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Graduate Academic Policies

Academic Dishonesty

Academic Standing

The Graduate and Professional Studies Academic Review Committee monitors all students' academic progress toward satisfactory degree completion at the conclusion of each semester and session. The committee members include the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, the Chair of the Graduate Committee, the Registrar, and the Administrative Assistant to Academic Affairs (ex officio). Students are in Good Academic Standing if a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is earned.

When a student receives two unsatisfactory grades (below B-), or an F in any course, the Graduate and Professional Studies Academic Review Committee will review the student's academic performance and potential for degree completion. They will make a decision as to whether the student should be placed on probation or be suspended.

Academic Probation: Academic Probation at Lasell College is designed to be educative and constructive; its purpose is to engage students more deliberately in the process of progressing academically.
Students who have a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 or receive a failing grade (Grade of F) will be placed on Academic Probation (and in some cases, will be suspended).

Academic Suspension: Students who are not in Good Academic Standing will receive notification from the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. Students who do not meet the criteria for Good Academic Standing the following semester may be suspended from the College.

Appealing the Graduate and Professional Studies Academic Review Committee Decision
Students may write a letter of appeal to the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. Guidelines and deadlines for an appeal are included in the letter of suspension. The Dean consults with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be final.

Conditions for Returning to the College Following Suspension
Students should refer to the Readmission Policy under the Graduate Academic Policies.

Graduate Academic Grievance Process
The Academic Grievance Process provides students with a mechanism to appeal faculty actions related to the process of instruction and evaluation of academic performance or other academic matters pertinent to the teacher-student relationship. In filing a grievance, it is understood that the student believes his/her interests as a student have been adversely affected by someone's departure from or misinterpretation of existing academic policy. (The College reserves the right to establish academic standards and the necessary policies to support them. Consequently, there may be no academic grievance of the contents of published Academic Policies established by the College, including those of individual Academic Programs and individual instructors.)

Informal Conciliation
A student wishing to alter or reverse any academic action must first attempt to resolve the matter informally and expeditiously. The student shall contact the faculty member within seven (7) calendar days of the action in question to schedule an appointment (in cases where the dispute is over a grade for an assignment or test, or a final course grade, "action in question" shall refer to the date of receipt of the grade). The student is expected to present his/her concerns and to weigh the faculty member's response. If not resolved, the student may discuss the matter with the faculty member's Department Chair. If the student's complaint is with the Department Chair, then he/she may discuss the matter with the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies.

If no resolution is reached, the student may begin the Formal Grievance Process. In any event, if the matter is not resolved, any formal grievance must be filed within twenty-one (21) calendar days of the action in question. If the issue under dispute impacts the student's ability to register for a course or courses in a subsequent semester, a determination of an exception to existing policy will be made by the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Formal Grievance Process
If no resolution is reached, the student may begin the Formal Grievance Process - which must be filed within twenty-one (21) calendar days of the action in question (hence, the informal conciliation process has occurred within this overall time period). Procedures for filing a Grievance may be obtained in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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