Southeast Missouri State University
Undergraduate Bulletin 2006-2007, Chapter Two: Admission/Expenses/Academic Policies
Students are expected to attend all classes and to complete all assignments for courses in which they are enrolled. An absence does not relieve the student of the responsibility to complete all assignments. If an absence is associated with a university-sanctioned activity, the instructor will provide an opportunity for assignment make-up. However, it is the instructor's decision to provide, or not to provide, make-up work related to absences for any other reason.
A student not present for class during the entire initial week of a scheduled course may be removed from the course roster unless the student notifies the instructor by the end of the first week of an intention to attend the class. Questions regarding the removal process should be directed to the Registrar.
The Academic Fresh Start policy is an appeals procedure that allows a student returning to Southeast Missouri State University after a prolonged absence to request academic forgiveness of prior cumulative grade point average. The policy is designed for undergraduate students who have gained maturity outside of higher education and have demonstrated acceptable academic performance following their return. The Academic Fresh Start policy is subject to the following conditions:
With the approval of the University Registrar, the student will be granted an Academic Fresh Start. The student's permanent academic record will remain a record of all coursework completed, including transfer credit recorded on the permanent academic record. Courses taken prior to the three-year absence will not be used in computing grade point average and CANNOT be used to meet any requirements (e.g., degree, prerequisite, certification).
Academic honesty is one of the most important qualities influencing the character and vitality of an educational institution. Academic misconduct or dishonesty is inconsistent with membership in an academic community and cannot be accepted. Violations of academic honesty represent a serious breach of discipline and may be considered grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal from the University.
Academic dishonesty is defined to include those acts which would deceive, cheat, or defraud so as to promote or enhance one's scholastic record. Knowingly or actively assisting any person in the commission of an above-mentioned act is also academic dishonesty.
Students are responsible for upholding the principles of academic honesty in accordance with the "University Statement of Student Rights" found in the STUDENT HANDBOOK. The University requires that all assignments submitted to faculty members by students be the work of the individual student submitting the work. An exception would be group projects assigned by the instructor. In this situation, the work must be that of the group. Academic dishonesty includes:
Plagiarism. In speaking or writing, plagiarism is the act of passing someone else's work off as one's own. In addition, plagiarism is defined as using the essential style and manner of expression of a source as if it were one's own. If there is any doubt, the student should consult his/her instructor or any manual of term paper or report writing. Violations of academic honesty include:
General Responsibilities for Academic Honesty. It is the University's responsibility to inform both students and faculty of their rights and responsibilities regarding such important matters as cheating and plagiarism. Most of what is considered unethical or dishonest behavior can be avoided if faculty and students clearly understand what constitutes such practices and their consequences. The University community should also be aware of the procedures to be followed should a breach of academic honesty occur.
The faculty member is responsible for clarification to his/her class of those standards of honesty for class assignments or functions where such standards may be unclear or when such standards vary from the accepted norm. Further, some faculty may choose to utilize preventive measures (multiple exams, alternate seating, etc.) to help insure the maintenance of academic honesty. However, the use of such measures is the prerogative of the individual faculty member and is not a responsibility or requirement of faculty in general.
The fundamental responsibility for the maintenance of honesty standards rests upon the student. It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with the University policy on academic honesty and to uphold standards of academic honesty at all times in all situations.
Protocol for Adjudicating Alleged Violations of Academic Honesty. Faculty members who discover evidence of academic dishonesty should contact the student within five business days of discovering the alleged dishonesty to arrange to meet and discuss the allegation. Prior to this meeting the faculty member may consult with the Department Chairperson, the appropriate Dean, and the Office of Judicial Affairs. The following sections describe the procedures to be adhered to in each of the listed instances: the student acknowledges the violation, the student denies the violation, and the appeals process. If the faculty member is the Department Chairperson, a departmental designee will assume the Department Chairperson's role in this protocol and references to the Department Chairperson should be read as departmental designee. The procedures below should be followed with online, ITV or face-to-face classes.
The faculty member will meet with the student suspected of engaging in academic dishonesty. Faculty for online courses will contact students via email with copies of the assignment under review attached. If the student acknowledges the act of academic dishonesty, the faculty member will resolve the issue informally or move to the first step of the formal process (Section II A). Students enrolled in ITV or online courses who fail to respond to electronic correspondence from the faculty within 5 business days will either receive academic sanctions or be referred for a formal hearing.
The faculty member has the discretion to determine the course of action after conferring with the student and may either excuse the student based on the facts or impose an appropriate sanction. If the faculty member considers the student's actions not to be an egregious violation of the academic honesty policy or his/her action resolves the matter, then the matter is resolved.
In imposing a sanction or sanctions, faculty members must adhere to the grade sanction policy, if any, as described in the faculty member's course syllabus. A faculty member's grade sanction policy may not include permanent removal of the student from the course or suspension or expulsion from the University. If a faculty member's course syllabus does not include a grade sanction policy, a faculty member may impose one or more of the following sanctions: require the student to redo the work, fail the student on the work, or require the student to receive additional instruction as provided by the University Library, Writing Center, or other University resources.
a. The faculty member will forward a written summary within five days of the initial discussion with the student to the Department Chairperson. This summary must contain copies of all relevant materials and the names of any witnesses. Student access to information about the alleged incident will be determined in accordance with the guidelines published in the Code of Student Conduct.
b. Within five business days after receiving the written summary of the incident from the faculty member, the Department Chairperson will contact the faculty member and the student to arrange a formal hearing. The formal hearing will be conducted within two weeks of notification. The Department Chairperson will also notify the Judicial Coordinator of the formal hearing as soon as it is scheduled.
For online or ITV courses, the Department Chairperson will notify the student of the formal hearing via email. The student will be given five (5) business days to respond to the Department Chairperson's notification.
c. The Judicial Coordinator will immediately initiate written contact the student to review the student's rights in the judicial process, the allegations against the student, and the hearing procedures. The Judicial Coordinator will inform the student that he or she may select a person of the student's choosing to accompany him or her to the formal hearing. Such a person may act only in an advisory capacity during the formal hearing. Students in online or ITV courses may have this advisory person review the evidence and the student's response.
The hearing will be conducted by the Department Chairperson in accordance with the standards provided in the University's Code of Student Conduct. For students enrolled in online or ITV courses, the Department Chair will send the evidence to the student electronically. The student will be given five (5) business days to respond to the email. The Department Chair will review the evidence presented by the faculty and the student's response.
After the hearing (or review of evidence and online student response), the Department Chairperson will submit written notification of the result of the formal hearing to the appropriate Dean and the Judicial Coordinator with a copy to the student within five business days.
f. If the student is found in violation of the academic honesty policy, then the student will be required to complete the sanction or sanctions imposed by the faculty member in accordance with the guidelines in Section I A.
g. The Department Chair will refer the student to the Judicial Coordinator who will place the student on disciplinary probation at least through the next semester in which the student is enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. If the student is not in good disciplinary standing, the Judicial Coordinator will follow the Code of Student Conduct to determine the appropriate disciplinary sanction.
i. The Department Chair may recommend failing the course, suspension, dismissal or expulsion if he/she believes the incident warrants more severe action than disciplinary probation. These recommendations, along with supporting documentation, will be shared in writing with the appropriate Dean and Judicial Coordinator (with a copy to Dean of Students). The Judicial Coordinator will review documentation, meet with the student, and impose sanctions as warranted.
Either the student or the faculty member may appeal the result of the formal hearing. An appeal must be made within five business days after the decision is rendered. Appeals must be in writing through e-mail, local mail or personal delivery. There are two levels of the appeals process. The All University Judicial Board is the first level and the Provost is the second and final level of appeal. At each level, an appealed case merits being heard based on the following conditions.
No grade penalty should be assigned by the faculty member until the judicial process determines that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred. If the charges cannot be resolved prior to the end of the current semester, a grade of 'I' should be assigned pending the outcome of the hearing. The 'I' will remain on the student's transcript until the charges are resolved. If the charges are still not resolved before the time frame for the 'I' expires, the faculty member will request from the Registrar's Office an extension of the grade of 'I'. The faculty member and the Department Chair will be notified of the outcome of the disciplinary case in order to assign a grade for the course. If the student is found not to be in violation of the Academic Honesty Policy, neither the faculty member nor any other member of the University community may take any other action against the student.
Any time a student's cumulative grade point average (GPA) is below 2.0, the student will be placed on academic probation and enrollment will be limited to 12 hours per semester. The student will remain on academic probation and must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 in each subsequent semester until the cumulative GPA is at least 2.0. A student on probation who earns a semester GPA of less than 2.0 will be subject to suspension.
Students who are subject to suspension will have their records reviewed. The following actions may be taken: (1) conditions will be specified for the student's continued probation; or (2) the suspension of the student will be confirmed.
A student who has been suspended may appeal in writing to the University Student Affairs Committee. The appeal must be made by the date stated in the student's notification of suspension. Notification of suspension will be sent to the student's permanent address. Students are obligated to have a current permanent address on file with the Office of the Registrar.
Students suspended at the end of a spring semester will not be allowed to enroll until the next spring semester; students suspended at the end of a fall semester will not be allowed to enroll until the next summer semester; students suspended at the end of a summer semester will not be allowed to enroll until the next spring semester.
Students who have been academically suspended more than once will be disqualified from attending the University for at least one semester. They may petition the Committee for readmission to the University after a minimum one-semester absence. The Committee may take the following actions: (1) specify conditions for the readmission of the student; or (2) deny readmission of the student to the University.
Previous achievement may be formally established by examination by furnishing documented evidence that the equivalent of a required course has been completed. Detailed information about advanced placement may be obtained from Testing Services, (573) 651-2836. (See Credit by Examination)
Each student is assigned an advisor. Each school or college has an advising office which coordinates advising in that school or college. Undeclared first-year students are advised by the University Studies Advising Center. Students who have declared a major are advised by faculty in their major departments. Questions regarding advising or declaration of major should be directed to the appropriate school or college advising office.
Students are responsible for knowing and meeting graduation requirements stated in the BULLETIN current at the time of their initial enrollment as freshmen. Transfers from colleges and universities with which Southeast has an articulation agreement are permitted to complete degree requirements in effect in the BULLETIN at the time of their initial enrollment at that institution. Students may choose to be graduated under degree requirements stated in the latest BULLETIN. Changes in degree requirements, including majors and minors, do not apply unless students have interrupted their enrollment for at least one calendar year. In this event, the BULLETIN in effect at the time of readmission is used to determine degree requirements. The University reserves the right to modify or change any academic program subject to any limitation imposed by law. Changes in prerequisites are effective immediately.
No course may be substituted to meet degree requirements except with the approval of the Registrar and the appropriate department chairperson. To avoid any possible delay in graduation, students should obtain written permission prior to scheduling a course that they believe may be substituted for a required course.
Students may earn two degrees by completing the requirements for both programs. Both degree/major/minor combinations will appear on the official transcript. Where applicable, courses will fulfill requirements on both degree programs, e.g., University Studies.
Classification of students is determined by the number of semester hours earned. Degree credit courses and developmental courses are used to determine a student's classification as freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.
Freshman. Students who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours are classified as freshmen. Students with fewer than 15 semester hours completed may enroll in courses numbered 000-199. Students with 15-29 semester hours completed may take courses numbered 000-299.
Sophomore. Students who have earned 30-59 semester hours are sophomores. Students who have completed from 30-44 semester hours may enroll in courses numbered 000-299. Students with at least 45 semester hours completed may enroll in courses numbered 000-599.
Visiting Student. Students in good standing at other accredited colleges or universities may be enrolled for one academic period as a visiting student. An official statement from the student's current school verifying the student's good academic standing must be provided to the Office of Admissions prior to enrolling.
Dually Enrolled Student. Students who have not completed their undergraduate degree, but who are permitted by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies to enroll in graduate courses, are classified as dually enrolled students.
In order to graduate from Southeast, students must comply with the state law known as Senate Bill No. 4, 1947 (Mo. Rev. St. Sec. 170.011), which states that students must be "given regular courses of instruction in the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Missouri, and in American history including the study of American institutions." Students meet this requirement by completing the Political Systems requirement of the University Studies program. Transfer students who have had a course in American government that did not include a study of the Missouri constitution must complete PS 220 Missouri Government, a one-hour course.
Correspondence courses are not offered by the University. Such work, if applicable to degree requirements, is accepted by transfer from a regionally accredited college or university subject to the limitations noted below. Students may not be enrolled in the University and take correspondence courses without the permission of the Registrar, nor may they take a correspondence course if the same course is offered on campus. University Studies Interdisciplinary courses (UI prefix) and courses which include laboratory class meetings as part of the schedule on this campus may not be taken by correspondence. Before enrolling in a correspondence course, students should consult the Office of the Registrar regarding its acceptability. Total hours and prerequisite restrictions required for residence courses are also applicable to correspondence courses.
Courses numbered 000-099 are classified as developmental courses. Courses numbered 100-299 are designated as junior college (lower division) courses. Courses numbered 300-599 are designated as senior college (upper division) courses.
Workshop courses are numbered 800-866. Workshops numbered 800-833 are open to all undergraduate and graduate students and are awarded lower division credit. Those numbered 834-866 are open to undergraduate students who have completed 45 semester hours of credit and to graduate students; undergraduates are awarded upper division credit; graduate students are awarded graduate credit.
This program assists people in gaining recognition for knowledge gained and skills acquired through non-academic approaches to learning. College credit earned by examination may be counted toward University Studies, major, minor or elective requirements. A maximum of 30 semester hours of combined credit from AP, CLEP, DANTES, DE, CPS, and IB options may be counted toward a single degree.
Currently enrolled students and students who have applied for admission but have not yet enrolled may avail themselves of the credit by examination programs. Credit is granted through Advanced Placement (AP), DANTES Subject Standardized Test, Departmental Examination (DE), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Most CLEP subject examinations are accepted. Additionally, credit may be earned via a Certified professional Secretary (CPS) certification, or through the International Baccalaureate Organizations (IBO) program. Credit is placed on the transcript after the student has completed one academic period.
Students may qualify for credit by examination as long as they have earned fewer than 90 semester hours and have not enrolled in a college course in the subject area in which the examination is given. Students who anticipate attempting to earn credit by examination should not enroll in that subject area before taking the examination. For registration procedures, contact Testing Services at 651-2836.
Advanced Placement (AP): Credit for Advanced Placement Examinations will be granted for each examination that receives a score of 3 or above. AP courses and equivalent Southeast courses and credit are listed below:
CLEP Subject Examinations: Each examination is a 90-minute objective test. Credit will be awarded for each examination that has a score of 50 or above. CLEP Subject Examination and equivalent Southeast courses and credit are listed below:
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES): Originally set up to help armed service personnel obtain credit for knowledge and skills acquired through non-traditional experiences, it is now available to all U.S. universities. Courses for which DANTES credit is accepted are listed below:
High school credits earned through the St. Louis University 1-8-1-8 program are accepted by Southeast. These students must request official transcripts and have them sent to the Southeast Missouri State University Admissions Office, MS 3550, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799.
College of Education: Declaration of major for Elementary, Early Childhood, and Exceptional Child is done in the College Advising Office. Declaration of major for Middle School is done in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. Secondary education majors follow the procedures for the College in which their major is taught. All education majors should confer with the Coordinator of Advising for the College of Education prior to enrollment in Block II.
The bachelor's degree is usually the first academic title of rank conferred on a student by the University for satisfactory completion of a prescribed four-year course of study and authenticated by a diploma signifying a measure of achievement. Its purpose is to enable a student to acquire a certain amount of liberal learning and to become proficient in a particular branch of learning. The primary sources of liberal learning in the curriculum of the bachelor's degree are University Studies and electives. For most programs, those studies leading to proficiency in a branch of learning are a major supported or complemented by one of more of the following: a professional core, a cognate field, a minor.
The curricular structure of the bachelor's degree at Southeast Missouri State University includes 48 credit hours of University Studies, a minimum of 12 credit hours of electives, and a maximum of 64 credit hours of the combination of major and its attendant studies for a minimum of 120 credit hours. The curricular structure allows for a certain amount of overlap between University Studies and other parts of a program: a maximum of 6 credit hours of University Studies courses at the 100-200 level may be taken in one department. Within the structure, the content of programs determines the type of bachelor's degree. For example, bachelor of arts degree programs usually are aimed at liberal learning; they tend to teach qualitative methods of scholarship that focus on matters of priority and choice; and they ordinarily have a small major, which makes the degree flexible. Bachelor of science programs generally are oriented toward professional preparation; they tend to teach quantitative methods of scholarship for purposes of prediction; and they usually have a large major, which limits the flexibility of the degree. Like these traditional degrees, professional bachelors degrees reflect the content of their programs. The University offers several professional degrees: the bachelor of science in business administration, the bachelor of science in education, the bachelor of science in family and consumer sciences education, the bachelor of music education, the bachelor of music, and the bachelor of science in nursing. These programs usually require a core of professional studies that conforms to the standards of an accrediting agency or other professional body. The size of the professional core ordinarily restricts the number of hours that are required in its associated major.
The relationship among the parts of the bachelor's degree engender its coherence. University Studies and electives provide the intellectual milieu in which a particular branch of learning is applied. The development of proficiency in a branch of learning extends the student's knowledge of one or more of the human perspectives first encountered in University Studies.
The official evaluation of a student's record stating the specific requirements for graduation is a degree audit report. Degree audit reports are run each semester for all enrolled students except graduating seniors. Students will receive a copy of their degree audit from their advisor.
Southeast Missouri State University is committed to the academic success of its students. It promotes the accomplishment of this end, in part, by providing tutors, skill development laboratories, and developmental courses. While all of these elements are important, the developmental courses are specially designed to assist students who have demonstrated deficiencies in mathematics, reading, and writing. These courses are offered to assist students who might otherwise have difficulty in making the transition from high school to college. Also, similar developmental courses are offered to assist international students. In either case, the ultimate purpose is the same-namely, to enhance the probability that students will achieve academic success.
Developmental courses are extremely important in assisting students who have not demonstrated the skills necessary for academic success at the college level. While grades may not be reduced on the basis of attendance, experience indicates that success in these courses is greatly diminished by poor attendance. Attendance is essential if students are to receive the expected benefits of these courses. Therefore, attendance is required at all class meetings of developmental courses.
To ensure that these expectations are met, students and faculty assume extraordinary responsibilities. Students have a responsibility for properly notifying faculty members as to their reasons for not attending class. Upon the recommendation of the faculty member, a student with more than three inappropriate absences may be suspended from class by the college dean and have a grade of 'F' recorded. In a case where attendance is a continual problem, the Registrar may suspend and disqualify the student from further enrollment at the University.
EN 099 Writing Skills Workshop. Beginning freshmen and transfer students who have not completed EN 100 English Composition I are required to take an English Writing Skills Placement Test. The results of this test are used to determine placement in the appropriate level of English, and the likelihood of successful completion of the test of writing competence that students must take after completing 75 hours.
MA 090 Developmental Algebra. Any student with a Mathematics enhanced score of 17 or below on the ACT will be placed in MA 090 Developmental Algebra. Students may take an additional placement test during a First STEP orientation session. Students scoring 11 or above on the placement test may request that the MA 090 requirement be waived.
MA 095 Intermediate Algebra. Any student with a Mathematics enhanced score of 18-20 on the ACT will be placed in MA 095 Intermediate Algebra. Students may request an additional placement test during summer orientation. Students who score at the requisite level on the placement test may request that the MA 095 requirement be waived.
Graduation Requirements. Developmental courses are prerequisites to regular university courses. Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of regular courses in addition to any developmental courses they are required to take. Credit earned in developmental courses does not count toward the minimum number of hours required on any degree offered by the University. However, credit in developmental courses is used in determining the classification of students, academic progress for financial aid, and athletic eligibility.
In order to receive a degree from Southeast, students must pass EN 099 Writing Skills Workshop or EN 110 Basic Composition for International Students, and MA 095 Intermediate Algebra or score at the appropriate levels on placement tests to have the courses waived.
Students whose ACT English subscore is 27 or above or students who score at an appropriate level on WP001 are eligible to take the EN100 Equivalency Test the semester they enter the University system. Students who achieve the required score on the Equivalency Test will be granted three hours of credit for EN100.
Enrollment. Students enrolled in 12 hours of credit per semester are designated as full time students. Students enrolled in 11 hours or less per semester are designated as part time students. Only officially enrolled students may attend classes. Specific instructions for enrollment are contained in the SCHEDULE OF CLASSES, which is published three times per year.
Maximum Enrollment. Normally, the maximum number of hours that a student may schedule in the fall or spring semester is 18. However, students with at least a 3.0 GPA in the preceding semester, or at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, may request permission from their advisor to carry a maximum of 21 hours. Such requests are considered on an individual basis. The maximum number of hours that a student may schedule during a summer semester is determined by the length of the session. This information is contained in the SUMMER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES.
Registration/Enrollment. All currently enrolled students register for classes using the web registration system located at http://www.semo.edu/MySoutheast/ . Students may register for classes using one of several computer terminals located on campus. Web registration instructions are listed in each SEMESTER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES.
Late Enrollment. Students are expected to enroll prior to the start of classes. They may enroll during the first week of the fall or spring semester. Late enrollment dates for the summer semester are listed in the SUMMER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES. A fee may be charged for late enrollment.
Cancellation/Withdrawal from the University. Students can cancel their enrollment prior to the start of classes using the web registration system to drop all classes or by notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing. Such notification must be RECEIVED by the first day of the semester. Students can withdraw from the University until the "Last Day to Drop a Class" published in the SEMESTER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES using the web registration system or by notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing. After that date and until the official withdrawal date which is listed in the SEMESTER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES, students must contact the Office of the Registrar to complete the withdrawal process. All financial obligations to the University must be fulfilled. Grades of 'F' are recorded for students who do not withdraw officially from the University.
Deadline for Refund. Students who cancel enrollment before the semester begins are eligible for a refund of 100 percent of any incidental fees that they have paid. Students who withdraw from classes after the semester begins are eligible for a refund of incidental fees based on the sliding scale printed in the corresponding SEMESTER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES.
Deadline for Withdrawing Without Penalty. Students may not withdraw during the three weeks preceding final examinations without the approval of the Registrar. The time period for withdrawing is reduced proportionately for terms of fewer than 15 weeks. Refer to the corresponding SCHEDULE OF CLASSES for the specific date.
Formal examinations are given at the end of every conventional course and must be taken at the time stated in the SCHEDULE OF CLASSES. Exceptions are granted only in cases of extreme hardship. Students may request an exception by submitting a written request to the instructor. Any approval of such an exception must be made in writing by the instructor and the department chairperson. Students are allowed two hours to complete a final examination.
If a student is unable to take a final examination because of illness or other circumstances beyond her/his control, the department chairperson must be notified by the student; otherwise, a grade of 'F' in the course will be recorded.
Special Examinations. Departments which require special examinations must list them in the SCHEDULE OF CLASSES. No student may be required to miss another scheduled class in order to take a special examination. In case of a time conflict between a scheduled class and a special examination, the department giving the special examination will provide an alternate time to the student who has the conflict.
Students with prior experience in a foreign language may receive retroactive credit. Students who earn a grade of 'C' or better in a course beyond the first semester course can receive credit for a prerequisite course or courses up to a maximum of nine semester hours. Retroactive credit will receive a grade of 'CR', and may be counted toward the foreign language requirements on the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Education degree, and/or the requirements of a major or minor in a foreign language.
Calculating Grade Point Average. Grade points are calculated on the following basis: for each hour of A, 4 points; for each hour of B, 3 points; for each hour of C, 2 points; for each hour of D, 1 point; for each hour of F, 0 points. The grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total grade points by the number of semester hours of academic work attempted. Grades assigned as CR, P, AU and grades received for non-degree credit courses are not computed in the grade point average.
Incomplete work. A grade of Incomplete ('I') may be given when a student is doing passing work, but is unable to complete all of the requirements because of unusual circumstances acceptable to the instructor. In no case may an 'I' be agreed to prior to the last day to "drop" the class. An 'I' may not be used to permit a student to repeat a course or to improve a grade. Both the student and the instructor must complete the Application for Incomplete Grade form and file it with the departmental office. Normally, this is done prior to the submission of final grades. Requirements for completing the course are specified by the instructor on the application.
An Incomplete must be removed during the next semester, exclusive of the summer semester, or a grade of 'F' will be recorded. Students should not reenroll in courses in which they have received an 'I' grade.
Pass/Fail Option. This option may be chosen by students who meet the following criteria: (1) 45 semester hours of credit completed; (2) a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.250; (3) all the prerequisites for the course completed. A course taken on the pass/fail option will be counted only as a general elective. Courses needed to fulfill University Studies, major, minor or other degree requirements cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.
A request for pass/fail credit must be approved by the student's advisor and the Office of the Registrar, and must be on file in the Office of the Registrar prior to the date stated in the SCHEDULE OF CLASSES.
Auditing a Class . With the approval of the department chairperson, a student may be permitted to audit a class. The chairperson's approval must be on file in the Office of the Registrar prior to the date stated in the SCHEDULE OF CLASSES.
Students who audit classes are not required to take examinations or to do assignments required of regularly enrolled students. They are expected to attend the class. A student does not receive any credit for a course that has been audited. Only students who are officially enrolled in the University may audit classes. Fees are assessed at the same rate as courses taken for credit.
Grade Appeal Process. Situations may arise in which a student believes that a grade received in a particular course is incorrect. The student should first approach the instructor of the course in a timely manner in an attempt to resolve the matter. If the matter is unresolved, the student should consult with the chairperson of the department in which the course is taught. If the matter remains unresolved, the student should follow the grade appeals process as outlined in the student day planner. (See the policy on academic honesty for process in cases of alleged academic misconduct and/or grade appeals policy.)
Application. Students should apply for graduation at the time they enroll for their last semester. Students graduating in the summer who wish to participate in the spring commencement exercise should enroll on the first day of priority summer enrollment and submit a graduation application for the summer semester immediately. Applications must be received in The Registrar's Office by the deadline listed in the SEMESTER SCHEDULE OF CLASSES. Every effort will be made to notify students of unmet requirements in time for changes to be made to the semester's enrollment; however, the final responsibility for enrolling in courses which fulfill graduation requirements remains with the student.
Commencement. Attendance at commencement is highly encouraged. Attendance will help to make this important occasion a memorable one. Students who are unable to participate in commencement should notify the Office of the Registrar.
Undergraduate commencement exercises are held at the conclusion of the Fall and Spring semesters. Students who expect to complete degree requirements in the Fall or Spring semester may participate only in the commencement exercise in the semester they expect to complete degree requirements. Students who expect to complete degree requirements in the Summer semester may participate in the Spring exercise provided they have met the deadlines set forth by the Office of the Registrar, or they may elect to participate in the Fall exercise following Summer graduation.
Dean's Honor List. Students who have completed at least 12 semester hours in one semester at Southeast Missouri State University with a grade point average of 3.5 or above and with no grade below a 'C' are placed on the Dean's Honor List. Pass/fail courses, credit only courses, and developmental courses do not count toward the 12 hours needed. Only courses in which grade points are applied to the cumulative grade point average are used to determine eligibility. If students have declared a major, a certificate of recognition may be obtained from the dean of the college in which the major is located. If a student has not declared a major, the certificate may be obtained from the Dean of the School of University Studies.
Departmental Distinction. To be eligible to apply for graduation with departmental distinction, students must have completed a minimum of 75 semester hours with at least a 3.0 overall cumulative grade point average, and must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average in courses taken in the department of the major.
To be graduated with this distinction, students must initiate the study for distinction prior to the graduation semester and satisfy criteria, which are detailed in the FACULTY HANDBOOK. Approval for the distinction project should be reported to the Office of the Registrar at the time of enrollment for the graduation semester. Students interested in this program should ask the chairperson of their department for additional information.
Graduation with Honors. Students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 may be graduated with honors. This honor is recorded on the student's transcript. A special ceremony to recognize students graduating with honors is held prior to the commencement exercise. To be eligible to participate in this ceremony, a student must have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 before the beginning of the term in which the student is to be graduated. Grades earned during the student's final term will not be considered in determining eligibility for participation in the honors ceremony.
All grades earned, including the original grade in a course that has been repeated, are used to compute the cumulative grade point average for determining eligibility for graduation with honors. The cumulative grade point average for honors, then, may be different from the cumulative grade point average reported on the student's transcript or grade report.
EXCEPTION: Students who have elected to utilize the "Academic Fresh Start Policy" for forgiveness of prior grade point average are eligible for graduation with honors based upon their new course work and grades.
By offering educational opportunities tailored to the special needs, aspirations, and motivations of students whose intellectual and creative abilities are outstanding, the Honors Program underscores the University's commitment to quality and excellence in matters of knowledge, creativity, and leadership. The goals of the Honors Program reflect this basic commitment. These goals are:
Honors sections may be designated for any course in the University curriculum. Honors courses are designed and taught to contribute to the goals and objectives of the Honors Program. At the same time, honors courses meet the content requirements of their non-honors counterparts.
An honors student may contract with a member of the honors faculty for honors credit in any course in the University curriculum. The honors contract ensures that the student undertakes independent work, which satisfies the goals and objectives of the Honors Program. At the same time, the contract ensures that the normal content requirements of the course are met.
While meeting the defined objectives of their non-honors counterparts, honors courses emphasize creative and active learning, analysis and synthesis, and application of background knowledge. Particular attention is paid to student initiative, methodological awareness, depth of investigation, and diversity of learning resources. Student initiative is encouraged. There is less reliance upon drill, lecture, and textbook review, and greater reliance upon independent readings, class discussion, question-and-answer sessions, collective problem-solving, and student-conducted research. Methodological awareness is indicated by an emphasis on methods of research and analysis, the process of discovery, the nature of professional activity in the discipline, historical development of the discipline, and current issues and problems. Depth of investigation is found as material is covered in greater detail. Greater emphasis is placed on implications and underlying principles, and more intellectually demanding issues and problems are discussed. Diversity of learning resources implies less reliance upon traditional textbook presentation of material, and greater reliance upon a variety of sources, including professional articles and books, books of current and historical interest, selected readings from periodicals, library resources, visiting faculty, and team teaching.
To be eligible for admission to the Honors Program, entering students with fewer than 12 semester hours of college credit must have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) and an ACT composite score of at least 25 (or its equivalent). Students who do not meet the standards given above may be admitted to the program by petition if, after 12 semester hours of college credit, they have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (or above).
In order to remain in the program, students must (1) maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and (2) maintain active involvement in the program by enrolling in honors sections or completing honors contracts on a regular basis.
To complete the Honors Program students must (1) maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25, (2) earn a minimum of 24 semester hours of Honors credit, with at least 6 of these hours at or above the 300 level, and (3) complete a senior honors project.
In addition to special academic opportunities, the Honors Program offers other activities through which superior students can develop leadership skills and participate in cocurricular and social activities with other honors students and honors faculty. Students are also given the opportunity to attend honors conferences and in other ways contribute to the intellectual climate of the University.
All enrolled students are expected to carry a University identification card. The card is required to obtain access to various University facilities, services and to gain admission to certain University programs and functions. It also has a vending stripe that can be used for campus copy machines, vending machines, and other purchases. Students are responsible for the accuracy of the information on the card.
The ID card is non-transferable and its misuse or falsification of information could result in disciplinary action. Students must present their identification card upon request to University officials acting in performance of their duties. There is no charge for the original ID or for a replacement if the card is bent, worn, or broken, however, you must return the damaged card at time of requesting a new card. A replacement fee of $15 will be charged to replace lost cards, or those that are required by a name or account number change. Cards are obtained in the ID Services office, near the Information Desk on the 3rd floor of the University Center. Please call 651-2551 for further information.
An academic internship affords the student a unique opportunity to combine formal learning experiences with the professional work setting. Internships are planned experiences that are approved prior to enrollment for credit. Internship programs may be established for three to 15 semester hours of credit. As a guideline, it is expected that the student would be employed in a supervised learning experience for at least 120 hours spread over the academic session in order to receive three hours of credit. While the number of hours provides the basis for a set time frame, the emphasis throughout the internship is on the quality of the planned learning experiences. Departments should refer to the FACULTY HANDBOOK for guidelines for establishing internships.
An academic major is a curricular component that enables students to make an in-depth inquiry into a discipline or a professional field of study. It is organized around a specific set of goals and objectives that are accomplished through an ordered series of courses whose connections define an internal structure. It is intended to provide study in depth, which leads to knowledge and understanding in the discipline or field of study. A major that focuses on discipline draws its courses predominantly from one department. One that encompasses a professional field of study or is interdisciplinary usually obtains its courses from more than one department.
The number of credit hours in a major and its organizational structure will vary, depending on whether it aims at disciplinary or professional preparation. A disciplinary major consists of thirty to forty-two credit hours. Due to the demands of accrediting agencies, certification requirements, and professional competence, a professional major normally ranges from thirty to fifty-five credit hours. In both cases, a major includes a logically ordered core of required courses, which provides general direction for students' study, and a series of electives, which gives a degree of flexibility to the program. At least sixty percent of the course work in a major is at the upper division level (300 or above).
Departments have the responsibility for administering all majors within their unit and for approving particular programs of study and appropriate course substitutions for students. Those departments involved with interdisciplinary majors perform the same functions as an individual department. Courses taken to fulfill other academic requirements, e.g., University Studies, minors and areas of specialization, may ordinarily also be used in the major without reducing the minimum number of hours required for a degree. However, no student may declare a major and a minor in the same discipline or field of study.
The most important feature of a major is study in depth. A major introduces students to a discipline or field of study through a foundation of theory and method, which serves as a basis for further study. It exposes them to the gamut of topics examined and the analytical devices used in the study of the subject. It contains a series of courses that presume advancing levels of knowledge and understanding. At its completion, it has a means of assessing students' mastery of the subject such as, a project, an internship, a thesis, or a comprehensive examination. Study in depth provides students with an understanding of the fundamental problems and arguments of a discipline or field of study, as well as their limits. It affords them practice with the tools of the subject, introduces them to its historical and philosophical foundations, and gives them a clear sense of its boundaries and its effectiveness as a means for understanding or serving human society.
Options. An Option is a formally designated specialization within an existing major that has distinctive curricular pattern. A preponderance (more than half) of required courses for the option will be taken in a core of courses common to all variations of the existing major. Options will appear on the student's transcript.
Concentrations. A Concentration is a specialization within an existing major that is a coherent set of courses designed to provide depth in a particular sub-discipline. Concentrations will not appear on a student's transcript.
Area of Specialization. An Area of Specialization is specific to the B.S. in Education for Elementary (1-6) and Middle School (5-9) programs. It fulfills one requirement of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for teacher certification for those programs. An Area of Specialization consists of an approved structured 21 hour (minimum) series of courses in an area appropriate for these teachers. An Area of Specialization will appear on a student's transcript.
Tracks. A Track is specific to the degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. A Track consists of at least 12 credit hours and not more than 30 credit hours in specific discipline or area of study. The specific courses that constitute a Track are determined in the contract that the student makes with the School of University Studies. Up to four Tracks may appear on the student's transcript.
Students may not take more than 55 hours in a department toward the 120 hours required for the baccalaureate degree except on the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education degrees; the physical education and industrial education majors on the Bachelor of Science in Education degree; the chemistry major and the industrial technology/production technology major on the Bachelor of Science degree.
An academic minor is a curricular component, which enables a student to make an inquiry into a discipline or field of study, or to investigate a particular theme. It is organized around a specific set of objectives or questions. The objectives of a minor are achieved through an ordered series of courses, whose connections are defined to indicate an internal structure. Minors are intended to provide competency in the subject. Course offerings in a minor may be centered in a specific department or drawn from several departments as in the case of a topical or thematic focus.
A minor consists of fifteen to twenty-one credit hours, with at least six credit hours, preferably nine or more, at the upper level (300 or above). Nine to twelve credit hours are organized in a logical sequence of required credits. This core provides general direction for the student's study, while maintaining a degree of flexibility. Flexibility is achieved by offering the student a choice from among a group of courses to complete the credits. Departments have the responsibility to administer all minors within their unit and to approve appropriate substitutions for students. Those units involved in interdepartmental minors perform the same function as departments. Courses taken in a minor may ordinarily also be used to fulfill other academic requirements, i.e., majors, University Studies, without reducing the minimum number of hours required for a degree. However, no student may declare a major and a minor in the same discipline.
The integrity of a minor is measured by the degree to which the structure and content meet its objectives and, thereby, serve the student. It is also determined by its relationship to the curricular goals and objectives of the department. The regular evaluation of a minor to ensure its integrity and the practice of noting it on a student's transcript indicate its importance to the university curriculum. The true significance of a disciplinary minor is demonstrated by the extent to which it leads the student to some understanding of that discipline or field of study and to a certain degree of competence with its methods of inquiry. The quality of an interdisciplinary or thematic minor is determined by its ability to suggest answers to the questions upon which it is focused. In either case, a minor should provide basic insight into a subject that helps further the student's educational goals.
Students who have received a grade below an 'A' in a course may repeat the course, provided they have not completed a course for which the repeated course is a prerequisite. When a course is repeated, the first grade remains on the permanent record, but only the last grade is used in computing the grade point average. Students must have the permission of the Registrar to repeat a course.
At least 30 semester hours of credit earned in residence are required for all undergraduate Baccalaureate degrees. At least 20 semester hours of credit earned in residence are required for all undergraduate Associate degrees. "In Residence" is defined as courses taken on a campus of Southeast Missouri State University or administered by Southeast Missouri State University.
The last term of work before receiving a degree must be done in residence; however, students who lack six semester hours or fewer to meet the graduation requirements may request permission of the Registrar to complete them at another accredited college or university, or by correspondence subject to the rules governing transfer of credit.
Assessment of student skills and knowledge by various means external to regular classes is an important and necessary part of completing degrees at Southeast Missouri State University. Students are expected to complete any locally-produced or nationally-normed assessment instruments (e.g., Major Field Achievement Tests, C-Base, Writing Assessment, the California Critical Thinking Skills Test and general education assessments) required by Southeast Missouri State University for measurement of students' skills and knowledge. Students are responsible for knowing the assessment requirements of the University and of their academic major departments. The University is responsible for informing students of these specific requirements in official documents. The University has the option to record the results of students' performance on official assessments in official students' records, including transcripts. The University reserves the right to withhold official records and access to enrollment of students who do not complete required assessments.
All students are required to fulfill the 75-Hour Writing Proficiency requirement except (a) those who are pursuing a second college degree at the bachelor's level or beyond, and (b) those who have completed 94 credit hours toward their degree upon enrolling at Southeast for the first time. Students who are required to fulfill this requirement must enroll in WP 003, the 75-Hour Writing Proficiency Test, after they have completed 75 semester hours of credit. In addition, students must complete the University Studies Written Expression course and WP 002 before taking WP 003. A passing score on WP 003 is a requirement for graduation on all baccalaureate degrees. The test is administered by Testing Services and scored by the Writing Outcomes Program faculty. Students must present two photo ID's for admission to the testing site.
The University maintains students' educational records in a manner consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), Missouri statutes R.S.MO. 610.021(6) and 610.010(4), and the implementation of these acts. These acts are designed to protect the privacy of students and parents regarding access to records and release of such records, and to provide opportunity for a hearing to challenge such records should they be inaccurate, misleading, or inappropriate.
Social Security numbers are used as Student Identification Numbers. Students who do not have a Social Security Number or do not wish to provide it will have an identification number assigned by the Office of Admissions.
Under the University's Open Meetings and Open Records Policy, adopted by the Board of Regents October 30, 1987, public records are closed to public inspection and copying to the extent that they relate to scholastic probation, expulsion, or graduation of identifiable individuals and personally identifiable student records.
A student who objects to the disclosure of any of these specific categories of personally identifiable directory information has the right to refuse to permit the designation of such information as directory information with respect to that student. Such objection must be made in writing to the Registrar not later than 30 days after the start of the student's first semester of enrollment at the University. The University will attempt to honor written objections not filed within 30 days after the start of the student's first semester of enrollment, but in such instances will not be responsible for the inadvertent release of information designated by the University as directory information by an agent who is not aware of the student's objection to that release.
All students who are candidates for baccalaureate degrees are required to complete the University Studies program. This program consists of 48 semester hours and includes the following components: (1) UI 100 First Year Seminar, required of all beginning students and transfer students with fewer than 24 degree credit hours; (2) core curriculum: one 3 hour course from each of four categories in three perspectives for a total of 36 core semester hours at the 100-200 level. No more than six of these 36 hours may be taken within any one department; (3) two 300 level interdisciplinary courses; and (4) one 400 level senior seminar. At the 300-400 level, no more than one course can be taken in the department(s) of the student's major(s).
Students who begin their academic careers at institutions with whom the University has an articulation agreement and who subsequently transfer to Southeast with an appropriate Associate Degree or general education transfer block will be considered to have completed the lower division component of the University Studies program. They will be required to complete the two 300-level interdisciplinary courses and the 400-level senior seminar.
Students who begin their academic careers at Missouri institutions that are compliant with the Credit Transfer Policy of the State Coordinating Board for Higher Education and transfer to Southeast after having completed the sending institution's 42-credit general education transfer block will be considered to have completed the lower division component of the University Studies program. Transfer students are required to complete the two 300-level interdisciplinary courses and the 400-level senior seminar.
Veterans are required to meet standards of federal laws regarding progress and attendance, under supervision of the Veterans Administration. Information regarding these regulations is available from the Office of the Registrar. Students who expect to receive benefits must certify with the Office of the Registrar each semester of enrollment.
Workshop courses are generally designed to meet a specific current need by offering students intensive study of a single topic, problem or issue. Workshops numbered 800-833 are open to all undergraduate and graduate students and are awarded lower division credit; those numbered 834-866 are open to undergraduate students who have completed 45 semester hours, and to graduate students and are awarded upper level or graduate credit. Normally, workshops are graded 'CR' for credit only.