Academic Procedures, Policies, & Regulations

For more information about Policies & Procedures, consult the Marist College Catalog here.

Academic Standing

At the end of each semester, grades are reviewed to determine the academic standing of each Marist student. A student is considered to be in good academic standing if he or she is matriculated at Marist College, maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher and a semester grade point average of 2.00 or higher, and is considered to be making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Students failing to meet these standards are subject to warning, academic probation, or academic dismissal.

Academic Probation - It is the responsibility of the Academic Standards Committee, comprised of faculty members, to review student records and recommend probation. During the first semester of academic probation, a student's participation in extracurricular activities may be restricted or there may be other special conditions that the Academic Standards Committee expects him or her to meet. A student granted a second consecutive semester of probation is not eligible for organized extracurricular activities, including, but not limited to, varsity athletics. It should be noted that individual clubs and organizations maintain the right to have higher academic standards for membership and participation. It is suggested that probationary students take only 12 academic credits per semester. Probationary students: are sometimes restricted to 12 academic credits; may be placed into one or more developmental courses; and are required to work closely with mentors and academic advisors. All probationary students are required to complete an Academic Planning & Consultation Record (APCR) which must be filed in the Center for Advising & Academic Services (CAAS) by the designated deadline.

Academic Dismissal - Students who are not making satisfactory progress toward a degree may be dismissed from the College. A student who has been dismissed for academic reasons from the College may apply for reinstatement if he or she can demonstrate satisfactory performance at an accredited institution of postsecondary education. The Reinstatement Policy is mailed to all dismissed students who are eligible to apply to return in the future, and it is also stated in the catalog. You may also view the Reinstatement Policy here. Improved academic performance does not guarantee reinstatement to Marist, and a student who is dismissed, reinstated then dismissed a second time can never return to Marist. Note that disciplinary dismissal or probation is a separate entity and these procedures are described in the Marist College Student Handbook.

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Academic Review

Academic Review of all students who fall below the 2.00 minimum semester or cumulative average required for continuation at Marist College is conducted at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters. Course work taken during a winter or summer term may be reviewed to monitor progress. If your cumulative grade point average goes below a 2.0 during one of these terms, you will be placed on an academic sanction.  The Academic Standards Committee works in conjunction with The Center for Advising & Academic Services (CAAS) to carefully review student records. CAAS collects supplementary information for each student currently on probation. Among the sources contacted are instructors, the Academic Learning Center, the mentors, athletic advisors, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), and Special Services. Advisors can provide helpful information about the student. For instance, there may be a verifiable extenuating circumstance that impacted an advisee's academic performance. It is usually in the student's best interest that the Committee know these circumstances, and therefore advisors will be asked to share them with CAAS. We also ask advisors to send information on any students they deem to be at risk who are not currently on probation.

Once all of the requested information has been collected, it is filed in each student's review folder. The folder is thoroughly reviewed by the Committee during the dismissal appeals process or sooner, as the situation warrants. As promptly as possible, CAAS sends out the appropriate letter of dismissal or probation under the signature of the Director of CAAS.

Some students will exercise their option to appeal a dismissal. Appeals must be made in writing. They should also contain new information and appropriate documentation to verify a student's extenuating circumstances (i.e. - notes from a physician or therapist). Students whose appeals are not granted may choose to apply for reinstatement after completing satisfactory college-level work elsewhere. You may review this policy under the Academic Dismissal section of the catalog.

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Schedule Change and Course Withdrawal Timeline

Forms for changing or withdrawing from courses are available in the Registrar's Office. A student in a 15-week course may change courses or sections of a specific course during the first week of classes with no penalty and with no notation made on his or her permanent record (the transcript). As the name implies, the add/drop period is the only time a student can drop a course and add another. After the first week of 15-week classes, a student may drop courses, but he or she will not be able to add others. If a student withdraws from a class after the refund period (usually the third week of 15-week classes, refer to the Academic Calendar for the exact date each semester) but before the end of the eighth week of the semester, the course is recorded on his or her permanent record with the notation of "W" (withdrawal). If a student withdraws from a course after the first eight weeks of the semester, the course is recorded on his or her permanent record with the grade "WF" (failure). A "W" grade is not calculated in the student's grade point average, but a "WF" is calculated in as an "F". Therefore, students are well-advised to pay close attention to withdrawal deadlines and to consider their alternatives far in advance. For the exact dates of add/drop and withdrawal deadlines, students should consult the Academic Calendar, which is published at the beginning of each academic year and is found in the College Catalog  and the Registrar's Office. For courses not in the 15-week semester format, check with the Registrar's Office for pertinent deadlines.

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Academic Honesty

Adherence to ordinary principles of academic honesty is expected of every Marist student. The complete College statement on Academic Honesty can be found here or in the Marist College Student Handbook.

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 Reinstatement Policy

Review the Reinstatement Policy here.

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