College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Academic Standards

Clinical Psychology Program

A student enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Program must pass all Psy.D. courses with a minimum grade of B- or P and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher to achieve satisfactory academic progress. 

If a student fails a course, the student may be required by the Program's Academic Review Committee to retake that course. Students will not be required to retake an elective course, but may be permitted to do so. Students will only be able to retake a failed course once. To successfully retake the course, the student needs to achieve a grade of B- or better in a graded course or a P in a Pass/Fail course. If a student fails the retaken course it will be considered by the Clinical Psychology Academic Review Committee and will be addressed accordingly in conjunction with the College of Health Sciences (CHS) academic policies.

Students who earn a failing course average (<80%) at the end of the quarter may be eligible for re-examination of their lowest grade or re-examination of all course content in the form of a cumulative exam or equivalent assessment. The course director will stipulate in the course syllabus which re-examination method (lowest exam grade or cumulative exam/equivalent assessment) will be utilized. Re-examination will only be allowed if a replacement of their lowest grade or cumulative exam/equivalent assessment allows them to pass the course. The maximum grade to be awarded on re-examination is 80 and the maximum grade for the course is 80. Faculty members are available to answer specific questions, but no formal review sessions will be conducted. Preparation for re-examination is largely an independent study endeavor. Students may take only one re-examination in a course. The maximum number of re-examinations in the Clinical Psychology Program is two, which may be completed in one quarter. Re-examinations will be scheduled by the course director and all re-examinations must be completed prior to the start of the next quarter. Any student failing to take the re-examination on the scheduled date will receive a grade of zero for the re-examination and fail the course. If re-examination results in failure, students will not have satisfactorily completed all academic requirements in order to progress in the program. They will be referred to the Clinical Psychology Program Academic Review Committee. 

To progress to the next quarter, a student must satisfactorily complete all academic requirements for the preceding quarter. Students who have not satisfactorily completed all academic requirements in order to progress in the program will be referred to the Clinical Psychology Program Academic Review Committee. The Academic Review Committee will review the student's academic record according to the College of Health Sciences academic policies and make a recommendation to the CHS Dean. Recommendations may include a leave of absence until the student can successfully complete the necessary Program requirements, or other academic consequences.