Academic Warning and Probation: Liberal Arts BFA

Academic Standing and Satisfactory Progress Toward the Degree

  • BFA students must receive a minimum of 75% of credits attempted each semester and maintain a cumulative grade point average of C‐ (1.67) or better.
  • Grades of Incomplete (INC) will be considered “credit not earned.” Two or more grades of INC within a given semester constitutes unsatisfactory progress.
  • Grades of W will also be considered “credit not earned” for the purposes of satisfactory academic progress. Grades of W do not factor into a student’s GPA.

Academic Warning

Students in good standing who do not make satisfactory academic progress as defined above during any semester will be given an Academic Warning. Students who make satisfactory academic progress for the semester in which they are on Academic Warning will return to good standing.

Academic Probation

Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress as defined above for a semester in which they are on an Academic Warning will be placed on Probation. Students on Probation are still eligible to enroll at SMFA at Tufts but are ineligible for federal financial aid. Students on Probation have the right to appeal to retain financial aid one time during their academic career. Appeals and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office for review and approval. Students who make satisfactory academic progress for the semester in which they are on Academic Probation will return to good standing. Students on Probation are required to meet with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising for the SMFA at Tufts prior to the beginning of the next semester of enrollment in order to develop an academic plan for returning to good academic standing and successful completion of the program.

Required to Withdraw

Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress for a semester in which they are on Probation will be required to withdraw for 1 semester. A student who returns after being required to withdraw will return on a probationary status. It is important that students who successfully petitions for reentry consider their readiness to resume academic studies. Any student who reenters after being required to withdraw who falls into that status for a second time may be permanently withdrawn from Tufts.

Permanent Academic Withdrawal

A student who returns after having been required to withdraw for a semester and meets the criteria for academic probation in any ensuing semester will be subject to a permanent academic withdrawal, determined by the SMFA Committee on Academic Standing.