Academic Policies

Non-Attendance Policy

To comply with federal regulations governing financial aid and Veterans education benefits, we are required to report students who stop attending or who have never attended class.  Attendance is defined as physical attendance or participation in an academically-related activity such as submission of an assignment, an examination, participation in a study group or an online discussion, etc.  This includes not completing any assigned activities or not logging into the course on a regular basis.  Instructors are not required to take attendance each day in order to determine non-attendance. 

If a student does not log into the course in the first two weeks or if a student stops attending at any point in the course (for at least a one week period), the instructor can drop the student without notice.  See Academic Programs Catalog for more general information.

Academic Probation

According to the Master of Science in Food Safety Handbook policy on Academic Performance, acceptable progress in the program is considered maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If a student's GPA goes below a cumulative average of 3.0, he or she will be placed on probation. Additionally, students can be placed on academic probation for any single grade below a 3.0.

If a student has been granted two (or more) Extenstion (ET) grades during the pursuit of the MS degree, he or she will be placed on Academic Probation.  Any future ETs will need to be approved by the program director.

Academic Dismissal

Students who receive more than two grades below a 3.0 can be dismissed from the MS in Food Safety program. Additionally, students who are accepted provisionally and who do not meet their provisional requirements will be dismissed from the program.

According to the Academic Programs policies, academic dismissal does not imply future readmission nor does it mean that the person is forever barred from enrollment at Michigan State University. After a period of at least two years, a student dismissed for academic reasons may apply for readmission to the MS in Food Safety degree program. The applicant must be prepared to submit evidence of growth in maturity and responsibility indicative of capacity to perform graduate-level work. Declarations of good intentions are not sufficient. Each application will be considered on its merits. If the student has attended another institution while on dismissal, he or she must submit an official transcript to be considered for readmission. 

If a student wishes to dispute the dismissal, they may submit a written appeal to the program director, Dr. Melinda Wilkins, at If the student wishes to appeal Dr. Wilkins' decision, they may submit a grievance with either the College of Veterinary Medicine or with the MSU Graduate School. 

Provisional Admittance

Students who are admitted on a provisional basis must meet the requirements that are stated in their acceptance letter.  Most students who are accepted provisionally are required to take only one course per semester for their first three courses and they must earn at least a 3.0 in each course. If students do not meet the provisional requirements, they will be dismissed from the program.