The School for Professional Studies adheres to Saint Louis University's undergraduate academic catalog for its undergraduate policies and procedures. Find the most current version of SLU policies at the Office of the Registrar. Graduate students will find the academic policies for graduate students in the Graduate Education Catalog.
As a Jesuit institution of higher learning, Saint Louis University recognizes the importance of maintaining academic integrity. To that end, the University has established a policy to govern academic integrity, which the School for Professional Studies follows.
All students, faculty, and staff are expected to adhere to the spirit of this policy.
Saint Louis University and its faculty are committed to supporting our students and seeking an environment that is free of bias, discrimination and harassment. The University’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity provides information, policies and procedures regarding Title IX concerns.
Clear admission applies when the student has met all admission criteria. Probationary admission may be granted to a student who has less than the minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA or has less than 15 hours of transferable college credit. In consultation with their admission counselor, probationary admitted students are required to register for the following as their first courses:
Remaining courses may be chosen from the following:
In order for the student to gain clear admission, he or she must complete these courses with an SPS minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. If the student's SPS cumulative GPA is below 2.0 at the end of the first fall or spring semester in which they have enrolled, the student will be subject to dismissal at the end of that semester. If the student meets the criteria permitting an appeal of the dismissal, the appeal form must be submitted according to the established timeline.
Conditional and probationary admission applies when the student has not submitted all official transcripts. Conditional admission allows an applicant to enroll for one semester only. In order to be considered for enrollment in future terms, the student must ensure that the University receives all requested documentation before the end of the first semester (end of summer, fall II and spring II terms). Until an official transcript evaluation can be completed, there is no guarantee that courses taken will apply toward a specific degree and, because transfer GPA cannot be calculated, students must follow the aforementioned guidelines for probationary admission.
If the student's transcripts are received and the transfer GPA meets the requirements of clear admission, the student's status will be updated to "Clear." If the student's transcripts are received and the transfer GPA does not meet the requirements of clear admission, the student's status will be updated to "Probational admission." The student who does not meet these conditions will be dismissed.
The objective of the continuous progress policy is to assist students in moving more efficiently toward degree completion and the achievement of their educational goals.
When an eligible SPS student does not register for courses in a given eight-week term, he or she is considered a "stop out" for that term. When a student is stopped out for one term, they are still a SPS student and register in courses for future terms.
When possible, students should avoid being at "stop out" status for consecutive terms or an entire semester without future registrations as there can be implications financially and academically.
Students have the option of requesting a leave of absence in those instances where it is necessary to be stopped out for a full semester. With a leave of absence, a student can maintain their current academic plan for the degree program when they re-enroll.
Students who have stopped out for a semester, have not been granted a leave of absence and are not registered for future SPS courses will be considered closed inactive. To continue courses, these students have to reapply for admission and develop an updated academic plan for the degree program.
All SPS students must pass a minimum of one course each fall and spring semester to avoid being academically dismissed.
If you have additional questions, contact an academic advisor or admission counselor at 314-977-2330.
A request for an incomplete must be made in writing during the seventh or eighth week of the SPS eight-week term. Incompletes requested during weeks one through six of a term will be denied and students will be encouraged to withdraw from the course.
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Process for awarding an incomplete during weeks seven or eight:
An incomplete course will be awarded a grade of “F” by the Office of the University Registrar if the course is not completed by the approved deadline.
You may withdraw from classes using Banner Self-Service prior to the start of the term. After that date, you should contact your academic adviser to be sure that all withdrawal procedures are followed.
Notifying the instructor or not going to class does not constitute formal withdrawal. Withdrawals may not be permitted for violations of academic integrity. View the tuition refund schedule for specific deadlines.
You can complete your degree at the end of any one of our five terms. You may elect to participate in the University's May pre-commencement and commencement depending on the term in which the diploma is awarded.
If you plan to complete your degree in the summer term, you may participate in the May pre-commencement ceremonies provided you are within six credit hours of completing your degree. All undergraduate, graduate and certificate students must apply for graduation to have their degree and/or certificate conferred.
Students have the right to appeal decisions made by the School for Professional Studies that affect their academic standing if they believe the decision was unjustified, unfair or a violation of their rights. Students may appeal the final grade received in a course or they may make a general appeal.
Examples of general appeals may include, but are not limited to, the following: appeal of academic dismissal, appeal of inactive student status, appeal of admission decision and appeal of transfer articulation.
The process for students who perceive that a final grade — as defined by the University catalog — is as follows:
To accommodate this process, faculty members should retain copies of all course work for a minimum of 90 days after the end of the term. All changes of assigned grades are subject to a statute of limitations of one year from the end of the term in which the course was completed.
Undergraduate students may appeal any decision they assert to be unjustified, unfair or a violation of their rights.
Graduate students may appeal any decision they assert to be unjustified, unfair or a violation of their rights.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) specifies the criteria for something to be considered an internship as follows:
The School for Professional Studies has specific requirements regarding the eligibility of students to participate in an internship, which include:
SPS students interested in applying for an internship must contact their academic adviser or program director. University-wide internship information is also available on Handshake.
After inquiring about the internship, the student must work with their academic adviser to complete a formal internship application. Along with the application for internship, the student must also submit a professional resume to the appropriate program director for approval.
Following the approval of the internship application, internship description and professional resume, the program chair forwards the stated documents to the proposed internship site supervisor for review and approval. After the site supervisor approves the internship, the program director selects a faculty sponsor. The student, the chosen faculty sponsor and the internship supervisor must agree on the student's participation of internship at the specified site.
After all parties have made a verbal agreement, the internship agreement form must be completed. The internship agreement form contains a student section, an internship supervisor section and a faculty sponsor section. The internship agreement form identifies the expectations of the student, internship supervisor, and the faculty sponsor. In order for the internship to be valid, all parties must sign the internship agreement form.
Students should discuss their intention with their adviser or chosen faculty sponsor the term prior to the desired term of participation in the internship.
Students will register and pay tuition and fees in the term in which the internship begins.
Following the completion of the internship, students will complete a student intern evaluation form. This form gives students the opportunity to critique the internship site, internship supervisor, faculty sponsor and the overall integrity of the internship experience.
Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society founded in 1945 to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. The induction ceremony takes place once a year in the spring. Students selected for membership must meet the following criteria:
Visit the national ASL website for full membership details.
Induction is by invitation only. For more information, contact Troy Turnipseed at 314-977-3431.
Each year, ASL awards the Teacher of the Year honor to a faculty member. All students are eligible to nominate an instructor. Requests for nomination occur during the spring semester and the award is presented during precommencement ceremonies.