Standards for Academic Performance

Standards for Academic Performance

The School of Journalism is a challenging and rigorous environment in which students are expected to maintain high standards of academic achievement.

In general, the faculty expects each student to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher to be considered in good standing. The faculty has established the following rules for students who fall below that level.

Overall Academic Standing

The academic standing guidelines are categorized by completed credit hours. Each category has a specific requirement to ensure students are making progress to achieving a 3.0 GPA. The credit hour classifications include University of Missouri courses, transfer courses, advanced placement credit and other credits by examination. While the credit hours from all of these sources are included in the following categories, only the grades in courses completed in the University of Missouri system will be computed for GPA purposes.

Students who do not meet the following standards will be dismissed from the School of Journalism and will not be permitted to re-enroll.

0-29 credit hours
A student admitted directly to the School of Journalism as a freshman must maintain a cumulative MU GPA of at least 2.5.

30 to 69 credit hours
A student admitted directly to the School of Journalism as a freshman must maintain a cumulative MU GPA of at least 2.75.

70 credit hours
Students with 70 or more credit hours who have not been admitted to their interest area will be dismissed from the School of Journalism.

Specific Course Standards

Minimum Grade in Journalism Courses

Students must repeat any required journalism course in which they do not earn a grade of C- or higher. A student who fails to achieve a C- or better during the second attempt will be permanently dismissed from the School of Journalism for lack of acceptable progress.

Students may be readmitted only with the consent of the faculty chair of the student’s interest area and the associate dean for undergraduate studies. Before recommending approval for the student to reenroll, the faculty chair will consult with the instructor or instructors of record in the required course to determine the likelihood of that student passing the course on the third attempt. The faculty chair will make a recommendation to the associate dean, who shall make the final decision to readmit or deny admission to the School of Journalism.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Courses

Students have the option to enroll in courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis instead of a traditional letter grade basis. A maximum of one non-journalism course per semester may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. A satisfactory grade is defined as equivalent to the letter grade of C- or higher.

Journalism courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis are rare exceptions. If a required course, or a course being used to satisfy a specific requirement, is taken in this manner the School of Journalism will compute it in the GPA as a “C.”

Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

First Time Freshmen

GPA is between 0.50 – 1.99
First semester freshman journalism students are placed on final probation when their first term GPA is between 0.50 and 1.99. Students may remain on final probation no more than one term. They regain good standing when their term and cumulative GPAs are 2.0 or higher.

GPA is below 0.50
First semester freshman journalism students are dismissed and become ineligible to enroll for a period of one calendar year when their first term is below 0.50.

All Students

Probation
Journalism students are placed on probation when either their journalism major course, term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Students may remain on probation no more than one term. They regain good standing when their journalism major course, term and cumulative GPAs are 2.0 or higher.

Suspension
Students are suspended and become ineligible to enroll for a period of one regular semester when their journalism major course, term or cumulative GPA is below 1.5, when they pass less than one-half of their work in any term or when they are on probation and their term GPA is 2.0 or lower.

Dismissal
Students are dismissed and become ineligible to enroll for a period of one calendar year when their journalism major course, term or cumulative GPA is below 1.0, when they pass less than one-fourth of their work in any term or when they fail to perform their academic duties. Students may be placed on academic probation and may be declared ineligible to enroll if they neglect their academic duties.

Excessive Incomplete Grades
A student may be placed on probation, suspended or dismissed for excessive incompletes at the discretion of the associate dean for undergraduate studies. In such cases, the associate dean shall set a time limit for successful completion of all the courses in which the student has an incomplete. The time limit will not exceed one calendar year from the scheduled completion of the course and may be of shorter duration. The associate dean also may place limitations on the number of additional credits hours in which the student may enroll until the incomplete grades are resolved. If the student fails to finish the required courses within the time limit set by the associate dean, the student is subject to dismissal.

Readmission
A student who has been declared ineligible to enroll may be readmitted only on the approval of the dean of the school or college in which the student desires to enroll. As a condition of readmission, the dean may set forth stipulations with regard to minimum standards of academic work that must be maintained by the student. If the student, after readmission, again becomes ineligible to re-enroll, his or her ineligibility normally is considered permanent.