Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Academic Standing Policy

Academic Progression Policy - Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal 

Graduate students are admitted to specific graduate programs. Probation, suspension, and dismissal actions are taken when a student has not satisfied the university policy for graduate program academic progression requirements for good standing.  The action is applied to the graduate program in which the student is enrolled.  

The university policy for graduate program academic progression is provided below. Some graduate programs may have different academic progression requirements for good standing, probation, suspension, and dismissal. Exceptions to the university policy for graduate program academic progression include the following programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, Physician Assistant Studies Program, Doctor of Education in Special Education, and the Master’s Certification Degree Programs. Information regarding the academic progression policies for these programs is provided at the end of this policy statement. Additionally, readmission policies for these programs may also be different.  A student enrolled in one of the graduate programs listed above should refer to the information provided to them through the academic department in which the program is offered.

University Graduate Program Academic Progression Requirements – 

A graduate student is on academic probation whenever the cumulative grade point average for all Slippery Rock University graduate courses is less than a 3.00. Satisfactory academic standing requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.00.  

If the student’s cumulative GPA drops below 3.00, the student shall be placed on academic probation. A student on probation must raise the cumulative GPA to at least a 3.00 by the end of the next semester (or full summer term) of registration. A student whose academic standing is unsatisfactory (less than 3.00 cumulative GPA) for two successive terms of registration (summers are included as “terms”), shall be suspended from the graduate program by their academic dean. Academic suspension and dismissal decisions are not made during winter intersession, unless winter intersession is a requirement of the program. In some cases, the readmission term may be dependent on the academic program’s course sequencing structure. 

A student who is suspended from a graduate program and has met the term requirements of suspension (one or two terms) may petition the dean of the college for readmission to the graduate program in which they were enrolled by completing the Graduate Application for Readmission Form. The form is initially processed through the graduate admissions office (website) and forwarded to the appropriate dean for readmission consideration. 

A graduate student who is placed on academic probation, suspension, or dismissal from a graduate program may choose to apply to another graduate program at the University. 

Specific Graduate Program Academic Progression Requirements -  

Some programs (Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, Physician Assistant Studies Program, Doctor of Education in Special Education, and the Master’s of Education Certification Programs) require different academic progression standards for probation, suspension, and dismissal than listed above due to the requirements of an accreditation agency (ex. the Pennsylvania Department of Education) or other specific academic program requirements.  Please refer to the resources listed below for the following programs: 

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program – Student Handbook – Students receive a hardcopy of the DPT Handbook at orientation.  The DPT Handbook and the DPT Clinical Handbook are also listed in the student portal, Exxat. 

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program – Student Handbook – Students receive a hardcopy of the OTD Handbook at orientation.  Students are also sent an electronic copy of the OTD Handbook, on or before May 1, prior to orientation. 

Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) – Student Handbook – Students receive a hardcopy of the PA Handbook at orientation.  A master copy of the PA Handbook is also located in the PA Office. 

Doctor of Education in Special Education (Ed.D.) – Students receive a hardcopy of the Ed.D. Handbook at the annual meeting in May, each year.  The Ed.D. Handbook is also available in the student D2L cohort shell.