Each currently enrolled graduate student has the right to petition to
To petition for either purpose, the student submits a written petition to the graduate dean with copies to the graduate chair, dean of the school, and the faculty member involved. The graduate dean sends the petition to the provost, along with his or her recommendation. Each petition is considered by the provost on an individual basis and is decided based on the facts that pertain to the particular student's situation. Where appropriate and feasible, the provost will consult with the individuals involved before making a final decision. While a decision on appeal is pending, the student may continue to take courses in the program, except for clinical or fieldwork courses.
Candidates for an advanced degree are required
to meet general and major-field requirements within six calendar years
of their matriculation date. Some programs have more restrictive timelines
that supersede this general policy. Any exception must be approved in
writing by the dean of graduate studies after review and recommendation
by the All-College Graduate Council.
The acceptable grades and corresponding points for grade point average (GPA) calculations are as follows. All grades except P (pass), I (incomplete), and W (withdrawn) are used in calculating a student's GPA.
A student may repeat a graduate course once. Grades received in repeated courses will be averaged for purposes of computing the GPA. Both grades will be placed on the transcript.
Good Academic Standing
Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 at the end of each semester in order to remain in good academic standing. Failure to do so will result in either academic dismissal or being placed on academic warning.
Grade Point Average (GPA) for Graduation
Graduate students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.00 in order to graduate. A student may appeal this, following the guidelines under "Student's Right to Petition."
Semester Work Load
One semester of coursework is defined as nine credits or more in a single semester if full time, or six credits or more accumulated across two semesters if part time.
Upon completion of a semester's work at less than 3.00 GPA, the student will be issued an academic warning by the Division of Graduate Studies. Warning will be removed upon completion of a full semester's coursework at 3.00 GPA or better, or upon completion of the degree program with a minimum 3.00 GPA. (Note: see the physical therapy program description for program-specific requirements.)
Two consecutive semesters on academic warning
will be grounds for dismissal from the degree program. For the purposes
of this policy, "two consecutive semesters" equals two full
semesters with nine credits or more in
each semester if the student is full time, or 12 credits accumulated
across three or more semesters if the student is part time. (See
therapy program description for program-specific requirements.)
With the exception of the M.B.A. program and
those programs that require a thesis, all advanced degrees require
a comprehensive examination.
Thesis and Project Requirements
Students required to complete a thesis or
project as partial fulfillment of the degree requirements should request
an adviser through the department or school and register through the
Division of Graduate Studies for the appropriate course and credits.
If not required by the department or school, the thesis or project is
optional. If a student elects to do either a thesis or a project, the
credits earned may be applied toward a degree or may
be in addition to degree requirements, at the discretion of the department
or school concerned.
Use of Human Subjects in Research
All research projects at Ithaca College that use humans as subjects must be reviewed and approved by the All-College Review Board on Human Subjects Research. The use of human subjects refers to data collection via survey, supervised activity, and interview, as well as other methods. The Ithaca College guidelines for human subject research are included in the Faculty Resource Guide and also may be obtained from the faculty adviser or the provost's office.
Teacher Certification Requirements
Candidates enrolled in a degree program leading to teacher certification must acquire the competencies stipulated for that certification in addition to the requirements necessary to earn the master's degree.
Changes in a semester program schedule must
be made within the two-week add/drop period.