In order to do your best at Touro, you need to be aware of the many policies and regulations that help shape the quality and direction of your academic program.
Since your goal is to graduate on time and without complications, become familiar with the information below. But if you have questions or need to resolve any issues, our program directors are eager to assist you in any way they can. Each is dedicated to help make your time at Touro as productive as possible.
Tuition Refund Structure
A student wishing to withdraw from classes must notify the Administration of the Graduate School of Technology and the Office of the Registrar by filling out an Add/Drop form. On approved applications, the following refund schedule will apply:
Fall and Spring Semesters
When withdrawing from all courses:
|Before the first day of the semester||100% of tuition|
|During the add/drop period||100% of tuition|
|During the week following the add/drop period||50% of tuition|
|After that week||No refund|
When withdrawing from a partial load:
|Before the first day of the semester||100% of tuition credit per course(s) dropped|
|During the add/drop period||100% of tuition credit per course(s) dropped|
|During the week following the add/drop period||50% of tuition credit per course(s) dropped|
|After that week||No refund|
|Application Fee †||$50|
|Administrative Fee / Semester †||$100|
|Technology Fee / Semester||$100|
|Late Registration Fee||$100|
|Late Payment Fee (up to $500 Total)||$100/Month|
The Department of Graduate Studies Writing Center
The DGS Writing Center provides writing guidance including organization tips, basic grammar and appropriate academic language and tone to all GST students. To schedule an appointment, contact Michael Aiello, Administrative Assistant, at 212-463-0400 X5273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Advancement Workshop
Each semester, the Graduate School of Technology sponsors special events focused on career advancement, job search and other topics related to student occupational success. Students who attend these event will be officially registered for the Career Advancement Workshop. Each student enrolled in the Graduate School of Technology is required to attend at least two Career events during their tenure at Touro in order to graduate. Students graduating in the academic year 2016-2017 will only be required to attend one career event. Career Advancement Workshops are an important element of the GSTcurriculum, which focuses on preparing students for occupational success.
Students who are entering their last semester and are anticipating graduation should:
- Download and fill out the Application for Graduation form.
- Bring the signed form to the Bursar Office along with payment for the graduation fee, to obtain clearance.
- Submit the signed form to your program director, who will transmit it to the Office of the Registrar for processing.
For specific questions about fulfillment of requirements for graduation and receiving your diploma, visit the Office of the Registrar website. For graduation dates and locations, visit the Touro College Commencement page.
Instructional Technology Students
Getting Your Certification
When you are ready to complete the program, or have graduated, you may take the Educational Technology Specialist CST (071) Certification Exam to qualify for your professional certification. For instructions on how to apply to take the exam, read the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations Preparation Guide. For other questions, pertaining to certification, which are not addressed in the guide, contact Professor Jay Lefkowitz at (212) 463-0400 x 5224 or email email@example.com.
Students are expected to maintain good attendance throughout the semester. In one semester, 1 absence per course is allowed. Two absences will lower the final grade by one full letter, and 3 absences may require that the course be dropped. In the event that a student misses a class, he or she is responsible for the activities of that class period. Make-up exams are given solely at the discretion of the professor and are not guaranteed.
The following grade values are assigned for each credit:
|A +||= 4.000|
|A -||= 3.667|
|B +||= 3.333|
|B -||= 2.667|
|C +||= 2.333|
|C -||= 1.667|
|D +||= 1.333|
|D -||= 0.667|
Students must maintain a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of B (3.0) to remain in good academic standing.
Students receiving an "Incomplete" (INC) for a course must complete all course requirements within the subsequent academic term in order to be able to register for courses thereafter. "Incompletes" must be completed within one year or the grade will automatically convert to a grade of F and the student will receive no credit for the course.
Students whose grade-point average (GPA) falls below 3.0, or who receive a grade of D or lower in any course or grades of C in two courses, are automatically placed on academic probation. This may be grounds for dismissal from the program. Students on probation may address the program chair in writing within two weeks of notification regarding their status to appeal their case.
Prerequisite Course Passing Grade Policy
Students must earn a B or better in each prerequisite course and each Language Arts class to be eligible for entry into any of the three concentrations of the Master of Science in Information Systems program or the Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design program.
Grade Challenge Policy
Students have the right to challenge a course grade that they feel it is an unfair assessment of their work in a course. The student initiates an appeal by submitting, in writing, a formal request to the professor for a grade change within 14 days of receipt of the grade. The student must provide evidence to support the appeal. The professor should, in turn, respond to the student's request within 14 days of receiving it. The professor's response should include evidence that supports the basis for the grade. If the student's appeal to the professor is denied or goes unanswered, the student may appeal, again in writing, to the Dean, who will assign an independent faculty committee of reviewers to examine the basis of the appeal. After assessing the appeal, the committee will make a recommendation to the Dean, which may be to lower or raise the grade, or to retain the original grade. The Dean will then make a final decision in the matter based on the independent faculty committee's recommendation. The Dean's decision is final and not subject to appeal.
Directed Study Policy
Under special circumstances, students in the Graduate School of Technology may elect to take courses listed in the bulletin as directed studies under the guidance of a Graduate School of Technology professor. The standard credits per course will be awarded upon successful completion of the directed study and the standard fee per credit hour will be charged to the student.
The following conditions apply:
- The student must demonstrate that there are special circumstances which make the directed study a necessity, given their progress toward the degree.
- The student must contact the Department Chair to discuss the Directed Study, which must be approved by the Chair and the Dean.
- The student must work with a Graduate School of Technology professor who is willing to engage with that student in the directed study.
- Only under special circumstances may a student take more than one directed study each semester, capped at a total of 9 credits over the course of the program.
- The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 when applying for the directed study.
- While the professor will assess the student’s work and determine the student’s grade, the Department Chair and the Dean will review the assessment to insure that the level of work and the student’s accomplishment warrants the granting of credit for the directed study.
A 3.5 undergraduate GPA or its equivalent is required to apply for scholarships. If you are not awarded a scholarship upon your initial enrollment to the program, you may reapply for a scholarship for the Fall of the following academic year if your GPA in the program is at least 3.5.
Scholarships must be renewed annually, each Fall. A new scholarship application must be submitted by the student to apply for scholarship renewal. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.5 is not eligible for scholarship renewal but may reapply for the Fall of the following academic year.
Students who expect to graduate should discuss their status with their advisor within one semester prior to the anticipated graduation date, complete an Application for Graduation, and pay the graduation fee. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) to be eligible for graduation from any of the programs of the Graduate Division.
Candidates for degrees within the period September through June may participate in that school year’s commencement exercises. Participation in the commencement exercises does not necessarily mean that a student has graduated. Graduation is certified officially by the Office of the Register only after auditing the student’s record for completion of all degree requirements.