Academic Standing

University Policy

College of Fine Arts Policies for Undergraduates

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, academic dismissal, or permanent suspension. For details on good standing, probation, suspension, dismissal and reinstatement, please refer to the University policy on Academic Standing for Undergraduate Students in Full-time Programs.

All students entering Boston University are expected to maintain high standards of academic honesty and integrity. The Academic Conduct Code details the guidelines governing disciplinary proceedings. It also articulates the University’s philosophy of discipline, defines violations of the code, and enumerates penalties applicable under the code.

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.

College of Fine Arts Policies for Graduate Students

The academic progress of every graduate 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.

Good Standing

Graduate students must maintain a semester and cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 to be in good academic standing and to graduate from the College of Fine Arts.

Time Limits

Master’s degrees must be completed within five years after the first registration for that degree.

DMA and PhD degrees must be completed within seven years after the first registration for that degree.

Petitions for extensions of time to complete degree requirements must be submitted prior to the end of the above limits. Students exceeding these time limits without an approved petition for an extension of time will not be permitted to register.

Academic Probation

A grade below B‐ may place a graduate student on academic probation, as will a grade point index (GPI) below 3.00 (B) on a cumulative basis. A student may also be placed on Academic Probation if s/he is in danger of not making sufficient academic progress toward degree completion.

Students are reviewed after one semester on Academic Probation. Those who earn a GPI and GPA of 3.00 or above, and complete a successful full-time or full-time-equivalent course load, will return to Good Standing. Those students who do not achieve Good Standing (as defined above) during the probationary semester may move to Academic Suspension, Dismissal, or a second semester of Academic Probation. Normally, a student can be on Academic Probation for no more than two consecutive semesters; however, the probation and probation period is at the discretion of the College.

All actions concerning academic standing, grading, probation, and dismissal may be appealed to the Associate Dean of Academic Programs & Enrollment in the College of Fine Arts. 

Academic Suspension

A student on Academic Probation faces Academic Suspension or Dismissal when s/he has not achieved Good Standing (as defined above) after the most recent semester of Academic Probation. Specifics regarding Dismissal or the duration and terms of the Academic Suspension will be determined by the College on a case-by-case basis. Dismissal results in permanent separation from the University. Appeals of Dismissal or Suspension are directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

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 College by contacting the College of Fine Arts Associate Dean of Academic Programs & Enrollment.

Please see the Financial Assistance office for the academic requirements for maintaining financial aid.