A student is automatically placed on probation following any semester in which he or she develops one or more of the
following indications of unsatisfactory progress:

  • Full-time Students: Less than 9 hours of new coursework completed during the past semester.

a) Students needing fewer than specified number in their last semester need only complete the credits necessary
for graduation.
b) International students must register for 12 hours of coursework in each semester in order to maintain
satisfactory visa status.

  • Cumulative quality point average less than 3.0.
  • Accumulated grades of Incomplete for 12 or more credit hours.
  • Other academic infractions as described in this handbook.

A student placed on probation shall receive written notice of this fact. Such notice shall inform the student that termination may occur at the end of the following semester if he or she remains on probation at that time.

Termination may occur after only one semester if the academic performance is determined by the Retention Committee to be so poor that the committee feels the chances of succeeding in the program are minimal.

Students who have been terminated from the graduate programs by the Retention Committee will receive written notice of termination. In most cases, a student is given a period of 10 days to respond to the termination if he or she feels that there are extenuating circumstances of which the committee is unaware.

Students on probation may be permitted to take graduate-level courses in excess of the number required in their
programs provided that the Retention Committee certifies that:

  • the student has a reasonable chance of completing the degree, and that
  • the student is making progress towards the completion of the degree.