Academic Progression Policy
Academic Skills Courses & Placement Assessment
Course Numbering System
Credit Hour Load
Undergraduate Repeat Policy
Withdrawal from the University
A student who has not successfully completed the academic skills requirements will
have a hold(s) placed on his/her record that will remain until the specified requirements
have been met.
Freshmen: Once accepted for admission to Chicago State University, all freshmen must
take the university diagnostic examinations in English, mathematics and reading by
the end of the first term in residence. All freshmen must either meet the minimal
requirements of the university diagnostic examinations in English and Reading or pass
the appropriate academic skills course, namely, English 1230 or 1240, Reading 1500,
or Math 0990. To exit from these courses, students must pass the appropriate examination.
Transfer Students: Transfer students who have not completed an associate's degree
(A.A. degree or A.S. degree) must take proficiency examinations in English and reading.
Transfer students who transfer eligible general education math courses with a grade
of C or better and whose majors do not require additional mathematics courses do not
have to take the proficiency examination in mathematics. Transfer students who do
not transfer eligible general education math courses or who are required by their
majors to take more math, must take the proficiency examinations in mathematics.
Transfer students who have earned an associate's degree (A.A. degree or A.S. degree)
or who have completed sixty (60) hours or more from a combination of two-year and
four-year institutions, and who have completed the Illinois General Education Core,
are not required to take the proficiency examinations in English, reading and math
unless the courses are required as prerequisites for other courses.
Questions about the courses, the examinations, or preparation materials should be
addressed to the appropriate department chairperson:
||Dr. K. Attele
||Dr. R. Chierico
||Dr. N. Grim
The University reserves the right to limit the size of classes and to cancel classes
for which there is insufficient enrollment. Class cancellations are usually made before
the first day of class for the term. If the class for which you are registered is
officially cancelled for the term, you will automatically be dropped from the class.
If you do not register for an alternative class, a tuition refund will be processed
to your account according to the refund policy. Students receiving financial aid benefits
may wish to consult with their financial aid counselor concerning any award implications.
Students cannot attend classes for which they are not officially registered. Students
attending classes in which they are not officially enrolled will not be permitted
to register for the course after the last day to add the class.
Students are expected to make their own arrangements with faculty members about making
up class work and all assignments when classes are missed.
Instructors may initiate a student's withdrawal from a class for which a student either
has never attended or stopped attending. A WN withdrawal is for nonattendance. A WA
withdrawal is for lack of attendance if a student has attended at least once. The
grade codes of WN and WA are counted in the student's attempted hours. For additional
information, refer to the University catalog.
Students are expected to attend all class sessions in the course sections for which
they are registered. It is the student’s responsibility to drop the class if she or
he is not attending. Failure on the part of a student to officially withdraw from
a class prior to the official drop date may result in a failing grade (F). A student
may drop/withdraw all but the last class online through the published deadline.
See "Withdrawal from the University" for more information to drop or withdraw your
The course numbering system has changed from the use of three-digit course numbers
to four-digit course numbers. For a full listing of the three-digit course numbers
and the equivalent four-digit course numbers, please visit the following website:
|0900 to 0999
|1000 to 1999
|2000 to 2999
|3000 to 3999
|4000 to 4999
|5000 to 5999
|6000 to 6999
||Doctoral / Professional
The maximum credit hour load for the Fall semester is 16 credit hours. Students whose
CSU cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or better may register for a program of
18 semester hours. Additional hours beyond 16 must be approved by the department.
The Office of the Registrar must record that approval in the system.
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 Re-adjustments Benefits Act of 1966) must carry 12 credit hours to be eligible
for full subsistence allowances during the 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
Student athletes must carry a minimum of 12 hours during the fall and spring terms to maintain eligibility
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.
The maximum credit hour load of graduate courses is 12 hours in the fall semester.
Exceptions to the graduate course credit hour load may be made with the approval of
the graduate faculty advisors and/or the department chairperson and the graduate dean.
Students may not be registered at other colleges and universities without approval
of their advisors and the graduate dean. Permission must be obtained prior to registration
at either college.
An undergraduate student may request a grade of Incomplete (I) in a non-academic skills
course if extraordinary and unavoidable circumstances have prevented completion of
the required course work. By requesting an Incomplete, the student agrees to complete
of the required course work in accordance to the Incomplete (I) Grade Request & Contract
form. If a student does not complete the course work by the specified date, the grade
of "I" will be replaced by the default grade as stated in the contract.
A request for a grade of Incomplete must be initiated by the student and submitted
in writing using the Incomplete (I) Grade Request & Contract form. The contract must
be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by May 14, 2013. Contracts submitted after
this deadline may not be processed and result in the default grade of F.
The Incomplete (I) Grade Request & Contract form can be obtained in the Office of
the Registrar, ADM 128.
Students should not re-register for a course for which they have a grade of incomplete
(I). If, after the incomplete contract has expired and/or a change of grade has been
issued to replace the "I", a student may then register for the course again. (See
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 www.csu.edu/examinations/.
Prerequisites are listed in the university catalog or on CSU’s website 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 your academic advisor about
prerequisites for your courses.
Students are allowed to repeat a course and have the highest grade earned count toward
their cumulative grade point average. Please note that certain financial aid programs
may not cover the tuition for repeated courses. Students should contact a financial
aid advisor when attempting to repeat a course, to determine eligibility.
Drop/withdraw from all courses resulting in zero hours of enrollment)
Prior to requesting to formally withdraw from the University, students are strongly
encouraged to seek guidance from an academic advisor, major department chairperson,
college dean, or from the Office of the Registrar (ADM 128)/ Enrollment Management
(ADM 129) for a more suitable resolution to concerns affecting enrollment.
Students who fully withdraw from the university by January 22, 2013 are eligible for
a total reversal of tuition and applicable fees. Students are permitted to withdraw
from the university with a grade of W on their transcripts from January 23, 2013 through
February 14, 2013 and are eligible for a 50% reversal of the refundable tuition and
fees. No refunds will be issued for total withdrawals made aft er February 14, 2013.
A withdrawal from the University is not complete until the appropriate form is submitted,
approved and processed by the Office of the Registrar.
Follow the steps below to request to drop/withdraw the last class:
- Access and fill out the entire web-based Complete Withdraw Request online.
- Click on submit to forward the request to the Registrar’s Office.
- Complete applicable exit counseling (mandatory)
The Registrar’s Office will process the withdraw request and provide notification
of withdraw to your CSU email.
Errors in the information provided on registration/withdrawal forms are the student’s
Students can request to withdraw with a grade of W on their transcripts January 23
through May 3, 2013. It is the student’s responsibility to electronically submit the
properly completed course withdrawal to the Office of the Registrar no later than
5pm, May 3, 2013.
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