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Academic Standing
SPCS & Graduate Programs

Academic Standing

Students are expected to maintain a minimum index of 3.0 (B). Students who receive a grade below B in a graduate course may be required to repeat that course. When a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on probation are limited to six credits per semester. Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 for the following semester will be placed on terminal academic probation. Students who fail to earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA by the end of the third semester will be dismissed from the College. Any appeals to such action will be considered by the Program Director and the Chair of the Department or designee.

Matriculation

There are three categories of student enrollment: matriculant, conditional matriculant and non-matriculant.

Matriculant
A student who wishes to pursue a graduate certificate or degree program, meets all requirements for admission to a particular program, and has been formally admitted to that program.

Conditional Matriculant
A student who has applied to matriculate for a particular program, obtains approval to enroll, but must satisfy a set of specified matriculation requirements before or upon completion of 12 credits.

Non-Matriculant
A student who has not applied to matriculate in a particular program, obtains approval to enroll, and is limited to a maximum of 12 graduate credits.

Continuous Matriculation

Any matriculated graduate student who fails to enroll for consecutive semesters, or three consecutive trimesters, must then pay a continuing matriculation fee for each subsequent semester or trimester in order to maintain matriculated status.
Payment of this fee enables a student to ensure continuing status as a matriculated student, to continue to receive all student correspondence, and to maintain library and other campus privileges.

A Continuous Matriculation/Leave of Absence form must be submitted with the fee. Failure to maintain matriculation will result in a student’s termination from the program. To be reinstated, a student will need to meet the admissions criteria and degree requirements in effect at the time of reinstatement.

Termination of Matriculation/Registration
The Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education in collaboration with individual Program Directors reserves the right at any time to terminate matriculation if the student fails to make sufficient progress towards the degree or to cancel a student’s registration if he/she is registered for courses for which he/she does not have the prerequisites.