Suspension or Dismissal

University Policy

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy

Boston University, through its various faculties and appropriate committees, reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student for failure to maintain a satisfactory academic record, acceptable personal behavior, or satisfactory standards of health.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward completing their degrees. Students who fail to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may have their financial aid discontinued.

A student may be dismissed from their academic program for failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students are dismissed by the Dean upon the recommendation of their graduate program or department.

A student who is dismissed for failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may appeal the decision to the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences by submitting a written appeal that explains the mitigating circumstances. Appeals should normally be made within 60 days of the notice of dismissal.

A dismissal that is upheld by the Dean may be appealed to the University Provost.

Academic Misconduct

Academic or scholarly misconduct is a student’s own conduct which intentionally misrepresents his or her own academic accomplishments, or which jeopardizes the fair judging of another student’s academic or scholarly work. Any attempt to be dishonest or deceptive in the performance of academic work, scholarship, or research, in or out of the classroom, constitutes an offense and may subject the offending student(s) to disciplinary action in accordance with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’s Academic Conduct Code, as well as any attempt to alter academic records or any collaboration with another student or students in an act of academic misconduct.

Academic conduct is not limited to a student’s coursework, but includes ethical behavior while teaching, conducting research, and/or pursuing scholarly activities. Boston University is committed to the highest possible standards of integrity in teaching, research, and scholarship. This commitment is fundamental to the University’s mission in fostering the pursuit of truth and the expansion of knowledge. Students share in the responsibility for preserving the integrity of research. All members of the University community are responsible for promoting the highest ethical principles in each academic discipline. Failure to meet these standards may also result in discipline in accordance with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’s Academic Conduct Code.

Other Misconduct

Students are also subject to the University’s Code of Student Responsibilities. For a full explanation of University policies and student responsibilities, please see the Dean of Students website.

Suspension for Reasons of Health

Boston University reserves the right to require an involuntary medical leave of absence if it determines that a student’s continued enrollment would create a significant risk to the health and safety of the student or others. For details see the University Policy.