a. Shepherd University will take appropriate academic action when a student fails to maintain the academic standards of the university, or when there is evidence that a student has violated an academic policy. Students also have the right to appeal academic actions.
b. Examples of situations requiring academic action would include the following.
- Infraction of institutional academic standards, rules, and regulations (required grade point averages, etc.) as stated in the Shepherd University Catalog.
- Final grade challenges.
- Academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, falsifying records, etc.)
- Failure to meet the standards required for continuing in a program of instruction, thus leading to dismissal from that program.
c. For failure to maintain academic standards, the University may impose the following student sanctions.
- Instructor Imposed Sanctions: Sanctions such as the reduction of a grade, or the failure of a course, all of which may be applied by an individual instructor. The maximum penalty a professor may impose is a grade of F in the course.
- Academic Probation is a sanction imposed for failure to meet academic standards (see the Catalog).
- Academic Suspension is the exclusion from all institutional activities for a definite stated period of time not to exceed one calendar year (see the Catalog).
- Academic Dismissal is the termination of student status from some or all programs, including any right or privilege to receive a benefit, recognition, or certification.