Chatham University

The Office of Academic Affairs

+Satisfactory Academic Progress Policies

Undergraduate

All students are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) unless noted otherwise by a specific program. Full time students are expected to accumulate course credits, under the minimal course load of 12 credits per long semester, at a rate consistent with achieving 120 credits. A student's progress is reviewed at the close of each term/semester. At that time, the appropriate academic dean's office reviews the grades of all students who have not met University standards. Students may be given a probationary period when they fall below this expectation. Students may receive an academic warning, an academic probation, an academic suspension or dismissal from the University.

Graduate

All students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. At the time of completion of graduate degree requirements, students must have earned a minimum of a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) unless noted otherwise by a specific graduate program. Satisfactory progress toward a degree is monitored each term/semester by this same criterion. Unless otherwise specified by the graduate program, the minimum full-time academic load during any semester is nine credit hours per semester. In the PsyD and PA programs, full time academic load is six credits.

Students not in good academic standing are subject to academic probation, academic suspension or academic dismissal. Additional program specific academic standing policies for students in the School of Health Sciences can be found in the specific program handbook.
When a student earns a grade lower than B-, the same course must be repeated. A student is allowed to repeat only two courses, but each course only once. If the repeated grade earned is less than B-, the student will be dismissed.

All undergraduate and graduate academic actions and separations are recorded on the student's transcript, and these actions may endanger the continuation of financial aid.

+Academic Grade Appeals

A challenge to a grade received in a course, thesis, capstone, or other graduation requirement will be considered only when the student alleges that the grade received reflects other than appropriate academic criteria; that is, achievement and proficiency in the subject matter as stated in the course syllabus.

The statute of limitation for all grade appeals is one year from date of issue. A student wishing to challenge a grade received in a course must first discuss the matter with the faculty member teaching the course in an effort to resolve the grievance. If the grievance is not settled, the student must then appeal the matter to the Department Chair or Program Director. If the issue remains unresolved, the student may then file an appeal with the appropriate academic dean, who will seek formal reconciliation. Appeals made to the appropriate Academic Dean must be in writing, must include written documentation from each stage of the appellate process. A student challenging a grade received in a course may file an appeal with the Dean's Office no later than eight weeks after the date on which the grade was due in the Office of the University Registrar. The Dean will investigate the case, hearing both the student and the faculty member and will render a decision within 30 calendar days of receiving the petition.

If reconciliation is not achieved at the dean level, the student may file an appeal with the Vice President of Academic Affairs. An appeal must be filed with the Vice President of Academic Affairs no later than five working days after receiving the Dean's decision in the case. The decision of the Vice President is final in the grade appeal process. The appeal must be in writing and must include written documentation to support the appeal. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will investigate the case, hearing both the student and the faculty member and will render a decision within 30 calendar days of receiving the petition. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will inform the student and the faculty member of the decision in writing. The decision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs is final in the grade appeal process.

+Academic Forgiveness - Undergraduate

Undergraduate students who have returned to the University after an absence of at least two consecutive academic years have the option of applying for academic forgiveness to the Office of Academic Affairs through the appropriate academic dean. Individual applications are reviewed, and may or may not be approved. If approved, this one-time opportunity allows students to request that up to 15 credits of grades received previously at Chatham where the student earned a "D" or "F" be removed from their cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation. Students will be eligible to apply for Academic Forgiveness after they have returned to Chatham and completed a minimum of 24 graded credits maintaining a GPA of at least 2.75. Credits received for the forgiven courses will be retained; the grades will remain on the transcript, but the grades will no longer be calculated in the cumulative GPA. If this option is exercised, a minimum of 45 graded credits for graduation must be completed at Chatham University after the student's return to active status.

+Academic Warning - Undergraduate

Undergraduate students (with the exception of First Year students*) who earn a semester GPA below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Warning.

+Academic Probation

Undergraduate

All undergraduate students who meet any of the following criteria will be placed on Academic Probation:

  • A cumulative GPA below 2.0 for the first time OR
  • Two consecutive semesters with a semester GPA below 2.0 OR
  • Three or more semesters with a GPA semester below 2.0 even if their cumulative GPA is above 2.0.
  • *First Year students who earn a GPA below 2.0 in their first semester.

Graduate

All graduate students at Chatham University are required to earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for degree conferral. Grades below B- will not result in graduate credit for degree-seeking graduate students. Graduate student with a semester G.P.A. below 3.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. A graduate student on Academic Probation unable to earn a semester GPA above 3.0 during the following semester is subject to academic suspension or dismissal

+RN-BSN Academic Standing and Progression Policy

All RN-BSN students are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credit hours in college level courses. To progress toward the BSN degree students must earn a minimum grade of C- (70%) or better in a graded course, or a grade of pass in pass/fail courses, in all courses and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher. Failure to meet these standards could result in the following academic actions:

  1. A student will need to retake any required core RN-BSN course(s) with an earned grade below C- (70%) in a graded course or a grade of fail in pass/fail courses and earn a passing grade. A second earned grade below C- (70%) in a graded course or fail in pass/fail courses in ANY required core RN-BSN course in a subsequent session or semester will be cause for dismissal from the program.
  2. A student who earns a GPA below 2.0 in any session (subterm), unless they are only enrolled in a pass/fail course, will be placed on Academic Warning. A student will also be placed on Academic Warning if they withdraw from the same required core RN-BSN course two times. The student must earn a GPA above 2.0 in the subsequent session (subterm), or successfully complete the course from which the student withdrew, in order to return to good standing.
  3. A student who earns a GPA below 2.0 in two consecutive sessions (subterms), or has a cumulative GPA below 2.0, will be placed on Academic Probation. A student placed on Academic Probation is strongly advised to meet with their Nursing Academic Advisor and the PACE Center to design a plan that will enable the student to return to good academic standing. The student must earn both a session (subterm) and semester (term) GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to have the probationary status removed.
  4. A student who earns a GPA below 2.0 in three sessions (subterms), consecutive or not, or has a cumulative GPA below 2.0, will be placed on continued Academic Probation. A student on continued Academic Probation is required to create and complete a remediation plan with their Nursing Academic Advisor and collaborate with the PACE Center for the next enrolled session. The student must earn both a session (subterm) and semester (term) GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to return to good academic standing. Students unable to meet the requirements of continued Academic Probation are subject to Academic Suspension and Dismissal as described in the Chatham University Course Catalog.