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Procedures for Dismissing Students from Academic Programs

a.  Several departments at Shepherd University (which include, but are not limited to, teacher education and nursing) offer programs requiring a student to meet certain academic and professional standards in order to continue enrollment in the program.

b.  When a point is reached in the programmatic study when a student might not qualify to continue in the program, the following procedures shall be followed.

(1)        The student shall be counseled about his or her lack of progress by one or more faculty members responsible for the program.

(2)        When it appears to one or more instructors that a student has failed to meet the standards for continuing in the program, that instructor or those instructors shall notify the Department Chair and a formal review of the student’s status shall be conducted by the department members, who shall determine whether the student may continue in the program.

(a)        If the department decides upon programmatic retention, the student shall be advised in writing of the necessary steps, if any that will be required as a condition of retention.

(b)        If the department decides upon programmatic dismissal, the following procedures will be followed:

(i)         The student will be informed of the department’s decision in writing.

(ii)        The student will be notified of the available procedures for appealing the decision.

(iii)       The student will be allowed to complete coursework begun before the programmatic dismissal but will not be permitted to enroll in any further courses in the program unless permitted to do so by a successful appeal.

(c)  The Student Appeals to the Dean.

(1)        The student may appeal the decision of the department to the Dean of the College in which the program is offered, following the steps outlined in Section 6. c. (1).

(2)        Upon receiving an appeal, the Dean shall follow the steps outlined in Section 6. c. (2).

(3)        Both the student and the department have the right to appeal the decision of the Dean to the Academic Appeal Committee.

(d).  Petition to the Academic Appeal Committee.

(1)        A student or the department may appeal the Dean’s decision to the Academic Appeal Committee, following the steps in Section 6. d. (1).

(2)        Upon receiving an appeal, the Provost and the Academic Appeal Committee shall follow the steps outlined in Section 6. d. (1). (a). through 6. d. (4).