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College and Department Policies for Matriculated and Nondegree MPA students

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Note: All College and Departmental Policies in the Graduate Catalog and the Student Policies web site apply to students enrolled in the Public Administration program.

I. Department Policies
II. Brockport E-mail and Drake Library Access
III. Public Administration Department Listserve

I. Department Policies

A. Nondegree status: Students interested in taking courses as a non-matriculated (non-degree) graduate student may apply directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Application for non-degree status requires that the applicant complete a brief application, pay a one-time $25 application fee (subject to change) and submit an official transcript documenting that the applicant holds a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. If a transcript is not available at the time of registration, applicants will be given 30 days from the first day of classes to provide one. Registration for subsequent semesters will be blocked if a transcript is not received. Students who plan to later apply for admission to a graduate program should consult with the department before engaging in non-matriculated graduate study. A maximum of nine credits taken at SUNY Brockport in non-degree status may be credited towards a graduate degree program.

B. Matriculation: The College requires matriculation prior to or during the first nine credits of course work (three, 3-credit PAD courses). If you are in the process of completing your third PAD course, you must submit your application for matriculation to the Office of Graduate Admissions during the acquisition of this third course so that you will be matriculated during the first nine credits of the program (assuming you meet departmental admission criteria.) Graduate policy states that "A maximum of nine credits taken at SUNY Brockport in non-degree status may be credited towards a graduate degree program." Applications are reviewed and must be received by March 1 or October 1 of each year. Contact the Department of Public Administration at or the Graduate Admissions Office at (585) 395-5465 for admission guidelines and an application.

C. Grading: The College will record plus and minus (+/-) grades on transcripts. Under this grading system, a "B" equals 3.0 grade points (on the 4.0 GPA scale). College policy regarding the graduate GPA requires that you maintain a 3.0 average by the time you have completed 30 credits. No credit is awarded for grades of "E", "U", and "I" (Incomplete).

The Department of Public Administration has this policy:

  • Two grades of less than "B" in MPA courses will result in dematriculation.
  • You may not retake MPA core courses.
  • An "E" in the any of the MPA core courses will result in dematriculation.

If you have questions about the grade requirements listed above, please see your instructor or your faculty advisor.

Your grades will be available approximately three weeks after the official end of the academic semester through the College's on-line Campus Information System at
D. Computer Proficiency: You must demonstrate proficiency in computer applications. Generally, that means that you must take at least one computer elective. Refer to the Graduate Catalog and the course schedule for the department's course offerings.

E. Drop/Add Procedures.  The Office of Registration and Records can provide more information at (585) 395-2531 or

F. Withdrawals: We permit only emergency Withdrawals for unusual circumstances up to the week before final exams. Your instructor and the department chair must approve them and they must be processed through the Office of Student Accounts at  Please go to their web site for more information.

G. Incompletes: Ordinarily, we do not allow Incomplete grades except in exceptional cases when you provide a written request to the faculty member who at his/her discretion may grant one. (An Incomplete indicates that you did not complete the required course work, but reached an agreement with your instructor that permits you to complete the work at a specified later date.)

H. Attendance policy: The College has this attendance policy: Absences deemed excessive by the instructor may result in a lower grade, and unexcused absences exceeding 15 percent of the scheduled classes will cause you to be subject to failure at the instructor's discretion. In a regular course with weekly classes, absence from one class is allowed before we apply a grade penalty. As a rule, if you will likely miss more than one 3-hour class, you should not be taking the course at that time.

I. Academic integrity: The Public Administration Department takes seriously the College's policies on academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is a major violation of College Policy, which can result in the failure of a course, as well as in a range of disciplinary actions, from an official warning to suspension or dismissal from the college. Any student suspected of such a violation will be subject to charges. Please refer to this page for more details:   The complete list of academic policies is available here:

 J. Religious holidays: If you have special needs because of religious holidays, please see the instructor after class so that special arrangements can be made for you.

K. Disability policy: Students with documented disabilities may be entitled to specific accommodations. Brockport's Office for Students with Disabilities makes this determination. Please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities web site here: for more information.   You will need to provide your instructor with the documentation from this office, and have your instructor sign that form provided by the Office for Students with Disabilities.

L. Student Support Services:
The Student Learning Center, or (585) 395-2293, offers support in writing, including developing an outline, creating a rough draft, or revising and polishing a final effort and word processing.
The Cultural Center for Student Services and Development, (585) 395-5245, also responds to minority students' cultural needs, including academic assistance.

The Office of Career Services, or (585) 395-2159, offers a range of services for Brockport students and alumni. Visit their Web site for more information.
In order to fully utilize any of the above services, please contact the offices at the numbers listed early, especially when class work might be reviewed in advance of class deadlines.

II. Brockport E-mail and Drake Library Access

Enrolled Brockport students are assigned a Userid and Password (your NetID) to access your student e-mail account and Drake library databases. Information on how to set up your account can be found here:

Enrolled Brockport students are assigned a Userid and Password (your NetID) to access your student e-mail account and Drake library databases. Information on how to set up your account can be found here:

Your NetID provides access to many online databases available through Drake Library’s home page at

III. Public Administration Listserve

Sign up for our departmental listserve to receive important announcements, deadline dates, and other news.

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