of all duties is required at Clemson University, and a student's first
duty is his/her scholastic work. All students should be thoroughly acquainted
with these basic requirements.
The semester hour
is the basis of all credits. Generally, one recitation hour or three laboratory
hours a week for a semester constitute a semester hour. Thus, in ENGL 101
Composition I, 3(3,0), as this subject is listed in the Courses of Instruction
section of this catalog, the student takes three semester hours. When the
course is completed satisfactorily, three credit hours are entered on the
student's record. The notation "3(3,0)" means that the course carries three
credits, has three clock hours of theory or recitation per week, and no
laboratory hours. CH 101 General Chemistry, 4(3,3), carries four semester
hours, has three hours of theory, and a three-hour laboratory period.
Except for an
entering freshman who is restricted to the curriculum requirements of his/her
major, the credit load for an undergraduate must be approved by the class
advisor. The class advisor will approve a credit load deemed in the best
interest of the student based on such factors as course requirements, grade-point
ratio, participation in other activities, and expected date of graduation.
For fall and
spring semesters, the maximum number of hours in which a student may enroll
is 21, and 15 hours is the maximum credit load for those on probation.
Permission of the department chair in which the student is a major is required
for all registration involving more than 21 hours, or 15 hours for those
on probation. Enrollment in summer is limited to ten credit hours each
term or seven credits each term for those on probation.
In fall and spring
semesters, enrollment in 12 or more credit hours is considered full
time. Combined enrollment in 12 or more hours in Maymester and first and
second summer terms is considered full time for the summer. Enrollment
in fewer than 12 credit hours is part time.
and Credit by Examination
In addition to
earning credit by the usual method involving classroom attendance, a student
may receive credit toward his/her degree by completing a course successfully
by examination only. Freshmen interested in exempting some elementary courses
in this manner should participate in the College Board Advanced Placement
Examination program and have the results of these tests sent to Clemson.
will also grant credit for successful completion of College-Level Examination
Program (CLEP) subject examinations which are administered by the College
may earn credit by means of a special examination without the necessity
of class attendance subject to the following requirements:
1. The applicant
must present evidence that he/she has received training or taken work which
is approximately equivalent to that given in the course at Clemson for
which an examination is requested.
2. The applicant
must not have previously failed or audited the course at Clemson.
3. The applicant
must apply in writing for the examination, and the request must be approved
by the instructor, chair of the department in which the course is taught,
and the Office of Records and Registration. Application forms are available
in the Office of Records and Registration.
4. Credit (CR)
will be awarded for acceptable work in lieu of letter grades in recognition
of college-level achievement as determined by College Board Advanced Placement
Examination, College-Level Examination Program subject examination, institutional
special examinations, and similar instruments.
For Clemson students,
coursework completed with a grade of C or higher at other regionally accredited
institutions, including correspondence courses, telecourses, and appropriate
exemption credit, will be evaluated for transfer in terms of equivalent
courses included in the Clemson curriculum of the student's choice. This
does not guarantee that all courses taken at other institutions will be
accepted for transfer. The acceptability of each course or exemption will
be based on an evaluation by the faculty concerned. Coursework earned at
different institutions will not be joined to equate with one Clemson course.
No course taken at a nonbacca-laureate-degree granting institution may
be used as an equivalent or substitute for any 300- or 400-level Clemson
including, but not limited to, military service schools, non-collegiate
sponsored instruction, work related experiences, etc. will not be evaluated
for transfer; however, enrolled students may request credit by examination
for any non-transferable learning experience. For additional information,
see section entitled Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination
in this catalog.
each course should be obtained by the student prior to scheduling the class.
By obtaining advance approval, the student is assured of receiving proper
credit at Clemson upon satisfactory completion of the course. Information
and forms relative to this approval may be obtained in the Student Records
Office, 104 Sikes Hall.
The grading system
is as follows:
work of a very high character, the highest grade given.
work that is definitely above average, though not of the highest quality.
work of average or medium character.
work below average and unsatisfactory, the lowest passing grade.
that the student knows so little of the subject that it must be repeated
in order that credit may be received.
that a relatively small part of the semester's work remains undone. Grade
I is not given a student who made a grade F on his/her daily
work. Students are allowed thirty days after the beginning of the next
scheduled session, excluding summers and regardless of the student's enrollment
status, to remove the incomplete grade. Normally, only one extension for
each I may be granted, and this under unusual circumstances. The
extension must be approved in writing by the instructor of the course and
the chair of the department in which the course was taken. The extension
will indicate the nature and amount of work to be completed and the time
limit. (Students under this policy are prohibited from removing the
I by repeating the course.) A letter grade of I converts to
F unless the incomplete is removed within the time specified.
that the student withdrew from the course or was withdrawn by the instructor
after the first two weeks of classwork and prior to the last seven weeks
of classes, not including the examination period. Proportionate time periods
apply during summer and other shortened sessions. Each undergraduate student
is allowed to withdraw or be withdrawn with a grade of W from no
more than 17 hours of coursework during the entire academic career at Clemson
University. Transfer students may withdraw from no more than 12 percent
of the total work remaining to be done in the chosen undergraduate curriculum
at the time of transfer to Clemson University up to a total of 17 hours
of coursework, whichever is fewer. Partial credit for courses cannot be
dropped. A student who exceeds these limits of hours or who is enrolled
during any part of the last seven weeks of classes shall have final grades
recorded. A student may withdraw from the University subject to
the restrictions above. Additionally, pending approval from the provost
or the provost's designee, students may withdraw from Clemson University
one time only during their academic careers prior to the final seven weeks
of classes (proportionate time periods apply during summer and other shortened
sessions), without reduction from their allotted W hours. Any variance
from these restrictions must be approved by the provost or the provost's
designee and must be requested within 90 calendar days (exclusive of summer
vacation) from the date printed on the grade report. The student must document
the circumstances supporting the request. For financial aid purposes, enrollment
is defined and satisfactory academic progress levels are established as
of the last day to register or add classes. Withdrawal can negatively impact
financial aid eligibility if a student does not complete a sufficient number
of hours. Details are available in the publication Financing Your Clemson
a student's grade-point ratio, the total number of grade points accumulated
by the student is divided by the total number of credit hours attempted
at Clemson during the semester, session, or other period for which the
grade-point ratio is calculated. For each credit hour, the student receives
grade points as follows: A4, B3, C2, D1. No grade points
are assigned for grades F, I, P, or W.
Juniors or Seniors
enrolled in a four-year curriculum may take four courses (maximum of 15
credit hours), with not more than two courses in a given semester on a
Pass/Fail basis. Transfer and five-year program students may take Pass/Fail
courses on a pro rata basis. Only courses to be used as electives may be
taken optionally as Pass/Fail.
courses which have been failed may not be repeated Pass/Fail.
in Pass/Fail courses will be handled in the same manner as for regular
enrollment. Departmental approval must be obtained via approval form and
returned to the Office of Records and Registration in accordance with the
University calendar for adding courses. Instructors will submit letter
grades to the Office of Records and Registration. These grades will be
converted as follows: A, B, C to P (pass);
D, F to F (fail). Only P (minimum letter grade
of C) or F will be shown on a student's permanent record
and will not affect the grade-point ratio.
If a student
changes to a major which requires a previously passed course, and this
course has been taken Pass/Fail, he/she may request either to take the
course on a letter-graded basis, the P be changed to C, or
substitution of another course.
In the event
limited enrollment in a class is necessary, priority will be given as follows:
majors, letter-graded students, Pass/Fail students, and auditors.
Once, near mid-term,
in every undergraduate course the instructor shall make available for each
student (a)that student's ranking to-date in that course or (b) that student's
course grade to-date, relative to the grading system stated in the course
should occur near mid-term, but it shall occur no later than the course
meeting prior to the last day to withdraw without final grades. More frequent
feedback is strongly encouraged.
and instructor are to recognize that this feedback reflects the student's
performance up to that point in time, and as such, that student's final
course grade may change based upon subsequent coursework performance(s).
includes all undergraduate courses and applies to all summer sessions,
The standing of
a student in his/her work at the end of a semester is based upon daily
classwork, tests or other work, and the final examinations. Faculty members
may excuse from the final examinations all students having the grade of
A on the coursework prior to the final examination, but for all
other students written examinations are required in all subjects at the
end of each semester, except in certain laboratory or practical courses
in which final examinations are not deemed necessary by the department
must be given on the dates and at the times designated in the final examination
Final grade reports
are mailed to enrolled students at the end of each semester, or summer
session if appropriate, at their home addresses.
A subject dropped
after the first two weeks of classwork and prior to the last seven weeks
during the fall and spring semesters is recorded as W-Withdrew.
Proportionate time periods apply during summer sessions.
At the end of
any enrollment period, a notice of academic probation shall be placed on
the grade report of an undergraduate student if his/her cumulative grade-point
ratio is below 2.0, which is the minimum necessary for graduation.
In the event
that a student is placed on academic probation, notification to that effect
will be placed on the grade report for that session in which the student's
academic deficiency occurred and for each session the student remains on
probation. The student who clears probation by returning to the graduating
academic requirement (2.0) will have notice to that effect placed on the
grade report for that session. No notation concerning probation is placed
on the student's permanent record.
A student on
academic probation will be suspended or dismissed at the end of the spring
semester if his/her cumulative grade-point ratio is below the minimum cumulative
grade-point ratio (MCGPR). Students entering Clemson University for the
first time will not be subject to suspension until the student has attempted
coursework at Clemson for two semesters, that is, fall and spring semesters
(not necessarily consecutive enrollment). The minimum cumulative grade-point
ratio is 2.0 for students with credit levels greater than or equal to 95
hours. For students with credit levels less than 95 hours, the MCGPR is
given in the table below. CL in the table is the student's credit level,
based on all credits taken at Clemson, plus any advanced standing received
from transfer credits and credits based on approved examination programs.
A student who
passes at least 12 semester credit hours and earns a 2.2 semester grade-point
ratio on all hours attempted in the most recent semester (fall or spring)
or summer session(s) is permitted to continue enrollment even though his/her
cumulative grade-point ratio is below the required minimum grade-point
ratio, defined above.
first failure to qualify for continued enrollment will subject him/her
to suspension from the University for the next fall or spring semester.
Notice of academic suspension will appear on the permanent record.
after suspension, a subsequent failure to meet the requirements for continued
enrollment before clearing probation will result in dismissal from the
University, and notice of dismissal will appear on the permanent record.
Dismissals are for one calendar year.
to suspension or dismissal may appeal to the Appeals Committee on Continuing
Enrollment at the end of the spring semester or summer session(s). The
Appeals Committee on Continuing Enrollment meets approximately one week
after final exams following spring and second summer session. Appeals must
be in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services no later than three
days prior to the Appeals Committee meeting. An appeal must include a letter
from the student giving a complete explanation for the student's poor academic
performance. To the extent possible, verifiable documentation should also
be included. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a letter directly
to the chairperson of the Appeals Committee on Continuing Enrollment from
the pertinent department chair (or designate) or academic advisor stating
support of the student for continued enrollment in that department. Appeals
will be granted only in the most exceptional cases, and a student will
be allowed to continue on appeal only once prior to dismissal. Students
who return on a successful appeal must meet the conditions specified by
the Appeals Committee on Continuing Enrollment.
to suspension or dismissal after the spring semester will be permitted
to enroll in summer school and may have their regular enrollment reinstated
immediately if the summer school work brings their cumulative grade-point
ratio above the minimum cumulative grade-point ratio or if the student
passes at least twelve semester credit hours and earns a 2.2 grade-point
ratio on all hours attempted during the summer session(s).
When a student
is suspended or dismissed for academic reasons, ineligibility to continue
officially commences on the first day of classes of the very next semester
(fall or spring, as appropriate) immediately following the decision of
A student who
has been dismissed may file a petition for readmission with the Appeals
Committee on Continuing Enrollment after one calendar year. If this petition
is denied, the student may file subsequent petitions for readmission after
any intervening term of enrollment. Dismissed students who are readmitted
and again fail to meet the requirements for continuing enrollment will
be dismissed and may not appeal to continue.
enrollment appeals process is separate from the unsatisfactory academic
progress appeal with Student Financial Aid. Students subject to suspension
or dismissal must be allowed to continue enrollment before submitting a
satisfactory academic progress appeal for financial aid eligibility. Further
information on satisfactory academic progress is available in the Financial
Information section and in the publication Financing Your Clemson
A student wishing
to protest a final course grade must first try to resolve any disagreement
with the instructor. If unable to reach a resolution, the student may follow
the procedures listed under "Academic Grievance Committee." Grievances
must be filed within 90 calendar days (exclusive of summer vacation) from
the date printed on the grade report.
A student may
repeat a course passed with a grade lower than B. Both grades will
be calculated in the grade-point ratio; however, credit for the course
will be counted only once toward the number of hours required for graduation.
For financial aid purposes, duplicate credits do not count as credits completed
for satisfactory academic progress. If a student repeats a course passed
with a grade of B or better, the credits attempted as well as credits
and grade points earned will be removed from the cumulative summary.
A student who
has failed a course (made F) cannot receive credit for that course
until it has been satisfactorily repeated hour for hour in a class; except
that in the case of corelated laboratory work, the number of hours to be
taken shall be determined by the instructor. Where separate grades for
class and laboratory work are given, that part of the subject shall be
repeated in which the failure occurs. Successfully repeating a course previously
graded F does not erase the original F grade from the student's
record. Both grades will appear on the record and will be computed in the
A candidate for
an undergraduate degree is a student who has turned in a completed diploma
application by the deadline prescribed in the University calendar for a
particular graduation date.
To qualify for
an undergraduate degree, a student must complete from Clemson a minimum
of 30 of the last 36 credits presented for the degree.
Incompletes Received in Last Semester
A candidate for
a degree who in the semester immediately prior to graduation receives one
or more grades of I shall have an opportunity of removing the unsatisfactory
grades provided the final grades are received in the Office of Records
and Registration, 104 Sikes Hall, by the time grades for candidates for
graduation are due. A candidate who qualifies for graduation under this
regulation will be awarded his/her degree on the regular date for the award
A cumulative grade-point
ratio of 2.0 is required for graduation. Candidates for degrees are required
to apply for their diplomas within three weeks following the opening of
the final semester or the opening of the first summer session prior to
the date the degrees are to be awarded. Applications should be filled out
in the Office of Records and Registration, 104 Sikes Hall, on the forms
If all work toward
a degree is not completed within six years after entrance, the student
may be required to take additional courses.
To be graduated
with honors a student must have a minimum cumulative grade-point ratio
At the end of
the fall and spring semesters, the following lists shall be compiled of
undergraduate students who have achieved grade-point ratios of 3.5 to 4.0
on a minimum of 12 semester hours, exclusive of Pass/Fail coursework.
- 3.5 to 3.99 grade-point ratio
List - 4.0 grade-point ratio
offers a number of awards for out- standing achievement in specific fields
and endeavors. Recipients are chosen by selection committees and are announced
at the annual Honors and Awards Day program or other appropriate ceremonies.
Detailed information relating to such awards is available in the offices
of the academic deans and department chairs.
for each course are enumerated under each course in the Courses of Instruction.
In addition to these requirements, colleges and departments may also establish
other standards as conditions for enrollment. It is the student's responsibility
to refer to individual college and curricular information for specific
College work proceeds
at such a pace that regular attendance is necessary for each student to
obtain maximum benefits from instruction. Regular and punctual attendance
at all class and laboratory sessions is a student obligation, and each
student is responsible for all the work, including tests and written work,
in all class and laboratory sessions. No right or privilege exists that
permits a student to be absent from any given number of class or laboratory
sessions except as stated in the syllabus for each course. At the same
time, it is obvious that students have valid reasons for missing classes;
the instructors are expected to be reasonable in the demands they place
on students. In this regard, instructors must inform the students in the
syllabus required in every class what constitutes excessive absences and
the penalty, if any, for such absences. Faculty who impose penalties for
excessive absences must keep accurate attendance records.
are on scholarships and/or grants-in-aid overseen by the University Scholarships
and Awards Committee. The acceptance of such scholarships and/or grants-in-aid
may require participation in events both on and off campus. Additionally,
students occasionally are required to miss class because of participation
in co-curricular activities, such as class trips, that the faculty members
note on their syllabi. The student must discuss these activities with the
faculty members whose classes will be missed well in advance of their occurrences.
The documentable absences are necessary, and the instructor will make arrangements
for those students to make up graded work that takes place during those
necessary absences. The time, location, and nature of the make-up work
will be at the discretion of the instructor. If required, documentation
will be provided to instructors by students.
are expected to set reasonable policies in working with those student personal
documentable absences that are truly beyond the student's control. After
reviewing the reason for the absence, the instructor at his/her discretion
may allow the student to make up the graded work missed.
All other aspects
of class attendance are within the discretion of the instructor, department,
or college responsible for the course. If a student feels unfairly treated
in any attendance-related situation, the student has the right of appeal
to the Academic Grievance Committee.
First Day Class
All students are
required to attend the first scheduled day of classes and labs. Students
who cannot attend the first class are responsible for contacting the instructor
to indicate their intent to remain in that class. If a student does not
attend the first class meeting or make contact with the instructor by the
second meeting or the last day to add, whichever comes first, the instructor
has the option of dropping that student from the roll.
During Dead Days,
all regularly scheduled classes are conducted; however, course testing
on these days is limited to scheduled laboratory and one semester hour
course final exams and make-up tests. Dead Days are observed during fall
and spring semesters only.
Days do not apply to courses numbered 600 or above.
may audit courses upon the written approval of the instructor. Auditors
are under no obligation of regular attendance, preparation, recitation,
or examination and receive no credit. Participation in classroom discussion
and laboratory exercises by auditors is at the discretion of the instructor.
A student who has previously audited a course is ineligible for credit
and graduate students enrolled in 12 or more hours may audit courses at
no additional charge. Others interested in auditing should verify their
eligibility through the Registrar's Office.
course is one that can be taken for credit under different departmental
titles. For example, students can take Demography as either R S 471 or
SOC 471. The student should select the desired departmental title in conference
with an advisor. The departmental title may be changed only during the
period allowed by the University calendar for adding a course.
in Graduate Courses
Clemson University seniors in any graduate course is subject to approval
by the department offering the course and the Graduate School. This approval
is required prior to registration and may be obtained by completing and
returning to the Graduate School Office the appropriate form (Form GS6,
available at the Graduate School Office). The total course work load for
the semester must not exceed 18 hours, and the cumulative graduate credits
earned by seniors shall not exceed 12 semester hours.
a cumulative grade point ratio of 3.0 or higher may enroll in 700- or 800-level
courses and may use these courses to meet requirements for the bachelor's
degree. However, courses used for this purpose cannot be counted later
toward an advanced degree. Alternatively, such students may take 600-,
700- or 800-level courses in excess of
for their undergraduate degrees and may request that these courses be included
as a part of their graduate program if they are subsequently admitted to
the Graduate School. Courses cannot be taken at the 600 level if their
300- and 400-level counterparts are required for the undergraduate degree
in the same academic major as the proposed graduate degree.
A Clemson senior
with a cumulative grade-point ratio less than 3.0 may apply to the Graduate
School for conditional acceptance. If accepted, the student may enroll
in graduate courses for inclusion in a future graduate program, subject
to approval of Form GS6. The form must be turned in and accepted by the
Graduate School before a student can register for graduate courses.
In all cases,
the credits and quality points associated with senior enrollment in graduate
courses will be part of the undergraduate record.
permanent academic record is maintained in the Registrar's Office and contains
personal identifying information, grades, and credits. Where appropriate,
statements of a corrective nature, withdrawals, suspension for failure
to meet academic standards, suspension for disciplinary reasons, and graduation
data are added. It is a historical record of the student's academic progress.
All new students
are classified as freshmen unless they have attended another college prior
to entrance. Students who have completed college work elsewhere will be
classified on the basis of semester hours accepted at Clemson rather than
the amount of work presented. To be classified as a member of any class
other than freshman, students must meet the credit-hour requirements below:
- 30 credit hours
60 credit hours
95 credit hours
Each student is
assigned to an academic advisor in his/her major area. It is the responsibility
of the student to consult with the advisor during registration. The advisor
will assist the student in scheduling courses so as to fulfill the requirements
of the degree program. Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of the student
to fulfill the relevant requirements of the degree. Advisors also maintain
files on individual advisees to assist in academic planning.
Change of Major
student who meets the Continuing Enrollment Policy after attempting 12
credit hours at Clemson University (or who is allowed to continue by virtue
of a semester 2.2 grade-point ratio on 12 earned credits or who is allowed
to continue through appeal to the Continuing Enrollment Appeals Committee
or by other authorization of this committee) may transfer from one major
to another at will. Any college or department which seeks an exception
to this policy must have the approval of the collegiate dean and the Provost.
from the University
A student may
withdraw from the University subject to the restrictions in the section
on W Withdrew. Students who exceed these restrictions shall have
final grades recorded. Any variance from the restrictions must be approved
by the provost or the provost's designee and must be requested within 90
calendar days (exclusive of summer vacation) from the date printed on the
grade report. The student must document the circumstances supporting the
request. All University withdrawals (including withdrawing from the only
course in which a student is enrolled) must be processed by the Director
of Undergraduate Academic Services. Students should report to Room 101,
Sikes Hall. For financial aid purposes, enrollment is defined and satisfactory
academic progress levels are established as of the last day to register
or add classes. Withdrawing from the University can negatively impact financial
aid eligibility if a student has not completed a sufficient number of hours.
Details are available in the publication Financing Your Clemson University
The student who
has not enrolled at Clemson for a period of two or more academic years
may apply to the Appeals Committee on Continuing Enrollment for readmission
under special conditions known as academic renewal. Under these conditions,
the previous credits attempted and quality-point deficit will not constitute
a liability in a new grade-point computation. However, no credits passed
or their attending quality points will be available to the student for
a degree at Clemson. The previous record will appear on the permanent record
as well as the notation of readmission under the policy of academic renewal.
Students returning under the academic renewal policy who apply for financial
aid should submit written notification of their status to the Office of
Student Financial Aid in order to update their academic progress record.
As members of
the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson's
vision of this institution as a "high seminary of learning." Fundamental
to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility,
without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others. Furthermore,
we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson
degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in
A. Any breach
of the principles outlined in the Academic Integrity Statement is considered
an act of academic dishonesty.
dishonesty is further defined as:
receiving, or using unauthorized aid on any academic work;
which includes the copying of language, structure, or ideas of another
and attributing the work to one's own efforts;
to copy, edit, or delete computer files that belong to another person or
use of Computer Center account numbers that belong to another person without
the permission of the file owner, account owner or file number owner;
C. All academic
work submitted for grading contains an implicit pledge and may contain,
at the request of an instructor, an explicit pledge by the student that
no unauthorized aid has been received.
D. It is the
responsibility of every member of the Clemson University community to enforce
the Academic Integrity Policy.
The power to hear
cases of academic dishonesty is vested in an Academic Integrity Committee.
Integrity Committee is composed of twenty members as follows:
1. Ten tenured
members of the faculty; two members from each college elected by their
respective collegiate faculties. Faculty members will be elected on a staggered
term basis, serving for a period of two years after initiation of staggered
terms. Terms commence with fall semester late registration.
2. Ten members
of the undergraduate student body; two from each college. Student members
are nominated by the Student Body President, through an application and
interview process in the spring semester, approved by the Student Senate,
and appointed by the Provost for terms of two years. Students must have
a 3.0 grade-point ratio at the time of appointment and must have completed
30 hours by the end of the spring semester. Nominations will be made in
the spring semester with terms of service commencing with fall semester
3. The committee
is divided into four standing boards, hereafter referred to as hearing
boards, which will hear the cases of academic dishonesty. Hearing boards
convene on a weekly, rotational basis unless there are no cases to be heard.
For summer sessions, the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services must
maintain at least one hearing board to hear cases.
boards are comprised of two faculty members, two students, and one chairperson.
Quorum, for a hearing board, is one student, one faculty member, and a
chairperson. Decisions by the hearing board will be by majority vote.
will be elected from within the Committee's membership. Two chairpersons
are selected from the faculty membership and two from the student membership.
Chairpersons will vote only to break a tie.
6. Before hearing
any cases, a new member of the committee must undergo a training session(s)
with the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services.
7. The Director
of Undergraduate Academic Services is the administrative coordinator of
the Academic Integrity Committee.
1. When, in
the opinion of a faculty member, there is evidence that a student has committed
an act of academic dishonesty, the faculty member shall make a formal written
charge of academic dishonesty, including a description of the misconduct,
to the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services.
At the same
time, the faculty member may, but is not required to, inform each involved
student privately of the nature of the alleged charge.
2. When, in
the opinion of the student, there is evidence that another student has
committed an act of academic dishonesty, he/she should contact the faculty
member for the course to discuss the incident. After being contacted, if,
in the opinion of the faculty member, there is evidence that a student
has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the faculty member shall make
a formal written charge of academic dishonesty, including a description
of the misconduct, to the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services.
At the same time, the faculty member may, but is not required to, inform
each student involved privately of the nature of the alleged charge.
3. When the
Director of Undergraduate Academic Services has received a formal charge
of an alleged violation, he/she will contact the student involved privately
to notify him/her of the charge and at the same time will provide the student
with a copy of the charge and a copy of the procedures that the Academic
Integrity Committee has adopted, pursuant to number 6 below.
4. After informing
the student involved, the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services will
convene one of the boards of the Academic Integrity Committee within 14
calendar days of his/her being notified of an alleged violation. All students
will be presumed innocent of a violation until found guilty by a hearing
5. A charge
of academic dishonesty in a course must be made within 14 calendar days
of the date printed on the grade report for the semester or session in
which the course is completed. If an I (Incomplete) is given in
a course, the grade in the course is considered to be final when the I
is made up.
6. The Academic
Integrity Committee will adopt its procedures, to be followed by all hearing
boards, prior to the first case heard by a hearing board. In addition to
providing the student with a copy of the procedures, as stated in number
3 above, the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services will provide a
copy of the procedures to the involved faculty member and also the hearing
board members. The Director of Undergraduate Academic Services will also
retain copies of these procedures. The procedures must afford both faculty
and students the opportunity to present their cases and the opportunity
7. In cases
in which there is a finding of guilt, the faculty member may consult with
the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services to consider any past precedent
established regarding academic penalties levied in similar cases. Faculty
members must inform the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services of
the academic penalty for a student found guilty by a hearing board.
8. The Director
of Undergraduate Academic Services is responsible for notifying the registrar
and all other appropriate University personnel of the finding of guilt
and the academic penalty. The Director of Undergraduate Academic Services
retains all records of academic dishonesty cases and their findings in
accordance with the University's Records Retention Policy.
1. Upon a
finding of "not guilty" by a hearing board, the student's record will not
reflect the incident.
2. Upon a finding
of "guilty" by a hearing board, the Director of Undergraduate Academic
Services will notify the student and faculty member of the decision immediately.
If the offense is the first for the student, then the faculty member has
the ability to determine the academic penalty, which shall not exceed a
grade of F for the course.
3. If the finding
of guilt is not the student's first offense, the student will receive a
grade of F for the course, will be suspended from the University
for one or more semesters, and may be permanently dismissed from the University.
The hearing board will determine the period for which the student will
be suspended or, if applicable, permanently dismissed. Suspension or dismissal
requires the approval of the President of the University.
do not have the option to appeal a decision of guilt rendered by the hearing
board, whether it is the first, second, or any subsequent offense. Students
do not have the option to appeal the penalty determined by the faculty
member for first offenses or to appeal the grade of F for the course
given for second offenses.
2. For offenses
resulting in suspension or permanent dismissal, students have the option
to present written information to the President of the University to appeal
the length of the suspension or to appeal a decision of permanent dismissal.
Students must present information in their defense, as allowed in this
paragraph, to the President within five working days after receipt of written
notification of the suspension or dismissal. However, as stated in number
1 above, students cannot appeal a decision of guilt rendered by the hearing
The Academic Grievance
Committee hears all grievances involving the following: (a) allegations
of undergraduate student academic dishonesty; (b) allegations by undergraduate
students against a faculty or staff member of discrimination in academics
on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability,
or veterans status (except in those cases where the grievance involves
student employment); (c) grievances of a personal or professional nature
involving an individual undergraduate student and a faculty member; and
(d) claims by undergraduate students concerning the inequitability of final
grades. (The only aspects of a final grade case that are grievable are
claims by students of final grades being changed because of personal or
professional reasons. Students may not grieve issues such as quality of
instruction or the difficulty of testing, for example.) In all unresolved
cases, the committee makes its recommendations to the President through
the Provost. All proceedings of the committee are confidential. (For possible
grievances arising from the inability to understand teachers whose first
language is not English, the student must follow the English Fluency Policy
referenced in the Student Handbook and Schedule of Classes.)
Grievance Committee is composed of 28 members as follows:
members of the faculty; three members from each college. Members are appointed
on a staggered basis by the respective college deans and serve for a period
of three years. Term commences with fall semester registration.
students, nominated by the student body president, approved by the Student
Senate and appointed by the Provost for one-year terms. Nominations should
be made in the spring semester. Term of service commences with fall semester
registration. At least one and no more than three students shall be appointed
from any one college.
C. Dean of
Student Life (or designee);
D. The Senior
Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies shall appoint the chairperson
from those faculty members who have previously served.
II. Rules and
Procedures for Academic Grievances
1. Any student
filing a grievance must first attempt to resolve it by consulting with
the involved faculty or staff member for resolution. In the event no resolution
is reached, the student shall consult serially with the Ombudsman in the
Office of Undergraduate Academic Services, the department chair and dean
of the faculty member, who shall hear the grievance and act as mediators.
The Ombudsman, dean, department chair or immediate staff superior, faculty
or staff member and student shall make every effort to reach a solution.
2. If the grievance
remains unresolved, the student may bring a written statement detailing
the grievance before the Academic Grievance Committee. The student must
report to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services and secure a checklist
form which the student will use to document the following: (a) the dates
of those consultations described in Procedure 1, above, (b) the names of
those persons consulted, and (c) the signature of the collegiate dean attesting
that no resolution could be reached. (Note: If all parties agree, the checklist
may be signed and dated during the initial consultation.) Both the written
statement and the checklist form must be delivered to the Office of Undergraduate
Academic Services within 90 calendar days (exclusive of summer vacation)
from the date the student alleges to have been aggrieved; or, in a case
involving a protest of a final grade, the grievances must be filed within
90 calendar days (exclusive of summer vacation) from the date printed on
the grade report for the term in which the student alleges that an inequitable
grade was recorded. The Office of Undergraduate Academic Services will
retain the original documents and forward a copy of the grievance to the
chairperson of the Academic Grievance Committee. In a case involving a
protest of final grade, the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services will
notify the Office of Records and Registration of the filed grievance. The
failure of a student to file a grievance within the 90-day period will
cause him/her to forfeit his/her right to file a grievance under this procedure.
(d) If a student files a grievance, the professor has 90 days (excluding
summer) to respond.
3. The documents
referred to in Procedure 2, shall be delivered to the chairperson of the
Academic Grievance Committee. The chairperson shall, upon receipt of the
documents, appoint a subcommittee consisting of a chairperson who is a
ulty or staff
member of the committee and at least two other committee members, including
at least one student, to investigate the grievance. If possible,
the subcommittee shall include members who are not in the same college
as the grievant.
4. The committee
members appointed by the chairperson will constitute the subcommittee to
investigate the grievance. A minimum of three subcommittee members, including
at least one student member, must be present for the subcommittee to conduct
the hearing described in Procedure 7.
5. The subcommittee
to investigate the grievance will attempt to gather all information pertinent
to the grievance in separate meetings with the individuals who give information
concerning the grievance; however, after the separate meetings have been
held, the subcommittee may question the student and faculty or staff member
simultaneously in one meeting. Such a joint meeting will be held only if
the subcommittee deems it necessary for clarifying the facts.
6. The Academic
Grievance Committee will, to the greatest extent possible, handle each
case in a confidential manner.
7. The hearing
on the grievance will be informal and shall be closed to the public. The
chairperson shall take whatever action is necessary to ensure an equitable,
orderly and expeditious hearing. Minutes of the meeting shall be taken,
and all parties to the grievance shall be given an opportunity to be heard.
Each party is responsible for having present at the hearing all witnesses
that he/she wishes to speak on his/her behalf. In addition, the chairperson
may request the presence of any other person who can supply information
pertinent to the grievance. Witnesses shall not be present during the hearing
proceedings except when they are called to speak before the committee.
The parties shall be permitted to question all individuals who are heard
by the committee. If any witness is unable to be present at the hearing,
the chairperson may, at his/her discretion, accept a written statement
from that witness to be presented at the hearing. The parties shall be
accorded the right to assistance of counsel of their own choice; however,
counsel shall not be permitted to participate actively in the proceedings.
8. Upon conclusion
of the hearing, the subcommittee shall reach, by majority vote, a posed
solution to the grievance. The subcommittee chairperson shall then formulate
the findings in writing and seek to obtain from the parties involved in
the grievance signed acceptance for a recommended solution to the grievance.
If all parties to the grievance accept the solution posed by the subcommittee,
the matter of the grievance will be considered closed when the solution
has been implemented. Copies of the written findings and recommended solution
will be forwarded by the subcommittee chairperson to all parties to the
grievance for acceptance via return receipted certified mail. Each party
will be asked to indicate acceptance of the posed solution by signing and
returning the letter within 14 calendar days of its date. Failure to respond
within 14 calendar days will constitute acceptance. Proper notification
of the solution arrived at by the Academic Grievance Committee will then
be mailed by the subcommittee chairperson to the involved faculty or staff
member, department chair of the faculty member or immediate superior of
ber, the involved
collegiate dean, and Director of Undergraduate Academic Services. In a
case involving a protest of a final grade, the subcommittee chairperson
will also notify the Office of Records and Registration of the solution
arrived at by the Academic Grievance Committee.
9. If, after
the conclusion of the hearing on the grievance, the chairperson cannot
secure acceptance of the posed solution, the grievance shall be
referred to the President of the University via the Provost with the
committee's recommended solution to the grievance along with all supporting
evidence previously submitted to the Academic Grievance Committee. When
grievances are referred in this manner, the President, on behalf of the
University, shall make the final decision on the solution to the grievance
and will then notify the involved faculty or staff member, department chair
of the involved faculty member or immediate superior of the staff member,
involved collegiate dean, and Director of Undergraduate Academic Services
of the University's final decision. In a case involving a protest of a
final grade, the President will also notify the Office of Records and Registration
of the University's final decision.
10. The chairperson
shall keep in confidence all records pertinent to each grievance and pass
these records to the Office of the Provost for filing. Records shall be
available to succeeding chairpersons of the Academic Grievance Committee.
11. The Academic
Grievance Committee shall make every reasonable effort to resolve every
grievance presented to it by the end of the semester in which each grievance
12. These procedures
can be changed by the Academic Council. Such changes shall not affect any
case under consideration at the time of the change. Notification of any
changes to the procedure shall be given to the President of the University
via the Academic Council.