Academic Scrutiny & Enrollment Abeyance

Academic Scrutiny

M.A. Program

Any master’s student will be placed under academic scrutiny if she or he:

  • receives a grade of C or lower in any graduate course, and/or
  • receives either a semester or cumulative grade point average below 3.0
This period of academic scrutiny will be in effect from the end of the academic term in which the student received the subject grade or GPA and will remain in effect through the end of the spring or fall semester following the term in which the student received the subject grade or GPA. A student who increases his/her GPA above 3.0 or who receives no grade lower than B in the semester following being placed under scrutiny will be returned to normal status following the semester of scrutiny.

Ph.D. Program

This policy governs enrollment in courses offered by the College of Media & Communication and graduation with degrees offered by that college. Nothing herein modifies the Graduate School’s exclusive authority to suspend graduate students or to place graduate students on probation. Unless prohibited by the Graduate School, graduate students placed in enrollment abeyance by the College of Media & Communication are free to pursue enrollment in courses outside the College of Media & Communication and/or admission to other graduate programs at Texas Tech University.

Any Ph.D. student will be placed under academic scrutiny if she or he:

  • receives a grade of C or lower in any graduate course, and/or
  • receives either a semester or cumulative grade point average below 3.25.
The period of academic scrutiny will be in effect from the end of the academic term in which the student received the subject grade or GPA and will remain in effect through the end of the long (spring or fall) semester following the term in which the student received the subject grade or GPA.



Enrollment Abeyance

M.A. Program

A master’s student in the College of Media & Communication will not be permitted to enroll in any graduate courses in the College of Media & Communication if she or he:
  • receives a semester grade point average below 3.0, during a term of academic scrutiny,
  • receives two course grades of C or lower in any graduate course or combination of graduate courses,
  • completes more than 1.25 times the minimum number of graduate credit hours required for his or her program without completing all requirements for graduation,
  • completes more than 46 graduate credit hours without completing all requirements for graduation,
  • is enrolled for more than four years after the completion of all coursework without completing all requirements for graduation, and/or
  • is enrolled for more than six years without completing all requirements for graduation.
  • Readmission
    • Master’s students who are placed in enrollment abeyance from the College of Media & Communication may not take any courses in the College of Media & Communication for at least one fall or spring semester after they have been placed in enrollment abeyance. During the period of enrollment abeyance students who plan to seek future enrollment in media and communication courses should complete readings, non-credit coursework or other tasks that will strengthen their application for future enrollment.
    • The College Graduate Admissions Committee will review applications from students seeking to enroll after being placed in academic abeyance using the same criteria they would apply to applications for transfer from other schools or programs. The fact that a student has been placed in academic abeyance will be considered by the Admissions Committee as part of the committee’s readmission decision.

Ph.D. Program


A Ph.D. student in the College of Media & Communication will not be permitted to enroll in any graduate courses in the College of Media & Communication if she or he:
  • receives a semester grade point average below 3.25, during a term of academic scrutiny,
  • receives two course grades of C or lower in any graduate course or combination of graduate courses,
  • completes more than 1.25 times the minimum number of graduate credit hours required for his or her program,
  • completes more than 75 graduate credit hours after the master’s degree or a total of 99 hours of graduate coursework in Texas,
  • is enrolled for more than eight years without completing all requirements for graduation, and/or
  • is enrolled for more than four years after admission to candidacy without completing all requirements for graduation
Readmission
Doctoral students who are placed in enrollment abeyance from the College of Media & Communication may not take any courses in the College of Media & Communication for at least one long semester after they have been placed in enrollment abeyance. During the period of enrollment abeyance students who plan to seek future enrollment in media and communication courses should complete readings, non-credit coursework or other tasks that will strengthen their application for future enrollment. The College Graduate Admissions Committee will review applications from students seeking to enroll after being placed in academic abeyance using the same criteria they would apply to applications for transfer from other schools or programs. The fact that a student has been placed in academic abeyance will be considered by the Admissions Committee as part of their holistic decision.