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Academic Difficulty

Academic Problems

Linfield is a rigorous and challenging college. Faculty have high expectations of students and sometimes students struggle academically. Faculty advisors and the Office of Academic Advising are here to help students manage academic difficulty and become successful students at Linfield. This information is designed to help students understand Linfield’s policies regarding academic progress and grade point average and be a resource for students so they maintain good academic standing with the college.

Academic Alerts

What is an Academic Alert?

At various times during the semester, students who are performing poorly in their classes may receive an academic alert from the course instructors. Academic alerts do not become part of the student’s permanent record but serve as an early warning for students facing academic difficulty. In the alert, the instructor will indicate one or more reasons why the student may be struggling in that class. The most common reasons for poor performance are:

  • Missing class
  • Missing assignments
  • Lack of participation in class activities
  • Lack of academic preparation
  • Difficulty with taking tests

Students who receive academic alerts are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor issuing the alert, their faculty advisor, and to contact Learning Support Services. A slipping grade can often be salvaged if action is taken early on. Your classroom instructors and your faculty advisor want to see you succeed and are resources to help you improve your academic performance.

How to read an Academic Alert

If you receive an academic alert you will be notified by email through your Linfield email account. This email will refers you to log-in to WebAdvisor and read your “Student Academic Messages.” Select “My Urgent Academic Messages.” Here you will be able to read the academic alert issues by your faculty member, outlining his/her commentary and instructions on how to improve your academic progress.

Academic Probation and Suspension

A student is placed on academic probation when his or her cumulative GPA falls below the 2.00 minimum requirement. For the McMinnville campus, fall semester and January Term grades are calculated together and academic probation is reported after posting the January Term grades. Academic probation is also calculated at the end of spring semester but not after summer session. (Credits earned in the summer are eventually calculated into the fall semester GPA.) A student on academic probation will not be allowed to represent the College in extracurricular activities.

Students are notified of their academic status after the appropriate semester or term. Students on academic probation will have one semester in which to bring their cumulative GPA above 2.00 minimum requirement. Failure to meet the 2.0 GPA requirement will result in suspension. Further, any full-time student whose GPA is below 0.50 after the first semester at Linfield shall be suspended immediately.

For any further inquiries about the academic probation and suspension policies, students should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Reinstatement Process

Students who have been suspended because of poor academic performance or disciplinary action may petition for reinstatement. The student must request review by the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. For additional information on reinstatement, please contact the Registrar’s Office.