Student Regulations Committee
November 19, 2007
Streator (Chair), Bill Drummond (Secretary), Mitch Keller, Ray Vito, Eli
Riddle, Nikhil Dewan
Non-voting Members: Reta Pikowsky
Stephanie Ray (for John Stein, Dean of Students)
Peter McGuire, Thomas Habetler, Larry Jacobs,
Non-voting members: Doug Williams (EB
- The meeting began shortly
after 1:15 pm.
- The minutes of October 29,
2007 were approved.
- Freshman Summer Session
and the Grade Substitution Policy
This is an issue of when the “clock” starts for counting the terms in
residence in section (V) (C) (1) and (2).
The committee voted to change section (V) (C) (1) to read “first two
terms in residence (first three terms for those who begin in the Freshman
Summer Session)” and section (V) (C) (2) to read “first four terms in
residence (first five terms for those who begin in the Freshman Summer
The committee voted to delete
(current) section (V) (C) (6) of the regulations, which
reads: The grade substitution policy (including, but not limited
to, course eligibility, number of courses, time limits, and deadlines) is not
subject to exceptions and may not be petitioned to the Undergraduate Curriculum
- Academic Standing--General
Academic warning (differs only in maximum allowable load, 16 rather than
21). Ray said this was an advising issue, not an intervention
issue. Reta’s concern is that a student can’t have a bad term.
Several committee members believe if you don’t put it on the transcript,
it won’t get students’ attention. We need to provide the extra
information that the student’s recent performance makes it more likely
that he or she will be put on academic probation. The students on
the committee said it is better to keep this, since it helps students to
straighten out if they’re doing badly.
According to Reta, one significant problem with the existing policy is the
ambiguity about “academic average” in section (VI) (C) (1). If we
mean cumulative, we should say cumulative. We need to qualify all
references to “academic average.” The existing policy is a term by
term policy. One possibility is to use cumulative GPA rather than
the term GPA. Jeff argued that this is an intervention issue, so we
should continue using term GPA rather than cumulative GPA. Mitch
suggested that there might be cases where cumulative GPA should trigger
probation of people just at the margin, even if they have a marginal but
For the next meeting
committee members should read through the entire academic standing regulation
(section (VI) (C)) to understand the proposed changes and the proposed new
sub-sections 9 and 10:
Proposed sub-section 9: Students who are on
readmission contracts must meet the GPA requirement listed on the contract to
avoid being dropped.
Proposed sub-section 10: Students who are on
departmental contracts will be reviewed by the major school before enrollment
in the term will be permitted.
- Academic Standing—Probation & Dismissal for
Sections (VI) (C) (5) (2) and (VI) (C) (6) (4) should read “below 1.00” as
opposed to “1.00 or below” since Banner is programmed only for those cases below
The committee voted to change “1.00 or below” to “below 1.00” in sections
(VI) (C) (5) (2) and (VI) (C) (6) (4).
- The meeting adjourned at 2pm.
Submitted by Bill Drummond 11/26/2007
Revised by J. Streator 1/29/2008