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Probation and Suspension for Doctoral Programs

Academic Probation

A student who fails to achieve and/or maintain an overall 3.25-grade point average during any semester of enrollment will be placed on academic probation for one semester. At the end of the probationary semester, the student’s academic standing will be evaluated by the Academic Director or Director of the doctoral program in consultation with program faculty and the EDD or PHD Committee. If the student has failed to bring up the grade point average to 3.25, the student may be given one final semester to make sufficient academic progress. If following that semester, the grade point still falls below the 3.25 required for Comprehensive Examinations, the student will be disallowed further study in the program.

Dismissal from the Doctoral Program

Although it is not expected, a student may be dismissed from the doctoral program for any of the following reasons:

  1. Academic dishonesty.

  2. Failure to complete the program in the allotted time. Students are allowed seven years to complete the course of study. The seven (7) years is calculated from the first July semester matriculation and terminates on the last regular business day of June of the seventh year.

  3. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment in the summer, fall, and spring semesters each year and pay the required fees will result in prevention from further participation in the program.

  4. While it is possible for a student to earn a “C” in the doctoral program, he or she must maintain a grade point average of 3.25 in order to sit for both the Research and Statistics (2nd year) and the Seminar Content and Bibliography (3rd year) Comprehensive Examinations. Failure to maintain the required minimal grade point will constitute a basis for dismissal from the program.