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Academic Standards at Wharton

Minimum academic standards are maintained in the following manner:

(a) Probation: A student will be placed on academic probation upon reaching any one of the following conditions: (1) receive two grades of F in any grading period1, (2) earn 2.5 credit units of Lowest 10% (LT) indicators in the first semester, (3) earn 4.0 credit units of Lowest 10% (LT) indicators in the first two semesters cumulatively, (4) earn 6.0 credit units of Lowest 10% (LT) indicators in the first three semesters cumulatively2. Once a student is on academic probation, the following steps are required:

1. Meet with an academic advisor and develop a plan to succeed which includes:

a. Course work for the remaining semesters
b. Extra-curricular activities
c. Career search activities
d. Other personal interests and needs

The effect of probation may include a limit on the number of credit units taken in a term, a limit on the number of leadership positions the student may hold, and/or the opportunity for school-funded tutoring.

This plan must be approved by an academic advisor in the MBA Program Office. Failure to develop an acceptable plan within one week of notification of probation may lead to enforced restrictions on the student such as a limit on credit units, a recommended suspension of school-sanctioned leadership roles, or a limit on career management services.

2. At the end of the grading period in which the plan is initiated, review the plan with an academic advisor to assess the student's success and the plan's viability;

3. At the end of the semester in which the plan was initiated, the student will meet with his or her academic advisor. If the student has avoided reaching the next probationary state, he/she will be taken off probation.

(b) Dismissal: Any of the following three academic conditions will lead to dismissal from the MBA program: (1) receiving three grades of F in any grading period or in any two contiguous3 grading periods; (2) receiving two subsequent grades of F after being placed on academic probation; or (3) accumulating five credit units of the sum of lowest 10% (LT) indicators and F grades that did not carry an LT in the first year or eight credit units of the said sum during the program.

(c) Incompletes: Grades of Incomplete (I) are given at the discretion of the instructor when, on the basis of work completed, the student is engaging in what is otherwise considered passing work, but some requirement of the course (e.g., exam or paper) is not completed. All Incomplete grades not removed from a student���s record by the end of the first three weeks in the following regular semester shall be converted automatically to F.

(d) Students who finish any semester with grades of Incomplete shall have each Incomplete be considered as one-half of an F grade for academic standards purposes.

(e) For the purpose of paragraphs (a) and (b) above, any Incomplete grade automatically converted to F will be presumed to be an F earned in the semester the student was registered for the course. This could cause a student to be retroactively placed on probation or be dismissed from the program.

(f) A student who is dismissed from the program for academics or other reasons may appeal the decision by writing to the Chair of the MBA Executive Committee within seven days of receiving the dismissal letter. Upon receipt of the request, the committee will convene a hearing and give the student seven days advance notice. The student may appear in person or submit a written appeal. If the student wishes to appear, but cannot, the hearing will still be held. All Committee decisions are final. There is no further appellate body.

(g) Students are considered to be in their first year for purposes of academic standards through the end of their first two full-time semesters in the MBA program. Lauder students and three-year JD/MBA students are considered to be in their first year through the end of their first three full-time semesters, which includes their first summer term and the subsequent two semesters of full-time residency.

(h) The two summer sessions combined shall be considered as one semester (regardless of whether one or two sessions are attended) for the above purposes of probation or dismissal.

(i) Except when an error is made, only those grades initially reported by instructors will be considered in determining whether a student is subject to probation or dismissal.


1. A grading period may be a quarter or a semester.

2. Note that a "semester" generally refers to the fall and spring semesters and that summer terms may count if the student carries a full-time course load in that term, but are to be considered on an individual basis.

3. Contiguous grading periods are those immediately adjacent to each other. For instance, the contiguous grading period for a full semester course would be the full semester immediately succeeding or preceding (e.g., spring follows fall; fall follows spring). The contiguous grading period for a half semester course would be the half semester immediately succeeding or preceding (e.g., Q2 is contiguous to Q1 and Q3 is contiguous to Q2; however, Q3 is not contiguous with Q1). In addition Q3 is contiguous to the fall semester. Q4 would not be contiguous to the prior fall semester, but would be contiguous to the following fall semester.