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Academic Dismissal

Decisions for academic dismissal shall be made by the vice president
for academic affairs and will be based on a student's GPA. Students
who have not earned a minimum 2.0 grade point average overall
at the end of a semester during which the student is on academic
probation shall be dismissed from the institution. Students must
also earn an overall 2.0 grade point average in their major.
Students are responsible for meeting all requirements of the
educational program. Any student not earning a minimum grade
point average of 1.5 at the end of the first semester will be liable for
dismissal. The student whose GPA is 2.0 or lower at the end of the
second semester is liable for dismissal. A student with a GPA of 1.0
or below during the first semester will be dismissed.
Students dismissed from the institution may reapply the next
academic year. Students may appeal academic dismissal. This
procedure is found in the Student Handbook.

Withdrawal from Thaddeus Stevens College

Student Initiated
Students should meet with a counselor, complete a withdrawal
questionnaire, and return it to the Office of Financial Aid and
Registration. Students should also check with the Office of
Financial Aid and Registration to see if they need to provide
any information. Students should return all school properties
to the appropriate parties. Room keys should be returned to the
residence hall director or the director of residence life.
Withdrawing students should vacate the campus by 4:30 pm the day
following the notification of withdrawal. In some instances, students
will be asked to depart the evening of notification of withdrawal.
Administrative Dismissal
Thaddeus Stevens College reserves the right to end the enrollment
of any student if, in the opinion of the College, further association
is not in the best interest of the student or the College.
The following may be causes for administrative dismissal of a
student:
* Neglecting to meet financial obligations
* Not following the College's policies and procedures
* Failing to meet academic requirements
* Lack of effort or interest; failing to demonstrate safe policies
* Failing to be academically honest
Refunds
To be eligible for a refund, a student must have initiated and
completed the entire withdrawal procedure. Refer to refund policy
for further information.

College Code of Conduct

Once admitted to the College, students agree to conduct
themselves in a responsible manner that corresponds to acceptable
mature adult standards of behavior. This code of conduct demands
courtesy and respect for all staff and students. Being a member of
the College community necessitates understanding and complying
with all College regulations and directives while cooperating with
those authorized to enforce them.

When students conduct themselves contrary to the best interest
of Thaddeus Stevens College, they will be subject to penalties that
could include suspension or expulsion. Students whose behavior
violates the integrity of the campus, either socially or academically,
will be terminated from the College. Additional information about
student conduct at Thaddeus Stevens College and the student's
judicial process may be found in the Student Handbook.

Computer Resources Acceptable Use Policy

The following policy contains the governing philosophy for
regulating the use of the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology's
computing/information network facilities and resources. Access
to the College's computing/network facilities and resources is a
privilege granted solely to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
faculty, staff, registered students, and those with special accounts.
All users of the computing/information network's facilities must
act responsibly and maintain the integrity of these resources. The
College reserves the rights to limit, restrict, or extend computing/
information network privileges and access to its resources.
Those who do not abide by the policies listed below are subject
to suspension of computer privileges and possible referral to the
appropriate judicial process.
The vice president for finance and administration should be
notified about potential violations of laws and policies governing
information use, intellectual property rights, or copyrights.
Computer and network services should be notified about potential
loopholes in the security of its computer systems and networks.
The user community is expected to cooperate with the computing
department in its operation of computer systems and information
networks as well as in the investigation of misuse or abuse. Should
the security of a computer system or information network be
threatened, suspected user files may be examined.
Policies
* Individuals shall use only their assigned network ID unless
multiple access has been authorized for the ID.
* Users may use only the password(s) provided to them and
shall not try in any way to obtain a password for another
user's network ID.
* Users may not attempt to disguise the identity of the account
or machine they are using.
* Use of the College's network resources to gain or attempt to
gain unauthorized access to remote computers is prohibited.
* Any deliberate act which may seriously impact the operation of
computers, terminals, peripherals, or networks is prohibited.
Such acts include, but are not limited to, the following:
tampering with components of a local area network (LAN)
or the high-speed backbone network, otherwise blocking
communication lines, or interfering with the operational
readiness of a computer.
* No person shall knowingly run or install on any of the College's
computer systems, or give to another, a program which could
result in the eventual damage to a file, computer system, or
information network, and/ or the reproduction of itself. This
is directed towards, but not limited to, the classes of programs
known as computer viruses, Trojan horses, and worms.

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