College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
 
  

Counseling Center
 Academic Counseling


What is Academic Counseling?

The Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling for students at the College of Staten Island.  Students are given the opportunity to explore issues and develop effective strategies that will help them achieve academic and personal success.  No problem is too big or too small.  At the Counseling Center, students can talk with someone who will listen objectively and without criticism.  All counseling services are free and confidential.

Academic Counseling helps students achieve their full academic potential through assessment and individual counseling.  Students may experience academic difficulties for a variety of reasons including:

  • Adjustment to college
  • Attention and learning issues
  • Concentration
  • Issues with study skills
  • Motivation/Goal setting
  • Personal stressors
  • Test anxiety
  • Time management/Procrastination
  • Unrealistic expectations

Students are encouraged to seek counseling as soon as possible.

The Counseling Center also provides mental health counseling to help students cope with personal difficulties during their college years.

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Guide for Readmission and Grade Appeals

Do you have any FIN/WU/WN grades on your College of Staten Island transcript? 

If you have been academically dismissed from the College of Staten, do you know how to apply for readmission?

The good news is just one click away!  For answers to these questions and other details, open each link below and carefully read and follow the instructions outlined in the Guide for Readmission and Grade Appeals.  All paperwork must be handed to a staff member in the Counseling Center in 1A-109 for submission to the Committee on Course and Standing. You should give yourself several weeks to prepare the appeal so that you will have adequate time to identify and collect all required paperwork.  We urge you to avoid a last minute effort and to submit your appeal well in advance of the appeal deadlines.  Students will be notified about the committee’s decision by mail about two weeks after the committee’s decision.  

If you have questions about making an appeal, or if you wish to speak with a counselor about a personal or academic matter, please stop by 1A-109 or call (718) 982-2391.

Procedures and Forms for Readmission and Grade Appeals

Readmission Appeals:

Grade Appeals (X/WU/FIN/WN):

The Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 deadlines to submit Undergraduate Appeals (submitted no later than 3:00PM) to the Course and Standing Committee are:

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Graduate Appeals are reviewed by the Graduate Appeals Committee on the first Monday of each month. Graduate students should ensure that their appeal paperwork is submitted to the Counseling Center in advance of this deadline.

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Academic Probation

Academic Standards Policy

At the end of each semester, students must meet the following academic standards:

Credits attempted Minimum Grade Point Average

0-12

1.50

13-24

1.75

25-above

2.00

Academic Warning

Students with 0 to 24 credits attempted will be placed on academic warning if they meet the Academic  Standards Policy but fail to achieve a 2.00 grade point average.

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if their grade point average falls below the minimum grade point average for the number of credits attempted : 0-12 attempted credits, 1.50 grade point average; 13-24 attempted credits, 1.75 grade point average; 25 credits-above, 2.0 grade point average.

Students on academic probation who meet the College’s academic standards at the end of the probation semester will be removed from academic probation. Students on academic probation will not be dismissed but automatically continued on probation as long as they achieve a grade point average of 2.5 or better in both the fall and spring semesters immediately prior to dismissal or a grade point average of 2.75 in either of those semesters until they have reached the required minimum grade point average. Students who fail to achieve the minimum 2.5 grade point average for any semester while on probation will be dismissed.

Students on academic warning or academic probation may not register for more than 14 credits a semester. Summer session students may not register for more than a total of nine credits in the summer session (two courses plus PED 190).

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Academic Dismissal

Students who do not meet the Academic Standards Policy at the end of the probation semester will be dismissed from the College.

Readmission after Academic Dismissal

Students dismissed from the College for failure to meet the standards set forth in this policy may apply for readmission after a separation from the College of at least one fall or spring semester. Students who apply for readmission after this separation period must have their application reviewed by the Committee on Course and Standing. Students wishing to apply for readmission should obtain information from the Counseling Center, Building 1A, Room 109.

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Problematic Grades

Problematic grades are those grades that negatively affect your GPA.  There are various reasons why students receive these grades, such as lack of understanding of college policies, personal problems, and poor study habits. 

Some problematic grades and potential solutions are outlined below:

D grades:

D grades are the lowest possible passing grades a student may earn for a course.

The D is a problematic grade because:

  • Although technically a passing grade, no student is able to graduate with a D average or 1.0 GPA. Students are placed on academic warning, probation or dismissal when their GPA drops below a 2.0 or C average.
  • The heavier the credit weight of the course (e.g., 4 credits vs. 1 credit) the greater the negative impact of a D grade on your GPA.
  • D grades cannot be appealed to the Committee on Course and Standing (like WU’s or FIN’s), or dropped from the GPA calculation upon retaking the course (like F’s, FIN’s and WU’s).
  • Earning D grades lowers the GPA below the GPA entrance requirement for SLS/Education, Business, Nursing, and Social Work majors.  Many majors will not allow you to take upper-level courses with a D grade in the prerequisite.
  • If you are on probation, earning a grade of D may negatively impact your ability to continue your studies at CSI.

Solutions to the D grade:

  • To avoid D grades, monitor your progress during the semester and pursue consistent tutoring for classes that are causing you difficulty.
  • Whenever you are having difficulty in a class, make sure to set up an appointment with a counselor. He or she may have suggestions/recommendations that can be helpful.
  • If a student believes that s/he did not deserve to receive a D, s/he can appeal to the department in which the grade was received within 60 days of the end of the semester.  See the Academic Calendar for an exact deadline.

F grades:

The student receives an F grade after failing a class.

The F is a problematic grade because:

  • F grades decrease your GPA.
  • Students are placed on academic warning, probation, or dismissal when their GPA’s drop below a 2.0 or C average.
  • The heavier the credit weight of the course (e.g., 4 credits vs. 1 credit) the greater the negative impact of an F grade on your GPA.

Solutions to the F grade:

  • The student must retake the course at CSI. If the student earns a grade of C or higher, the F grade, although it will remain on the transcript, will be removed from the calculation of the GPA.  Students can repeat up to 16 credits of failed courses at CUNY.
  • The student should consider consistent tutoring in order to maintain overall scholarship.
  • If a student believes that s/he did not deserve to receive an F, s/he can appeal to the department in which the grade was received within 60 days of the end of the semester.  See the Academic Calendar for an exact deadline.
  • Whenever you are having difficulty in a class, make sure to set up an appointment with a counselor.  He or she may have suggestions/recommendations that can be helpful.

***This is true only for college credit bearing courses. F grades do not negatively impact your GPA when they are earned for non-college credit remedial classes (e.g., MTH 020); however, it is always best to avoid having an F grade on your transcript.  However, if you are on probation, earning a grade of F may negatively impact your ability to continue your studies at CSI.

WU Grades:

WU grades are to be given when a student stops attending a class for which he or she is registered without submitting a Completed Withdrawal form to the registrar’s office. WU means "Unofficial Withdrawal."

The WU is a problematic grade because:

  • The WU calculates into your GPA as an F, thus reducing your GPA.
  • Students are placed on academic warning, probation, or dismissal when their GPA’s drop below a 2.0 or C average.
  • The WU is an unnecessary grade because a student, by seeing a counselor or the professor, can at times, withdraw even after the deadline for official withdrawal.

Solutions to the WU grade:

  • The WU grade can be successfully appealed to the Committee on Course and Standing if the student has documentation of extenuating, unusual and/or extraordinary circumstances that caused the unofficial withdrawal. For example, serious illness, a death in the family, or personal hardship might have interfered with your attendance or academic progress.  
  • If the WU cannot be appealed successfully, the student can retake the course. If the student earns a grade of C or better upon retaking the course at the same college, the WU grade, although it will remain on the transcript, will be removed from the calculation of the GPA.  Students can repeat up to 16 credits of failed courses at CUNY.

*** This is true only for college credit bearing courses. WU grades do not negatively impact your GPA when they are earned for non-college credit remedial classes (e.g., MTH 020); however, it is always best to avoid having a WU grade on your transcript.  If you are on probation, earning a grade of WU may negatively impact your ability to continue your studies at CSI.

INC/FIN grades:

A grade of INC may be given when a student has been passing a class but hasn’t handed in all assignments and/or taken all tests. INC means "Incomplete."  If you receive an INC, you must speak to the professor as soon as possible to make arrangements to make up any outstanding work.

Solutions to the INC grade:

  • DO NOT RETAKE THE COURSE.  Contact the professor to discuss the situation and complete the work by the last day of classes of the following semester.
  • If this is not done, the grade will automatically change to a FIN.  FIN means "F Incomplete."

An INC/FIN is a problematic grade because:

  • The FIN calculates into your GPA as an F, thus reducing your GPA.
  • Students are placed on academic warning, probation, or dismissal when their GPA’s drop below a 2.0 or C average.
  • If the faculty member leaves the college, goes on extended leave or is deceased, then the grade will become an FIN and remain that way unless the faculty member left instructions with the department chair about what is needed to satisfy course requirements. This rarely happens.

Solutions to the FIN grade:

  • Once an INC turns into a FIN, an instructor may give a student permission to complete the work for four more semesters.  Speak to your professor about your circumstance.
  • The FIN grade can be successfully appealed to the committee on Course and Standing if the student has documentation of extenuating, unusual and/or extraordinary circumstances that caused the FIN, and s/he was excessively absent. 
  • In case of a permanent FIN that cannot be appealed successfully, the student can retake the course. If the student earns a grade of C or better upon retaking the course at the same college, the FIN grade will no longer be calculated into the GPA, but will remain on the transcript.  Students can repeat up to 16 credits of failed courses at CUNY.

*** This is true only for college credit bearing courses. FIN grades do not negatively impact your GPA when they are earned for non-college credit remedial classes, but it is always best to avoid having a FIN grade on your transcript.  If you are on probation, earning a grade of WU may negatively impact your ability to continue your studies at CSI.

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Complete Withdrawals

Students who choose not to attend a class or classes for which they have registered must complete proper withdrawal procedures, which are outlined below.  Not following these guidelines will result in a grade of WU, which will factor into your GPA as an F

If you withdraw before or within the first three weeks of the semester, the class(es) will no longer appear on your transcript, and you will be entitled to a full or partial refund.  See the Academic Calendar for specific withdrawal dates and the corresponding refund schedule.

If you withdraw after the first three weeks of the semester, you will receive a W (Official Withdrawal) on your transcript and no refund.  A W does not factor into your GPA.

If you are withdrawing from class(es) for medical reasons at any point during the semester or for the preceding one, you should bring medical documentation to the Health Center, and then complete medical withdrawal paperwork in the Registrar’s Office.

IF YOU ARE CONTEMPLATING WITHDRAWING FROM YOUR CLASSES AND WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS ALTERNATIVES, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE A COUNSELOR.

The following are specific guidelines for Withdrawals:

Before the Withdrawal Deadline (see the Academic Calendar):

  • To withdraw from one or only some of your classes, go to the Registrar’s Office to complete paperwork.  You need not see a counselor or advisor during this time.
  • If you are withdrawing from all of your classes, you must make an appointment with a counselor in the Counseling Center (1A-109).  The Counselor will hold an exit interview with you, and then  may sign the withdrawal paperwork, which you will then take to Financial Aid and the Registrar.

After the Withdrawal Deadline (see the Academic Calendar):

  • To withdraw from one or some of your classes, you must obtain the signatures of the professor and department chairperson on a special petitions form that is available only at the academic departments.  Many professors and department chairpersons will not allow you to withdraw at this time.
  • To withdraw from all of your classes, you must see a counselor in 1A-109.

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Academic Success Resources

Time Management

Stress Management

  • Relaxation Strategies
  • Relaxation Recording  718-226-CALM 
    Sponsored by Staten Island University Hospital.

Procrastination

Test Anxiety

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