Policies, Credits and Grading Overview

A credit is defined as one hour of contact per week, per semester. Fall, winter and spring comprise the semesters, with laboratory work conducted throughout the summer as well.

Each core course provides the student with 3-4 credits. Each seminar, workshop, research report meeting, journal club or tutorial will provide two credits per semester of attendance at City of Hope's Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

Research and dissertation preparation provides 10 credits per semester, following completion of the core curriculum and research proposal. This will result in the accumulation of a minimum of 30 credits per year.

The written thesis/dissertation must be presented by the student for examination by four members of the City of Hope staff and one qualified member from an outside institution. The dissertation must be orally defended, and completion of the requirement will be finalized by approval of the document by the dissertation committee.

Dismissal and Suspension Policies
Students may be suspended or dismissed as a result of unsatisfactory performance as judged by their advisor or dissertation committee. Grievances should first be addressed to the student’s dissertation committee and then to the graduate oversight committee or dean of the graduate school.

Grading System
Students will receive letter grades for their course work. Students are given two chances to complete all required work and must receive a grade of B or better in all coursework to continue in the program.

Attendance Policy
Students are required to be in attendance full time for both instructional and research activities. A leave of absence will be granted in exceptional cases only by the dean of the graduate school.

Title IX – Equal Education Opportunities
The graduate school wants its students to be fully informed about Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (1988), which prohibits sex discrimination in federally assisted education programs.

This law states in part:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

The Title IX coordinator for City of Hope's Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences is Mr. George Vukazich, senior director of Employee and Labor Relations, Human Resources, Modular 146, ext. 68812. The purpose of the Title IX coordinator is to coordinate the graduate school’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. The graduate school has adopted grievance procedures to govern the resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Title IX. These procedures are attached as Appendix A to the student handbook disseminated annually to students and are also available from the Title IX coordinator