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Academic Integrity

Academic Review Committee

The information on this page supersedes the version published in the 2013-14 Program Guide.

There are two ways Brandeis International Business School (IBS) addresses issues of academic integrity or a student's academic progress. In most cases, the issues are brought before the Brandeis IBS Academic Review Committee ("ARC"). However, in more serious instances, Brandeis IBS coordinates with Brandeis University for issues of academic integrity. 


Brandeis Academic Review Committee (“ARC”)

ARC convenes at the end of each semester (and on an as-needed basis during the semester) to review students’ academic progress. A group comprised of both faculty and staff, the Committee’s purpose is to ensure high academic standards for all Brandeis IBS students, and to address academic policies. Accordingly, the academic records of students with “unsatisfactory grades” or an “unsatisfactory rate of work” (both defined below) are discussed. Depending on a student’s record, the ARC may recommend academic counseling, require a leave of absence, or in extreme cases require administrative withdrawal.

Academic Progress Issues: MA and MBA students that may trigger an ARC review includes:

  • an academic performance below a B- average
  • at least one “unsatisfactory grade”
  • an unsatisfactory rate of work

Unsatisfactory Grades: Students are permitted up to two (2) semester-equivalent grades of C+ as part of their 16 course grade record, as long as the overall performance is at least a B- average. That is, up to two C+ grades (8 credits) will be considered “satisfactory”. Any grades below C+ as well as any C+ grades beyond those permitted are considered “unsatisfactory grades”. Courses in which the student receives an “unsatisfactory grade” will not be counted toward graduate credit.

Unsatisfactory Rate of Work: A student must maintain a satisfactory rate of work, defined as at least three courses (12 credits) each semester. If a student completes fewer than three semester- equivalent courses during any semester, the student’s record will be reviewed by the ARC. A work plan may be designed to direct the student in subsequent semesters.

Taking less than a “normal” load of four courses (16 credits) per semester can have a cumulative effect, so that a student may need to take courses during a summer session or remain at Brandeis IBS for an additional semester. In this case, associated costs would be the responsibility of the student. Scholarships are only offered for the typical 4-semester residency at Brandeis IBS.

Administrative Withdrawal: While Administrative Withdrawal is an extreme action rarely taken, please keep in mind that a failure to make satisfactory progress towards your degree can result in being withdrawn from Brandeis IBS as a student. Normally the ARC will work to ensure that the student can remain, but in certain circumstances, students may be asked to leave.

First Semester – If a student has an academic performance below a B- average, or an unsatisfactory rate of work after the first semester at Brandeis IBS, s/he may be administratively withdrawn. The student may be re-admitted after spending at least one semester away from Brandeis IBS and after the student demonstrates why re-admission is appropriate. A formal admission application will not be required; instead the student will need to submit an essay explaining the reasons for poor academic performance and a resume of activities while not enrolled at Brandeis IBS.

Second & Third Semester – Students in their second or third semester at IBS may also face Administrative Withdrawal for an unsatisfactory rate of work or unsatisfactory grades. The ARC will review students’ work at the end of the first year of study, and at the end of the first three semesters.

Appeal – In the event the ARC has determined a student should be administratively withdrawn, the student may petition to remain at Brandeis IBS if s/he believes there are compelling, extenuating circumstances. The petition will be reviewed by the ARC.

Personal Issues: Brandeis IBS staff and faculty are sensitive to the fact that students can have personal, family, or health issues. In such circumstances, staff and faculty strive to be respectful and supportive. Students should make their Program Advisor aware of any personal issues that may impact their attendance and/or performance. Academic performance that has been impacted by personal life issues may be reviewed by the ARC. Unfortunately, life issues do occasionally cause an interruption of a student’s ability to continue or complete her/his degree as planned. Throughout this process, Brandeis IBS' ARC may be involved to review the academic impact of the circumstances, and to identify options to help the student continue/complete.