|* WF is assigned when a
student withdraws from a course after the W grade deadline or when an instructor drops a
student for excessive absences.
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. Effective Summer Term 2001: If an "I" is not satisfactorily removed within the next 12
months, 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
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 GPA hours
attempted and grade points earned for the semester.
Graduate cumulative grade point average - is computed using
the total number of graduate GPA 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.
Graduate overall grade point average - is computed using the
total number of graduate GPA 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.
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.
Final grades will not be changed after one calendar year from the
date given except by appeal to the universitys Academic Standards Committee. 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 at least 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
masters 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 overall grade point average of 3.0. No grade
below a C may apply to any degree. Non-degree students must maintain a minimum graduate
overall grade point average of 2.0.
Academic probation - Occurs when a degree-seeking student's
graduate overall grade point average falls below 3.0 or when a non-degree student's
graduate overall 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 overall grade point average, or when a non-degree student's graduate overall
grade point average falls below 2.0 after nine graduate semester hours have been
attempted. The length of exclusion will be a minimum of one semester.
Reinstatement on academic probation - After the mandatory
period of exclusion, 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
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 - A graduation ceremony is held at the
end of each semester. Students who do not plan to attend the ceremony must indicate so
on the application for graduation.