Academic Progress

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Graduate Students

All graduate students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in order to graduate with a master’s or doctoral degree. In addition, all graduate students must maintain a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0 in order to remain in  good standing.

A master’s degree seeking student whose cumulative graduate GPA falls between a 3.0 and 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. A master’s degree seeking student whose cumulative graduate GPA falls below a 2.0 will be subject to dismissal.

  1. If a student in a master’s program is placed on academic probation, then the student is required to earn a cumulative graduate GPA of a least 3.0 within the next three courses taken (normally nine hours of course work).
  2. Successful achievement of this expectation will result in the master’s degree seeking student being reinstated to regular academic status.
  3. Failure to fulfill this expectation may result in the dismissal of the master’s degree seeking student.
  4. Although there are no set limitation on the number of courses a master’s student may take in a semester while on academic probation, it is imperative that the student recognizes the necessity of improved academic performance in order to regain the  minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 within the next three courses.

A Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation.

  1. A DPT student must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA (and be taken off probation) in order to enroll in internships (Summer II, Summer III, Spring III).
  2. A DPT student who does not earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA prior to an internship semester will be denied access to the internship and will be required to retake courses in order to achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA. A DPT student is provided this opportunity only once.
  3. A student who fails to achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA after retaking the same courses is subject to dismissal.
  4. A DPT student who earns an F in a DPT course is prohibited from continuing in the program until the failed course is retaken and the student earns a passing grade.
  5. A DPT student who earns more than one F in the DPT program is subject to dismissal.

A student on academic probation cannot apply for a graduate assistantship. A student who is a graduate assistant and who is placed on academic probation may be reappointed for a second year provided he/she is making reasonable progress toward  completion of degree requirements. In this situation, the student’s graduate program director will need to provide the Dean with a written recommendation presenting a sufficient case for reappointment.

All graduate work for a degree, including the thesis, must be completed within six years of the date when the first graduate level course is taken. Time spent in the armed forces is not included in the six-year period. Extension of this time restriction may be   granted for valid reasons at the discretion of the Dean.

Undergraduate Students

One semester of academic probation is granted to students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00, or who otherwise are in danger of dismissal. A second semester of probation is not automatic; students who do not remove themselves from probation after one semester are subject to dismissal, unless excepted by the appropriate dean. Students who receive an F while on probation are also subject to dismissal, as are students who incur two F’s in one semester, or who accumulate three F’s that have not been successfully retaken. Probationary status may be removed through adequate achievement in summer school or intersession at The University of Scranton.

The student’s dean has the option to stipulate the maximum number of credits for which a student may register during the semester while on probation, and this may be less than the maximum of 18 credits which apply under normal conditions. Students on academic probation are ineligible for participation in extra-curricular activities without the written approval of their moderator, academic advisor and dean.

Students placed on academic probation for a second semester may not participate in any extracurricular activity until such time as they are formally removed from academic probation.

University policy prohibits students dismissed from another institution or a college of the University from registering for courses in any of the colleges of the University in the semester following dismissal.