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Graduate Studies follows all University policies as outlined in the University's Graduate Catalogue. Brief summaries to critical polices are available below. Please consult the University's Graduate Catalogue for all academic policies and procedures.

Undergraduate Studies follows all University Policies as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalogue. Below are summaries of some of the critical policies for Undergraduate Students. Please note students are expected to familiarize themselves with all academic policies, know and meet graduation and other requirements. A full list of academic policies can be found in the Undergraduate Catalogue.

Graduate Policies

Academic Integrity

Cheating and plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated in any Communication and the Arts course and will be dealt with severely. Cheating on any test, paper, or other project will, at the discretion of the instructor, result in failure for that assignment, no-credit [ zero] for that assignment, failure for the course, and/or further disciplinary action at the program, College, and/or University levels. Such further action may include expulsion from the College of Communication and the Arts after review. 

The College of Communication and the Arts' policy defines academic dishonesty as including, but not limited to, cheating on tests and other course assignments and providing or receiving information without acknowledging the source. Cheating by plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, copying of text or research assignments, using another person's papers, research or assignments without citation, and representing work as the student's own, which is, in actuality, another's work. 

Web material which is not fully credited is considered plagiarized.

College of CommArts Full Policy on Academic Integrity

Academic Advising

During the academic year students are expected to meet with their academic adviser at least once per year in order to give the student the opportunity to discuss appropriate course selection, academic progress, curricular and co-curricular programs and the full range of services and opportunities available for all Seton Hall students. It is the responsibility of the student to make every effort to obtain adequate academic advising, prepare for registration advising and receive their registration PIN each semester.

Academic Standing

Full-time undergraduate students are required to complete successfully at least 24 credits in each 12 months of full-time registration and have a cumulative GPA of at least:

  • A 1.75 for freshman
  • A 1.90 for sophomores
  • A 2.00 for juniors and seniors

A student who meets the cumulative GPA criterion but whose semester GPA fall below the requirements listed above is placed on academic warning.

A student whose cumulative GPA does not meet the minimum requirements are automatically placed on probation for the current semester. Probation is a disciplinary period during which the student is afforded the opportunity to raise their cumulative GPA to meet the minimum requirement. 

If a student fails to meet the cumulative GPA requirements for two (2) consecutive semesters, the Dean of the College/School will conduct a suspension/dismissal review. Students must receive clearance from the CASE Director to be eligible to register for future semesters. Suspension constitutes removal from the University for a stipulated period. Dismissal constitutes permanent separation from the University. Dismissal and suspension are based on the student's unsatisfactory academic progress.  

For full policy related to academic standing, see the University’s Undergraduate Catalogue.

Course Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from a course during the withdrawal period which begins at the conclusion of add/drop. A withdrawal from a course will result in a grade of "W" being reflected on a student's transcript with no impact to the student’s term and cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Withdrawing from a course may impact a student's financial aid award and result in the returning of awarded funds. Students should review course withdrawal information and consult with a financial aid counselor if applicable.  


Students enrolled in a degree program are required to register each Fall and Spring semester until all requirements for the degree are satisfied. Failure to register without being granted a leave of absence is interpreted as a resignation from the program.

Grade Appeal Process

Students have a right to appeal grades which they feel reflect a biased or inaccurate assessment of their work. Students should keep in mind, however, that once a grade is called into question, it can be adjusted in any direction. Graduate students must first bring the dispute to the instructor and then their respective program director. The decision of the program director with regard to the substance of the disputed grade is final. If a student feels, however, that proper procedures have not been followed, the matter may be taken up with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies & Administration.

Graduate Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal

A grade point average of 3.0 is the minimum requirement for satisfactory degree completion at the graduate level. Students who earn a grade point average below a 3.0 in any term or who have accumulated two "C" grades or one "F" grade are subject to review by appropriate faculty and administration to determine future standing. To ensure students remain eligible for their degree, mechanisms such as graduate probation, suspension, and dismissal are in place.

Students on graduate probation must receive clearance from the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies & Administration in order to register for future terms. Suspension constitutes removal from the University for a stipulated period. Dismissal constitutes permanent separation from the University. Dismissal and suspension are based on the student's unsatisfactory academic progress. Dismissed and suspended students are considered not in good standing with the University and are not eligible for registration nor financial aid.


Normally an Incomplete (I) is issued when there is a significant reason warranting one (e.g., death, illness, unusual and unforeseen circumstances that normally involve sickness or a family member hardship that can be supported by documentation). An unresolved "I" grade may also impact the student's eligibility for financial aid and academic standing when it changes to an "FI" grade, as an "FI" grade affects both the grade point average and the credit completion ratio.

Leave of Absence

A student who is unable to attend the University during a regular semester because of illness, family emergency, extraordinary job requirements, military service or other factors may be granted a leave of absence without penalty. The student must submit a written request for a leave to their respective program director and the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies & Administration. Upon return to the University, the student must request reinstatement in writing to the Assistant Dean, who will consult with the program's faculty.

Major Declaration

Students seeking to change their major from a program of study outside of the College of Communication and the Arts must earn a 2.50 cumulative GPA in at least 12 credits taken at Seton Hall. It is recommended that students declare their major prior to earning 60 credits. Any student in the College of Communication and the Arts who has not declared a major and who has completed 75 or more credits prior to October 15 preceding a spring semester, or prior to March 1 preceding a Fall semester, shall not be allowed to register or pre-register for any further courses at Seton Hall University without formally declaring an academic major. A hold will be placed on the student's record, which can only be removed with permission of the CASE Director and completing the Declaration of Major form.

Time Limit for Master Degree Students

Generally, candidates for all master's degrees are expected to fulfill all requirements for the degree within six years after they have been formally accepted. 

For further information regarding Graduate Studies' academic policies, please contact Dr. Ryan Hudes.

University Withdrawal

A University withdrawal is withdrawing from all courses and not a select few. Students seeking to leave the University must officially withdraw by completing the Undergraduate Request to Withdrawal Form. It is recommended that students review the Withdrawing from the University Guide to ensure they completely understand their options. It is also recommended that students consult with the CASE Director prior to submitting the Withdrawal form.

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