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. Plagiarism

Every student's work is expected to represent personal efforts. In cases involving allegations of plagiarism (see section, "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. 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. Students may also petition the provost to review any other academic issue that has not been resolved first by the instructor, or subsequently by the department chair, and then by the dean; in order to be considered, any such petition must be received by the Office of the Provost no later than the last day of classes of the fall or spring semester after the events which gave rise to the academic issue addressed in the petition. Petitions related to grades must first follow guidelines under two other policies: "Grade Changes" (section and "Policy on Grade Disputes" (section

To petition the provost, the student should submit a written petition to the dean with a copy to the department chair and a copy to the faculty member(s) involved. The dean sends the petition to the provost, along with his or her recommendation. Each petition is considered by the provost or designee 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 or designee consults with the individuals involved before making a final decision. 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. College-wide Academic Status Definitions

Grade Point: a numerical value assigned to a letter grade earned in a course that is multiplied by the number of credits awarded for that course.

Semester/Term Grade Point Average: A single semester indicator calculated by dividing the grade points earned by the number of credits attempted. The GPA is not rounded.

Cumulative Grade Point Average: A cumulative average indicator calculated by dividing the total grade points earned by the total number of graded credits across all enrolled semesters. The GPA is not rounded.

Grades and credits earned for transfer courses are not counted in the grade point average calculation.

The academic status of each student is reviewed at the end of each semester. Students who are not in good standing may be placed on college warning, college suspension, or college dismissal. Good Standing

The student has earned at least 12.0 credits in the semester and has maintained a semester and cumulative GPA 0f 2.00 or higher. College Warning

A student is placed on college warning when her/his semester or cumulative GPA is below a 2.00 or has not completed 12.0 credits in a semester. Students on college warning are eligible to continue taking courses at Ithaca College and participate fully in College activities unless otherwise stipulated. When students are placed on college warning, they are informed in writing of the reasons for 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. College Suspension

A student is placed on college suspension if s/he has spent one or more semesters on college warning and has not fulfilled the terms of the warning or if s/he fails to achieve the minimum GPA for the student’s standing from the table below. The terms and duration of the college suspension will be determined by the individual school on a case-by-case basis. Students submit appeals of suspension to their dean’s office. Students suspended from Ithaca College may not enroll in any courses at the College for at least one fall or spring semester. 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 specified in the letter of suspension for eligibility to return. Reinstated students are placed on college warning status. College Dismissal

A student is placed on college dismissal if s/he has spent one or more semesters on college suspension and has not fulfilled the terms of the suspension or if s/he fails to achieve the minimum GPA for the student’s standing from the table below. Students dismissed from Ithaca College may not return to continue their studies at the College. All dismissals from the College are recorded on the student’s official academic transcript. Students submit appeals of dismissal to their dean’s office.

Students need not be on warning for one or more semesters before being suspended or dismissed from the college.

Appeal Process: Students who are placed on college suspension or college dismissal may appeal when special circumstances exist. Conditions when a student may appeal include death of a relative, injury or illness of the student or other extenuating circumstances.

Some academic programs may have additional policies and procedures regarding program warning, suspension, or dismissal.  Students may be placed on program warning, suspension, or dismissal while meeting requirements for college good standing. Please consult the appropriate sections in this catalog for more information.

Please contact Student Financial Services for the academic requirements necessary to maintain financial aid eligibility.


Total IC Credit Hours Attempted Semester or Cumulative GPA for College Warning Semester or Cumulative GPA for College Suspension or Dismissal
0 - 29.9 less than 2.00 less than 1.60
30.0 - 59.9 less than 2.00 less than 1.80
60.0 - 89.9 less than 2.00 less than 1.95
90.0 or more less than 2.00 less than 2.00 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. Academic Records

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for the maintenance and accuracy of all permanent academic records. Shortly after the close of each semester, students can access their final grade report using the student information system website Any students requesting changes to their academic records must submit their request in writing to the Office of the Registrar, no later than two weeks from the date when classes begin in the succeeding fall or spring semester. 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: May 10, 2018