Standards for Academic Performance

Standards for Academic Performance

The School of Journalism is a competitive 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 of 3.0 or higher to be considered in good standing. The faculty has established rules for handling students who fall below that level. Those rules follow:

  1. A student admitted directly to the School of Journalism as a freshman must maintain a cumulative MU GPA of at least 2.5 during the first 29 hours of credit. The credits applicable in this sense are all credits earned in any way, including transfer, advanced placement and credit by examination. Grades in courses taken elsewhere will not be considered for this purpose. Those who do not meet the standard will be dismissed from the School of Journalism and will not be permitted to re-enroll.
  2. A student admitted directly to the School of Journalism as a freshman must maintain a cumulative MU GPA of at least 2.75 after completion of 30 to 69 hours of credit. The credits applicable in this sense are all credits earned in any way, including transfer, advanced placement and credit by examination. Grades in courses taken elsewhere will not be considered for this purpose. Those who do not meet the standard will be dismissed from the School of Journalism and will not be permitted to re-enroll.
  3. Students with 70 credits who have still not earned admission to the School of Journalism will be dismissed from the School of Journalism. The credits applicable in this sense are all credits earned in any way, including transfer, advanced placement and credit by examination.
  4. Directly admitted freshmen with 70 credits who have still not earned admission to an emphasis area will be dismissed from the School of Journalism. The credits applicable in this sense are all credits earned in any way, including transfer, advanced placement and credit by examination.
  5. Students must repeat any required journalism course in which they do not earn a grade of C- or higher.
  6. Only elective, non-journalism courses, and only one per semester, may be taken on an S/U (pass/fail) basis. Journalism courses graded only on an S/U basis are exceptions. If a required course, or a course being used to satisfy a specific requirement, is taken S/U the School of Journalism will compute it into the grade point average as a “C.”

Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

Journalism students are placed on probation when either their journalism or their overall (term or cumulative) grade point average falls below 2.0. Students may remain on probation no more than one term. They regain good standing when their term and cumulative grade point averages, for journalism and overall, climb to 2.0 or higher.

First semester freshman journalism students are placed on final probation when their first term grade point average falls between 0.50 – 1.99. Students may remain on final probation no more than one term. They regain good standing when their term and cumulative grade point averages climb to 2.0 or higher.

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

Students may be placed on academic probation and may be declared ineligible to enroll if they neglect their academic duties.

A student who fails to achieve an acceptable grade (C- or better) in a required journalism course for the second time will be permanently dismissed from the School of Journalism for lack of acceptable progress toward the degree. That student may be readmitted only with the consent of the faculty chair of the student’s emphasis 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 then will make a recommendation to the associate dean, who shall make the final decision to readmit or deny admission to the School of Journalism.

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. That time limit shall be no more than 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 before the incompletes 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.

Students are suspended and become ineligible to enroll for a period of one regular semester when their term grade point average (journalism or overall) 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 grade point average is 2.0 or lower.

Students are dismissed and become ineligible to enroll for a period of one calendar year when their term grade point average (journalism or overall) 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.

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.