Academic Standards and probation at Johnston
Since you will take a majority of courses for evaluations rather than for grades you may wonder what the standards and procedures are for determining the overall quality of a student's work. Usually your evaluations at the end of the semester make clear what kind of work you have done. Sometimes, however, we run into gray areas. You may receive, say, one good evaluation, two so-so evaluations, one that is definitely unsatisfactory, and a 1. 7 in a graded course. What does all this add up to? Should you be put on academic probation? Here is the procedure we follow in answering that question.
At the end of each semester, the Johnston Registrar reviews each student's overall academic performance. Courses completed in good standing receive a VZ, and when the faculty evaluation is added to your file, an EV. Courses registered as VI (Incomplete) or VF (Failure) set off alarms, as do any grades that are reported below a 2.0. The Johnston Center Director reviews these files with the Registrar. S/he has the option of sending you an academic warning, or if the case is more serious, placing you on academic probation. If you continue on academic probation for two more semesters, you will be subject to academic disqualification and asked to leave the University. You are then barred from further study at the University of Redlands for at least a year. If any of these actions are warranted, you will receive a letter specifying the conditions of the probation, and actions taken by the Director.
In determining academic eligibility, we do not use a cumulative GPA, until a Johnston student has accumulated at least 32 graded units, or at least half of the work you complete at the University of Redlands has been graded. When it is used, it will be in conjunction with information provided in the narrative evaluations. If, at any time, you are in doubt as to how you are doing academically, it is part of your academic responsibility to see your Advisor or the Center Director and discuss your work in detail.
Finally, you should be aware that most of the academic regulations, especially in regard to the registration procedures that are printed in the class schedule and catalog for the University as a whole, apply to Johnston students. Petitions for challenging these rules are channeled through the University Academic Review Board. If in doubt, consult with the Registrar's Office. They can also help you if you are confused about specific Johnston procedures.
"My first year and a half of college I did not realize that I could study what I really wanted (besides writing) because there was no single department to lead me. When I became more confident, I decided to explore my ideas about animals further by learning some science, and balancing those classes with others more philosophical and language based. My studies arose out of my lifelong indignation at the disregard of species other than our own, and my gladness for their existence. 'Animal Studies', my concentration, includes learning from Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Evolution. "
-Rebekah Driessen, JC class of 2000