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Transcript of Suspension Workshop
Presented by Academic Standards at Utah Valley University
Welcome to the Suspension Workshop!
Our goal is to help inform you about the suspension petitioning process AND help you prepare to write your petition.
Suspension occurs when your cumulative GPA AND semester GPA are below a 2.0 for the third consecutive semester.
The requirements for suspension are that you sit out for one full semester and petition to return to Utah Valley University.
What is Suspension?
Suspension is NOT a punishment. Our goal is to help YOU succeed
The petition process helps us to understand the things that you have struggled with so we can put in place programs and resources that will help you to be successful.
So Now What?
Just sitting out will not be enough to allow you to return. Your petition must be turned in on time to be considered for the semester you want. Deadlines are listed below:
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1*
Spring- October 1
Let's Get Started on the Petition Process
2. Download the Petition Form
1. Be aware of the deadlines.
Go to http://www.uvu.edu/academicstandards/ and click on the link on the left for Petition for Suspension
The petition is a 2 page form. The first page contains the instructions for the petition. The second page is the cover sheet for the petition where you include your contact information and a brief summary of your petition. You are also required to submit a detailed letter and attach it to the petition.
Hints for the Petition
1. Be honest. We want as much information as possible so we can help you.
2. Be complete. Explain what happened each semester. Sometimes students write a vague statement like "I didn't study." Why? Did you not take the time to study? Do you not know how to review for tests?
3. Keep it simple and concise. 1-2 pages is normally adequate to explain your situation
Turn your petition in to the Academic Standards Office in LC 402 at the front desk.
The Petition Review Process
Academic Standards Office
Academic Standards Committee
First the Academic Standards office reviews all the petitions and makes recommendations.
For example if a student doesn't have a major, we may recommend that a student take career assessments. If a student struggles with math, we may recommend that a student visit the math lab and get a tour.
After the Academic Standards Office have made their recommendations, they hold a meeting with the Academic Standards Committee.
This committee consists of a faculty member from each college at the university.
The Academic Standards Office presents the students' petitions along with their recommendations. The Academic Standards Committee looks over the information and then makes additional suggestions.
The Petition Review Process generally takes between 4-8 weeks.
After the Committee has made their recommendations, the Academic Standards Office prepares the response letters.
Each petitioning student will receive a letter detailing the requirements to return to UVU. There are normally 3-4 requirements that students must complete prior to returning to UVU.
In addition, students are generally required to take a specific class as part of their requirements to return, such as:
CLSS 1100: Stress Management
CLSS 1200: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
CLSS 1190: Power Reading & Learning Strategies (class focusing on improving reading comprehension and study skills)
What Happens after I submit my Letter?
After the Letter Arrives
Begin working on completing the requirements in your letter
Once the requirements are completed, you will need to call to set up an appointment with the Academic Standards Director. During this meeting your will discuss the requirements you have completed and make a plan for the semester. The Director will release your holds and help you register.
You will have a monthly grade check as part of your requirements for suspension.
You MUST get a 2.0 for the semester when you return or you will be moved to dismissal status.
If you have ANY questions, please contact Academic Standards at
Or contact Jan Klingman directly at 801-863-7196 or Morris Havea at 801-863-6828
We are your Partners in Success!
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