James Madison University

Academic Policies

Students admitted to the dietetics major can expect four semesters of full time classes and at least one summer class before graduation. To remain in the major, students must meet the following criteria.

  1. The student will maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. The student will earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in all remaining major classes.

Students are expected to progress with their cohort and complete major requirements within two years of admittance to the program. They will have a maximum of four years to complete major and graduation requirements once they are admitted. Students who are not making adequate progress in the major will be advised to consult with the program director to develop a plan for completing the dietetics major. If an adequate plan is not developed, the student will be referred to Career and Academic Planning for counseling.

Any admitted student who receives a grade of C-, D+, D, D-, or F in a major class while his or her cumulative GPA remains above 3.0 will be allowed to continue in the program and repeat the class the next time it is offered. If the course grade earned in the repeated class is below a C, the student will be dismissed from the major and referred to Career and Academic Planning for counseling. Students will be allowed only one repeat of an individual course and no more than two repeated courses in the entire program.

A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation in the major and allowed one semester to raise the GPA to the requisite 3.0 needed to continue in the major. If this occurs at the end of fall semester, the student will be allowed to enroll for the spring semester; if it occurs at the end of spring semester, the student will be given the summer to achieve this. A student on probation will be notified in writing by the program director and will be strongly encouraged to meet with the director to determine the feasibility of, and an appropriate plan for, raising his or her cumulative GPA. A student who fails to achieve the requisite 3.0 by the end of the probationary term will be dismissed from the major, referred to Career and Academic Planning for assistance in selecting a major other than dietetics, and will be dropped from all dietetics courses for which the student had registered. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 during their final semester will be allowed to graduate, but will not be verified as eligible for admission to a post-graduate dietetic internship program.

Students are expected to abide by all university policies and procedures including the JMU Honor Code. These are outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog and additional information is available in the JMU Student Handbook at http://www.jmu.edu/judicial/handbook.shtml. Infractions may result in removal of the student from the DPD program or the university.


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