Probation and Dismissal Criteria

Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above throughout the freshman year until the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year to remain in the major. By the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year, students need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above to remain in the major. Students must maintain this 3.5 or above cumulative GPA until the completion of the master’s program (end of the 5th year). If the cumulative GPA is not 3.5 or above at the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year, the student will not be allowed to take any SLP courses and will be dismissed from the major.

If the cumulative GPA (from the freshmen year to the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year) falls below 3.3, the student will be placed on probation for one semester. After the semester on probation, if the cumulative GPA (from freshmen year to the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year) is still below 3.3, the student will be dismissed from the program and cannot take any more SLP classes. If the cumulative GPA is below 3.5 by the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year, the student will be placed on probation for one semester during spring semester of the sophomore year. At the end of the spring semester sophomore year, if the cumulative GPA is not above 3.5, the student will be dismissed from the program and cannot take any more SLP classes. If the cumulative GPA (from the fall semester of the junior year to the end of the 5th year) falls below 3.5, the student will be placed on probation for one semester. After the semester on probation, if the cumulative GPA (from the fall semester of the junior year to the end of the 5th year) is still below 3.5, the student will be dismissed from the program and cannot take any more SLP classes. The student can only be on probation once during the academic program.

Students must receive a grade of B- or better in all graduate level academic courses (500 and 600 level). If a student receives a C+ or lower in any graduate level academic course (excluding clinic), the student will have one opportunity to retake that course and receive a B- or better. Failure to achieve a grade of B- or better in that repeated course will result in dismissal from the program. If a student receives a C+ or lower in two or more 500 and/or 600 level academic courses, the student will be dismissed from the program regardless of cumulative GPA or passing a previously failed academic class. If a student receives a C+ grade or lower in two academic courses in one semester, the student will be dismissed from the program and will not have the opportunity to retake those courses regardless of my cumulative GPA or passing a previously failed class. If a student receives a C+ grade or lower in an academic course and B- or lower in a 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinic/fieldwork in the same semester, the student will be dismissed from the program regardless of cumulative GPA or passing a previously failed class or clinic/fieldwork. If a student receives a C+ grade or lower in an academic course and B- or lower in a 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinic/fieldwork in two separate semesters, the student will be dismissed from the program regardless of cumulative GPA or passing a previously failed class or clinic/fieldwork.

If a student receives a grade B- or lower in any 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinic/fieldwork, the student will be placed on clinical probation. The student will have one opportunity to retake the failed clinic/fieldwork in the following semester and receive a B or better. If the failed clinical course is a fieldwork placement in an educational setting in the spring semester, the student will need to retake the fieldwork in the following fall semester. If the student achieves a B or better in the repeated clinic/fieldwork, the student will be removed from clinical probation; however, the previous failing grade (B- or lower) will remain on the student’s transcript (a grade replacement will not be allowed). If the student fails to achieve a grade of B or better in a repeated 500 and/or 600 graduate clinic/fieldwork or if the student fails a subsequent clinic/fieldwork, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student fails any two clinical courses and/or fieldwork (or a clinic and a fieldwork), the student will be dismissed from the program regardless of cumulative GPA or passing a previously failed clinic.

Students must complete all 600 graduate level academic courses with the exception of SLP 660 Comprehensive Seminar in Speech Language Pathology and SLP 650 Professional Issues prior to beginning fieldwork. If a student fails one or two written comprehensive exam questions, the student will need to complete and pass the oral defense for that question or questions. If the student fails the oral defense, the student will need to retake the course or courses that correspond to the failed question the next time the course(s) is/are offered. The student will not be allowed to enroll in fieldwork in the spring semester of the 5th year. The student will not be allowed to begin fieldwork or enroll in fieldwork until he/she retakes and passes the course(s) that correspond to the failed comprehensive examination. If a student fails the repeated course, the student will be dismissed from the program regardless of cumulative GPA or if the student has passed all previous courses or clinics/fieldworks. If a student fails more than two written comprehensive examination questions, the student will not be given the opportunity to participate in the oral defense and will be immediately dismissed from the program regardless of the cumulative GPA or passing all previous courses or clinics/fieldworks.

If a student is dismissed by a Clinical Instructor or University Clinical Supervisor from any 500 and/or 600 graduate clinic/fieldwork during a semester, the student will be placed on clinical probation and be given a failing clinical grade of B- or lower. The student will not be reassigned to a clinic/fieldwork or placed at another site until the following semester. If a student is dismissed from a school placement during the semester the student will not be placed in another school setting until the following semester of that year. If a student is dismissed from a school placement during the spring semester the student will not be placed in another school setting until the fall semester of that year. If the student fails to achieve a grade of B or better in the repeated 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical/fieldwork or if the student fails a subsequent clinic/fieldwork, the student will be dismissed from the program regardless of cumulative GPA or passing a previously failed clinic/fieldwork.

If a student drops enrollment in any 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinical course, the student will be placed on clinical probation and receive an IP grade. The student will not be reassigned to a clinic or be placed at another site until the following semester. The IP grade will remain until the student successfully completes the clinical course in the following semester. If the student fails to achieve a grade of B or better in the repeated 500 and/or 600 level graduate clinic/fieldwork and if the student fails a subsequent clinic/fieldwork, the student will be dismissed from the program regardless of cumulative GPA or passing a previously failed clinic/fieldwork. If the student drops enrollment from a school placement during the spring semester the student will not be placed in another school setting until the fall semester of that year. Reasons deemed excusable for choosing to leave any clinic/fieldwork placement are dependent upon the discretion of the Clinical Director.

Students in the SLP program cannot work in the schools under emergency certification and/or will not provide speech therapy services until they receive their master’s degree from Misericordia. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in immediate dismissal from the program.

A positive Criminal Record Check (Federal and/or State), positive Child Abuse History and/or a positive drug screening may result in any of the following: inability to find a clinical placement, delay in clinical placement, dismissal from a clinical placement, inability to obtain professional licensure, legal ramifications, inability to matriculate or continue in the SLP program, and/or inability to meet requirements for graduation from the program. As a result, students may not be able to complete the requirements of the SLP program, may not be eligible for federal or state credentialing/licensing required for practice, and may be dismissed from the program.