Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress and Eligibility to Attend the University
To maintain satisfactory academic standing and financial aid eligibility, students must
meet four standards listed below. These standards are evaluated at the end of each
semester. If a student is not meeting any one of these standards, the student is placed on
“Academic Warning” for that standard for the following semester. A student not meeting
that standard by the end of the “Academic Warning” semester will no longer be eligible
to attend the University. Students on academic warning are not eligible for Rotating
University courses or directed studies.
- Passing Grades
A grade of “NC” requires academic counseling through the Student Success Center. The
student is placed on “Academic Warning” for the following semester. Students on "Academic Warning" are ineligible for Rotating University courses, Directed Studies and Internships--unless required by their department for graduation. A student who
receives three NCs in any two consecutive semesters is ineligible to continue at the
University after the semester in which the third NC took place, with no additional
“Academic Warning” semester. Three NCs in one semester also leads to ineligibility to
continue attending the University at the end of that semester.
- Grade Point Average
Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average, and graduates must maintain a
3.0 GPA. Repeated courses use only the higher grade. Transfer credits earned at other
institutions are excluded from the GPA calculation. Once again, students who fall below
the designated level are put on warning for the next semester.
- Completion Rate
Undergraduate students must complete two-thirds of instructional credits attempted
within the current degree (excluding DC and REC courses). Unattended courses are
removed from the student’s record and are therefore excluded. Grades of “W,” “NC,”
“NCR,” “NP,” “I,” and “AU” are counted as credits attempted but not completed.
Transfer credits are excluded from this calculation as a basis for eligibility to continue to
attend the University.
- Maximum Time Frame
Undergraduate students may attempt a maximum of 150% of the number of credits
normally required to complete their program. For example, an undergraduate degree
requires 128 credits (including up to 16 Development of Consciousness credits), so
undergraduates may attempt a maximum of 192 credits to complete their program,
including transfer credits, double majors, and switching majors. A student who has 174
credits is placed on “Warning” status the following semester.
Appeal, Probation, Loss of Aid Eligibility to Attend, and Reinstatement
Appeals to loss of eligibility after the “Academic Warning” semester must be made in
writing to the Academic Standards Committee through the Registrar within three weeks
of students’ receipt of notification of their ineligibility.
Appeals will only be granted to students who can demonstrate that the circumstance
leading to their inability to meet any one of these standards was unexpected and beyond
their control, and that the problem is not likely to occur again. If the appeal is granted, the
student will be placed on “Academic Probation” for the following semester, and must
meet the standard by the end of that semester.
Reinstatement may be achieved after all of the four standards and any other specific
conditions required of the student have been satisfactorily met by the end of the
Development of Consciousness (DC) Alert
Students are placed on DC Alert when they do not receive a passing grade in their
Development of Consciousness course for any semester or have a very low group
program attendance in the first half of a semester.
DC Alert is not listed on the student’s transcript but does require the student to meet with
faculty from the Department of Development of Consciousness before registering for the
next semester. At this meeting, a strategy is developed with the student to help them
correct the situation. As part of this strategy, the student is required to pass their next
semester’s DC course.
Students have until the registration for the next academic year to bring any NP grades in
DC courses up to passing. If they have not, students may be required to wait to register
for classes until this has been completed.
Students are eligible for suspension from the University if they do not meet satisfactory
academic progress as listed above, do not fulfill the terms of DC Alert, or if they violate
the code of student behavior as outlined in the Maharishi University of Management
Student Handbook. Also if they don’t pay their outstanding charges as mentioned above
The Student Handbook describes the code of behavior, the procedures that are followed
when a student is reported to have violated that code, the possible results of a behavioral
infraction, the consequences of suspension, and the policy for an appeal of a decision.
The Maharishi University of Management Handbook may be found
A suspended student must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions before
returning to the University.
Additional Points for Graduate Students
Master’s programs — Some departments will not permit students to remain in a
program if there is an accumulation of more than a specified number of graduate
credits with lower than a “B” grade even though the overall Grade Point Average is
3.0. Students who fail to meet the standards set by the department may be required to
withdraw at the end of any block.
Doctoral programs — These programs require a grade of “B” or higher in all courses.
Doctoral students who are unable to meet the standard of doctoral quality work, as
determined by the advisory committee, may be asked to withdraw at the end of any
block. At the end of each semester, the advisory committee interviews all doctoral
students to evaluate and discuss their progress in the program.
The content of this page was reviewed in September 2012.