Students are admitted to the occupational therapy programs with the expectation that they will direct maximum time and effort to the learning process. Outside activities must be scheduled by students for such dates and hours as permit full compliance with the time requirements for course work. Tardiness, lack of regular attendance or failure to meet deadlines for course assignments will not be excused because of employment or other outside activities.
To continue in the graduate curriculum, students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on course work following matriculation.
- Graduate students who fail to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or receive a grade of “D” (regardless of the cumulative GPA) will automatically be placed on probation and will be notified of probationary status.
- Conditions of probation: students must earn a quality point average during the semester of probation sufficient to result in a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to be removed from probationary status.
Students who are on probation due to receiving a “D” grade must retake that course, achieving a grade of “C” or better while also meeting all other academic standards.
Conditions of probation also may include recommendations for academic counseling, assignments by individual instructors and other requirements identified by the Committee on Academic Standing and Student Progress. Conditions of probation will be detailed in a letter of notification of probation prepared by this committee.
Only one semester of academic probation is permitted in the program. If probationary students fail to meet academic standards (GPA of 3.0) in a second semester or do not successfully complete deficient courses, they will be considered for dismissal.
- As courses usually are offered only once a year and because early courses serve as prerequisites for later courses, students retaking a course or taking a reduced course load will have to continue under an adjusted curriculum plan. This will result in extending the student’s time in the program.
- Students who receive an “F” grade in any required course will be considered for dismissal by the committee.
- University standards require that a graduate student must not have more than six semester hours or 20 percent of semester hours attempted, whichever is greater, with a grade of “C.” Students who receive a grade of “C” on more than the allowable number of semester hours will be reviewed for possible academic termination by the Committee on Academic Standing and Student Progress. Students who are not terminated for this criterion will be placed on automatic probation.
- If a student withdraws or is terminated by the clinical faculty before the completion of the Level II Fieldwork course, the student will receive an “U” grade for the course.
If the student withdraws, is terminated or fails a fieldwork experience, the course may be repeated only upon approval by the Committee on Academic Standing and Student Progress in consultation with the department chair and the fieldwork coordinator. Students may be dismissed from the program or be allowed to continue contingent upon fulfilling remedial activities based on a plan prepared by the fieldwork coordinator and ratified by the committee. No more than one additional fieldwork experience will be rescheduled. The opportunity to reregister and repeat the fieldwork course is contingent upon the fieldwork coordinator’s ability to locate another facility willing to offer a fieldwork experience to the student and upon the support of the committee. Level II Fieldwork must be completed no later than 24 months subsequent to the completion of the academic phase.
- To continue in good standing, students also are expected to:
- Pay all fees.
- Maintain personal attributes and ethical behaviors consistent with professional practice as defined in the Occupational Therapy Department Student Handbook.
- Complete fieldwork requirements to the satisfaction of clinical and academic faculty.
- Although arrangements are made in advance, each student is reviewed prior to placement in the Level II Fieldwork education. Students must have satisfactorily completed courses prerequisite to that fieldwork experience and be recommended by the faculty. They must demonstrate professional behavior as specified in the ethical behaviors listed in the Occupational Therapy Department Student Handbook. Medical problems may delay or prevent fieldwork placement.