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Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures

Your studies at the NYU School of Professional Studies are governed by a variety of academic policies and procedures. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with, and follow, the academic policies for undergraduate students, as listed below. It is strongly recommended that you review these policies periodically to remain current.

It is strongly recommended that students not take more than eighteen (18) credits each semester; an advisor’s formal authorization is required to take more than eighteen (18) credits in a given semester. In addition, permission to take more than eighteen (18) credits per term is limited to students who have completed at least thirty-two (32) credits of work while matriculated at the NYU School of Professional Studies and who have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 3.0 or better. All students taking over eighteen (18) credits in a given semester are subject to extra tuition and fees.

To receive a final grade for a course, students must have complied with the attendance policy in the syllabus and must have satisfactorily completed all examinations and other assignments prescribed by the instructor. A student will not receive a grade for any course in which the student is not officially registered.

Although the administration of the NYU School of Professional Studies does not supervise attendance of classes, students are expected to attend all classes. Please be aware that some faculty take attendance into consideration in final grades. Students who, in the judgment of the instructor, have not substantially met the requirements of the course, or who have been excessively absent, may be considered to have withdrawn unofficially and may be given the final grade of "F."  Students who miss class for medical reasons are required to notify their instructor of their absence and may be asked to produce a doctor’s documentation of treatment at the next class.

Students who plan to miss classes for religious reasons are expected to inform instructors beforehand and be responsible for assignments given during their absence.

New York University, as a nonsectarian institution, adheres to the general policy of including in its official calendar only certain legal holidays. However, it has also long been University policy that members of any religious group may, without penalty, absent themselves from classes when compliance with their religious obligations requires it. In 1988, the University Senate affirmed this policy and passed a resolution that elaborated on it as follows:

Students who anticipate being absent because of any religious observance should, whenever possible, notify faculty in advance of such anticipated absence. Whenever feasible, examinations and assignment deadlines should not be scheduled on religious holidays. Any student absent from class because of religious beliefs shall not be penalized for any class, examination, or assignment deadline missed on that day or days. If examinations or assignment deadlines are scheduled, any student who is unable to attend class because of religious beliefs shall be given the opportunity to make up that day or days. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student who avails him/herself of the above provisions.

The following grades are awarded and are computed in the grade point average: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and F. In general, A indicates excellent work; B indicates good work; C indicates satisfactory work; D indicates passable work and is the lowest passing grade; and F indicates failure. The weights assigned to the grades in computing the grade point average are as follows:

  • A = 4.0
  • A- = 3.7
  • B+ = 3.3
  • B = 3.0
  • B- = 2.7
  • C+ = 2.3
  • C = 2.0
  • C- = 1.7
  • D+ = 1.3
  • D = 1.0
  • F =  0.0

The grade point average (GPA) can be obtained by determining the total of all grade points earned and dividing that figure by the total number of credits completed. For example, if a student has completed an 18-credit schedule and receives grades of A, A-, B, and C+, respectively, in four 4-credit courses and a B+ in a 2-credit course, the student’s semester GPA would be computed as follows:






4 credits










4 credits










4 credits










4 credits










2 credits





Total grade points





GPA=58.6 divided by 18=3.255. The total grade points (58.6) are divided by the number of credits earned (18) to obtain the GPA (3.255).

Note: There are no A+, D-, or F+ grades.

Students at McGhee can take a maximum of sixteen credits (16) on a Pass/Fail basis, and no more than one (1) course per semester. The Pass/Fail option applies only to elective courses.

Students at the Schack Institute, the Tisch Center, and the Tisch Institute can take a maximum of sixteen credits (16) on a Pass/Fail basis, and no more than one (1) course per semester. The Pass/Fail option applies only to non-major courses.

A student who elects to take a semester-long course on a Pass/Fail basis must do so by the end of the ninth (9th) week of the semester. Once a student elects to take a class as Pass/Fail, the decision is binding and no letter grade will be issued. Students must meet with their advisors to complete the Pass/Fail form.

For summer sessions and short-session terms, please see your advisor for Pass/Fail declaration deadlines.

Students studying abroad should contact their advisors via email to take the Pass/Fail option.

"Incompletes" are reserved for unavoidable circumstances which prevent a student from finishing a course in a given term, and the nature of the course permits the faculty member to allow late completion. Incompletes are given at the discretion of the instructor in consultation with the department. The "grade" of Incomplete is thus subject to approval and is never automatic; it is a temporary grade and can only be issued to students who have completed at least 50% of the course work. The faculty member will determine what constitutes 50% of the course work.

In addition, an Incomplete Agreement must be signed by both the instructor and the student. The student must request an incomplete from the instructor before the final grades are due; if the written request is not made, the instructor will submit a final grade based on work completed to that point.

If the student's request for an incomplete is approved, the student must complete the necessary work by the date specified by the instructor:  this date can be no later than the end of classes in the following full term (i.e., by the end of the spring term for a fall or January course; or by the end of the fall term for a spring or summer course).

If the required work is not completed by the deadline, the temporary grade of "I" will become an "F."

Students who are out of attendance in the semester following the one in which the course was taken have one year to complete the work.

Students cannot graduate if they have an Incomplete in any course.

The deadline for adding a course for the fall and spring semesters is the end of the second week of the semester. For short-session terms, see the Registrar's Calendar at nyu.edu/registrar/calendars/registration-calendar.html.

Students adding courses during this time are expected to make up any work missed during the initial classes.

The deadline for dropping a course is the end of the second week of the semester. If you need to drop a course after the second week of classes, you must see your advisor. To find out the drop/withdrawal deadlines for short-session terms, see the Registrar's Calendar at nyu.edu/registrar/calendars/registration-calendar.html.

Occasionally, students may withdraw from a course if, because of reasons beyond their control, they cannot continue. Courses dropped during the first two weeks of the term will not appear on the transcript.  Those courses dropped from the beginning of the third week through the ninth week of the term will be recorded with a grade of "W."  The grade of "W" is a Registrar's grade, without numerical value and is assigned when a student officially withdraws from a course. It is not computed in the student's GPA but may significantly impact the student's progress toward degree completion as well as the student's financial aid eligibility. 

After the ninth week, no one may withdraw from a course. A grade of "F" will be assigned at the end of the semester if a student ceases to attend a course without officially withdrawing. In addition, students who are ill or have a serious personal problem should contact their advisor immediately.

A student is not officially withdrawn from a course until the Registrar's Office has been notified and the withdrawal recorded. Please follow the Registrar's calendar at nyu.edu/registrar/calendars/registration-calendar.html.

For the Refund Schedule, refer to the Bursar's Website at nyu.edu/bursar/refunds.

When withdrawing from courses, it is imperative to consider the impact on your Financial Aid package; please consult the Financial Aid Office at nyu.edu/admissions/financial-aid-and-scholarships/financial-aid-at-nyu.html.

Students wishing to withdraw from all classes in the spring and fall semesters must go through ALBERT by the end of the ninth (9th) week of the semester. For the "Complete Withdrawal" deadlines for shorter-session terms, see the Registrar's calendar at nyu.edu/registrar/calendars/registration-calendar.html.

A student who officially withdraws from all courses in a term may register for the following semester. If the student is unable to attend the semester following withdrawal, the student may request a Leave of Absence from the advising office.

Only courses with a grade of "C-" or lower may be repeated.

In the case of a course that has been repeated, for students who began their studies at NYUSPS prior to Spring 2015: only the second grade, whether higher or lower, is computed into the cumulative grade point average. The initial grade, however, remains on the transcript.

In the case of a course that has been repeated, for students who began their studies or were re-admitted to NYUSPS in Spring 2015 and thereafter: both grades will be recorded on the transcript and both grades will be computed into the cumulative grade point average.

Students may repeat a required course only once and will be dismissed from the program if a required course is not passed after the second attempt. In order for the grade of a repeated course to be included in the GPA and to be recorded on the transcript, students must register and pay for the course. Credit is earned one time only.

Grade appeals are handled at the school level at New York University and will not be considered at the University level. It is the faculty's responsibility to evaluate the student's work in the classroom. To appeal a grade, the student must objectively demonstrate that his/her grade is in error or that some documented extenuating circumstance was not taken into consideration.

Only final grades can be appealed.

If you receive a final grade in a course that you wish to appeal, you must first:

  • Review the syllabus to ensure that you fulfilled the course requirements as to how the grade was calculated:  assignments, attendance, final exam, etc., and the percentages assigned to each component.
  • Objectively assess your attendance record. As partners in learning, students are expected to attend class
  • Objectively assess the quality of your class participation. If a student's grade appeal is based solely on a difference of opinion about class participation which, for example, may have been listed on the instructor's syllabus as worth 10 percent, only the instructor's evaluation will be considered.
  • Check that the work you submitted met the requirements enumerated by the instructor. For example, if you submitted a well-written and well-researched paper on the life of Plato for "Issues in Philosophy," but the instructor specifically asked for a comparative study of the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates, the grade appeal would not be reviewed since you did not follow instructions as to what was required.

If after taking these steps, you believe a grade appeal is justified, the following levels of appeal are available to you:

Level 1: Faculty

Contact the instructor within thirty (30) days after the grade is posted and discuss concerns before beginning the official grade appeal process. Students can reach their instructor by email or telephone number as given on the syllabus or, when available, by leaving a note in the instructor's departmental mailbox. If you do not receive a response from the instructor within two (2) weeks, notify your advisor.

Level 2: Written Appeal to the Director of Your Program

If the conversation with the instructor does not resolve the dispute, the student may begin the formal grade appeal process by writing a letter to the director of the program within 45 days of the grade being posted.  The Program Director or the Director's Designee will read the appeal, investigate, and determine a final grade, which may be the same as that determined by the instructor, higher or lower. A written decision will be rendered approximately one month after receipt of all required documentation for the appeal.

Level 3: Written Appeal to the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean

If after receiving the decision in writing from the Program Director or Designee, the student remains in disagreement, the final step is to submit an appeal in writing to the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean within fifteen (15) days after receipt of the Director's Level 2 Appeal response letter. Appeals must include:

  1. A memo to the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean indicating why the decision rendered by the program is being appealed.
  2. A copy of the decision letter received from the program.
  3. A copy of the supporting materials submitted to the program.

The final decision rendered by the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean will be the grade that appears on the student's official New York University transcript. The student must be prepared for a final decision that either preserves the original grade, is a higher grade, or lowers the original grade, since no further grade protests of the same course will be considered.

Once a student has graduated and a degree has been awarded by New York University, a grade appeal will not be considered.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and meet all degree requirements to graduate.

To achieve full-time status for financial aid purposes, students must complete at least twelve (12) credits per term or twenty-four (24) credits per year. Students who fail to do so jeopardize their full-time status and eligibility to receive financial aid. See nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/policies-and-guidelines/eligibility-for-financial-aid.html#progress.

For students studying at the Schack Institute, the Tisch Center, and the Tisch Institute, it is recommended that students take thirty-two (32) credits per year in order to achieve degree completion in four (4) years.

Students studying in the Paul McGhee Division are considered fulltime when they take twelve (12) credits or more per semester.  Part-time students must register for a minimum of six (6) credits per term to be eligible for financial aid from the government.

To make any changes to your academic program, including dropping or adding courses given at other schools at the University, you must access ALBERT. You can make scheduling changes to your program on ALBERT until the end of the second week of the semester. Please refer to "Adding Courses" and "Withdrawing From Courses" for additional guidelines. After the second week of the semester, you must visit the advising office to obtain authorization for any changes.

Students enrolled in any NYU School of Professional Studies program of study that has specific requirements for progress toward graduation, including, without limitation, course selection and sequence, limits on transfer credits, and deadlines for selecting a concentration and submission (at the undergraduate level) of AP courses for advance standing or evidence of prerequisite qualifications must comply with all such program requirements. Students who fail to comply with program requirements and remain out of compliance for more than one semester will be notified that they are not in good academic standing. Such students may be dismissed if they fail in the subsequent semester to follow the approved program of study.

Good Standing

Students are in good academic standing during semesters in which their cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is 2.0 or greater and they have completed at least 50% of cumulative hours attempted.  Students must be in good academic standing for every semester in which they are enrolled or they are subject to being placed on academic probation.

Students should discuss any questions they have regarding their academic progress and academic standing with their advisors.

Academic Probation

Students whose cumulative grade point average (CGPA) falls below a 2.0 or who do not successfully complete at least 50% of the cumulative hours attempted during a semester will be placed on Academic Probation and receive formal written notification. Students return to good academic standing and are removed from Academic Probation when they raise their CGPA to a minimum of 2.0 or better and successfully complete the required cumulative attempted hours by the end of the semester in which they are on Academic Probation.

Probationary Status.  Students are placed on academic probation for the semester following the term in which their academic performance results in a cumulative GPA below 2.0.  Student transcripts will show the notation "Probation" for the academic terms in which the student earned the deficient CGPA.

Restrictions While on Academic Probation. Students on Academic Probation are subject to certain conditions and restrictions. These restrictions will remain in place until the student's academic performance results in their returning to good academic standing. 

Students on probation will not be allowed to register for classes for the semester following their probationary term, unless they have succeeded in achieving a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better during the probationary term. Additional restrictions include the inability to hold student government positions; needing permission to participate in competitions, study away, and any and all extracurricular activities outside of advisor-approved courses.

Students on probation at the Schack Institute, the Tisch Center, and the Tisch Institute:

  • must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better during the term on probation with a minimum of 12 credits;
  • cannot receive any grade below a C- or any grade of Incomplete;
  • may not withdraw from any course;
  • must meet with their academic advisors on a monthly basis.

Students studying in the Paul McGhee Division must consult with their advisors.

All undergraduate students receiving federal or state financial aid or other forms of external financial aid are subject to specific regulations tied to terms of their award requirements.  See nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/policies-and-guidelines/eligibility-for-financial-aid.html#progress.

Academic Dismissal

A student whose performance falls into probationary status a second time in his/her academic career will be dismissed from the School. The Associate Dean of the program will make the dismissal decision and inform students in writing, as soon as possible, but no later than thirty (30) days after the end of the semester.

In addition, a student who fails a required course twice will be dismissed from the School. When students are academically dismissed, the Registrar will be notified and the designation "Academic Dismissal" will appear on their transcripts.  Students who receive notice of academic dismissal after they have begun attending classes for the next semester will be de-enrolled from all classes and receive a full refund for that semester's tuition and fees.

Process to Appeal Academic Dismissal

Students are not permitted to register for or attend classes while appealing an academic dismissal.

Appeal of Academic Dismissal to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs
A student may appeal the academic dismissal decision to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs if he/she believes the dismissal was the result of an administrative error or if the student can offer compelling reasons for his or her falling out of good academic standing. The student must appeal to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, in writing, within fifteen (15) days from the date of the dismissal decision letter. The written appeal must include a personal statement explaining the student's poor academic performance, reasoned argument why the academic dismissal decision should be reversed, and original documentation to corroborate all extenuating circumstances. Anticipated grade changes from outstanding Incompletes do not constitute evidence for an appeal to be granted.

Once the written appeal is received, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs has the sole discretion to determine whether an appointment or interview is necessary and, in any case, will communicate a written decision within fifteen (15) days after receiving the written appeal.

Appeal of Academic Dismissal to the Dean of the School (Final Decision)
Only after the dismissal has been appealed to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and the dismissal upheld, may an appeal be submitted to the Dean of the School. The student must request an appeal to the Dean of the School within fifteen (15) days from the date of the appeal decision made by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. The written request must include a copy of the original dismissal letter and a copy of the response upholding the dismissal from the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Any new information in the student's defense must be submitted at the same time. Once the written appeal is received, the Dean or the Dean's authorized Designee has the sole discretion to determine whether an appointment or interview is necessary and, in any case, will forward a written decision within thirty (30) days after receiving the appeal. Academic dismissals by the Dean of the School are final and there are no further avenues of appeal.

Students studying at the Schack Institute, the Tisch Center, and the Tisch Institute have eight (8) years from initial enrollment to complete their bachelor's degree. Failure to do so may result in academic dismissal. For students to complete a degree in four (4) years, it is recommended that students take thirty-two (32) credits per year.

Students studying in the Paul McGhee Division have five (5) years from initial enrollment to complete their associate's degree or ten (10) years to complete their bachelor's degree.

Students must complete their last sixty-four (64) credits at New York University in order to earn a bachelor's degree and their last thirty-two (32) credits at New York University to earn an associate's degree.

McGhee associate degree students, with an advisor's approval, may take a maximum of eight (8) credits of course work in other undergraduate schools or divisions of the university provided they have earned a minimum of thirty (30) credits in their program and have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. McGhee bachelor's degree students, with an advisor's approval, may take a total of sixteen (16) credits (including any taken at the associate's level) of course work in other undergraduate schools or divisions of the University provided they have completed sixty (60) credits and have attained at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Undergraduate students may receive Advanced Placement or Higher Level International Baccalaureate credits toward the 128-credit degree requirement. If test results are a 5 or 4, depending on the subject examination, the student may receive college credit toward the degree and, if college credit is received, will not have to take the corresponding college-level course for credit. To qualify, the course must have an NYU course equivalent and be approved by the student's academic advisor.  Courses used to fulfill any high school graduation requirements are not eligible. Students should see their advisor for details.

If a student registers for a course after receiving AP credit in that area, the student will lose the AP credit on the transcript. AP credits do not satisfy any major requirements.

For the International Baccalaureate (IB) examination, the School of Professional Studies recognizes higher level examinations passed with grades of 6 or 7.  No credit is granted for standard level examinations.  Students must have official IB Examination scores sent directly to NYU Undergraduate Admissions from the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Students studying at the Schack Institute, the Tisch Center, and the Tisch Institute who are considering taking AP examinations should seek clarification of the policies in regard to a particular subject at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 665 Broadway, 11th floor, New York, NY 10012-2339.

Students studying in the Paul McGhee Division should contact their academic advisor for more information regarding AP or IB examinations.


Credit for courses taken at other colleges will be considered if the courses were completed at a regionally accredited college and the grade received was a minimum of C.  Courses must have been taken prior to enrolling in any School of Professional Studies program.  Course work taken ten (10) years or more prior to matriculation at this School may be transferable only if approved by the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean. Courses that are transferred carry no grade point value at New York University.

For students studying at the Schack Institute, the Tisch Center, and the Tisch Institute, a maximum of sixty-four (64) advanced standing credits (including transfer credits and AP credits) will be accepted towards the bachelor's degree.

For students studying in the Paul McGhee Division, a maximum of sixty-four (64) advanced standing credits for the bachelor's degree or thirty-two (32) credits for the associate's degree (including transfer credits, AP credits, CLEP, Prior Learning Credits) will be accepted.

Application to study at an NYU campus abroad must be made at NYU's Office of Global Programs at nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers.html. Students are eligible to study away once they have achieved sophomore status, are in good standing, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Prior to applying for study away, please consult with your advisor.

NYU expects its students to maintain continuous registration in an academic program with the exception of summer. However, it is sometimes necessary or desirable for a student to take a Leave of Absence. Such leaves may be voluntary or involuntary and will be handled in accordance with the NYU Student Leave Policy at nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/policies-and-guidelines/student-leave-policy.html. Students must complete the Leave of Absence form available at the Advising Office. Failure to do so may jeopardize their continued registration with the University.

Voluntary Leave

Matriculated students who wish to withdraw from school for one or two semesters, not including summer, for national service, serious medical or psychological illness, or compelling personal reasons are required to submit a written Leave of Absence form with documentation to the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean prior to the semester in which the leave is taken, if possible. In order for the leave to be official, students must complete the Leave of Absence form available at the Advising Office.

Note: If students are on Academic Probation when the leave is granted, they will return on Academic Probation.

If students study at another institution during a voluntary leave, normally no credits can be accepted for transfer.

Only under extraordinary circumstances are students allowed to enroll for courses at another regionally accredited college or university while on leave and receive transfer credit. Such a request must be made at the time of applying for the leave, and must be approved by the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean or their representative.  Up to sixteen (16) credits may be approved for transfer, subject to submission and evaluation of an official transcript.

Leave for medical or psychological conditions.  An evaluation with the Wellness Exchange and/or the Student Health Center may be required at no charge to the student.  The Associate Dean/Divisional Dean or the Dean's Designee may confer with the Wellness Exchange, the Student Health Center, and/or the Moses Center depending on the nature of the leave. Documentation is required as noted on the Leave of Absence form.

Duration of leave.  Except where a leave is mandated by compulsory national service, the leave may be granted for a maximum of two (2) consecutive semesters (not including summer) in any undergraduate program.

  • Absence on leave does not extend the stipulated period of time to degree completion, unless a waiver is specifically granted by the program.
  • The notation "Leave of Absence" will be entered on the student's transcript.
  • If requested, students on an approved leave will need to return the NYU student identification card and will not have access to the NYU campus, the School of Professional Studies, or department facilities.
  • A student will have access to the student's NYU email account, unless the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean decides otherwise.

International Students with an F-1 or J-1 Student Visa Are Additionally Subject to These Federal Government Requirements

  • International students on a personal Leave of Absence may not remain in the United States. 
  • International students requiring a Leave of Absence or permission to take less than a full course load for medical reasons are eligible to stay in the United States, subject to conditions set forth by the Department of Homeland Security in accordance with information provided by a physician. For questions, please consult the Office of Global Services at nyu.edu/global/international-immigration-services.html.

Involuntary Leave

The NYU School of Professional Studies may place a student on an involuntary Leave of Absence when that student: (1) poses a direct threat to the health and safety of self or others and (2) is not able or not willing to take a voluntary Leave of Absence. With regard to involuntary leaves, the School will follow the NYU Student Leave of Absence Policy at nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/policies-and-guidelines/student-leave-policy.html.

The University reserves the right to deny registration and/or graduation and withhold all information regarding the record of any student who is in arrears in the payment of tuition, fees, loans, or other charges (including charges for housing, dining, or other activities or services) for as long as any arrears remain.

Diplomas of students in arrears will be held until their financial obligations to the University are fulfilled and they have been cleared by the Bursar. Graduates with a diploma hold may contact the Bursar's Office at 212-998-2806 to clear arrears or to discuss their financial status at the University.

Students are encouraged to visit faculty during posted office hours or by appointment. Students should prepare questions about course material, assignments, career information, and other relevant topics. At the beginning session of each class, faculty is required to distribute a class syllabus with their availability for appointments and the best means by which to contact them.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy

All NYU School of Professional Studies matriculated students working toward degrees are expected to familiarize themselves with, and to comply with, the rules of conduct, academic regulations, and the established policies and practices of the University and of the School. Student disciplinary matters are the jurisdiction of the Dean, or his/her Designee the Associate Dean, of Student Affairs Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

All students are expected to be honest and ethical in all academic work. This trust is shared among all members of the University community and is a core principle of American higher education. Any breaches of this trust shall be taken seriously. 

A hallmark of the educated student and good scholarship is the ability to acknowledge information derived from others. Students are expected to be scrupulous in crediting those sources that have contributed to the development of their ideas.

In the process of learning, students acquire ideas from many sources and exchange ideas and opinions with classmates, professors, and others. This development occurs in reading, writing, and discussion. Students are expected—often required—to build their own work on that of other people, just as professional researchers and writers do, and they must give credit for ideas, suggestions, and information that come from other sources.  Since the standard of good academic, creative, and scholarly work is to incorporate one's own ideas, analysis, and synthesis along with the proper recognition of the work of others, students are expected to practice the skill of attribution in their writing. Students are expected to quote accurately and identify the origin of citations from others, as well as to acknowledge when ideas are dependent upon concepts developed from other sources. This process of attribution and referencing allows each individual to demonstrate how her or his understanding and ideas relate to an existing body of knowledge—and add to them. It demonstrates the values of academic integrity, and systematic reflection and intellectual development. To do otherwise and not reveal sources constitutes plagiarism. And plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty.

Plagiarism involves borrowing or using information from other sources without proper and full credit.  Students are expected to demonstrate how what they have learned incorporates an understanding of the research and expertise of scholars and other appropriate experts; and thus recognizing others' published work or teachings—whether that of authors, lecturers, or one's peers—is a required practice in all academic projects.  Students' own scholarly and creative work is strengthened when full and appropriate acknowledgement becomes routine.

Students must master the standard procedures for citations and using footnotes, endnotes, parenthetical references and/or bibliographies, as determined by the character of their assignments. It is an expectation that faculty members impress upon students that whenever their work is dependent upon the ideas, suggestions, phrasing and data found in sources, a failure to acknowledge them and reference their influence—whether intentional or not–may be considered evidence of academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism. The NYU School of Professional Studies does not tolerate such behavior; and substantiated cases of plagiarism will result in serious sanctions including dismissal.

Consequently, it is essential for every student to develop the habits of identifying sources and learn and use the proper forms of citation, as specified in the recommended style sheets.

Any of the following acts constitutes an offense of plagiarism:

  • Using a phrase, sentence, or passage from another person's work without quotation marks and attribution of the source.
  • Paraphrasing words or ideas from another person's work without attribution.
  • Reporting as your own research or knowledge any data or facts gathered or reported by another person.
  • Submitting in your own name papers, tests, examinations, or reports completed by another person.
  • Submitting creative works, including images or reproduction of the creative works, of another person without proper attribution.
  • Submitting oral or recorded reports of another without proper attribution.
  • Downloading documents in whole or part from the Internet and presenting them as one's own.

Other offenses against academic integrity include the following:

  • Collaborating with other students on assignments without the express permission of the instructor.
  • Giving one's work to another student who then submits it as his or her own.
  • Sharing or copying answers from other students
  • Copying material from any digital resource/website during examinations (unless expressly authorized).
  • Using notes or other sources to answer exam questions without the instructor's permission.
  • Secreting or destroying library or reference materials.
  • Submitting as one's own work a paper or results of research purchased or acquired from a commercial firm or another person.
  • Submitting original work toward requirements in more than one class without the prior permission of the instructors.

Particular emphasis is placed on the use of papers and other materials to be found on the World Wide Web, whether purchased or freely available. Students should keep in mind that faculty members, in addition to having access to the same search engines as students, have at their disposal a number of special websites devoted to detecting plagiarism from the Web.

Students can assure the integrity of their work through:

  • Using quotation marks to set off words not their own.
  • Learning to use proper forms of attribution for source materials.
  • Doing their own original work in each course, without collaboration, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Crediting use of published sources, the work of others, or material from the Web.
  • Asking their instructors if they have questions about an assignment or the use of sources.

Academic Integrity Disciplinary Procedures

Students are subject to disciplinary actions for the following offenses which include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Forgery or unauthorized use of documents
  • False form of identification

Faculty who suspect a violation of the Statement of Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy must notify the Program Director before a final resolution is agreed upon. The Program Director or his/her Designee must notify the student that it is believed the student has violated the NYU School of Professional Studies Statement on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. Students should be advised of the Informal Process and the Formal Process regarding Academic Integrity. Issuance of a grade does not preclude later investigation into academic honesty and subsequent revision of grade, if necessary.

Informal Process
The faculty member or program designee must notify and present the reason for suspicion and the evidence to the student and ask the student to respond to the charge of violating the policy. If the student accepts responsibility and signs a statement acknowledging responsibility, the faculty member may do the following depending on the level of the violation:

  • Provide a warning to the student
  • Have the student to redo the assignment
  • Issue a grade of 0 on the assignment
  • Issue a grade of F on the assignment
  • Issue a grade of F in the course
  • Recommend suspension or dismissal to Program Director

Students may not withdraw from a course once there has been an allegation of plagiarism.

Formal Process
If after the informal process has been utilized the student does not accept responsibility for violating the policy, the student has the right to an investigation. The faculty member should not issue a grade on the assignment or issue a grade of Incomplete for the course until the case has been resolved.

The student can request an investigation within 20 working days of being notified that he/she is suspected of violating the policy. The Program Director will meet with the faculty member, gather all evidence, and meet with the student independently to determine whether the case will be dismissed or if a sanction will be issued. The Program Director or Associate Dean/Divisional Dean must be involved in  reviewing of the case if the sanction is suspension or dismissal. In the case of a sanction of suspension or dismissal from the University, the student would be allowed to follow the same procedures for a hearing and a disciplinary panel as in student conduct.

Standards of Classroom Behavior

The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty. Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful behavior that results in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class for the remainder of the class period. Longer suspensions from a class, or dismissal on disciplinary grounds, must be preceded by a student conduct procedure.

Student Conduct Beyond Academic Integrity

The NYU School of Professional Studies Code of Conduct also prohibits the following behaviors outside of academics, and students may be subject to disciplinary action. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs acts as the Dean's Designee and has jurisdiction for implementing the NYU School of Professional Studies Code of Conduct. Disciplinary action shall not be limited to these offenses:

  • Deliberate destruction, theft, or unauthorized entry or use of laboratory data, research materials, computer lab resources, equipment, software, or University property
  • Interference or disruption of an academic event, program, or class
  • Actual or threatened violence
  • Sexual assault or nonconsensual sexual contact
  • Use, possession or storage of any weapon, dangerous chemical, fireworks, or explosive
  • Hazing
  • Refusal or failure to meet with University representative or present NYU ID upon request
  • Non-compliance with judicial sanctions
  • Knowingly providing false testimony or evidence
  • The use, possession, or distribution of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs on University property, if such is illegal, or the possession of a sufficiently large quantity as to indicate an intention to distribute illegally
  • Violation of any local, state, or federal laws where such violations have an adverse effect on the educational mission of the University
  • Harassment of any type

I. Procedures

A. Filing and Notice of Complaint. Any member of the faculty, administration, or staff or any student may file a written complaint against any student for any alleged violation of University or School policy. The complaint must set forth briefly the nature of the alleged disciplinary infraction and the nature of the evidence. Such letters of complaint shall be filed with the NYU School of Professional Studies Office of Student Affairs. The student has the right to see the written complaint and know the identity of the complainant. Notice of the filing of the complaint, the charge against the student, and a request for a preliminary investigation shall be sent to the student within four (4) days of receipt of the letter of complaint. The student is not allowed to withdraw from any course or receive an official University transcript until the investigation of facts, hearing, or appeal is complete.

B. Interim Suspension. A student should not be summarily suspended either completely or for certain purposes, except for reasons relating to his/her physical or emotional safety and well-being, as well as the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, or School property, the maintenance of public order, or the effective continuation of the education process.

The Associate Dean of Student Affairs or a Designee, depending on the nature of the infraction, may commence the disciplinary process and suspend a student pending consideration of his/her case. When this occurs, the student shall be afforded the opportunity to expedite disciplinary proceedings (as outlined below) so as to enable the determination of the appropriate sanction, if any, at the earliest possible time, preferably within forty-eight(48) hours of the notification of interim suspension. No interim suspension may last longer than fourteen (14) school days without affording the student a hearing. If the student has been incapacitated or incarcerated the student must have a hearing prior to being allowed to return to NYU.

C. Commencement of Disciplinary Proceedings. Upon receipt of the letter of complaint, The Office of Student Affairs shall initiate disciplinary proceedings, by following these steps: (1) conduct an investigation of the complaint, (2) seek a response from the respondent to determine responsibility (3) attempt to reach a consensual resolution and issue a sanction OR (4) if no consensual resolution is reached, convene a disciplinary panel for a hearing.

D. Investigation; Resolution. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs shall meet with the respondent and with such other persons, as he/she shall deem appropriate for the purpose of ascertaining the facts and attempting to resolve the complaint. After completing the investigation, the investigator may dismiss the complaint if he/she determines that there has been no violation of the School's written policies even if the facts alleged by the grievant were true. If the respondent admits responsibility for a violation of the University Policies of Student Conduct or written school policies, the investigator will obtain a written Acknowledgment of Responsibility or Statement of No Contest and issue a sanction. If a student fails to participate in the investigation, a sanction will be issued based upon the evidence presented by the Office of Student Affairs. If the respondent does not admit responsibility for a violation of the School Policies of Student Conduct or written school policies and the investigator believes there is evidence to support the complaint, he/she will convene a disciplinary panel. Should the student fail to appear for the investigation, the investigation may proceed and sanctions may be imposed in his/her absence.

E. Convening of Disciplinary Panel. Whenever a student discipline case has not been satisfactorily resolved, the Office of Student Affairs shall then convene a Disciplinary Panel, not to include the person who conducted the preliminary investigation, to conduct a disciplinary hearing. The student has the right to a fair and timely hearing in accordance with these rules. Each Disciplinary Panel will be comprised of three persons: a full-time faculty member, a full-time student, and an administrator. The Panel will be chaired by one member, selected by the Panelists to serve in this capacity. The School will use its discretion, including whether one hearing will be held if multiple students are involved in the same incident once written agreement is received from all respondents.

F. Notice of Hearing. The Office of Student Affairs will  notify the student via email and registered mail to the current address as recorded by the University Registrar advising him/her of the date and time of the hearing. The hearing will take place no earlier than seven (7) working days after the sending of such notice. Whenever practical, copies of any written evidence to be used in the hearing, including a copy of the letter of complaint about the student, will be delivered to the student prior to the hearing. A list of all witnesses from both the complainant and the respondent, a one-sentence statement of what they will testify, and any additional written evidence must be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Affairs at least three (3) working days prior to the hearing. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs has the discretion to limit the number of witnesses appearing at the hearing to a reasonable number. It is the responsibility of the complainant and respondent to ensure the witnesses know when and where the hearing is held. Should the respondent fail to appear, the hearing may proceed and sanctions may be imposed in his/her absence.

G. Hearings. Disciplinary hearings are administrative hearings held for the purpose of seeking the truth of the situation. Such hearings are not governed by the formal rules of evidence and the procedures will be determined by the hearing body and may be altered at any time. The charges must be proved or disproved using a level of evidence of "preponderance of evidence" to find someone responsible or not responsible. Disciplinary hearings are considered confidential matters, and as such are open only to the respondent, the complainant, advisors (including the Associate Dean of Student Affairs), witnesses, the panel, and a designated attorney from the University's Office of Legal Counsel, who serves as counsel to the Panel. The complainant must be present at the hearing. Written documents of evidence submitted to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs will be copied for the Hearing Panel and collected upon completion of the hearing. The respondent has the right, but not the obligation, to testify at the hearing. The respondent's decision not to testify will not presume responsibility for the violation.

Each panel will conduct the hearing as the panel members deem appropriate, but each hearing will include the following provisions:

1. A tape recording will be made of the hearing. Once complete, this recording will be forwarded to and preserved by the Office of Student Affairs until the appeal period has elapsed or until all appellate procedures have been completed.

The chairperson will conduct the hearing in an orderly manner. The chairperson will call the hearing to order, state the charges, ask for the respondent's plea of responsibility or non-responsibility, rule on the relevancy of matters discussed and of evidence presented, coordinate the questioning process, call witnesses, lead the questioning, and make final determination on all matters of procedure. The chairperson will determine the manner in which the respondent and complainant, or their respective advisors, may ask questions of one another. Typically, the chairperson will ask the complainant to present the complaint, the respondent to respond to the allegations, call all complainant witnesses allowing the respondent to cross-examine and then call all respondent witnesses allowing the complainant to cross-examine. The panel is allowed to ask questions at any time to find the facts of the case. Typically, the respondent , the complainant, and their advisors pose all questions through the chairperson of the panel. The chair has the right to refuse to hear questions that are irrelevant or have been answered already.

The role of the panel is to reach a decision as to whether or not the student committed the violation with which he/she has been charged and to determine sanctions, as appropriate and necessary. The panel will deliberate and determine responsibility in a closed session immediately following the hearing. A majority decision with one vote from each member will constitute a valid decision. Everyone will reconvene to hear the decision of responsibility. At that time, the chair will ask the Associate Dean of Student Affairs if there have been any prior violations and sanctions. Prior violations or sanctions must be kept confidential until a decision of responsibility is made. If so, prior violations and sanctions will be stated. At that time, the panel will once again convene in a closed session to determine the appropriate sanction. At the end of a hearing, the chairperson will prepare a final written report, stating the panel's findings of fact and the reasons for its decision on both responsibility and sanction. This report will be submitted to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and to the respondent within seven (7) working days of the last hearing session.

2. The student will have the right to be accompanied at the hearing by either one advisor or one lawyer. The role of the advisor is to assist the student in understanding the judicial process, preparing their response and witnesses, and supporting the student. The student or his/her advisor will have the right to examine and cross-examine each witness either by putting questions directly to the witness or by asking questions through the chair of the panel, as determined by the panel.

3. Witnesses will be present in the hearing room when giving testimony and when being questioned, but will be dismissed once testimony is complete, as determined by the panel. The panel may require that the witness remain available to answer further questions should additional information be required.

H. Appeals.

1. The respondent has the right to appeal the decision of the panel in any case on the grounds that the decision or the proceedings at the hearing were arbitrary or unfair or that there is compelling new or previously unavailable evidence. Should he/she wish to appeal the decision, either the issue of responsibility or the sanction, or both, he/she must do so within fifteen (15) working days from the date on which the final report was sent to him/her. The student must present a written appeal stating the grounds for the appeal to the Dean.

2. In cases where the student is alleging that the decision or the proceedings at the hearing were arbitrary or unfair, the Dean will review the appeal.

3. The hearing body that has imposed a sanction may stay the sanction pending an appeal. The Dean will have the power to stay the sanction imposed by the hearing body but may not vacate the stay granted by the hearing body.

4. The appellate process will not consist of a new hearing and will be limited to a review of the report and proceedings before the hearing body. The Dean may accept the report without modification, accept the report but change the sanction imposed, dismiss one or more of the charges entirely, or remand the case for further proceedings. The Dean's decision of the appeal will be deemed finally decided without further recourse as of right. If new information is heard by the original hearing board, that outcome is not able to be appealed.

5. In cases where the respondent wishes to have new or previously unavailable evidence considered in his/her defense and upon the discovery of such evidence, which might have had a substantial bearing on the decision rendered, the Dean may choose to remand the proceeding to the original panel of the disciplinary hearing.

Disciplinary Sanctions

A. The decision of a hearing body, in all circumstances, will be discretionary, shall include what entry shall be made on the record of the student, and may include any one or more of the following sanctions:

  • Warning - Notice to the student, orally or in writing, that continuation or repetition of the conduct found wrongful, or participation in similar conduct, within a period of time stated in the warning, will be cause for disciplinary action.
  • Censure - Written reprimand for violation of specified regulation, including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanction in the event of conviction for the violation of a School regulation within a period of time stated in the letter of reprimand.
  • Disciplinary Probation - Exclusion from participation in privileges or extracurricular School activities as set forth in the notice of  probation for a specified period of time.
  • Restitution - Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property. Reimbursement may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages.
  • Suspension - Exclusion from classes and other privileges or extracurricular activities as set forth in the notice of suspension for a definite period of time. Students may not make academic progress at another institution and then transfer those credits back to NYU during the term of suspension.
  • Dismissal - Termination of student status for an indefinite period. The conditions for readmission, if any are permitted, shall be stated by the panel in the order of dismissal. Students may not make academic progress at another institution and then transfer those credits back to NYU during the term of dismissal.

B. A student who has been suspended and who is not found to be responsible for the violation of school policy shall be allowed full opportunity to make up whatever work was missed due to the suspension.

C. No notation of the disciplinary proceeding will be entered onto the student's transcript unless this is mandated by the panel and a final disciplinary sanction is found to be warranted, as determined by the panel.

D. A student who is found responsible and sanctioned with a suspension or dismissal after all appeal deadlines are met will not be allowed to attend classes for the remainder of the term. The suspension or dismissal will be effective since the date of the offense. If no grade was affected, the student will be allowed at that point to withdraw from the term. If a sanction involves a particular grade, the student is not eligible to withdraw from that course(s).

Discipline Withdrawal

A student may not withdraw from the university or a specific course if under disciplinary investigation, until the investigation and sanction has been completed.  If the student is found responsible for violating academic integrity or student discipline, the student may not change to a withdrawal.  If, after the investigation and the student is not found responsible, the student may withdraw from the university before the end of the term for which tuition has been paid, and a refund will be made according to the standard schedule for refunds.

These grievance procedures are available to any NYU School of Professional Studies student to resolve any grievance involving an alleged violation of any of the written policies of the School directly affecting that student, by any member of the University community while acting in an official capacity.

Students who have complaints that relate to academic or non-academic matters should follow the procedures outlined below. If a student wishes to appeal a grade, there is a specific appeals process for grades, outlined in a separate procedure.

Informal Resolution

Students wishing to grieve an alleged violation of the School's policies shall first contact the person he/she believes to be responsible for the matter being grieved (the respondent). The grievant will contact the respondent within twenty (20) working days of any occurrence giving rise to the grievance and will attempt to resolve the grievance informally. For example, if the complaint involves the instructor of a course, the student should contact the instructor to attempt to resolve the issue. If the complaint is not resolved at this level, the student should schedule an appointment with the Program Director for the next level of review.

If, in the judgment of the student, there is no satisfactory resolution of the complaint at the Program Director level, the student may submit a written statement of the complaint to the attention of the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean. At the discretion of the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean, a meeting will be arranged between the parties. The Associate Dean/Divisional Dean shall attend such meeting(s) in order to resolve the grievance. The Associate Dean/Divisional Dean is responsible for administering the student complaint procedure and may, when appropriate, make recommendations for a resolution.

Formal Complaint

If the grievance is not resolved informally within fifteen (15) working days after the grievant and relevant parties have met with the Associate Dean/Divisional Dean, a student may obtain additional review by submitting a written letter of complaint to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

The letter of complaint will:

  • state the policy that allegedly has been violated,
  • describe the facts and evidence supporting the alleged violation,
  • indicate what redress the grievant seeks, and
  • provide a brief history of the attempts to resolve the grievance.

Depending on the nature of the complaint, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, or his/her Designee will send a letter to the grievant stating that further investigation of his/her complaint is being conducted. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs, or his/her Designee/s will then meet with the complainant and with such other persons as they deem appropriate for the purpose of ascertaining the facts and attempting to resolve the complaint.

After completing the investigation, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, or his/her Designee/s may dismiss the complaint if they determine that there has been no violation of the School's written policies, even if the facts alleged by the grievant were true. Otherwise, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, or his/her Designee/s will render a written decision regarding the grievance to the grievant and the respondent.


The Office of the Student Affairs will retain a copy of the letter of complaint, any amended complaint, and the decision rendered, for five full calendar years following the year in which the grievance is resolved.

Appeal Process

If the student wishes to appeal the decision made regarding his or her complaint, the student will submit a written request for appeal to the Dean including all material from the formal complaint within two weeks of the decision rendered by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

The security and well-being of all members of the University community are matters of fundamental importance.  NYU enjoys an exemplary reputation for public safety, in large measure because our largest buildings are staffed by attentive Public Safety Officers (PSOs) and hired guards who assure that those who are on our premises are authorized to be there—or are registered guests.

To maintain the security enjoyed by all  NYU students, faculty, and administrative staff, University policy requires that ID cards must be carried at all times, presented whenever we enter our buildings, and ready for use at designated turnstiles where indicated.

Our Public Safety Officers and guards in many cases come to recognize some of us.  But considering the hundreds (and in some locations, thousands) of individuals who pass their threshold daily, it is not reasonable to expect that the Officers will remember us all individually.  

For our safety, and to ensure that University facilities and resources are available only to those authorized to use them, the PSO's and guards must be vigilant throughout the year.  It is their job to require ID's for all students, faculty, and staff at all times—and each of us should anticipate that request, take no offense, and cooperate courteously.