All graduate students are required to maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0, and cannot be approved for the comprehensive examination or graduation unless this average has been maintained. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 is notified by email that he/she is on academic probation, and he/she is given either one additional semester if a fulltime student, or up to nine additional credits if a part-time student, to bring the cumulative GPA up to a 3.0; if they fail to do so, they are dismissed from the university.
It is possible that a student offered up to nine credits to bring the cumulative GPA back above 3.0 achieves a grade or grades during the probationary period that is so low it becomes mathematically impossible for him/her to rise above 3.0 in additional credits. In those cases, the student is dismissed before nine credits are taken. A student who succeeds in raising the cumulative GPA above 3.0 for one or more semesters after being on academic probation, but in a later semester fall below a 3.0 cumulative GPA for a second time will be dismissed from the university.
In some cases, if a student's cumulative GPA has fallen so far below a 3.0 GPA that his/her chances of rising above 3.0 in one additional semester of work or in up to nine additional credits is impossible, this student may also be immediately dismissed from the university before being placed on probation.
A student is not required to repeat courses in which the grade of F has been earned unless the courses are specifically required by his/her graduate program. The grade of F, however, is computed in the cumulative GPA, always listed on the transcript and jeopardizes a student’s academic standing. If a student who holds a graduate assistantship, tuition scholarship or fellowship is placed on academic probation, the award is automatically rescinded.