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Master of Speech-Language Pathology



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The Master of Speech-Language Pathology program adheres to the following policies:

General Appeal and Procedures

Proficiency in English Policy
1. The program follows the guidance set forth in ASHA's technical report, Students and Professionals Who Speak English with Accents and Nonstandard Dialects: Issues and Recommendations
2. The program also follows SAU guidelines. Graduate admission minimum acceptable scores on the TOEFL are as follows:
Internet Based (iBT): 80
IELTS is 6

Admission Appeal Processes
Applicants to the SAU MSLP Program who have been denied acceptance into the program may appeal the decision to the program director. Applicants have two weeks from the decision date to inform the program director of his/her plan to appeal the admission decision. The program director and applicant will arrange a time to meet face-to-face or via the phone to discuss the admission decision. The applicant will have two weeks following that conversation to submit a letter and any supporting documentation to support reasons why the denial should be overturned. That information will be received by the program director and delivered to the program's Admission Appeals Committee. The Committee will have two weeks to consider the appeal. The applicant will immediately be informed of the Committee's decision via phone and a formal letter.

Academic Appeals
Depending on the circumstances, academic appeals typically go to the course instructor followed by the program director and college dean. One of these individuals should be consulted if an appeal is desired for greater detail. Students who feel their rights have been abridged may file a complaint with the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act Office (FERPA), Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington DC, 20201. Copies of the privacy act are available from Student Services.

Procedures to Challenge Information in Education Records
Students, who believe their records contain information that is inaccurate or misleading, or is otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights, should follow this procedure:

  • Discuss the problem informally with the registrar. If he/she agrees with the student, the records will be amended.
  • If the registrar will not amend the records, the student may request, in writing to the vice president of academic affairs, a formal hearing. The hearing panel, consisting of the vice president of academic affairs, Faculty Assembly president and dean of students, will hear relevant evidence presented by the student. The written decision of the panel will summarize the evidence and state reasons for the decision.
  • Students who disagree with a hearing panel's decision may include in their records a written comment.
  • Students who feel they did not receive a fair hearing may appeal to the university president.

Academic Honesty
The whole structure of higher education is founded on intellectual honesty. Students have a right to learn in an academic environment free from plagiarism; cheating and other academic dishonesty (see policy below).
a. Potential Consequences of Academic Dishonesty
At the discretion of the instructor, potential consequences may range from resubmission or retaking of the assignment or exam, receiving an "F" for the assignment or exam, receiving an "F" for the unit in which the assignment or exam occurred to receiving an "F" for the entire course. The instructor is responsible for reporting an act of academic dishonesty to the director of registration, who will place the information in a confidential file. Severe or repeated acts of academic dishonesty will automatically be evaluated by the Board of Studies and may result in sanctions such as suspension, expulsion, or loss of academic honors. A student's grade may be changed, even after a course has been completed. An incident report, including any documentation and the action taken, will be kept in the Registrar's office.

b. Procedures for Alleged Academic Dishonesty
An instructor who has evidence or suspects an act of academic dishonesty has taken place is responsible for acting in accordance with the St. Ambrose University Academic Integrity Policy. In addition, others, including students, who have reason to believe a violation has taken place, should notify the instructor, program director, or academic dean verbally or in writing. The names of those supplying information other than the instructor will be held in confidence to the extent reasonably possible. All alleged acts of academic dishonesty will be reported and kept on file by the registrar's office. In the case of a minor infraction, an instructor will discuss the charge with the student and suggest an appropriate sanction. The student may either accept the action or may request a formal hearing before the Board of Studies. In the event of a repeat violation or if an instructor suspects organized cheating or severe acts of academic dishonesty, the investigation will be pursued by the Board of Studies. The Board of Studies will determine which sanctions will be enforced; its ruling may be appealed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.