Academic Progression Standards

Academic progression standards specify the requirements a student must meet in order to graduate with a degree from the College of Business. OSU has minimum GPA standards. The College of Business (COB) has additional GPA requirements and standards that supersede the OSU standards. Students must satisfy both OSU and COB standards to earn their business degree.

The COB Progression Standards require that students:

• Achieve a minimum grade of C- or better in all classes within their business degree program.
• Maintain a minimum 2.5 COB GPA for all OSU coursework completed within their business degree program (students with fewer than 3 OSU business degree program classes will be evaluated based on their All-Inclusive Business (AIB) GPA until they have reached 3 or more).
• Complete over fifty percent of the business program and discipline coursework at OSU.
• Resolve all incomplete (I) grades in any classes within the business degree program within one year, or prior to graduation, whichever occurs first.
• Make satisfactory progress toward the completion of the business degree program in a timely fashion.

The business degree program includes all COB classes (BA/ACTG) taken for major and elective credit and non-BA classes that are part of the degree requirements. Any course used to satisfy business degree requirements must be taken using the A-F grade mode.  The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grade basis may not be used.  If a course is completed with the S/U grade basis prior to declaring the business degree program, the original earned grade (A-F) will be used to compute progression standard GPAs.

Transfer grades in business degree program classes may be used to satisfy coursework requirements but are not used in the overall COB GPA calculation.  Thus, if a course is completed at OSU and must be repeated to earn a higher grade, then the course must be repeated at OSU for the grade to be included in the GPA calculation.

• Lower division classes (100-200 level) completed at any accredited college or university with a grade of C- or higher may be used to satisfy pre-business core requirements.
• Upper division classes (300 level and above) completed with a grade of C- or higher at school(s) accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business may be used to satisfy upper-division business core and discipline-specific coursework requirements.

When applying to switch into the College of Business or applying to the Professional School, we will look at the All-Inclusive Business (AIB) GPA.  More information on those standards can be found here: http://business.oregonstate.edu/services/applying-pro-school.  General COB Progression Standards are still used to establish good standing within the College and to graduate.

Guiding Professional Standards for the College of Business Community

As a member of the College of Business Community you should strive to:

• treat others with honesty, respect, and courtesy;
• maintain the highest levels of academic integrity;
• act in accordance with ethical and social responsibilities;
• foster a professional learning environment; and
• act in a professional manner.

You are also expected to comply with the law as well as all University regulations and policies that apply to you.  Those University policies include, but are not limited to, the University Student Conduct Regulations, the University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies and the University’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computing Resources.  Failure to comply with these laws, regulations, and policies may result in the pursuit of disciplinary action by the College, as detailed further below.

General Statement on Professional Conduct and Academic Integrity

The Guiding Professional Standards for the College of Business Community, subscribed to by all members of the College of Business Community, is intended to support and implement the values held by the College. Those values encompass the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship. All members of the College of Business Community accept our responsibility to strive to meet those standards and to act in an ethically proper manner in our dealings with others.  We dedicate ourselves to create and nurture a culture of innovation, cooperation, diversity and mutual respect within the College of Business while recognizing and pursuing the social responsibilities imposed by these values.

A reputation for personal integrity is valuable in the business and broader world.  A good reputation is created through personal behavior and performance over time that is observed by friends, colleagues, and business associates, both superiors and subordinates.
 
The students, faculty, administrators and staff of the College of Business are committed to fostering and creating a positive, professional learning environment. These goals will be pursued by conduct that is honest, civil, courteous and responsible.

College of Business
Academic and Disciplinary Procedures

The College of Business Academic and Disciplinary Procedures govern the College’s response to a student’s failure to progress adequately academically in the College or a violation of the law or University regulations and policies that apply to the student, including the Guiding Professional Standards of the College, the University Student Conduct Regulations, the University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies, or the University’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computing Resources.  As is the case for all students, College of Business students are also subject to the University’s Student Conduct Regulations and the procedures for enforcement of those regulations, which may be reviewed here.  

A failure by the student to progress adequately academically or a violation by the student of the Guiding Professional Standards of the College, the University Student Conduct Regulations, the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment, or the University’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computing Resources may result in the pursuit of one or more of the actions detailed below, including dismissal of the student from the College. The College will notify a student against whom it pursues such action with information about the effect of the action on the student’s status in the College and information regarding how the student may respond to or appeal the action. 

A student against whom the College pursues such action will be issued one of the following notices, depending on the student’s academic status or the severity or frequency of the behavior resulting in the action:

WARNING NOTICE

“Warning” status is cautionary and is issued for one or more of the following academic reasons:

•    Earning a ‘D’, ‘F’ or ‘Incomplete’ grade in a business program class.
•    A small deviation below the minimum 2.5 business GPA.
•    Failure to complete business coursework in a timely fashion.

A “Warning” may also be issued to identify student behavior which may place a student’s enrollment status in the College at risk.  The Warning status may be removed following satisfactory resolution of behavioral concerns, as determined by
the College.

PROBATION

If a student has larger deviations from the COB progression standards than those defined for a Warning, or if the student continues to be out of compliance with any of the COB academic progression standards following a Warning, the student may be placed on Probation and may be required to take specific action to correct the problem(s).

Student behavior that is a significant departure from the law or University regulations and policies that apply to the student, including the Guiding Professional Standards of the College, the University Student Conduct Regulations, the University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies, or the University’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computing Resources may also result in “Probation” status. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, academic dishonesty, criminal violations, repeated or intentional violation of University policies, or significant breaches of the University Student Conduct Regulations, the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment or the University’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computing Resources (see website: oregonstate.edu/admin/stucon/).

A student on Probation status must follow recommendations of the College in order to avoid Suspension or Dismissal. Students on Probation status must meet with an advisor following each term to review their progress and standing in the College until the Probation status is removed. Students who successfully fulfill the recommendations will be removed from Probation status. Students who fail to follow or are unsuccessful in fulfilling the recommendations will be placed on Suspension and evaluated for dismissal from the College

Probation may also be continued if a student is still out of compliance with academic or behavioral requirements but is taking steps to correct the problem(s) identified.

SUSPENSION

A student who has displayed severe or repeated departures from the law or University regulations and policies that apply to the student, including the Guiding Professional Standards of the College, the University Student Conduct Regulations, the University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies, or the University’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computing Resources may be placed on Suspension status. The College will place an indefinite hold on the progression of a student placed on Suspension status until the College can adequately evaluate whether the student will be allowed to continue in the College.

Students engaged in an appeal of their dismissal from the College will also be placed on Suspension status.

A student may also be placed on Suspension if a student does not take steps to become compliant with the College’s academic progression standards (such as retaking a class the student has failed), or the student is not making adequate progress in correcting the student’s academic problems.

A student placed on Suspension status will not be allowed to progress in the College. The student must wait a minimum of one term before reapplying for admission to the College and must submit applications in accordance with published guidelines and deadlines.  Following reapplication, the College will review the student’s record, including any interim proof of progress.  After review, the College may recommend immediate Dismissal from the College, recommend that the student be continued on Suspension status pending receipt of additional information, or prescribe a plan to address specific concerns that resulted in the student’s Suspension status. If a plan for progression is developed by the College, the student will be placed on Probation status pending satisfactory progress.

If the Student was placed on Suspension for academic reasons and qualifies for readmission, the student must start in Pre-Business and reapply to ProSchool.  If, after readmission, the College’s or the University’s academic standards or requirements have changed since the student was last a business major, the student will be subject to the more recent standards or requirements.

DISMISSAL FROM THE COLLEGE

A student will be dismissed from the College if the student’s behavior is a sufficiently severe and significant departure from the law or University regulations and policies that apply to the student, including the Guiding Professional Standards of the College, the University Student Conduct Regulations, the University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policies, or the University’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Computing Resources or the student fails to constructively address previous behavioral concerns after College action.  A student may also be dismissed if the student departs significantly from the College’s academic progression standards or if the student fails to follow adequately any plan prescribed while the student is on Probation status.

APPEAL OF ACADEMIC OR DISCIPLINARY STATUS

1. Any student who wishes to challenge the student’s academic or disciplinary status at the College must submit an appeal in writing to the Dean of the College within seven (7) calendar days following the issuance of a notice from the College identifying the student’s status. The Dean may refer the issue back to the College’s Standing Committee for review, if warranted. Following the review, the Dean will notify the affected student of his or her decision by mail or email.

2. The student may appeal the Dean’s decision to the Oregon State University Provost in writing within seven (7) calendar days following issuance of a decision by the Dean. The Provost’s decision on the appeal is the University’s final decision.