Review Status for B.F.A Acting and Musical Theatre Programs

It is particularly important that students understand that there is no set order to the probation and discontinuation sequence.  Any of these possible options may be exercised at any point in the program.

After a review the student will be assigned one of the following statuses:

Diagnostic Continuation

The student is functioning as an asset to the department and demonstrating competence in the area(s) of study and in fulfilling academic responsibilities; student appears to have goals well in mind and to have planned a program at Ithaca College that will lead to the accomplishment of those goals. The student is expected to focus particular attention on any identified weaknesses or deficiencies in their preparation and/or performance and make observable progress in their correction in order to proceed on schedule.


Pronounced weaknesses must be strengthened during probationary period. Persistent and/or severe problems exist in academic and/or performance areas which may or may not include: a low grade point average in major; demonstrated unwillingness or inability to contribute to the program by failing to fulfill responsibilities of that program. Advice may include recommendation to begin concurrent study in other area (e.g., a foreign language or selected courses required by an alternate degree program). Students on departmental probation may apply for permission from the faculty and department chair to participate in a No Bucks or extra-departmental production, but they should understand that it is unlikely that permission will be granted. It is especially important that the student’s priority be his or her class work.

The probationary period lasts until the next review session when the student’s work will again be observed by the appropriate faculty. If the student’s previously noted weaknesses have been corrected, a recommendation will be made by the faculty reviewing the student’s work for the student to proceed in the program. If the student’s progress has been unsatisfactory, s/he will be discontinued from the program.

Discontinuation from the Program

The student is not meeting the standards expected in her/his particular theatre arts major, and the adoption of another major is required. Students discontinued from the acting and musical theatre majors may not audition for readmission into those programs.

Self-Discontinuation from the Program

A student who chooses to self-discontinue from the B.S. or any of the B.F.A. degrees should inform the coordinator of the program in writing, and this letter will remain in that student’s review file. Should any student wish to reenter the B.F.A. program, he/she must re-audition/interview.