All graduate students are expected to maintain high standards of academic performance in their course work and their research. Minimum grades for courses or research work carrying graduate credit are C or S. However, a student can get credit for only one C during the course of their graduate studies.
Getting placed on academic probation
A student who receives the grade of C in one or more courses or the grade of E in one or more courses will be considered to have an unsatisfactory record and will be automatically placed on academic probation*. A student on academic probation may not be awarded a graduate degree. Students in extenuating circumstances may appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Removal from academic probation
A student will be removed from academic probation if the student completes 12 semester hours of graduate credit with no grade lower than B-. If the student receives a grade below B-, the student is subject to removal from the program. In such a case, the student must petition the Dean of Graduate Studies to remain in the program. This petition must be approved by the program director or department chair, and it must include a discussion of the reason for the poor performance and a plan for improved academic performance.
* Students who receive their first and only C in their final semester are not subject to academic probation.