Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a state supported public institution. Washington State Law (RCW 28B.10.695) requires colleges to adopt policies to help ensure students seeking degrees and certificates complete these programs in a timely manner, and efficiently use state resources. Lake Washington Institute of Technology expects its students to be serious about their education and plan for success. The college provides many types of assistance to students, including setting standards for academic success. The College has academic standards for low scholarship, credit completion, and excessive credit accumulation. Appropriate interventions will be available to assist students in their academic progress.
Students in a degree or certificate program must earn a cumulative and quarterly grade point average of 2.0 or above. If not, the college will place the student progressively on academic alert, probation, or suspension. The category depends upon how many times in consecutive quarters the student's GPA falls below 2.0. If the student's cumulative and most recent quarterly grade point average is 2.0 or above, the college will return the student to good standing from an academic alert, probation, or suspension status.
The first quarter after a quarter of good standing that the cumulative or quarterly grade point average falls below 2.0, the college notifies the student that he/she has been placed on academic alert status. Students will be advised that they are required to meet with their faculty adviser or advisers in the counseling and advising center to develop educational strategies and plan to correct this pattern. There is no appeal of this academic alert.
The second time in a row of consecutive quarters of enrollment that the cumulative or quarterly grade point average falls below 2.0, the college will notify the student of probation status. Students will be advised that they are required to meet with their faculty adviser or advisers in the counseling and advising center to develop educational strategies and an educational plan to correct this pattern. The student's registration will be blocked and the signature of the adviser will be required in order for the student to register for classes If the student fails to raise his/ her quarterly and cumulative GPA to 2.0, the student will be suspended. There is no appeal of this probation.
The third time in a row of consecutive quarter enrollment the cumulative or quarterly grade point average falls below 2.0, the college will suspend the student for one quarter. During the student's suspension, the student may not register for any course. In addition, the student may not participate in events or activities reserved for students. The student may appeal this suspension. At the end of the suspension, the student may return as a continuing student, with an approved education plan, on a space available basis in the program. Some programs may have additional re-application requirements. The student will be placed on academic probation when returning and is required to raise the quarterly GPA to a 2.0 or better at the end of the quarter in which the student returns. If the cumulative GPA is remains below 2.0, the student will continue on probation even if the quarterly GPA is above 2.0. If the quarterly GPA earned is below 2.0, the student will be subject to dismissal for up to one year.
Only the Academic Suspension status (level 3) can be appealed. The student must show proof of circumstances over which they did not have control and/or show proof of making measurable and substantial progress towards repairing their academic performance. The appeal is an informal meeting with the appropriate program dean. The dean reviews appeals on a case by case basis and may grant the appeal, allow the student to continue under certain conditions, or deny the appeal. The decision of the dean is final.