students are expected to meet a professional standard of work, skill, and
discipline. Punctuality and class
attendance are mandatory. The faculty,
and where appropriate supervisory staff, is responsible for setting standards
and for guiding and evaluating each student's development. The faculty will continue to assess
professional growth and consistency of application to work through the third
and fourth years.
The theater program faculties and, where appropriate supervisory staff, formally
meet twice a semester to evaluate the progress of each student in the
program. Decisions to continue students
in the program are not dependent solely on completion of course requirements or
grades. The faculty assesses matters of
artistic vision, leadership, initiative, work ethic and discipline, ability to
collaborate, ability to accept criticism, a satisfactory rate of development,
and overall suitability for a professional career. This assessment is conducted
according to the standards of the profession and can serve as the basis for
Artistic Probation or Dismissal.
Definitions of Artistic Warning, Probation, and Dismissal
In the theater program there are training core courses and curricular core courses.
Overall academic performance is
reflected in the student's grade-point average (G.P.A.) Artistic standing is reflected in the student's performance in theater department training core and curricular core courses.
Training core courses are an essential component of the student's
Curricular core courses are those which all or most students in a
discipline or the department take to enhance the understanding of theater's
place in history or society.
Artistic Warning is a preliminary
step to Artistic Probation. It will be
issued at any time when a student's work in a class (or classes) does not meet
expected results. The student will be
advised what steps to take to clear this warning by the end of the
Artistic Probation is a
preliminary step to Artistic Dismissal. If, in accordance with the grading policies of the department, a student
earns an unacceptable grade or if his or her artistic development still fails to
meet expected results after the Artistic Warning, Artistic Probation will be
Artistic Dismissal will be
recommended if a student earns unacceptable grades that warrant dismissal
according to the grading policies of the department or if his or her artistic
development still fails to meet expected results after Artistic Probation.
Because advanced concepts are
often introduced in the second semester in most studio courses, it is necessary
to allow for late faculty assessment. On occasion, a student may do well in
early exercise work but struggle late in the training. In these cases a student
may be placed directly on Artistic Probation.
Training Core Grades
discipline identifies what are to be considered training core and curricular core courses. For theater majors, a
grade of F in a training core course is grounds for dismissal. The first C in a training core course may
result in Artistic Probation or Artistic Dismissal; the second C in a training core course is grounds for Artistic Dismissal. There are no grades of D in the training core courses.
the curricular core theater requirements,
any F may result in immediate dismissal. A curricular core theater requirement in which a D or F is received must
be retaken and a grade of C or better must be achieved. A course may only be
meetings are normally scheduled during the seventh week of classes and during
the exam week. Each student receives
written notification of the result of the evaluation:
- the student is in good standing
the student is being placed on Artistic Warning
student currently on Artistic Warning or Probation is advised whether the
Artistic Warning or Probation will be continued or rescinded
student on Artistic Probation is dismissed from the program
faculty is not required to use each step of this process in every case. If a
student's work shows a sudden, significant decline outside the normal review
parameters, the faculty may put a student on probation without having issued a
warning. In such cases, the faculty will advise the student of concerns and
ways to address those concerns. In particularly severe cases, the faculty may
recommend Artistic Dismissal. In such cases, the faculty will meet with the
student and provide written notification of the concerns behind the
recommendation. Artistic Dismissal is
subject to review by the dean of the school.
midsemester, students whose work warrants Artistic Warning will have a
face-to-face evaluation with at least one faculty member to identify the
program faculty's concerns and advise the student on ways to improve their
midsemester students whose work warrants Artistic Probation will have a
face-to-face evaluation with the head of program and at least one other faculty
the end of the semester all students have a face-to-face evaluation.
A student being continued or placed on
Artistic Warning or Probation will meet with the head of program and at least
one representative of the faculty.
A student whose work warrants Artistic
Dismissal will meet with their head of program and at least one representative
of the faculty. They will advise the
student of the faculty's recommendation to dismiss.
A student whose progress warrants being removed from Artistic Warning or
Artistic Probation will be notified.
the Student of Artistic Probation or Dismissal
a student is being placed on Artistic Probation or is recommended for Artistic
Dismissal, the student will be so advised by the Mason Gross School of the Arts dean of students
based on a letter received from the chair of the Department of Theater Arts. The department chair's recommendation is based on the recommendation of the
faculty and head of program. Artistic Dismissal is subject to review by the dean of the school.