Academic Policies

Retention Standards
All students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing in the program.  If a student’s GPA falls below 3.0 at the conclusion of any semester, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are given 9 consecutive semester hours to raise their GPA to at least 3.0  Courses with a grade of "I" (incomplete) or dropped after census day (tenth day of the semester) are included in the calculation of the 9 semester hours.  If a student is unable to raise his GPA to 3.0 or greater, his program will terminate.  Once it becomes mathematically impossible for a student to raise his GPA to 3.0 in 9 consecutive semester hours on academic probation, the student’s program will terminate.  In addition, if at any time the College of Business Graduate Programs Office determines that a student is not making satisfactory degree completion progress, the student’s program will terminate.  All probation and termination decisions are at the discretion of the College of Business’s Director of Graduate Programs.

It takes one grade of A in a three semester hour course to raise one grade of C in a three semester hour course to a 3.0 GPA.  In addition, it takes three grades of A to raise one grade of F to a 3.0 GPA.  A student who receives an F in any class must retake the course in which the F was received.  Note that both the old and new grade are reflected on a student's transcript and both grades are used to calculate the student's overall GPA.

In order for a degree or certificate to be awarded to a student, the student must have at least a 3.0 GPA in the courses applicable to the individual programs.  For example, if a student completes the MBA program along with the Marketing Certificate, the student must have at least a 3.0 GPA in four Marketing electives to receive the certificate as well as at least a 3.0 GPA in the required MBA courses and the Marketing electives to receive the MBA.

Due to the increasing emphasis placed on the importance of communication skills for our graduate students, emails sent to the Graduate Office must meet some minimum level of quality before receiving a response.  Emails are a form of business communication and should be given the same consideration as other forms of more "traditional" business communication.  The College of Business Graduate Office will not respond to emails that do not use proper punctuation and capitalization.

Grading Policies
At the first scheduled class meeting, the instructor must state the basic requirements and assignments of the course and indicate his or her method of evaluation.  This information will be found on the course syllabus.

A change of grade, for any reason, must be made within one year from the date the original grade was received.

Grades are posted electronically as soon as they are determined at the end of each semester or summer term.  Faculty report grades to the registrar no later than 48-hours after final exams.  Students may view their grades from their Banner Self-Service account.  http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/policyhub/handbook.cfm.