Last updated on September 2nd, 2021

ACADEMIC PROBATION

Academic Probation is an internal marker placed in students’ progress files by the Pre-Veterinary Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards. It allows students who do not meet the satisfactory academic progress guidelines to continue in the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program for one semester with a prescribed program of courses.

Students may continue on academic probation for an additional semester if the Pre-Veterinary Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards sees significant improvement.

While on probation, students are reviewed by the Pre-Veterinary Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards each semester. Students on academic probation must raise their cumulative GPAs to at least 3.00 within one academic year, or risk dismissal. Students who raise their cumulative GPAs to 3.00 or higher are removed from academic probation at the conclusion of the semester.

Academic Appeals

All students, with reasonable grounds, may appeal a decision of the Pre-Veterinary Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards (PVCAPPS). Appeals must be directed, in writing, to the SVM Appeals Panel.

An appeal must clearly outline the grounds on which the appeal is made and be received by the date and time designated in the PVCAPPS letter.

The decision of the SVM Appeals Panel is final.

ACADEMIC APPEALS PROCESS

There is no appeal from placement on Academic Probation.

The appeal procedure for decisions of the CAPPS is outlined below:

  • When the PVCAPPS recommends a student for dismissal, the SVM Dean of Students or designee will communicate this recommendation to the students and to the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • The student then has the option to withdraw from the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program within five (5) days of receipt of the recommendation of dismissal. Students will then have a withdrawal status once their withdrawal is processed.
  • When a student is submitting an appeal, the appeal should explain any mitigating or extraordinary circumstances which were beyond the student’s control and which caused or contributed to his/her poor performance. The form should be accompanied by a remedial plan. The SVM Dean of Students or designee will forward the student’s appeal and the recommendation of dismissal letter to the SVM Academic Appeals Panel (SVMAAP) for the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program.
  • The SVMAAP for the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program will communicate its decision to the Office of the Dean of the SVM. Students are notified of this decision via e-mail.
Should the student wish to appeal this decision, the case must fall into one of the following two categories:
  1. Cases in which new evidence is presented or new witnesses come forward; or
  2. Cases in which an unprofessional procedure can be demonstrated.

The Office of the Dean of SVM reserves the right to refuse to review the cases that do not meet these criteria.

All decisions of the SVMAAP for the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program are reported in writing to the Office of the Dean of the SVM within 48 hours.

If a student does not withdraw or submit an appeal, the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine will dismiss the student and transmit that decision by e-mail to the student with a copy to the Dean of Students and the Office of the University Registrar.

NON-ACADEMIC PROBATION

Nonacademic probation is an internal marker placed in students’ progress files by the Pre-Veterinary Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards, Disciplinary Panel, or administration. It allows students who do not meet the nonacademic standards to continue in the Pre-Veterinary medical program for a specified period of time with a prescribed course of action. Students will be monitored in accordance with the method described in their letters defining the terms of the probation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR PROMOTION INTO THE VETERINARY MEDICIAL PROGRAM

For promotion into the Veterinary Medical Program, students must have:

  • Cumulative GPAs of 3.00 and GPAs of 3.00 in the final year of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Program,
  • Pass the Pre-Veterinary Medical Science Comprehensive Examination (PVSCE)
  • Demonstrate the behaviors and attitudes considered by St. George’s University to be essential for the profession of Veterinary Medicine.