Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress

SUNM requires high standards of academic achievement. Students must maintain sufficient academic progress to be eligible to continue their program of study. The Registrar and Chief Academic Officer reviews all grades and evaluations regarding academic, clinical and professional competencies at the completion of each quarter. Both academic performance and inappropriate conduct by a student in connection with his or her academic and clinical activities will be considered. Conduct considered unacceptable or inappropriate include, but is not limited to, breaches in trust or confidence or personal actions including cheating, plagiarism or unauthorized use of materials in academic exercises or examinations; misrepresentation, distortions or serious omissions in clinical care; abuse, misrepresentation or seriously improper conduct in relation to patients or colleagues in clinical training or academic settings; repeated failures without adequate excuse to meet assigned obligations in academic, clinical, and professional training and breaches of other standards of professional conduct and responsibility


Students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.0 in order to be considered making satisfactory academic progress. These will be reviewed at the end of each grading period after grades have been posted to determine if the student’s CGPA is in compliance.


Students need to pass and finish each class in order to move onto the next class. In addition to the CGPA requirements, a student must successfully complete at least 100% of all credits attempted in order to be making satisfactory academic progress. Credits attempted are defined as those credits for which students are enrolled in and have incurred a financial obligation. As with the determination of CGPA, the completion requirements will be reviewed at the end of each quarter after grades have been posted to determine if the student is progressing satisfactorily.


A student is not allowed to attempt more than 1.5 times, or 150%, of the number of credits in their program of study. The requirements for rate of progress are to assure that students are progressing at a rate at which they will complete their programs within the maximum time frame of 5 years calculated from the original date of enrollment.


Transfer credits are not counted in the CGPA and the Graduation CGPA.


At the end of each quarter after grades have been posted, each student’s CGPA and rate of progress is reviewed to determine whether the student is meeting the above requirements.

Students will be placed on Warning the first quarter in which the CGPA or the rate of progress falls below the minimum requirements of 3.0 CGPA per term. At the end of the next term, the student will be removed from Warning and returned to regular status if they meet or exceed the minimum standards, or will be placed on Probation if they continue to fall below the specified values.

Students on Probation will be evaluated at the end of their second quarter of monitoring. Students who raise their CGPA and rate of progress at or above the minimums will be removed from Probation and returned to regular status. If a student does not meet the minimum CGPA or rate of progress requirements at the time of evaluation, the student will be dismissed from school. If at any point it can be determined that it is mathematically impossible for the student to meet the minimum requirements, the student also must be dismissed from the school. The institution also reserves the right to place students on or remove from academic monitoring based on their academic performance, notwithstanding these published standards.

Notification of academic dismissal will be in writing. The Conduct Policy section of the catalog describes other circumstances that could lead to student dismissal for non-academic reasons. As a dismissed student, a tuition refund may be due in accordance with the SUNM’s stated refund policy.

Students on Warning and Probation must participate in academic advising as deemed necessary by SUNM as a condition of their academic monitoring. Students who fail to comply with these requirements may be dismissed even though their CGPA or rate of progress may be above the dismissal levels.

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