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Southern New Hampshire University

Academic Standards and Regulations Grades and Grading Privacy of Student Records The policy and procedures concerning the privacy of student records maintained by Southern New Hampshire University are in large measure governed by the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. The university’s policy and procedures regarding this subject are posted by the Office of the Registrar.

Grades recorded for all courses completed prior to the awarding of a graduate degree are used to calculate a student’s cumulative grade-point average, except in the case of the first grade earned for a course that was repeated. In addition, the policy limiting the number of “C+” or lower grades that may be earned in one’s program applies to all courses completed prior to the awarding of a degree.

Except when requested by a student or required by federal or state regulations, an educational record will not include information concerning race, religion, nationality, political or social views or memberships in organizations. Directory information (name, address, telephone number, major, etc.) may be released or published without a student’s consent unless the student notifies the university that this information is not to be released.

Grade Change Policy

Only members of the university staff with a need to know, certain federal or state agencies and other education agencies completing surveys and studies for the university will ordinarily have access to a student’s record without the written consent of the student concerned.

Scholastic Standing

A student has the right to waive his or her right of access concerning recommendations from personnel at his or her former school and from others regarding admission to the university and recommendations for employment on file with the university and recommendations for some honor or honor society. The university may not require a student to waive this right nor may the student’s status at the university depend upon his or her waiving this right.

Level of Achievement Expected A student must complete the prescribed courses and required credit hours of his or her program of study and earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than two grades of “C+” or lower, to qualify for a graduate degree.

Grades Students are graded upon their performance according to the traditional system of “A” (4.0), “A–” (3.66), “B+” (3.33), “B” (3.00), “B–” (2.66), “C+” (2.33), “C” (2.00) and “F” (0). No credit is granted for an “F” grade. Other grades include: Incomplete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Incomplete/Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I/F Satisfactory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S Unsatisfactory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CR Audit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AU Withdraw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .W Transfer Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T A faculty member may assign a grade of “I” when course assignments have not been completed and specific arrange62

ments have been made ahead of time. A grade of “I/F” is substituted for any “I” grade eight weeks after the start of the following term if the deficient work has not been completed satisfactorily. The “I/F” grade is calculated into the cumulative grade-point average until a grade change is submitted.

Once submitted to the Office of the Registrar, grades are considered final and may not be changed. The only exceptions apply if the faculty member who submitted the grade determines upon further review that a calculation or numerical error was made in assigning the original grade or if a letter grade is being assigned in place of an incomplete. Written notification to the dean is required in either circumstance.

The Graduate Scholastic Standing Committee exists to help Southern New Hampshire University graduate students in their pursuit of scholastic excellence and to help them reach the required standards of achievement as published in this Graduate Catalog. This policy applies to all graduate programs with the exception of the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) that uses a Pass/Fail grading process. M.F.A. students will be monitored by the program coordinator and School of Arts and Sciences dean. (See M.F.A. policy below.) To achieve these goals and working closely with each SNHU graduate program, the Graduate Scholastic Standing Committee meets twice a year (during the months of June and January) to review student academic progress. Committee members review and act upon students recommended for academic dismissal. The committee also reviews all petitions for re-admission to the university and recommends action to the VPAA for final dispensation. POLICY: A student must complete the prescribed courses and required credit hours of his or her current program(s) of study and earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0, with no more than two grades of ‘C+” or lower, to qualify for a graduate degree. Scholastic standing is generally classified as follows (these are the minimum university standards that apply across all graduate programs): 1. Scholastic Warning (SW) A student is placed on scholastic warning if s/he earns a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 for two (2) consecutive terms. Students will be expected to increase GPA to 3.0 as soon as possible. Upon achieving a 3.0 GPA, the student will be removed from SW. 2. Academic Probation (AP) Students remaining on SW at the time of the second

Southern New Hampshire University Graduate Catalog 2011-2012  

The Graduate Course Catalog for Southern New Hampshire University for 2011-2012

Southern New Hampshire University Graduate Catalog 2011-2012  

The Graduate Course Catalog for Southern New Hampshire University for 2011-2012