Limitations on Multiple F Grades in Excelsior Courses for Graduate Students

Statement of Policy

In keeping with Excelsior University’s mission to provide educational opportunities to adult learners, Excelsior believes it is important to support students as they proceed with their education. Because Excelsior is committed to student success, and to academic quality, this policy addresses needs of students who receive multiple F-grades by setting limits on the number of Fs that they may receive.

School of Liberal Arts, School of Public Service, School of Health Sciences, School of Business and Technology

Graduate students are limited to 2 F-grades that have not been replaced by an equivalent course. Upon receipt for the third F, the student will be academically dismissed from the program and administratively withdrawn from Excelsior.

Graduate students who have not yet earned more than 2 F-grades may elect to repeat the courses in which a grade of F has been earned (no more than 2). If students elect this option and are successful in repeating the courses for a passing grade, the grades are replaced when calculating how many F grades have been earned. Students who repeat the courses and fail again will be subject to academic dismissal and administrative withdrawal. If students are successful in replacing the 2 F grades, but subsequently earn more than 2 more F-grades, they will be subject to academic dismissal and administrative withdrawal from Excelsior.

School of Nursing

Graduate students are limited to 2 F-grades. Upon receipt for the third F, the student will be academically dismissed from the program and administratively withdrawn from Excelsior.

Procedure

After reaching the limit on F grades

Students receiving more than two F grades (that have not been replaced if allowed) in Excelsior University courses will be academically dismissed and administratively withdrawn from Excelsior. The student’s academic file will be annotated to reflect this action and the file will be flagged to block future enrollment, except through appeal, and all advising and evaluation services previously available to the student will be terminated.