Catalog 2010-2012

Graduate Probation and Suspension

 

Graduate Probation and Suspension - Degree Status Students

Graduate students on degree programs are expected to maintain high academic standards. At the end of each term and when incomplete grades revert to F (Failure) graduate student records are reviewed. Students with unsatisfactory performances are placed on probation or are suspended from graduate degree programs and any graduate enrollment at UNI.  Students are evaluated for probation and suspension based on attempted hours.  Attempted hours are any credit hours for which the student receives a mark (A, B, C, D, F, W, I, RC, CR, NC) or for which the term of the course has passed, even if there is no mark. 

A student who has attempted nine (9) to seventeen (17) semester hours in a program of study and attained a cumulative GPA less than 3.00 in that program will be placed on probation. If the student attempts eight (8) or more hours while on probation without qualifying as a degree candidate (GPA of 3.00), the student is reviewed at the end of the term for suspension from graduate degree programs. A student who has attempted eighteen (18) or more semester hours in a program of study and attained a cumulative GPA less than 3.00 in that program will be suspended. Students placed on academic suspension cannot enroll in non-degree graduate status or take courses in the student's program of study during the year of academic suspension.

Reinstatement: When a student is suspended, at least one calendar year must elapse before application for readmission to a graduate degree program may be made. After one full calendar year on suspension, a suspended student who wishes to enroll in classes must submit an Application for Readmission to Graduate Study and receive approval from the graduate program/department and the Graduate College for reinstatement and removal from suspension.  The Application for Readmission to Graduate Study is not available online.  It may only be obtained in the Graduate College.

A student reinstated after suspension who fails to attain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 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 does not yet have a program of study (this can occur if the student's admission file is incomplete), 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.

If a student feels there has been some procedural irregularity concerning her/his suspension from the university, the student may request a review by the Graduate College. This review may be conducted by the Dean of the Graduate College (or her/his designee).

Graduate Probation and Suspension - Non Degree Status Student

Any non-degree graduate student who is deficient 3 grade points or more of having a 3.00 cumulative grade point average will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year. (Example: 9 hours x 3.00 = 27 grade points; therefore, with 24 grade points on 9 hours or a 2.67, automatic suspension would occur). Non-degree students who have been placed on academic suspension cannot enroll in graduate courses during the year of academic suspension. After one full calendar year, students who wish to enroll in graduate classes must re-apply to the University of Northern Iowa as a non-degree graduate student, or apply and be admitted to a graduate program of study, and receive approval from the Graduate College. 

If a student feels there has been some procedural irregularity concerning her/his suspension from the university, the student may request a review by the Graduate College. This review may be conducted by the Dean of the Graduate College (or her/his designee).

 

Nonacademic Probation and Dismissal

Departmental Nonacademic Probation and Dismissal Policy Procedures*

*This policy does not preclude enforcement of any other university policies (e.g., policies regarding the academic standing of graduate students, academic ethics policies, grievance procedures for graduate students and graduate assistants).

In addition to the university-wide requirements for academic standing, academic departments may establish additional requirements (e.g., ethical/professional standards), violation of which might determine an individual graduate student's standing with regard to probation and dismissal from a graduate program.

To this end, departments with such requirements must put these in writing and place them on file in the departmental office and the Graduate College.

Departments must make all reasonable efforts to inform graduate students of the existence of such policies/standards and disseminate them to students upon their admission to graduate study in the program/area.

Subsequent changes in policies/standards must be communicated by the department to each student in the program and to the Dean of the Graduate College or designee. The new regulations will not apply retroactively to the disadvantage of students already in the program.

Departments must provide information to students which outlines: required courses applicable to the various departmental programs of study, examination procedures and other formal evaluations, departmental policies with regard to awarding and renewing assistantships, time limits on programs of study (if less than seven years), registration policies, grade point requirements, requirements for changing from one degree program to another within the department, and other matters as are appropriate. The nature of the departmental advisory system should also be explained to incoming students.

I.   Departmental Nonacademic Probation:

If a student is failing to meet departmental nonacademic standards and probation or suspension is being considered, the department must:

  1. warn the student of this in writing and specify in what way(s) the student is failing to meet the departmental standard(s);
  2. advise the student (in writing) of the consequence(s) of failure to address the problem(s) cited, satisfactorily;
  3. provide the student with a reasonable amount of time (e.g., a minimum of ten school days) within which to respond to the notification (e.g., the right to review) and indicate to the person(s) to whom a response should be made;
  4. provide the student with a reasonable amount of time to meet the standards or remediate prior to being placed on departmental probation and suspension.

If a student is to be placed on departmental probation, the department must:

  1. provide, at the time of its imposition, a written explanation of this status, and its time limits;
  2. indicate the impact of departmental probation on the pursuit of future graduate course work in the program of study;
  3. give the student a reasonable amount of time within which to respond to the notification of probation (e.g., right to review) and indicate to whom a response should be made;
  4. provide an explanation of the departmental reinstatement procedure(s);
  5. establish departmental procedures for handling reviews.

The department should also notify the Dean of the Graduate College or designee and the Registrar in writing and indicate the impact of the student's nonacademic probationary status on the pursuit of future graduate course work in the program of study. The Dean of the Graduate College or designee and the Registrar should be notified when the student has been removed from probation.

II.   Departmental Dismissal:

A student may be dismissed for her/his failure to meet: the conditions of admission, conditions of departmental probation, pre-announced departmental grade point requirements or other standards. If a student is dismissed from a graduate program, the department must:

  1. notify the student of this in writing, specify what the student has done to merit departmental dismissal and its time limits;
  2. indicate the impact of departmental dismissal on the pursuit of future course work in the program of study;
  3. give student a reasonable amount of time (e.g., a minimum of ten school days) to respond to the notification of dismissal (e.g., right to review) and indicate to the person(s) to whom a response should be made;
  4. provide an explanation of departmental reinstatement procedures (as appropriate).

The department should notify the Dean of the Graduate College or designee and the Registrar in writing and indicate the impact of the student's nonacademic dismissal on the pursuit of graduate course work in the program of study. The Dean of the Graduate College or designee and the Registrar should be notified when the student's dismissal has been removed.

Departmental policies/procedures for nonacademic probation and dismissal must be approved by the Graduate Dean and offered a fair and expeditious review.