Student Policies

Students that need additional information regarding a policy can schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Advising Center.

For more information on the University Academic Honor Code, view the Catalog.

School of Business Administration Academic Honor Code Policy

The objectives of the policy on the Academic Honor Code are:
(1) to emphasize the importance of honesty & integrity (in academic and all other human endeavors),
(2) to enhance the SBA culture of academic rigor, and
(3) to stress that business students must be held accountable for their actions.

The general policy of the School of Business Administration is that students who have had two Academic Dishonesty Incident Reports that have not been cleared by appeals may be dismissed from the School of Business Administration and not allowed to take additional business courses.

The School of Business Administration follows the University of Dayton policy known as the Academic Honor Code and shown in its entirety in the UD Catalog. The quotes from the policy shown below give the short version of some of the most important information in the code.

Penalty for academic dishonesty (from section IV B of the Academic Honor Code):

  • “Normally, the maximum penalty for a single proven case of academic dishonesty is an F in the course. . . . . Under some circumstances, such as repeated offenses, theft, intimidation, or breaking and entering, additional penalties may be imposed by the University. These penalties may include dismissal from the major, dismissal from the school or college, removal from the University Honors Program, or dismissal from the University.”

Procedure to be followed for reporting academic dishonesty (from section IV C of the Academic Honor Code):

  • “All honor code violations, as determined by the instructor after consultation with the student, require that the chair of the department or program director in which the incident occurred be notified of the violation by the instructor. If a student accepts the instructor's accusation and/or penalty, the case will be considered resolved and no further action shall be required. The instructor shall send an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report form to the dean(s) of the student’s academic unit(s). . .”

    The Academic Dishonesty Incident Report is signed by the student as an acknowledgement that he or she is aware of the accusation.

Procedure for a student to appeal the charge of academic dishonesty (from section IV C of the Academic Honor Code):

  • “If a student does not admit the violation or accept the proposed penalty, the student may contact the chair or program director in which the incident occurred and initiate an appeal process as outlined in Section V (of the Academic Honor Code). If the appeal is decided in favor of the student, no report will be placed in the student’s file. If during the appeal process the student is found responsible, the report will be placed in the dean(s)’ offices of the student’s academic unit(s) . . . . If the student transfers between academic units, all reports will be transferred to the new dean’s office.”

    Note that the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be saved in the student’s file in order to track students with repeat offenses.


To be in good academic standing, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of (a) at least 1.7 at the end of the first and second terms, (b) at least 1.8 at the end of the third term, (c) at least 1.9 at the end of the fourth term, and (d) at least 2.0 at the end of the fifth and succeeding terms. For part-time and transfer students, a block of 12 semester hours of credit is considered one term. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 is required and a 2.0 in your major for graduation.

For more information view the Catalog.

Grade Appeals

A. TIME LIMIT FOR APPEAL-Grade appeals submitted by students in the School of Business Administration will be objectively and promptly reviewed. All appeals must be initiated within 30 days following the start of the next Fall or Spring term.

B. BASIS FOR APPEAL- In the event a student is not satisfied with the grade received in a course, he/she may appeal the grade through the channels indicated below, so long as the complaint meets one of the following two criteria:

  • That the grade received is inconsistent with the performance of the work required and recorded for that course;

  • That the grade received was determined by criteria other than those announced as the grading system for that course.

C. PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL- If a student wishes to appeal a grade and can provide evidence that one of the criteria in B. above has been violated, the following appeals procedure is to be followed:

  • The first appeal is made directly to the faculty member awarding the contested grade. If this appeal is unsatisfactory to the student, he/she may then register a second appeal.
  • The second appeal is to the faculty member’s Department Chair. This appeal is submitted in writing, detailing the facts supporting the appeal. The Chair will then take such administrative action as may be appropriate to resolve the issue.
  • A third and final appeal may be made to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, School of Business Administration, by either the student or the professor.  The Associate Dean will appoint and chair a Grade Appeal Review Committee to gather the facts and make a recommendation. The Committee will make a decision based on the evidence presented.  The student, professor and Department Chair will be advised of the Committee’s findings.

D. CHANGE OF GRADE- If a grade change is warranted, either the Department Chair (see second appeal above) or the Associate Dean will execute a change of grade form.