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Academic Policy - Academic Standards


Academic Integrity

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. The Student Handbook is available online at http://www.sage.edu/current/handbook/sca/.

Academic Dishonesty/Misconduct

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. Following are several definitions and examples of academic dishonesty. The examples are provided as samples of various types of academic dishonesty, but are not intended to be an exhaustive or exclusive list.

  • Academic Fraud = The alteration of documentation relating to the grading process (e.g., changing exam solutions to negotiate for a higher grade or tampering with an instructor’s grade book).
  • Collaboration = Deliberate facilitation of academic dishonesty in any form (e.g., allowing another student to observe an exam paper or recycle one’s old term paper).
  • Copying = Obtaining information pertaining to an exam question by deliberately observing the paper of another student.
  • Cribbing = Use or attempt to use prohibited materials, information, or study aids in an academic exercise.
  • Fabrication = Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information in an academic exercise (e.g., use of a purchased term paper; falsifying lab records).
  • Plagiarism = Representing the work or words of another as one’s own through deliberate omission of acknowledgment or reference.
  • Sabotage = Destruction of another student’s work related to an academic exercise (e.g., destroying a model, lab experiment, computer program, or term paper developed by another student).
  • Substitution = Using a proxy, or acting as a proxy, in any academic exercise.

Academic Monitoring

Student academic progress is monitored at several levels: (a) by the Registrar’s Office through a degree or program audit, (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.

Mid-Term Progress Report

Sage College of Albany students may view a Progress Report in SageAdvisor summarizing their academic progress at the mid-point of the term. 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 Actions

The Academic Standards Committee of each College meets at the end of each semester to assess the progress and potential of students not making satisfactory academic progress. Students with academic difficulties may receive a Letter of Concern or a Letter of Academic Action, as appropriate, from the Office of Academic Advising on behalf of the Committee. The Committee may place the student on Academic Warning, ask the student to submit to an Academic Review, issue an Academic Suspension, or issue an Academic Dismissal. Students wishing to appeal the decision of the Academic Standards Committee must put their appeal in writing to the Dean of the College.

Academic Action
Cumulative grade point average (CGPA)
Academic Warning (probation) 1.99-1.75
Academic Review 1.74-1.25 *Committee review
Academic Suspension 1.24 or lower
   
Semester Warning (probation) Term gpa of 1.30 or lower
   

*SCA Academic Standards Committee reviews student’s academic record and appeal statement.  Outcome is Academic Warning (probation) or Academic Suspension.

Academic Warning

A Sage College of Albany student is placed on Academic Warning (probation) when his or her cumulative grade point average (CGPA) drops below 2.00, but is higher than a 1.75. A student on academic warning is considered to be academically at risk and is expected to participate in all opportunities to return to good academic standing. These opportunities include regular class attendance and participation; attending workshops; counseling; tutoring; and meeting with faculty advisor.

A student on academic warning may not carry more than 13 credit hours or the equivalent, should limit involvement in co-curricular and work activities, and may not serve as an officer of any college organization. Students must complete 75 percent of credits if registered full-time and 100 percent if registered part-time. A student is removed from academic warning and returned to good academic standing by achieving a CGPA of 2.00. A student who has received an incomplete grade that converted to a failing grade from a previous semester than the one under review may receive retroactive academic warning or suspension.

*Notation of “Academic Warning” for the term will be placed on the permanent transcript.

Semester Warning

A Sage College of Albany student is placed on Semester Warning (probation) when the student has attended the College for more than one term and the CGPA is over a 2.00 but the current term grade point average is 1.30 or lower. A student on semester warning may not carry more than 13 credit hours or the equivalent, and should limit involvement in co-curricular and work activities. A student on semester warning for two consecutive terms may be subject to appear before the Academic Standards Review Committee.

*Notation of “Semester Warning” for the term will be placed on the permanent transcript.

Academic Review

A student is subject to academic review (“pending academic suspension”) when the CGPA initially drops below 1.75 but higher than a 1.25 or when the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) remains below 2.00 in the following a semester of academic warning.

To continue as a matriculated student at the College, the student is required to appeal to the Academic Standards Review Committee. After the student appeals to the committee, the committee decides whether the student is retained on academic warning or academically suspended. If retained on academic warning, full-time or part-time, the student must comply with the academic warning policy as outlined above and/or the Committee may require additional specific conditions be met.

A student who is subject to academic review and chooses not to appeal and/or appear before the Committee will be academically suspended for one term from the college. A student who is academically suspended may apply for readmission after the passage of one regular semester.

*Depending on Committee decision, notation of “Academic Warning” or “Academic Suspension” for the term will be placed on the permanent transcript.

Academic Suspension

A student may be suspended when the CGPA is 1.24 or lower or when on previous academic review with successive semester of CGPA below 2.00 is automatically suspended. Also, if a student has accumulated 0 credits in a semester, the student will be academically suspended.

Suspension is defined as a separation from the College for a stated period (one or more semesters). Suspended students may appeal to the Dean of the College within the period stipulated in the Letter of Academic Action; the Dean consults with the 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 writing to the Dean of the College.

In cases where a student receives an incomplete grade in one or more courses and is pending academic suspension from the college will have a final deadline for completion of work no later than five business days before the start of the next term. If the remaining coursework is not completed or the final course grade does not improve the CGPA, the student will be suspended. A student who has received an incomplete grade that converted to a Failing grade from a previous semester than the one under review may receive retroactive academic warning or suspension.

A student who has been suspended may not apply for reenrollment or take courses through any of The Sage Colleges until at least one regular semester has passed.  Suspension may not occur if the Academic Standards Committee sees evidence of an encouraging rate of improvement in the student’s work despite the technical deficiency of increasing the cumulative grade point average. A student is removed from academic warning and returned to good academic standing by achieving a CGPA of 2.00.

*Notation of “Academic Suspension” for the term will be placed on the permanent transcript.

Semester Warning

A Sage College of Albany student is placed on Semester Warning (probation) when the student has attended the College for more than one term and the CGPA is over a 2.00 but the current term grade point average is 1.30 or lower. A student on semester warning may not carry more than 13 credit hours or the equivalent, and should limit involvement in co-curricular and work activities. A student on semester warning for two consecutive terms may be subject to appear before the Academic Standards Review Committee.

*Notation of “Semester Warning” for the term will be placed on the permanent transcript.

Academic Dismissal

Academic dismissal is defined as a complete and permanent severance from the College for reasons of academic deficiency. The Academic Standards Review Committee may impose academic dismissal after two or more one-semester academic suspensions. A student who has been dismissed may not take classes at any of the Sage Colleges.

Any dismissal from the college for non-academic reasons is noted as an “administrative dismissal.” To be readmitted to the college, the student is required to reactivate his/her file through the Office of Admission. An administrative dismissal may affect a student’s financial aid.


Readmission

Matriculated undergraduate students who have been away from The Sage Colleges due to a leave of absence, withdrawal or suspension should contact the admission office to confirm what return procedures and policies apply. A readmission application and interview and/or the approval of the Registrar and the Director of Academic Advising may be required.

Students who have been academically suspended may not apply for reenrollment until at least one semester has passed. The readmission deadline for the fall semester is August 20; the deadline for the spring semester is January 7.

A readmitted student who earned a grade point average of less than 2.0 (or who has accrued no credits at the time of readmission) must earn a GPA of 2.0 for the semester or be academically suspended at the end of that semester. For a full-time student, this GPA must be based on the completion of at least 75 percent of the courses in which the student is enrolled. The GPA for a student registered for three courses or less must be based on the completion of all courses in which the student is enrolled. A student wishing to be readmitted to the college with a GPA below 2.0 will be required to complete an interview with the Director of Academic Advising

If a student has been put on academic suspension more than once, he or she cannot reenroll at Sage without demonstrating “C” work in at least 9 credit hours (2.0 in all courses) at another institution. 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 at Sage.


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.