Volume VII: Students

7.2.4 Academic Affairs Information

7.2 Information for Undergraduate Students

 

Graduation and Program Regulations -- Registration and Course Information -- Credit and Grade Information -- Academic Affairs Information -- Leaves of Absence, Withdrawals, Readmissions -- Financial Information -- Study Abroad

 


7.2.4 Academic Affairs Information


7.2.4.1 Responsibilities of Students

Students are responsible for making sure that they are doing satisfactory work toward completion of a degree at the College. Any changes that affect a student's individual curriculum must be approved by the student's academic dean or director. A copy of the approved changes must be sent to the registrar. Students are advised to check their final term reports on the student information website for accuracy and, if there are questions, to consult the registrar's office within four weeks. Students may check their academic records in the registrar's office at any time.

7.2.4.1.1 Plagiarism

Every student's work is expected to represent personal efforts. In cases involving allegations of plagiarism (see section 7.1.4.1, "Plagiarism") or any other form of academic dishonesty, the procedures set out in the Ithaca College "Student Conduct Code" (see section 7.1.2 or the Ithaca College student handbook) are followed. All unresolved differences (as well as repeat offenses) are referred to the Conduct Review Board for hearing in accordance with the code.


7.2.4.2 Students' Right to Petition

Each currently enrolled undergraduate student has the right to petition the provost to waive any of the all-College academic regulations and to review any other academic problem that has not been resolved first by the instructor, or subsequently by the department chair, and then by the dean.

The student should submit a written petition to the dean with a copy to the department chair and the faculty member involved. The 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. When it is appropriate and feasible, the provost consults with the individuals involved before making a final decision.


7.2.4.3 Academic Standards

College academic standards require that a full-time student pass 24 credit hours in any consecutive 12-month period and maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA. A summer session cannot be counted twice, i.e., as part of two 12-month periods. Individual schools and programs may have more stringent requirements; students must therefore check the school and department listings for those additional requirements. To be eligible for certain state and federal financial aid programs, students must meet standards; see the "Academic Standing and Progress" section in the Undergraduate Catalog.

After a case-by-case review, students who do not meet the College academic standards above may be permitted to continue their studies at the College on academic warning, but they are also subject to immediate suspension or dismissal. A student may be suspended or dismissed by a dean from the school and from Ithaca College. Students may be suspended or dismissed from a degree program in accordance with published special academic status policies. Students are informed by letter of the conditions of their suspension and of the criteria and procedures for return. Students who are dismissed from a program, a school, or the College may not return to the unit from which they have been dismissed. Students dismissed from a program or school but not the College may return to another program or school if accepted by that unit. The specific consequences of each type of action are described below.

If a student withdraws from the College after the deadline for course withdrawal for the semester, he or she may still be subject to academic suspension or dismissal for unsatisfactory academic performance. The suspension or dismissal action takes precedence over the withdrawal.


7.2.4.4 Warning, Suspension, Dismissal

7.2.4.4.1 Academic Warning

Students who have not met published academic standards may be placed on academic warning for a semester. Warning status is imposed by each school's dean. As indicated above, students are subject to immediate suspension or dismissal without a prior semester on warning.

When students are placed on academic warning, they are informed in writing of the reasons for the warning, any special warning conditions, and the criteria they must meet to be removed from warning. Warnings are not recorded on the student's official transcript. If a student is not removed from warning status after one semester, he or she will be considered for suspension for a minimum of one semester and a summer, or for dismissal.

Each school and department may have additional policies and procedures regarding academic warning. Please consult the appropriate sections in the Undergraduate Catalog.

7.2.4.4.2 Academic Suspension

Students suspended from a school for academic deficiencies are also suspended from the College and may not enroll for any courses at the College for at least one semester and a summer term. The date and conditions under which a student is eligible to return are specified in the letter of suspension. All suspensions are recorded on the student's official academic transcript. Students on academic suspension must apply to return to the College and demonstrate that they have met the conditions of their suspension.

7.2.4.4.3 Academic Dismissal

Students dismissed from Ithaca College may not return to continue their studies at the College. Schools within the College adhere to different academic regulations; therefore, students may be dismissed from a school but still meet College academic standards. In such instances students are dismissed from the school and suspended from the College for at least one semester and a summer. To return, a student must apply to and be accepted by a degree program in another school. All dismissals from the College are recorded on the student's official academic transcript.

7.2.4.4.4 Return after Academic Suspension or Dismissal

Students who have been suspended or dismissed and are eligible to return must apply to return to the College. Any student returning to the College after academic suspension or dismissal from a school returns on warning status for the first semester. At the end of that semester, the school to which the student has returned determines whether the student may continue to be enrolled at Ithaca College.

As indicated above, students suspended from Ithaca College may return subject to the fulfillment of specified conditions. Students who are dismissed from Ithaca College for academic reasons may not return to the College.

Students who return from academic suspension in the degree program from which they were suspended resume the degree requirements in effect at the time of suspension. If the program requirements have changed during the period of suspension, the student may choose between the original and the new requirements. Students who do not return at the specified time and whose period of suspension is not extended will have "Withdrawn - did not return after suspension" recorded on their official transcript.

Students who wish to apply for admission to a different program or school following suspension, or who have been dismissed from a degree program at the time of their suspension, must meet the admission criteria for the new program and be accepted by that program. Students must contact the new school to find out the specific admission or readmission criteria. If accepted, the students must meet the graduation requirements in effect at the time of admission to that program.

Students who do not return at the end of the specified period of suspension and whose period of suspension is not extended by permission of the dean must, if they wish to return, apply for readmission to the College. They must follow the program requirements in effect in the semester of return, even though the requirements may be different from those under which they entered the program. Students must apply for readmission in accordance with the official College readmission procedures outlined in section 7.2.5.5.

7.2.4.4.5 Program Suspension or Dismissal

Students may be suspended or dismissed from a particular degree program for failure to meet requirements in that program, yet not be suspended or dismissed from a school or the College. In the case of a program suspension, a department may set special conditions that must be satisfied during the specified period of program suspension. When students are dismissed from a program, they are eligible to make a change of major to another program provided they are accepted by the new department and, if applicable, school. For students who decide to leave the College, the dismissal is effective immediately. For students remaining at the College, such program dismissals take effect at the end of the following semester to allow them time to decide upon, and be admitted to, a new major. Meanwhile, they continue to be listed in the current degree program with the same faculty adviser. Failure to change majors during the semester will result in suspension from the school and the College.


7.2.4.5 Academic Records

The registrar's office is responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of all permanent academic records. Shortly after the close of each semester, currently enrolled students can access their final grade report using the student information system website Any changes to the report must be arranged no later than two weeks from the date when classes begin in the succeeding semester. Hence, each student is advised to review each term report carefully.


7.2.4.6 Student Retention Rates

The student retention rate at an institution of higher education is defined as the percentage of incoming freshmen who graduate during a given period of time. As a result of recent federal legislation, colleges and universities are required to publish their statistics on the retention of students. Current retention information for Ithaca College is published annually in the Undergraduate Catalog.

The goals of individual students, like college programs, vary substantially. These retention rates are simply quantitative measures of persistence to graduation at the college where students originally enrolled. As such, retention rates do not distinguish among students who left college with no plans for future education, those who successfully transferred to other colleges, those who were asked to leave for academic reasons, and those who were expelled for disciplinary reasons. It would be more valuable to provide comparative data reflecting the percentage of students who achieved their individual goals. There are, however, no accepted quantitative measures for comparing the degree to which students attain their personal college goals.

Last Updated: April 16, 2013