Student Regulations Committee


September 20, 2001



Members Present: D. Allen (Ex. Board Liason); L. Barajas (G. Student); P. Benkeser (BME), Chair; R. Barke (PUBPOL); E.K. Barefield (CHEM); L. Jacobs (CEE); A. Larson (ME); E.W. Looney (UG Student); N. Watson (UG Student); L. Wilcox (Student Affairs)


Members Absent:  J. McIver (Registrar) and B. Walker (LIB)



1.      The August 30, 2001 minutes were approved


2.      The Committee reviewed recommendations from the Institute Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (IUCC) and the Student Academic and Financial Affairs Committee (SAFAC) regarding a revision to the GPA requirements for both academic standing and graduation.  The IUCC and SAFAC both recommended that the minimum GPA required for graduation be raised from 1.95 to 2.00.  The IUCC further recommended that the minimum GPA for good academic standing be changed to a more graduated scale.


After minimal discussion, the Committee voted unanimously to recommend the following change (deletion, addition) to the Student Rules and Regulations


XIII. Undergraduate Degrees
D. Requirements for a Degree
1. To be a candidate for a degree, undergraduate students must have passed or be enrolled in all courses required for the degree, must have a scholastic average for their entire academic program of at least 1.95 2.00, and must have done creditable work in their departmental courses so as to merit the recommendation for the degree by the chair and faculty of their school.


The Committee then discussed at some length the pros and cons of a more graduated scale for good academic standing.  The general consensus was that the current scale made it too difficult for students who performed poorly in their first couple terms to ever recover and regain good academic standing.  The Committee voted unanimously to recommend the following change (deletion, addition) to the Student Rules and Regulations


VI. Scholastic Regulations
C. Academic Standing
2. The minimum satisfactory academic average is 1.70 for freshmen and joint-enrolled high school students; 1.90 1.80 for sophomores; 2.00 1.95 for juniors; 2.00 for seniors and special undergraduates; 2.70 for master's and special graduate students; and 3.00 for doctoral students.


3.      A draft of a revised Student Bill of Rights (see attachment).  The Committee asked the student representatives to return to the next meeting with a document that clearly indicates what language in the current Student Bill of Rights is to be modified.  The next Committee meeting will be devoted entirely to a review of this document.