School of Humanities and Sciences

Academic Policies

The following regulations apply to students enrolled in the School of Humanities and Sciences:

  1. All candidates for graduation must complete the general education requirement, mathematics requirement, writing requirement, and requirements listed by the department of their major. Any variation from the requirements in the major field must be approved in writing by the department and dean.
  2. A minimum of 120 credits, including satisfactory completion of all required departmental courses and general education requirements, is necessary for graduation.
  3. The senior year must be completed in residence at Ithaca College. Any variation from this requirement must be approved by the department and dean prior to enrollment in courses elsewhere.
  4. Students must select a major by the end of sophomore year.
  5. In order to graduate from the School of Humanities and Sciences, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in required courses in the major and no more than two grades below C- in required courses.
  6. In order to fulfill the requirements of a minor in the school, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in the courses required by the minor and no more than one grade below C- in those courses.

Internal Transfers into Humanities and Sciences

All Ithaca College students are required to remain for at least one semester in the school to which they were originally admitted. Thereafter, it is possible to transfer into the School of Humanities and Sciences on two different bases: through the third semester as an exploratory student, or in any semester as a major in one of the humanities and sciences disciplines. Students wishing to transfer must meet the minimum academic standards of the school: a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and completion of at least 12 credits each semester and at least 24 credits in each 12-month period. They must also have achieved a GPA of 2.00 for the semester before the transfer and have at least a 2.00 GPA in all humanities and sciences courses they have completed. Students may submit change of school forms at any time. However, there is a moratorium on processing the forms during the advising and online registration periods each semester.

Admission procedure: A change of college/school form, available from the dean's office, must be submitted to the dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Dean's List

Each semester, students are selected for the dean's list in recognition of superior scholastic performance. Students qualify by attaining a minimum GPA of 3.70. They must complete a minimum of 15 credits, of which at least 12 are graded. A grade of D or F or an incomplete (I) in a course automatically disqualifies the student from the dean's list, regardless of the overall GPA attained for that semester.

Academic Status

To meet the minimum academic standards, students must pay attention to two areas: grade point average and credits completed toward graduation. Over the period of one semester, students are expected to achieve a GPA of 2.00 and to complete at least 12 credits. Over the period of two semesters, students are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and to complete 24 credits.

Students who fail to meet the minimum academic standards are liable to immediate suspension or to suspension after a warning period. Each case is handled on an individual basis by the student's dean. If a student's academic performance is grossly deficient, he or she may be suspended without warning. If the dean's review indicates that a warning before suspension is appropriate, the procedure below is followed. Students should be aware that the offer of a warning period is a privilege, based on individual review, not a right.

Definitions of Policies and Procedures of the Academic Status Committee

The Humanities and Sciences Academic Status Committee acts on behalf of the faculty and the dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

1. Warning: A formal letter notifying students that they have failed to meet the minimum school requirements for acceptable progress in grades, in credits, or in a combination of grades and credits, and that continued deficiencies may lead to suspension or dismissal from the School of Humanities and Sciences. Those requirements are

  • a minimum semester GPA of 2.00;
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.00;
  • a minimum of 24 credits completed at Ithaca College in an academic year, with a minimum of 12 credits completed at the college each semester.

If a student's academic performance is grossly deficient, he or she may be suspended without prior warning.

2. Final warning: A formal letter notifying students that their academic performance is seriously deficient, and they have only one semester to improve their academic standing before suspension. Students may be placed on final warning without prior warnings if deficiencies in their grades and/or credits warrant it. Students given final warning are required to complete at least 12 letter-graded credits at an average of 2.30 or better with no incompletes (I) or Fs and no more than one grade below C. Other conditions may also be specified in the formal notification. Students who fail to meet these minimum standards will be suspended.

3. Continuation of warning: A second formal letter notifying students who have been on warning that they continue to be deficient in credits, grades, or a combination of credits and grades. Generally this letter is sent to students who have demonstrated some improvement over the previous semester but have not yet attained the minimum levels required to remove the formal warning.

Students continued on warning are required to complete their next semester of enrollment with at least 12 letter-graded credits at a level of 2.00 or better, with no incompletes (I) or Fs and no more than one grade below C. Other conditions may also be specified in the formal notification.

Students may be suspended if this level is not attained; in some cases, they may be continued on warning for one more semester.

4. Suspension: Formal notice to students that they are suspended from the School of Humanities and Sciences. The length of suspension is specified, and students are informed that they are ineligible to attend courses at the College in fall or spring semesters or summer sessions until a semester specified by the notification letter.

5. Return to Ithaca College following suspension: Students who wish to return after suspension should contact the registrar's office and complete an application. The specific requirements that must be met prior to readmission are specified in the suspension letter.

Following return to college after academic suspension, students are considered to be on final warning. That is, the minimum level of performance specified in the notification of permission to return must be attained or the student will be dismissed. In exceptional cases, the student may be permitted an additional semester of final warning by permission of the Humanities and Sciences Academic Status Committee.

6. Dismissal: Students who do not meet the requirements for academic performance specified upon return from suspension will be dismissed from the College.