Discipline/Penalty Related Issues

The discipline/penalty related issues addressed in this section are applicable whether the issue is academic or general/other in nature.

  • In extreme cases, a student may be dismissed from the program without probation or suspension.
  • Students who are required to spend an extended time in the program will be charged for the extension.
  • When the Progressions Committee meets to discuss specific issues that involve individual students, the individual student(s) directly involved will be invited to speak to the issue before rendering a decision. The individual student(s) directly involved are invited to speak to the Progressions Committee, but the student(s) are not permitted to invite others to attend. Should students not agree with this decision, they may appeal the issue to the Appeals Committee.
  • There may be times the Progressions Committee, in its discussion of students’ performance in general, determines that an action should be taken related to individual students. Upon notification of the decision, any students who feel extenuating circumstances existed which may have impacted on any decision of the Progressions Committee, and were unable to speak on their own behalf before the original decision was rendered, may give a written request to the Progressions Committee to speak on their own behalf to appeal the decision. The Progressions Committee will meet to allow a student to speak to the issue. (The student is not permitted to invite others to attend.) The Progressions Committee may decide to alter its original decision or to stand by it.  Should a student still not be in agreement with the final decision, the student may address the issue to the Appeals Committee.
  • Students must give written notice to the Program Administrator if they desire to have a decision heard by the Appeals Committee. The Program Administrator will assemble an Appeals Committee according to administrative policy. The Appeals Committee has the right to review the entire issue and may support the Progressions Committee’s action or may render a decision that may be more lenient or more severe. The student and Progressions Committee are expected to abide by the decision of the Appeals Committee.
  • Upon completion of a probationary period, the student's situation will be reviewed by the Progressions Committee and his or her status determined.
  • Students who are placed on ANY type of probation greater than one (1) time will be dismissed from the program.
  • Any probationary period, regardless of the type of probation or the reason for the probation, will be reflected in the student’s permanent file.
  • Any probationary period, regardless of the type of or reason for the probation, may negatively affect a student’s eligibility to receive financial assistance.
  • Students have the right to appeal decisions of the Progressions Committee by following the MTSA appeal process (see Appeals Process).