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1998-1999 Catalog
Graduate Academic
Regulations

Registration
Course Eligibility
Study Loads
Class Attendance and Withdrawal
Grades
Academic Standing
Graduation


Early registration — A special advisement and early registration period is held each semester. During this period all advisors set aside ample time to be available for academic advisement and to register students for the upcoming semester. Degree progress evaluations are updated and sent to academic departments to assist students in course selections. Students are encouraged to make an appointment each semester to take advantage of this opportunity.

Regular registration and schedule change — Students who do not register early may register during regular registration prior to the first day of classes. Additionally, students who wish to change their schedules may do so during the regular registration and schedule change periods.

Please refer to the Columbus State University Schedule of Courses book for specific dates and information regarding early registration, regular registration, and schedule change.

Courses numbered 6000 and above are open only to graduate students. Courses with 5000 numbers are open to both graduate and advanced-standing undergraduate students. In these courses, however, graduate students must do more extensive reading, prepare additional reports, and produce papers or other projects requiring more intensive research.

Undergraduate Students and Graduate Work

Undergraduate students with a minimum institutional grade point average of 2.75 who are within six semester hours of completing the baccalaureate degree from Columbus State University may register for graduate courses upon recommendation of their advisor. The total course load may not exceed 12 semester hours. A grade of B or better is required for use toward a master's degree. No more than nine semester hours of graduate credit may be earned before completion of the baccalaureate degree. Under no circumstances may a course be used for both graduate and undergraduate credit. Students must submit an application for graduation and an application for graduate admission prior to registering for graduate courses; the associate registrar will verify eligibility for enrollment.

Maximum study load — The maximum course load for any graduate student is 12 semester hours. Students holding graduate assistantships must register for at least nine, but no more than 10 semester hours of graduate credit. In all cases, graduate students are urged to register only for the number of hours they can complete successfully.

Enrollment status — Enrollment status for graduate students is based on the number of hours enrolled, as follows:

9 semester hours or more

Full time

5 - 8 semester hours

Half time

Less than 5 semester hours

Less than half time

Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information regarding enrollment verifications.

Attendance policy — Attendance policy is ordinarily established by individual faculty. If an instructor does not provide a written attendance policy statement during the first week of classes, a student is permitted to accumulate a total of nine hours of absences in a three credit-hour course, or the equivalent in courses carrying fewer credit hours. Regular attendance at class or laboratory is a student obligation. Students are expected to account to individual instructors for absences and, at the discretion of the instructors, to make up all work missed because of absence. Students absent from a previously-announced quiz or test may be given a zero on the quiz or test. To be permitted to take a final examination at a time other than the regularly-scheduled date, students must have permission of the instructor and the dean of the college offering the course.

Excessive absence policy — Anytime during the semester that a student exceeds the total number of hours of absences allowed, an instructor may drop the student for excessive absences with a grade of WF. Students may regain admittance to a course only by permission of the instructor and the dean of the college offering the course. A student auditing a course who fails to meet class participation and assignment requirements or who exceeds the total number of allowed absences may be dropped from the course by the instructor and assigned a grade of W.

Absence for an approved activity — A list of those students participating in an approved activity will be issued only by the assistant vice president for student affairs on recommendation of the faculty member in charge of the activity. Students on probation are not excused for any controllable absence.

Absence for military duty — Military Reservists who are called to active duty or active duty military personnel who receive change-of-station orders during an academic semester may officially withdraw with a full refund of matriculation fees upon showing official orders. Those who have completed sufficient work may be awarded a grade and credit or an I (Incomplete) grade.

Course withdrawals — Students wishing to drop a course after the last official day of schedule change must officially withdraw from the course. A withdrawal form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Prior to the W grade deadline as published in the Schedule of Courses, a grade of W will be assigned by the registrar unless a grade of WF has already been assigned by the instructor for excessive absences. A grade of WF will be assigned when a withdrawal form is received in the Office of the Registrar after the deadline. A student may appeal the assignment of a WF grade by submitting to the registrar documentation of non-academic hardship. Refer to the Schedule of Courses book for specific dates and additional information regarding course withdrawal.

Columbus State University uses a 4.0 grade point system.

Grades averaged in GPA:

Grade Grade points
Per semester hour
A 4
B 3
C 2
D 1
F 0
WF 0

* WF is assigned when a student withdraws from a course after the W grade deadline, when an instructor drops a student for excessive absences, or when a student stops attending a class without submitting a withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar.

Grades not averaged in GPA:

I — Indicates that a student was doing satisfactory work but, for non-academic reasons, was unable to meet the full requirements of the course. The requirements for removal of an I are left to the instructor; however, if an I is not satisfactorily removed within the next two academic terms, the grade I will be changed to the grade F by the registrar. A course with an unresolved I grade may not be repeated.

IP — Indicates that credit has not been given in a course that requires a continuation of work beyond the semester for which the student signed up for the course. The use of this grade is approved for dissertation and thesis hours, directed studies, internships, practica, project courses, and exit examinations. This grade cannot be substituted for an I grade.

W — Indicates that a student was permitted to withdraw without penalty. Withdrawals without penalty will not be permitted after the W grade deadline except in cases of hardship as determined by the registrar. A W grade may also be awarded in the case of credit by examination courses and for excessive absence when auditing a course.

S — Indicates that credit has been given for completion of degree requirements other than academic course work. These are limited to clinical practica, internships, and exit examinations as specified in the course descriptions section of the catalog.

U — Indicates unsatisfactory performance in an attempt to complete degree requirements other than academic course work. These are limited to clinical practica, internships, and exit examinations as specified in the course descriptions section of the catalog.

V — Indicates that a student audited a course. Students may not change from audit to credit status or vice versa after the first week of the semester.

K — Indicates that a student was given credit for a course through examination.

NR — Indicates grade not reported by instructor.

Explanation of Grade Point Averages

The following grade point averages are computed and are used to determine the fulfillment of academic requirements:

Semester grade point average — is computed using hours attempted and grade points earned for the semester.

Graduate cumulative grade point average — is computed using the total number of graduate credit hours attempted at Columbus State University and the total number of graduate grade points earned at Columbus State University, regardless of the number of times a course is attempted. Affects academic standing and graduation.

Graduate combined grade point average — is computed using the total number of graduate credit hours attempted at Columbus State University and all other institutions attended and the total number of graduate grade points earned at Columbus State University and all other institutions attended. Affects eligibility for graduation.

Degree progress grade point average — is computed using the total number of credit hours applied to the degree and the total number of grade points applied to the degree. Affects eligibility for graduation.

Grade Changes

Final grades will not be changed after one calendar year from the date given. A grade that appears to be incorrect should be reported to the instructor promptly.

Grade Reports and Transcripts

Reports of final grades are mailed to students' mailing addresses.

The academic transcript includes all undergraduate and graduate credit courses taken at Columbus State University. Transcripts should be requested one week prior to the date needed. University policies regarding release of academic records and compliance with regulations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (the "Buckley Amendment") are published in the Columbus State University Student Handbook.

Repetition of Courses

Students repeating a course for which credit has already been earned either at Columbus State University or by transfer of credits from another institution forfeit the previous credit in that course (except in the case of courses that may be repeated for credit). The student's final grade in the course will be the one made on repetition (even if the grade in the previous course is higher). After earning a master’s or higher degree at Columbus State University, a student will forfeit credit earned for courses taken as repeats after graduation (except in the case of courses that may be repeated for credit).

Required academic standing — Students enrolled in a degree program must maintain a minimum graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0. No grade below a C may apply to any degree. Non-degree students must maintain a minimum graduate cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Academic probation — Occurs when a degree-seeking student's graduate grade point average falls below 3.0 or when a non-degree student's graduate grade point average falls below 2.0 during the first nine graduate semester hours attempted.

Academic exclusion — Occurs when a degree-seeking student completes nine graduate semester hours while on probation and does not attain a 3.0 graduate grade point average, or when a non-degree student's graduate grade point average falls below 2.0 after nine graduate semester hours have been attempted.

Reinstatement on academic probation — A student on academic exclusion must apply and be reinstated by the appropriate program director, either to a degree program or to non-degree status, in order to continue graduate study.

Residence and Time Limits

Residence requirement — The minimum residence requirement for a master's degree is 30 graduate credit hours taken at Columbus State University. For the specialist degree, the minimum residence requirement is 20 graduate credit hours taken at Columbus State University.

Time limits — All work credited toward a graduate degree must be completed within seven years. Extension of time may be granted only on conditions beyond the control of the student. In each instance a formal statement outlining the conditions upon which the extension of time is requested should be addressed to the director of the specific graduate program.

Deadlines — Applications for graduation and graduation fees must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar one semester prior to the anticipated semester of completion. The following documentation must be on file in the Office of the Registrar no later than one week prior to the first day of final examinations:

  • a completed application for graduation
  • official transcripts showing all transfer work
  • approved grade change forms for incomplete grades
  • verification of approved substitutions
  • verification that all financial obligations to the university have been met

Students who satisfy the above requirements will be considered candidates for graduation, and will be eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies upon successful completion of all degree requirements.

Graduation ceremony — One graduation ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester and one at the end of the summer term. Students who satisfy degree requirements at the end of the fall semester will have the completion date (the last day of the semester) indicated on their transcripts and will receive their diplomas at the spring graduation. Students who do not plan to attend the ceremony must indicate so on the application for graduation.

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