Academic Regulations

Academic Amnesty

Academic amnesty provides former students of Monmouth University an opportunity to improve their grade point averages by extending to them the privileges enjoyed by transfer students. A former student of Monmouth University must be away from the University for at least three years and have a cumulative grade point average less than 2.00 before being eligible to receive academic amnesty. Students considering academic amnesty must apply for amnesty concurrently with their application for readmission. If academic amnesty is granted, credit will be given for all courses with grades of “C” or better and as many courses with grades of “C-,” “D+,” “D,” or “D-” as possible while maintaining a grade point average of 2.00 or better. All courses with “F” grades will be given amnesty. 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 taking courses that satisfy requirements that were satisfied prior to academic amnesty.

Academic amnesty may be granted to a student only once, and amnesty will be posted after the student re-matriculates at the University. A student receiving amnesty must still meet the residency requirement by taking the last thirty-two credits at Monmouth University with a minimum of sixteen (16) in the major field. Students who receive Academic Amnesty are required to complete additional course work in order to finish a program. Such students may not be considered for graduation with honors.

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 shall not be offered later for fulfillment of any degree requirement, and a grade point average adjusted by amnesty shall not be used to determine general honors upon graduation.

Evaluation of applications for academic amnesty shall be made by the Academic Standards and Review Committee in consultation with the appropriate departments. 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 their 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 their 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.

Academic Probation

A major concern of the University is to provide students with appropriate notice whenever their academic status is in jeopardy. Academic probation is designed to serve this purpose.

Any full-time freshman student who fails to achieve a GPA of 1.50 following the first semester will be placed on academic probation; however, such a student who fails to earn at least a 1.50 GPA will be considered for academic dismissal. Any part-time freshman student who fails to achieve a GPA of 1.50 during the first nineteen (19) college credits completed will be placed on academic probation. Any student who has earned a minimum of eighty (80) credits and who fails to achieve the minimum major GPA as established by the content major will be placed on academic probation until his or her major GPA reaches the graduation minimum.

All other students are placed on probation when the cumulative GPA falls below 2.00. Additionally, any student who receives a grade of “F” in a developmental course will be placed on probation and will remain on probation until the course is successfully completed.

Students on probation should not be absent from any classroom exercise, scheduled class function, laboratory, or conference period. Furthermore, they may not compete in nor travel for varsity sports or hold office in any University organization. Students on academic probation are not permitted to self-register using WEBregistration, but instead must make all schedule changes with their academic advisor.

Students on probation are urged to seek academic counsel from their faculty advisors or department chairs to help them improve their academic standing. They may be advised to curtail employment, change their major curriculum (see Academic Probation), reduce the number of credits attempted, or restrict participation in extracurricular activities.

Students who are not on academic probation are considered to be in good academic standing.

Academic Dismissal

A student shall become subject to academic dismissal for any of the following conditions and may be dismissed without prior warning:

  • For failing to meet these minimum standards:
    Credits Completed1 Minimum Cumulative GPA
    12–19 credits 1.00
    19.5–35.5 credits 1.60
    36–56.5 credits 1.80
    57 and more credits 2.00
  • For failing to earn a semester GPA of at least 1.00 (if a full-time student), or a GPA of 1.00 in any combined consecutive semesters within which at least twelve credits have been attempted (if a part-time student);
  • For failure to earn a passing grade in a required course after the maximum number of allowable repeats (see Repeating a Course);
  • For failure to earn the minimum major GPA as set by the content major after three (3) consecutive semesters;
  • For failure to successfully complete all required developmental courses within the first year of attendance;
  • Upon the recommendation of the student’s chair or school dean.

A student who has been dismissed for the first time has the right to appeal that decision in writing to the Academic Standards and Review Committee. Second dismissals are not subject to appeal except for factual error. A student may apply for readmission three years after the second dismissal. See Readmission to the University after Academic Dismissal for information on readmission following academic dismissal.


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 may not be present at a particular class or laboratory is, nevertheless, responsible for adhering to the attendance requirements of the course. A student absent from class due to inclement weather may not be penalized for that absence but are required to contact their faculty regarding the timely completion of assignments.

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.