A "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average must be maintained in all graduate work taken as part of the degree or certificate program.
Graduate students are expected to do work of high caliber. Failure to do so will result in dismissal. In particular, the following will result in automatic dismissal from the degree or certificate program:
A department/school will recommend that the Dean for Graduate Studies either dismiss, or place on probation with conditions for reinstatement as a student in good standing, in the following cases:
Some departments/schools apply additional criteria of satisfactory performance beyond the requirements of the Graduate College. A copy of the department's/school's policy should be on file in the Graduate Studies Office and a copy distributed to every graduate student enrolled in the program.
A grade of "U" or "Fail" in any course taken by a graduate student shall be treated the same as for a grade of "C-" or below and shall result in automatic dismissal from the graduate program.
Grades which result in automatic dismissal from a program (e.g., grade of "C-" or below, "U" , "Fail") may not be applied towards a graduate plan of study.
Students will be placed on stop enrollment for the department/school from which they were dismissed unless they request and receive permission in accordance with departmental/school graduate program policy to enroll as a non-degree student in that program.
The process for petitioning and evaluating petitions for reinstatement into a graduate program is the responsibility of each department/school Graduate Program Committee. For a current copy of procedures, please contact your department/school Graduate Program Committee Chair.
Appeal of grades in graduate-level courses shall be made through the graduate student grade appeal procedures for the campus through which the grade was awarded. Students who believe their evaluation in a course has been prejudiced or capricious must first attempt to resolve the matter with the course instructor and then the department through which the course was offered. The initiation of the appeal in writing by the student must be filed within six weeks following receipt of the grade from the Office of the Registrar.
In cases where a grade lower than a "C" will result in dismissal from the graduate student's program, the Dean for Graduate Studies will notify the Graduate Program Committee Chair and student that the student will be automatically dismissed from his/her graduate program. The student will have a two-week grace period from the date of the dismissal notification to the date of the request to the Registrar for disenrollment in all graduate coursework. This two-week period allows the student an opportunity to present his/her case informally to the course instructor and, if necessary, to the chair of the graduate program committee before being terminated from the program and disenrolled from courses. A student who has been dismissed from a graduate program and disenrolled from course work may still file a formal appeal to the campus Dean for Graduate Studies, but is no longer a student in good standing and is prohibited from taking graduate courses until the formal appeal has been resolved.
If the matter is not resolved, the student may file an appeal in writing to the campus Dean for Graduate Studies, who shall inform the student of the grade appeal procedures approved by the Graduate Faculty or by their duly elected representative Graduate Council for that campus, and shall forward the appeal to the student-faculty committee or council which is designated to hear graduate-level course grade appeals on that campus. Since awarding grades in courses occurs at the individual campus level, the decision of the campus committee or council designated to hear the case on behalf of the campus Graduate Faculty shall be final and is not subject to further appeal.
The initiation of the appeal, in writing, by the student must be filed within 30 days following the student's receipt of notification of the evaluation.
This document outlines the UNO Graduate Council policies and procedures for student academic appeals in situations such as comprehensive exams, plagiarism, and reinstatements. For grade appeals, see the “Grade Appeal Policy at the Graduate College Level for Graduate-Level Courses.”
The document is divided into three sections: 1) Documentation from Student and Faculty Representative (or Department?) 2) a description of the initial review of the appeal case by the Graduate Student Academic Appeals Committee; and 3) details of the operating guidelines for the UNO Graduate Council to follow in conducting a full appeal.
The student shall provide documentation that proves the student's appeal. In addition to the documentation deemed relevant by the student to prove the student's appeal and provided by the student, the student shall complete a single page cover sheet for the appeal. That cover sheet shall be designed by the Graduate Dean and provided to the student. On that cover sheet, in less than 2,000 characters (i.e., including spaces), the student shall specifically identify in three separate paragraphs:
The student's appeal is not submitted until the Graduate Dean determines that the student's cover sheet has been completed as here required.
The Graduate Dean shall deliver the student's section 1.1. Cover sheet along with other notice of the student's appeal to the decision maker whose decision is being appealed. The decision maker shall promptly notify the Graduate Dean of the decision maker's appointment of a Faculty Representative.
Ordinarily the student's appeal necessarily is limited to an appeal of the decision of a single decision maker (e.g., graduate program committee). However, if the student is appealing decisions of more than one decision maker, then there might be more than one Faculty Representative. The Faculty Representative of a committee may be, but is not necessarily, a member of that committee. If no such notice of appointment is delivered to the Graduate Dean, then the Faculty Representative of an individual decision maker shall be that individual, and for a committee the current chair of that committee.
The Faculty Representative shall timely provide documentation relevant to the student's appeal as defined in the student's section 1.1 cover sheet. After the student has submitted an appeal and after the Faculty Representative has replied by providing relevant documentation, the Graduate Dean shall review that documentation for completeness. Prior to the Graduate Dean delivering that documentation to the Graduate Student Academic Appeals Committee, the Graduate Dean, in the interest of completeness, may request the Faculty Representative(s) to provide specific additional documentation that the Graduate Dean reasonably believes is readily available to the decision maker whose decision is being appealed.
The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean for Graduate Studies shall appoint a committee which will review student academic appeals that are filed in the Office of Graduate Studies. The task of the Graduate Student Academic Appeals Committee will be to determine whether the appeal merits a hearing by the Graduate Council.
The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean for Graduate Studies shall appoint two faculty members from each of the two standing committees of the Graduate Council, and one of the student representatives on the Graduate Council, to serve on the committee. The duration of appointment to the committee shall be for one year. (In cases where a student from the home department of one of the members of the committee has initiated an appeal, the Dean shall appoint a replacement for that committee member from the Graduate Council to hear that specific appeal. All other cases of potential conflict of interest shall be treated in a similar fashion).
The committee is charged with the responsibility of determining the merits of the student academic appeal, based on the letter of appeal and any other documentation requested and received by either the Dean for Graduate Studies or the Graduate Student Academic Appeals Committee. The committee shall vote on whether the appeal merits a hearing by the Graduate Council. Affirmative vote of the majority of the members is required to bring the appeal before the Graduate Council for a full hearing. The decision of the committee will be communicated to the Office of Graduate Studies for appropriate action.
The Graduate Council will hear only those appeals forwarded by the Graduate Student Academic Appeals Committee. The purpose of the hearing shall be to decide the merit of a student's request for redress of the academic issue being appealed. The appealing student bears the burden of proof to prove: (1) by clear and convincing evidence that the faculty member's decision being appealed was prejudicial or capricious; and 2) by the preponderance of the evidence that the Graduate Program Committee's decision being appealed was prejudicial or capricious.
The full membership of the Graduate Council (quorum required) shall hear academic appeals of graduate students.
Graduate Council members who feel a conflict of interest might result from their participation in an academic appeal hearing shall exercise the necessary professional steps to avoid influencing the vote of the Council.
The Graduate Council shall hear appeals forwarded by the Graduate Student Academic Appeals Committee at its next scheduled meeting unless a delay is approved.
The student and the faculty representative shall have freedom to present their viewpoints, limited only to the requirement that facts and opinions presented shall pertain to the academic issue being appealed.
The following shall be made known to persons present at the hearing:
The time: _________ The date: _________ The place: _________. This hearing will be conducted in compliance with the UNO Graduate Student Academic Appeal Policy. The student, ________, has filed an appeal in conformity with the policies of the Graduate Council pertaining to the findings of a Graduate Program Committee. The Graduate Program Committee or other designated committee consisted of Professor _______, Chair; and Professors ___________ and ___________ as members. That committee heard the appeal on __________ and denied the appeal. The student disagreed with the decision of the departmental appeals committee and continued the appeal process by submitting a letter detailing supporting reasons to the Dean for later consideration by the Graduate Student Academic Appeals Committee. That committee reviewed the student's request on ________ and, under conformity with its guidelines, has forwarded the student's appeal to the Graduate Council for action. The Graduate Council members present at this hearing have had an opportunity to review the documents provided by the person(s) involved. The agenda for the UNO Graduate Student Academic Appeal is:
Student's presentation: 10 minutes Faculty Representative’s presentation: 10 minutes Council Members' questions to Student and Faculty Representative: up to 20 minutes Student's concluding remarks: 5 minutes Faculty Member's concluding remarks: 5 minutes
The participants of this appeal shall leave following the above hearing and the Council will deliberate the issue(s) involved. The Council's decision will be determined by secret ballot of those members who were present and voted. As soon as the votes are counted by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean for Graduate Studies, the ballots shall be destroyed and the final decision announced to the Council by the Dean. In no case shall the number of votes cast on either side of the issue be disclosed.
The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean for Graduate Studies shall provide the parties of an appeal a written statement of the Graduate Council's decision within three working days.
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