Good Standing

Students are considered to be in good academic standing as long as they have met all of the requirements to continue in the program, have not been placed on academic warning and are permitted by their Dean to remain in a graduate degree program. Students who do not maintain good standing are subject to the following:


Students enrolled in Master’s programs must meet all the following criteria to advance in their programs of study:

  1. Maintain an overall Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of not less than 3.0. Students who do not meet this criterion will not be eligible to continue in the program and will be subject to the process identified below.
  2. Successfully complete all coursework.
  3. Maintain the professional and ethical standards of the profession, the college, and the accrediting agencies as applicable to the specific program of study.

I. Grievances Specifically Excluded from this Process

  1. Complaints directly related to academic integrity, grade appeal, student grievance, student code of conduct, student-athlete code of conduct, and matters controlled by NUSGA bylaws are exempt from this policy and should be resolved via the procedures in the relevant policies and controlling documents.
  2. Students concerned that their lack of progress was based in part or wholly on the basis of discrimination based on race, color, gender, sexual orientation, military status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, or other status, should consult the Title IX Coordinator before taking any action under this policy.

II.    Oversight of the Graduate Student Eligibility Policy

If any situation occurs that is not covered in the procedure of this policy, the academic dean of the college in which the program resides, in consultation with the provost, will issue guidance consistent with the overall fair and respectful spirit of the policy. This decision regarding the procedure to be followed will be final.

III.    Revision of this Policy

Any revision of this policy must be approved by the provost in consultation with the academic deans for each college and from the Academic Senate.

IV.    General Student Guidelines

  1. In general, it is the responsibility of the student to contest a dismissal on his or her behalf.
  2. To demonstrate adherence to deadlines, students are required to make requisite submissions via official Niagara University email accounts.