Academic Regulations

Graduate Academic Amnesty

Academic amnesty provides former graduate students of Monmouth University an opportunity to improve their program grade point average. A former graduate student of Monmouth University must be away from the University for at least two (2) calendar years to be eligible to apply for academic amnesty. The student may apply for academic amnesty with a stated plan approved by the graduate program director. If academic amnesty is granted, the student will be readmitted under the current catalog of record, and amnesty will be recorded upon his or her re-enrollment. In addition, credit will be given for all Monmouth University courses with grades of “B” or better and as many courses with grades of “B-” as possible while maintaining a program grade point average of 3.00 or better. Courses that are older than seven (7) years may not be used to satisfy curriculum requirements unless specifically approved by the appropriate academic program director.

Students who receive veterans’ educational benefits who are approved for academic amnesty should be aware that they will not be entitled to VA benefits when repeating courses that satisfy requirements that were satisfied prior to academic amnesty.

Academic amnesty may be granted to a graduate student only once. Students who receive Academic Amnesty are required to complete additional course work in order to finish a program. Under no circumstances will grades earned by a student at Monmouth University be expunged from the student’s permanent record or excluded from any transcript sent from Monmouth University.

Courses that receive no credit under the grant of amnesty will not be applied later for fulfillment of any degree or certificate requirement. The University shall not use a grade point average adjusted by amnesty to determine the eligibility of a student for any honors that may be awarded.

The Graduate Academic Standards and Review Committee of the Graduate Studies Office shall evaluate each application for academic amnesty based on recommendation by the director of the graduate program. The Committee will inform the Registrar of its decision and of courses affected by the granting of amnesty.

Academic Honesty

Monmouth University encourages its students to grow intellectually as well as to become responsible citizens in our complex society. To develop their skills and talents, students are asked to conduct research, perform experiments, write papers, work individually, and cooperate in group activities. Academic dishonesty subverts the University’s mission and undermines the student’s intellectual growth. Dishonesty in such academic practices as assignments, examinations, or other academic work cannot be condoned. A student who submits work that is not original violates the purpose of Monmouth University and may forfeit his/her right and opportunity to continue at the University.

The University has an obligation as an educational institution to be certain that each student’s work is his/her own. Note that Monmouth University faculty members have access to Turnitin a Web-based plagiarism-detection resource that compares the text of student papers to an extensive electronic database. This database includes current and archived Internet resources, periodicals, journals and other publications, and past student papers from Monmouth and other educational institutions. All student assignments may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included as source documents in the Turnitin reference database (solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers). Faculty are expected to inform students in advance about which assignments will be checked for originality using Turnitin. Use of the Turnitin service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the Turnitin site.

Graduate Academic Standing

Graduate students are required to maintain an average of 3.00 or better in all courses in the degree or certificate program in which they are enrolled at Monmouth University.

Students who fail to maintain a 3.00 or better average or who accumulate as many as three credits of “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” or “F” grades will be subject to review by the Graduate Academic Standards and Review Committee. Under no circumstances will more than six credits of “C+,” “C,” and “C-” grades accumulate toward degree credit. Students will not receive their degrees until the policies on the number of “C” grades and GPA are met. Students who have maintained an average of 3.00 or better and who have met the grade requirements as stated above are considered to be in good academic standing.

Graduate Academic Standing: DNP Program

A grade of “B” or better in each of the DNP courses is required to satisfy the course work in the curriculum. The student who earns less than a “B” in a course will be allowed to repeat that course only once. Two grades below a “B” in any individual course or two grades below “B” in different courses will be grounds for dismissal from the DNP program. If a student is required to repeat a course for academic reasons, a formal request to repeat the course and continue in the program with a new cohort should be filed with the director of the program. On approval, the student must meet with the academic advisor for a new program plan with a subsequent cohort. If a student earns less than a “B” in a repeated course, the student will be academically dismissed from the DNP program. All courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better before starting the capstone sequence. A student in the DNP program is required to maintain a minimum cumulative average of 3.00 during the program and meet all other academic standards of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Semester Academic Probation

All graduate students will be placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA falls below 3.00.

Graduate Academic Dismissal

Students are reviewed for academic dismissal at the conclusion of the fall, spring, and summer terms. A student shall become subject to academic dismissal for failure to meet the minimum standards listed below1:

Credits Completed2 Minimum Cumulative GPA
3-9 credits 2.25
9.5-15 credits 2.50
15.5-21 credits 2.75
21.5 and more credits 3.00
1

Please see the Doctoral Grading Policy section of this catalog for separate academic standing criteria.

2

Credits completed include all credits not officially withdrawn from

Students who have been academically dismissed have the right to appeal that decision in writing to the Graduate Academic Standards and Review Committee.

Attendance

Monmouth University believes that attendance is essential to success in academic courses. Therefore, class attendance is required. The University believes that learning is an interactive process dependent in part on the student and is not just a matter of the passive absorption of information. The University also believes that to benefit fully from their respective courses, students need to participate in, and contribute constructively to, the classroom experience, and, secondly, that the success of any course depends as much on what students contribute to the class as on what the instructor presents.

Grades in courses are normally based on academic performance (participation, contribution, and examination). However, individual faculty members may adopt reasonable regulations that additionally relate grades to class attendance. All professors must state their specific attendance policies in a written statement containing the pertinent course requirements and give it to the students during the first week of the semester. A student who, for any reason, may not be present at a particular class or laboratory is, nevertheless, responsible for adhering to the attendance requirements of the course.

Students are not permitted to attend classes for which they have not officially registered (as determined by the Office of the Registrar). If students attend without prior registration, they are subject to disciplinary actions, inclusive of suspension and/or dismissal, and will not be permitted to “retroactively” enroll.

Course Withdrawals

Students are expected to complete the courses for which they register. On occasion, however, withdrawals are warranted. (See section entitled “GRADING” for a description of the “W” grade and associated procedures.) Students who do not intend to complete any course for which they are officially registered should execute an official withdrawal prior to the “W” deadline.

The official date of a withdrawal form is the date it is received in the Office of the Registrar. The student is responsible for completing the e-FORMS request prior to the deadline date.

Students withdrawing from some courses while remaining registered for one or more courses are required to complete a “Withdraw from Course Form,” available from e-FORMS. The official date of a withdrawal form is the date the completed form is received in the Office of the Registrar and must be received prior to the Withdraw (“W”) deadline date as published in the Academic Calendar.

Students who are withdrawing from all their courses are encouraged to make notification of withdrawal in writing; however, verbal or e-mail notification is acceptable under the guidelines set forth in “Refund Policy for Complete Withdrawals—fall and spring semester.”

Except under unusual circumstances, such as prolonged illness, a student will not be permitted to withdraw from course work any later than five weeks prior to the last day of classes of the semester or its equivalent in a shorter term. In these exceptional cases, students will be withdrawn from all course work in the term.

Students who do not complete courses and who have not executed an official withdrawal prior to the deadline indicated will receive “F” grades for such courses.

Students wishing to withdraw from classes after the specified withdrawal deadline must provide documentation of serious extenuating circumstances; the documentation will be reviewed by the appropriate faculty members teaching the courses, the department chairs, the deans of the schools in which the course(s) are housed, and the Registrar.

Fourteenth Week Class Schedule

Fourteenth week classes shall be held during a time scheduled by the University.

Fourteenth week information is available on the "Registration Information" page of the Monmouth University Web site. A student who has three or more fourteenth week classes scheduled in one day may request that one of them be rescheduled to another day. It is normally the middle one of the three that is rescheduled. The class should be given at a time agreed upon by both the student and the faculty member on or before the end of the fourteenth week class period.

It is the right of a student to review any graded examination in the presence of the instructor. Final fourteenth week class grades may represent no more than one-third of the term grade.