Resources, Forms & Policies
Students have an abundance of resources at GPH and throughout NYU to help you with anything you need, including vibrant and vital departments and offices, student services and support. Additionally GPH and NYU provides our students with guidance as you navigate milestones throughout your studies. Below are program-specific forms and University policies you may use as a resource. If you have any questions please contact your Program Advisor for guidance.
Forms and Processes
Below are various policies, processes and forms needed for different academic program needs and requests. All forms should be signed and returned to Lisa Kroin, Assistant Director, Registration & Academic Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dropping Courses and Withdrawal Schedule
Leave of Absence (instructions are outlined on the Registrar's website)
In general, auditing courses in the MPH program is not permitted. Exceptions will be considered on rare occasion, with a written request. In all cases, instructor approval and program chair/director approval must be granted. Audited courses incur the same tuition as the course taken for credit. Please note that no credit will be given or letter grade recorded, no withdrawals will be honored or refunds granted on courses so audited. Tuition remission may not be applied.
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for graduation in the NYU Master of Public Health program. Students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout their academic career. Students who fall below the required GPA during any semester are placed on academic probation and monitored closely for academic progress. Students who are on academic probation may be restricted in the number of courses taken during a given semester. A student whose GPA falls below the required minimum for 2 consecutive semesters may be asked to withdraw from the program.
If a student’s cumulative GPA does not reach a minimum of 3.0 at the conclusion of semester in which they are placed on probation, a hold will be placed on their registration and the student’s standing program will be reviewed. Please note that failure to satisfy the conditions of academic probation may result in further academic sanctions up to possible dismissal from the University.
Course Grade Minimums
The minimum grade required for all courses counted toward the MPH degree, with the exception of the applied practice courses, is a C or better.
For the applied practice courses, students must receive a minimum grade of B. If a student receives less than a B, the course must be repeated. These courses include:
GPH-GU 2360 Internship: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (for Community & International Health, Environmental Public Health Sciences, Public Health Nutrition, and Public Health Policy & Management students)
GPH-GU 2621 Capstone I: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (for Global Health students)
GPH-GU 2622 Capstone II: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice & Integrative Learning Experiences (for Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Social & Behavioral Health students)
Course Repeat Policy
Credit will not be granted for courses in which a student receives a C- or lower*. If the course is a required course for the degree, including concentration courses, it must be repeated. If a student received a C- or lower in an elective course, the student may choose to take an alternate elective the following semester.
When a course is repeated, both the original grade and second grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript, but only the second grade will be included in the calculation of the student’s GPA. If the second grade is lower than the original grade, or if the student does not achieve the minimum grade requirement upon taking the course a second time, under special circumstances, the student may take the course a third time pending permission of both the instructor and advisor.
* please see the information above regarding course grade minimums
Matriculated students in the NYU Master of Public Health program do not have the option to take courses toward their degree on a pass/fail basis. The only exception to this policy is those non-credit-bearing courses that are designated as pass/fail.
MPH Student Guidelines for Academic Issues Encountered in a Course
The College of Global Public Health is committed to resolving academic issues encountered in a course in a manner that is fair and supportive of students who may be experiencing personal difficulties affecting their academic work.
The following outlines procedures for dealing with common academic issues sometimes experienced in a course. If a student has an academic issue, the first point of cont act should be the instructor. If the student and instructor can’t resolve the issue, the student should contact his/her Program Director for further adjudication.
Students who are experiencing personal difficulties are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for help in dealing with non-academic issues.
1. Request for justification of a grade received. Instructors are expected to provide clear and detailed grading criteria either in the syllabus or in a separate document explaining an assignment. Students are entitled to ask instructors to explain further how a grade was determined. Instructors are expected to respond to these requests as quickly as possible.
2. Challenging a grade. Students who believe that the assigned grade is not justified after receiving the instructor’s explanation of how the work was assessed and the grade was calculated should contact their Program Director who will review the case and communicate with the instructor regarding the details of the case and recommendations for resolution. The student will be contacted regarding the outcome of this review. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will be consulted by the Program Director as needed.
3. Persistent absences. Students are expected to attend all class sessions. The syllabus should clearly state the instructor’s policy regarding missing class sessions and the penalties for missing class. If a student has frequent absences, the instructor is advised to contact the Manager of Registration and Academic Services who will email the student and contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs will communicate with the instructor, Program Director, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and all these parties will decide how to proceed regarding any academic penalties.
4. Late submission of assignments. Students are expected to submit all assignments on time. The syllabus should clearly state the instructor’s policy regarding penalties for late submission of assignments. Barring emergencies, students must request permission in advance if they are unable to meet an assignment deadline, and the student and instructor should establish an agreed upon due date. If a student persistently submits assignments late, the instructor is advised to consult with the Program Director who may also consult with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Student Affairs regarding how to proceed with the student.
5. Missing the midterm or final. Students must obtain the instructor’s permission at least a week in advance if they expect to miss the midterm or final unless the absence is due to an emergency. Make-up exams are the prerogative of the instructor. The instructor is expected to communicate with the student via email regarding his/her decision on whether a make-up exam will be provided.
6. Incomplete grades. Students are expected to complete all course requirements on time. Under extraordinary circumstances (such as a medical emergency), the temporary grade of I (incomplete), may be recorded for a student who is unable to complete course requirements. To receive an incomplete grade, the student must make a formal request using the Incomplete Grade Request form (available on the GPH website through this link). The request must include the reason for the incomplete, the work to be completed, and the final date the work is to be completed. The form must be signed by both the student and the course instructor. The request must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. All incompletes must be changed to a final grade no later than 150 days after the semester in which the incomplete is given or the grade will automatically become an F. Students are strongly advised to complete the work well before the 150 day time limit as instructors may not be available to grade the work close to the deadline.
Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures
The GPH Grievance Procedure, described below, is communicated with students in a number of ways including in their MPH manual and on the website. In the last three years there have been no formal complaints filed by GPH students.
Student Grievance Procedures
These grievance procedures are available to any New York University student registered in the NYU College of Global Public Health to resolve any grievance involving an alleged violation directly affecting that student. The NYU College of Global Public Health wishes to resolve such grievances informally and in a timely manner, ensuring that both the grievant and the respondent are treated fairly and appropriately. Complaints of sexual harassment should be filed under the provisions of the formal procedure in such cases as set forth in the University Policy on Sexual Harassment. A student filing a grievance should follow the steps outlined below. These steps follow New York University Policy as described in the NYU Student Handbook.
Students wishing to grieve an alleged violation of program or University policy shall first contact, within twenty (20) working days of any occurrence giving rise to the grievance or the time they could reasonably have learned of such occurrence, the person responsible for the matter being grieved (the respondent) and attempt to resolve the grievance informally. Students uncertain about how to proceed may consult the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. At the request of the student (grievant) or respondent, the
Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs or other appropriate member of the faculty or administration shall arrange for a meeting of the parties, attend such meeting(s), and attempt to aid in the resolution of the grievance.
If the grievance is not resolved informally within fifteen (15) working days after the grievant contacted directly the appropriate person to attempt an informal resolution, a student may obtain review by submitting a written complaint within twenty (20) working days to the respondent and the Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, or in the case that the Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs is the respondent, to the person appointed by the Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs of the program. The written complaint shall (1) state the University policy that allegedly has been violated, (2) describe the facts and evidence supporting the alleged violation, (3) indicate what redress the grievant seeks, and (4) provide a brief history of the attempts to resolve the grievance. If unresolved, the grievant and respondent may request to meet with the Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs to review the complaint, who may, if deemed appropriate, form a grievance committee composed of an Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, a faculty representative, and a student representative. Within twenty (20) working days, the grievance committee shall render a written decision on the merits to the grievant and to the respondent, with copies to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and to the Office of Academic Affairs.
If the grievant or the respondent does not accept the decision of the grievance committee, he or she may decide, within ten (10) working days of the receipt of the grievance committee’s written decision to appeal to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs shall meet with the grievant and with the other persons deemed appropriate for the purpose of ascertaining the facts and attempting to resolve the complaint. Within twenty (20) working days, the University Officer shall render a written decision on the merits to the grievant and to the respondent, with copies to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. If either the student or the respondent appeals the decision of the Officer, the grievance will be presented to the University Judicial Board following the procedures presented in the University’s Student Guide to New York University.
As stated in the New York University Student Handbook, students are expected to conduct themselves as mature and law-abiding members of both the University community and the general community, and to comply with requests of the administrative authorities of the University for maintenance of order on University premises. Behavior which jeopardizes the health or safety of the University community, or disrupts the educational activities and supporting services of the University, is subject to review and possible penalty.
In accordance with the New York University Bylaws and disciplinary procedures, the NYU College of Global Public Health adopts the following procedures for formal resolution of student discipline, including charges of academic dishonesty and offenses against the community. The procedures are not intended to prevent informal resolution.
Any member of the faculty, administration, or staff or any student may file a complaint against any student with the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee, who is a member of the NYU College of Global Public Health. Upon receiving the complaint, the Chair may attempt to resolve the issue informally, with consent of all parties. If the Chair decides that the complaint warrants a formal hearing, he/she will notify the student in writing within 48 hours and advise him/her of the date and time of its hearing to take place (not earlier than seven days after the sending of such notice). This written notice will include the University or Program policy which the student has allegedly violated. The Chair will then create a hearing panel from available Disciplinary Committee members. Should the student fail to appear, the hearing may proceed and sanctions may be imposed in his/her absence.
The standing Disciplinary Committee shall consist of five (5) members: 3 faculty members (or 2 faculty members and 1 administrator) and 2 students. All members of the program’s Disciplinary Committee shall be appointed by the Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs for 3 consecutive semesters. The 2 students will be selected by the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs from students who are self-nominated. Students will join the committee as first year, second term students.
The Hearing Panel
The Hearing Panel will consist of three members, including the Chair. Any member of the Hearing Panel who has a conflict of interest or the appearance of such a conflict shall excuse themselves from a specific case, and a replacement member shall be appointed by the Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs for that case.
Prior to the meeting, the Chair will (1) present the case materials to the Panel and (2) ask that the complainant and the Student submit the names of all witnesses that they would like present at the hearing. The Chair may also request certain witnesses to attend the hearing and to testify.
The Hearing Process
The Chair shall control the conduct of the hearing proceedings, which will be tape recorded. The student has the right to be accompanied by counsel or an adviser of his/her own choosing. No member of the Committee shall be eligible to serve as an adviser.
Following the hearing, the Panel shall meet in closed session. The Panel shall first vote on whether the student has committed the alleged disciplinary infraction, and then, if necessary, decide the disciplinary sanction to be imposed. A majority vote of the Panel is needed for a valid decision. A final written report shall be prepared and submitted to the Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Student within seven (7) calendar days. The report shall state its findings of fact and the reasons for its decision.
The decision of the Hearing Panel may include any one or more of the following sanctions:
Warning – Notice to the Student, orally or in writing, that continuation or repetition of the conduct found wrongful, or participation in similar conduct, within a period of time stated in the warning, shall be a cause for more severe disciplinary action.
Censure – Written reprimand for violation of specified regulation, including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanction in the event of conviction for the violation of a University regulation within a period of time stated in the letter of reprimand.
Disciplinary Probation – Exclusion from participation in privileges or extracurricular University activities as set forth in the notice of disciplinary probation for a specified period of time.
Restitution – Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation or property. Reimbursement may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages.
Monetary Fine – For any offenses
Suspension – Exclusion from classes and other privileges or extracurricular activities as set forth in the notice of suspension for a definite period of time.
Dismissal – Termination of student status for an indefinite period. The conditions for readmission, if any are permitted, shall be stated by the panel in the order of dismissal.
A student shall have the right to appeal the decision of the Hearing Panel in any case on the ground that the decision or the proceedings at the hearing were arbitrary or unfair. Appeals are made to the Executive Vice President for Health. The appeal must be in writing and made within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date on which the final report of the Hearing Panel was sent to the student. The Executive Vice President for Health will review the report of and proceedings before the Hearing Panel. He/she may (1) accept the report without modification (2) accept the report but reduce the sanction imposed (3) dismiss one or more of the charges entirely or (4) remand the case for further proceedings. When the Executive Vice President for Health accepts the report, the matter shall be deemed finally decided without further recourse as of right. His/her decision shall be made within twenty (20) days of receiving the written appeal.
1 Adapted from the NYU Student Handbook, and the Student Handbooks of the School of Social Work, the Wagner School of Public Service, and The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
2 Adapted from the NYU Student Handbook, Wagner Bulletin and School of Social Work Bulletin
NYU Offices and Resources
Throughout the NYU global network, you have a wealth of offices at your fingertips to help you with everything from health care to career development to financial aid. If you are uncertain about which office to contact please contact your Program Advisor for assistance.
Office of Global Services (OGS) - International Students: What You Need to Know
The Office of Global Services can be considered a one stop shop for all incoming, continuing CGPH international students and alumni. The OGS provides comprehensive information on immigration and visas in-person, online, and through programs throughout the year. OGS can assist with questions about transitioning to the University, work authorization, employment and tax, and general best practices for students living, studying, and working at NYU and in NYC. International students should always feel comfortable reaching out to OGS with any questions.
They can be reached at: https://www.nyu.edu/global/visa-and-immigration/contact-us.html and through walk-in advising hours at the StudentLink Center Manhattan Office (383 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003 - phone: 212-998-4720) or Brooklyn Office (5 MetroTech Center 259 Brooklyn, NY 11201).
Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities should contact the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities regarding the resources available to them, and to determine what classroom accommodations should be made available. More information about the Moses Center can be found here. Information about the center can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/students-with-disabilities.html. Students requesting accommodation must obtain a letter from the Moses Center to provide to me as early in the semester as possible.
NYU Health and Wellness
The NYU Student Health Center serves a resource for all matriculated students, offering low or reduced-cost health care and counseling services, no matter a student’s insurance coverage. The Health Center is among the best in the country and has a pharmacy, travel medicine services, and a robust mental health services division as well. More information about the Student Health Center as well as the NYU Wellness Exchange (counseling services and mental health support) can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/students/health-and-wellness/student-health-center/about.html.
NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development
CGPH partners with the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development to provide career services for our students, which includes resume and cover letter review, interview skills workshops, bi-annual career fairs, and other career-oriented special events. Students may make an appointment with a Wasserman representative as well as search for any available employment opportunities submitted to the University through NYU CareerNet at https://nyu-csm.symplicity.com/students/.
NYU Public Safety
Public Safety ensures a safe and secure campus environment for the University to carry out its duties. In addition to providing campus security in all buildings, Public Safety also manages the campus lost and found, provides safe rides for students, and offers many other services. Read more about public safety and the services offered here: https://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/be-safe/public-safety/public-safety-services.html.
Other Important NYU Resources: