2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin

Dismissal and Termination

Academic Dismissal

A student will be recommended for dismissal from their graduate program for the following reasons:

  • the student maintains a GPA lower than 3.0 (2.7 for Law Master's, 2.3 for Law JD) for three consecutive quarters (two semesters)
  • if it is numerically impossible for the student to raise the GPA to 3.0 (2.7 for Law Master's, 2.3 for Law JD), or if in the opinion of the student’s advisor, department chair and/or dean, the student is not making academic progress to finish the requirements of the degree
  • the time limit for completing provisions has expired
  • severe academic or behavioral misconduct
  • violation of the Honor Code

Students who have been dismissed from the academic program are not normally readmitted


A student will be recommended for termination from their graduate program for the following reasons:

  • the time limit for completion for the degree has expired
  • the request for an extension of time has been denied
  • the student wishes to change to another degree program outside of the college, school, or department in which the student is currently enrolled 

Students who have been terminated from their program due to an expired time limit for degree who wish to be readmitted must meet the following criteria outlined in the Readmission for Terminated Students policy

  1. Submit a new application to the program and meet the current admissions criteria.
  2. If admission is granted, the most current program bulletin must be followed, including all curriculum and program requirements.
  3. All previous coursework older than five years must be reviewed by the department to determine if it is still relevant for current term of admittance.

Final approval for admission, consideration of coursework from a program in which a student was previously terminated, and timeline for degree completion must be approved by the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education.

Notes: Some programs may have more stringent policies. Contact the unit for details.

Requirements and procedures for termination for Sturm College of Law students may be different. Students should consult the unit for appropriate procedures.

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