Graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are expected to maintain a high level of achievement in their graduate studies. Accordingly, students who do not maintain satisfactory progress may be subject to being placed on probation, being terminated from a degree program, or being denied permission to continue graduate studies in the University. Except in cases of dismissal because of violations of the Student Code of Conduct, upon termination from a graduate degree program and/or dismissal from the Graduate College, students may apply for admission to another degree program or admission as a non-degree seeking student only with the approval of the Dean for Graduate Studies.
Probation or termination recommendations may be made by the student’s adviser (masters students), the Supervisory Committee (doctoral students), and must be approved by the Graduate Committee overseeing the student’s major. The Graduate Committee overseeing the student’s major must communicate the probation or termination recommendation in writing to the campus Dean for Graduate Studies. A copy of the recommendation must be sent to the student.
For all graduate students at UNL, probation or termination recommendations may be made under the following conditions: a) violations of the “Student Code of Conduct," b) failure to satisfy “Scholastic Grade Requirements” listed in this bulletin, c) failure in qualifying examinations, preliminary examinations, comprehensive examinations or final degree examinations, d) failure to master the methodology and content of one’s field in a manner that is sufficient to complete a successful thesis or dissertation, or e) in fields leading to licensure or certification, ethical misconduct or lack of professional promise in the professional field. Termination recommendations may also be made if a student fails to satisfy conditions required for removal of probationary status or provisional admission. Graduate Committees wishing to adopt additional conditions for probation or termination must specify these conditions in writing and inform all students affected by these conditions.
A. Graduate students holding admission with unclassified status in the Graduate College, admission with a masters objective, or admission with a doctoral objective (but prior to the appointment of a doctoral supervisory committee) should appeal as follows:
B. Graduate students holding admission with a doctoral objective in the Graduate College and for whom a doctoral supervisory committee has been appointed should appeal as follows: Initially, the appeal should be submitted to the student’s adviser:
C. When a student’s graduate program consists of registration essentially or entirely on one campus, the Graduate Council of the campus administratively responsible for the program will constitute the appeal board. When a student’s graduate program includes substantial registrations on a campus other than the one administratively responsible for the program, three members of the Graduate Council for the other campus will be designated by the Dean of Graduate Studies on that campus to augment the Graduate Council on the campus administratively responsible for the program. In this case, the augmented Council will constitute the appeal board. The decision concerning augmentation of a campus Graduate Council for a specific appeal involving registrations on a campus other than the one administratively responsible for the student’s program will be made by the Deans of Graduate Studies on the campuses involved.
D. In all cases, appeals should be made in writing to the appropriate adviser, committee, or council. In those cases where the appeal concerns graduate-level qualifying examinations, comprehensive examinations, or final examinations, the following deadlines must be observed. It is the responsibility of the student to make reasonable efforts to ascertain the results of the examination within 30 days after its completion. The initiation of the appeal, in writing, by the student must be filed within 30 days following the student’s receipt of notification of the evaluation.
In those cases involving an appeal of termination of program, initiation of the appeal, in writing, by the student must be filed within 30 days following the student’s receipt of the official written notification by the Office of Graduate Studies.
E. Appeal to the Executive Graduate Council:
A decision by the Executive Graduate Council not to accept jurisdiction of an appeal shall be final and is not subject to further appeal.