Academic Probation, Academic Dismissal and Requests for Readmission

1.Good Academic Standing

“Good Academic Standing” is measured by a student’s cumulative grade point average at the end of each grading period. Students who entered prior to Summer 2019 must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 to be in good academic standing. Students who enter in Summer 2019 and thereafter must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.1 to be in good academic standing. There is no rounding.

2.Academic Probation

A student will be placed on academic probation if, as of the immediately preceding semester, the student has a cumulative grade point average below the defined good academic standing for his or her entering year. For purposes of this rule, “semester” includes the fall semester, the spring semester, the required summer standard session for spring admit students, and any summer session in which a student takes 8 or more credit hours.

a. Students who are not on academic probation are nevertheless advised that if their cumulative grade point average is 2.4 or below, they are at a statistically greater risk of either not finishing law school (below a 2.2) and/or not passing the bar examination (below 2.4). Students in either category are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Law School’s Academic Success and Bar Preparations programming.

 

3. Requirements for Continuing Studies on Academic Probation

a.  A student placed on academic probation at any time during his or her law school career must comply with the following obligations to be allowed to continue his  or her legal education at the law school:

i.  The student must meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee for counseling. The student must review all of his or her exams  from the previous semester and must identify in writing: the most common feedback the student received on his or her work, how the student studied for each class, why the student believes he or she has not performed well in law school and how the student will change his or her studying process to improve his or her grades.

ii.  The Associate Dean or his or her designee will offer the student information regarding the student’s necessary grade point average to avoid academic dismissal and, working with the student, will develop an education plan designed to maximize the student’s chance of avoiding academic dismissal.

iii.  The student must comply with all the requirements of the Academic Success Probation Program, including meeting attendance requirements with respect to meetings with program personnel, and completing all Academic Success Probation Program assignments.

b.  A student who fails to meet any of the foregoing obligations may be administratively dismissed from the law school.

c.  A student placed on academic probation should also consult with the Office of Financial Aid if that student receives financial aid.

 

4. Academic Disqualification

a.  A student on academic probation will be academically disqualified from the law school if the student does not achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 for those students who entered prior to Summer 2019, or at least 2.1 for those students who entered in Summer 2019 or thereafter, as of the end of the probationary semester. “Probationary Semester” is defined as a fall or spring semester, a summer semester when a student takes 8 or more credit hours, or the required summer standard session for spring admit students.

b.  A student will be academically disqualified at the end of the second consecutive semester in which the student’s cumulative grade point average is below the defined good academic standing for their entering year.

c.  A student who has been deemed academically disqualified but is then granted readmission will be academically disqualified if the student’s cumulative grade point average falls below good academic standing, as defined for their entering year, in any semester following readmission.

d.  A student who has previously been placed on academic probation will be academically disqualified if at any point during the student’s enrollment, the student’s cumulative grade point average falls below the threshold for good academic standing a second time, as defined by their entering year.

i. Students who are dismissed due to falling below good academic standing a second time do have the right to an appeal pursuant to Number 4 of this section.

ii. This right of appeal does not change the rules regarding dismissal, or appeals to the Committee, for students readmitted after being academically disqualified. Those students may spend a second semester on probation as a result of their readmission.

e. A student shall be academically disqualified if at any point during the student’s enrollment the student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 1.5 for students who started prior to Summer 2019 and 1.8 for students who started in Summer 2019 or thereafter.

 

5. Requests by Disqualified Students for Readmission and Permission to Continue Studies on Probation

a.  A student who has received notice that he or she has been academically disqualified may petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission and permission to continue his or her studies on academic probation for the following semester, or such period as the Academic Standards Committee deems appropriate.

i. A student may petition the Academic Standards Committee regarding his or her academically disqualified status only once during his or her studies at the law school. Additional attempts to petition for reinstatement are prohibited and will not constitute a denial by the Academic Standards Committee for purposes of 5.i.

b.  The petition must be submitted, and may be submitted by email, to the chair of the Academic Standards Committee no later than 5:00 pm two business days after the date that the Associate Dean provides written notice of academic disqualification to the student.

c.  The petition must allege facts that meet each of the standards referred to in paragraph 5.h. below.

d. The committee may elect to conduct a hearing, but a student has no right to an in-person hearing. The decision to deny a hearing is unappealable.

e.  The chair of the Academic Standards Committee, or his or her designee, will inform the student of the Committee’s decision within two days after the Committee makes it.

i. If the Committee denies a petition for readmission without prejudice, the disqualified student may petition for readmission again but must meet whatever time deadlines for readmission set by the Committee in its ruling. If the Committee denies a student’s petition with prejudice, the student must apply to the Office of Admission should the student wish to return to the Law School. If admitted, the student would be required to restart the J.D. program.

f.  As a condition of readmission, the Committee may require, among other things, that the student re-take certain law school classes or otherwise address deficiencies by doing additional reading or taking classes on writing.

g.  A student who is readmitted shall be readmitted on probation. As such, the student must comply with all requirements stated in the section on Requirements for Continuing Studies on Academic Probation above.

h.  The Academic Standards Committee may grant a petition if the student establishes the following:

i.  Extraordinary circumstances contributed to his or her inability to meet the academic requirements of the law school;

ii.  The student’s failure to meet the standards for continuing his or her studies does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete the program of study or to pass the bar exam and, in fact, the student possesses that capacity; and

iii.  The circumstances resulting in the student’s academic disqualification have been remedied or no longer exist.

i.  A student whose petition for readmission is denied by the Academic Standards Committee may appeal the decision to the Dean. The appeal will be limited to a review of whether the Academic Standards Committee committed prejudicial procedural error. The fact that the Academic Standards Committee has denied a student’s petition and reached a decision that the student feels is erroneous is substantive and not procedural, and is therefore, not grounds for an appeal to the Dean.  The Dean’s review may not include a review of the substance (i.e., the basis) of the student’s petition to the Academic Standards Committee or the student’s perceived correctness of the Committee’s decision.

i.  A student wishing to appeal to the Dean must do so by 5:00 pm two business days after the date that the Chair of the Academic Standards Committee or his or her designee provides written notice of the denial to the student.  The student should submit his or her appeal to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who will forward the appeal to the Dean.

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