MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS (GPA)
All students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to be considered in good academic standing. In some degree programs, students must maintain a higher cumulative grade point average or a higher cumulative grade point average in major courses. See program information for details.
REVIEW OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS
The Office of the Dean reviews student academic progress at the end of each semester. Students whose grade point averages (GPA) fall below minimum GPA requirements will receive notification that they have been placed in one of the categories of academic progress listed below. All of these categories will become permanently recorded on official student transcripts.
Academic Warning: Students whose semester GPA falls below 2.0 (regardless of the cumulative GPA).
Academic Probation: Students who have been previously placed on academic warning, have attempted at least 12 cumulative credits (including courses from which the student has withdrawn), and have a cumulative GPA below 2.0.
Continued Academic Probation: Students who have been previously placed on Academic Probation, retain a cumulative GPA below 2.0 but have earned a semester GPA above 2.0. Students who successful petition and return following suspension will also be placed on continued academic probation.
Off Academic Probation: Students who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA above 2.0 when previously on academic probation.
Academic Suspension: Students on academic probation or continued academic probation who fail to earn a minimally acceptable GPA in the next semester of enrollment. Length of academic suspension is two semesters. Students must petition for readmission at least one month before the requested date of readmittance (see Notification and Appeals below). Students who are approved to reenroll after serving academic suspension are readmitted under continuing academic probation. While serving on academic suspension, students may not make progress in their NSU degree programs. Credits earned at other institutions during suspension will not be transferred to NSU.
Academic Dismissal: Students who were previously on academic suspension and readmitted will be academically dismissed if they fail to meet a minimally acceptable semester GPA of 2.0. Students in this category may not reapply for admission.
NOTIFICATION AND APPEALS
A student placed on academic suspension or academically dismissed will be sent a letter to his/her permanent mailing address. The student will have until the deadline specified in the academic dismissal or suspension letter to appeal to the Academic Progress Committee. The committee includes faculty members from each academic division and a representative from the Office of Academic Services. The committee reviews appeals for suspension and dismissal. Notification of decisions will be sent to the permanent mailing address of the student. For more information, the student may contact an academic advisor or the Office of the Dean.
ACADEMIC HONESTY STANDARDS
The university is an academic community and expects its students to manifest a commitment to academic integrity through rigid observance of standards for academic honesty. The university can function properly only when its members adhere to clearly established goals and values. Accordingly, the academic standards are designed to ensure that the principles of academic honesty are upheld.
The following acts violate the academic honesty standards:
- Cheating: intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise
- Fabrication: intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise
- Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this code
- Plagiarism: the adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, or statements of another person as one's own without proper acknowledgment
Students are expected to submit tests and assignments that they have completed without aid or assistance from other sources. Using sources to provide information without giving credit to the original source is dishonest. Students should avoid any impropriety or the appearance thereof in taking examinations or completing work in pursuance of their educational goals. Students are expected to comply with the following academic standards:
1. Original Work:
Assignments such as course preparations, exams, texts, projects, term papers, practicum, etc., must be the original work of the student. Original work may include the thoughts and words of another author. Entire thoughts or words of another author should be identified using quotation marks. At all times, students are expected to comply with the university and/or program center's recognized form and style manual and accepted citation practice and policy. Work is not original when it has been submitted previously by the author or by anyone else for academic credit. Work is not original when it has been copied or partially copied from any other source, including another student, unless such copying is acknowledged by the person submitting the work for the credit at the time the work is being submitted, or unless copying, sharing, or joint authorship is an express part of the assignment. Exams and tests are original work when no unauthorized aid is given, received, or used before or during the course of the examination, reexamination, and/or remediation.
2. Referencing the Works of Another Author:
All academic work submitted for credit or as partial fulfillment of course requirements must adhere to each program center's specific accepted reference manuals and rules of documentation. Standards of scholarship require that the writer give proper acknowledgment when the thoughts and words of another author are used. Students must acquire a style manual approved by their center and become familiar with accepted scholarly and editorial practice in their program. Students' work must comport with the adopted citation manual for their particular center. At Nova Southeastern University, it is plagiarism to represent another person's work, words, or ideas as one's own without use of a center-recognized method of citation. Deviating from center standards (see above) are considered plagiarism at Nova Southeastern University.
3. Tendering of Information:
All academic work must be the original work of the student. Giving or allowing one's work to be copied, giving out exam questions or answers, or releasing or selling term papers is prohibited. 26 NSU Student Handbook 2004
4. Acts Prohibited:
Students should avoid any impropriety or the appearance thereof, in taking examinations or completing work in pursuance of their educational goals. Violations of academic responsibility include, but are not limited to the following:
- any form of cheating
- conspiracy to commit academic dishonesty
- bribery in an attempt to gain an academic advantage
- forging or altering documents or credentials
- knowingly furnishing false information to the institution
5. Additional Matters of Ethical Concern:
Where circumstances are such as to place students in positions of power over university personnel, inside or outside the institution, students should avoid any reasonable suspicion that they have used that power for personal benefit or in a capricious or arbitrary manner.