Amend Academic Standing Criteria Policy for SJU Pharmacy Program Class of 2022 and After

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We, the students of the pharmacy program, are petitioning against the new policy, issued by the St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences administration, that applies to students of class of 2022 and after. The policy used to be that students when in years 3-6, would get a strike if they got below a C-. The fourth strike would mean a student would be reviewed for dismissal. This is a fair policy. Now, the policy has changed completely. Now, the minimum benchmark to pass has increased from a C- to a C. However, the worst part is not the increased benchmark to a C, but the fact that students have to retake courses in which they get below a C in. This policy is unacceptable as many students are not financially fit to retake courses.

More importantly though, if a student gets below a C in a class during their fall semester, they will not be able to take the courses to which the original class was a pre-requisite to. All of the courses would have to be taken in the summer and the student’s education can possibly be delayed by a year. At this point, the student would consider not continuing the program. By having students retake courses that are below a C, their entire career is put at stake. This policy can cause students that have the potential to be a good pharmacist, not be able to complete the program. We believe it is the university’s responsibility in making sure that students are successful.

Second year, second semester is the first time, students are exposed to challenging pharmacy courses, so the student should not be forced to retake the course unless the student gets a F in the course or wants to retake it in order to get a higher grade for GPA purposes. Having students retake every course that they got below a C in is unfair. We understand that the administration wants to make the program more challenging, but there are small steps for that. We, the students of the pharmacy program, request that the policy be amended, in which students no longer need to retake a course in which they got below a C in and only receive a strike for a grade below a C during years 3-6 (four strikes would make the student reviewed for dismissal from the program).



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