A student shall be eligible for the Dean's List in any semester in which his or her grade point average is 3.50 or above, and provided he or she receives no grade of "D," "F," or "I," and has earned a minimum of 12 semester-hour credits.
In the spring of each year, both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School present Outstanding Student Awards to the individuals (in their respective schools) with the highest cumulative grade point average in the sophomore, junior and senior classes. To be eligible for consideration, a student must have accrued the following minimum credit hours while in attendance at Suffolk University. A grade of "D," "F," or "I" disqualifies a student, regardless of GPA.
Class Minimum Earned Credit Hours at Suffolk University:
In the spring of each year, both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School present students awards of achievement in their major. Each award is defined and determined by the individual academic departments upon review of their junior and senior majors each spring semester.
At the conclusion of each semester, students failing to make satisfactory progress are reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee of their respective school.
Suffolk University expects students to maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 and a grade point average of 2.0 in the major field of study, as well as a 2.0 grade point average in the minor. Failure to maintain these degree requirements may result in academic probation or dismissal.
Students are notified in writing of any actions taken by the Academic Standing Committees.
Actions may include the following:
Students will receive a warning when their overall GPA is above 2.0, but fail to achieve a semester GPA of 2.0.
Students who earn a GPA below 2.0 in their major, even if only one course has been completed, are alerted to minimum GPA requirements and referred to their major for advising.
Students who earn excess grades of "I" and/or "W" are sent a warning and may have their records frozen for advising.
Students are sent a warning if any single grade of “F” is earned.
Typically, students placed on probation are put on a reduced course load and are instructed to improve their grade point average by the next committee review. Students who are demonstrating academic improvement may have their probation extended until they return to good academic standing. Those failing to demonstrate improvement are in imminent danger of dismissal.
Extracurricular: No student on academic probation shall be eligible to participate in athletics, hold elected or appointed office, or represent the University in extracurricular or intercollegiate activities. However, a student on academic probation may continue membership in extracurricular activities such as clubs or fraternities, and may write for, but not be a member of, the staff of campus publications. In the event a student’s average does not improve, the Academic Standing Committee may require further curtailment of extracurricular activities as a condition of continued academic probation at Suffolk University.
Financial Aid: Academic standing review is an academic process independent of federal guidelines managing access to student aid. It is possible to be allowed to continue at the University academically but be denied financial aid eligibility. ALL students who have financial aid and find themselves in academic difficulty should meet with their financial aid advisor to understand their personal situation.
Continued failure to make satisfactory progress toward a degree will inevitably result in dismissal from the University. Low grade point average, unexplained semester absences, refusal to complete prescribed remedial coursework, unwillingness to honor the recommendations of the Academic Standing Committee and/or other specific conditions are but a few of the situations that can undermine satisfactory progress and constitute legitimate grounds for dismissal.
Once dismissed for scholastic failure, a student is ineligible to enroll in further courses at the University until s/he is readmitted by the Academic Standing Committee. Dismissal does not suspend a student’s responsibility to meet prior course commitments. Consequently, all Incomplete “I” grades will convert to “F” grades unless attended to within one academic year.
Students who have been academically dismissed may apply for readmission after one semester by providing the appropriate committee with a written letter of petition. The filing deadline for petitioning is August 1 for fall re-admission and December 1 for spring re-admission. Please address the letter to: "The Academic Standing Committee.”
This letter should contain three main sections:
Sharon Lenzie, Assistant Dean
College of Arts & Sciences
41 Temple Street
Boston, MA 02114
If dismissed from the Sawyer Business School, send letters to:
Michele Rosenthal, Director
Sawyer Business School
73 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-2770
A student dismissed for academic reasons, who is seeking readmission after an absence of five or more years from the University, may petition the Academic Standing Committee to grant him/her grade amnesty for all grades below C under the Fresh Start Program.
If approved, all Suffolk work completed prior to readmission will be reevaluated for relevance and currency, as all students readmitted under this policy are subject to the academic requirements for graduation at the time of readmission. Only coursework with a C or better earned prior to reinstatement and coursework attempted after reinstatment is calculated into the GPA and applied to the degree.
Normally, a student readmitted through the Fresh Start Program is not eligible for scholastic honors. All prior grades are used to compute the student’s academic progress for financial aid evaluation.
Students who have been administratively withdrawn for non-attendance or are attempting to return after an unauthorized absence may apply for reentry to Suffolk through the Office of Undergraduate Admission. If approved, all students readmitted under this policy are subject to the academic requirements for graduation at the time of readmission.
Applicable courses taken eight or more years prior to readmission, whether taken at Suffolk or elsewhere, will be reviewed by the Dean’s Office for relevance and currency. If a course is deemed ineligible, students may be required to complete the current course designed to satisfy that particular academic requirement.
“...as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutional established equivalence that reasonably approximates not less than -
(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.”
The classification of students is determined by the number of credit hours completed. Freshman standing is assigned to students with 1 through 23 completed credit hours; sophomore standing, to those with 24 through 53 completed credit hours; junior standing, to those with 54 through 83 completed credit hours; senior standing, to those with 84 completed credit hours or more.
Federal financial aid regulations stipulate a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester to be considered full-time, between 9-11 credits per semester to be considered three-quarter time, and at least 6 credits per semester to be considered half-time. During the summer semester, which is subdivided into modules, full-time, three-quarter time, and half-time status is determined based on the number of credits enrolled throughout the entirety of the term. Graduating students in their last semester are considered full-time (except for financial aid purposes) if they are registered for all remaining degree requirements, even if they are registered for less than full-time status.
All international students are required to complete at least 12 credits each fall and spring semester.
Enrollment statuses for fall, spring, and summer terms are listed in the table below:
|Full-Time||Three-Quarter Time||Half-Time||Less than Half-Time|
|12-17 credits||9-11 credits||6-8 credits||<6 credits|
Restrictions: English Language Institute (ELI) students can only take 0 credit courses.
Once matriculated into a degree program at Suffolk, students are expected to complete all of their coursework at the University. Exceptions are made for international study or where academic hardship merits consideration. A student must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or better with no Incomplete grades) and have transferred fewer than 63 outside credit hours into Suffolk. If approved for a course at another institution, a student must attain a grade of "C" or higher in order to receive transfer credit. It is expected that students will complete their final 30 credit hours at Suffolk University. New students in their first semester without final grades may not be approved for outside courses. Courses taken at other institutions may affect student eligibility for graduation honors.
Students who feel their situation warrants an exception must apply through the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center.
Twelve to 17 credits constitutes a normal full-time schedule. Students who meet the following criteria can register for 18 credits (fall and spring term):
Students who do not meet the above criteria or who wish to enroll in more than 18 credits in either the fall or spring term or more than 8 credits per summer module must petition the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center.
Students registered for more than 17 credits will be charged an excess credit rate during the fall and spring terms. Students are charged per credit hour during the summer sessions. Students should NOT assume financial aid will cover excess course charges.
The purpose of an independent study is to provide students with unique study opportunities with an individual faculty member. The guidelines with respect to independent studies are as follows:
Transfer applicants are considered for admission based on work completed at a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or at international institutions approved by the Ministry of Education in the country where the institution resides. In some cases, transfer applicants with less than one year of college completion are also considered based on the results of the high school transcript and test scores. Credit is generally transferable provided that such coursework is successfully completed and equivalent to that offered at Suffolk University.
In the Sawyer Business School, transfer credit is awarded only for courses equivalent to freshman/sophomore years. Courses not required at Suffolk University until the junior/senior years may qualify for validation credit. Students admitted to the Sawyer Business School are required to complete at least 50 percent of business credit hours at Suffolk University.
A minimum of 45 hours in any bachelor degree program must be earned at Suffolk University, including all major and general education requirements. Requirements for specific degrees are listed by major in the undergraduate degree section. In all cases, students must complete all major and University requirements to qualify for a bachelor degree. This may necessitate completing more than the required hours for graduation. In addition, the final 30 credits of any degree must be completed at Suffolk University.
Part-time degree applicants are expected to meet the same requirements as full-time degree students.
In the College of Arts & Sciences, a two-course residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.
In the Sawyer Business School not more than two courses may be transferred in toward any major and no more than one course may be transferred in toward any minor. Capstone requirements may never be transferred into the Business School. All upper level business courses being considered for transfer must be approved by the Sawyer Business School Dean's Office.
A transcript is an academic document or electronic image maintained by the Office of the Registrar reflecting the unabridged student academic history at Suffolk University. Transcripts include course work from other institutions whose credits are awarded at the time of entrance or approved transfer credit after the student enrolls at the University.
The University reserves the right to refuse to issue a transcript of any student who has not fulfilled all financial obligations due to the University. A financial hold will be placed on a student record if the student is either delinquent or has defaulted on loans and/or has not completed required financial exit interviews or counseling.
Upon completion of the advanced course, a student must complete a Validation of Transfer Credit Form in the Registrar’s Office. The course(s) which may be validated will be listed on the student’s Suffolk University transcript and Credit Evaluation. The Credit Evaluation is the student’s original document of transfer credit provided by the Undergraduate Admission Office when the student was first admitted to the University. If a student has taken a junior/senior level course that is not required at Suffolk University, it cannot be validated.
|Students May Validate:||By Successful Completion (minimum grade of "C") of:|
|ACCT 321||ACCT 322|
|FIN 315||FIN 413|
|ISOM 310||ISOM 313|
|ISOM 313||ISOM 423|
|ISOM 423||ISOM 424|
When validating, no more than two transfer courses may be applied toward your major requirements.
Questions regarding transfer credit and validation procedures should be referred to the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center, 617-573-8345.
The following grading system applies to all undergraduate students.
|Letter Grade||Honor Point Equivalent per Credit|
"A," "A – ," "B+," and "B" are honor grades.
"B – ," "C+," and "C" represent satisfactory work.
"C – ," "D+," "D," and "D – " represent passing but unsatisfactory work.
"F" is a failing grade. It indicates that the student has not completed all course requirements in a satisfactory manner. Students who stop attending a course without having complied with the official withdrawal procedure can anticipate receiving a grade of "F." The "F" grade becomes a permanent part of a student’s record and cannot be expunged even if the course is successfully retaken. An undergraduate student who violates the academic honesty policy is subject to an automatic grade of "F".
"I" (Incomplete) indicates a student has done passing work in a course but has not yet submitted all the outstanding work required for a formal evaluation. The "I" is awarded at the instructor’s discretion, only if the student has completed at least half of the course requirements satisfactorily at the end of the semester, and there is a reasonable expectation that all course requirements can be completed in one academic year. An "I" must be formally re-evaluated by the instructor within one academic year, resulting in an evaluation grade or an extension of the "I," or it automatically converts to an "F*."
Students must complete coursework with the original instructor. The change in the "I" grade must be made by the original instructor, and in his or her absence, by the department chair. If this is not possible, arrangements must be made through the department chair in concurrence with an assigned instructor.
"IP" (In Progress) can be issued where by nature of the course content the course may not be complete by the end of the term. IP grades automatically convert to an "F*" after one academic year.
"W" signifies official withdrawal from a course. A "W" is assigned administratively if a student:
"AU" (Audit): In an audited course, a student will not receive credit or honor points; however, a student must pay the same tuition as if taking the course for credit. Under no circumstances may a student change from the evaluative letter grade system to audit or vice versa after the first two weeks of classes.
A student who audits a course is responsible for attending classes and completing required coursework.
"P" (Pass): A Pass-Fail option is available to students in lieu of a traditional letter grade subject to the following limitations and regulations:
Eligibility is restricted to students in good academic standing who have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework at Suffolk University. This option is limited to 12 credits per student. The pass/fail option is only applicable to electives and cannot be used for courses that fulfill specific degree, core, major or minor requirements. Students who are unsure as to whether a course is an elective for their specific program should check with the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center.
Students will designate courses as Pass-Fail after registration, but before the end of the course change period, by completing a Pass/Fail Declaration Request form. No changes from the designation of Pass-Fail to the letter grade system or vice versa are permitted after the course change period has elapsed at the opening of any semester or summer session. A Pass may be applied toward fulfilling degree credits, but may not be applied toward the quality point average.
Students planning to attend law school or other graduate schools should be aware that many professional and graduate schools prefer students to submit traditional letter grades.
"PC" (Pass/Credit) is awarded in courses successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better at an affiliated study abroad program or approved course work at a consortium institution after matriculation at Suffolk University. "PC" grades may be applied toward fulfilling degree credits, but they may not be applied toward the quality point average.
"NP" (No Pass) is awarded in courses unsuccessfully completed at an affiliated study abroad program or approved course work at a consortium institution after matriculation at Suffolk University. "NP" grades do not earn academic credit and are not applied toward the quality grade point average.
Courses officially dropped during the add/drop period will not appear on the student’s record.
Note: grade grievances and academic complaints regarding medical science courses are subject to the policy specified in the next section.
A student who believes that an academic evaluation has no basis in fact or is arbitrary should bring this to the attention of the instructor for resolution, preferably within the semester the course is taken. If the complaint is not resolved with the instructor, the student may then bring the complaint to the department chair. If the complaint is not resolved equitably after meeting with the department chair, the student may raise the issue with the senior associate dean of students, or designee. Written requests for review by the senior associate dean of students, or designee, must be submitted no later than the end of the semester following the semester in which the course was taken. Requests for review by the senior associate dean of students, or designee, for courses taken during summer sessions must be submitted by the end of the following fall semester. Complaints from graduating students must be received by the senior associate dean of students, or designee, at least two weeks prior to graduation. The senior associate dean of students, or designee, will make a recommendation to the academic dean of the college, or designee, in which the course is offered, whose decision shall be final.
A student who believes that an academic evaluation has no basis in fact or is arbitrary should bring this to the attention of the instructor for resolution, preferably within the semester the course is taken. If the complaint is not resolved with the instructor within 10 business days following the complaint, the student may then bring the complaint to the program director. If the complaint is not resolved equitably after meeting with the program director, or after 10 business days of the director receiving the complaint, the student may raise the issue with the dean of students, or designee. Resolution of the issue, once brought to the dean of students will no longer include any person associated with the Radiation Science Programs, including the director, coordinators, or supervisors. Written requests for review by the dean of students, or designee, must be submitted no later than the end of the semester following the semester in which the course was taken. Requests for review by the dean of students, or designee, for courses taken during summer sessions must be submitted by the end of the following fall semester. Complaints from graduating students must be received by the dean of students, or designee, at least two weeks prior to graduation.
The dean of students, or designee, will make a recommendation to the academic dean of the college, or designee, within 15 business days of receiving the formal complaint. It is the responsibility of the academic dean, or designee, to come to a resolution of the complaint within 15 business days of receiving the recommendation from the dean of students, whose decision shall be final.
Suffolk University fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship and innovative thinking in our students, faculty, staff and programs. Academic honesty in one’s work, words, ideas and actions are central to this vision. We are committed to academic freedom, the intellectual exchange of ideas and the development of knowledge which can only be achieved when academic integrity is present.
Students are expected to conduct themselves with integrity. In classrooms and laboratories, at internships, in libraries and in study groups and academic teams, cultivating and practicing honesty lays a foundation for lifelong integrity. Making honest, ethical choices is a necessary step in establishing communities of trust. Academic dishonesty includes four general types of inappropriate behavior: cheating, plagiarism, dishonest conduct and collusion/unauthorized collaboration. Academic dishonesty is not limited to the following examples:
Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, and/or improper acknowledgement of sources in essays or research papers, using unauthorized materials, prepared answers, teacher’s manuals, study guides or written notes, unauthorized collaboration on homework or computer assignments and the use of a single essay, paper or any assignment or work presented in more than one course, without the permission of the instructor, constitute unacceptable academic conduct.
It is dishonest to buy, sell, download, borrow, or lend papers or to copy material from computer resources. It is unacceptable to make up or falsify data that are supposed to be collected from survey, experimentation, or other means. Work that is represented as yours should be your own; if not, the source should be properly identified. This applies to lab reports, computer projects, and group projects as well as to individual assignments. Copying and pasting material from the Internet or other sources without proper citation is prohibited. Lack of knowledge or ignorance of how to properly cite sources is not an acceptable excuse. Using cell phones, calculators or other electronic means when not approved is prohibited.
If the course expectations around academic integrity are not clear, students are encouraged to seek clarification from the instructor early in the course schedule.
Instructors who suspect academic dishonesty should report incidents to the Office of Student Affairs. Reports will be addressed through the Community Standards and the Student Discipline System. An undergraduate student who has been found to have violated this policy is subject to a range of sanctions as outlined in the Community Standards and Student Discipline System.
Grades are available online soon after the conclusion of each semester.
Students are solely responsible for their academic progress and should confer immediately with their academic advisor in the event their performance becomes substandard. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress can lead to loss of financial aid, academic probation, or dismissal, or other equally serious consequences.
Scholastic averages are computed by multiplying the credit hours by the honor point equivalent. For example, a 4 credit course evaluated as "A" will be counted as 16 honor points (4 credits multiplied by 4.0 = 16). Grades of "I," "W," "P," "IP," "AU," "NC," and "PC" are not computed in determining Honor Points, and have no impact on a student’s scholastic average.
A cumulative average of 2.0 (C) and an average of 2.0 (C) or better in one’s major, minor, and/or certificate program are required for graduation. Students are required to monitor their average in their major and minor. If students are at risk of falling below the required average, the Academic Standing Committee will notify the academic department of their major.
In order to be eligible to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University, a student must:
Students are required to submit an application for degree to the Registrar’s Office by the published deadline. It is expected that all obligations to the University, both academic and financial, will be completed at the close of that semester. Failure to comply with this requirement will delay graduation and participation in commencement to some future time.
In addition to those students who have completed in quality and quantity the requirements for their respective degrees, students may participate in commencement if they have officially applied as a September candidate, are enrolled in their remaining requirements in the subsequent summer sessions, have satisfied all other degree requirements, and have fulfilled all financial obligations to the University.
September degree candidates petitioning to participate in the May commencement ceremony must apply and be enrolled in all outstanding requirements in the subsequent summer sessions by the dates established by the Office of the Registrar. Approval of the petition is contingent upon satisfying the conditions listed above.
See Academic Honors.
Students may file a petition for core and/or Degree requirement substitutions and waivers only with the appropriate Dean's Office for their degree.
Registration materials (program evaluations, transcripts, course schedules, etc.) are available to all students online prior to faculty advising at the beginning of each term’s pre-registration.
Newly accepted and re-entry students will receive information regarding orientation and/or registration from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Registration is closed after the first full week of classes in any semester.
Students may add, drop, or change courses online based upon availability and eligibility during the first week of the term. Refer to the academic calendar for add and drop dates.
See grading page.
In an audited course, a student will not receive credit or honor points; however, a student must pay the same tuition as if taking the course for credit. Under no circumstances may a student change from the evaluative letter grade system to audit or vice versa after the first two weeks of classes.
A student who audits a course is responsible for attending classes and completing required coursework.
Federal regulations require universities receiving federal funding to implement a policy monitoring student attendance in class.
Instructors are responsible for establishing the requirements for attendance and participation in each of their classes and for informing students of these requirements at the beginning of each course.
The Office of Health & Wellness Services does not excuse student absences. The student, when absent from class, has the responsibility of obtaining knowledge of materials covered in classes missed, including information about announced tests, papers, or other assignments.
There may be times due to
personal, medical or other reasons when a student may need to take a leave of
absence or withdraw from the university. A leave of absence is taken when a
student is away from the university for a portion of a term, a term or longer
but intends to return to Suffolk to take classes in the future. A student may withdraw
from the University when he/she no longer wishes to take courses for the
current term or at any time in the future. Before a student decides to take a
leave of absence or withdraw from the University, he/she is encouraged to speak
with the Student Affairs Office to discuss options. Students should contact the
Student Affairs Office at 617.573.8239 to schedule an in person or telephone
appointment or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who are temporarily unable to continue their education at Suffolk University may apply for a leave of absence by submitting a leave of absence form to the Student Affairs Office. A leave of absence may be granted for two consecutive or two non-consecutive semesters (excluding summers). A student applying for a leave of absence must provide an expected date for return. Students on leave will be required to meet the degree requirements under which they were admitted. A leave of absence may not be used for the purpose of taking academic courses at another institution with the intent of transferring the credits to Suffolk University. Students requesting a leave of absence for military duty are permitted to extend their leaves of absence beyond two non-consecutive terms.
A matriculated student who does not return for reregistering at the specified semester will be classified as an official withdrawal and must apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Students who are transferring to another institution or students who do not plan to return to Suffolk University in the future must submit a Withdrawal Form to the Student Affairs Office. The University’s refund policy will determine refunds.
Students are required to notify the Registrar of any change of home or local address within 48 hours of the effective change date, parent or guardian, or any change of legal name. Suffolk University requires a student's legal name be used on academic records and other official University documents.
All Suffolk University students are required to submit (or confirm) current emergency contact information each semester and when such information changes.
Student academic records are sealed at the time the degree is conferred. After this date, changes cannot be made to majors and minors, academic honors, removal of incompletes, grade changes, or other changes to an academic record.