Early registration. A special advisement and early registration
period is held each semester. Before early registration begins, all
advisors set aside ample time to be available for academic advisement for
the upcoming semester. Students are encouraged to make an appointment each
semester to take advantage of this opportunity.
Late registration and schedule change. Students who do not register
early may register during late registration prior to the first day of
classes. Additionally, students who wish to change their schedules may do
so during the late registration and schedule change periods.
Students may register using the
Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) on the university's Web. Please refer to the Columbus State University Schedule of Courses book or the
Class Schedules page on the university's Web for specific dates and information regarding early registration, late registration and schedule change.
Normal study load. Students enrolled in 12 semester hours or more
are considered full-time. However, most courses count as three semester
hours of credit, and the normal course load for full-time students is five
courses or 15 semester hours.
Academic overload. Enrollment in more than 19
semester hours during a fall or spring semester and more than 13 semester
hours during a summer term is considered an overload. Academically
superior students may take an overload only with the approval of the dean
of the college in which they are enrolled.
Enrollment status (*). Enrollment status for undergraduate students
is based on the number of hours enrolled during a semester, as follows:
* For summer
terms, enrollment status certification other than for financial aid is
determined as follows: 6 semester hours or more, full time; 3-5 semester
hours, half time; and 1-2 semester hours, less than half time.
Enrollment in a course as an audit student does not count toward
enrollment status for federal or state financial aid programs. Students
on financial aid seeking information about how
enrollment status may affect financial aid should contact the
Financial Aid office.
Classification. Classification is based upon the number of semester hours a student has earned, as follows:
Undergraduate Students and Graduate Work.
Undergraduate students with a minimum institutional grade point average
of 2.75 who are within six semester hours of completing the
baccalaureate degree at Columbus State University may register for
graduate courses upon recommendation of their advisor. The total course
load may not exceed 12 semester hours. A grade of B or better in the
graduate courses is required for use toward a master's degree. No more
than nine semester hours of graduate credit may be earned before
completion of the baccalaureate degree. Under no circumstances may a
course be used for both graduate and undergraduate credit. Students must
submit an application for graduation prior to registering for graduate
courses; the registrar will verify eligibility for enrollment.
Attendance and Withdrawal
Attendance policy. Attendance policy is ordinarily established by
individual faculty. If an instructor does not provide a written
attendance policy statement during the first week of classes, a student
is permitted to accumulate a total of nine hours of absences in a three
credit-hour course, or the equivalent in courses carrying other credit
hours. Regular attendance at class or laboratory is a student
obligation. Students are expected to account to individual instructors
for absences and, at the discretion of the instructors, to make up all
work missed because of absence. Students absent from a previously
announced quiz or test may be given a zero on the quiz or test. To be
permitted to take a final examination at a time other than the date and
time published on the Web at
http://academics.colstate.edu/exams/, students must have permission
of the instructor and the dean of the college offering the course.
Excessive absence policy. Anytime during the semester a student
exceeds the total number of hours of absences allowed, an instructor may
drop the student for excessive absences with a grade of WF. Students may
regain admittance to a course only by permission of the instructor. A
student auditing a course who fails to meet class participation and
assignment requirements or who exceeds the total number of allowed
absences may be dropped from the course by the instructor and assigned a
grade of W.
Absence for military duty. Military reservists who are called to
active duty or active duty military personnel who receive
change-of-station orders during an academic semester may officially
withdraw with a full refund of matriculation fees upon showing official
orders. Those who have completed sufficient work may be awarded a grade
and credit or an I (Incomplete) grade.
Course withdrawals. Students who wish to
drop a course after the last official day of schedule change must
officially withdraw from the course. Students must withdraw using the
Integrated Student Information System (ISIS)
on the university's Web. Prior to the W grade deadline as published on
the Web under Registration Information on the
page, a grade of W will be assigned by the registrar unless a grade of
WF has already been assigned by the registrar for excessive absences. A
grade of WF will be assigned when a withdrawal form is received in the
Office of the Registrar after the deadline. A student may appeal the
assignment of a WF grade by submitting to the Office of the Registrar
documentation of non-academic hardship. Students may not withdraw from a
required learning support course with a grade of W while remaining in
degree level courses. To remain in degree level courses, the grade in
the learning support course must be a WF and would be considered a
learning support attempt. A grade of W will not affect a student's GPA.
However, withdrawing from classes could affect a student's future
enrollment status, especially for those receiving financial aid. It is
the student's responsibility to determine the impact withdrawing from
classes would have on academic standing and degree progress. Refer to
the Registration, Policies, and Services section on the Web at
http://registration.colstate.edu for specific dates and additional
information regarding course withdrawal.
Administrative withdrawal. An academic dean may withdraw a
student from a course when, in consultation with the instructor, the
dean determines that the student has not satisfied the prerequisites for
Grade Point Averages (GPA)
Grades Averaged in the GPA
Grades Not Averaged in the GPA
How to Compute a GPA
Explanation of Grade Point Averages
Grade Reports and Transcripts
Columbus State University uses a 4.0 grade point system.
Averaged in the GPA
D, Poor, passing
WF, Withdrawal, failing*
|* WF is assigned when a student withdraws from a course after the W grade deadline or when an instructor drops a student for excessive absences.
Not Averaged in the GPA
Indicates that a student was doing satisfactory work but, for
non-academic reasons, was unable to meet the full requirements of
the course. The requirements for removal of an I grade are left to
the instructor; however, if an I grade is not satisfactorily
removed within the next 12 months, the grade I will be changed to
the grade F by the registrar. A course with an unresolved I grade
may not be repeated.
Indicates that credit has not been given in a course that requires
a continuation of work beyond the semester for which the student
registered for the course. The use of this grade is approved for
learning support courses, directed studies, internships, practica,
project courses, and exit examinations. Students enrolled in a
learning support course must re-enroll in the course. This grade
cannot be substituted for an I grade.
Indicates that a student was permitted to withdraw without
penalty. Withdrawals without penalty will not be permitted after
the W grade deadline except in cases of hardship as determined by
the assistant vice president for academic affairs. A W grade may
also be awarded in the case of credit by examination courses and
for excessive absence when auditing a course.
Indicates that credit has been given for completion of degree
requirements other than academic course work. These are limited to
student teaching, clinical practica, junior seminars, internships,
college success courses, Regents' Test remediation courses, exit
examinations, and senior projects as specified in the course
descriptions section of the catalog.
Indicates unsatisfactory performance in an attempt to complete
degree requirements other than academic course work. These are
limited to student teaching, clinical practica, junior seminars,
internships, college success courses, Regents' Test remediation
courses, exit examinations, and senior projects as specified in
the course descriptions section of the catalog.
Indicates that a student audited a course. Students may not change
from audit to credit status or vice versa after the first week of
Indicates that a student was given credit for a course through
Indicates grade not reported by instructor.
How to Compute a GPA
- multiply the number of grade points earned (A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0;
WF=0) by the number of GPA credit hours for the course;
- add all GPA credit hours together;
- add all grade points together;
- divide the total grade points by the total number of GPA credit
| ENGL 1101
|| 3 (hrs)
x 4 (A) =
|| 3 (hrs)
x 3 (B) =
|| 3 (hrs)
x 2 (C) =
|| 3 (hrs)
x 3 (B) =
|| 1 (hrs)
x 3 (B) =
13 GPA hours
|| 39 grade points
39 divided by 13 = 3.00 GPA
|Note: Grades of I, IP, W, S, U, V, and K do not have GPA hours nor grade points, and are not used in computing a grade point average.
Grade Point Averages
The following grade point averages are computed and are used to determine the
fulfillment of academic requirements. The semester, Regents' (cumulative),
institutional, and overall grade point averages appear on the official academic
transcript. The formula above is used to compute all grade point averages. GPA
hours are determined using grades of A, B, C, D, F, and WF, excluding courses
Semester grade point average is computed using
GPA hours attempted and grade points earned for the semester, excluding courses
Regents' (cumulative) grade point average is
computed using the total number of GPA hours attempted at Columbus State
University and the total number of grade points earned at Columbus State
University, excluding courses numbered 0001-0999. Courses repeated for a better
grade will be averaged into the Regents' grade point average every time taken.
Institutional grade point average is computed using
the total number of GPA hours attempted at Columbus State University and the
total number of grade points earned at Columbus State University (excluding
courses numbered 0001-0999) after omitting grades in previous courses which have
been taken and repeated at Columbus State University.
Overall grade point average is computed using
the total number of GPA hours attempted at Columbus State University and all
other institutions attended and the total number of grade points earned at
Columbus State University and all other institutions attended (excluding courses
numbered 0001-0999) after omitting grades in previous courses which have been
taken and repeated at Columbus State University.
Degree progress grade point average is computed
using the total number of credit hours applied to the degree and the total
number of grade points applied to the degree.
Major grade point average is computed using the
total number of grade points earned in major courses (as designated by the
department offering the major) and the total number of credit hours for those
Final grades will not be changed after one
calendar year from the date assigned except by appeal to, and subsequent
approval by, the university's Academic Standards Committee. A grade that appears
to be incorrect should be reported to the instructor promptly.
Reports and Transcripts
Reports of final grades are mailed to students' mailing addresses and are available using the
Integrated Student Information System (ISIS) on the Web. The academic transcript includes all undergraduate and graduate credit courses taken at Columbus State University. Transcripts should be requested at least one week prior to the date needed. University policies regarding release of academic records and compliance with regulations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended (the "Buckley Amendment") are published in the Columbus State University
Repetition of Courses for Credit
Repetition of Courses for Credit
Academic Forgiveness Policy
Courses for Credit
Repeat credit. Certain courses may be repeated for
credit. To determine if a course may be repeated for credit, refer to the course
description in this catalog.
Forfeiture of credit. Students repeating a course for which credit has
already been earned either at Columbus State University or by transfer of
credits from another institution forfeit the previous credit in that course
(except in the case of courses that may be repeated for credit). The student's
final grade in the course will be the one made on repetition (even if the
previous grade is higher). After earning a baccalaureate degree at Columbus
State University, a student will forfeit credit earned for courses taken as
repeats after graduation (except in the case of courses that may be repeated for
Academic Forgiveness Policy
Students may repeat courses to improve their academic record
at Columbus State University. The policies regarding academic forgiveness are as
- The courses must be taken and repeated at Columbus State
University. Transferred courses are not calculated in the institutional grade
- The institutional (forgiveness) grade point average is
maintained on the academic record. The institutional grade point average omits
grades in courses taken previously. Only the grade received on the final
repetition of a course will be included in the institutional grade point
average. Courses repeated for a better grade will be averaged into the
Regents' (cumulative) grade point average every time taken.
- The institutional grade point average is used to determine
graduation with honors and admission to certain academic programs. Students
should consult individual program admission requirements to determine whether
the Regents' (cumulative) or institutional grade point average is required for
The Dean's List is compiled at the end of each semester. It consists of those
students who are enrolled in 12 or more semester hours of course work affecting
grade point averages with semester grade point averages of 3.6 or higher, who
are enrolled in no remedial courses, and who have no courses with incomplete (I)
or in progress (IP) grades.
The university recognizes honesty and integrity as central virtues of academic
life and as fully necessary to its very existence. The university also
recognizes and accepts that cooperation, discussion, and group studying outside
of the classroom are essential elements of the academic experience, and that
students may seek assistance in their studies, such as tutoring and peer review.
However, while such practices are acceptable and even encouraged, students must
understand the parameters of accountability in their academic performance and
need to respect the academic freedom of the faculty. Students are responsible
for adhering to the regulations pertaining to academic misconduct published
under Student Rights and Responsibilities in the Student Handbook available in
the Student Life Office and on the Web at
Satisfactory Progress Levels
Procedures for Academic Appeal
The progress of all students is evaluated at the end of each semester.
Determination of academic standing is based on a student's overall and semester
grade point averages, and the number of course attempts in required learning
support subject areas. GPA hours and grade points earned at other institutions
are used in computing grade point averages as they affect academic standing.
Students receiving financial aid should also refer to satisfactory academic
progress under the financial aid section of this catalog.
occurs when a student's
overall grade point average falls below the satisfactory progress levels shown
below, or a required learning support subject area is not satisfied after two
Continued academic probation
occurs when, at the end of a probationary
semester, a student's semester grade point average is 2.0 or higher and the
overall grade point average is lower than the satisfactory progress levels shown
Removal from probation occurs when, at the end of a probationary
semester, a student's overall grade point average equals or exceeds the
satisfactory progress levels shown below, or a student satisfies a required
learning support subject area.
Academic exclusion occurs when, at the end of a probationary semester, a
student's semester grade point average is lower than 2.0 and the overall grade
point average falls below the satisfactory progress levels shown below, or a
required learning support subject area is not satisfied after three course
attempts. The length of exclusion resulting from grade point averages will be a
minimum of one semester after the first and second exclusion, and a minimum of
one calendar year after the third exclusion. The length of exclusion based on
the number of learning support course attempts without satisfying a required
subject area will be three years. Before being placed on exclusion, a student
may appeal for one additional learning support course attempt if the student is
in the exit-level learning support course. If approved, the student may enroll
in learning support courses only. Credit earned at other institutions during a
mandatory exclusion period will not transfer back to Columbus State University.
After the mandatory period of exclusion, as stated above, has elapsed, a student
may apply for reinstatement on probation. The application must reach the
Admissions Office by the published application deadline for the semester.
Students must satisfy the conditions of the reinstatement before they will be
eligible to register for classes for the following term.
Satisfactory Progress Levels
Total GPA hours
Minimum overall grade
|90 or more
|* Includes transfer and Columbus State University
Procedures for Academic Appeal
Students may appeal a grade received as well as certain degree requirements.
Students who wish to exercise this right should follow the appropriate procedure
- A student who wishes to appeal a grade received that the
student feels is unfair or inaccurate should follow the academic grievance
process listed under the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the
- A student who wishes to appeal a general university
requirement should meet with his or her advisor to discuss the nature of the
appeal. If both believe the appeal should be considered, the advisor will
assist the student in completing an Exception Petition form to be submitted to
the university's Academic Standards Committee for review. If the committee
recommends approval, the petition is sent to the Vice President for Academic
Affairs for a final decision.
The Testing Center, located in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, (706)
568-2226, administers all institutional testing including the COMPASS exams, the
Institutional SAT, the Math Proficiency Test, the U.S. and Georgia History and
Constitutions Proficiency Test, the Computer Competency Test, the PRAXIS Series,
the Regents' Test, and Student Outcomes Assessment. The Center is also a
computer based testing site for Educational Testing Services (ETS) tests. These
tests include the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and PRAXIS I.
Computer Literacy Test. Students are required to be
proficient in the fundamental elements of word processing, e-mail, presentation
software, and information retrieval including the use of GIL and other
electronic retrieval systems available through the Internet. Training in these
areas is an integral part of the Columbus State University curriculum. Transfer
students who have not had this training in prior course work may take this test
to demonstrate their competency. This proficiency must be satisfied by the time
the student has earned 30 semester credit hours at Columbus State University.
Math Proficiency Test. Entering freshmen and
transfer students who have not satisfied mathematics course requirements are
encouraged to take the math proficiency test to assist in the selection of
mathematics courses. Enrollment in mathematics courses should be delayed until
after the test has been taken. If learning support mathematics courses are
recommended, students may enroll in these courses on an audit basis only.
Students should contact the Testing Center to arrange a time to take this test.
PRAXIS Series. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides tests and
other services for states to use as part of their teacher certification process.
For Georgia teachers, the PRAXIS II series replaces the Teacher's Certification
Test (TCT). The PRAXIS I series (reading, math, and writing) is a requirement
for students entering the teacher education program who did not exempt this
requirement based on SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
Student Outcomes Assessment. As part of its continuing effort to improve
and maintain the quality of academic programs, Columbus State University has
implemented student outcomes assessment. The assessment instruments are offered
near the completion of a student's undergraduate program and are designed to
determine student academic achievement in general education and changes in
student attitudes and values. Besides general education, the university also
assesses achievement in the student's academic major. Student participation in
the assessment process is mandatory and the scores become part of the student's
official record. Other uses of student outcomes assessment data will be in
aggregate form only.
Regents' Testing Program. In compliance with the
policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, all
students must take the Regents' Test by the end of the semester in which 30
semester hours will be completed. Transient students and those holding a
baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution are exempt from
this requirement. Students who have not passed both parts of the test by the
time they have earned 45 semester credit hours must take remediation each
semester of enrollment until they have passed both parts. Remedial courses for
these students are RGTE 0198 for those who failed reading and RGTE 0199 for
those who failed writing.
Scores on nationally administered standardized tests may also be used to fulfill
Regents' Test requirements. A minimum score of 510 on the Verbal portion of the
SAT-I or a minimum score of 23 on the reading portion of the ACT will satisfy
the reading portion of the Regents' Test. The writing portion of the Regents'
Test may be satisfied with a minimum score of 3 on the College Board Advanced
Placement (AP) English exam, a minimum score of 4 on the International
Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level English exam, or a minimum score of 650 on the
SAT II English Writing exam.
Transfer students who have earned 45 or more semester hours will be required to
take the test their first semester of enrollment. Transfer students who have
earned 45 or more semester hours who fail either part of the test in the first
semester of enrollment must take remediation each semester thereafter until they
have passed both parts.
Procedure for Appeal of Regents' Test Essays
Eligibility. Students who have achieved satisfactory grades in ENGL
1101-1102 and whose Regents' Test essays received one passing score are eligible
to have their essays regraded.
Procedure. Eligible papers will be
reviewed automatically by a panel of three graders appointed by the Regents' Test coordinator.
If a majority of the panel concur with the assigned grade, the appeal process
will be terminated. If a majority agree that the grade seems erroneous or
biased, the panel will recommend that the Regents' Test coordinator forward the
essay to the Regents' Testing Office for re-grading. All the applicable
regulations of the Regents' Test policy remain in effect for those students
whose essays are under appeal, including those regulations relating to
remediation and to retaking the test. A decision by the on-campus review panel
to terminate the appeal process is final; this decision cannot be appealed
through any other office.
Deadlines. Applications for graduation and graduation
fees must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar one semester prior to the
anticipated semester of completion. The following documentation must be on file
in the Office of the Registrar no later than two weeks prior to the first day of
- a completed application for graduation
- official transcripts showing all transfer work
- approved grade change forms for incomplete grades
- verification of approved substitutions
- verification that all financial obligations to the university have been met
- verification of participation in student outcomes assessment
Students who satisfy the above requirements will be considered
candidates for graduation, and will be eligible to participate in graduation
ceremonies upon successful completion of all degree requirements.
Honors. Students who have attained high scholastic achievement are
recognized at graduation by being designated honor graduates. Also, the
appropriate designation appears on the diploma and permanent academic record
from which transcripts are prepared. Students attending Columbus State
University only must attain an honors grade point average on course work
attempted at the university. Transfer students must attain an honors grade point
average on course work attempted at Columbus State University and an honors
grade point average on the combined total of courses attempted at Columbus State
University and all other institutions attended. Students seeking an additional
baccalaureate degree must earn at least 60 additional semester hours in
residence at Columbus State University with an honors grade point average.
Honor designations and corresponding grade point averages required are:
Summa cum laude 3.80 - 4.00
Magna cum laude 3.60 - 3.79
Cum laude 3.40 - 3.59
High honors 3.80 - 4.00
Honors 3.50 - 3.79
Graduation ceremony. A graduation ceremony is held at
the end of the fall and spring semesters. Students who do not plan to attend the
ceremony must indicate so on the application for graduation.