Complete this form for registration in CDS 600 Independent Study, CDS 699 Doctoral Theory & Research and CDS 700 Research. All sections must be completely filled out. The form must be approved by the course instructor. Please email it to the Graduate Coordinatorto be resgistered. Note that CDS 700 can be used with PhD, MA thesis and AuD.
Students in the MA program may be registered for fewer than 12 credits, the minimum number of credits required for status as a Full-time student. Some students may need to complete a "Certification of Full-time Status" form to verify continued enrollment at UB. Common reasons include
The Certification of Full-time Status form can be downloaded from the Graduate School here. Complete the top portion of the form and then forward it to the current CDS Graduate Coordinator for signatures. The CDS Department will then route to the Graduate School.
Because our Department is highly selective in the admission process, the overwhelming majority of students who begin the Master’s (MA) and AuD program matriculate on time. However, for a variety of reasons, a student may experience difficulty at some time during their program and this may result in being placed on academic or clinical probation. In most cases, this situation is resolved with support and guidance.
Students may be placed on probation or be dismissed from the MA or AuD graduate program at the Department's discretion, based on documented unsatisfactory academic and/or clinical performance, including the performance of externship placements.
Students will be placed on Academic Probation during the semester following any semester in which their cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0.
Across the entire graduate program, the maximum number of academic probation in which a student's cumulative GPA falls below the 3.0 average is two, with each followed by a probationary semester. If students fall below this minimum grade point average for a third time, they will be dismissed from the program without a probationary semester.
Students will be put on Clinic Probation during the semester following any semester in which overall clinical performance is considered unsatisfactory.
During the probationary semester:
Students may have a maximum of two Clinic Probations during the entire graduate program. If a third unsatisfactory performance occurs at any point (within the UB clinic or at an external clinical site), the students will be dismissed from the program.
In cases where there is a discrepancy among clinical faculty in the assignment of a semester-final grade, the following policy will apply to determine the state of clinical hours accumulated in the semester:
If students do not meet both the academic and clinical requirements described above during the same semester, they will be dismissed from the program without a probation period.
Students may appeal their dismissal by sending a written appeal to the Chair of the Department no later than two weeks after receiving written notification of removal from the program. Students are encouraged to discuss the situation with their academic advisor in preparing the appeal.
It is department policy that all CDS courses (excluding practicum) must be taken for a letter grade. In addition the required Graduate Statistics Course must be taken for a letter grade. Student may opt to take up to six credits of elective coursework for a grade of S/U (Satisfactory vs. Unsatisfactory). Students must contact the course instructor in writing of their desire to take a course S/U. It is the discretion of the instructor whether they grant the student's request. Additional information may be found at the Graduate School Website.
"A complaint about any accredited program or program in candidacy status may be submitted by any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public" (per CAA website).
All complaints must be signed and submitted in writing to the vice presidents for academic affairs ("Vice Presidents") American Speech Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850.