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Academic Policies and Procedures

NYU Steinhardt Policies

Information provided on this page details NYU Steinhardt's academic policies and procedures. For all other information related to undergraduate and graduate requirements, academic options, and academic responsibilities/rights please see the NYU Steinhardt Academic Bulletin.

NOTE: Given the diversified curriculum offered at NYU Steinhardt, many departments have their own degree requirements and their own standards for evaluating student progress. Students are responsible for knowing their specific department’s policies and expectations. Please contact your academic advisor for questions or concerns.


Students whose appeals relate to academic grades and who seek a review of their change of grade request should follow the procedures outlined below within fifteen (15) calendar days from when the grade was posted. 

  • To appeal an assigned grade, the student should first consult with the instructor who assigned the grade to discuss the requirements for the course and how the grade was determined.
    • The student should maintain any documents related to the meeting and timelines related to the conversation around the grade appeal.
  • If the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the discussion and wishes to appeal the grade further, a formal written appeal should be submitted to the Program Director (or designee, who is an appropriate academic administrator equivalent to a Program Director) in the department within ten (10) calendar days of the final discussion/meeting related to the grade appeal request. 
    • The Program Director will undertake an independent review of the grade(s). And collect relevant information pertinent to the appeal and grade.
    • The student should include a formal written statement explaining the grounds for the appeal and information that provides evidence why the grade provided by the instructor should be reassessed.  
  • If the student feels there is new, additional, relevant information that was unavailable at the time of the decision made by the Program Director (or designee) and thus was not considered; and/or there was a material violation in procedure, they may appeal the decision with the Department Chair.
    • The student will provide all documentation provided throughout the entire appeal process for the Department Chair to review including the new additional, relevant information which would allow for an additional review at this level. 
  • In the event the grade appeal is for a course taught by a Program Director or Department Chair, the appeal would be reviewed by a designee within the department.
  • The academic department's decision (Program Director and/or Department Chair and/or designee) in matters related to an assigned grade is final.


Academic Standing

Good academic standing is maintained by students meeting their departmental and/or program academic benchmarks, including but not limited to: 

  • Term and cumulative grade point average minimums, as established by the department.
  • Course grade minimums as determined by program/departmental policies.
  • Making satisfactory academic progress toward students’ declared degree requirements.
  • Other requirements as determined by program/departmental policies.

Undergraduate Term and Cumulative GPA

  • Communicative Sciences and Disorders
  • Education Studies
  • Music and Performing Arts Professions 
  • Nutrition and Food Studies
  • Professional Studies
  • Studio Art
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Applied Psychology
  • Media, Culture, and Communication

NOTE: Students are also reviewed for course grade minimums in critical courses as determined by individual programs or departments. Students should consult their department or program handbook or other relevant materials for more information on defined critical courses.

*Standards above are effective fall 2023. 

*Graduate students should confer with their programs regarding academic requirements for good standing.

Academic Review Process

  • Students who do not meet their departmental program standards and benchmarks, as defined in their Departmental Student Handbooks, are reviewed by their program and/or department to determine future academic standing. Actions taken can include:
    • Return to Good Standing: Students who were previously on warning or probation, who have been determined to have met their departmental/program requirements, and are therefore returned to good standing.
    • No Action: Students will remain in good standing. 
    • Warning/Continued Warning: Serves as an alert to students who may have fallen below departmental academic benchmarks, who are not making satisfactory progress toward their degree, and/or who may be at risk for future academic probation status. Students on academic warning who receive financial aid should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if their aid is at risk.
    • Probation/Continued Probation: Serves as an alert to students who have fallen below departmental academic benchmarks, who are not making satisfactory progress toward their degree, and/or who may be at risk for future academic dismissal. Students on academic probation who receive financial aid should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if their aid is at risk. 
  • Incomplete grades may result in a review of academic action if students fail to complete 50% or more of their attempted credits. They may also impact satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Office of Financial Aid
  • Students on academic warning or probation are automatically reviewed in the following term by the program/department.
  • All students who are returned to good standing or placed on warning, probation, or continued probation are notified via email to their NYU email address after the review process is completed. 
  • All decisions, with the exception of dismissal, within the Academic Review Process are final and not eligible for appeal.

Committee on Student Progress (COSP)

The Steinhardt Committee on Student Progress (COSP) is co-chaired by the Director of Advising and Student Success and the Assistant Dean for Academic and Registration Services, ex officio. The remainder of the committee comprises faculty representatives from across the School. 

The COSP meets at the end of the Spring and Fall academic terms and in the summer for students in programs with mandatory summer enrollment to review and take action on the academic records of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at NYU Steinhardt. 

Students whose academic records are scheduled for dismissal review are notified via email to their NYU email address, asked to share with the COSP any relevant information regarding their records, and referred to their academic advisors for further discussion on their academic progress. 

The COSP invites departmental representatives whose students are being reviewed for dismissal to submit a rationale for the dismissal recommendations. The committee takes action on the student's total record in accordance with departmental recommendations and information submitted by the student. 

Actions taken include:

  • Continued Warning or Probation: Serves as an alert to students who have fallen below departmental academic benchmarks, who are not making satisfactory progress toward their degree, and/or who may be at risk for future academic dismissal. Students on academic probation who receive financial aid should consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if their aid is at risk.
  • Dismissal: Students’ records are terminated with the University, and a notation of academic dismissal is added to the final official transcript.
    • Students are notified by an email sent to their NYU email address, and a copy is sent via certified mail to their permanent address listed in Albert of the action taken by the COSP. A registration hold is placed on students who have been dismissed.
    • Students who are dismissed must be away from the University for a full academic year before they are eligible to apply for readmission. 
    • Readmission is not guaranteed. Students must reapply through the formal admissions process.

Academic Dismissal and Appeal Procedure

Students will receive a formal letter with information on how to appeal through an online form. Students can appeal the dismissal action taken by the COSP no later than ten (10) calendar days from the date of their email notification of dismissal.

There are limited grounds to an appeal. Appeals will be reviewed only if:

  1. There is new, additional, relevant information that was unavailable at the time of the original decision and thus was not considered; and/or
  2. There was a material violation in procedure.

Below are guidelines and requirements for submitting the online form:

  1. A student’s appeal must include:
    • Student’s name and NYU ID number (“N” number)
    • An explanation of the circumstances contributing to the academic dismissal.
    • Identify and elaborate on the grounds for your appeal that fall under the two allowable reasons for an appeal:
      1. There is new, additional, relevant information that was unavailable at the time of the original decision and thus not considered.
      2. There was a material violation in procedure.
  2. Attach all critical documentation supporting your appeal, including:
    • Official email/letter that informed the student of their dismissal.
    • Documents that support details provided in the written statement for the appeal.

A decision will be rendered based on a review of the written appeal and supporting documentation. The review will either affirm or overturn the dismissal and will be communicated to the student by email.

Departmental Committees on Student Progress

The Departments of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy have departmental student progress committees that regularly review and take action on the academic records of students whose grade point averages and/or academic progress has fallen below the academic standards set forth by their respective departments and/or programs. Students should refer to their Departmental Handbooks for policies related to these reviews. In addition, students should reach out to their advisor(s) to access their Departmental Handbooks. 

OT/PT Appeals: For all appeals related to student progress in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, the Department Chair is the final level of appeal.


New York University recognizes that situations may arise when students may want to interrupt their academic studies. The University is committed to responsibly handling reasonable requests for leaves. However, this policy may not be used in place of disciplinary action to address violations of University rules, regulations, policies, and practices. A student granted a voluntary leave while on academic and disciplinary status will return to that status. 

Please refer to NYU’s Student Leave Policy for more information. This policy will cover key definitions and procedures for requesting and returning from voluntary leave.


Students who withdraw from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, either to transfer to another school of NYU or as part of a total withdrawal from NYU, must complete a Total Withdraw through NYU Home via Albert.

  • Select “Request Leave of Absence” or “Request Term/Total Withdrawal” under “Enrolled Courses.”
  • After submitting your request, you will receive an email notification sent to your NYU email address that your withdrawal has been processed.


To maintain matriculation in a baccalaureate degree, master's degree, or advanced certificate program, a student is required to complete at least one course each academic year under the auspices of NYU Steinhardt. 

Otherwise, students will be required to pay a maintenance fee, as determined by the University Bursar, or be on an approved Leave of Absence.


All course requirements must be completed within ten (10) years at the baccalaureate and six (6) years at the master's/advanced certificate from the date of matriculation. Continuous maintenance of matriculation is required.


All students are expected to abide by the expectations outlined in the University-wide Student Conduct Policy and the Academic Integrity for Students at NYU policy.

Allegations of non-academic misconduct against a student of the Steinhardt School shall be administered by the Office of Student Conduct or the Office of Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator.

The Steinhardt School shall address allegations of academic integrity violations following the established procedures below.

Academic Integrity

The relationship between students and faculty is the keystone of the educational experience at The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. An inherent part of this relationship is an honor code. Mutual trust, respect and responsibility are foundational requirements. Thus, how you learn is as important as what you learn. A university education aims not only to produce high-quality scholars but also to cultivate honorable citizens.

Academic integrity is the guiding principle for all that you do; from taking exams, making oral presentations to writing term papers. It requires that you recognize and acknowledge information derived from others, and take credit only for ideas and work that are yours.

You violate the principle of academic integrity when you:

  • Cheat on an exam
  • Submit the same work for two different courses without prior permission from your professors
  • Receive help on a take-home examination that calls for independent work
  • Plagiarize

Plagiarism, one of the gravest forms of academic dishonesty in university life, whether intended or not, is academic fraud. In a community of scholars, whose members are teaching, learning and discovering knowledge, plagiarism cannot be tolerated.

Plagiarism is failure to properly assign authorship to a paper, a document, an oral presentation, a musical score and/or other materials, which are not your original work. You plagiarize when, without proper attribution, you do any of the following:

  • Copy verbatim from a book, an article or other media
  • Download documents from the Internet
  • Purchase documents
  • Report from other's oral work
  • Paraphrase or restate someone else's facts, analysis and/or conclusions
  • Copy directly from a classmate or allow a classmate to copy from you

Your professors are responsible for helping you to understand other people's ideas, to use resources and conscientiously acknowledge them, and to develop and clarify your own thinking. You should know what constitutes good and honest scholarship, style guide preferences, and formats for assignments for each of your courses. Consult your professors for help with problems related to fulfilling course assignments, including questions related to attribution of sources.

Through reading, writing, and discussion, you will undoubtedly acquire ideas from others, and exchange ideas and opinions with others, including your classmates and professors. You will be expected, and often required, to build your own work on that of other people. In so doing, you are expected to credit those sources that have contributed to the development of your ideas.

Avoiding Academic Dishonesty

  • Organize your time appropriately to avoid undue pressure and acquire good study habits, including note taking.
  • Learn proper forms of citation. Always check with your professors of record for their preferred style guides. Directly copied material must always be in quotes; paraphrased material must be acknowledged; even ideas and organization derived from your own previous work or another's work need to be acknowledged.
  • Always proofread your finished work to be sure that quotation marks, footnotes and other references were not inadvertently omitted. Know the source of each citation.
  • Do not submit the same work for more than one class without first obtaining the permission of both professors even if you believe that the work you have already completed satisfies the requirements of another assignment.
  • Save your notes and drafts of your papers as evidence of your original work.

Disciplinary Process and Sanctions

When a professor suspects a student of violating the Academic Integrity policy, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken following the departmental procedures:

  1. The professor will notify the student of the alleged academic integrity violation and schedule a meeting to discuss the matter.
  2. A student who has been alleged of an academic integrity violation may not withdraw from the course. 
  3. The professor will meet with the student to discuss and present evidence for the particular violation, giving the student the opportunity to refute or deny the charge(s).
  4. If the professor confirms the violation(s), in consultation with the Program Director and Department Chair, they may take any of the following actions:
    1. Allow the student to redo the assignment
    2. Lower the grade for the work in question
    3. Assign a grade of F for the work in question
    4. Assign a grade of F for the course
  5. The professor will notify the student via their NYU email address, informing them of the results of the charge(s). The Program Director, the Department Chair, and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs will also be included in the email, and a copy will be kept in the student’s file.
  6. If the student feels there is new, additional, relevant information that was unavailable at the time of the original decision and thus was not considered; and/or there was a material violation in procedure, they may appeal the decision.
    1. A formal written appeal should be submitted to the Department Chair and/or Program Director in their department within ten (10) calendar days of the final outcome notification.
    2. All decisions made by the Department Chair and/or Program Director of the appeal are final.
  7. In cases of repeated academic integrity violations and/or egregious circumstances dealing with academic misconduct, either of which may implicate dismissal from the University, Department Chairs and/or Program Directors must escalate the issue to the Office of Student Affairs.
    1. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs (or designee) will coordinate to meet with the student, discuss the evidence of academic misconduct, and provide the student an opportunity to respond. 
    2. After considering all relevant information, the Associate Dean may impose a disciplinary sanction, including dismissal.