Academic Standards

Academic Ethics

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Cheating, plagiarism, illegitimate possession and disposition of examinations, alteration, forgery, or falsification of official records, and similar acts or the attempt to engage in such acts are grounds for suspension or expulsion from the university.

In particular, students are advised that plagiarism consists of any act involving the offering of the work of someone else as their own. It is recommended that students consult with their instructors as to the proper preparation of reports, papers, etc., in order to avoid this and similar offenses. Students are expected to be acquainted with and abide by provisions of the University of Colorado Boulder Honor Code.

Scholastic Requirements

To remain in good academic standing, a student must maintain at least a 2.000 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and make satisfactory progress toward the degree as defined by the College of Music and area faculty. 

Academic probation is an official warning that a student’s grades are unsatisfactory. Any undergraduate student who has a cumulative or semester grade point average below 2.000 is automatically placed on probation for the following three semesters. (Cumulative grade point average is calculated on grades earned at this university.) If a probationary student’s grade point averages (semester and cumulative) at the end of any probationary semester and the cumulative probationary period are not 2.000 or above, automatic suspension results. Any undergraduate student who has a cumulative or semester grade point average below 1.000 also is automatically suspended without a probationary period. 

While on suspension, students may not register for regular day classes during the fall or spring semester on any CU campus and are not considered eligible for graduation. To regain good academic standing, suspended students must earn a semester GPA of 2.000 or higher and raise their cumulative GPA to 2.000 or above during the following term by successfully completing at least 12 credits (with no withdrawals, no incomplete grades, and no courses taken pass/fail) through continuing education or summer session classes. The Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies (303-492-5148) should be contacted for more information.

Courses taken at other campuses or institutions will not be used for purposes of reinstatement, but credits earned may be transferred according to normal procedures and policies after reinstatement and readmission. Suspended students who raise their cumulative GPA to 2.000 or above may then petition for readmission and receive a personal hearing before the associate dean. Suspended students who do not raise their cumulative GPA to 2.000 or above are dismissed from the college and university. Students who have been dismissed must reapply for admission to the university after being reinstated by the college.

Undergraduate music majors are eligible for scholarships or renewal of their scholarships as long as they make satisfactory progress in their major (as determined by the faculty), demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in jury exams and auditions, enroll in ensemble, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000. Students who have a cumulative GPA below 3.000 will be placed on scholarship probation for a maximum of two semesters (consecutive or cumulative), provided the GPA improves each semester. Students on scholarship probation who do not earn a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher by the end of the probationary period will have their scholarships revoked. 


Students have the right to appeal decisions of academic dishonesty and to petition for exceptions to the academic policies stated in this catalog. Appeals should be directed to the Office of the Dean. College of Music policies are in addition to the campus policies.