Certificate Programs

If a certificate seeking student is admitted to the Option 2 Certificate Program (for grade option), and his/her overall GPA falls below a 3.0 any given semester the student will automatically be placed on probation.  The student will be required to raise their overall GPA to a 3.0 in the subsequent semester.  Any student placed on probation for two or more consecutive semesters and who has a GPA below a 2.0 will be dismissed from the Option 2 Certificate Program.  A student unable to raise his/her overall GPA to a 3.0 or greater within the subsequent semester and who has a cumulative GPA of  2.0 or greater may make a request to be placed into the Option 1 (non-grade option) certificate program to the Department and the Office of Academic Affairs.  A student who receives one grade of F in the certificate program will be dismissed from the School.

Students will not be admitted to SPH certificate programs on probation.  

Procedures:

    1.  At the conclusion of each semester, Department Heads are required to: Students, their academic advisors, and their department heads will be notified in writing of approval of the recommended plan no later than two weeks after the receipt of the written documentation by the Office of Academic Affairs.  The Office of Academic Affairs will place the notification in the student’s file.

        • review the records of any departmental students on probation (including the previous semester’s record)

        • obtain from the student’s advisor written documentation of a meeting with the student and his/her advisor to discuss the problem(s) which includes the plan and timetable for remediation.   The Department Chair will provide written documentation of the plan to the Office of Academic Affairs prior to the beginning of the subsequent semester.

    2. Students, their academic advisors, and their department heads will be notified in writing of approval of the recommended plan no later than two weeks after the receipt of the written documentation by the Office of Academic Affairs.  The Office of Academic Affairs will place the notification in the student’s file.

 

A process for dismissal from the School will be instituted for students who are consistently performing below SPH standards.  A recommendation for dismissal will be proposed by the faculty of the Student Advisory Committee if any of the following conditions arise:

    1. A student refuses to accept the advice and guidance of the student’s Advisory committee in matters of remediation of academic probation; and/or

    2. A student who has been placed on academic probation does not respond adequately or in a timely manner to the recommendations; and/or

    3. A student has repeated failures documented in any type of course, including thesis or dissertation work; and/or

    4. Academic probation is invoked a second time.

Students who have been dismissed from the School for unsatisfactory progress may be evaluated for readmission. Readmission to the degree program must follow general readmission policies.  Students seeking readmission should contact the Office of Student Affairs for details regarding necessary application documents and procedures.