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Scholastic Standards and Appeals

Scholastic Standards: Required Grade-Point Average, Probation, and Dismissal:

  1. All programs must be completed with a minimum GPA of at least B (3.0). A matriculated graduate student whose GPA falls below 3.0 during the course of the program will be placed on probation. The student will then have up to 12 graduate credits within which to raise the GPA to 3.0. If this standard is not met, the student will be dismissed.
  2. A matriculated graduate student who is dismissed must remain out of the college for at least one semester. To return, the student must file a formal application for reentry and pay a nonrefundable reentry fee ($10) by July 1 for Fall admission, by December 1 for Spring admission or by May 1 for Summer admission. The student must also petition the Office of the Provost for permission to reenter. Requests for reentry will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Office of the Provost and by the Advisor of the particular program. Permission to reenter following a suspension may be granted one time only. Inactive students whose programs began eight or more years before the semester of reentry must also appeal to the Associate Provost and to the Graduate Scholastic Standards Committee for readmission and re-evaluation of courses by the particular department.
  3. Students who have completed the total credits required by their degree or certificate program may not take additional credits at another institution to raise their GPA. At the completion of the total credits allotted to a program, if a student does not have a 3.0 average and wishes to register for additional courses at Queens College to attempt to raise the GPA, permission to do so must be obtained from the Office of the Provost after consultation with the Program Advisor.

Academic Appeals: A student who believes he/she has received an inappropriate grade should take the following steps:

  1. Consult with the instructor.
  2. If no satisfactory resolution can be reached with the instructor, consult with the departmental chair. The chair may convene a faculty committee to review the appeal.
  3. If there is still no satisfactory resolution, appeal to the Office of the Provost for a further review. The appeal must be in writing, and must detail the reasons why the grade is felt to be inappropriate.
  4. Appeals from the decisions of the Office of the Provost may be directed in writing to the Graduate Scholastic Standards Committee. At the departmental level, a grade appeal may be based on the academic quality of the student’s work. The only basis for an appeal to the Office of the Provost and the Graduate Scholastic Standards Committee is that the student feels he/she has been treated in an arbitrary and capricious manner by the instructor. In the appeal, the student must demonstrate that the grade was assigned punitively, unfairly, or on a basis other than impartial academic evaluation. Once a grade has been posted on the record, it may not be changed without the written permission of the Office of the Provost.

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