Academic Improvement Steps

I've been informed I am on Academic Warning/Probation...what do I need to do next?

Receiving the news that you are on Academic Warning or Academic Probation can feel discouraging. Please know that you are not alone! Many students struggle academically for different reasons, and we want to help support your academic success. We are here to help position you for success as you continue your academic pursuits at Southern! 

If you are on Academic Warning or Academic Probation, you are required to complete each of the three steps listed below. Please be sure to read through the details of each step and follow accordingly. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


STEP 1: Academic Self-Assessment

You must complete and submit an Academic Self-Assessment prior to your required Academic Improvement Meeting (Step 2). The information you provide in the Academic Self-Assessment will help the us provide you with guidance and support that is personalized and meaningful. 

This assessment should take about 15 minutes to complete and is REQUIRED prior to your Academic Improvement Meeting (below).



STEP 2: Academic Improvement Meeting (AIM)

To help get you started on your path toward Good Standing, you are required to schedule and attend an Academic Improvement Meeting with an Academic Success Coach in the Cener for Academic Success and Accessibility Services (CASAS) as soon as possible. The purpose of this meeting is to help you understand the details and implications of your academic standing and create a plan.

Scheduling your Academic Improvement Meeting (AIM):
Soon after being notified that you have been placed on academic warning or probation, you will receive an email invite for your Academic Improvement Meeting. This invite will go to your Southern email account and contain the link for scheduling your meeting. Be sure to keep an eye on your Southern email!

If you don’t receive the email invite, please email


STEP 3: Academic Success Program

During your Academic Improvement Meeting, you will be required to register for an Academic Success Program offered by the Center for Academic Success and Accessibility Services (CASAS). Each program offers support and guidance for how to be academically successful. However, they are provided in different formats to allow you to find the one that best fits your learning style.

For information on the success programs that are offered, see below. You will sign up for an Academic Success Program during your AIM with an Academic Success Coach!

Academic Success Coaching

This program is best for you if you prefer a one-on-one experience rather than a group setting.

Deadline for Registration: Ideally, prior to the start of the semester...but you can still sign up after the semester has begun.

This program allows you to meet with a Peer or a Professional Academic Success Coach between four-eight times throughout the semester, depending on your cumulative GPA. Academic Success Coaching offers a one-on-one individualized experience, allowing session topics and recommended action steps to be developed for your specific needs. You are able to meet with more than one Academic Success Coach, but it is highly recommended you stick with one of your preference to get the most out of the experience.

The RISE Course (1 credit)

This program is best for you if you prefer a group setting with other students who are going through a similar experience.

Deadline for Registration: End of Add/Drop (September 3, 2024)

Fall 2024 Sections:

  • Section 01 - Tuesdays from 4:50 - 5:50pm - CRN 11642
  • Section 02 - Wednesdays from 4:50 - 5:50pm - CRN 11643

By selecting the 1-credit RISE (Refocus, Inspire, Succeed, Excel) Course, you will attend a weekly class focused on sharing academic successes & challenges, being honest about unproductive habits, and developing tools & techniques that could help boost overall academic performance. Through RISE, you will be part of a community of peers and mentors who are dedicated to seeing you succeed. Peer Academic Success Coaches will be attached to each section of the class and will serve as a positive role model as well as an immediate resource for enrolled students.

The PASS Program

IMPORTANT: Only available to SCSU students of color on academic warning/probation with a cumulative GPA between a 1.55-1.99. Space is limited to 50 students. Admission is not guaranteed and you will be asked to choose a back-up program when registering for PASS.

Deadline for Registration: Open until the program is full. However, registering prior to the start of the semester is best.

By selecting PASS (Promoting Academically Successful Students), you will be a part of a culturally inclusive community of black and brown students supported by the University Access Programs (UAP). The program is proven to help students get off academic warning/probation in one semester and increase a sense of belonging at Southern by providing academic coaching/tutoring, social opportunities, career exploration, and holistic support. PASS can also help you get books if needed through our Book Loan Program, and there’s a Laptop Loan Program for students on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit the PASS web page for more information about the program.