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Academic Probation, Dismissal, and Suspension

Academic Probation

Graduate students are expected to make continuous progress toward a degree in a timely manner. In support of those efforts, the university, through the Graduate Studies Committee and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, affirm the following:

  • Graduate students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • A graduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 during enrollment at Marymount University is on academic probation.
  • To be removed from academic probation, students must bring their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or higher within nine graduate credit hours or be dismissed.

Some graduate degree programs have additional academic requirements governing dismissal. Students should refer to the appropriate program section of the Graduate Catalog for information about continuation and academic dismissal requirements for their respective programs.

Academic Dismissal

Graduate students are dismissed if they fail to achieve the academic performance necessary to be removed from academic probation or if they fail to achieve minimum program-level criteria. Some graduate degree programs have additional academic requirements governing dismissal that can result in dismissal without first being on probation. Students should refer to the appropriate program section of the Graduate Catalog for information about academic dismissal for their respective programs.

Appeal of Dismissal

Students dismissed from the university due to academic performance have the opportunity to appeal the dismissal. The university notifies students of dismissal within two weeks of the grade submission deadline for the semester and informs them of the appeal procedures and deadlines.

If a student wishes to appeal dismissal, the following procedures must be observed:

  1. All appeals must be in writing and are to be addressed to the chair or director of the program in which the student was enrolled.
  2. Appeals are due to the chair or program director within three months of notification of dismissal. This date will be specified in the notification of dismissal. No appeals will be accepted after this date. Specific programs may have additional policies related to the timing of appeals, which should also be followed.
  3. The university will make every attempt to contact the student in writing using the Marymount email address on file with the Office of the Registrar. Students, whether in the United States or abroad, are responsible for checking their Marymount email account on a regular basis. An appeal must explain in full the student’s reasons for seeking a reversal of the academic dismissal and provide a plan for returning the student to good academic standing. The program chair/director or designated faculty appeal committee reviews all materials related to the student's appeal and renders a decision, which will be communicated to the student within four weeks of receiving the appeal.
  4. A student who wishes to further appeal the decision may, within two weeks of receiving the program decision, appeal in writing to the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. The Office of the Dean will communicate the dean’s decision to the student within two weeks of receiving the appeal letter. The response of the dean is final.

Some graduate degree programs have additional academic requirements regarding dismissal. Students should refer to the appropriate program section of the Graduate Catalog for information about the requirements for academic dismissal from their respective programs.

Seeking Readmission to the University

Graduate students dismissed from the university may not apply for readmission to the same academic program, but they may seek admission to another academic program. Graduate students appealing dismissal may not take graduate courses at the university during the appeals process.

University Suspension

The university may place a student who is found responsible for a violation of university policy, such as the Community Conduct Code or the Academic Integrity Code, on suspension. A suspension is a temporary separation from the university. Suspended students will be permitted to return after a specified period of time and upon satisfying the conditions outlined in the notice of suspension.
Upon notification, the registrar will terminate registrations for semesters that occur within the period in which the student is suspended. Once the time condition of the suspension has passed, students who have other outstanding conditions per the notice of suspension must apply for Continuous Registration in order to remain enrolled at Marymount University. Students who have fulfilled all outstanding conditions within the specified period of time but choose not to enroll in classes in the semester immediately following the suspension must also apply for Continuous Registration. Students who fail to apply for Continuous Registration will be withdrawn from the university and must seek readmittance.
Approval of Continuous Registration is subject to the terms and conditions outlined in the Marymount University Catalog. The behavioral expectations and regulations of the university apply to students while suspended. Students who violate university policy while suspended will be held accountable. Students who withdraw from the university while suspended or in anticipation of suspension may not seek readmission to the university for a period of 12 months after the end of the original suspension period. Refunds will be given according to the schedule in the appropriate university catalog and/or the housing license agreement.