Special Cases

Mandatory Advising

Now is the time to register for your summer and fall classes. Plan to meet your advisor before you register. If you have fewer than 60 credit hours you are required to meet with your advisor BEFORE you can register. Review the questions below to learn more about Mandatory Advising.

Academic Probation

If a student's cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0 in any academic term (fall, spring, summer), the student is placed on academic probation the following term. While on probation, a student MUST earn a grade point average of 2.0 or better. When a student on probation achieves a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above, the student is returned to good academic standing. Any student placed on academic probation is required to complete an Academic Success Contract with the Student Success Center. The purpose of this contract is to help you return to good academic standing and improve your academic record. A student on academic probation who fails to maintain a system term grade point average of 2.0 or better is placed on academic suspension for a minimum of two academic terms.

Academic Suspension

Students can petition to be considered for readmission. Petitions are reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee, and the committee members decide whether the petitioner has presented sufficient evidence to warrant continued enrollment. The Academic Standards Committee's decisions are based upon the strength of the petitioner's appeal, as well as the petitioner's academic history. Petitioners who successfully appeal their suspension, and students who are admitted conditionally to BHSU, are allowed to register according to certain conditions determined by the Academic Standards Committee. If a students earns a 2.0 or above during his/her probationary semester, he/she will be allowed to continue on probation until the cumulative GPA is above a 2.0, which is good standing. Print a copy of the Black Hills State University Academic Appeals Form. For more information, email Student Success Center or call 605-642-6951.

What should I do before meeting with my advisor?

Have an idea of how many classes you believe you can handle and be sure to take into account the number of hours you will be working. Look over the course offerings and put together a tentative schedule. When you build your schedule, take into account the general education courses that are required for the CAAP exam. 

The courses required for the CAAP exam should be completed in your first 48 semester hours and include the following:

  • ENGL 101 Composition 1
  • MATH 102 College Algebra
    • SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech
    • SPCM 215 Public Speaking
    • SPCM 222 Argumentation & Debate
  • One Social Science General Education Course
  • One Arts and Humanities General Education Course
  • One Natural Science General Education course with Lab


 Recommended steps to prepare for meeting with your advisor.

  1. Log into WebAdvisor. If you have forgotten your WebAdvisor ID or Password, click on WebAdvisor from the BHSU homepage. Next, go to the Students Menu and click “What’s My Username and Reset My Password”. Follow the instructions as given.
  2. Check My Registration Time in WebAdvisor for your assigned registration date and time. Times are listed as Central Time.
  3. Check My Restrictions in WebAdvisor and resolve all holds, if possible. A hold will prevent you from registering on your own.
  4. Review your Program Evaluation in WebAdvisor and/or your status sheet and plan to bring one to the appointment.
  5. Search for course options in WebAdvisor, create a preferred course registration list, and bring that list with you to the appointment.
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