This page outlines the University Satisfactory Academic Progress Policies for undergraduate students entering Quinnipiac in the Fall 2011 academic year and for undergraduate students who entered Quinnipiac before Fall 2011 as well as the graduate academic progress policy.

 

Undergraduate (for students entering Quinnipiac in or after the Fall 2011 academic year)

Math and English Requirements
Full-time students are expected to have completed EN 101, EN 102 and MA 110 (or their equivalent) by the end of three semesters. Part-time students are expected to have met these requirements by the time they have completed 30 credits. Students may not withdraw from EN 101 or EN 101Intensive. The first time a student fails to complete EN 101 or EN 101 Intensive successfully, a grade of "U" is issued. Each additional unsuccessful attempt at EN 101 or EN 101 Intensive results in a grade of "F."

Credit and GPA Requirements
To be in academic good standing at Quinnipiac, undergraduate students must meet both minimum grade point average (GPA) and completed credit requirements. A student fails to meet Academic Good Standing requirements if his or her: a) semester GPA falls below 2.0 in any full time semester or, b) cumulative GPA is below 2.0. Students admitted before the 2011-2012 academic year will be held to the standards in place during their admission. In addition to the GPA requirements, all  students must complete coursework over a period no longer than 150 percent of their program length in order to maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards of the University. For example, a full-time student enrolled in a four-year degree program must successfully complete an average of 10 credits per semester registered. A part-time student must complete an average of 6 credits per semester registered. Some individual degree programs have higher GPA and credit requirements for students to maintain program eligibility. Consequently, students should consult the program description in the catalog for the requirements of their individual program. Students should also know that failure to meet the academic good standing requirements may result in the loss of financial aid.

Sanctions
Any student who fails to achieve any of the academic good standing requirements is subject to one of the following sactions:

--Probation
Probation serves as an official warning of deficiency that requires students to promptly address their deficiency(s). Prior to the start of each semester academic advisers are provided with a list of their advisees who are on academic probation along with a Guide on the special advising needs of students on probation. Before the end of the first week of classes, students on probation must submit an electronic copy of their Improvement Plan to their academic advisder and the Learning Commons. In the Improvement Plan, they should reflect on their past semester, and indicate how they will improve their academic performance to remedy their academic deficiencies. Probationary students must meet with their advisor within the first two weeks of the next semester to have the adviser approve or amend the plan. Approved plans are forwarded to both their school/college dean's office and the Learning Commons. Probationary students must meet personally with their adviser a second time during preregistration to discuss their progress in meeting the goals of their Improvement Plan and their course selection for the next semester. Additionally, probationary students must  email their adviser with a progress update every two weeks during their semester on probation.   

The Learning Commons has a variety of programs to support students on probation. Students on probation may register for courses in the usual fashion. However, students on probation who have completed 30 or fewer credits must attend and successfully complete an Advanced Learning Seminar. This seminar provides students support and strategies to assist them in correcting their deficiencies. Normally, students are not permitted to appeal probationary status. However, students who failed to achieve the completed credits requirement for documented medical reasons may appeal a probation decision.

--Suspension
Students who have serious or repeated deficiencies are subject to suspension. Suspended students must leave Quinnipiac for a period of one semester. Suspended students are encouraged to use the period of suspension to improve their academic skills. However, credit will not be given for summer courses or courses taken elsewhere during the suspension period. Suspended students are readmitted to Quinnipiac after the completion of the suspension period.

--Dismissal
Students with serious or repeated academic deficiencies are subject to dismissal from Quinnipiac. After a period of at least one year, dismissed students who have demonstrated academic achievement elsewhere may file a new application for admission to Quinnipiac.

Procedures
Decisions regarding probation, suspension and dismissal are made by the Academic Deficiency Review Committee (Deficiency Committee). The Deficiency Committee is composed of four faculty members (appointed by the deans of the academic schools) and the registrar, who serves on an ex-officio basis. Normally students are put on probation after their first deficient semester. Individual students may be continued on probation for subsequent semesters if they make progress in addressing their deficiency(ies). However, students who are deficient after a total of three semesters on probation, or two semesters after the freshman year, are suspended or dismissed. Any student who has a GPA below 1.2 after two semesters is dismissed.

Suspended and dismissed students may appeal their sanction to the Academic Appeals Committee, consisting of a representative of Academic Affairs, school deans and two students appointed by the student government president. The Appeals Committee may change a suspension or a dismissal to a lesser sanction. All notifications of decisions and meeting times of the Deficiency and Appeals Committees are sent to the permanent address of affected students by Federal Express or first class mail (probation notices only). It is the responsibility of students to be sure they can be contacted and, if necessary, respond promptly to committee notices.


Undergraduate (for students who entered Quinnipiac before Fall 2011)

Math and English Requirements
Full-time students are expected to have completed EN 101, EN 102 and MA 110 (or their equivalent) by the end of three semesters. Part-time students are expected to have met these requirements by the time they have completed 30 credits.

Credit and GPA Requirements
To be in academic good standing at Quinnipiac undergraduate students must meet both minimum grade point average (GPA) and completed credit requirements. The requirements for full-time students are listed in the schedule below:

Semesters Registered Minimum Required GPA Minimum Required Credits Completed as a full time student
1 1.8 10
2 1.8 20
3 1.9 30
4 1.9 40
5 2.0 50
6 2.0 60
7 2.0 70
8 2.0 80
9 2.0 90
10 2.0 100
11 2.0 110
12 2.0 120

The academic good standing requirements for transfer students are based on the number of credits accepted for transfer. For example, students who enter Quinnipiac with 20 transfer credits are considered to have completed two semesters and are subject to the requirements of a third-semester student during her/his first semester at Quinnipiac. However, minimum GPA is based only on courses completed at Quinnipiac. Academic good standing for parttime students is based solely on GPA. For example, a part-time student must have a GPA of 1.8 or better upon the completion of 10 credits and 2.0 or better upon the completion of 50 credits. Individual programs may have GPA and completed credit requirements that are higher than those listed above.

Sanctions
Any student who fails to achieve any of the requirements above is subject to one of the following sanctions:

--Probation
Probation serves as an official warning of deficiency. Students on probation may register for courses in the usual fashion. However, students on probation who have completed 30 or fewer credits, must attend and successfully complete an Advanced Learning Seminar.

This seminar provides students support and strategies to assist them in correcting their deficiencies. Normally students are not permitted to appeal probationary status. However, students who failed to achieve the completed credits requirement for documented medical reasons may appeal a probation decision.

--Suspension
Students who have serious or repeated deficiencies are subject to suspension. Suspended students must leave Quinnipiac for a period of one semester. Suspended students are encouraged to use the period of suspension to improve their academic skills. However, credit will not be given for summer courses or courses taken elsewhere during the suspension period. Suspended students are readmitted to Quinnipiac after the completion of the suspension period. Students in the College of Professional Studies are suspended for the equivalent of one semester (two CPS terms in fall, spring or summer).

--Dismissal
Students with serious or repeated academic deficiencies are subject to dismissal from Quinnipiac. After a period of at least one year, dismissed students who have demonstrated academic achievement elsewhere may file a new application for admission to Quinnipiac.

Procedures
Decisions regarding probation, suspension and dismissal are made by the Academic Deficiency Review Committee (Deficiency Committee). The Deficiency Committee is composed of four faculty members (appointed by the deans of the academic schools) and the registrar, who serves on an exofficio basis. Normally students are put on probation after their first deficient semester. Individual students may be continued on probation for subsequent semesters if they make progress in addressing their deficiency(ies). However, students who are deficient after a total of three semesters on probation, or two semesters after the freshman year, are suspended or dismissed. Any student who has a GPA below 1.2 after two semesters is dismissed. Students in the College of Professional Studies are reviewed at the conclusion of the two fall terms, the two spring terms and the two summer terms.

Suspended and dismissed students may appeal their sanction to the Academic Appeals Committee, consisting of a representative of Academic Affairs, school deans and two students appointed by the student government president. The Appeals Committee may change a suspension or a dismissal to a lesser sanction.

All notifications of decisions and meeting times of the Deficiency and Appeals Committees are sent to the permanent address of affected students by Federal Express or first class mail (probation notices only). It is the responsibility of students to be sure they can be contacted and, if necessary, respond promptly to committee notices.


Graduate

Graduate students who wish to receive assistance through any federally supported grant, loan, or work program must comply with the following Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.  Students who fail to comply are not eligible for financial aid.

Note: It is possible that students may exhaust their eligibility for the Stafford Student Loan program (both subsidized and unsubsidized) before completing the maximum number of allowable semesters.

I. Academic Performance - The quality of a graduate student’s academic work.

All graduate students must maintain a quality grade point average of no less than 3.0 throughout the course of their studies. Full-time graduate students are required to achieve a 3.0 GPA each semester.  Part-time graduate students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

Individual programs may have additional achievement requirements. For both full and part-time graduate students, failed or audited courses are not counted toward degree progress.

II. Satisfactory Progress - Rate of a graduate student’s movement toward a Graduate degree or program.

A. For full-time graduate students, satisfactory progress is defined as the successful completion of a minimum of 18 credits of academic work toward a graduate degree or program during a period of two consecutive, required academic semesters.  Full-time graduate students may not receive financial aid for more than seven semesters or after certified for graduation by the University, whichever comes first.

B. For part-time graduate students, satisfactory progress is defined as the successful completion of a minimum of 10 credits of academic work toward a graduate degree or program during a period of two consecutive, required academic semesters.  Part-time graduate students may not receive financial aid for more than ten semesters or after certified for graduation by the University, whichever comes first.

C. Students who enroll full-time for one semester and part-time in the other consecutive semester must complete a minimum of 14 credits of academic work toward a graduate degree or program.

III. Implementation of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

A. Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed once per year, at the conclusion of the spring semester.  Students whose performance or progress does not meet the required standards will be notified by the director of graduate financial aid and will be considered ineligible for aid.

B. The director of graduate financial aid will also notify the dean of each academic school of the graduate students who appear to have not met the requirements for satisfactory academic progress. The satisfactory academic progress of these graduate students will be reviewed by the respective dean in accordance with this policy.

C. Students whose performance or progress does not meet required standards may repair the deficiency by special arrangements with the dean of his/her academic school. If the arrangement is approved, the deficiency must be repaired within one academic semester during which time their eligibility for financial aid will be extended.

D. A student who wishes to appeal the determination because of sickness or other extenuating circumstances may do so by submitting a written appeal to the dean of his/her academic school. The dean will review the appeal and notify the student and the director of graduate financial aid of his/her decision, which is final.

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