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 semesters.
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 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 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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