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Academic Policy Changes
Academic Policies Changed and Effective for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
This page contains a short explanation of academic policy changes each academic year,
what students, faculty, and academic advisers need to know about those changes,
and provides a short rationale for why these changes were made.
Links to the current policy and its location in the Catalog are also provided.
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III. Final Exam Policy
- The suspension process will occur twice a year at the end of each regular term (fall and spring).
Students will be suspended for the first time at the end of the third term for which they have an overall GPA that is less than 2.00.
- This means that freshmen can only be suspended, at the earliest, at the end of their third full term.
- First and second suspensions are for one year; the third suspension is for three years (before: one semester, one year, five years).
- Probation contracts are mandatory.
- To eliminate "surprise" suspensions due to students only being suspended in the spring.
- To support students who struggle early in their academic career and have the ability to make consequential improvement to their GPA.
- To ensure that academic suspension is an effective sanction.
- To increase the transparency and clarity necessary for probationary students to succeed.
- Degree programs will now have the ability to grant credit for transcripted learning experiences like professional certifications and training.
- Students will need to present their documented credential to their academic
adviser and work with their degree program to determine if their credential
can be awarded credit for that particular program.
To facilitate degree completion for students with these kinds of experiences.
- Rules governing giving substantial examinations or quizzes during the last week of regular classes (preceding finals week) were changed so that faculty can only give exams or quizzes that cover less than 20% of the course content AND for which they intend to provide meaningful feedback to students prior to the final examination for the course.
- To support faculty in providing more low-stakes assessments in their courses.
- To increase student success in course completion and improve learning in those courses