Grades and Course Credits
College of Fine Arts Policy for Undergraduates
Only one-tenth of the credits applied toward the undergraduate degree in the College of Fine Arts may be D (low pass) grades. Grades of F (Fail, no credit) do not count toward any degree. In the School of Music, in order for a student to pass a level of applied music study, a grade of C– or higher must be earned.
Academic Standing for Undergraduate Students in Full-Time Programs
The academic status of every student is reviewed at the end of each semester. Failure to make satisfactory progress and remain in Good Standing can result in Academic Probation, Suspension for a stated time or until stated conditions are met, or Dismissal, as detailed below.
Definition of GPI and GPA
GPI or Grade Point Index is a single-semester indicator, calculated by dividing the grade points earned by the number of credits attempted.
GPA or Grade Point Average is a cumulative average, calculated across all enrolled semesters.
Full-time students maintain good academic standing when they achieve all of the following: (1) earn at least 12 academic credits in the semester just completed; (2) earn a semester GPI of at least 2.00; and (3) maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. [Note: Academic credits do not include PDP (Physical Education & Dance) credits. Grades for transfer credits are not counted in the grade point average.]
A student is put on Academic Probation when s/he is in danger of not making sufficient academic progress toward his/her degree, having fallen below a 2.00 GPI or GPA or not completed 12 credits in a semester. Students are reviewed after one semester on Academic Probation. Those who earn a GPI and GPA of 2.00 or above and complete 12 credits during the probationary semester will return to Good Standing. Those students who do not achieve Good Standing (as defined above) during the probationary semester will move to Academic Suspension, Dismissal, or a second semester of Academic Probation, as determined by the school or college of enrollment. Students can be on Academic Probation for no more than two consecutive semesters. Academic Probation does not prohibit students from participating in extracurricular activities or intercollegiate athletics.
A student faces Academic Suspension when s/he has spent one or two semesters on Probation and has not achieved Good Standing (as defined above) in the most recent semester of Academic Probation. Specifics regarding the duration and terms of the Academic Suspension will be determined by the individual school or college on a case-by-case basis. Appeals of Suspension are directed to the dean of the school or college of enrollment.
Reinstatement after Academic Suspension
Students who have fulfilled their period of Academic Suspension must meet with their academic advisor and must also reestablish their standing in the school or college of enrollment by contacting the designated official (Manager of Student Records in the College of Fine Arts). Students are reinstated to a probationary standing.
A student faces Dismissal if s/he has spent one or two semesters on Probation and has not achieved a GPI and GPA of 2.00 and completed 12 credits in the most recent semester of Academic Probation. A student also faces Dismissal if s/he has spent at least one semester on Suspension and has not fulfilled the terms of the Suspension. Decisions on Dismissal are made by the individual school or college on a case-by-case basis. Dismissal results in permanent separation from the University. Appeals of Dismissal are directed to the dean of the school or college of enrollment.
Please see the Financial Assistance office for the academic requirements for maintaining financial aid.
Grade Change Policy
Questions about a grade should first be addressed to the instructor of the course and, should the question persist, to the chair of the department in the School of Music, the director of the School of Theatre, or the director of the School of Visual Arts.