Russell Sage College takes 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 in any of its forms. Academic dishonesty and misconduct include:
- using material not authorized by the instructor to complete an exam;
- knowingly doing another person’s academic work;
- presenting the written ideas, representations, or words of another without citing the appropriate sources;
- failing to cooperate in the investigation of any student being accused of academic dishonesty/misconduct.
View the Student Handbook (Office of Student Life) for more information on student conduct policy and procedures:
Good Academic Standing
Russell Sage College regards a student as “in good standing” academically if they are permitted to enroll for the subsequent term. To graduate, a student must present a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000. Note: some major programs require a higher cumulative GPA for degree completion. See specific program pages for more information.
In addition to meeting cumulative GPA requirements, all students must achieve a minimum major GPA of 2.200 in order to graduate. Certain academic programs have higher academic standards in the major and students may consult individual academic departments for clarification of distinct requirements.
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 director of the program in which the student is enrolled, (d) by the Academic Standards Committee, (e) Advisory Grade Report (5th week progress), and (f) by the students themselves.
- Advisory Grade Report: undergraduate students may view their undergraduate advisory grades (fall and spring only) in SageAdvisor. The advisory report summarizes student academic progress at the 5th week. Grades and comments are included for each course by the course instructor. Advisory 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 Committee on Admission, Academic Standards, and Retention (CAAR) 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 or Committee designee.
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.
Decisions made by the CAAR committee are separate from the Financial Aid Office decisions and policies.
Indicates that a student has earned a semester GPA below a 2.000, while maintaining a cumulative 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. 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, unless the student has resolved the matter.
Conditions of Probation
Because students who are placed on probation are at risk for not meeting graduation requirements, 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 following 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: 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 Committee may impose a suspension under one or more of the following conditions:
- a student fails to attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 after 2 or more semesters on Academic Probation or Semester Probation;
- a student earns 3 or more F grades in a single semester;
- a student earns a cumulative GPA of 1.250 or below;
- a student demonstrates poor academic performance which warrants action more severe than probation.
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, they 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. The Provost is the final decision-making authority on all academic matters.
A student who has been suspended may not take courses at Sage 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 Director of Academic Advising and Dean of Students to confirm what return procedures and policies apply.
*Notation of “Academic Suspension” for the semester will be placed on the permanent transcript.
Academic dismissal is defined as a complete and permanent severance 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 Sage. 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.
- The academic action/decision of the Academic Standards Committee (CAAR) each term is separate from policies of the Office of Financial Aid. Please contact Financial Aid staff directly, [email protected], 518-292-1783/518-244-4525, 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.
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 evaluation, my progress 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. Students may seek to change their academic program through the Student Services office with permission of the Advising Office.
Academic Monitoring of Student Athletes
Each academic year the Athletics Department presents each student athlete with a copy of the Sage Student-Athlete Handbook. The handbook can be found on the Sage 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]
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 or speak with the instructor involved. In the best interests of both parties, resolution ideally should be reached at this stage.
- Meet or speak with the instructor’s department chairperson or program coordinator if resolution is not reached between the student and instructor.
- Meet or speak 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.
Former matriculated undergraduate students who have been away and not on an approved leave of absence must contact the Admission Office for a readmission/re-enrollment application procedures. 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.