Department of Communication Studies

Academic Probation & Suspension Policies

Graduate students on degree programs are expected to maintain high academic standards. At the end of each term, graduate student records are reviewed and students with unsatisfactory performances are placed on probation or suspended from graduate degree programs.

A student who has completed nine (9) semester hours in a program of study with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 in that program will be placed on probation. If the student completes eight hours while on probation without qualifying as a degree candidate (GPA of 3.0), the student is reviewed for suspension from graduate degree programs. A student who has completed eighteen (18) semester hours in a program of study with a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 in that program will be suspended. When a student is suspended, at least one calendar year must elapse before reapplication to graduate degree programs may be made. Such applications must be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate College.

A student reinstated after suspension who fails to attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the program of study for the first enrollment period will be permanently suspended from the graduate program.

In determining a graduate student's grade index, all graded course work attempted at this University within the student's program of study will be used as a basis of computation. If the student has not yet filed a program of study, all graduate courses will be used as a basis of computation. If a graduate student repeats a course, both grades will be used in computing the index.

No more than six (6) semester hours of C credit (C+, C, C-) earned within the program of study may be applied toward credit for graduation. When C range grades in the program of study exceed the six-hour limit, one or more of such courses must be repeated. The original grade for any repeated course will be included in computation for the cumulative GPA in the program of study, as well as in the overall GPA. A course taken to satisfy degree requirements in which a student receives a D or F grade will not be considered satisfactory and must be repeated. The original grade for any repeated graduate course (100g, 200, and 300) will be included in the computation for the cumulative GPA in
the program of study, as well as in the overall GPA. Individual departments may identify specific courses within the program of study for which a minimum grade of B is required.  

*This information is taken from the UNI Graduate College website at www.grad.uni.edu.