Withdrawal from the College
Students deciding to withdraw from graduate study at any time before completion of their degree program should contact the chair of their program to initiate the withdrawal process. This process should include discussion with the chair and graduate dean of the reasons for withdrawal and implications for an assistantship, if the student has one. If, after these discussions, the student wishes to continue the withdrawal process, he or she must complete a "notification of withdrawal from graduate studies" form (available from the graduate chair or the graduate dean's office) and obtain the signature of the dean of graduate studies. Failure to follow this process may jeopardize the potential for readmission at a future date.
Withdrawal from a Course
The last date for withdrawal from a course with a grade of W is determined by a percentage of class days. If fewer than 75% of the class days for a course have elapsed, the student may withdraw without an F. It is the student's responsibility to obtain a course-drop form from the Division of Graduate Studies. If the form is not completed and submitted to the registrar's office, the grade for the course becomes F.
A full-time student is defined as one who takes 9 credits per regular semester or 6 credits in the summer. Full-time students may not take more than 12 credits per semester. Exceptions should be requested in writing and require approval of the dean of graduate studies.
Tuition Refund Schedule
No refunds will be made unless the student requests official withdrawal from a course. The following are the prorated tuition charges for students officially withdrawing from courses during the semester.
Weeks are counted from the first day of class in each semester.
Course Numbering System
Course numbers consist of a three-digit group separated by a hyphen from a five-digit group. In the three-digit group, the first digit identifies the school in which the course is given, and the remaining two digits identify the department. The first digit of the second group is the level of the course.
Workshops are offered for graduate or undergraduate credit. Course numbers are determined by the level of work expected. With the approval of the adviser, a graduate student may count up to five graduate workshop credits toward a master's degree.
Unit of Credit
Credit is earned at Ithaca College in credit hours as measured by the Carnegie unit --- defined as one hour of classroom instruction and two hours of assignments outside the classroom for a period of 15 weeks for each credit.
Courses submitted for transfer credit must be appropriate and applicable to the student's degree or teacher certification program, and a grade of B or better must have been earned. Transferable credits must have been earned not more than three years before matriculation, and no more than six credits may be transferred and applied toward an advanced degree. Grades acquired in transferred courses are not applicable to the graduate cumulative average. Students who have matriculated and who wish to earn graduate credit elsewhere for transfer to Ithaca College should obtain approval in writing from the major adviser and the dean of graduate studies before registering for a course intended for transfer.
Ithaca College-Cornell University Exchange
This reciprocal arrangement between Ithaca College and Cornell University allows full-time graduate students, with prior approval and within the stated stipulations, to cross-register for one course or four credits per semester at Cornell. This arrangement is available during the fall and spring semesters only and is contingent on space availability at Cornell.
A student who receives a grade of I (incomplete) and does not complete the requirements of the course before completing or terminating the program will have the grade for the course recorded permanently as incomplete. In some programs (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy) students may not advance until the I is made up.
Policy on Grade Disputes
Grade disputes should be resolved directly between the individual faculty member and the student. If that is not possible, the graduate chair and/or the dean of graduate studies will mediate the dispute. Failing resolution of the matter at that level, the student may petition the provost. (See "Student's Right to Petition." ) The final authority to change a grade rests with the individual faculty member. Exceptions made by the provost will occur only for the most compelling reasons.
An audited graduate course will appear on a student's transcript provided the student