MLIS Probation & Grade Maintenance

Removal of Initial Probation

Students who have been admitted on probation must meet the academic standards of the University in their graduate coursework. That is, the student must have a grade point average of no less than 3.0 ("B") upon completion of the first 12 credits in order to remain in the program.

Midterm Procedure

Instructors of SOIS graduate students whose course performance is evaluated as less than "B" at the midterm of a given semester shall report this fact to the Assistant Dean. Upon receipt of such a report, the Assistant Dean shall issue to the student, with a copy to the advisor, a letter stating that:

  1. Instructor X has reported a "less-than-a-B" midterm evaluation in course N.
  2. The School hopes that the grade improves before the end of the semester and it encourages the student to discuss the matter with the instructor and/or an advisor.
  3. According to SOIS policy the advisor is not authorized to give written approval to next semester's registration unless he or she judges that the student shows evidence of academic achievement of such quality that:
    • If the student is on probation, he or she can expect to be removed from probation upon completion of 12 credits in the program, or
    • If the student is not on probation, he or she can be expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Semester’s End Procedure

A student whose cumulative graduate grade point average in the MLIS program falls below 3.0 at the end of any semester is placed on probation. If the cumulative grade point average is not raised above 3.0 by the time nine additional credits are earned, the student is discontinued from the program.

Students discontinued from the program may appeal this decision by following the standard SOIS academic appeals procedure. Graduate Grievance/Grade Appeal Procedure>>

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