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  School of Social Work 2005-2007 Academic Policies and Procedures Scholastic Standing Academic Standards  

Academic Standards

To qualify for graduation, a student must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (B) for all courses taken to achieve the total of 60 credits. Credits not earned for failed elective courses may be compensated for by satisfactory completion of other elective courses. If a student`s academic average falls below B for a given term, this is cause for referral to the Academic Standing and Student Review Committee. Students must have a passing grade in a sequential prerequisite course before starting the next sequential course.

Academic Difficulty

A student is defined as having an academic difficultyif

1. at the conclusion of any given term, the student has earned a grade-point average of less than 3.00; or

2. a student has a TF grade in any sequential course or more than two TFgrades in other courses at the conclusion of any term; or

3. the student has received an incomplete in fieldwork; or

4. a student receives an Fin an elective course; or

5. at any point during the term there is evidence of inadequate field performance.

In the event a student is experiencing academic difficulties, the following procedures apply:

1. The student and his or her adviser are notified by the Assistant Dean for Student Services.

2. The student and adviser meet and develop a written plan to resolve the academic difficulty. The academic plan is sent to the Assistant Dean for Student Services.

3. The Academic Standing and Student Review Committee reviews the plan and decides if it is necessary for the student to meet with the committee to review the plan in more detail.

Student in Jeopardy

A student is defined as in jeopardy of not graduating if

1. at the conclusion of any given term, the student has a grade-point average of 2.49 or less; or if in the first term, a grade-point average of less than 3.0; or

2. at the conclusion of any given term, the student has a cumulativegrade-point average of less than 3.00; or

3. the student has received a grade of Fin a required course; or

4. the student has received a grade of Fin fieldwork.

In the event a student is in jeopardy, the following procedures apply:

1. The student and his or her adviser are notified by the Assistant Dean for Student Services.

2. The student and adviser meet and develop a plan to be presented in writing to the committee to resolve the academic difficulty. In the case of a fieldwork difficulty, the Director of Field Instruction meets with the student to develop a plan to be presented in writing to the committee to resolve the fieldwork difficulty.

3. The Academic Standing and Student Review Committee reviews the plan and decides if it is necessary for the student to meet with the committee to review the plan in more detail.

4. In cases deemed necessary to have a formal meeting with the Academic Standing and Student Review Committee to review the plan, the following guidelines apply:

a. Strict rules of confidentiality govern all procedures.

b. Students who are requested in writing to meet with the committee must bring a faculty adviser from the School of Social Work to the meeting.

c. Student advisers will have access to all notifications and communications.

d. The student`s adviser is expected to attend the scheduled meeting. The student is expected to attend the meeting. If a student does not attend, the committee has the authority to make decisions in his or her absence. In the case of fieldwork problems, the Director of Field Instruction or his or her designee is expected to attend.

e. Any member of the committee will disqualify himself or herself from the meeting if he or she feels unable to be completely impartial.

f. After meeting with the student and reviewing his or her plan, the committee has the following options:

(1).To approve, amend, or reject the plan presented.

(2).If, in the opinion of the committee, no plan seems workable, to recommend separation of the student from the school.

5. The student is notified in writing by the assistant dean within 10 working days or two calendar weeks.

6. Decisions of the committee are binding.

7. An appeal may be made to the dean within two weeks of the date of the disposition letter under the following circumstances:

a. The committee is alleged to have made a procedural error; or

b. The committee`s decision is alleged to have been arbitrary or capricious.

The appeal must be made in writing with a copy to the committee.


 
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