University of Wisconsin–Madison

Master’s Program Progress and Expectations

Satisfactory Progress in the Master’s Program:

Students are required to make satisfactory academic progress toward completion while maintaining high standards of personal conduct, as described below.

Satisfactory Progress – Academic Expectations

Continuation in the Graduate School is at the discretion of the department of Economics Department, the Graduate School, and the Director of the Master’s Program (DMP).

The Graduate School requires that students maintain a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.00 in all graduate-level work (courses numbered 300 and above, excluding research, audited courses, and credit / no credit [pass / fail courses]) taken as a graduate student unless probationary admission conditions require higher grades. The Graduate School also considers Incomplete(I) grades to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the subsequent semester of enrollment; however, the instructor may impose an earlier deadline.

A student may be placed on probation or suspended from the Graduate School for low grades or for failing to resolve incomplete grades in a timely fashion. In special cases the Graduate School permits students who do not meet these minimum standards to continue on probation upon recommendation and support of the DMP.

Satisfactory Progress – Expectations of Conduct

All students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics. The economics master’s program, the Graduate School, and the Division of Student Life all uphold the UW System policies and procedures for academic and non-adcademic misconduct. Students are responsible for reading the information here as well as the information published on all the relevant web sites. Lack of knowledge of this information does not excuse any infraction.

Graduate School Policies & Procedures: Academic Misconduct
Graduate School Policies & Procedures: Non-Academic Misconduct
Dean of Students Office: Academic integrity
Dean of Students Office: Non-Academic Misconduct

Disciplinary Action and Dismissal:

Academic Standards

A semester grade point average (GPA) below 3.00 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.00 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full-time enrollment (or 12 credits of enrollment if enrolled part-time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for one additional semester based on appeal of the student’s advisor to the Graduate School. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 is required to graduate. See Graduate School Academic Policies & Procedures: Probation and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement.

Standards of Conduct

All students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics. The economics MS GF program, the Graduate School, and the Division of Student Life all uphold the UW System policies and procedures for academic and non-academic misconduct. Graduate students are held to the same standards of responsible conduct of research as faculty and staff. Students are responsible for reading the information here as well as the information published on all the relevant web sites. Lack of knowledge of this information does not excuse any infraction.

Additional information regarding Academic Misconduct:

Additional information regarding Non-Academic Misconduct

https://conduct.students.wisc.edu/nonacademic-misconduct/nonac-procedures/

Additional information regarding Research Misconduct:

Students may be disciplined or dismissed from the graduate program for any type of misconduct (academic, non-academic, professional, or research) or failure to meet program expectations regardless of their academic standing in the program.  Separate and apart from a violation of Professional Conduct, a student may face University disciplinary action with regard to the same action.  Concerns about infractions of Professional Conduct may be effectively handled informally between the student and the Director of the Economics Master’s Partnership Program. However, if a resolution is not achieved, the issue may be advanced for further review by the Department of Economics Faculty Graduate Committee.

Grievances and Reporting Misconduct and Crime:

Grievances

If a student feels unfairly treated or aggrieved by faculty, staff, or another student, the University offers several avenues to resolve the grievance. Students’ concerns about unfair treatment are best handled directly with the person responsible for the objectionable action. If the student is uncomfortable making direct contact with the individual(s) involved, they should contact the Master’s Program Advisor for information on handling grievances and the appropriate administrative steps to report and address the grievance.

If the grievance involves the Department of Economics faculty or staff, the Director of the Economics Master’s Partnership Program will facilitate problem resolution through informal channels. If the issue is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, a formal grievance can be filed. The Economics Department Faculty Graduate Committee, in consultation with the department Chair, will convene and make a decision regarding the grievance.

The Graduate School has procedures for students wishing to appeal a grievance decision made at the school/college level.  These policies are described in the Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures: https://grad.wisc.edu/documents/grievances-and-appeals/

Reporting Misconduct and Crime
The campus has established policies governing student conduct, academic dishonesty, discrimination, and harassment/abuse as well as specific reporting requirements in certain cases.  If you have a grievance regarding unfair treatment towards yourself, please reference the procedures and resources identified above.  If you learn about, observe, or witness misconduct or other wrongdoing you may be required to report that misconduct or abuse.  Depending on the situation, it may be appropriate to consult with your faculty advisor, graduate advisor, or other campus resources (such as the UW Office of Equity and Diversity, Graduate School, Mc Burney Disability Resource Center, Employee Assistance Office, Ombuds Office, and University Health Services).

Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting

UW-Madison prohibits sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. These offenses violate UW-Madison policies and are subject to disciplinary action. Sanctions can range from reprimand to expulsion from UW-Madison.  In many cases, these offenses also violate Wisconsin criminal law and could lead to arrest and criminal prosecution.

Students who experience sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking have many options and services available to them on and off campus, including mental health counseling, victim advocacy and access to the criminal and campus disciplinary systems. For a list a confidential support and reporting options, please visit https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/vpss/

Faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and others who work directly with students at UW-Madison are required by law to report first-hand knowledge or disclosures of sexual assault to university officials for statistical purposes. In addition, disclosures made to certain university employees, such as academic advisors or university administrators, may be forwarded to the campus Title IX coordinator for a response. For more information, please visit https://doso.students.wisc.edu/sexual-assault-dating-and-domestic-violence/

Additional resources:
https://compliance.wisc.edu/titleix/campus-procedures/reporting/complainant/
https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/violence-prevention/resources/
https://grad.wisc.edu/documents/harassment/

Reporting and Response to Incidents of Bias/Hate

The University of Wisconsin-Madison values a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully in the Wisconsin Experience.  Incidents of Bias/Hate affecting a person or group create a hostile climate and negatively impact the quality of the Wisconsin Experience for community members. UW-Madison takes such incidents seriously and will investigate and respond to reported or observed incidents of bias/hate.  Please find full details at https://doso.students.wisc.edu/services/bias-reporting-process/