Academic Progression Policy
Academic Skills Courses & Placement Assessment
Course Numbering System
Credit Hour Load
Undergraduate Repeat Policy
Withdrawal from the University
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.
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 123 or 124, or Reading 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
During the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters, the following courses will not be
offered: Math 090, 095 and 098. Beginning fall 2007, a new single course, Math 099:
Applied Intermediate Algebra will be piloted. The new course affords students an opportunity
to complete developmental math in eight to sixteen weeks versus one to three full
Math 099 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 123,
140, 162, CPTR 141, etc. with Math 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 099 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 will be merged
into Level 1; the upper end of 095 and material from 098 will form 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. Assessment data will
provide a scientific method of determining cutoff points to place students in Level
1, Level 2, or place out of 099.
Questions about the courses, the examinations, or preparation materials should be
addressed to the appropriate area: Mathematics (Dr. K. Attele, HWH 322, (773) 995-2102)
English (Dr. Brenda Aghahowa, SCI 320, (773) 995-2189) Reading (Dr. Virginia E. Jones,
ED 318, (773) 995-2089).
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.
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 February 20. 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.
Courses numbered 100 to 199 are of junior college level; from 200 to 299 of senior
college level; from 300 to 399 of senior college level; 300G to 399G of graduate level;
from 400 to 499 of graduate level; from 600- 699 of doctoral level. Courses numbered
400-499 are designed as part of the master’s degree programs and are therefore restricted
to only those who hold a bachelor’s degree. Graduate students-at-large may enroll
in 400-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 400-level courses should
first check with department graduate advisors or chairpersons to have these restrictions
lifted prior to registration.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS -The maximum credit hour load for the Spring 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
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 Spring 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 Spring
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.
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 are listed in the university catalog or on CSU’s web site at www.csu.edu/catalogs.
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.
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.
Students who withdraw from the university by February 5 are eligible for a total refund
of all tuition, student activity and Student Union fees. Students are permitted to
withdraw from the university until Wednesday, February 20 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 February 6 and ending February 19 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. Students must also 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. 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, March 28, 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, March 28, 2008. Forms submitted after March 28, 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 Friday, May
2, 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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