Entomology and Plant Pathology
A grade-point average (GPA) of "B" (3.0) is required to maintain good
standing as a graduate student and more importantly, to meet the
requirements for a graduate degree. Students receiving a grade lower
than a "B" in a graduate course will be sent a letter of warning from
the Graduate College. The student's Advisory Committee will meet to
determine if the course should be taken again to obtain a higher grade. (If
a student's GPA drops below a 3.0, the student will be placed on Strict
Academic Probation and will be required to earn at least a "B" in each
course during the next semester of full-time enrollment). Failure
to do so will result in academic suspension. The probationary status
will not be removed until the GPA is raised above 3.0. Students
that are either admitted or placed on Strict Academic Probation because
of low grades are not eligible for Departmental funded Graduate Research
or Teaching Assistantships until the probationary status is removed. If
a student on an assistantship is placed on academic probation, he/she
will be allowed one semester to remove their probationary status; after
this period the stipend will be withheld until the probationary status
Please note that a student must have a "B" grade average in all courses on the Plan of Study, and also a "B" grade average in thesis, report, or courses designated as the creative component. After a student has completed a course, it cannot be dropped from the Plan of Study because of a low grade unless the change is first approved by the student's major advisor, the Department Head, and then by the dean of the Graduate College. Failure to maintain adequate progress toward completion of the graduate degree (as determined by the Advisory Committee) is grounds for dismissal. Any significant breech of scientific ethics (e.g. falsifying data or plagiarism) by the student may result in immediate dismissal of the student following due process (as defined by university regulations).
Please note that any course taken under the Pass-No Pass grading system ("P" or "NP") is acceptable on a Plan of Study only under very unusual circumstances and is generally deemed not acceptable.
For incomplete course work, a default grade of "I" will be assigned. This default grade will be the grade given the student should they not finish any incomplete work prior to one year from the assignment of the "I" grade.