Last updated on September 12th, 2021

COMMITTEE FOR SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

The Committee for Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional Standards (CAPPS) reviews all students at the end of each term. The Committee does not hear individual course or examination disputes, which should be resolved between students and course directors prior to the designated CAPPS meeting. The Committee will determine whether students should progress to the next term, be placed on academic probation, or recommended for dismissal.

This Committee is chaired by the SVM Associate Dean of Students, and the committee membership is composed of the respective Chairs of departments, the course directors for each term being reviewed, and members or representative from the Office of the University Registrar, the DES, and Judicial Affairs.

The Committee determines if students are making satisfactory academic progress, must be recommended for dismissal, placing a student on academic probation, and/ or having students continue on academic probation under specific conditions with a defined plan to remedy deficiencies within the School of Veterinary Medicine’s regulations. The Committee has the prerogative to request that students appear before the Committee. For this purpose, the Committee will review both qualitative and quantitative deficiencies, as well as inquire about students with nonacademic problems.

QUANTITATIVE DEFICIENCY

Timeline Standard: Students must progress through the program in a timely fashion as defined for that academic segment. Students who do not successfully complete at least 50% of their attempted credits at the completion of their first two terms or 67% of their cumulative credits attempted thereafter, will not be considered to be in good academic standing. Grades of W, I NG and F are counted towards attempted credits. In addition, students must complete Terms 1-6 within four years and complete the program (Terms 1-9) within six years.

QUALITATIVE DEFICIENCY

  • All deficient grades are reviewed by CAPPS and appropriate avenues for remediation are determined for each student based on the guidelines provided herein.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 or students who have received unsatisfactory grades (D+, D, F) in courses that are required to be repeated will not be considered to be in good academic standing.
  • Grades of “A”, “B+”/”B”, “C+”/ “C”, and “P” refer to an Excellent Pass, Good Pass, Acceptable Pass and Pass, respectively. Grades of “D+”, “D”, and “F” are all unsatisfactory grades and require remediation.
  • Academic advancement will be based on satisfactory grades in all courses in the SGU SVM curriculum. Thus, no grade below a “C” will be allowed; all grades below a “C” must be remediated to a satisfactory grade of “C” or better.
  • Unsatisfactory grades of “D+” or “D” will result in a mandatory re-sit examination and a grade of “F” will require repeating the course.
  • Unsatisfactory grades of “D+” or “D” obtained when either the term GPA or cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 will, at the discretion of CAPPS, be remediated by repeat of the course(s) or by a re-sit examination.
  • Courses involving mastery of clinical skills may require repeating the course to achieve competency and a satisfactory grade. The CAPPS will determine if a re-sit examination or repeating the course is the appropriate avenue for remediation.
  • When a course is being repeated due to an unsatisfactory grade of “D+”, “D” or “F”, the student will be placed on Academic Probation.*
  • Academic Probation will continue until the student has been cleared of all outstanding lower term courses by attaining a minimum grade of a “C” or better, and is ready to progress to the next higher term, on a regular basis.
  • An unsatisfactory grade obtained (“D+”, “D”, “F”) while on academic probation will result in a recommendation for Dismissal.**
  • Student(s) mandated to take a re-sit examination may opt to repeat the course.
  • Two “F’s” or any combination of three (3) unsatisfactory grades (“D+”, “D”, and “F”) will result in a recommendation for dismissal.
The following tables describe the policy to be implemented by the CAPPS to determine a student’s academic progress:

Table 1: “D+” or “D” Grades

Rule No. Qualitative Deficiency Recommendation by CAPPS
1 First “D+”/“D” grade (Term and Cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0) Mandatory Re-sit examination or Repeat course on Academic Probation (at the discretion of CAPPS)
2 Second “D+”/“D” grade following successful remediation of a previous “D+” or “D”, and successful completion of the terms of Academic Probation (Term and Cumulative GPA > 2.0) Mandatory Re-sit examination or Repeat the course on Academic Probation(at the discretion of CAPPS)
3 Two “D+”/“D” grades in the same term Repeat both courses while on Academic Probation
4 Two “D+”/“D” grades in one term when a previous remediation has already occurred Recommendation for Dismissal
5 An unsatisfactory grade (“D+”, “D” or “F”) in a course that is repeated Recommendation for Dismissal
6 Any combination of 3 or more grades (“D+”, “D”, “F”) below “C” Recommendation for Dismissal
7 Any “D+”, “D”, or “F” while on Academic Probation Recommendation for Dismissal
Table 2: “F” Grade
8 First “F” grade with or without any previous “D+”/“D” Repeat courses while on Academic Probation
9 Second “F” grade Recommendation for Dismissal
10 “D+”/“D” and an “F” grade in one term without previous remediations Repeat courses while on Academic Probation
11 “D+”/”D” and an “F” grade in one term with a previous remediation  Recommendation for Dismissal
12 Two “F” grades in the same term  Recommendation for Dismissal
13 “Any combination of 3 or more grades (“D+”, “D”, “F”) below “C”  Recommendation for Dismissal
14 “Any “D+”, “D”, or “F” while on Academic Probation”  Recommendation for Dismissal
Remediation
15.1 A student will be allowed remediation of only two unsatisfactory grades (“D+”, “D”, “F”). Only unsatisfactory grades (“D+”, “D”, “F”) in different courses will count towards the maximum allowable number of unsatisfactory grades of two (2), unless the student receives an unsatisfactory grade when repeating the course (see Rule # 5).
15.2 Remediation of an unsatisfactory grade (“D+”, “D”, “F”) may be by a re-sit examination, if permitted, or by repeating the course (following the guidelines listed above).
15.3 Failure of a re-sit examination automatically mandates a repeat of the course (counts as one remediation attempt). Repeating the course will count as a second remediation.
15.4 A third unsatisfactory grade (“D+”, “D”, “F”) within the first six (6) terms or an unsatisfactory grade (“D+”, “D”, “F”) in a repeated course will result in a recommendation for dismissal.
16 The highest grade recorded for satisfactory performance on a re-sit examination, and therefore for the particular course, will be a “C”. The original unsatisfactory grade (“D+”, “D”) will remain on the transcript.
17 A student who obtains a “D+”, “D” or “F” in a re-sit examination will be mandated to repeat the course (if the two attempts allowed for remediation have not been exhausted) and will be placed on Academic Probation; the initial unsatisfactory grade (“D+”, “D”, or “F”) achieved will remain on the transcript.
18 The grade obtained upon successful repeat of a course will be the new grade recorded on the transcript; the previous unsatisfactory grade (“D+”, “D”, “F”) will remain on the transcript.
19 Only unsatisfactory grades (“D+”, “D”, “F”) in different courses will count towards the maximum allowable number of unsatisfactory grades of two (2). Note that repeating a course will count as a second remediation (see Rule # 15-3).
20 A student who obtains a cumulative GPA < or = 1.99 will be placed on Academic Probation.
* Academic Probation (AP): Students who are placed on AP with mandatory repetition of coursework have to repeat all courses in which a grade of “F”, “D” or “D+” were obtained. AP will be cleared if students:
1 Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above in each term that they spend on AP and.
2 Do not receive any unsatisfactory grades (“D+”, “D”, “F”) during their AP.
3 Fulfill all other requirements stipulated by the CAPPS
** Dismissal: Can be appealed by the student.

CAPPS has the authority to set different and/or additional requirements for purposes of remediation, to those set forth in the above table, upon review of an individual student’s academic progress.