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Academic Policies and Procedures

Class Attendance

Upon the assumption that class attendance is a responsibility shared by adults, as teachers and class members, there is no university-wide regulation requiring attendance by students or requiring the instructor to excuse absences from class or ex- aminations. Individual instructors may establish their own class attendance regulations, but those that they do establish need to be reasonable and fairly applied.

Students must decide when, if ever, it is necessary to be absent. In making such a decision, students must bear in mind that fac- ulty have the right to consider a student’s attendance in class in assigning grades and may lower grades if the student’s absence warrants this action.

If students find it necessary to be absent, an explanation should be made to the instructor of the class concerning the cause of the absence. Whenever possible students should notify the instructor in advance of the proposed class absences. The instructor may choose to guide the student in making up work losses due to absences if the student requests such assistance.

Religious Holidays

It is Central Michigan University policy to permit students to be absent from classes or examinations for reason of observing religious holidays. Students are allowed to make up course re- quirements when they are unable to avoid a conflict between their academic and their religious obligations. Absence from classes or examinations caused by observing religious holidays does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the coursework required during the period of absence. It is the obligation of stu- dents to provide faculty with written notice of the religious holiday they will be observing and the date on which they will be absent at least two weeks prior to the date of the religious holiday. Stu- dents who miss classes or are absent on days of examinations or class assignments shall be offered an opportunity to make up the work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a makeup opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the Ombudsperson for Off-Campus Programs. Final appeals will be resolved by the Provost.

Standards of Satisfactory Progress

Central Michigan University students have the responsibility to recognize when they are experiencing academic difficulties and to initiate requests for help as needed. Students are encouraged to seek special assistance from their instructors, academic advi- sors, and ProfEd staff. When a student’s class attendance and rate of academic progress indicate he or she is not succeeding in a course, the instructor is encouraged to discuss the situation with the student.

Undergraduate Student Standards

All students with a GPA below 2.0 are on academic probation, and their academic records are reviewed regularly. If satisfactory progress is not made in raising their GPA to a 2.0, the student is notified he or she is being dematriculated and advised that if there are extenuating circumstances which would warrant review, they should be communicated to the Vice President/Executive Director of ProfEd within 30 days.

Graduate Student Standards

Student academic records are reviewed for satisfactory academ- ic progress regularly. If a graduate student with regular admission has nine or more semester hours (the equivalent of one on-campus semester) and her or his GPA falls below 3.0, he or she is placed on probation, will be notified of that status, and told he or she is subject to dismissal. A regularly admitted student with less than nine hours of credit and a GPA below 3.0 is notified he or she has a deficient graduate GPA and may be placed on probation.

Students who are placed on probation have an opportunity to raise their grade point average to 3.0 by completing two additional courses beyond the course for which they received the grade that put them on probation. If they are not successful they will be dematriculated and must wait at least one year before applying for readmission. Exceptions to the probation policy rest with the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

If a student has conditional admission and her or his GPA falls below 3.0, he or she is not placed on probation because an ac- ceptable graduate level GPA is already a condition for regular admission.

If a student has a pre-admit admission status and her or his other GPA falls below 3.0, he or she is not placed on probation because the student is already limited to six semester hours of credit.

Students dismissed from graduate study may petition for read- mission no sooner than one academic year after the semester they were dismissed. Exceptions to this waiting period can be granted by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Admission to a degree program will be decided by the procedures normally used for that program.

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