Problems may arise that may necessitate a restructuring of a student's academic course load. Accordingly, an individual's academic course load may be reduced so that the student enters what is termed an extended track repeat year program. Such a program rearranges the course schedule so that the normal time period for the program is extended, usually by one additional year. Only enrolled students may enter an extended program. To enter an extended program, either one or both of the following conditions must be met:
- Personal hardship. If a student is experiencing unusual stresses in life and a decreased academic load could alleviate added stress, the student may petition the SPGC through the Dean or the Dean's designee for an extended program. This petition is not automatically granted and is approved only in exceptional circumstances. The committee is responsible for evaluating the petition and submitting a recommendation concerning a student's request for an extended program to the Dean or the Dean's designee. The Dean or the Dean's designee is responsible for reviewing and assessing the committee's recommendation, then notifying the student of a decision.
- Academic. As described above, a student ending an academic year with an annual GPA of less than 2.00 will be required to repeat courses or pharmacy practice experiences from that year in which F grades were received. A student may be placed on an extended program for academic reasons upon the recommendation of the SPGC. A student placed on an extended program for academic reasons is automatically placed on academic probation.
If a student is placed on an extended program, such action does not modify or limit the committee's actions for dismissal. Thus, the student may be dismissed for academic reasons while on an extended program.
A student placed on an extended program for academic reasons will be returned to good academic standing when he/she reenters the prescribed academic program and completes all courses that were unsatisfactory and are required for graduation.