Probation and Suspension Regulations
New students admitted to the University will not be placed on academic probation, irrespective of the grades they obtain during their first semester of study at AUST. Probation regulations will be applied when a student has completed a minimum of 12-credit hours, excluding the Remedial and Intensive courses.
- A student will be placed on probation if his/her cumulative average (while carrying a minimum of 12-credit hours) falls below 2.00.
- The student can remove the first probation in the following semester if he/she receives a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
- A student is placed on second probation if he/she fails to remove the first probation in the following semester; i.e., earns a cumulative GPA below 2.00.
- The student can remove the second probation in the following semester if he/she receives a minimum cumulative average of 2.00.
Probation regulations will not be applied while students are registered during summer sessions. Probation may also be given for disciplinary reasons upon the recommendation of the Disciplinary Council and the approval of the Executive Council.
a – Academic Suspension
- A student is suspended from the University for the following reasons:
- Failure to remove the probation status within two consecutive semesters.
- Obtain a cumulative average, for his/her second semester on probation, below the cumulative average obtained at the end of the previous semester.
- Found in serious breach of AUST’s regulations as per the decision of the Executive Council (breaching of university's regulations, cheating on exams and quizzes, plagiarism…).
- Failure to complete a minimum of 12-credit hours successfully during the first academic year (excluding all preparatory courses) of his/her tenure at AUST.
- Students on probation are not subject to suspension at the end of any semester in which they achieve a GPA of 2.00 or more.
- A student will not be suspended in the event that he/she earns a cumulative GPA which is below 2.00 during the 2nd probation period, provided that a considerable improvement in the cumulative average has been achieved.
Suspension may also be given for disciplinary reasons upon the recommendation of the Disciplinary Council and the approval of the Executive Council.
b - Conduct and Disciplinary Actions
Students are expected to observe the Lebanese Law and uphold the rules and regulations of the institution which are based on mutual respect. Since professors and students work within a network of relationships, it is important that such relationships be maintained with high professional standards at all times. The University believes in freedom of thought and expression provided that this freedom is accompanied by a full sense of responsibility.
The following actions are considered as a serious breach of AUST’s regulations:
- Cheating and Plagiarism: These actions may result in losing credit for the course; or, in suspension, if repeated
- Physical Violence: Any expression of physical violence against others may result in either temporary or final suspension, depending on the severity of the offense
- Misbehavior: Any misbehavior during classroom time may result in an official written warning; and, if repeated, in suspension. Any disagreement among students that leads to support from non-university entities will lead to expulsion from the university.
- Criminal Offense: Any action that is considered a criminal offense according to the Lebanese law.
Note: Academic offenses such as plagiarism are dealt with by the Academic Unit concerned.Behavioral offenses are dealt with by the Office of the Dean of Students and Admissions.