Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree to maintain their status at the Graduate Center and to be eligible for any student financial assistance. In general, a doctoral student is deemed not to be making satisfactory progress if he or she has a grade point average below 3.00, has accumulated more than two open grades ("INC," "INP," "NGR," "ABS," and "ABP"), has completed more than 45 credits without having passed the First Examination, has completed 10 semesters without having passed the Second Examination, has received two "NRP" grades in succession, or has exceeded the time limit for the degree. Specific programs may have rules that differ.
Please refer to the sections on "Incomplete Grades," "Standards for Retention," "Computation of Grade Point Average," and "Time Limits for Degrees," which appear in the Student Handbook's section on "Academic Policies and Procedures." The Graduate Center reviews each student's record every semester. If formal standards have not been met, a student may register (and receive financial aid, if otherwise eligible) only upon petition of the student's Executive Officer to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Students whose petitions are approved are considered to be making satisfactory progress toward the degree and are eligible to receive financial aid.
Students who are employed as graduate assistants on departmental adjunct lines or as research assistants by individual grant holders must show satisfactory performance in these activities. If this performance is found to be unsatisfactory, such employment may be terminated. This type of termination is independent of satisfactory academic progress.