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Required Withdrawal from the Program

Should a school psychology student violate Miami’s student code of conduct, they may be subject to being terminated from the program per the dean of students (or designee) or graduate school dean. Another parameter for program termination is due to non-satisfactory program progress (class performance, comprehensive or practicum exam competence).

If a faculty member believes that a student is not making satisfactory progress or meeting program standards, he or she should discuss the situation with the student. If the faculty member believes the student’s performance cannot improve to acceptable standards, the faculty member should refer the student to the School Psychology Program Committee for review.

The committee will notify the student of the reason(s) why he or she is not making satisfactory progress or meeting program standards and will give the student the opportunity to meet with the committee to respond, to present information, and to provide witnesses to the committee. The committee will also meet with the faculty member who referred the student to the committee. After considering the matter, the committee will report to the department chairperson, 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 continuing in the Program.

The department chair with concurrence from the program committee, will notify the student in writing of the decision within 5 working days of the chairperson’s receipt of the committee’s recommendation.

If the student is dissatisfied with the chairperson’s/committee’s decision, he or she may appeal to the dean of the Graduate School. In order for an appeal to be considered, however, the student must submit a written notice for an appeal to the department chairperson within 5 working days of receiving the chairperson’s decision. The graduate dean will consider the matter based on results compiled by the department chairperson and notify the student of his or her decision within 10 working days of his or her receipt of the appeal.