Probation and Dismissal Criteria

If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.2 at anytime until the end of the fall semester of the junior year, the student will be placed on probation for a semester. After the semester on probation, if the cumulative GPA is still below 3.2 the student will be dismissed from the program and cannot take any more speech-language pathology classes. A student can only be on probation once during his or her academic program.

Students need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above until the fall semester of the junior year. At the end of the fall semester of the junior year students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and maintain this GPA until the completion of the spring semester of the junior year. If the cumulative GPA is not 3.5 or above at the end of the fall semester of the junior year, the student will not be allowed to take master’s courses (senior level - first year graduate courses). If the cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above at a future date, the student will be placed in the general pool of candidates who apply for the master’s level courses from other universities and will then need to compete for a slot in the program as well as apply to the program for consideration to take master’s level courses by the February 1st deadline.

Students must receive a grade of "B-" or better in all graduate level professional courses (500 and 600 level). If a student receives a “C+” or lower in any graduate level course (excluding clinic) the student has one opportunity to retake that course and receive a “B-“ or better. Failure to achieve a grade of “B-” or better in that repeated course will result in dismissal from the program. Students who receive a C+ or lower in two or more 500 or 600 professional courses, will be dismissed from the program (if a student gets two C+ grades or lower in one semester, the student will be dismissed from the program and will not have the opportunity to retake those courses).

If a student receives a grade B- or lower in any 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course, the student will be placed on clinical probation for 1 year. The student will have one opportunity to retake the failed clinic or fieldwork and receive a “B” or better. If the student achieves a B or better in the repeated clinic or fieldwork the student will be removed from clinical probation; however, the previous failing grade (B- or lower) will remain on the transcript (a grade replacement will not be allowed). If the student passes the previously failed clinic and the cumulative GPA falls below 3.5 because of the failed clinic, the student will be placed on academic probation for 1 year. At the end of the year, if the cumulative GPA is not over 3.5, the student will be dismissed from the program. A student can only remain on probation once during the entire academic and clinical program. If a student fails to achieve a grade of “B” or better in a repeated 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course or if a student fails a subsequent clinic the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student fails any two clinical courses the student will be dismissed from the program.

If a student is dismissed by a Clinical Instructor or University Clinical Supervisor from any 500 and/or 600 graduate clinical course during a semester, the student will be placed on clinical probation for 1 year and be given a failing clinical grade of B- or lower. The student will not be reassigned to a clinic or placed at another site until the following semester. If a student is dismissed from a school placement during the semester the student will not be placed in another school setting until the following semester of that year. If a student is dismissed from a school placement during the spring semester the student will not be placed in another school setting until the fall semester of that year. If a student fails to achieve a grade of “B” or better in the repeated 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course or if a student fails a subsequent clinic the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student fails any two clinical courses the student will be dismissed from the program.

If a student drops his or her enrollment in any 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course, the student will be placed on clinical probation for 1 year and receive an IP grade. The student will not be reassigned to a clinic or be placed at another site until the following semester. The IP grade will remain until the student successfully completes the clinical course. If a student fails to achieve a grade of “B” or better in the repeated 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course and if a student fails a subsequent clinic the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student fails any two clinical courses the student will be dismissed from the program. The same school policy as the above statement applies to this statement as well. Reasons deemed excusable for choosing to leave any fieldwork placement are dependent upon the discretion of the Clinical Director.

A positive Criminal Record Check, (Federal and/or State), positive Child Abuse History and/or a positive drug screening may result in any of the following: inability to find a clinical placement, delay in clinical placement, dismissal from a clinical placement, inability to obtain professional licensure, legal ramifications, inability to matriculate or continue in the speech-language pathology program, and/or inability to meet requirements for graduation from the program. As a result, a student may not be able to complete the requirements of the speech-language pathology program, may not be eligible for federal or state credentialing/licensing required for practice, and may be dismissed from the program.