Each student is expected to make satisfactory progress toward meeting degree requirements. Instructors are asked to identify all who are having difficulty in their classes no later than halfway through the semester. Students having difficulties in meeting academic performance standards should meet with the Program Director, and in some cases with the Associate Dean of the Division where the program resides, to discuss potential plans of action.
Due to the rigorous nature of graduate and professional studies, students are expected to maintain a high academic grade point average (GPA).
As a general rule, students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, or s/he will be placed on academic probation. The Registrar’s office will inform the student of his/her probationary status. The student must maintain a GPA in the two terms following receipt of the letter that will ensure a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. If it becomes apparent that the standard cannot be met (for instance, if the student receives a grade below a “B” during the probation period), the student will be subject to dismissal on account of a cumulative academic performance below the 3.0 GPA required for graduation. The Registrar’s office will remove a student from academic probation only if the student’s academic record has improved to the extent that it is reasonable to expect that the student will be able to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above for the remainder of the program.
Final course grades of C+ or below will not meet graduate degree requirements. Students will need to repeat any course in which they received a grade C+ or below.
An “F” in a graduate course is indicative of a serious academic deficiency that requires an immediate ruling by the Dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies, regardless of prior standing in the degree program. All grades remain on the student’s permanent record, but only the highest grade is used in computation of the grade point average.
Suspended students who wish to reenter the College may contact the Dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies for readmission after they have complied with the conditions of their suspension. Students who are readmitted following suspension are expected to achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of their program. Failure to do this will result in suspension from the College.
Students placed on probation, suspended, or dismissed shall be notified in writing by the Registrar’s office.
Students who have been placed on probation or who are suspended may appeal their status to the Associate Dean of the Division where the program resides. Appeal requests must be submitted in writing, together with any evidence in support of such appeal, within 30 days. A final appeal may be submitted to the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, whose decision will be final.