At regular intervals, the work of each student is reviewed by the department to determine if the artistic achievement and commitment to the professional program warrants retention in the program. Students in visual arts receive a departmental review in the spring of their sophomore and junior years. The sophomore review enables the faculty to review and recommend each qualified student for intermediate-level work in a BFA concentration. The junior review, conducted by faculty in the student's studio concentration, sponsors and initiates the third-year student's plan for senior BFA thesis coursework. Theater students are reviewed at each midterm and at the end of each term.
Artistic Probation or Dismissal
Students placed on artistic probation are notified in writing by the dean’s office and must satisfy departmental requirements to remain in the program. Students whose dismissal has been recommended by the departmental Scholastic Standing Committee for artistic reasons (deficiency in artistic production and/or quality of the work) may request transfer to other programs of the Mason Gross School of the Arts or any other college at Rutgers whose admission requirements they meet. No guarantee of admission to another division or program can be given to students who have received an artistic dismissal, but the dean’s office will assist students in completing the necessary transfer forms. Artistic dismissal is subject to appeal to the dean of the school.
At the end of each term, the school’s Scholastic Standing Committee, made up of elected faculty and the dean of students, reviews the academic records of all students.
Any student, including first-term, first-year students, whose term average is lower than 1.8, is placed on academic probation. Students are notified in writing of probationary status before the start of the next term. While on probation, students must maintain full-time academic status and must complete successfully at least 12 credits per term.
There are no automatic dismissals for first-term, first-year students. Students ordinarily are dismissed when their term average is 1.4 or less regardless of their cumulative grade-point average or preceding term average. Students may also be dismissed if their term average falls below probationary level in any three terms or in any two consecutive terms or if their cumulative grade-point average at any time is less than the following: first year, 1.6; sophomore year, 1.8, junior year; 2.0; senior year, 2.0.
Students placed on probationary status may appeal in writing to the dean of students within one week of the date of the letter of probation. Grounds for appeal include technical error and/or changes in temporary grades. Letters of appeal must state the reasons for appeal and must be written by the student, although advice from others may be sought in formulating the appeal.
Students dismissed from the Mason Gross School of the Arts by the school’s Scholastic Standing Committee may appeal by letter to the Office of the Dean within one week of notification of the decision. Grounds for appeal include technical error, extenuating circumstances, and/or additional information not previously available to the committee. The letter of appeal must state the reasons for the appeal and must be written by the student, although students may seek advice from others while formulating the appeal.
The Scholastic Standing Committee may determine that the student has presented evidence not previously available and sufficient to require the Scholastic Standing Committee to reconsider the case, or that insufficient evidence has been presented to justify further consideration of the appeal. At the student’s and/or committee’s request, a student may be present at the meeting of reconsideration, unaccompanied by adviser or attorney, to amplify his or her appeal request.
If an appeal is granted for students subject to artistic probation or dismissal because they have failed follow the artistic component of their curriculum, they may be required to re-audition or submit new material for an artistic assessment, at the discretion the department, to gain full permission to re-enter their degree program.
The committee may reinstate the student, with or without conditions, or may deny the appeal. Some of the conditions for reinstatement include a term average of 2.0 or better, no incomplete grades or an additional talent assessment (re-audition). The committee also may define future courses to be completed. The committee notifies the student of its decision and any conditions within one week of reconsideration. Action by the committee is final.
Failure to Follow the Curriculum
Students who have failed to participate in the artistic portion of their curriculum for two consecutive semesters (for any reason), may be subject to completing an additional talent evaluation through their department's faculty in order to gain permission to continue with their degree program (in addition to any other requirements set by the department).