Policies and Procedures
At the end of each semester, students who have shown outstanding academic achievement are placed on the dean's list. To be included on the dean's list in HSHP, a student must
- earn a minimum grade point average of 3.50,
- pass a minimum of 15 credit hours,
- pass a minimum of 12 letter-graded credit hours,
- have no grades below C- and no incompletes, and
- end the term in good standing in his or her major.
Students registered for more than 4 credits of student teaching, internship, fieldwork, or clinical education are not eligible for the dean's list for that semester.
HSHP Undergraduate Course Grade Appeal Policy
The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance follows the general Ithaca College policy on grade disputes and students' right to petition, described in the "Academic Information" section of this catalog.
Credit and Grade Information
Students' Right to Petition
Each student assumes responsibility for presenting all the facts and circumstances concerning a grade appeal. For the procedures for an HSHP undergraduate course grade appeal, see the policy on the "HSHP Community" section of the school's website.
Academic Status Policy
The general academic status policy of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance follows the College guidelines for warning, suspension, and dismissal, set out in the "Academic Affairs Information" section of this catalog.
Academic Affairs Information
To meet minimum College academic standards, a student must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and pass at least 24 credits of coursework in any consecutive 12-month period. This policy applies to all students in the school, in addition to other standards specifically established by individual programs, except that the requirement of 24 credits with a passing grade in a consecutive 12-month period does not apply to part-time students. Special academic status policies exist for most majors in HSHP.
A student who fails to meet any of the minimum GPA and credit-hour standards stated above and who is not suspended or dismissed will be placed on academic warning. Any student returning to the College after suspension or dismissal for academic reasons will also have this warning status for the first semester of reinstatement.
A student on warning must earn removal from this status by meeting all of the minimum requirements at the end of the following semester. Where a grade deficiency exists, the student must attain a semester GPA sufficiently above the 2.00 standard to result in a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 by the end of the following semester.
Suspension and Dismissal
Failure to meet the standards necessary for removal from warning after one semester will render the student subject to suspension or dismissal from both the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance and Ithaca College.
After an official warning, a student may be dismissed from a degree program for failure to make satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Such a student may be admitted to another degree program in the school or College and will have one semester in which to become enrolled in another major or be subject to suspension from the College.
A student will be suspended (rather than dismissed) only when it appears reasonably likely that previous weaknesses will be remedied and minimum requirements will be attained through the student's successful completion of prescribed remedial measures during suspension. A suspended student is eligible to resume academic work in the school only at the time and under the conditions specified in his or her letter of suspension.
A student who is dismissed by HSHP will not be readmitted to one of the school's programs under any circumstances.
The College's policy regarding attendance applies to students' class absences in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. Professors, however, have discretion in interpreting and implementing this policy. Students who wish to participate in extracurricular or cocurricular activities that may necessitate absence from class should discuss the possibility of absences with their instructor at the beginning of the semester. The course syllabus should be consulted for the attendance policy of a particular class. Students should be certain that they fully understand each instructor's position on absence from classes. For more information see the College's attendance policy in the "Academic Information" section of this catalog.
Transfer into the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Both internal and external transfer applicants are selectively admitted into HSHP. A number of community colleges have transfer agreements with departments in the school. All students intending to transfer should first contact the department in which their intended major is offered. Those transferring from another Ithaca College department must meet with the appropriate HSHP department chair. Students from other institutions are encouraged to call ahead to arrange for a similar meeting when they visit the College. Satisfactory academic performance is the major requirement for acceptance. On request, a list of courses recommended for potential transfer students is available from the chair of each department or the transfer coordinator for the Department of Physical Therapy.
General Requirements for Internal and External Transfer
The following requirements must be met by students transferring from within Ithaca College. Students transferring from other institutions must satisfy these requirements in addition to the requirements for admission to Ithaca College.
1. The professional requirements in most programs in HSHP demand a precise sequencing of courses. For this reason, early transfer into a program is encouraged. A late transfer may require a student to attend summer sessions or defer graduation. Ithaca College students who wish to transfer into any particular department may obtain a change-of-major/school form in the dean's office.
2. To be admitted to a department in HSHP, it is generally required that the student have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and have completed at least 24 credit hours in the preceding 12 months. However, most degree programs are much more competitive than this.
Specific Departmental Transfer Requirements
Specific departmental transfer requirements for the following programs exceed the general requirements.
Exercise and sport sciences: For the athletic training major or the clinical exercise science major, an Ithaca College student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 or 2.50, respectively. Additionally, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 or 2.75, respectively, in the specific requirements of the major and selected exercise science courses that have been completed by that time, with no grade below C- in any of those courses. Transfer into athletic training is limited to available openings and is highly competitive. Students must transfer initially into the exercise science major. On completion of required sophomore courses, the student is reviewed for admission into the athletic training science major. For sophomore review criteria, see the "Exercise and Sport Sciences" section.
Exercise and Sport Sciences
Health promotion and physical education: Admission to the following majors requires a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50: health education, health education and physical education, and physical education. Additionally, these majors require a 2.75 average in selected core courses specified in applicable special academic status policies, with no grade below C in any of these courses.
Occupational therapy: Internal and external transfer applicants are considered for entry after the first semester of the freshman year and as late as the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. Applicants seeking transfer into the occupational science/occupational therapy program should have a 2.70 minimum GPA, or grades of C or better in all science courses, including biology and chemistry. They should have completed a total of 57 credits applicable to the occupational science degree or be in a position to do so by the end of the fourth semester. Early transfer is encouraged. Students transferring at the end of the sophomore year must have completed all coursework and be eligible to register for the required junior-level courses outlined in the program curriculum guidelines. Students interested in transferring into the department are encouraged to contact the department for an advising appointment as early as possible to receive a list of specific prerequisite courses and assistance in academic planning.
Physical therapy: Internal and external transfer applicants are considered for entry after the first semester of the freshman year and as late as the end of the second semester of the junior year. Applicants seeking to transfer into the clinical health studies/physical therapy program (D.P.T.) should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a 3.00 or better in natural science coursework. Students must be in a position to complete all specified prerequisites by the end of the sixth semester. Prerequisites include 8 credits each in biology for science majors, chemistry for science majors, and physics, and 3 credits of anatomy. Applicants must also be in a position to complete all general education requirements (27-39 credits) and a minor before entering the professional phase of the program. Details of the general education requirements may be found in the curriculum outline. Specific information on transfer admission requirements -- including requirements relating to nonnative speakers, letters of recommendation, and clinical experience -- is available from the Office of Admission or the physical therapy department website.
Department of Physical Therapy
Recreation and leisure studies: Applicants seeking transfer into this department should have at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA and no grade below C- in any course offered by the department. Acceptance to department programs is also based on a composite of other factors, including interest, proficiency, practical experience, and leadership potential in the leisure, recreation, and park profession. Internal and external transfer applicants are considered for entry as late as the end of the second semester of the sophomore year. Earlier transfer is encouraged to facilitate timely graduation. Exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of the chair.
Speech-language pathology and audiology: Requirements for transfer into this department include a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and no grade below C- in any speech-language pathology and audiology course completed. Transfer after the first semester of the sophomore year may extend the student's program of study by at least one year.
Sport management and media: Students planning to transfer into either sport management or sport media, when openings are available, should have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Sport management applicants should demonstrate proficiency in mathematics; sport media applicants should demonstrate proficiency in writing. Transfer into sport management, sport media, sport studies, and the sport studies minor is limited to available openings and is highly competitive.
Transfer Credit for Occasional Study at Another Institution
HSHP students may take courses at another accredited college or university for transfer credit, provided prior written permission for the credit has been obtained. Petition forms for transfer credit are available at the registrar's office and must be fully completed, submitted, and approved to secure such credit. For regulations on transfer credit, see the "Credit and Grade Information" section of this catalog.
Credit and Grade Information
Students who consider taking courses elsewhere should be aware that their last 30 credits must be taken at Ithaca College. This requirement is waived only in very special circumstances. For regulations concerning the petition for waiver of the senior credit requirement, see the "Graduation and Program Regulations" section.
Senior Credit Requirement