20 Standards and Regulations
Academic Policies Credit Hours
Academic units are measured in credit hours. Most undergraduate classes are worth three credit hours, but credit hours may vary from 0 to 5 or more depending on the course. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is not less than: (a) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (b) at least an equivalent amount of work for other activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading toward the award of credit hours; or (c) institutionally established reasonable equivalencies for the amount of work as described above as represented by verifiable student achievement of intended learning outcomes.
Academic Load The normal load per semester for an undergraduate student is 15 or 16 semester hours. A full-time undergraduate student is one pursuing 12 or more credit hours per semester or nine semester hours in the summer session (12 hours is required in the summer to be considered full time for financial aid). Most of UCM’s undergraduate degrees require 120 credit hours and may be completed in a four year time period if an average of 15 credit hours are earned per semester. Some programs require additional hours, but may still be completed in four years with additional hours per semester or summer classes. The maximum academic load for fall and spring semesters is 18 semester hours for freshmen and sophomores (less than 60 earned hours). Juniors and seniors (60 or more earned hours) in good academic standing may enroll in as many as 19 semester hours with the assistance of their academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office. Freshmen/sophomores desiring to exceed 18 semester hours and juniors/seniors desiring to exceed 19 semesters hours must have the overload approved by their major department chair or the director of the Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center office if no major is declared. Students on academic probation may not enroll in more than 15 semester hours during any semester of academic probation. If students are enrolled for coursework at other institutions of higher education while concurrently enrolled at UCM, the total number of semester hours taken in any enrollment period may not exceed the maximum specified for a full-time, resident student at UCM. International students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours per semester. The International Center must approve concurrent enrollment for any international student prior to the beginning of each semester. To meet concurrent enrollment requirements, international students must be enrolled in a minimum of six semester hours of work at UCM and at least six semester hours of work at another higher education institution for a minimum total of 12 semester hours of work in a semester.
Summer Course Load Policy The maximum course load is 12 credit hours for the entire summer semester. Undergraduate students may enroll for more than 12 hours with the approval of their major department chair or if open options, the director of the Gateway Advising and Major Exploration center. Twelve hours during the summer semester is considered full-time status for financial aid purposes.
International students are not required to enroll in summer hours unless they are in the first semester of their academic program at UCM. International students beginning their academic program in the summer must complete a minimum of six semester hours for the entire summer semester.
Class Attendance Class participation and attendance are essential for student success. The University has no provisions whereby a student can enroll and receive credit at the University of Central Missouri without having attended and/or participated in class. This principle applies to all courses for which credit is awarded regardless of mode of delivery. Students are expected to attend all lectures, seminars, laboratories, and fieldwork for each registered class, and to complete all work assigned by the instructor for the course. Advance arrangements for unavoidable absences should be made with the instructor whenever possible. When absent for three days or more, a student may ask the Office of Student Experience and Engagement (660-543-4114, ADM 214) to send an informational note to his/her instructors. Neither absence, nor notification of absence, relieves the student of the responsibility for the fulfillment of all course requirements. Make-up of course requirements missed because of extenuating circumstances shall be worked out between the instructor and the student upon the student’s initiative. Instructors are required to allow the student the opportunity to earn full credit for missed work when a student is absent because of participation in approved university activities, university programs (that the student is required to attend), or when absence has been verified by the Office of Student Experience and Engagement. A student must contact his/her instructor on the first day the student returns to class. Instructors may stipulate special attendance requirements in the course syllabus, whenever they do not conflict with the student’s right to make up missed work as described above. When absent due to extenuating circumstances such as documented medical issues, a death in the family, or military order, a student may ask the Office of Student Experience and Engagement to verify the absence. If the absence is verified, the student will be provided a written electronic notice which s/he may distribute to faculty. It is the responsibility of the student to make the request within a reasonable time frame, distribute the documentation to faculty within two days of receiving it, and to make arrangements with faculty to make up all missed work. The University Health Center (UCH) does not provide medical excuses and/or Time-In Time-Out slips to students for the purpose of being excused from class. When medically indicated, the health center may recommend a student not attend class. Student Experience and Engagement will be contacted by UHC staff to communicate the recommended absence to the student’s instructors. To be eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, students must have a documented record of attendance in the classes for which they enroll. Registration for classes is, in itself, not sufficient to prove attendance. A student who receives or otherwise benefits from federal or state financial aid, but has no documented record of attendance in the class(es) for which (s)he is enrolled, is not eligible to have received/benefitted from the aid, and will be required to repay all the federal and state assistance credited to his/her UCMO account for the semester. Students who are not reported as absent during the Enrollment Validation period (the first week of classes during fall and spring semesters) and never attended a course will receive an “F” grade and are financially responsible for the course. UCM does not have an administrative drop policy to remove students from courses after the Enrollment Validation period.
Central Missouri 2014 Undergraduate Catalog