CHAPTER 6 – ACADEMIC STANDING, DISMISSAL, PROBATION, AND READMISSION

6.01. Student Standing in University.

A student who is admitted to the College of Law is resident in the University only as a law student. The student’s standing in the University is dependent upon his or her standing in the College of Law.

Source: Faculty minutes, October 1, 1959, and March 17, 1999.

6.02. Requirements for Good Standing in the J.D. Program.

Good standing in the J. D. program of the College of Law depends upon maintaining an average of C (2.00) or better. For purposes of this rule, averages shall be computed at the end of the second, fourth, and sixth semesters.

Source: Faculty minutes, November 16, 1966, March 17, 1999, and September 3, 2003.

6.03. Requirements to Continue in the J.D. Program of the College.

A student shall be permitted to continue in the J.D. program of the College of Law in good standing under the following rules:

A. A student is eligible to continue his or her studies beyond the first year in good standing if the student has completed the required first-year curriculum of the J.D. program of the College of Law with accumulated credit points which aggregate not less than 2.00 times the total number of credit hours taken during the year.

B. A student is eligible to continue his or her studies beyond the second year in good standing if the student has completed his or her second-year course work in the J.D. program with accumulated credit points which aggregate not less than 2.00 times the total number of credit hours taken during the second year.

Even though a student meets the requirements of the above paragraphs, the student will not be eligible to continue in the J.D. program of the College of Law if he or she has failed more than two courses in any one year or if he or she has failed more than three courses during the student’s entire work in the College of Law. For purposes of this rule, a failure is an “E” in a graded course or an “U” in an ungraded course, independent study project, or co-curricular activity.

Source: Faculty minutes, November 2, 1966, March 17, 1999, and September 3, 2003. 36

6.04. Dismissal of First Year Students in the J.D. Program; Withdrawal.

No dismissals of first-year students in the J.D. program will be made before the end of the first two semesters. However, if a student withdraws prior to the end of his or her first two semesters and has not maintained a minimum point-hour average of 1.85, the student shall be dismissed.

Source: Faculty minutes, October 1, 1959, March 17, 1999, and September 3, 2003.

6.05. Dismissal from the J.D. Program for Low Grades.

A student in the J.D. program shall be dismissed from the College at the end of the second semester, if he or she shall not have maintained a cumulative point hour ratio of at least 1.75. A student in the J.D. program shall be dismissed from the College at any time after his or her third semester that the student’s cumulative point hour ratio is less than that which, pursuant to Rule 6.06, entitled a student to a probationary status.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 12, 1973, March 17, 1999, and September 3, 2003.

6.06. Academic Probation of Students in the J.D. Program; Academic Watch.

A. Circumstances and Terms of Academic Probation. A student in the J.D. program shall be placed on academic probation in the following circumstances and the terms of the academic probation shall be as follows:

1. End of Second Semester. A student who fails to attain a cumulative point hour ratio of 2.00 at the end of the student’s second semester, but who has earned an average of at least 1.75, shall be eligible to continue in the College, but shall be on academic probation. The terms of this probation and the terms of probation for a student readmitted by the Academic Affairs Committee after dismissal for low grades at the end of the second semester shall be:

a) Attainment of at least a 2.00 average on all work undertaken in each semester, excluding work undertaken in a summer session, during which the probation continues;

b) Attainment of a cumulative point hour ratio of at least 2.00 at the conclusion of that semester during which the probationer will have completed 60 hours of course work.

c) Approval by the Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the probationer’s schedule. A probationer may appeal the decision of the Dean or Associate Dean to the Academic Affairs Committee.

d) Such other terms as the Academic Affairs Committee deems advisable.

The probation shall continue until dismissal or until the probationer satisfies the terms of probation.

2. End of fourth semester. A student who fails to attain a 2.00 in the student’s third and fourth semesters combined but who has a cumulative average on all work undertaken of 2.00 or better will be entitled to continue into a fifth semester as a probationer on condition that the probationer’s average for the fifth semester, during which the student must enroll for at least twelve credits in courses to be graded at the completion of that semester, shall be at least 2.25.

3. End of sixth semester. A student who fails to attain a 2.00 for the student’s fifth and sixth semesters combined but who has an average on all work undertaken of 2.00 will be permitted to continue for an additional semester as a probationer on condition that the probationer’s average for the seventh semester, during which the student must enroll for at least twelve credits in courses to be graded at the completion of that semester, shall be at least 2.25.

B. Failure to Meet Terms of Probation.

1. First Failure. When a probationer who has not been either previously dismissed or continued on probation after petitioning the Committee fails to meet the conditions of probation, the probationer shall be notified of that fact and shall have one week to petition the Academic Affairs Committee to continue on probation. If the probationer does not petition the Committee, the probationer shall be dismissed from the College. If the probationer petitions the Committee, the Committee shall decide whether the probationer should continue on probation under the same or different conditions or should be dismissed.

2. Subsequent Failure. When a probationer who has been either previously dismissed or continued on probation after petitioning the Committee fails to meet the conditions of probation, the probationer shall be dismissed.

C. Criterion for Academic Watch. A student in the J.D. program shall be on academic watch whenever that student’s cumulative point hour ratio falls below 2.40. The student shall remain on academic watch until that student attains a point hour ratio of at least 2.40.

D. Terms of Academic Watch. A student who is on academic watch shall be required (1) to meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, or the Associate Dean’s designee, at least once per semester to review the student’s academic schedule and other matters relating to the student’s academic performance and (2) to participate in a program of academic assistance as directed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean’s designee. The academic watch designation shall not appear on the student’s transcript.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 12, 1973, October 18, 1978, April 1, 1998, March 17, 1999, September 3, 2003, and April 7, 2011.

6.07. Readmission After Withdrawal From J.D. Program While in Good Standing.

A. Students in the J.D. program who withdraw from the first year while in good standing but without completing all course requirements may be permitted to return the following first semester at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Such a student will be permitted to take only courses he or she did not complete during the preceding year or to take a full course load by taking selected second-year courses in addition to first-year courses he or she had not completed at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

B. Students in the J.D. program who withdraw from the College after the first year while in good standing may be permitted to return to the College at that student’s class level at the time of withdrawal, if readmission is sought within two years of withdrawal. At any later date, applications for readmission must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee of the College of Law.

Source: Faculty minutes, May 4, 1967, March 17, 1999, and September 3, 2003.

6.08. Return of Student Leaving as Probationer.

A student who withdraws from the J.D. program of the College, who would have been a probationer if that student had continued, shall be permitted to return as a probationer and the terms of the probation shall be the same as though the student had not withdrawn.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 12, 1973 and September 3, 2003.

6.09. Readmission After Withdrawal From the J.D. Program Not in Good Standing.

A student not in good standing who withdraws from the J.D. program of the College of Law, or a student who withdraws or fails to reregister during the first year of the J. D. program and whose average is less than that required for admission to the second year, may be readmitted only with the consent of the Academic Affairs and the Admissions Committees of the College.

Source: Faculty minutes, April 25, 1970, March 2, 1977, March 17, 1999, and September 3, 2003.

6.10. Authority of Academic Affairs Committee to Reinstate Students to the J.D. Program Dismissed Because of Academic Deficiency.

The Academic Affairs Committee of the College may, in those cases where it is persuaded that achievement of academic good standing is a realistic probability, reinstate, on a probationary status, a student who has been dismissed from the J.D. program for academic deficiency. The terms of the probation shall be as determined by the Academic Affairs Committee, but shall not be more lenient than those required of students who are on probation as a matter of right.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 12, 1973 and September 3, 2003.

6.11. Readmission to the J.D. Program Retake the First Year’s Work.

Applications or petitions for readmission to retake the first year’s work submitted by students who have been dismissed from the J.D. program of the College of Law of The Ohio State University for academic deficiencies during or at the end of their first year of attendance shall be treated as initial applications for admission and shall be considered by the Admissions Committee under then current criteria applicable to first admissions generally.

Source: Faculty minutes, January 14, 1970, February 16, 1972, March 17, 1999, and September 3, 2003.

6.12. Minimum Scholastic Standards for Transfer Students to the J.D. Program.

For the purpose of the rules on the minimum scholastic requirements, a transfer student from another college of law or foreign institution who is admitted to advanced standing in the J.D. program of this College of Law shall be treated as though his or her entire College of Law residence had been at this University, but his or her cumulative point hour shall be computed only on work done at this University. The application of this rule shall be limited to consideration of dismissals only.

Source: Executive Committee, January 5, 1960, and Faculty minutes, April 14, 1993 and September 3, 2003.

 

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