Academic Recovery and Probation Management

The Student Success Center

Benjamin F. Payton Learning Resources Center (LRC)
803-705-4690
Office Hours M-F 8:30a.m. – 8:00p.m

The SSC provides support for students who have not achieved Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students who are on academic probation, below a 2.0 grade point average must engage in a series of academic requirements to appease the SAP process.

For questions contact Wanja Montgomery, Academic Recovery Specialist at 803-705-4473.

What is Academic Probation?

A student who fails to meet either the qualitative or quantitative standard will first be placed on academic probation. All students placed on probation must participate in the Academic Probation Management Program (APMP). While on probation, students are subject to the academic and co-curricular restrictions outlined in their individual academic plans. Students on probation are expected to take corrective action to either fully meet standards by the end of the probationary semester or, at minimum, to meet the semester criteria outlined in their academic plans. Students who fail to meet the cumulative standards by the end of the probationary semester and fail to satisfy all stipulations of their academic plan will be suspended.

If a student is not enrolled the semester after being placed on probation, the one- (1) semester probationary period will begin when the student returns to the college.

What is Academic Probation?

A student who fails to meet either the qualitative or quantitative standard will first be placed on academic probation. All students placed on probation must participate in the Academic Probation Management Program (APMP). While on probation, students are subject to the academic and co-curricular restrictions outlined in their individual academic plans. Students on probation are expected to take corrective action to either fully meet standards by the end of the probationary semester or, at minimum, to meet the semester criteria outlined in their academic plans. Students who fail to meet the cumulative standards by the end of the probationary semester and fail to satisfy all stipulations of their academic plan will be suspended.

If a student is not enrolled the semester after being placed on probation, the one- (1) semester probationary period will begin when the student returns to the college.

Requirements of Probation Students

  • A student is placed on academic probation for failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). To have the probationary status removed, you must achieve both the cumulative qualitative and quantitative standards listed in the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.
  • Failure to meet the cumulative SAP standards identified below will result in Financial Aid Suspension and may result in Academic Suspension or Dismissal (please see the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy in the Benedict College catalogue for complete information on SAP policies and procedures):

Qualitative Standard:

Cumulative Credit Hours Earned Minimum Required Cumulative GPA
1-15 1.75
16-29 1.8
30-45 1.9
46+ 2.0

Quantitative Standard:

Cumulative Hours Earned ÷ Cumulative Hours Attempted = .66 or higher

  • Failure to meet requirements of this contract at the midterm period could result in administrative withdrawal.
  •  Students on Academic Probation are required to attend programming sponsored by the Academic Probation Management Program, including APMP Mass Information
  • Meetings, one-on-one meetings with advisors, academic workshops, and other special events.

How the SSC Helps with Academic Recovery

The Student Success Center (SSC) will assign all academic probation students a student specialist to provide guidance through their academic recovery process. The requirements and support include:

  • Providing an academic success plan to understand your academic and career motivations, prior educational experiences, and to provide tools and recourses to ensure academic success. 
  • Meeting with students once a month for check-ins throughout the semester.
  • Mid-term interventions to discuss midterm grades and create new goals as needed.

What is the SAP Appeal Process?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals Process 

If you have been notified that you are currently suspended or dismissed from Benedict College, and have lost eligibility to receive further financial aid because you have not maintained minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) eligibility criteria, please submit an SAP Appeal to: 

Email: sap.committee@benedict.edu

Mail: Attention Academic Affairs, Benedict College, 1600 Harden Street, Columbia SC 29204 

Please contact Ms. W. Montgomery at 803-705-4473 or Wanja.montgomery@benedict.edu for questions or concerns regarding your SAP appeal submission. 

The letter of appeal should be typed, not more than two pages, and sufficiently address the following required points: 

  1. What caused your work at Benedict College to fall below SAP requirements? Think carefully and be specific.
  2. How have those conflicts been resolved?
  3. How do you intend to maintain good academic standards and progress toward your program of study if your appeal is granted?

*Please submit your appeal letter with complete supporting documentation. 

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