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Academic Standing, Probation and Dismissal (graduate)
Good academic standing is maintained by meeting the
standards for credits attempted and for grade point average. A student
must attempt a minimum of 12 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters and 3 credits each Wintersession. Courses graded Audit (AU) and
Withdrawn (W) do not count toward the attempted minimum credit loads. Semester grade-point averages must meet the following
2.00 First-year M. Arch. candidates, and first-semester M.L.A. candidates
3.00 All graduate students, except first-year M. Arch. candidates and first-semester M.L.A. candidates
The minimum cumulative grade-point average required for graduation is
3.00, except for M. Arch and M.L.A. candidates who need a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.75.
The Academic Standing Committee reviews the academic performance of
all students at the end of each term. Students are expected to meet
minimum academic standards, not only for each term, but also
cumulatively. Any student attempting fewer than the required minimum
number of credits, or earning a grade-point average of less than the
published standard, will be subject to Academic Probation. Two
successive semesters or three non-consecutive semesters of substandard
performance will normally result in dismissal of the student from the
In cases of exceptionally poor academic performance, the Academic Standing Committee may decide at any time that a student should be dismissed from the College for academic reasons. This decision may be made upon the recommendation of the student’s Department Head and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Once a student is placed on probation, he or she will remain in that
status until the end of the next semester, at which time the Academic
Standing Committee will review the student’s academic record.
For purposes of academic review by the Academic Standing Committee, a
grade of I (for incomplete) is computed in the grade point average as
an F. Students may be subject to conditional academic probation until
the I grade is made up by completion of required work.
Academic standing committee
The Academic Standing Committee hears petitions from students seeking
exceptions from deadlines or policies (e.g. late course adds or drops, attending with a reduced course load, walking at commencement when degree requirements are not yet met). This committee meets regularly during the
academic year and students may file a petition through the Office of
Student Affairs. This Committee, along with the student’s department
head, also reviews the academic performance of all students at the end
of the Fall and Spring terms. The Academic Standing Committee is chaired
by the Dean of Students and consists of one
faculty member elected by the Instruction Committee from its membership,
one faculty member elected by the Faculty, the Registrar, an Assistant
Dean for Student Affairs, and the Coordinator of Academic Advising.