Undergraduate Studies | Academic Rules and Regulations Table of Contents

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  1. Credit Hours
  2. Minimum Graduation Requirements
  3. Grading System

        3.1 Grades Calculated in Grade Point Average

        3.2 Additional Posting Symbols for Grades in Courses

        3.3 Grades Not Calculated in Grade Point Average

        3.4 Pass/Fail Grades

        3.5 Incompletes

        3.6 In Progress

  4. Evaluation and Course Policies

        4.1 Class Attendance

        4.2 Final Exam Policy

        4.3 Repetition of Courses

        4.4 Freshman Forgiveness

  5. Evaluation of Academic Performance

        5.1 Cumulative Grade Point Average

        5.2 Good Academic Standing

        5.3 Academic Progress toward Degree Completion

        5.4 Students’ Academic Grievances

        5.5 Dean’s List

        5.6 Latin Honors

        5.7 Academic Warning

        5.8 Academic Probation and Dismissal

  6. Student Status

        6.1 Designation of Full-time, Half-time, and Less-than-Half-time Students

        6.2 Nondegree Students

        6.3 Students’ Class Standing

        6.4 Course Levels

        6.5 Exceptions for Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Coursework

  7. Credit Requirements

        7.1 In Residence Courses

        7.2 Study at Another Institution

           7.2.1 Permit to Study at Another U.S. Institution

           7.2.2 Permit to Study Abroad

           7.2.3 Medical Permit to Study

  8. University-Wide Requirements

        8.1 College Writing Requirement

        8.2 Transfers’ Writing Proficiency Exam

        8.3 University Mathematics Requirement

        8.4 General Education

  9. Major and Minor Requirements

        9.1 Minimum Requirements for Majors and Minors

        9.2 Declaration of Majors and Minors

        9.3 Changes in Major, Academic Unit Affiliation

        9.4 Individualized Majors and Minors

        9.5 Double Majors

        9.6 Dual Degrees

  10. Special Programs and Degrees

        10.1 Honors Programs

        10.2 Degree-Completion Scholars Programs

        10.3 Combined Bachelors and Masters Degrees

        10.4 Certificate Programs

           10.4.1 University Minimum Standards for Credit Certificate Programs

           10.4.2 Admission to Credit Certificate Programs

           10.4.3 Transfer of Credit

           10.4.4 Minimum Standards: Academic probation, Dismissal, Readmission

           10.4.5 Minimum Requirements for Students in Certificate Programs

           10.4.6 Completion of Credit Certificate Programs

  11. Special Course Types

        11.1 Courses Taken for Audit

        11.2 Independent Studies

        11.3 Community Service-Learning

        11.4 Internships

  12. Registration

        12.1 Initial Course Registration

        12.2 Add-Drop Period

        12.3 Waitlist Rules

        12.4 Change in Grade Type

        12.5 Withdrawal from a Course or from All Courses

        12.6 Reduction of Course Load Due to Medical Reasons

  13. Interruptions in Studies

        13.1 Interruptions of Studies due to Temporary Leaves and Separation from the University

        13.2 Temporary Leaves

           13.2.1 General Temporary Leave

           13.2.2 Medical Temporary Leave

           13.2.3 National Service or Military Temporary Leave

        13.3 Separation from the University

        13.4 Involuntary Suspension

        13.5 Interruption of Studies Caused by Emergencies, Hostilities, or War

        13.6 Trauma and Bereavement Policy

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