There are three possible outcomes to Committee review: a period of academic warning, major subject warning or a period of withdrawal from the College. The student is informed of the outcome of review in writing. It is the Customs of the College to also inform parent(s)/guardian(s) of these results.
Both academic warning and major subject warning are designed to help students access resources and make progress towards completing their degrees. They are also designed to support students as they address the sources of their academic difficulties. The committee members understand that many factors—personal, financial, health, family and others—can contribute to these difficulties.
Academic Warning is limited to one semester during which students are expected to meet regularly with their dean and other appropriate resources, such as their instructors, the Director of Academic Support, counselors, etc. Students may clear academic warning and return to good standing by earning grades of 2.0 or above in all courses.
Major Subject Warning is also limited to one semester and is put in place when a student has not met the Major Subject of Work. It is put in place both when a Department allows a student to continue in the current major despite the low grade and when a student is required to declare a new major. Students may clear Major Subject Warning and return to good standing by earning grades of 2.0 or above in all courses in their major subject. In addition to regular meetings with their dean, students on Major Subject Warning will also have regular meetings with their Major Adviser or another faculty member in their major department.
A Period of Withdrawal from the College as a result of initial Committee review is imposed when students’ performance during the semester raises extremely serious concerns about their ability to move forward at the College. When the Committee requires withdrawal, they will also set conditions for a student’s time away. Meeting those conditions will be an important part of a student’s re-enrollment application to return to the college.
The committee reviews the records of all such students. Students who meet the standards set are returned to good standing. They are informed of this in writing and urged to continue to make use of resources that have been helpful to them.
Probation and required withdrawals:
Students who do not meet the standards set may either be placed on probation or are required to withdraw. The College’s policy dictates that withdrawal is automatic unless a student submits a written statement for the committee’s review. If the Committee grants the exception, a student will be placed on Probation for one semester. A semester of Probation gives students another chance to meet the standards of the College. The Committee reviews all appeals looking for a realistic and self-reflective plan for improved performance. When the Committee requires withdrawal, they will also set conditions for a student’s time away. Meeting those conditions will be an important part of a student’s reenrollment application to return to the college.
Important note regarding Permanent Exclusion
Although very rare, permanent exclusion (without the possibility of return to Bryn Mawr College) is established by the Faculty as the automatic result of Committee review in the following very specific situations:
- Students at the end of junior year who have grades below 2.0 in more than half of their courses.
- Students at the end of junior year who are required to change their major and have no alternative major.
Much of the work of the Committee is to minimize the number of students at risk of permanent exclusion.
For students involved in CAS review, a range of emotions are common: regret, considerable nervousness, and hopefully a lot of determination and a renewed sense of commitment. One of the most important things for students to realize is that the College as a whole remains committed to the success of all of our students. The period of probation is an opportunity to better understand yourself and the resources available to you. Deans, faculty, and other resources look forward to learning more about each student’s strengths and challenges and working closely with them during this crucial time.