The College has a requirement that all
students must maintain a 2.00 GPA in all professional coursework
in order to remain in the program. Also, is a requirement that
students must have a 2.2 GPA to graduate. In addition, no student
is allowed to earn a grade of less than
C- on clinical rotations. Students failing to meet these
requirements are subject to review by the Scholastic Standing Committee
of the College.
a description of the process which will be used for students in academic
difficulty. Please note, the College will follow the general guidelines
outlined in the University Manual in these matters (8.23.10 – 8.26.11).
of students – the Office of Student Affairs will review student records
each semester to monitor conformity to College retention requirements.
Students who earn a GPA less than 2.00 in required coursework, or who
fail to achieve the minimum grade in clinical rotations will receive a
letter from the Associate Dean notifying them of their deficiency and
their right to appeal their potential dismissal.
- Letter of appeal – students who wish to appeal their dismissal
from the College have five days from receipt of their notification to
request a waiver, giving reasons for their request. This letter is sent
to the Office of the Associate Dean and will be shared with the
Scholastic Standing Committee of the College.
- Scholastic Standing Meeting – students who wish may attend the
Scholastic Standing Committee meeting which will consider their
request. While attendance is not required, it is an opportunity for
students to provide additional perspective with committee members
regarding their situation.
- Decision – the decision of the Scholastic Standing Committee will
be final and may consist of one of the following:
- The dismissal will be waived and the student will be placed on
probation for one semester and will be required to bring the
professional GPA to 2.00.
- The dismissal will be waived and the student will be given a
contract in which they will achieve particular letter grades in a
limited number of professional courses (e.g: no less than 2 B’s and 1
- The dismissal will be confirmed and the student will be dismissed
from the pharmacy program. The student may still have a sufficient
cumulative GPA to remain at the University, in which case he/she will
choose a new major. If their cumulative GPA is such that they are below
the University minimum, they will be dismissed from the University.
If a student disagrees with a grade
given for a course, he/she may appeal using the procedure
- Review of Syllabus – A professor is required to provide each
student a written grading policy in the syllabus, which must be
distributed within the first week of class (188.8.131.52). When the grading
policy is changed during the semester, students must be informed in
writing of these changes as soon as possible. If a professor fails to
provide the syllabus as described above, the student should notify the
- Meet with Professor – The student should make an appointment with
the instructor and provide evidence to support the appeal of the grade.
This meeting should occur no later than two weeks from the start of the
- Meet with Department Chair - The student may appeal the decision
of the instructor by meeting with the department chair to provide
his/her argument for a change of grade. It is expected that the chair
will also consult with the instructor to evaluate the grading decision.
- Meet with the Associate Dean – If the grade is still unresolved, the
student and the instructor may meet with the Associate Dean to assist
with the resolution of the problem. The Associate Dean will refer any
unresolved grade issue to the Scholastic Standing committee. The
decision of the Scholastic Standing Committee will be final.
- Ombud – Students wishing to appeal this decision should meet with
the University Ombud.