What is satisfactory academic progress?

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Each student should thoroughly study the Graduate Catalog and become completely familiar with the organization, policies, and regulations of the university.  Failure to do this may result in serious mistakes for which the student shall be held fully responsible.   Only the general academic regulations and requirements governing graduate programs are presented in CyberOrientation.  Specific requirements pertaining to individual programs are outlined within the departmental section of the catalog. It is the graduate student's responsibility to keep current on information which may affect their  matriculation in graduate school.  Whenever a problem occurs, the student should contact their major advisor and/or the Graduate Dean's office. Advisors endeavor to provide such assistance in a timely and accurate manner, but meeting requirements for graduation is the responsibility of the student.

A graduate student may be classified as:

  • In Good Standing,
  • On Probation, or
  • Subject to Dismissal.
  1. Good Standing.  A graduate student is judged to be in good standing when making adequate progress toward completion of degree requirements, has a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and is not on probation or subject to dismissal.
  2. Probation.  Failure to complete the required hours and maintain the above grade point average will result in a one semester probationary period.  Probation is intended to provide a student whose performance is less than fully satisfactory a period of time to bring his/her performance up to a level consistent with the minimum standards enforced by the Graduate School and/or the program in which enrolled.

A student may not remain in probationary status for longer than two semesters.  When a student is placed on probation, he/she will be notified of the fact in writing and will have one semester to correct the deficiencies that led to this action.  If, at the end of this period, all deficiencies have been removed, and no other circumstances warranting probation have developed in the interim, the student will be returned to good standing.  If the deficiencies have not been corrected by the end of this period, the student may become subject to dismissal.
Probation may be initiated by the Graduate Dean or by the recommendation of the Graduate Advisor in the student's major department, school, college or graduate group.

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