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Dave Dennis
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Email: ddennis@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2164

Retention and Probation

WJU ATP Retention Policy
Once enrolled in the Professional Phase of the Athletic Training Program, students must continue satisfactory academic progress to maintain good standing within the program. Satisfactory progress involves the following:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.80 or greater
  • Achieving grades of "C" or better in all ATP professional phase courses
  • Maintaining good professional and ethical behaviors and practices
WJU ATP Probation and Suspension
Students are placed on suspension, probation, or dismissed from the ATP if they fail to maintain satisfactory progress in the program. Satisfactory progress and the resulting consequences of failing to maintain satisfactory progress are as follows:
A student receives a grade below a "C" in an ATP professional phase course. The student is placed on suspension.
A student achieves grades of "C" or better in all ATP professional phase classes but their overall GPA falls below 2.8 The student is placed on probation.
A student on suspension or probation remediates their status The student is reinstated to "good standing" in the ATP
A student who is on suspension or probation fails to improve his/her performance The student will be dismissed from the program.
Failure to achieve a grade of "C" or better in an ATP professional phase course: the student will be suspended from the Program for the following semester and will not be allowed to enroll in any further AT courses thus delaying their graduation by one year. The student will then have to re-take the course the following academic year when it is offered once again. If the student then achieves a minimum grade of "C" or higher, they will be able to re-enter the AT Program and continue towards degree completion. If the student is unable to score a "C" or better the second time the course it taken, the student is then dismissed from the AT Program.

Failure to maintain a minimum 2.80 overall GPA: student is placed on "probationary status." The student must return their GPA to above a 2.80 by the following semester or be dismissed from the AT Program.Probation imparted on students who fail to meet appropriate academic or professional standards of the ATP. The probationary period serves as a monitoring and remediation period for the student as well as a warning to students that they must improve their performance to remain in the program.

A student on probation:
  • Will be required to go to the ARC for tutoring/help until grades raise and student is off probation
  • May be required to participate in one-on-one sessions with ATP faculty to help with the academic shortcoming.
  • Will be required to improve deficient areas. A remediation contract will be established by the ATP faculty. Contracts will be constructed according to the individual student's needs.
  • Will be dismissed from the ATP for failure to correct problem areas for a second consecutive semester.

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