Academic Dismissal - Right of Appeal
Effective Date Jul 1, 2014
Students taking the ABA Online sequence of courses toward certification are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress, which is a minimum of a B average, each term. A grade of B or better is required to pass these courses. The length of a term is three months.
Students who receive a grade lower than a B in a given course due to lack of points or a score less than 70% on the final exam will need to retake the course at their own expense. If the failed course is a prerequisite of the next course in the sequence, students who fail the prerequisite course will not be permitted to proceed to the next course in the sequence until a passing grade has been earned in the prerequisite course. Students who fail a course will not be permitted to take the failed course concurrently with the next course in the sequence if the failed course is a prerequisite of the next course. Please note that retaking a failed course does not replace the original grade on your transcripts. Both attempts at the course will appear on your transcripts, and both grades will be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
Probation & Dismissal Policies
Students taking the ABA Online program courses for continuing education nontransferable graduate credit must maintain good academic standing. Students whose term GPA falls below 3.0 (2.9 or lower) will be placed on academic probation. Students who begin a term on academic probation, and fail to achieve a term GPA of 3.0, will be academically dismissed from the program. Students who are academically dismissed have the right to appeal the dismissal. If readmitted, the student will have one last opportunity to achieve good academic standing. A third term GPA below 3.0 will result in permanent academic dismissal.
Students completing the course as nonmatriculating graduate students must maintain academic good standing as outlined in the Florida Institute of Technology‘s University Catalog. Master’s students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 are no longer considered to be in academic good standing. Students who fail to meet the required minimum term GPA of 3.0 will have their academic standing progress sequentially through warning, probation, suspension and dismissal as outlined in the university catalog.
Reinstated students may be subject to special requirements as determined by the program director and lead co-instructor for the course. Failure to meet the conditions specified at the time of reinstatement results in a second dismissal, with the student retaining the right to request another reinstatement, although such requests are normally granted only in extraordinary circumstances. A third failure of any course will result in permanent academic dismissal from the program without the opportunity to appeal the dismissal.
The courses in the Third Edition Task List sequence are graded as pass/fail. A passing grade has no GPA value, but a failing grade has a zero (0) GPA value. Therefore, failing a course in any term will result in dismissal without probation for any student who is taking an ABA Online course for transferable graduate credit. The initial dismissal may be appealed to the dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. Students who are reinstated after a course failure will be dismissed from the university, without the right to appeal the dismissal, if a second failing grade is earned, regardless of the course that was failed. The courses in the Fourth Edition Task List sequence are graded with letter grades, allowing students to accumulate a GPA for courses taken. Students with a GPA at or below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student’s cumulative GPA is at or below 2.0 for a second term, the student will be academically dismissed, with the right to appeal the dismissal. If a course is retaken because of a failing grade, the failing grade is not replaced by the new grade, but is still calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA. A dismissal may be appealed to the senior director of continuing education; however, the student will be dismissed a second time if his or her GPA falls to or below 2.0 for a second term.
All students on academic probation or academically dismissed from the program will receive an email notification of their academic standing. Students who are on academic probation and readmitted students will be subject to special requirements as determined by the program director and lead co-instructor for the course. Failure to comply with or meet these requirements may result in dismissal.