Students enrolled in all programs in the Department of Educational Administration and Psychological Services must maintain high scholastic standards and develop skills necessary to work effectively with people with diverse needs. Students are expected to demonstrate emotional and mental fitness in their interactions with others, use skills and techniques that are generally accepted by others in the professional fields and conform to the codes of ethics of relevant professional associations and the state of Texas. A student's acceptance in any program does not guarantee his or her fitness to remain in that program. The faculty is responsible for assuring that only those students who continue to meet program standards are allowed to continue in any program.
Evaluating Student Fitness and Performance:
Members of the faculty, using professional judgment, continuously evaluate each student's fitness and performance. Students receive information related to their fitness and performance from faculty members, their advisers, and their supervisors. The criteria used by the faculty to make such judgments include instructor's observations of course performance, evaluations of students' performances in simulated practice situations, supervisors' evaluations of students' performances in practice situations, and the disciplines' codes of ethics. Students who are not making satisfactory progress or who are not meeting program standards should consider withdrawing from the program.
In this context, the term "unsatisfactory progress in the program" refers to an academic judgment made regarding the student's fitness and performance. It is a determination that the student has failed to meet academic standards rather than a judgment made on the basis of the student's violation of valid rules of conduct. Disciplinary matters are referred to the Director of Student Justice.
Required Withdrawal From a Program:
If a faculty member believes that a student is making unsatisfactory progress or is not meeting program or university standards, he or she will discuss the situation with the student. If the faculty member believes the student's performance cannot improve to acceptable standards, the faculty member will refer the student to the Program Faculty Review Committee. The Program Faculty Review Committee consists of three faculty members from the student's discipline, appointed by the department chair in consultation with the faculty. The committee will notify the student of the reasons why he or she is not making satisfactory progress or meeting program standards. Furthermore, the student will have the opportunity to meet with the committee to respond and present information and witnesses. The committee will also meet with the faculty member who referred the student to the committee. After considering the matter, and within 10 working days of meeting with the student, the committee will report to the student and the department chair, recommending that the student either be allowed to remain in the program or be removed from the program. The committee may make other recommendations, such as placing restrictions or conditions on the student's continuing in the program. Within 10 working days of receipt of the faculty recommendations, the student will notify the Chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Psychological Services of the acceptance or appeal to the committee's recommendation.
If the student appeals the committee's recommendations, the department chair, after considering the committee's recommendation and after meeting with the student, will determine whether the student will be allowed to remain in the program. The Chairperson need not meet with the student before making a decision if the chairperson has given the student a reasonable opportunity to meet and the student has either failed or refused to meet. The student will be notified of the chairperson's decision in writing within ten working days of the chairperson's meeting with the student. If the student is dissatisfied with the chair's decision, he or she may appeal to the Dean of the School of Education. However, in order for an appeal to be considered, the student must submit a written notice for an appeal to the department chair within ten working days of receiving the chair's decision. The dean will consider the matter based on results compiled by the department chair and notify the student of his or her decision within ten working days of his receipt of the appeal from the chair.