Good Academic Standing

A graduate student in good academic standing must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The grade-point average is obtained by dividing the total number of quality points earned in graduate courses by the total number of graduate semester hours attempted for credit. Some programs have additional requirements that need to be met to be in good academic standing.

Academic Probation

A graduate student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 (excluding incomplete grades) will be placed on academic probation. The academic status will be noted and remain on the graduate academic record. Once on probation students will have up to one semester if full-time or nine semester hours (six hours in MSN or DNP) if part-time to achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 to remove their probationary status. A graduate student on academic probation will be returned to good standing when at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA is achieved. A student cannot be placed on probationary status more than one semester if full time. Part-time students can continue on probationary status until they have completed 9 hours (6 hours in MSN or DNP). If a student successfully removes him/herself from probationary status and subsequently has a cumulative GPA that falls below a 3.0 on the 4.0 scale that student will be dismissed from the program. Some programs have additional requirements that need to be met or the student will be placed on academic probation. See individual program requirements.

Academic Dismissal

A student who fails to meet the cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in a graduate program for two semesters, or nine additional hours (six hours in MSN or DNP), will be dismissed from the program. When dismissed, the student becomes ineligible to register for additional graduate level courses in that program. Some programs have additional factors that can lead to academic dismissal. See individual program requirements. The academic dismissal from the program will be noted on the student's enrollment record.

Disciplinary Dismissal

Disciplinary dismissal results in the permanent termination of a student’s status with the University. The dismissed student is not allowed on campus, permitted to attend classes, or participate in University activities on or off campus. Disciplinary dismissal is permanent and will be noted on the student’s official transcript.

Appeals for Academic Reinstatement

Appeals for reinstatement must be submitted within 10 business days from the date of dismissal. Appeals must be in writing and addressed to the Provost. The appeal will be reviewed by the Provost’s Office to determine whether to grant reinstatement.

A written appeal or petition must include the student’s self-assessment of factors that contributed to poor academic performance and a statement indicating what will be or has been done differently to positively alter the situation.

The Provost or designee will solicit input appropriate to the appeal. The Provost or designee decides whether to grant or deny appeals and determines conditions of reinstatement in consultation with the Program Director/Chair, if granted.

Emergency Medical Leave of Absence

If a medical condition prohibits a student from attending class for an extended period, the documentation and circumstances must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Provost or designee. The Provost or designee may approve an Emergency Medical Leave of Absence in order to maintain the student’s academic standing with Mount St. Joseph University. A student who is awarded a medical leave remains an active student for a period of time deemed appropriate by the Provost or designee. Students are not able to register themselves for additional courses while they are on medical leave, and must petition to the Provost or designee to be reinstated when ready to return to classes.

Disability Policy

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Mount St. Joseph University provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids for students with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit or restrict one or more major life activities such as walking, seeing, hearing, or learning. Students with disabilities should contact the Director of Learning Center & Disability Services, to present documentation and develop individualized accommodation plans. Students who have already registered with MSJ Disability Services are encouraged to discuss their accommodations with their course faculty  at the beginning of each semester.  Additional information can be found at https://www.msj.edu/academics/disability-services/.

Temporary Illness, Injury, Pregnancy or Related Condition Modification Policy

If a serious, but temporary, medical condition, or pregnancy (or related condition) results in a student anticipating missing more than one week of class (consecutive class sessions), the student may request temporary modifications of the requirements listed within the class syllabi during the period of illness, injury, pregnancy or related condition. This policy does not guarantee that modifications will be granted unless mandated by Title IX in the case of pregnancy or related conditions; granting of recommended modifications is the decision of the course instructor.

Students should begin the "Temporary Illness, Injury, Pregnancy or Related Condition Modification Policy" process as soon as possible after the onset of the serious illness, injury, pregnancy or related condition. The specific policy details can be located at: Temporary Illness, Injury, Pregnancy or Related Condition Modification Policy