Students at Russell Sage College are expected to comply with the stipulations set forth in the “Statement of Academic Honesty,” which is included in the Russell Sage College Student Handbook.
Eligibility to receive the baccalaureate degree, or to continue on to the graduate school level in a combined Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree five-year program or a 3+3 program, requires a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.000 and a major average of 2.200. For these major programs, higher culminating standards at the undergraduate level apply: Nursing; content major leading to teacher candidacy in Childhood/Middle Childhood education; any major leading to the D.P.T. program in Physical Therapy; any major leading to the M.S. program in Occupational Therapy; Nutrition/Dietetic Internship. Consult the appropriate department for the latest standards.
Six weeks into the semester, faculty submit electronic warnings in the form of midterm grades on SageAdvisor. (Note that these midterm grades do not appear on a student’s official transcript.) The Academic Advisement office then notifies both the student and her advisor if she has been given an early warning. Warnings are appropriate under the following conditions:
- A student is doing work averaging C- or below.
- A student’s work has shown a sudden decline.
- A student’s behavior, attendance pattern, or approach to course work indicates the need for intervention.
Faculty members indicate on the Early Warning form the steps a student should take to improve her chances for success in the course; these may include extra help from the instructor, attendance at Academic Support Center programs, reconsideration of the student’s choice of major or, in some cases, withdrawal from the course in question. Students are directed to meet with their advisors and to consider carefully the implications of course withdrawal (financial aid, anticipated degree date).
Satisfactory Academic Progress
For satisfactory progress toward the baccalaureate degree (defined also as good academic standing) students must achieve a term average of at least 1.7 and cumulative grade point averages (GPA) as follows:
|First-semester, first year students
|Second-semester, first year students
|Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Student records are scrutinized for satisfactory progress by the RSC Academic Standards Committee at the end of each fall and spring semester. Students with academic difficulties may receive a Letter of Concern or a Letter of Academic Action, as appropriate, from the faculty chairperson of the Committee.
For these major programs, higher standards of satisfactory progress at the undergraduate level apply: Nursing; content major leading to teacher candidacy in Childhood/Middle Childhood Education; content major leading to the D.P.T. program in Physical Therapy; content major leading to the MS program in Occupational Therapy, Nutrition/Dietetic Internship. Consult the appropriate department for the latest standards. The departments are responsible for identifying and informing students who are not meeting program-specific standards. The student is responsible for declaring a major or change-of-major through the Office of Student Services, to ensure that records can be checked against all applicable academic standards.
Probation constitutes a serious warning of less-than-satisfactory progress, as defined above in the Satisfactory Academic Progress section. It is a signal to the student to reverse the present direction or face possible separation from the College. Because students on probation must concentrate their energies on their studies, they may not serve as officers of any College organization, and they may not carry more than four courses (usually 12 credits) in any term during which they are on probation.
While probationary status is automatic and not subject to appeal by the student, the student who feels that one or both of the limitations described above will produce unreasonable hardship may appeal the limitation(s) by writing to the Provost within the period stipulated in the Letter of Academic Action. The Provost consults with the RSC Academic Standards Committee before making a decision.
Academic Probation is given to a student whose cumulative GPA falls below a minimum value as defined for Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Semester, or Term, Probation is given to a student whose GPA for the last 12 graded credits at RSC falls below a minimum value as defined above in the Satisfactory Academic Progress section.
Temporary Probation is given to a student when one or more incompletes (I grades) are a factor in deciding whether or not the GPA (cumulative or semester) falls below a minimum value.The student may not carry more than four courses (usually 12 credits) in any term during which she is on temporary probation unless satisfactory progress toward completion of the incomplete course(s) can be demonstrated. In addition, the student on temporary probation must 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 upon raising of the GPA with grades from newly-completed courses.
It is also the responsibility of the student to review her GPA (with assistance of the faculty advisor or the Director of Academic Advising) upon completing courses, to recognize that she may have acquired a sub-standard GPA as a result of low grades earned in newly completed courses. Since courses with “I” 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 probation or term probation.
Suspension and Dismissal
Suspension - separation from the College for a stated period (one or more semesters). Suspended students may appeal to the Provost within the period stipulated in the Letter of Academic Action; the Provost consults with the RSC Academic Standards Committee before making a decision. If no appeal is made or if an appeal is unsuccessful, suspended students may request reinstatement after their suspension by contacting the Office of Admission (see Readmission policy, below).
Dismissal - final separation from the College for reasons of academic deficiency. As with Suspension, students may appeal to the Provost.
Students are subject to possible suspension or dismissal under any of the following conditions:
- Cumulative GPA below standards defined by Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- Three semesters on academic probation or term probation followed by another unsatisfactory GPA. The minimum penalty under such circumstances is a one-semester suspension, unless the RSC Academic Standards Committee sees evidence of an encouraging rate of improvement in the student’s work despite the technical deficiency.
- Other evidence of poor performance which, combined with any of the deficiencies described above, warrants action more severe than probation.
Students on suspension from Sage may, at the time of readmission, transfer no more than 15 credits taken at another college during the suspension. The limit for a single fall or spring term is six. All other policies governing credit transfer apply.
Matriculated undergraduate students who have been suspended for one or two semesters should contact the Russell Sage College Dean’s Office to confirm what return procedures and policies apply. Students who have withdrawn from the College and wish to be re-admitted should consult the Office of Admission. A student returning from a planned Leave of Absence will need to notify the Dean of Students’ office prior to her return in order to change her status so she will be eligible to register. In addition, she should contact her academic advisor as usual to receive approval to register for classes.
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.