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Academic Standing, Graduate

Students are expected to maintain a status of academic good standing. The Gallatin School reviews student records throughout the academic year to identify those students who may be falling below the academic standards set by the School. Students with unsatisfactory records may be asked to meet with one or more School officials to discuss their academic progress and to determine whether, and under what circumstances, they may continue in the School. 


Academic Good Standing

Graduate students are considered to be in academic good standing when their current and cumulative grade point averages are 3.0 (B average) or above and if they have not accumulated an excessive number of incomplete grades. Students must maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree by earning a passing grade in a minimum of 80 percent of the courses in which they are enrolled each academic year (fall, spring and summer semesters). Students newly admitted are presumed to be in academic good standing, unless they were admitted on a probationary status.

Students whose grade point average or accumulation of incomplete grades suggests potential problems may receive an informal letter cautioning them about their situation and advising them to speak with their adviser; this notification does not appear on the students’ academic record.


Students with unsatisfactory academic records are placed on probation under the following
circumstances: if the current grade point average falls below 3.0, if the cumulative grade
point average falls below 3.0, or if the student accumulates 8 or more units of incomplete.
Students who have an excessive number of withdrawals may also be placed on probation.

When a student is placed on probation, a letter is sent to the student, the student’s adviser and the Office of the University Registrar.This letter will specify the period of time the student has been given to improve his or her academic standing, the minimum grade point average the student must earn in the subsequent semester and any other conditions the School determines to be appropriate. The designation “Probation” is placed on the student’s transcript.

The student may be required to submit a statement explaining his or her poor academic performance and stating his or her plans to reverse the decline in grades. In some cases, the School may summon the student to appear in person.

While the student is on probation, certain conditions and restrictions may be placed on
his or her academic program. For example, the student may be prohibited from taking a
course outside of NYU or registering for independent studies, tutorials, internships or private lessons.The committee may also limit the maximum number of units per term for
which the student can register.

Students on probation cannot participate in extracurricular activities, hold office in any
University club or organization or represent the University in any athletic or nonathletic
event. Students on probation should be aware that they are usually ineligible for financial aid.

A Dean’s Hold is placed on all registration activity for students on probation. The Dean’s
Hold may be removed only after a probation interview. The probation letter will inform the
student of how to schedule this interview.

Academic Dismissal

If a student fails to meet the terms and conditions of probation, he or she may be dismissed from the University. Students who are dismissed from the School for poor academic performance will be informed in writing by registered mail. The School will also notify the Office of the University Registrar, the Department of Housing, the Office of Graduate Admissions and the student’s adviser. Students who have paid tuition for the next term at the time of their dismissal will receive a full refund of tuition and fees.


A student may appeal the School’s decision of academic dismissal if the student believes his or her dismissal was the result of an administrative error or if the student can offer compelling reasons for his or her academic standing. The student must request an appeal within 15 days from the date of the dismissal decision. This request must include a personal statement explaining the student’s poor academic performance and showing the compelling reasons why the student should not be dismissed. The student may be asked to meet in person with School officials. The decision reached by the School in response to an appeal is binding.