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Eligibility

There are two factors that determine a student's eligibility to participate in off-campus study.  You should consider the following guidelines concerning how academic and disciplinary statuses establish your candidacy.

Academic Status

Students must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.3 at the time of application for off-campus study. Our staff reviews the GPAs of all off-campus study applicants as part of the approval process to ensure that the student meets the minimum threshold of the program provider before approving the application. Our staff may request supplemental materials for a student’s application, e.g. additional faculty recommendations, additional essays, etc. Important note: The vast majority of approved off-campus study programs require a minimum of a 2.5 GPA to qualify for participation. Accordingly, we will accept applications from students with a 2.3 GPA, but if the program GPA is higher, we reserve the right to deny participation and/or recommend a program with a lower minimum GPA requirement.

Disciplinary Status

Recognizing the role of students as ambassadors of Denison, the special privilege of participating in off-campus programs, and the level of maturity required for students to be successful negotiating the challenges and potential risks associated with study away, the Center for Global Programs routinely consults with the Office of Community Values and Conflict Resolution to assess students’ disciplinary history as part of the approval process for off-campus study. Frequency, severity, community impact of violations, and student’s disciplinary status (e.g., Disciplinary Probation) are the disciplinary variables that may impact eligibility. Students on disciplinary probation or suspension are not eligible to participate in off-campus study during the semester of probation or suspension. Students must be on campus and cleared of any disciplinary sanctions during the semester prior to study away.

Violations that occur after a student has been approved for study abroad, but before their departure for off-campus study may also influence a student’s eligibility to participate. Denison reserves the right to withhold or rescind approval for any student based on their disciplinary history or violations, regardless of the number of incidents on the student’s record. 

Our office is routinely asked by program providers to verify the disciplinary status of applicants as part of the admission process. You will be asked to sign a waiver during the application process giving us permission to share this information with our providers. If you have concerns about how your disciplinary history may affect your eligibility for study away, please convey these to your off-campus study advisor in our office during the advising process.