Graduate Academic Probation, Dismissal, and Appeal Policies

Note: The Appeal of Academic Dismissal Policy may be changed from time to time at the sole discretion of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and such changes may be with or without prior notice. The Appeal of Academic Dismissal Policy is not intended as, and shall not be construed as, a contract.

Probation Policy

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Placement on Academic Probation

All graduate students enrolled in programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, except non-matriculated students and those enrolled in programs that have adopted their own probation and dismissal policies, will be placed automatically on academic probation if the following occurs:

The student’s cumulative quality point average (“CQPA”) falls below 3.00 or a “B” average and it is mathematically impossible that the student could achieve a 3.00 CQPA within one semester.

Students whose CQPA is such that it is mathematically impossible for them to achieve a 3.00 CQPA within one semester will not be placed on probation and instead will be dismissed automatically from the program in which they are enrolled.

Notice of Probation

Ordinarily, a student who has been placed on academic probation will receive written notice of his or her probationary status as soon as practicable from the program director (or his or her designee). However, academic probation is automatic if the requisite condition is met and therefore is not contingent upon receipt of such written notice. It is the student’s responsibility to verify his or her academic standing before each semester and to make inquiries of the program director if clarification is needed.

Probationary Semester

In order to be restored to the status of good academic standing and to be eligible to continue in the program in which he or she is enrolled, a student on academic probation is required to meet the condition of probation as described in the Condition of Academic Probation section below. Normally, a student must satisfy the condition of academic probation within one semester (the “Probationary Semester”). The two summer sessions together may constitute a Probationary Semester if the student accrues the number of credits applicable to the student’s normal status as a part-time student (not less than 6 credits) or full-time student (not less than 9 credits) during the two summer sessions.

Condition of Academic Probation

In order to be restored to good academic standing by the end of the Probationary Semester, the student’s CQPA must be 3.0 or higher.

A student who fails to satisfy the condition of academic probation within the time permitted, i.e., the Probationary Semester, will be dismissed automatically from the program in which he or she is enrolled.

The condition of academic probation, and the time period within which the condition must be satisfied, i.e, the Probationary Semester, are final and may not be appealed.

Dismissal Policy

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Except for non-matriculated students and those enrolled in a graduate program that has adopted its own probation and dismissal policies, usually, before being dismissed from a graduate program in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences (“Dyson College”) students will have been on academic probation for one semester (the “Probationary Semester”) and failed to satisfy the condition of probation. As soon as practicable after the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters and the second summer session, the program director (or his or her designee) will review the status of each graduate student in the program who was on academic probation to determine whether the student satisfied the condition of academic
probation at the conclusion of the Probationary Semester. Students who satisfied the condition of academic probation within the time permitted will be restored to good academic standing. Students who did not satisfy the condition of academic probation within the time permitted will be dismissed automatically from the program in which the student is enrolled.

There are, however, circumstances when students will be dismissed automatically without having been placed previously on academic probation.

A student whose cumulative quality point average (“CQPA”) falls below a 3.0 or a “B” average, and who will not be able to achieve a 3.00 CQPA by the conclusion of the Probationary Semester due to mathematically impossibility, will be dismissed automatically from the program. (See Dyson College Graduate Academic Probation Policy).

A student who qualifies for probation more than twice will not be placed on probation a third time and instead will be dismissed automatically from the program.

A student who fails to satisfy the condition of academic probation, or has a CQPA below 3.00 that due to mathematical impossibility cannot be raised to a 3.00 by the end of the Probationary Semester, or qualifies for academic probation more than twice, will receive written notice from the program director (or his or her designee) as soon as practicable that he or she has been dismissed from the program. However, dismissal is automatic if a student meets the criteria for dismissal and therefore is not contingent upon receipt of
such notice. It is the student’s responsibility to verify his or her academic standing before each semester and to make inquiries of the program director (or his or her designee) if clarification is needed.

A student who has been dismissed from a program pursuant to this Academic Dismissal Policy may appeal that dismissal in accordance with the Dyson College Graduate Appeal of Academic Dismissal Policy.

Appeal Policy

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Placement on Academic Probation

All graduate students enrolled in programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, except non-matriculated students and those enrolled in programs that have adopted their own probation and dismissal policies, will be placed automatically on academic probation if the following occurs:

The student’s cumulative quality point average (“CQPA”) falls below 3.00 or a “B” average and it is mathematically impossible that the student could achieve a 3.00 CQPA within one semester.

Students whose CQPA is such that it is mathematically impossible for them to achieve a 3.00 CQPA within one semester will not be placed on probation and instead will be dismissed automatically from the program in which they are enrolled.

Notification of Probation

Ordinarily, a student who has been placed on academic probation will receive written notice of his or her probationary status as soon as practicable from the program director (or his or her designee). However, academic probation is automatic if the requisite condition is met and therefore is not contingent upon receipt of such written notice. It is the student’s responsibility to verify his or her academic standing before each semester and to make inquiries of the program director if clarification is needed.

Probationary Semester

In order to be restored to the status of good academic standing and to be eligible to continue in the program in which he or she is enrolled, a student on academic probation is required to meet the condition of probation as described in the Condition of Academic Probation section below. Normally, a student must satisfy the condition of academic probation within one semester (the “Probationary Semester”). The two summer sessions together may constitute a Probationary Semester if the student accrues the number of credits applicable to the student’s normal status as a part-time student (not less than 6 credits) or full-time student (not less than 9 credits) during the two summer sessions.

Condition of Academic Probation

In order to be restored to good academic standing by the end of the Probationary Semester, the student’s CQPA must be 3.0 or higher.

A student who fails to satisfy the condition of academic probation within the time permitted, i.e., the Probationary Semester, will be dismissed automatically from the program in which he or she is enrolled.

The condition of academic probation, and the time period within which the condition must be satisfied, i.e, the Probationary Semester, are final and may not be appealed.