Academic Standards Committee


The Academic Standards Committee consists of five elected faculty, three students appointed by the president of the Student Government Association (SGA), and five ex-officio members.

Voting members

Name Department College Term Expiration

Barry Margulies 

Biological Studies

FCSM 2019

Audra McMullen 

Mass Comm and Communication Studies

COFAC 2019
George McCool Foreign Languages CLA 2020

Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld, Chair

Health Sciences CHP 2020
Felice Shore Mathematics FCSM 2019


Name department
Alicia Arkell-Kleis Associate Director, University Admissions
Stephanie Baker Case Manager and Assistant Director for Conflict Resolution
Jackie Gabrielian Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center
Bob Giordani Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Registrar
Patrick Malloy, Secretary  Assistant Director, Academic Standards


The committee meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month throughout the semester, plus additional sessions in the minimester and summer.


According to the University Senate Constitution, the responsibilities of the Academic Standards Committee are:

  1. To establish all policies governing the academic status of the undergraduate University student, such as classification, good standing, probation, graduation, grading system, and dismissal. 
  2. To review, approve, and update academic policies (such as, to use an example from 2015-2016 business, approve the process for testing and placement of international students).
  3. To interpret academic policies in ambiguous cases as requested by administrators and faculty. 
  4. To approve or disapprove appeals submitted by students for late drops or withdrawals, for reconsideration of placement on academic warning, suspension, or dismissal, for unusual or special programs in all academic sessions of the University, for parts of programs to be taken at other institutions, for any exceptions to the degree requirements because of unusual circumstances, and for reconsideration of any decisions made by the Committee. 
  5. To establish policies governing readmission;
  6. To approve or disapprove all applications for readmission to the University following academic dismissal.