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  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2020 School of Criminal Justice School of Criminal Justice Academic Policies and Procedures Scholastic Standing  

Scholastic Standing

A student's scholastic standing--the basis for continuance in college, probation, honors, and graduation--is determined by the weighted average of all the grades earned in courses taken at Rutgers and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology through the Exchange Registration Program that are applicable to the student's degree program. Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Scholastic Review

The Scholastic Standing Committee reviews and takes actions on the record of any student whose work is considered deficient. Such students may be dismissed from the school or placed on probation. The decisions of the committee constitute the final authority on these matters.

Students with a cumulative grade-point average of less than 2.0 are automatically placed on academic probation. Such students must make an appointment to see an adviser. Students on probation may be placed on an academic contract by the Office of Academic Programs and Student Services in order to improve and monitor their academic progress. Failure to comply with the contract may put students in jeopardy of being academically dismissed. Contracts will be voided when students are off probation.

A student is dismissed from the college when

1. His or her cumulative grade-point average is less than the minimum listed below:

0-55 degree credits        1.500
56-90 degree credits      1.700
over 90 degree credits   1.900
graduation                      2.000; or

2. His or her semester grade-point average is less than 2.000 for two consecutive semesters, and his or her cumulative grade-point average is less than 2.000; or

3. The college determines that it is improbable that the minimum grade-point average or other graduation requirements will be met.

To graduate, a student must achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 2.000 or better. For some majors, the cumulative grade-point average must be greater than 2.000. No student is dismissed for academic reasons until 24 credits have been attempted at Rutgers. No student is dismissed without having been on probation in the immediately preceding semester. No student is dismissed who has obtained a grade-point average of 2.0 or better when that average is based upon a minimum of 6 credits for School of Criminal Justice students in the immediately preceding semester. Students who are dismissed may apply for readmission after a minimum of one year and proof of successful college-level work at another institution through the appeal process to the Scholastic Standing Committee.

Appeal Procedure
A student has the right to appeal academic dismissal when such action has been based solely upon the numerical criteria explained under Dismissal, and when there is strong evidence that the student will do much better work in the future. To appeal an academic dismissal, the following materials must be submitted:

  1. A letter from the student stating the reasons for the appeal. The letter should be sent to the Scholastic Standing Committee, c/o Office of Academic Programs and Student Services, School of Criminal Justice, Center for Law and Justice, 123 Washington Street, Room 572, Newark NJ 07102. The student must describe any problems that may have interfered with academic performance in the past and explain why substantial improvement is expected in the future.
  2. Other supportive material that may be relevant to the case, including medical claims.

Upon review of the appeal letter and supporting documents, the Scholastic Standing Committee may reinstate a dismissed student. Such students may be notified by letter to make an appointment to see an adviser, one of the deans of the college, or a member of the Scholastic Standing Committee. A course of action to improve the student's academic standing may be specified in a contract signed in consultation with the student. The terms of the contract may include a limitation on extracurricular activities or the number of credits carried, and/or changes in the student's program of study. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the academic regulations of the college, particularly with regard to scholastic standing requirements. An error of omission on the part of the college is not sufficient grounds to readmit a student on appeal if satisfactory progress toward the degree has not been made.

Degrees are conferred by the university upon recommendation of the appropriate faculty. Degrees are conferred and diplomas issued at the annual commencement each May. A student who completes degree requirements in October or January may request a diploma in December or April, respectively. October and January diplomas may be obtained at the Office of the Registrar. Diplomas are withheld if a student has a hold against his or her record. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that all the graduation requirements of the college, including certification of the major, have been fully met well before the expected date of graduation. For a personal academic degree audit evaluation, go to Student records are officially closed upon graduation. To participate in commencement ceremonies, a student must have successfully completed all degree requirements. Inquiries concerning graduation may be directed to the Office of Academic Programs and Student Services. All candidates for graduation must complete a diploma application form online at according to the following deadlines:

Degree Granted              Application Deadline
     October                           July 30 
     January                           October 15
     May                                February 15

Unless the application is filed by the appropriate date, the degree is not conferred and graduation is delayed. Requests for diplomas to be mailed should be sent to the registrar as early as possible and should indicate the address to which the diploma should be mailed in July.

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