The Sage Colleges take pride in the pursuit of academic excellence and integrity. Students are expected to comply with the stipulations set forth in the “Statement of Academic Honesty,” included in the Student Handbook, which outlines the procedures used to enforce the spirit of academic honesty at the College.
Academic dishonesty and misconduct violate the essential mission of an academic institution and will not be tolerated at The Sage Colleges in any of its forms. Academic dishonesty and misconduct include cheating, plagiarism, multiple submissions, complicity in academic dishonesty/misconduct, abuse of materials or alteration of records. See the current Student Handbook (Office of Student Life) for more information on policy and procedures.
Good Academic Standing
The Sage College regards a student as “in good standing” academically if he or she is permitted to enroll for the subsequent term. To graduate, a student must present a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000.
Student academic progress is monitored at several levels: (a) by the Registrar’s Office through the program evaluation report (b) by the student’s academic advisor, (c) by the program coordinator of the program in which the student is enrolled, (d) by the Academic Standards Committee, and (e) by the students themselves.
In addition, Sage College of Albany matriculated degree seeking students may view a mid term progress report in SageAdvisor (fall and spring only) which summarizes their academic progress at the mid-point of the term (7th week). Grades and comments are included for each course by the course instructor. These grades are not formally recorded on the student’s official record, but are meant to serve as an indication of the student’s academic progress to this point.
Academic Record Review
Student records are scrutinized by the Academic Standards Committee at the end of each fall and spring semester to determine if they are making good progress and likely to meet graduation requirements in the future. Students with a semester or cumulative GPA below a 2.000 may receive a Letter of Academic Action, as appropriate, from the Committee.
Students who earn a semester or cumulative GPA below a 2.000, and thus are at risk for not meeting graduation requirements in the future, are subject to the following academic actions upon review by the Academic Standards Committee at the end of each fall and spring term.
Indicates that a student has earned a semester GPA below a 2.000, while maintaining a cum GPA of 2.000 or higher. This constitutes a serious warning and is a signal that the student must reverse the present direction or face possible academic probation or suspension from the College in the future.
*Notation of “Semester Probation” for the semester will be placed on the permanent transcript.
Indicates that the student’s calculated cumulative GPA at the end of the fall or spring term is less than a 2.000, and thus the student is at risk for not meeting graduation requirements in the future. A student on academic probation may not carry more than 13 credit hours or the equivalent and must comply with academic conditions set by the Committee. Probation constitutes a serious warning and is a signal to the student to reverse the present direction or face possible separation from the College. (This action is the minimum that will occur if the cumulative GPA is below 2.000.)
*Notation of “Academic Probation” for the semester will be placed on the permanent transcript.
Temporary Probation is given to a student when one or more incompletes (I grades) are a factor in determining whether or not the GPA (cumulative or semester) falls below a 2.000. The student on temporary probation should make every effort to resolve the I grade(s) prior to the start of the subsequent semester. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Office of Student Services when the coursework has been completed to arrange to have the temporary probation removed from the record, if a 2.000 cumulative and/or semester GPA is attained with grades from newly-completed courses.
*Notation of “Temporary Academic Probation” for the semester will be placed on the permanent transcript.
Conditions of Probation
Because students who are placed on probation are at risk for not meeting graduation requirements in the future, the Committee may require one or more of the following sanctions in the letter of academic action in an effort to direct students toward a successful subsequent academic experience in the semester proceeding the probation term.
- Meet with faculty advisor and College personnel to develop an academic success plan.
- Restrict students to no more than 5 courses (16 credits) in the subsequent semester.
- Restrict students to no more than 4 courses (13 credits) in the subsequent semester.
- Restrict students to no more than 2 courses (7 credits) in the subsequent semester.
- Repeat courses in the subsequent semester that were not passed previously.
- Change academic program.
Note that a probation status may be placed retroactively on a student’s record whose academic standing could not be determined at the end of a semester due to Incomplete “I” or Research Pending “RP” grades. Since courses with “I” or “RP” grades are often completed in the subsequent semester, grades earned in those courses will be used in a subsequent review of the student’s record and may result in retroactive academic action.
Suspension is defined as a separation from the College for a stated period (one or more semesters). The Academic Standards Committee may impose a suspension under the following conditions:
- a student fails to attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 after 2 or more semesters on Academic Probation;
- a student earns 3 or more F grades in a single semester;
- a student earns a cumulative GPA of 1.250 or below.
Suspended students may appeal to the Dean of the College within the period stipulated in the Letter of Academic Action. In cases where a student receives an incomplete “I” grade in one or more courses and is pending academic suspension from the College, she or he will have a final deadline for completion of work no later than five business days before the start of the next semester. If the remaining coursework is not completed or the final course grade does not improve the cumulative GPA, the student will be suspended. Note that the Provost is the final decision-making authority on all academic matters.
A student who has been suspended may not take courses through any of The Sage Colleges until the completion of the suspension period. Students returning from academic suspension are permitted to enroll in classes under probationary conditions as specified in the original Letter of Academic Action. They must consult with the Associate Dean for Academic Advising before re-enrolling.
*Notation of “Academic Suspension” for the semester will be placed on the permanent transcript.
Academic dismissal is defined as a complete and permanent severance from The Sage Colleges for reasons of academic deficiency. The Committee may impose academic dismissal after one or more academic suspensions. A student who has been dismissed may not take classes at any of The Sage Colleges. As with suspension, dismissed students may appeal to the Dean of the College within the period stipulated in the Letter of Academic Action. The Provost is the final decision-making authority on all academic matters.
*Notation of “Academic Dismissal” for the semester will be placed on the permanent transcript.
GPA Requirements in Major (Academic Program)
In addition to meeting cumulative GPA requirements, all students must achieve a minimum major GPA of 2.200 in order to graduate. Note that certain academic programs have higher academic standards in the major and students may consult their program evalaution report, the Catalog and individual academic departments for clarification of distinct requirements. The academic departments are responsible for identifying and informing students who are not meeting program-specific standards. Students are also responsible for tracking their own academic progress within the major through their program evaluation in SageAdvisor. Students may seek to change their academic program through the Student Services office with permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Advising.
- The academic decision/outcome of the SCA Academic Standards Committee each term is separate from policies of the Office of Financial Aid. Please contact Financial Aid staff directly, 518-292-1781, regarding your current and future financial aid status and college loan eligibility.
- To understand how grade point averages are calculated, see Catalog section, “Academic Policy-Grading”.
- Withdrawing or taking a leave of absence from the College does not exempt the student’s record from academic sanctions. Academic standing outcomes will be posted to the student’s official transcript as noted above.
Academic Monitoring of Student Athletes
Each academic year the Office of Athletics presents each student athlete with a copy of the Sage Student-Athlete Handbook. The handbook can be found on the Athletics website, www.sagegators.com.
The Sage Student-Athlete Handbook contains information on:
- Eligibility for Student Athletes
- Class Attendance Policy for Student Athletes
- Academic Support Program for Student Athletes
For more information contact the Office of Athletics, 518-244-2283, [email protected]
Matriculated undergraduate students who have been away from The Sage Colleges should contact the Admission Office to confirm what return procedures and policies apply. A readmission (re-enrollment) application is required. Upon reenrolling, students are newly matriculated under the current catalog in effect at the time of reenrollment.
If the student attends any other post-secondary institutions (college, university, technical, proprietary school, etc.) while away from Sage, official transcripts should be forwarded to the Office of Admission.
Appeals of Academic Issues
In the event that a student has a complaint involving a faculty member or wishes to question a grade, the student should follow the procedures listed below:
- Meet with the instructor involved. In the best interests of both parties, resolution ideally should be reached at this stage.
- Meet with the instructor’s department chairperson or program coordinator if resolution is not reached between the student and instructor.
- Meet with the Dean of the College, only in the event that the student feels procedures were not followed.
The Provost is the final decision-making authority.