The three primary criteria for maintaining satisfactory progress while enrolled in the Doctor of Audiology degree program are summarized below: 1) Satisfactory Scholarship, 2) Satisfactory Progress Toward Degree Completion, and 3) Satisfactory Demonstration of Essential Behaviors.

Students are reviewed quarterly by the audiology faculty and anyone not maintaining satisfactory progress will be contacted by the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator and representatives of the audiology faculty.

Students are required to review and understand the department’s “Graduate Student Guide”, section VI, entitled “Scholarship: Review of Student Progress” which comprehensively outlines the satisfactory performance requirements for this program. In addition, students are required to review and understand the Graduate School’s Memo #16 entitled “Unsatisfactory Performance and Progress”.

  1. Students must maintain satisfactory scholarship
    • a cumulative AND quarterly GPA of 3.0 or greater
    • Any student falling below a GPA of 3.0 will be identified by the Graduate School as a student with “low scholarship” which could result in a change in status action by the Graduate School.
  2. Students must maintain satisfactory progress toward degree completion
    1. In required didactic courses students must earn a grade of at least 2.7.
    2. In required clinical practicum courses students must earn a grade of “credit”.
    3. In required research courses students must earn a grade of “pass” or “4.0”
    4. In required comprehensive exams student must earn a grade of “pass”

      In addition:

      • Students who earn a non-passing grade in any didactic or clinical course will be placed on “probation” by the Graduate School and must retake any courses in which a non-passing grade is earned. Students will have only one opportunity to retake a course to earn a passing grade and failure to pass on the retake will result in dismissal.
      • Students who receive a non-passing grade in more than two courses will be automatically dismissed from the program. Thus, when a third non-passing grade of any type is received (didactic, clinical or a combination) the student will be dropped from the program. No retake is offered for the third failed course.
      • The only exceptions to this policy are related to SPHSC 570 Assessment of Auditory Function I and 571 Assessment of Auditory Function II. These courses serve as the Years One and Two Clinical Comprehensive exams, respectively. Students are unable to retake these courses if a non-passing grade is earned. Within these courses, students can retake the required lab practical exams if non-passing grades are earned. However, any student who fails to earn a passing grade on a second retake of an exam or earns a non-passing grade in these courses can be dismissed from the program
      • Students earning a non-passing grade on the Year Three Written Comprehensive Exam are allowed to retake the exam one time. If a passing grade on the exam is not earned the second time, the student can be dismissed from the program.
  3. Students must satisfactorily demonstrate the essential behaviors required for a speech and hearing science education
    • Students are required to demonstrate and abide by the Speech and Hearing Sciences specifications for essential behaviors and abilities outlined in the “Essential Requirements of Speech and Hearing Science Education”. Students are advised of the Essential Requirements in admission materials, during program orientation, and via the department’s web site, and each student signs the Essential Requirements policy upon entry into the program.
    • Per the policy, students must demonstrate behaviors and abilities across the following areas:
      • Communication Skills
      • Motor Skills
      • Intellectual / Cognitive Skills
      • Sensory / Observational Skills
      • Behavioral / Social Skills

Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) is committed to ensuring that otherwise qualified students with disabilities are given equal access through reasonable accommodations to its services, programs, activities, education and employment. SPHSC works closely with Disability Resources for Students-DRS (Seattle campus) in this process and DRS is the contact point for students with permanent or temporary disabilities interested in requesting reasonable accommodations due to the effects of a disability.

Students who wish to request reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact DRS (Seattle) to start the process for documenting their disability and determining eligibility for services prior to the start of the graduate program. While this process can be started at any time, reasonable accommodations may not be implemented retroactively so being timely in requesting your accommodations is very important. The University does have policies regarding the type of documentation required in order to diagnose different disabilities and a process for requesting accommodations. To learn more about the process for establishing services through these offices please contact the DRS office:

Disability Resources for Students (Seattle)
011 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352808
Seattle, WA 98195-2808
206-543-8924 (V/TTY)
206-685-8379 (FAX)

Academic Progress Concerns / Changes in Graduate Status
Students who earn non-passing grades in their coursework OR whose cumulative or quarterly grade point average falls below a 3.0 are automatically reviewed by the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC), the Director of Student Services, and the Audiology Interest Area. Students who fail to demonstrate the essential behaviors for the master’s degree will also be reviewed upon faculty request.

Action, if warranted, will be taken on an individual basis and a change in Graduate School status may or may not be recommended. If action is recommended because of unsatisfactory grades or academic performance concerns, the student will be informed in writing by the GPC of faculty expectations and the timetable for correction of deficiencies. The department will recommend one of five actions in cases of academic progress issues, using criteria adopted by the Graduate School in Memorandum #16, Unsatisfactory Performance and Progress.

1. No Action
Recommended for those students whose cumulative GPA is above 3.0 but whose most recent quarter's work is below 3.0, if the review has determined that this condition is not cause for immediate concern.

2. Warn
This status is initiated and documented by the graduate program, but is not reported to the Graduate School and does not appear on the student's transcript. The graduate program is expected to notify each student in writing and place any documentation in the student's file.

  • Recommended for students whose cumulative GPA has dropped slightly below 3.0 (i.e. 2.99-2.95).
  • Recommended for students who have failed to meet expectations for performance and progress as determined by the graduate program.

3. Probation
A graduate program may recommend numerous quarters of probation for a student, but the Graduate School recommends no more than three consecutive quarters (each quarter must be recommended separately). All students must be informed of the graduate program's policy regarding the length of probationary periods.

  • Recommended for students who have not corrected the deficiency which caused the warn action within the time limit specified by the graduate program.
  • Recommended for students who depart suddenly and substantially from scholarly achievement (e.g., failure of a course or practicum) as defined by the graduate program. A previous warn recommendation is not necessary.

4. Final Probation
After at least one quarter of probation, a graduate program may recommend final probation. Final probation may only be recommended for one quarter, though the Graduate School will consider one additional quarter in extenuating circumstances. A graduate program must recommend one quarter of final probation before recommending a student be dropped from the program. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the Graduate School in extenuating circumstances.

  • Recommended for students who have not corrected the condition(s) that caused the probation recommendation within the time limit specified by the graduate program.
  • Recommended for students who may have corrected previous probation conditions but failed additional performance requirements and did not progress toward completion of the graduate program.

5. Drop
A graduate program may recommend a student be dropped from their program after one quarter of final probation. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the Graduate School only in extenuating circumstances. If the Graduate School accepts a drop recommendation, the Registrar is notified by the Graduate School and the student is immediately removed from the graduate program.

  • This is the final action to be recommended for students who have not corrected the condition(s) that caused the final probation recommendation within the time limit specified by the graduate program.

Students may appeal these recommendations directly to the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator and Chair. Appeals beyond this point must follow the process outlined in the Graduate School Memorandum #33, Academic Grievance Procedure.

Please note: Because of the sequential nature of the curriculum, students who fail one or more courses in a given quarter may not be eligible to enroll in a subsequent quarter, until the failed courses can be retaken and passed. Most courses are only offered once a year, so students may need to step out of the program (take graduate leave) until the course is offered again.