Academic Regulations

Academic Progression Policy
Academic Skills Courses & Placement Assessment
Cancelled Classes
Class Attendance
Course Numbering System

Credit Hour Load
Placement Assessment
Undergraduate Repeat Policy
Withdrawal from the University

Academic Progression Policy
Students who have not successfully completed the academic skills requirements will have a hold(s) placed on their records which will remain until the specified requirements have been met.

Academic Skills Courses & Placement Assessment
English and Reading / Once accepted for admission to Chicago State University, all freshmen and/or transfer students must take the university diagnostic examinations in English and Reading by the end of their first term in residence. All students must either meet their minimal requirements of the university diagnostic examinations in English and Reading or pass the appropriate academic skills course, namely, English 1230/123 or 1240/124, or Reading 1500/150. Students placing into an academic skills course in English or reading must enroll in the appropriate course the semester immediately following the examination. To exit from these courses, students must pass the appropriate examination.

Math / Effective Fall, 2007
Degree seeking undergraduate students may not register for any mathematics or computer science courses until they have passed the mathematics qualifying examination or the appropriate academic skills mathematics course(s).  This is a computerized examination which will place students into MATH 0880/088 (Math Tutorial), 0990/099 Level I or 0990/099 Level 2 (Intermediate Algebra) or a higher-level mathematics course depending on the student’s major.

Transfer students who transfer in one or two general education math courses with a C or better and whose majors do not require additional math courses do not have to take the placement examinations in mathematics.  Students must meet with their advisors to determine whether or not their majors require them to take the mathematics placement examination.  Regardless of major, any student who wishes to enroll in a course or courses for which passing the Math 0990/099 level of the diagnostic math examination is required as a prerequisite must take the examination and enroll in Math 0880/088 or 0990/099 Levis I or II as advised based on the mathematics examination results.

Math 0990 has the following general characteristics: (a) based on a computer platform that actively helps students develop the skills of self-monitoring and reflection, and allows individuals to proceed at a faster pace; (b) utilizes students' preexisting knowledge; (c) emphasizes acquiring computational skills and understanding of concepts; (d) uses graduate and undergraduate assistants as in-class tutors; (e) accommodates the students’ various levels of preparedness; (f) prepares students for Math 1800/123, 1010/140, 1200/162, CPTR 1100/141, etc. with Math 1800/123 being the general education course of choice for non-science majors; and (g) revises the curriculum to address math as needed in the majors.

Math 0990 is an eight credit course comprised of two levels of four credits per level: Level 1 and Level 2. The current upper-end of 090 and lower half of 095 have been merged into Math 0990 Level 1; the upper end of 095 and material from  098 have formed Math 0990 Level 2.  Thus, students needing only Level 2 will enroll in 4 credits only; students needing both levels will enroll in eight credits.   The placement exam will determine a student’s level.  Half a semester or eight weeks is devoted to each level.

Questions about the courses, the examinations, or preparation materials should be addressed to the appropriate area.


SubjectChairpersonOfficePhone (773)
MathematicsDr. K. AtteleHWH 332995-2102
EnglishDr. B. AghahowaSCI 320995-2189
ReadingDr. V. JonesED 318995-2089


Cancelled Classes
The university reserves the right to limit the size of the classes and to cancel classes for which there is insufficient enrollment. If the class for which you are registered is cancelled, you will automatically be dropped from the class. If you do not find an alternative class, a tuition refund will be processed to your account according to the refund policy. Students receiving financial aid may wish to consult with their financial aid counselor concerning any award implications.

Class Attendance
Students are expected to attend all class sessions in the course sections for which they are registered unless prevented by illness, an official university activity, or other urgent and unavoidable reasons. The responsibility for maintaining class attendance records rests with each faculty member. Students are expected to make their own arrangements with faculty members regarding making up class work and all assignments when classes are missed.

The following is the university policy on class attendance:

• An instructor may drop students who do not attend the first day of class and make no attempt to contact the instructor or department chairperson prior to the absence. The instructor may report students who do not attend the first two weeks of class without evidence of a legitimate excuse to the Registrar who will drop the student from the class.

• Instructors are required to monitor and keep records of the attendance of students at all class meetings. If a student’s total absences are equal to or exceed the equivalent of two weeks of instruction, the instructor may drop the student from the course with a grade of W by September 24. The instructor may assign a nonattendance grade of W/A or W/N. (See WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY)

• To drop or withdraw from courses, the student must use the drop/withdrawal form, have an advisor sign it, and then submit the form to the Registrar’s office. If a student stops attending a class but fails to withdraw officially from the class before the official drop date, the result may be a failing grade. Although the instructor may drop a student for nonattendance, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to drop the class. (See WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY).

If you are attending a class and you are informed that your name does not appear on the official preliminary and/or subsequent class rosters, it is your responsibility to investigate the matter immediately by contacting the Office of Records and Registration.

Course Numbering System

Effective Fall 2008, Chicago State University course numbers have changed from 3-digit numbers to 4-digit numbers.  Please check the back of this bulletin for a list of the former 3-digit course numbers and the equivalent 4-digit course number for all courses offered during the Fall 2008 term.

Courses NumbersLevel
0900 to 0999Developmental
1000 to 1999Freshman
2000 to 2999Sophomore
3000 to 3999Junior
4000 to 4999Senior
5000 to 5999Masters
6000 to 6999Doctoral

Graduate students-at-large may enroll in Masters level courses by obtaining permission from the academic department supervising the course prior to attempting to register for these courses.  Restrictions or safeguards are built into the registration system that prevent registration in these courses by students-at-large. Students at-large who wish to enroll for Masters courses should first check with department graduate advisors or chairpersons to have these restrictions lifted prior to registration.

Credit Hour Load

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS -The maximum credit hour load for the Fall semester is 16 credit hours. This includes all day session courses, evening courses; extension courses and courses taken elsewhere. Students whose CSU cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or better may register for a program of eighteen (18) semester hours. Additional hours beyond sixteen (16) must be approved by the department and the Registrar’s Office must put the approval in the system.

Students who have a cumulative CSU grade point average of 1.99 or less are limited to a maximum of 12 credit hours or four courses. Although there is no minimum credit hour load for students, the following minimum credit hour loads are recommended: Veterans receiving benefits under Public Law 89-358 “Veterans Readjustments Benefits Act of 1966,” must carry 12 credit hours to be eligible for full subsistence allowances during the Fall semester. Students may not be registered at other colleges without written permission from the Academic Evaluation and Advisement Office, ADM 128. This permission MUST be obtained prior to registration at either college.

F-1 international students must carry a minimum 12 hours during Fall and Spring terms to maintain lawful F-1 student status in the United States.

GRADUATE STUDENTS – A full-time academic load of graduate courses is twelve (12) hours in the Fall semester. Exceptions to the graduate course credit hour load may be made with the approval of the graduate faculty advisor and/or the department chairperson and the Graduate Dean. Students may not be registered at other colleges and universities without approval of their advisor and the Graduate Dean. Permission must be obtained prior to registration at either college.

F-1 international students must carry a minimum of 12 hours during Fall and Spring terms to maintain lawful F-1 student status in the United States.

Placement Assessment (ADM 126)
Students must have a picture ID to take the placement assessment. The placement assessment schedule is posted in the office as well as on the Examination Office web site

Prerequisites (+)
Prerequisites are listed in the university catalog or on CSU’s web site at A student should not attempt to register for a course unless she/he meets the prerequisites, if any, for the course. If a student does not meet the prerequisite for a course, the student may be dropped from the course. Please consult with your academic advisor about prerequisites for your courses.

Undergraduate Repeat Policy
Students are allowed to repeat a course and have the highest grade earned count toward the cumulative grade point average. Please note that certain financial aid programs may not cover tuition toward repeating a course. Students should contact a financial aid advisor when attempting to repeat a course to determine eligibility.

Withdrawal from the University
Students who withdraw from the university by September 8 are eligible for a total refund of all mandatory fees. Students are permitted to withdraw from the university until Wednesday, September 24 upon completing a Change of Program/Withdrawal form. Students must receive the approval of the advisor, Bursar and the Financial Aid Office for the course(s) withdrawn during this period on their Change of Program/Withdrawal form. Students who withdraw from the university during the period beginning September 8 and ending September 22 are eligible for a 50% refund of the eligible tuition and fees. No refunds will be issued after this date if a student withdraws from the university. A withdrawal from the university is not complete until the Change of Program/Withdrawal form is submitted and approved by a Records and Registration staff member. Errors in the completion of the Change of Program/Withdrawal form are the student’s responsibility. Students can request to drop or withdraw from a course after the submission of midterm grades until Friday, November 14, 2008 with the instructor’s signature. The form must have the instructor’s signature, student’s signature, and the grade of W/P or W/F must be circled by the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the signed form to the Office of the Registrar, ADM 128, no later than Friday, November 14, 2008. Forms submitted after November 14, 2008 will not be accepted.

Students can also request to be totally withdrawn from the university prior to the final exam period. Each instructor must sign the Post Mid Term Drop form in the space for written permission and circle the grade of W/P or W/F. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the signed form to the Office of the Registrar no later than Monday, December 1, 2008 before the onset of final exams. Grades of either W/P or W/F will appear on the final grade sheet for students who have requested a total withdrawal prior to the final exam period.

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