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Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators


James Ottavio Castagnera

The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators is a practical tool, intended for administrators dealing with students in higher education, focusing principally on four-year institutions. Addressing the ever-developing relationship between higher education and the law, the book will provide the academic administrator with the means to knowledgably and confidently navigate the many legal threats and challenges facing colleges today. Using examples from real cases and scenarios from different institutions, the handbook provides sample policies, checklists, and advice that administrators can apply to a wide variety of situations, both preventatively and proactively. Also included are relevant 2008-09 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and each chapter includes a section on the impact of the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008. The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators is a compendium of practical knowledge and guidance, useful for any administrator dealing with the legal minefield that is higher education.


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Chapter 4 Academic Standing, Probation, and Dismissal 99


CHAPTER 4 Academic Standing, Probation, and Dismissal Herewith, a sample policy on this chapter’s topic: Conditional Standing and Dismissal All students permitted to enroll at Rider University are in good standing and are qualified to be bonafide students. Decisions regarding academic conditional standing and dismissal for poor scholarship are the responsibility of the Committee on Academic Standing within each college. Because a 2.0 cumulative average is required for graduation a student is expected to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average while enrolled at Rider. Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative average will be reviewed by an academic standing committee and may be dismissed or placed on conditional standing. While a 2.0 cumulative grade point average may enable students to continue in their individual programs, students in teacher preparation programs must achieve a cumulative average of 2.5 before enrolling in sophomore level education classes. Before enrolling in junior level education classes, students must achieve a 2.75 grade point average. A 2.80 grade point average is required before a student can enroll in student teaching. Students not achieving a 2.75 grade point average by the time they reach their junior year may be dismissed from the program. Students who have not done satisfactory work may be dismissed from the University for poor scholarship at the end of any semester after an appropriate review of their scholastic records by the academic standing committee of their college. There must be substantial evidence of proper motivation and a capacity for...

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