Probation and Appeal Process

Section VI, Article 1

We want all scholars to succeed. If you are concerned about falling into probationary status, be sure to communicate with the Graduate Program Coordinator and your research advisor to determine your best path forward.

Causes of Probationary Status

Scholars whose work causes them to fall into probationary status will receive notification from Laney Graduate School. Scholars who receive a semester or Cumulative G.P.A. of < 2.7 will fall into probationary status. In addition, scholars will receive a ā€œUā€ grade for the following courses (thus falling in to probationary status) when they fail to meet a program requirement:

  • CHEM 504 for failure to complete rotations or join a group.
  • CHEM 798 for failure to complete the Second Year Qualifying Exam (failure to successfully re-test by the end of the summer term will result in termination from the program).
  • TATT 605 for unsatisfactory TA performance.
  • CHEM 599 (pre-candidacy) or CHEM 799 (post-candidacy) for insufficient research progress.
  • CHEM 599 (pre-candidacy) or CHEM 799 (post-candidacy) for failure to meet a milestone requirement or submit an annual report.

Scholars in probationary status are not eligible for merit awards or LGS Professional Development Support (PDS) funds.

Review Process

All scholars will be reviewed at the end of each semester by the faculty. Scholars who fall into probationary status due to a negative review will be informed of their status in writing by the Laney Graduate School. Consequences of a negative review may include:

  • Withdrawal of financial support
  • Repetition of research, coursework, and/or examinations
  • Termination from the program

Appeal of Probationary Status

Scholars in probationary status may petition for one additional semester to improve their record by following the departmental appeal process.

  1. Write a letter to the Graduate Committee detailing any extenuating circumstances that contributed to the probationary status and requesting a one semester extension.
  2. Ask the research advisor to submit a letter of support, including a plan for ongoing financial support.

The Graduate Committee will review appeals and make recommendations. Scholars may petition for a maximum of two semester-long extensions.


Scholars whose appeal is not approved will be recommended for termination from the program by no later than the end of their second semester on probation.

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