Catalogue 2015 - 2016

Academic Performance

Graduate students are expected to maintain a high degree of academic excellence in all of their studies.

A graduate student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses applied toward the degree in order to qualify for a graduate degree. Subject to the approval of the dean of the college within which the student is enrolled, a course with a grade of “C+” or lower may be repeated and the grade point average will be computed on the basis of the most recent earned grade. Credit for the course will be awarded only once. The official transcript will show the complete record.

In cases where a course grade of “F” has been assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty, the student may not replace that grade in the cumulative GPA. If the student is allowed to retake the course, the resulting grade will be counted as a separate course.

Any student who receives three or more grades of “C+” or lower, or two or more grades of “F” will be dismissed from the program. With regard to dismissal, all grades in all courses are considered. In all cases where a letter of intent to dismiss for academic reasons has been sent, the student has the right to appeal to the Graduate Committee within two weeks of the notice. If an appeal is successful and the student is allowed to continue, the conditions of continuance are spelled out for the student in a letter. If an appeal is unsuccessful, or if no appeal is filed, the student is formally dismissed and such action becomes part of the permanent record.

Graduate students who are conditionally re-admitted must fulfill all the conditions set forth by the appropriate dean at the time of admission. Those conditions are recorded on the degree audit and are duly noted when satisfied.

Graduate courses in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering may be audited on a space-available basis by alumni who have completed bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Western New England University and who also have the listed prerequisites for the course selected. Alumni may register to audit classes through Student Administrative Services. Courses in the School of Law are not available for alumni auditors. The University does not maintain any record of registration by alumni auditors.