as a non-degree student. To be restored to degree-seeking status, the student must apply for readmission. A student may be reinstated but may still be on probation, and if so, will be so notified.

Academic Dismissal

Graduate students--If recommended by the department chair, graduate advisory committee and dean of the college or school, and approved by the dean of the Graduate School, a student will be dismissed because of unsatisfactory performance. Unsatisfactory performance is deemed as one or more of the following:

  1. Exceeding maximum time limit for degree.
  2. Not being registered at UAF for a minimum of 6 credits per year unless on approved leave of absence.
  3. Having less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA for courses taken since admission to graduate school.
  4. Being on probationary status for more than two consecutive semesters.
  5. Violating the Student Code of Conduct.
  6. Lacking progress as judged by the advisory committee and documented on the student's annual report.
  7. Having substantive inaccuracies in the original application for admission.

If the student does not have a graduate advisory committee, dismissal can occur upon the recommendation of the department chair and the dean of the college or school, with approval by dean of the Graduate School.