Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual


6.130 Fresh Start Policy

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This policy allows Wright State University graduate students a "fresh start" when changing or returning to graduate programs within the Graduate School.

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A "fresh start" is defined as beginning a graduate program and having the graduate academic record amended to reflect no hours attempted and no graduate grade point average for the new program. A new program, for "fresh start" purposes, is defined as one which a student transfers into while in active status or returns to from inactive status. All courses and grades previously taken at Wright State University will remain on the student's academic record.

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Course work completed in a previous WSU or other institutions' graduate programs will not be automatically transferred or applied to the requirements of the new program. The new graduate program may, however, recommend to the Graduate School which courses previously taken are acceptable for transfer into the new program. In no cases will the transfer credit exceed 50% of the required graduate credit hours required for the new program. All credit recommended for acceptance must meet the transfer credit policy (Sec.4.70). After the Dean, Graduate School, approves the transfer credit, the program advisor should enter the courses on the student's program of study. Transfer credit grades will not be computed into the student's graduate grade point average for the new program.

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To be considered for a "fresh start," the student must submit an application to the Dean of the Graduate School. Application forms are available in the Graduate School. The Dean can approve the application or defer action on it to the Student Affairs Committee of the Graduate Council, which is the final appellate body for such decisions. The student and the academic program are advised by letter of the Dean's or the Student Affairs Committee's decision. If a favorable decision is rendered, the Registrar is sent a copy of the approved application and advised to make the appropriate adjustments to the student's academic record.

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The following conditions and restrictions apply to a "fresh start" graduate program:

A. A student granted a "fresh start" will be admitted into the new program as a conditional degree-seeking student.

B. Concentrations of graduate programs do not constitute a new program and, therefore, do not apply to the "fresh start" policy.

C. The new program must be completed with a minimum of 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of graduate credit.

D. The seven year rule for completing the program requirements starts with the quarter that the student first registers for courses required by the new program.

E. Only one "fresh start" will be granted to a graduate student at Wright State University.

F. Petitions to waive any of the conditions of the "fresh start" policy will not be favorably considered by the Graduate School.

6.136 Fresh Start in a New Graduate Program

Graduate students may be granted a "fresh start" in a new graduate program if:

A. The students are currently in active status pursuing a graduate program or inactive status having withdrawn or having been dismissed from a graduate program.

B. The students have applied for admission and have been accepted by a graduate program different from the one that the students are currently pursuing or had pursued (an admissions petition may have to be submitted to permit acceptance into the new graduate program).

6.137 Fresh Start in the Same Graduate Program

A fresh start into the same program may be granted to students who have withdrawn or were dismissed from a graduate program at Wright State University if:

A. A period of time of no less than five years has lapsed since the student withdrew or was dismissed from a WSU graduate program AND

B. A student has applied and been accepted into the same graduate program (an admissions petition may have to be submitted to permit acceptance into the graduate program).