Probation & Dismissal

If a student’s academic or professional performance falls below minimum expectations, the faculty may place the student on probation or recommend dismissal from the program.

Dismissal for Unprofessionalism

The College’s level of student interaction and necessary collaboration is of such importance to the College community and the artistic life of any filmmaker that failure to develop professional working skills can result in dismissal from the program. This dismissal is based on the observed professional behaviors of the student, and not on the GPA or artistic strengths of the student. It is not uncommon to have a very talented student who simply cannot work well with others. The College considers professionalism a key aspect to a filmmaker’s success and integrity and believes that talent without grace is not a quality the school wants from its graduates.

Probation and/or Dismissal Policy

Film majors will adhere to the University Academic Honor System, Student Conduct Code, and Summons to Responsible Freedom which can be found online in the General University Bulletin.

At the end of each semester, the faculty and Associate Dean will meet to discuss the work, behavior, grades, and progress of the students. At that time, students may be notified of probation or dismissal by a letter stating their status, with an invitation to meet with the Associate Dean. In addition, a student may be placed on probation or dismissed at any time under the following circumstances:

  1. Cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 in major requirements resulting in a one-semester probation. Students will be reinstated in good standing if the cumulative major GPA rises to 3.0 by the end of the following semester. Failure to raise the GPA will result in dismissal from the program. This includes the liberal studies courses.
  2. Attendance will be taken in all classes at the beginning of class. Anyone not in class at that time will be considered absent; anyone leaving class early may also be counted as absent. Approval of absences is up to the instructor and will require documentation to confirm the legitimacy of the absence.
  3. Professional behavior is expected of film majors at all times. Therefore, behavior so negative, disruptive, or destructive as to compromise the work of fellow students or the effectiveness of the faculty and/or inability to work positively in a collaborative environment shall constitute grounds for probation or immediate dismissal without any prior period of probation. Peer evaluations may be considered in this evaluation process. A student on probation will be reinstated in good standing if, in the judgment of the faculty and the director, behavioral problems have been corrected. A student’s failure to correct problems will result in dismissal from the program.
  4. Any unauthorized use, possession, or willful destruction of College equipment, facilities, film stock, or finished film will result in immediate notification to the proper authorities. The outcome of their decisions will determine the actions of the College with respect to the student(s) involved.

Probation and/or Dismissal Appeal Process for Students

A student placed on probation or dismissed from the College by the faculty for reasons other than the student’s failure to maintain the minimum required GPA may appeal the faculty’s decision to the Dean. The student’s appeal must be submitted in writing to the Dean within 30 days from the date on which the student was placed on probation or dismissed.

The appeal process occurs as follows:

  1. For students placed on probation, the Dean will review all materials related to the faculty’s decision, interview faculty, interview the student, and then decide to either uphold the faculty’s decision or request that the faculty reconsider.
  2. If the Dean upholds the faculty’s decision to place a student on probation, then the student has no further recourse.
  3. For students dismissed from the College, the Dean will review all materials related to the faculty’s decision, interview faculty, interview the student, and either uphold the faculty’s decision or request that the faculty reconsider its decision.
  4. If the Dean upholds the faculty’s decision to dismiss a student, then the student may appeal to the Provost. In such case, the Provost’s decision is final.
  5. If the Dean requests that the faculty reconsider their decision to dismiss a student, and the faculty chooses to maintain their position, then the student may appeal to the Provost. In such case, the Provost’s decision is final.