Graduate Studies

January 26, 2009 Minutes

MEMBERS PRESENT: R. Bauerly, e. Hassan (Vice Chair), B. Locke, J. McNabb, J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo, M. Mossman (Chair), K. Pawelko

GUESTS: Bradley Dilger, Karen Mauldin-Curtis

EX-OFFICIO: J. Dallinger

OTHER: G. Sullivan

I. INTRODUCTIONS

Dr. Ron Bauerly was introduced as a temporary replacement for Dr. Martin Maskarinec who is on sabbatical this semester. He is representing the College of Business and Technology.

II. STUDENT APPEALS

The agenda was reordered to accommodate students who were present at the meeting. Also, two additional appeals were added to the agenda.

A. English

1. Request to hold an assistantship with less than a 3.0 GPA

The student and Dr. Dilger were present to respond to questions from the Council. The student’s graduate GPA following fall semester is 2.666. The student and Dr. Dilger indicated they have discussed with one another a plan to ensure that the student’s grade remain at the appropriate level. The student indicated she was unprepared for the rigor of Graduate School. Dr. Mossman spoke as the Graduate Committee Chair in the Department of English and indicated full support from the department. The student, Drs. Dilger and Mossman were excused during Council discussion.

Motion: To approve the request for the student to hold an assistantship with less than 3.0 graduate GPA for the Spring Semester 2009 only. (Pawelko)

MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB

B. Requests to Waive the 6-hour “C” Rule

1. Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

The student and Ms. Mauldin-Curtis were present to respond to questions from the Council. The student indicated she provided in-home care for a parent with cancer and suffered the loss of the parent at the end of the semester but had not shared this information with her department until recently. Dr. Pawelko, a professor in one of the courses in question, indicated had she known of the situation at the time she would have granted an incomplete grade for RPTA 599. She noted that the student is bright and articulate yet quiet and reserved. She felt confident that the student was capable of graduate level coursework. Ms. Mauldin-Curtis indicated the student is scheduled to serve an 11-month Peace Corps internship beginning February 2. The student, Ms. Mauldin-Curtis, and Dr. Pawelko were excused from the meeting during Council discussion.

Motion: To approve the request to waive the 6-hour “C” rule. (Locke/Bauerly)

MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB

The Council suggested additional considerations be included in the student’s notification letter. Those options were totally withdrawing from the university, late withdrawing from an individual course, and requesting an “I” grade through the professor of the course in question.

2. Mathematics

The student was present to respond to questions from the Council. The student indicated she struggled with personal problems concerning her child for several weeks during the end of the fall semester. She responded to questions from the Council members. The Council engaged in a lengthy discussion concerning her request. It was suggested that the student should have been advised to request a total university withdrawal.

Motion: To approve the request to waive the 6-hour “C” rule.

MOTION DENIED: 0 YES – 4 NO – 4 AB

C. Request to hold an assistantship with less than a 3.0 GPA

1. Mathematics

The student nor the department were present to respond to questions from the Council members. The student’s graduate GPA is 2.0.

Motion: To deny the request to hold an assistantship with less than a 3.0 GPA. (Locke/Hassan)

MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB

Meeting adjourned: 5:00 p.m.