Duquesne University School of Law

2.09 Academic Dismissal

2.9(a)   Academic Dismissal – First-Year Students

1. A student who does not achieve a grade point average of at least 2.00 at the conclusion of his/her first semester of study is placed on probationary status for the second semester.

2. To maintain good academic standing and proceed to the second year of study, a student must achieve a grade point average of at least 2.00 at the conclusion of his/her first year.

3. A first-year student whose cumulative grade point average at the end of his/her first year is at least 1.67, but is less than 2.00 may petition the Academic Status Committee to return for the second year on a probationary status.

4. “Probationary status” means that the student will be required to undergo a program of academic support. Failure to complete the terms of a probationary status shall result in dismissal. Transfer students are not eligible for probationary status and must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.00 at all times.

5. A first-year student who fails to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.67 shall be dismissed from school.

2.9(b)  Academic Dismissal – Upper-level Students

1. An upper-level student shall be dismissed for academic reasons upon the occurrence of any of the following:

a. Where the student fails to achieve a yearly grade point average of at least 2.00 in his/her coursework in any academic year.

b. Where the student fails to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 in any year.

2.9(c)   Academic Dismissal -- Principles Applicable to All Students

1. Students subject to dismissal on any of the grounds set forth above may petition for readmission in accordance with the procedures and standards otherwise set forth in the Readmission section of this publication.

2. All references to “2.00” and “1.67” shall mean “2.000” and “1.670.”

3. A student’s grade point average is computed by multiplying the number of credit hours for each graded course by the number of grade points assigned to the letter grade earned in the course, then adding the products of these multiplications and dividing the sum by the number of credit hours of graded courses taken in the relevant period.

4. With the exception of internal/external transfer students and part-time day division students, all upper-level students are ranked at the end of each semester, and first-year students are ranked at the end of the first year. Part-time day division students are not ranked until their final year of study (fall and spring).

5. All students are evaluated for compliance with GPA standards at the end of each academic year.

6. Grades earned during any Summer Session are part of a student’s academic record for the succeeding academic year. Any student who has registered and is enrolled in a Summer Session course, other than one of the School of Law’s International Summer Study Abroad programs, who is academically dismissed from the School of Law will be involuntarily withdrawn from the Summer Session course and will not be permitted to sit for the examination in the course.

If a student is involuntarily withdrawn from a Summer Session course, other than a Summer Study Abroad Program, he/she shall be entitled to a full tuition refund. A student who is academically dismissed after the beginning of a Summer Study Abroad Program shall not be entitled to a tuition refund. If a student is academically dismissed after completing a Summer Session course, the grade earned in that Summer Session course will not become part of his/her academic transcript. Any such student shall be entitled to a certified letter from the Office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs concerning the grade earned in that Summer Session course.