Graduate Regulations

Interpreting Seemingly Contradictory Regulations


Both the Graduate College and the several graduate programs maintain academic regulations and requirements. Given variations between and among the respective programs and the responsibility of the division for all graduate level instruction, students may be confronted by academic standards, regulations, and requirements which appear contradictory. For example, individual programs may require higher grade point averages for continuation than are required by the Graduate College for continuation. (Similarly, individual programs may only consider the overall grade point average in determining eligibility for continuance; the division considers both the overall average and the pattern of grades which yielded the average in determining eligibility for continuation.)

In instances in which different or varying regulations appear applicable to a specific circumstance, the higher, more rigorous, or more exacting standard is always the applicable standard. For example, a student may be academically suspended for failing to meet the minimum grade point standard of 3.50 established by a graduate program even though the standard maintained by the Graduate College (3.00) has been met. In this instance, the graduate program standard is the more exacting standard.

While the more rigorous or exacting standard is typically apparent and may be readily identified by the student, questions regarding applicable standards may be addressed to the academic advisor for resolution.

Updated 3/27/2012