Good academic standing means that a student is making acceptable progress towards a graduate degree or certificate. All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their degree programs.
An Educational Leadership and Policy Academic Standards Review Board has been established for determining whether or not a student is in good academic standing, the course of action a student should pursue to be considered in good academic standing and evaluating student compliance with the terms of probation. The Review Board is appointed annually by the Chair, subject to ratification by the Department. It consists of the Chair of the Department, two faculty drawn equally from the Department areas, and an advanced doctoral student representative. An academic review takes place when one or more of the following occurs:
Monitoring of student progress is the responsibility of the Chair. When a student becomes subject to an academic review, the ELP Academic Review Board confers with the student's advisor. The student and/or his/her representative has the opportunity to discuss his/her case with the Academic Review Board. If it is determined that the student is to be placed on probation, the Review Board will set the terms of academic probation. The Chair will notify the student in writing of the terms of the probation. If a student does not meet the terms of probation within the period stated by the Academic Review Board, the student's degree program will be terminated. Appeal may be taken to the Board solely for purposes of showing extenuating circumstances. When the terms of the probation set out by the Board are met, the student is again considered a student in good standing and is so notified.
A grade of "Incomplete" (I) may be given only in those instances in which the student has not been able to complete all the assigned projects and/or examinations in a course due to illness or other unforeseeable and compelling circumstances. "Incompletes" are not available to students who have not satisfactorily completed the other academic requirements of the course. "Incomplete" should not be used for dissertation guidance, theses, or projects in which continuing registration is required by the University. If an "I" is given, a letter grade must be assigned after no more than two additional semesters plus the intervening summer as established by the academic calendar. If the course requirements are not completed by that date, the "Incomplete" will automatically be changed to an "Unsatisfactory" (U) grade. Individual instructors may set their own conditions for removing an "Incomplete" as long as the time limit is not longer than the time limit specified in Section b above. Each instructor must clearly state his or her policy with respect to "Incompletes" so that all students in the class are fully aware of that policy. If there is a valid reason for waiving the deadline for removing an "Incomplete" grade, the student may submit a petition to The Graduate School prior to the deadline. The petition should include:
Once an "Incomplete" is changed to a "U" grade, the course, if offered again, may be repeated for credit.
The University community depends upon shared academic standards. Academic dishonesty in any form by any member of the University community represents a fundamental impairment of these standards. All alleged cases of academic dishonesty are adjudicated in accordance with the Disciplinary Procedures for Academic Infractions. Copies of the procedure are available from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Room 542 Capen Hall.
Matriculated or non-matriculated students in EdM or EdD programs in the Graduate School of Education who believe they have cause for grievance shall follow the grievance procedures of the Graduate School of Education, copies of which are available in the Dean's Office and the Department Office. Students pursuing MA, MS, or PhD degrees should follow the grievance procedures of the Graduate School reported in the Graduate School Polices and Procedures Manual, also available in the Graduate School of Education Dean's Office and the Department Office.
An Educational Leadership and Policy student has the right to peruse his/her file according to the following procedure: