Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree. Performance will be reviewed each semester by the Program Co-Directors. Faculty will monitor and discuss students’ progress as needed and their mentors and supervisors will convey concerns that faculty may have about performance. A course of action will be determined to support students in addressing the particular concerns. Students whose progress continues to be deemed unsatisfactory will be placed on probation in accordance to the policies of the Offices of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs. If satisfactory progress is not achieved after one semester in such probation, the student may be asked to leave the program.
Criteria for satisfactory progress: Maintain a B- or better in all MFT courses. Students may be given the opportunity to continue in the program if they receive a C grade in one course on the condition that they commit to a corrective course of action as specified by the instructor. Students who receive a second C grade in course work will not be allowed to continue their studies in the program.
- Continue to see clients every semester until completion of 500 client hours, once a student has met the requirements to register for Clinical Practicum
- Complete the core curriculum and develop an acceptable Program of Study in accordance with the Program expectations
- Maintain appropriate client and supervision hours and submit necessary paperwork, documenting these hours while registered for Clinical Practicum
- Receive satisfactory end-of-term supervisor reports on the Clinical Practicum Evaluation
- Maintain registration at all times by registering for course work and/or Clinical Practicum
- Conduct self in a manner consistent to the standards and expectations of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Offices of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs, the Department of Psychiatry, the, and the clinical sites that students may be placed
- Conduct self in a manner consistent with standards established in the AAMFT Code of Ethical Principles
Students who take courses in this Program prior to enrolling will not be granted credit for those courses toward their program of study if they (a) did not maintain a B- grade, or (b) carried any incomplete(s) for those course(s).
All the requirements for the M.S. Degree must be completed within a period of five years. If the degree is not obtained within this period, the student may petition the MFT faculty and the Offices of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs for an extension of time or for reinstatement of credit in an outdated course, stating rationale for currency of knowledge in the particular content.
Students who must leave the Program for personal or health reasons before completing degree requirements should file an Official Leave of Absence form, whether or not they intend to return. Students who are suspended from the Program for academic or disciplinary reasons will be officially withdrawn by the Offices of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs at the recommendation of the Program faculty. Refer to the Bulletin of the Offices of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs for further details about procedures and implications.
Students who wish to request an exception to policies and procedures should file a petition with the Program faculty stating their request and rationale. If a student believes that the faculty has treated her/him unfairly or inappropriately, s/he should first address the concern informally with the faculty and/or supervisor directly, and the follow the stated grievance policy if the matter remains unresolved.