Interpreting Seemingly Contradictory Regulations
Both the Graduate College and the several undergraduate programs maintain academic regulations and requirements. Given variations between and among the respective programs and the responsibility of the Graduate College for undergraduate and non-traditional undergraduate 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.
When different or varying regulations appear applicable to a circumstance, the higher, more rigorous, or more exacting standard is always the applicable standard. Thus, 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 program standard is the more exacting standard.
While the more rigorous or exacting standard is typically apparent and may be identified by the student, questions regarding applicable standards may be addressed to the student’s academic advisor.