Academic Integrity and Standing
The Office of Academic Integrity handles all questions, from students or from faculty, about academic dishonesty.
Academic integrity is a guiding principle of Hunter College because all students should have the opportunity to learn and perform on a level playing field.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
- Obtaining an unfair advantage
- Falsifying records or documents
This applies whether the dishonesty was intentional or not.
Hunter has the responsibility to review all charges of academic dishonesty and implement sanctions, including, but not limited to, failing the course, official transcript notation, suspension or expulsion when it has been determined that academic dishonesty did occur.
Policies regarding academic integrity are implemented CUNY-wide. If you believe that you have a situation that requires a decision or appeal, please meet with the Associate Director of Student Conduct.
Academic Standing Policy
You must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, or higher, in order to remain in good academic standing.
If you earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of the fall or spring semesters, you could qualify for the Dean’s List. Besides an exceptional GPA, other criteria include:
- Earned no grades of D, F, NC, IN, or WU in any course completed or attempted
- Completed 12 or more credits as a full-time student in one semester
- Completed 6 -11.5 credits as a part-time student in two consecutive semesters
If you earn a GPA below 2.0 you could be placed on academic probation.
Total Attempted Credits Cumulative GPA (Index) 0-12 1.50 13-24 1.75 25+ 2.00
If you are placed on academic probation you have one semester to improve your grades. If your GPA does not improve after this period of time, you will be automatically dismissed from Hunter.
After dismissal, you can take courses during the first summer term to improve your GPA.
Appealing Academic Dismissal
You can appeal academic dismissal. If your appeal is approved, you can stay at Hunter. However, if your appeal is denied, you cannot return to Hunter until one full semester has passed.
To be readmitted, complete the Application for readmission. Please submit the completed application to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, located in 203 North Building.
Title IX Financial Aid: Academic Eligibility
To ensure that you continuously meet academic eligibility for fafsa, view Title IX: Staying Eligible
If you believe you have met academic eligibility but were not allowed to apply for fafsa, you can appeal. To appeal complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress form.
CUNY’s Notice of Non-Discrimination ensures all students are treated fairly and equally.
You can receive standard grades (A, B, C, D, and F) while at Hunter.
Other grades include:
- CR – course taken for credit (the equivalent of A,B, or C) but does not factor into GPA
- NC- course taken for no credit (equivalent of D or F)
- W – official withdrawal from a course
- WA – administrative withdrawal from a course
- WD – withdraw drop
- WN – never attended the course
- WU – unofficial withdrawal (equivalent of F)
View Request Credit/No Credit for more information.
For a detailed description of each grade, view Withdrawal Definitions.
Note: Some of the equivalent grades of F are factored into your GPA and could affect academic standing, financial aid eligibility, and admission to a graduate program.
To learn more about Hunter’s grading system, visit the Archived Catalog.
If you receive a failing grade in a course (F, WU, or FIN) but re-take the course and receive a grade of A, B, or C, both grades will appear on your transcript. However, the failing grade is not calculated into your GPA.
You must repeat the course at the same college where you received the failing grade.
Only 16 CUNY credits can be deleted from your GPA.
Visit Repeating Courses for more information on our F-repeat policy.
Official Withdrawal (W)
You can receive an official withdrawal from a course between the third week of classes and the first day of the tenth week of classes.
You can officially withdraw from a course on CUNYfirst.
You could face serious consequences if withdrawing after the tenth week of classes. Meet with an advisor and present:
- Hunter College Withdrawal Form
- Supporting Documentation (medical or personal emergency)
Administrative Withdrawal (WA)
If you have not met all of the immunization requirements, the WA grade will be applied to all of your courses.
Visit Health Services for a complete list of immunization forms.
Withdraw Drop (WD)
This will be applied if you drop a course during the second, or third, week of classes. Neither the course, nor a grade, will appear on your transcript.
Never Attended (WN)
The Registrar will apply this grade if you never attended a course. However, the course and grade will not appear on your transcript.
Unofficial Withdrawal (WU)
If you have stopped attending a class but have not officially withdrawn, you will be considered unofficially withdrawn.
Unofficial withdrawal occurs if you have not attended the course for at least four consecutive weeks and did not take the final exam.
A grade of WU is the equivalent of an F.
Visit Course Withdrawal Guidelines for further information regarding how to withdraw from a course.
Please Note: There may be serious academic and financial consequences associated with course withdrawal. Before withdrawing from a course, speak to an advisor, or the financial aid office.
You can take a maximum of 17.5 credits during the Fall and Spring semesters. You can take 7.5 credits during each summer session. However you can exceed this number.
To be considered for credit overload you must meet the following criteria:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Demonstrated the ability to complete 15 credits, or more, during a given semester, receiving a GPA of 3.0 or higher (did not receive grades of F, W, WU, CR or NC
- Have no pending grades of incomplete (INC)
Your course selection will also be evaluated.
- Example: If you are planning to take 2 lab science courses, your request may not be approved.
Credit overloads are usually not accepted for the Winter Semesters
To be considered for credit overload, please complete the Credit Overload Form.
Course, Charges, or Fees Deletion Requests
To request a deletion of courses, tuition, or fees, complete the Deletion Request.
To officially withdraw from a course, or withdraw after the approved deadline, you must provide last date of attendance documentation.
If you would like to add or drop courses after the designated deadline, you must submit the Dean’s Request Form. After completion, submit this form to the Office of Advising, 1119 East Building.