Section X: Academic Standards and Expectations


Students are expected to conform to the highest ethical and moral standards, which includes meeting the following expectations:

  1. Demonstrate responsibility and integrity in their academic studies and research.
  2. Learn, respect, and abide by commonly accepted professional codes of ethics and responsibilities in their discipline.
  3. Be familiar with, and follow, all university policies related to ethics and scholarly conduct, including policies on academic integrity and plagiarism.
  4. Treat university faculty, staff, and other students respectfully and professionally without bias or prejudice.

X.1  Good standing

Students are expected to maintain good standing.  Students who fail to do this may be placed on remediation or probation by the Graduate School, may lose any associateship held, and may be denied further enrollment in the Program, which is known as a denial of registration.  To be in good standing, students must do the following:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Demonstrate Reasonable Progress in their dissertation research (defined below).
  3. Meet other Program expectations. This includes, but is not limited to, holding Advisory Committee meetings at least once annually, submitting annual progress reports in a timely manner, being responsive to correspondence from the Program Coordinator, director or co-directors, and attending Program events for which attendance is required.
  4. Conducting themselves with integrity and professionalism, consistent with the Graduate School policy on Research Standards and Scholarly Misconduct.

Violation of university policy including, but not limited to, the OSU Code of Student Conduct and Graduate School policy on Research Standards and Scholarly Misconduct, are also considered loss of good standing.

X.2  Reasonable Progress

To demonstrate Reasonable Progress towards MCDB Program requirements, students must meet Program milestones and make satisfactory progress in their dissertation research.  Program milestones include satisfactory completion of the required and elective coursework in the first two years and satisfactory completion of candidacy by the end of the first semester of their third year.  Satisfactory progress includes meeting or exceeding expectations in the annual progress report rubric completed by the Advisory Committee.

X.3  Remediation and Probation

Students must maintain a graduate cumulative grade average of 3.0 or better in all graduate level courses.  Students that have a cumulative GPA below 3.0 after nine or more graded graduate credit hours have been attempted will, in close consultation with their dissertation advisor, Program director or co-directors, and the Graduate School, enter into a remediation plan for one semester. Graduate courses that are not assigned a letter grade do not count towards the nine credit hour threshold.  The goal of the remediation plan is to help the student increase their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or higher.  The plan may stipulate requirements regarding actions and/or specific courses to be taken. 

Students who do not increase their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or better after remediation has been attempted for one semester but are judged to be making progress and are otherwise in good standing, will be placed on academic probation for one semester by the Graduate School. According to Graduate School rules, a student who is on probation in the Graduate School may not be appointed or reappointed as a Graduate Associate or Fellow.

A student who raises their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or higher within the time specified in the remediation or probation plan is removed from remediation or probation by the Graduate School.  At that time, appointment or reappointment as a Graduate Associate or Fellow may be possible.

Course work taken during remediation or probation must be graduate-level, within the discipline, and approved by the director or co-directors.  

X.4  Denial of Further Registration

A student who is not in good standing may be denied further registration by the Graduate School on the recommendation of the MCDB director or co-directors. Denial of further registration means that the student is not permitted to re-enroll in the Graduate School unless accepted into another graduate program.

The Program may deny further registration to students who, while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher, fail to do either of the following:

  1. Take the Candidacy Examination by the end of their first seven semesters in the Program, which is typically Autumn semester of their third year.
  2. Complete their doctoral requirements within four years following completion of the Candidacy Examination.

X.5  Academic Dismissal

Academic dismissal is the dismissal of a student from the University on academic grounds. A student on a remediation plan or on academic probation whose record continues to deteriorate will be warned that academic dismissal is likely if the record does not improve. Warnings will include performance criteria tailored to the individual student.

A student who is on probation and who does not raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or higher at the end of that semester or summer session of enrollment may be dismissed from the University at the discretion of the Graduate School following consultation with the student’s MCDB Program director or co-directors.  At the end of two consecutive semesters or sessions on probation, the student is automatically dismissed from the University unless good standing is achieved.  If there are extenuating circumstances, the Program may petition the Graduate School for an exception to this policy.

A student who has had two unsatisfactory attempts at the candidacy examination or the final oral examination is automatically dismissed from the University on academic grounds.

X.6  Disciplinary Dismissal

Disciplinary Dismissal is the dismissal of a student from the University on grounds of misconduct. Students found to have violated university policy (e.g. prohibitions against academic and non-academic misconduct) may be subject to sanctions up to and including Disciplinary Dismissal.  Policies for the investigation of alleged misconduct are described in Appendix C of the Graduate School Handbook.   As with Academic Dismissal, Disciplinary Dismissal will be noted on a student’s permanent record. Unlike an Academic Dismissal, students dismissed for disciplinary reasons are not able to return to the university.


Rev: November, 2020