Academic Warning, Probation or Dismissal

Each term the Scholastic Standing Committee shall review the scholastic record of all enrolled students and shall make recommendations to the director for warning, probationary status or dismissal of students in academic difficulty. The Director shall notify the student in writing of any action to be taken. Students receiving a grade of C or C+ in any course taken to satisfy degree requirements shall be notified in writing that no more than six credit hours bearing a grade of C or C+ may be counted toward the degree. Students earning 9 credits (or three courses) or more with the grade of C+ or below will be dismissed from the program.

Student-Faculty Academic Disputes

Student appeals of decisions of the Scholastic Standing Committee, or student grievances related to academic matters, shall be presented in writing to the director of the graduate program within one month of the decision(s). Acceptable grounds for appeal are:

  1. technical error, and/or
  2. new information, and/or
  3. extenuating circumstances.

Students will be allowed to meet with the Committee and will be permitted to be represented by an advisor from within the University community. In consultation with the Scholastic Standing Committee and all parties to the dispute, the Director shall propose a resolution to the matter. If this is unsuccessful, the matter shall be placed before the membership of the graduate program faculty for its decision. While such faculty action shall normally be final, a student may appeal to the Graduate School in cases where he or she is dissatisfied with the program’s resolution.

A student with a complaint about a grade must submit an appeal in writing to the course instructor within one week of grade receipt. In the event of unsatisfactory resolution of the problem, the student may appeal further to the Program Director, whose decision is final. Such appeal must be made, in writing, no later than one week following date of unsatisfactory resolution.

Student Advising 

All students shall be assigned an advisor by the director who, in consultation with faculty as appropriate, shall make such assignments according to a student’s major interest and, to the extent possible, according to a students wishes. Program faculty ,when requested and in cooperation with the Career Planning and Placement Office, shall assist students in securing appropriate positions after leaving the program.