Graduate Studies

January 24, 2011 Minutes (special meeting)

3:00 p.m., Horrabin Hall 60 QC B16

Members Present: R. Bauerly, M. Bean, L. Kilmer, B. Locke, K. McClure, J. McNabb (Chair), J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo

Ex-officio: J. Dallinger

Others Present: G. Sullivan

I. STUDENT APPEALS

A. Requests to hold a graduate assistantship with less than a 3.0 graduate GPA

1. Economics

The student provided a statement to the Council indicating he was a business undergraduate student with little background in economics. As such, he took two intermediate economics courses and one graduate level course in the fall which resulted in a 2.0 graduate GPA. The student responded to questions from Council members. He explained his low grade in the graduate class was not due to a time management issue as he spent every evening in the library studying and his assistantship duties were generally on the weekends through the Athletics department.

MOTION: To approve the request to hold the assistantship with less than a 3.0 graduate GPA. (Bauerly/Locke).  MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

2. Manufacturing Engineering Systems

Neither the student nor the department were in attendance at the meeting. The petition form was lacking a clear rationale from both the student and the department.

MOTION: To table the request and ask the student and department to electronically submit clearer rationale statements to the Graduate School by Wednesday, January 26, at 4:30 p.m. Any submitted materials will be shared electronically with the Graduate Council and an electronic vote will be taken by the end of Thursday, January 27. (Bean/McClure).  MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

3. Sport Management

Per the student’s request, this request was removed from the agenda.

B. Requests to late withdrawal from semester

1. Biology

The student provided a statement to the Council members explaining that he suffered from concentration issues, insomnia, and depression during the Spring Semester 2009. Medical documentation was included. During that semester he worked with his doctor to adjust medications. He indicated he has a strong support system and has learned to recognize oncoming signs of depression and is confident he will be able to withdraw from courses in a timely manner if the need should arise in the future.

Motion: To approve the request to late withdrawal from Spring Semester 2009. (Locke/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

The student participated via telephone. She indicated she was enrolled by the Kinesiology department for Fall 2010 courses as she had hoped to be accepted into that program, however, she was not accepted. She was under the impression she had been withdrawn from the courses.

Dr. McNabb indicated that if the request was approved, she would need to apply for graduation as her RPTA degree requirements have been met.

Motion: To approve the request to late withdrawal from Fall Semester 2010. (Montalvo/McQuillan). MOTION CARRIED 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

Meeting adjourned: 3:50 p.m.