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Cancellation of Admission and Expulsion
- Students who do not take any courses leading to the
completion of their master's degree in a three-year period will be placed
on inactive status. This means that if they are readmitted, they will
be responsible for any new university or program requirements.
- Students may be suspended or expelled for violation
of academic standards, plagiarism, misrepresentation of background information,
violation of items listed on the moral character statement and/or failure
to pay debts.
- Subsequent readmission follows the procedures for
new admission under the catalog requirements in effect at the time of
- Whitworth University reserves the right to withhold
credit, transcripts and diplomas until all campus debts are settled.
- Any appeals must be presented in writing to the director/chair,
Department of Graduate Studies in Education, within three weeks of the
incident being appealed. (See complete appeal process under Appeals section.)
- Completion of a teacher education program is required
for all master's degree and/or certification programs except MIT, M.Ed.
Guidance and Counseling (School/Community Agency Setting), or M.Ed. in
- A minimum of 33 semester credits in approved courses,
following a signed degree plan, is required for all master's degrees.
This is in addition to any required prerequisites.
- Six semester credits (or nine quarter credits) of
approved graduate credit may be transferred from other colleges or universities
for degree purposes. Workshops, correspondence courses, seminars, video
courses, or independent studies may not be transferred in from another
college or university; nor may a course in which a grade of "C" or lower
or a grade of "Pass" was assigned.
- Master's degree and certification candidates must
achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
for all courses taken as part of an approved graduate degree. All master's
degree programs require satisfactory completion of three written comprehensive
exams (except M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling: School Certified, and
M.Ed. in School Administration, which have their own designated comprehensive
exams). The GSE Office has a listing of all courses in which comprehensive
exams are available.
- Prior to recommendation for Washington State Certification
as an ESA school counselor, candidates must pass the state-required written
ESA comprehensive exam as well as a review board where skills are demonstrated.
Community agency counselors take the Washington State Licensing exam.
Individuals make arrangements for this licensing exam directly through
the state office. School administrators take the written comprehensive
exam for administrators.
- No credit toward a master's degree or certification
program will be allowed for a course in which the student receives a grade
of C- or below. Courses in which a grade of C- or lower is earned, if
required for the degree or certification program, must be repeated. Following
any term in which a student's grade point average is below 3.0, the student
will be placed on academic probation. The student will be dismissed from
the graduate program if three grades of C+, C or C- or lower are accumulated,
or if it is necessary for the student to be placed on academic probation
more than twice.
- "Incomplete" is given only for emergency situations.
Student and instructor sign a statement indicating reason for an "Incomplete"
and file this with the registrar. The "Incomplete" must be removed within
six weeks following the end of the term in which student enrolled.
- "In-Progress" (IP) is given only for practicums,
internships and research projects. "In-Progress" grades must be removed
within six months of issuance. If not, the student must re-enroll and
pay tuition again for the course.
- All credits toward a graduate degree must be within
six-year recency at the time of program completion. An analysis of coursework
is made. In some cases, older courses need not be retaken but additional
coursework be substituted. This is determined on an individual basis where
specific recency may not be as relevant.
- A six-semester-credit course load qualifies a student
as full time during each term (fall, spring, summer). Nine semester credits
represent an overload; this is not encouraged. Approval must be obtained
from the GSE assistant director for an overload. The student's signature
is obtained on an overload statement. Persons working full time are strongly
encouraged not to exceed six semester credits per term.
Student grade appeal procedure: The order of appeal
for students who feel they have been unfairly graded is as follows:
- the instructor of the course;
- the director/chair of the Department of Graduate
Studies in Education;
- the dean of the School of Education;
- the vice president for Academic Affairs (or designee).
Appeals for Other Issues
Discuss first with the coordinator of graduate advising.
Then the right of appeal is available to all students in this order:
- the director/chair, Department of Graduate Studies
- committee composed of the dean at the School of
Education. the director/chair of the Department of Graduate Studies
in Education, and representatives of the School of Education;
- the vice president for Academic Affairs or associate
dean, the dean of the School of Education, the director/chair of Graduate
Studies in Education, member of Professional Education Advisory Board,
and advocate designated by student, if desired.
In cases where certification is refused, the student
may also appeal to the appropriate Professional Education Advisory Board,
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction or State Board of Education.
All appeals must be presented in writing first
to director/chair, Department of Graduate Studies in Education, within
three weeks of the incident being appealed.