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President’s Message
                          Welcome to Niagara University in Ontario. We are delighted that you have chosen
                          to join our community to further your education at this exciting time in the
                          university’s history.
                          As an institution, Niagara University has had a strong presence in Ontario, Canada,
                          for the past four decades, educating Canadian students at various sites in the greater
                          Toronto region of Canada.
                          Our College of Education holds Council for the Accreditation of Educator
                          Preparation (formerly NCATE) accreditation in the U.S., Ministerial Consent
                          through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in the Province of
                          Ontario, and accreditation through the Ontario College of Teachers.
This catalog will guide you through the process of becoming a Niagaran and help you to get better acquainted
with Niagara’s mission, academic programs and other important information.
We draw our inspiration from St. Vincent de Paul, who was able to pool the good will and skills of his
contemporaries to respond compassionately to people’s needs. Whatever your faith background is, a Niagara
University education will ask you to open your heart and mind to the needs of others and to use your
education to make a positive difference in the world.
I can assure you that from this day forward, Niagara University’s faculty and staff will do all that they can to
help you accomplish your personal and professional goals. All that we ask in return is that you use your
education to make a difference in the lives of others.
Again, I thank you for choosing Niagara University and welcome you to our community.

Kind regards,

James J. Maher, C.M.
President
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THE         SPIRITOF NIAGARA
For more than 150 years, Niagara University has provided outstanding educational
opportunities to thousands of undergraduate and graduate students from all walks
of life. A Catholic, liberal arts institution founded by the Congregation of the Mission
(Vincentians), Niagara is a uniquely values-centered university with top accreditations
                                                                                           Niagara University offers a
in our academic programs, serving over 3,500 students in more than 50 fields of study.     quality graduate program in
                                                                                           educational leadership. Thousands
                                                                                           of alumni from Ontario have already
                                                                                           attended Niagara University. More
                                                                                           than twenty Ontario school boards have
                                                                                           Niagara       University       practicum
                                                                                           placements, with even more participating
                                                                                           in the recruitment of graduates.

                                                                                           With written consent under
                                                                                           the Ontario Minister of Colleges
                                                                                           and Universities and accreditation by
                                                                                           the Ontario College of Teachers for
                                                                                           teacher education programs with
                                                                                           Niagara University in Ontario offers:
                                                                                             • A proven record of quality
                                                                                               programs in education
                                                                                             • Full-time doctoral faculty with
                                                                                               extensive leadership experiences
                                                                                               and knowledge of curriculum,
                                                                                               assessment and policy in the
                                                                                               province of Ontario
                                                                                             • Ongoing professional learning
                                                                                               through OCT approved Additional
                                                                                               Qualifications courses.
                                                                                             • Programs based on current data,
                                                                                               theory and research
                                                                                             • Convenient on-site classes in the
                                                                                               Greater Toronto Area
                                                                                           These features place Niagara University
                                                                                           at the head of the class.
                                                                                           Education at Niagara University seeks to
                                                                                           prepare teachers and educational leaders
                                                                                           who demonstrate the knowledge, skills
                                                                                           and dispositions needed to serve others
                                                                                           and who embody the values and
                                                                                           practices of their respective professions.

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Preparation, The Ontario College of Teachers and has
                                                                     Ontario Ministerial Consent through the Ministry of
                                                                     Training, Colleges and Universities. The university is a
                                                                     member of the American Council on Education, the
                                                                     Association of University Evening Colleges, the College
                                                                     Entrance Examination Board, the Commission on
                                                                     Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of
                                                                     Graduate Studies in the United States, the Middle Atlantic
                                                                     Association of Colleges of Business Administration, the
                                                                     American Library Association, and other organizations.

                                                                     Outstanding Faculty
                                                                     All classes are taught by Ph.D.s or professionally qualified
                                                                     faculty. They are widely published in first-tier journals and
                                                                     have presented their research nationally and internationally.
                                                                     Faculty members are committed to experiential learning,
                                                                     often involving students in their research. In addition, many
                                                                     faculty members, especially in the graduate and professional
                                                                     programs, bring extensive real-world experience to their
Earning Your Master of Science in                                    lectures and research, enriching the educational experience
Educational Leadership                                               and providing you with valuable insights into issues affecting
                                                                     your profession and career.
This 36 credit-hour master’s program is for individuals in
Ontario and holds written consent under the Ontario Minister
of Training, Colleges and Universities. Courses are offered on       Successful Alumni
site in Ontario and provide advanced study in theory/research
                                                                     As a Niagara alumnus, you’ll join more than 33,000 graduates
of educational leadership balanced with practical application.
                                                                     who enjoy success in a wide and varied array of careers. The
The courses are taught by qualified professors from Ontario
                                                                     university maintains a close relationship with alumni
with extensive school/leadership experiences and knowledge of
                                                                     through our alumni magazine, the Eagle, keeping graduates
“best practices” in school administration.
                                                                     informed about their university and classmates. Regional
The educational leadership program prepares candidates for           alumni chapters across the country sponsor sports outings,
leadership roles. Classroom teachers may want to enroll in the       golf tournaments, cocktail parties, dinners and more to help
educational leadership program to prepare themselves to serve        you keep in touch with the greater NU community of
in a variety of leadership roles with their school and board         alumni, faculty, friends and benefactors wherever you go.
(team leaders, chairpersons, coordinators, vice principals,
principals, and supervisory officers).

Additional Qualification Courses
Niagara University supports Ontario teachers through its
OCT approved Additional Qualifications courses. These
courses are completely online and cover a wide range of
topics. For more information go to www.niagara.edu/aq.

Academic Excellence
Niagara University is accredited by the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools. Our business programs
are AACSB-accredited by The International Association for
Management Education. Our programs in education are
accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator

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TABLE of CONTENTS
Academic Calendar ..............................................................................................................4
General Information ............................................................................................................5
Academic Integrity .............................................................................................................14
Tuition and Fees .................................................................................................................19
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)................................................................20
Facilities, Environment and Services ..............................................................................21
College of Education ..........................................................................................................22
Teacher Education Programs............................................................................................23
Educational Leadership .....................................................................................................27
Additional Qualifications ..................................................................................................38
Directory..............................................................................................................................43
Campus Contacts ...............................................................................................................46
Index.....................................................................................................................................47
                                                                                                                                                         The NU Seal
Foundation
Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Community) — 1856                                                                                      Niagara University was founded in 1856 by the
Charter                                                                                                                                        Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers
New York State Legislature                                                                                                                     and Brothers). The official seal of the university
 Chapter 190 of the Laws of 1863 - April 20, 1863                                                                                              presents in symbol its history and purpose. The
 Chapter 92 of the Laws of 1883 - March 12, 1883                                                                                               first title of Niagara University, Our Lady of
 Chapter 232 of the Laws of 1884 - May 3, 1884
                                                                                                                                               Angels, is signified in the lower half of the coat
University Status                                                                                                                              of arms by the crown, the wings and the crescent
University of the State of New York - August 7, 1883
                                                                                                                                               moon inscribed in a diamond. The upper half of
Graduate Accreditations
                                                                                                                                               the coat of arms depicts wavy vertical lines
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
The Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools                                                                                            symbolizing the grandeur and power of Niagara
New York State Education Department                                                                                                            Falls. At the top of the shield, on a wreath in
AACSB International                                                                                                                            purple and white (the university colors), is a
Ontario College of Teachers                                                                                                                    golden eagle, indicating the location of the
Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
                                                                                                                                               university atop Monteagle Ridge, overlooking
Memberships                                                                                                                                    the Niagara gorge. The eagle bears a purple
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities
                                                                                                                                               diamond displaying a silver heart, symbol of
Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education                                                                          Vincent de Paul. The motto at the base of the
Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities                                                                                              shield, “Ut Omnes Te Cognoscant” (Jn 17, 3)
Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration                                                                             expresses the purpose of a Niagara University
Western New York Library Resources Council                                                                                                     education: “That All May Know You.”
All degrees awarded by the university are authorized by the regents and registered with the
New York State Education Department. Enrollment in other than registered or otherwise
approved programs may jeopardize a student’s eligibility for certain student aid awards.
This catalog is published for the faculty and the present and prospective students of the graduate
Division of Education of Niagara University. The university reserves the right to make
                                                                                                                                                    NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY 14109
revisions on any or all specifications contained herein and to apply such revisions to current
and new students alike. The provisions in this catalog are to be considered directive in                                                               TELEPHONE: 716.285.1212
character and not as an irrevocable contract between the student and graduate division.
                                                                                                                                                 NIAGARA UNIVERSITY IN ONTARIO:
While this catalog was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time, all                                                           905.294.7260
information, including statements of fees, course offerings and admission and graduation
requirements, is subject to change without notice or obligation.

                                         For additional information, contact:
                                        College of Education
                      Academic Complex, Room 221, Niagara University, NY 14109
                          716.286.8560, www.niagara.edu/education/graduate

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR
Fall 2019                                                    Spring 2020
Monday, Aug. 26                                              Monday, Jan. 20
Classes begin                                                Classes begin
Monday, Sept. 2                                              Monday, Feb. 17
Labour day — Holiday                                         Ontario Family Day — Holiday
Friday, Oct. 11                                              Friday, March 6
Mid-term ends                                                Mid-term ends
Monday, Oct. 14                                              Saturday, March 14
Canadian Thanksgiving — Holiday                              Spring break begins after last class
Tuesday, Oct. 15                                             Monday, March 23
Holiday                                                      Classes resume
Wednesday, Oct. 16                                           Friday, March 27
Classes resume                                               Last day for course withdrawal
                                                             without permission
Friday, Nov. 1
Last day for course withdrawal                               Wednesday, April 8
without permission                                           Easter recess begins after last class
Monday-Thursday, Nov. 11-14                                  Tuesday, April 14
Spring 2020 registration week                                Classes resume
Tuesday, Nov. 26                                             Monday-Thursday, April 20-23
American Thanksgiving recess                                 Summer and fall 2020 registration week
begins after last class
                                                             Wednesday, May 6
Monday, Dec. 2                                               Examination week begins
Classes resume
                                                             Tuesday, May 12
Friday, Dec. 6                                               Spring semester ends
Examination week begins
Thursday, Dec. 12
Fall semester ends

                             Ontario Summer Sessions 2020
                                         Undergraduate
                       Session I: Tuesday, May 26 – Thursday, June 18, 2020
                      Session II: Monday, June 22 – Wednesday, July 15, 2020
                      Session III: Monday, July 20 – Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020*
                        Cross Session: Tuesday, May 26 – Thursday, July 15
                                        15 Week Graduate
                        Session I: Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, June 20, 2020
                        Session II: Monday, June 22 – Saturday, July 18, 2020
                       Session III: Monday, July 20 – Monday, Aug. 17, 2020*
                                   *Holidays: May 18, July 1, and Aug. 3, 2020

                              Ontario AQ 2019-20 Calendar
                         Fall 2019: Monday, Sept. 23 – Friday, Dec. 6, 2019
                       Spring 2020 I: Monday, Jan. 27 – Friday, April 10, 2020
                       Spring 2020 II: Monday, April 6 – Friday, June 19, 2020
                      Summer 2020 I: Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, June 26, 2020
                       Summer 2020 II: Monday, July 6 – Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
 Students whose religious affiliation demands that they recognize certain days of religious observance may
be absent from class, reschedule an exam or register without penalty. These days are not university holidays.
   Students who expect to be absent from class on these days should inform their professors in advance.
                                          Dates subject to change.
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GENERAL INFORMATION
The University and its Mission
Niagara University educates its students
and enriches their lives through programs
in the liberal arts and through career
preparation, informed by the Catholic
and Vincentian traditions.

Enabling goals
As a university, Niagara prepares its
students for positions of responsibility in
the professions and in the broader
society. Through teaching, research and
service in programs of study at the
baccalaureate and graduate levels,
Niagara seeks to develop within its
students a passion for learning.
The university’s commitment to the                 although the university shall abide by state      The responsibility of overseeing the
Catholic faith provides perspective in the         and federal laws, regulations, and guidelines     university’s compliance with affirmative
search for truth and meaning. Catholic             with regard to retirement plans and bona fide     action requirements has been delegated
doctrine and its moral code inspire respect        occupational qualifications. Furthermore, the     by the president of the university to the
for the God-given dignity of every person          university maintains an affirmative action        director of human resources who will act
and all faith traditions. Students experience      program in order to promote equal                 as the affirmative action officer. Every
the vision and reality of a gospel-based,          employment opportunities and to ensure            member of the university community,
value-centered education.                          nondiscrimination in all educational              however, is charged with the
As a Vincentian university, Niagara draws          programs and activities. All programs that        responsibility for its realization.
inspiration from St. Vincent de Paul, who          implement this policy are reviewed on an
organized his contemporaries to respond            annual basis. For purposes of this affirmative    History
compassionately to people’s basic needs.           action policy, the term “employment               Founded in 1856 by the Congregation of the
Continuing this tradition, Niagara seeks to        opportunities” applies to all regular full- and   Mission (Vincentians) Niagara University
inspire its students to serve all members of       part-time positions. Temporary student            was first chartered in 1861 as a seminary. In
society, especially the poor and oppressed, in     positions (i.e., those temporary positions        1883, Niagara was rechartered as a university
local communities and in the larger world.         awarded to students because of their status as    for "the instruction of youth in the learned
                                                   students on a school-year basis or less) are      languages and in the liberal and useful arts
Overall, through its curricular and                not considered “employment opportunities”         and sciences." In the years since its founding,
extracurricular programs, Niagara                  for purposes of this policy.                      NU has retained this tradition of emphasis
University seeks to develop the whole                                                                on both the liberal and useful arts and
person, mind, body, heart and soul, for            Niagara University accepts the important
                                                   distinction between affirmative action and        sciences while it has grown into a mid-sized
the benefit of one’s personal and                                                                    university of approximately 2,800 under-
professional life.                                 equal opportunity. Equal opportunity
                                                   assumes that the concept of merit, which is       graduates, 850 graduate students, and
                                                   based solely upon a person’s ability to           continuing and community education.
Affirmative Action Policy                          perform, will govern all personnel and
Consistent with our Catholic mission, it                                                             In January 2007, Niagara University, with
                                                   educational decisions.                            Ministerial Consent and accreditation by the
is the policy of Niagara University that
there shall be no discrimination against           Niagara University is committed to attain         Ontario College of Teachers began to offer its
any individual in educational or                   equal opportunity via affirmative action          Bachelor of Professional Studies program
employment opportunities because of sex,           which requires specific efforts to recruit,       leading to Ontario Teacher Certification. Our
sexual orien-tation, race, color, creed,           admit, employ, and promote members of             sixth group of candidates are currently
national origin, age, marital status,              groups previously excluded such as women,         studying in the program, which has
Vietnam Era or disabled veteran status,            African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and          graduated more than 600 teachers.
disability, predisposing genetic characteristic,   Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, disabled
or other categories protected by law. Also,        individuals, and disabled veterans or veterans
there shall be no discrimination based on age,     of the Vietnam era.

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Organization                                      magazine features news and stories about        other state jurisdictions. The college
The university is governed by a 30-member         the university community, as well as a          prides itself on working directly with
board of trustees, of whom not more than          personal message from the university            candidates and providing specific
one-third may be Vincentian priests.              president. In addition, alumni are updated      individual assistance in navigating the
                                                  on the activities of their classmates through   successful completion of applications.
The president is the chief executive officer of   the “Alumni Notes” feature.
the university. He is aided in administering
the various colleges and schools within the       It’s easy for alumni to stay in touch with      Technology
university by the executive vice president,       Niagara University. Whether it’s on the         The help desk serves as a central place for
the vice president for academic affairs, the      web at the Eagle’s Nest, in person at a         account issues, computer issues and
vice president for student life, the vice         chapter event, or via mail with an address      general technology questions. A variety of
president for administration and the vice         change or wedding announcement,                 hardware and software products are sold
president for institutional advancement.          Niagara alumni are connected!                   with academic discounts and the
The deans and directors of each college                                                           university also partners with our
and school coordinate the educational                                                             preferred vendors to offer discounted
                                                  Scholarships                                    laptops and desktops to Niagara
affairs of the various undergraduate and          Niagara University offers a total of four
graduate programs. The goals of each                                                              University students.
                                                  scholarships, three Heritage Scholarships
college and school are in harmony with            for up to $2,000 each and one Cliff Byrnes      All students are given a personal e-mail
those of the university.                          Memorial Scholarship for up to $2,000.          account, an account to myNU (a Web-
                                                  The applications are due towards the end        based personalized student portal system),
Alumni                                            of the first semester of study and the          and an account to a system which allows
Niagara University’s approximately 33,000         scholarships awarded at the beginning of        faculty to make course material available
alumni have assumed positions in virtually        the second semester and applied to the          over the Internet. This is used both to
every career area. The many and varied            tuition for that semester. The applications     support classroom courses and to provide
accomplishments of our alumni are a               are made available online. In order to be       distance-learning courses. Niagara
measure of the university’s success in            eligible for a scholarship a student must       University partners with Google to offer
achieving its goal of career preparation.         have been accepted as a student or be a         the full Google Apps suite to students,
                                                  current student at Niagara University, and      offering such services as calendars,
Significant numbers of graduates are              have demonstrated academic excellence           contacts, email (Gmail), Google+,
employed in the field of education as             with a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of       websites, and more. Students can use
teachers, administrators and counselors.          the first semester of study.                    Google Drive to store their files and
A system of regional alumni chapters                                                              collaborate in the cloud for access on
exists throughout Canada to foster                Office of Academic Support                      campus or off.
camaraderie among alumni, as well as to           The Office of Academic Support                  Information Technology can be reached
encourage university support. Various             contributes to the growth and academic          via email at helpdesk@niagara.edu; via
social, athletic, and cultural events are         achievement of all students, and fosters        phone at 716.286.8040; and through their
held throughout the year by the local             their independence as learners through          Web page at www.niagara.edu/it.
chapters. These events include golf               developmental programs in analytical and
tournaments, cocktail parties, dinners,           critical literacy skills, academic mentoring,   Faculty
theater events and networking evenings.           and support for students with disabilities.     Niagara University’s faculty are characterized
For information on chapter activities in                                                          by a dedication to excellence in research and
your area, call the alumni relations office       Office of Career Services                       service. They are widely published in first-tier
at 716.286.8787 or email the office at            Career Services seeks to provide students       journals and have presented their research
alumni@niagara.edu.                               and alumni with the best possible assistance    nationally and internationally.
Another way to find out the latest alumni         in developing and achieving their career
                                                                                                  All classes are taught by professionally
events and news is the Eagle’s Nest.              objectives as they work toward the goal of
                                                                                                  qualified faculty, as well as several who
Located on the web at www.niagara                 lifelong career satisfaction. The Office
                                                                                                  earned the highly coveted award of
alumni.com, the Eagle’s Nest allows alums         Career Services also facilitates internship
                                                                                                  Excellence in Teaching. Faculty are
to connect, network, and update contact           placements and the award of academic
                                                                                                  committed to experiential learning and
information online. The latest alumni             credit for work-integrated learning.
                                                                                                  many involve students in their research. As
events are always on the Eagle’s Nest and                                                         a result, students are made aware of current
alums can go there to check out who’s             Teacher Certification Services                  practices and global issues. A strong
attending or to register themselves!              The College of Education offers assistance      relationship between students and faculty is
The Eagle magazine, published three times a       with the applications for processing of         also encouraged through advisement which
year, is another way that graduates stay          teacher certification documents for New         is done by faculty members.
informed about university activities. The         York state, the province of Ontario, and

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Faculty and staff are dedicated to building        Accreditation                                       (7) Misrepresentations on application forms
a better world community. They serve on            All programs at Niagara University are                  may result in expulsion or degree
national and regional boards of many               accredited by the Middle States                         revocation.
organizations. They also meet the                  Commission on Higher Education at 3624
rigorous standards for accreditation.              Market St., 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia,           Study Abroad
Faculty members draw on their real-                PA 19104; phone: 267.284.5000; email:               Students in education programs have the
world experiences in their lectures and in         info@msche.org. These programs are                  opportunity to take study-abroad trips to
designing community service projects for           registered by the Board of Regents of the           learn program-relevant content at the study
students in the Vincentian tradition.              University of the State of New York to confer       site. Travel usually includes a class-sized
                                                   the degrees listed under the degree program         grouping of students with accompanying
Fields of Study                                    section. In addition, all the programs in           professors, and substantial opportunity to
In Ontario, the College of Education offers        education are accredited by the Council for         explore the history and culture of the study
programs leading to an M.S.Ed. in                  the Accreditation of Educator Preparation           site while learning the course content. This
educational leadership and a Bachelor of           (CAEP) in the United States. The College of         can be a powerful and enriching learning
Professional Studies (B.P.S.) in education         Education has Ministerial Consent to                experience and is an option in most graduate
(primary/junior and intermediate/senior).          conduct courses at selected sites in the            programs at NU, especially if considered at
                                                   province of Ontario, Canada, from the               the start of the degree study.
Additional Qualification                           Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education
                                                   and Skills Development (MAESD), colleges
(AQ) Courses                                       and universities. The B.P.S. program is
                                                                                                       Transfer Credit
Niagara University has had a longstanding          accredited through the Ontario College              Transfer credit is allowed for graduate-
tradition of offering professional develop-        of Teachers.                                        level courses taken at an accredited U.S.
ment for Ontario teachers with its Master’s                                                            institution, or at an institution included in the
of Science in Education: Education Leader-                                                             Association of University and Colleges for
ship degree program. There are several             Academic Regulations                                Canada (AUCC), if taken in Ontario.
hundred alumni of that program currently           General Regulations                                 Courses must be documented on a graduate
teaching/administering in Ontario schools          (1) The university reserves the right to modify     transcript, the grade must be at least a B and,
— from lead teacher to principal to director           its regulations in accordance with accepted     in the judgment of the dean, acceptable in
of education.                                          academic standards and requirements.            the student’s program. A maximum of six
                                                   (2) Students are expected to acquaint               credit hours may be transferred in the
Niagara University is firmly committed to              themselves with the university’s overall        M.S.Ed. in educational leadership program.
ongoing professional learning and is pleased           academic policies and with the policies
to provide Additional Qualifi-cation (AQ)              relevant to the specific academic discipline.   Graduate courses that are more than 10
courses for teachers to expand and enhance         Admission                                           years old are not acceptable for transfer
their skills and qualifications and to             (1) Specific admission requirements appear          credit.
undertake professional development in core             under each program.
areas as well as three-part specialist                                                                 Transfer credits are not permitted for the
                                                   (2) All documents pertaining to admission           BPS program.
qualifications for teachers who aspire to              to education should be sent to the
curriculum leadership roles in their schools.          graduate director of education, P.O. Box
                                                       1930, Niagara University, N.Y. 14109.           Classification of Students
Niagara University currently offers AQ                                                                 (1) Matriculated students are those who
courses approved by Ontario College of             (3) Applicants for nonmatriculated status
                                                       are required to submit a completed                  have received from the dean written
Teachers. All courses follow the 125-hour                                                                  acceptance into a program leading to a
guidelines set out by the Ontario College of           application for nonmatriculated status
                                                       and all undergraduate and graduate                  degree.
Teachers. Niagara University courses will                                                              (2) Nonmatriculated students are those who
be in a totally online Blackboard format.              transcripts. An application fee of $30,
                                                       payable to Niagara University, must                 are not requesting admission into any
As we continue to develop more AQ                      accompany the application.                          program, or who are awaiting a decision
courses, our goal at Niagara University is         (4) Foreign students whose native language              concerning their admission. Once
to be able to support your ongoing                     is not English are required to submit               admitted to nonmatriculated status by
professional development. See page 25 for              their scores on the Test of English as a            the dean, they may register for courses
additional information.                                Foreign Language (TOEFL). Test scores               for which they are qualified. No more
                                                       are not required for applicants seeking             than six credit hours earned as a
                                                       nonmatriculated status.                             nonmatriculant student may be applied
Certifications                                                                                             to any program.
The B.P.S. in education leads to the certificate   (5) All credentials submitted for admission
of qualification to teach in the primary/junior        become and remain the property of the
or intermediate/senior divisions.                      university.
                                                   (6) Challenge exams are not acceptable.

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Grading System                                      up to 6 repeated courses in the calculation       Good Standing
Courses will be marked as follows:                  of his/her cumulative GPA. The grade              Students are considered to be in good
  A+                    4.00 quality pts.           received for the second attempt of the            academic standing as long as they are
  A Superior            4.00 quality pts.           course — for up to six courses — will be          permitted by their dean to remain in
  A-                    3.67 quality pts.           calculated in the student’s cumulative            school matriculated toward a degree.
  B+                    3.33 quality pts.           GPA regardless of whether the grade is
  B    Very Good        3.00 quality pts.           better or worse than the original grade
                                                    earned, not including W’s.
                                                                                                      Attendance
  B-                    2.67 quality pts.                                                             For students enrolled in the B.P.S.
  C+                    2.33 quality pts.           If a student wishes to repeat a course for        program, regular class attendance is
  C Average             2.00 quality pts.           which he/she has already passed and received      expected. Although policies with respect
  C-                    1.67 quality pts.           credit, the student must consult with             to class attendance and class participation
  D+                    1.33 quality pts.           Financial Aid to discuss possible financial aid   will be determined by the professor of
  D Passable            1.00 quality pts.           implications. In most cases, a course for         each class, these requirements do not
  D-                    0.67 quality pts.           which a student has already received credit       supersede the university attendance
  F Failure             0.0 quality pts.            cannot be used to satisfy full time status        requirement. As both the university and
  P Pass                                            requirements. In most cases, a student must       the B.P.S. program are accredited, and as
  I    Incomplete                                   be enrolled in twelve or more “new” credit        the expectation of these independent
  N Audit                                           attempts in order to receive funding for the      accreditations is that students attend
  W Withdrawal                                      repeat of a course for which he/she has           classes in accordance with the university
  S    Satisfactory                                 already received credit.                          definition of a credit hour, four or more
  U Unsatisfactory                                                                                    absences (equivalent to 29 percent or
                                                    A student may repeat any course taken at          more of the required face-to-face time
Students must maintain an overall grade             Niagara University, including courses which
point average of 3.0 in graduate studies and                                                          scheduled) that have not been approved by
                                                    the student completed before the new              the instructor or for which there is no
2.5 at the undergraduate level to advance. A        Repeat Course Policy became effective (May
student will be subject to review if less than                                                        documentation of an accommodation that
                                                    2012) The repeated course must be repeated        has been reviewed by Disability Services,
satisfactory grades occur. The grade I              at Niagara University and must be the same
(incomplete) is used when the professor is                                                            will result in credit not being awarded for
                                                    course as the one taken the first time even if    the course. In accordance with policy on
not prepared to give a definite mark for the        it is a Special Topics course. The grade
term in view of illness or some other                                                                 maintaining eligibility in the BPS
                                                    change can only be processed (calculated in       program, this shall result in a student not
justifiable delay in the completion of certain      the student’s cumulative GPA) after the
assignments on the part of the student.                                                               being eligible to continue in the program
                                                    course has been completed a second time.          and may, in turn, result in the student
An incomplete must be removed within                Please consult the complete policy on             being placed on Academic Warning or
30 days after the beginning of the next             myNU.                                             dismissal from the program. The student
regular semester or be replaced by an N                                                               may appeal a decision to the BPS Progress
(no credit).                                                                                          Committee, and if not successful at that
                                                    Quality Point Average (QPA)
The grade W (withdrawal) is assigned                To determine a student’s quality point            level, the student may appeal to the
when a student withdraws from a course              average, consider each course taken at            provost. The decision of the provost is
after the drop/add period.                          Niagara University for which the student          final and not subject to further appeal.
                                                    has received A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C,
Courses for which a student received I, W,          C- or F. Convert this mark to the                 Maintaining Eligibility
N, S or U are not computed in the QPA.              corresponding quality points given in the         in the Program
An overall average of B is required for             preceding chart. For each course, multiply        Students enrolled in the Bachelor of
graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to   the number of quality points by the               Professional Studies (B.P.S.) program must
ascertain that all requirements are fulfilled in    number of semester hours assigned to that         meet all the following criteria to advance in
a degree program.                                   course. (Number of semester hours are             the program:
                                                    indicated at the end of the course                (1) Maintain an overall Grade Point Average
                                                    descriptions in this catalog.)                         (G.P.A.) of not less than 2.5 in each
Repeat Course Policy                                   Compute the quality point average by
A student can use this policy to repeat a                                                                  semester of study. Successfully complete
                                                    adding these products and dividing by the              all coursework required in each semester
course taken at Niagara University that             total number of semester hours for which a
he/she has:                                                                                                of study;
                                                    student received marks of A+ to F. Courses        (2) Maintain acceptable dispositions defined
  a. Failed and not received credit                 for which a student received I, W, N, S, U
  b. Previously passed and earned credit                                                                   as a minimum score of 3 on all items of
                                                    or R are not computed in the QPA.                      the dispositions instrument. Successfully
In either case, under this policy, the
student is limited to receiving credit for                                                                 complete a minimum of 75 hours of field
                                                                                                           experiences in Semester 1.

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(3) Successfully complete a minimum of 75         overall G.P.A. Students who do not meet the      supersede the requirement to maintain a
    hours of field experiences in Semester 2.     minimum G.P.A. requirement will not be           minimum 2.5 overall G.P.A. Students who do
(4) Achieve a minimum average grade of B-         eligible to continue in the program and will     not meet the minimum G.P.A. requirement
    or better across all required methods         be dismissed from the university. Students       will not be eligible to continue in the
    classes;                                      who fail to achieve a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5      program and will be dismissed from the
(5) Successfully complete a minimum of 50         in two semesters over the course of the          program and from the university. Students
    days of Practicum in Semester 3.              program will be not be eligible to continue in   who fail two or more semesters over the
(6) Successfully complete a minimum of 50         the program and will be dismissed from the       course of the program will be not be eligible
    days of Practicum in Semester 4.              university. Students must have a minimum         to continue in the program and will be
                                                  G.P.A. of 2.5 to be eligible to graduate from    dismissed from the university. Students must
PROCESS                                           the program. Students who do not meet this       have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 to be eligible
At the end of each semester of study,             requirement will not be eligible to graduate.    to graduate from the program. Students who
students’ progress in the program will be         In accordance with the dismissal policy, a       do not meet this requirement will not be
evaluated by a university-appointed officer.      student dismissed from the program may           eligible to graduate. In accordance with the
Students who do not meet one or more of           appeal to the BPS Progress Committee and         dismissal policy, if dismissed from the
the requirements identified in the policy         if not successful at that level, may appeal to   program, the student may appeal to the BPS
will receive through mail and university          the provost. The decision of the provost is      Progress Committee, and if not successful at
email, from the Office of the dean in the         final and is not subject to further appeal.      that level, the student may appeal to the
College of Education, official notice. This                                                        academic dean. The final step in the process,
                                                  (2) Failure to complete successfully all         if necessary, is to appeal to the provost. The
notice will identify the concern and the                coursework
appropriate next steps to be taken.                                                                decision of the provost is final and not subject
                                                  At the end of each semester of study,            to further appeal.
OSAP                                              the university-appointed officer reviews
Students who are receiving OSAP and who           student grades and the results shared with       (3) Failure to achieve a minimum grade of
are not meeting program requirements,             the academic dean, associate dean and                 B- or better in each of their methods
resulting in their being placed on academic       chair. A student who was not successful               classes
warning or in more severe cases being             in one or more courses at the end of the         Students must achieve an average grade
dismissed from the program, will be               first or second semester of study will be        minimum grade of B- across all required
immediately reported to OSAP in accor-            placed on academic warning if this is a          methods classes in order to be eligible to
dance with OSAP reporting requirements.           first occurrence. A student who is placed        continue in the program. Students who do
                                                  on academic warning must successfully            not meet this requirement will be placed on
                                                  complete during the summer intercession          academic warning and will not be permitted
PROCEDURE                                         (i.e., prior to the commencement of the          to continue on to the next semester of study
Students who do not maintain good standing        third semester of study) the course or           until a plan of action to correct the condition
are subject to actions that result in a warning   courses for which credit(s) were not             has been submitted by the student and has
and/or dismissal.                                 awarded. Students who fail a course              been approved. This requirement does not
                                                  during the third semester of study may           supersede the G.P.A. requirement.
Overall Program Requirements                      apply in writing to retake the course
                                                  during the fourth semester. Granting of          (4) Failure to maintain acceptable
(1) Failure to achieve a minimum G.P.A. of                                                              dispositions in each semester of study
      2.5 in each semester of study               this request will come from the chair,
                                                  subject to approval from the academic              a. During orientation, students will be
At the end of each semester of study, student                                                           presented with Niagara University’s
grades are reviewed by the university-            dean or where designated by the dean, the
                                                  associate dean. Otherwise, the student                dispositions of good teaching (see
appointed officer and the results shared with                                                           orientation handbook). It will be
the academic dean, associate dean and chair.      will not be permitted to graduate and will
                                                  be required to retake and to complete the             explained that these dispositions are
Students who do not meet the minimum                                                                    what the College of Education expects
G.P.A. of 2.5 at the end of a semester of study   course or courses successfully during the
                                                  summer intercession following the fourth              them to exemplify in their behavior
will be placed on academic warning, if this is                                                          throughout the program.
a first occurrence. During the next semester      semester of study.
of study, a student who is placed on academic     Students who fail a course during the              b. In addition to the copy provided in the
warning must raise his or her overall G.P.A.      fourth semester of study will not be                  orientation handbook, students will
to a minimum 2.5. This may require students       permitted to graduate and will be required            receive from a university-appointed
to retake certain courses. Students may, in       to retake and successfully complete the               officer a copy of the “Statement of
accordance with the undergraduate policy of       course or courses following their fourth              Commitment to Dispositions” which
course repeats, repeat up to a maximum of         semester of study. Students may, in                   each student is required to read, sign
six courses. This policy does not supersede       accordance with the undergraduate policy              and return to the university-appointed
the requirement to maintain a minimum 2.5         of course repeats, repeat up to a maximum             officer at the end of the orientation
                                                  of six courses. This policy does not                  session. The university-appointed

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officer will give the results to the chair     Field Placement and Practicum                    student must make satisfactory progress
   for review and placement in the                (1) Failure to complete successfully a           during the first practicum experience as
   student’s file for the duration of the               minimum of 75 hours of field               evidenced by the midpoint evaluation.
   student’s program. The dispositions                  experiences in Semester One                Students who have been placed on academic
   must be adhered to regardless of               Students must provide evidence of successful     warning and who are not successful at the
   signature on the statement.                    completion of 75 hours of field experience       midpoint of their first practicum experience
                                                  during their first semester of study. Students   will be dismissed from the program. Students
c. All instructors will be provided with                                                           who were removed from the school at the
   copies of the Disposition Instructor           who do not complete a minimum of 75 hours
                                                  of field experience during this first semester   request of the host teacher and/or a
   Form at the beginning of the year.                                                              representative of the school board will be
   New instructors and returning faculty          of study will not be permitted to continue in
                                                  the program until such time as they can          subject to dismissal from the program. Those
   and instructors are to be provided with                                                         students will be required to meet with the
   an in-service conducted by the chair           provide evidence that the 75-hour
                                                  requirement has been successfully met and        BPS Progress Committee to determine
   or     designate      regarding     the                                                         whether they should be dismissed from the
   expectations for scoring.                      documentation of the evidence has been
                                                  provided to the coordinator of field             program or whether there are extenuating
d. At the end of the semester, all                experiences. Students who were not               circumstances that should be considered by
   faculty/instructors shall complete and         successful in their placement will be placed     the committee. In accordance with the
   submit electronically to the depart-           on academic warning. If placed on academic       dismissal policy, if dismissed from the
   ment the evaluations for each student          warning, students must make satisfactory         program, the student may appeal to the BPS
   by class.                                      progress during their teaching assistantship     Progress Committee, and if not successful at
                                                  experience. Students who have been placed        that level, the student may appeal to the
e. The college data person will aggregate         on academic warning and who are not              provost. The decision of the provost is final
   the data, remove faculty identifiers           successful in their teaching assistantship       and not subject to further appeal.
   and sort them according to student             experience will be dismissed from the
   number. Students who receive two or                                                             (3) Failure to complete successfully the
                                                  program. Students who were removed from               seminar aligned with Practicum in
   more scores below the acceptable               the school at the request of the host teacher
   ranged are identified. The list of                                                                   Semesters Three and Four
                                                  and/or a representative of the school board      Students must successfully complete the
   identified students and their scores           will be dismissed from the program
   are sent to the chair for follow through                                                        seminar aligned with practicum during their
                                                  immediately. In accordance with the              third and fourth semesters of study. Students
   action.                                        dismissal policy, if dismissed from the          who do not receive passing grades in the
f. If this is a first offence, the student will   program, the student may appeal to the BPS       seminar in their third semester will not be
   receive a letter from the chair                Progress Committee, and if not successful at     permitted to continue in the program until a
   identifying the areas of concern.              that level, the student may appeal to the        plan of action to correct the condition has
   Students are then required to write a          provost. The decision of the provost is final    been submitted by the student and approved
   reflective paper that includes a plan of       and not subject to further appeal.               by the BPS Progress Committee. Students
   action to correct the behavior. The            (2) Failure to complete successfully a           who do not receive passing grades in the
   action plan must be accepted by the                 minimum of 75 hours of field                seminar in their fourth semester will not be
   chair. If accepted a copy of this letter            experiences in Semester Two (Teaching       permitted to graduate until such time as they
   and action plan will be placed in the               Assistantship)
   student’s file.                                Students must provide evidence of successful
g. If this is a second offence, the student       completion of 75 hours of field experience
   is required to meet with the BPS               during their second semester of study.
   Progress Committee to discuss the              Students who do not complete a minimum
   inappropriate behavior(s). This                of 75 hours of field experience during this
   committee will meet with the student           second semester will not be permitted to
   to discuss options (i.e., whether he or        continue in the program until such time as
   she will be dismissed from the program         they can provide evidence that the 75-hour
   or provided another opportunity to             requirement has been successfully met and
   succeed). If dismissed from the                documentation of such evidence has been
   program, in accordance with the                provided to the coordinator of field
   dismissal policy, the student may appeal       experiences. Students who were not
   to the dean, and if not successful at that     successful in their teaching assistantship
   level, the student may apply to the            placement will be placed on academic
   provost. The decision of the provost is        warning. If placed on academic warning, a
   final and not subject to further appeal.

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can provide evidence that the seminar              their fourth semester of study. Students who       the BPS Progress Committee to determine
requirement has been successfully met. This        do not complete a minimum of 50 days of            whether s/he should be dismissed from the
may result in a student being dismissed from       practicum during this fourth semester will         program or whether there are extenuating
the program. In accordance with the                not be permitted to graduate until such time       circumstances that should be considered by
dismissal policy, if dismissed from the            as they can provide evidence that the 50-day       the committee. Any of the following
program, the student may appeal to the BPS         requirement has been successfully met and          conditions (see below) will be considered as
Progress Committee, and if not successful at       documentation of such evidence has been            potential causes for termination of a
that level, the student may appeal to the          provided to the coordinator of field               placement. This termination may be brought
provost. The decision of the provost is final      experiences. It is the coordinator of field        forward by an associate teacher or by other
and not subject to further appeal.                 experiences, and not the associate teacher,        representatives of the school board in which
                                                   who is the official professor of record in         the teacher candidate is placed, or by the
(4) Failure to complete successfully a             charge of determining the final grade for the      coordinator of field experiences as the official
      minimum of 50 days of Practicum in           course. Students who completed the 50-day          professor of record.
      Semester Three                               requirement but who did not receive passing           a. Associate teacher and/or principal have
Students must provide evidence of successful       grades in their second practicum placements              notified the Practicum Office that the
completion of 50 days of practicum during          may not be permitted to graduate and will be             school is no longer willing to allow the
their third semester of study. Students who        dismissed from the program. Students who                 student teacher to be in the classroom.
do not complete a minimum of 50 days of            were removed from the school at the request           b. Pupils’ progress in the school is
practicum during this third semester will not      of the host teacher and/or a representative of           impeded by the performance of the
be permitted to participate in the fourth          the school board will be subject to dismissal            teacher candidate due to any of the
semester program practicum until such time         from the program. The student will be                    following:
as they can provide evidence that the third        required to meet with the BPS Progress                c. Inadequate planning;
semester 50-day requirement has been               Committee to determine whether he or she              d. Inadequate classroom management/
successfully met and documentation of such         should be dismissed from the program or                  discipline;
evidence has been provided to the                  whether there are extenuating circumstances           e. Lack of content knowledge; and/or
coordinator of field experiences. It is the        that should be considered by the committee.           f. Deficiency in oral or written
coordinator of field experiences, and not the      In accordance with the dismissal policy, if              communication skills
associate teacher, who is the official professor   dismissed from the program, the student               g. Documented evidence indicates that
of record in charge of determining the final       may appeal to the BPS Progress Committee,                the Niagara University teacher
grade for the course. Students who                 and if not successful at that level, the student         candidate has engaged in inappropriate
completed the 50-day requirement but who           may appeal to the provost. The decision of               personal or professional behavior;
did not receive passing grades in their first      the provost is final and not subject to further       h. Documented evidence indicates that
practicum placements will not be eligible to       appeal.                                                  the Niagara University teacher
continue and may be dismissed from the                                                                      candidate has engaged in ethical
program. Students who were removed from            (6) Practicum Requirements                               impropriety, in violation(s) of
the school at the request of the host teacher      All absences from practicum must be made                 community standards or policies, or in
and/or a representative of the school board        up to the satisfaction of the associate teacher          improper professional judgments.
will be subject to dismissal from the program.     and the university as determined by the
The student will be required to meet with the      professor of record. The teacher candidate
BPS Progress Committee to determine                must notify the assigned school or classroom       Appeal Process
whether he or she should be dismissed              teacher and the university supervisor in           In accordance with the dismissal policy, a
from the program or whether there are              advance of an anticipated absence or as soon       student dismissed from the program may
extenuating circumstances that should be           as possible on the day of an emergency             appeal to the BPS Progress Committee, and
considered by the committee. In accordance         absence. The teacher candidate is responsible      if not successful at that level, may appeal to
with the dismissal policy, if dismissed from       for providing all assigned lesson plans to the     the provost. The decision of the provost is
the program, the student may appeal to the         associate teacher in advance of any absence.       final and is not subject to further appeal.
BPS Progress Committee, and if not                 Teacher candidates are required to attend          Grounds for appeal for academic reasons are
successful at that level, the student may          all scheduled professional seminars and            covered under the Academic Grade Appeal
appeal to the provost. The decision of the         meetings with field supervisors.                   and Academic Integrity policies. As such,
provost is final and not subject to further                                                           appeals concerning dismissal are restricted to
appeal.                                            It is recognized that teacher candidates are       the following two conditions:
                                                   guests in the school, and as such, conditions         • Due process was not followed
(5) Failure to complete successfully a             may arise which have the potential to cause           • New or mitigating information which
    minimum of 50 days of Practicum in             the placement to be terminated. Termination              may relate to the initial decision to
    Semester Four                                  of a placement is subject to dismissal from              dismiss
Students must provide evidence of successful       the program. The student in such a
completion of 50 days of practicum during          circumstance will be required to meet with

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Process for Appeal of Dismissal                    (8) The provost will review the case and       New Student Orientation
The name of a committee tasked with                    within 10 days return a decision to the    Just prior to the start of the fall semester,
oversight of satisfactory academic progress            student, the chair of the BPC and the      a special program is held to introduce and
toward degree completion will be the BPS               dean of the College of Education.          welcome new graduate students to the
Progress Committee (BPC). This committee           (9) The decision of the provost is final and   university. Orientation connects students
will be determined at the beginning of each            will not subject to further appeal.        with each other and provides information
academic year and its responsibilities will                                                       regarding programs and services offered
continue for a twelve-month period. The            Graduation                                     to students.
committee will be comprised of three               It is the student’s responsibility to submit
members: the department chair, a college           all required forms and information to the
representative appointed by the dean of the
                                                                                                  Time Limit
                                                   office of the dean at the beginning of the     All requirements for degrees must be
College of Education, and a university             semester in which the degree is expected
representative appointed by the provost.                                                          completed within five years. Extensions or
                                                   to be received. If, for some reason, the       exceptions to the rule require permission
This committee will elect a chair to               student fails to graduate at that time, the
communicate the decision of the committee                                                         from the dean.
                                                   data must be reactivated by the student for
to the student, the registrar, and the dean of     subsequent graduation.                         An extension of program may be approved
the College of Education.                                                                         by the dean based on a written request. The
(1) Any appeal of a notice of dismissal will                                                      time granted for the extension does not
     be submitted by the student to the BPS        Registration                                   count toward determining the time spent
     Progress Committee (BPC) for review           (1) All students must register each term       in the program.
     within 10 academic days of the official           in which courses are taken.
     notice. The appeal shall include an           (2) Registration takes place at the time
     explanatory cover letter and any other            noted in the graduate course schedule.     File Reactivation and Readmission
     relevant materials the student believes           All returning students must edit their     Procedures
     will support the claim to have the                profile prior to every registration        The files of students who do not register
     decision of dismissal reversed;                   session. Log in to your myNU located       for any courses in one to four consecutive
(2) The BPC will notify the dean of the                on the home page, www.niagara.edu.         semesters (summer sessions are not
     College of Education that an appeal and       (3) Certain graduate courses are open to       included) are deactivated. In order for the
     has been filed.                                   qualified      undergraduates        for   student to register in a current semester,
(3) The BPC will convene to hear the case              undergrad-uate credit, provided the        it is necessary for the student’s file to be
     within 10 days of notice;                         undergrad-uates have the approval of       reactivated.
(4) The student and the person given                   their dean. Generally, this applies to
                                                       seniors only, and requires the written     If the student has failed to register for five
     official oversight of the program from                                                       or more consecutive semesters (summer
     which the student was dismissed shall             permission of the dean.
                                                   (4) After students have registered for         sessions are not included), the student
     cooperate as needed. The committee                                                           must file for re-admission into his/her
     may request additional information                research direction for a thesis or a
                                                       capstone project, they should promptly     degree program.
     from any party when making its
     decision.                                         consult with the departmental              Below are the procedures for graduate
(5) A decision will be made within 10 days             chairperson concerning the assignment      students to reactivate their file or request
     from the time when the record on                  of a director for the thesis or project.   readmission into their degree program.
     appeal is complete. This decision will be         Once the director has been assigned, the
     forwarded through official university             student should take the initiative in      Reactivation of Student File Procedure
     email by the committee chair to the               arranging for regular conferences.         To return his/her file to active status, the
     student, the registrar, and the dean of the   (5) Students who wish to add or drop           student must file a Reactivation and
     College of Education;                             courses after registration may do so       Readmission Form in order to continue
(6) Any appeal of the BPC decision to                  during the drop/add period at the          to register for courses in his/her degree
     uphold the dismissal may be submitted             beginning of the semester. No charge       program. On the reactivation form, the
     by either the student or the dean of the          is incurred when the student drops a       student should check the box labeled “file
     College of Education, to the provost for          course before the first class meets.       reactivation.”
     review within five university days of the         Dropping one class and adding              Readmission Procedure
     official notice. The appeal shall include         another class results in no charge         On the Reactivation and Readmission Form,
     an explanatory cover letter and any               during the drop/add period. A              the student should check the box labeled
     other relevant materials the student              student should contact the Student         “readmission.”
     believes will support the claim to have           Records and Financial Services
     the decision of dismissal reversed.               Office or relevant graduate division
(7) A complete record of materials shall be            office for drop/add dates.
     forwarded by the BPC chair to the
     provost.
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