All graduate programs in the Morgridge College Education (MCE) are designed to provide on-going feedback and support to enrolled students to encourage their success for degree completion as well as to provide professional development. Two important areas for student progress that are monitored include: (1) the academic body of learning associated with course work, typically measured by grades, and (2) the knowledge and demonstration of professionalism, typically observed through on- and off-campus behavior.
Among several program purposes of each MCE program is to support the growth and the development of students both academically and professionally. Every attempt is made to create a safe learning context within which the student can identify, examine, and improve upon all aspects of professional and academic performance. Students are also encouraged to seek out regular feedback, and University supervisors, off-campus supervisors, and professors are encouraged to give academic and performance feedback on a continuous basis.
Students who do not adhere to University/MCE/program policies may be placed on probation and may be dismissed from the program. In some cases, there will be no probation and the immediate course of action will be dismissal from the program and termination from the University.
While such instances are rare, the following steps will be followed:
- Students will be contacted by their advisor and informed specifically and in writing of issues and concerns with regard to academic progress or attendance, professionalism, safety concerns, and/or ethical violations.
- Students will be asked to respond to these concerns personally and in writing.
- Decisions regarding probation or dismissal will be made by the Department Chair and the appropriate faculty in consultation with the MCE Associate Dean.
- All pertinent information regarding the basis for such decisions will be disclosed to the student in a timely manner.
The following are the most common areas in which the probation/dismissal policy is typically implemented:
Academic Standing: Students are expected to make reasonable and consistent progress toward their degree. Students who are not making reasonable and consistent progress toward their degree may be put on academic probation and/or dismissed from the program. For details, see the DU Graduate Bulletin – Good Academic Standing.
Student Conduct: The Student Conduct Policies and Procedures (Student Conduct Policies and Procedures) govern all student behavior at the University of Denver in a manner consistent with the values of the DU Honor Code. It is expected that students will uphold the values of the University and the Honor Code by exhibiting behavior that supports the spirit under which these values were established. Actions taken by a student which are contrary to the core values of the University Honor Code are addressed through the Student Conduct Policies and Procedures. The DU Graduate Bulletin – Student Conduct also delineates Student Conduct violations (Honor Code, Academic Misconduct, Disruptive Classroom Behavior, Sexual Relationships and the Classroom Environment, and Smoke-Free Policy).
Academic Misconduct: Faculty have the authority to set standards of academic integrity and define academic misconduct. The faculty member in conjunction with MCE determines the appropriate academic sanctions for academic misconduct. Academic sanctions are assessed by an individual faculty member and/or MCE and relate to the student’s standing within a course, program, department or college. These may include, but are not limited to failure of an assignment, failure of a course and/or termination from a graduate program. Plagiarism is an Academic Misconduct violation. It is unacceptable, especially in academic settings, to use other people’s ideas or data without giving them credit. (e.g., see the DU Graduate Bulletin – Student Conduct). It is unacceptable to “borrow” another student’s, author’s, or publisher’s work without providing appropriate credit through citation. Using papers written by others, or parts of papers, materials, and submitting it as your own work is clearly unethical.
Please see the specific policies in the handbook for your MCE degree program and the DU Graduate Bulletin – Academic Standards, which includes a comprehensive description of situations that warrant probation, dismissal and termination.
Procedures for Academic Grievances and Appeals: Active students may appeal academic and student status related decisions and/ or seek resolution of complaints or grievances through the DU Graduate Bulleting – Academic Grievance and Appeal Procedure during their enrollment at the University of Denver.
Graduate units may have additional requirements specific to their accreditation or professional standards. It is the responsibility of the student to determine whether the graduate unit has specific requirements and the responsibility of the unit to ensure that those requirements are addressed prior to advancing the grievance to the Office of the Provost. In the event of conflict between any grievance process published in unit manuals or websites, the process outlined in the DU Graduate Bulletin will govern.