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 through
CougarNet 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
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 from 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 course 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. Students
desiring to take College of Education courses must fulfill graduate
admission requirements and be accepted for graduate studies in their
desired program area prior to 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.
Student members of an official Columbus State University
organization or students whose attendance is required by the faculty or staff person in charge of the group are officially excused from classes when traveling to university-sanctioned events (e.g., athletic event, band competition, etc.) and are to be given the opportunity to complete exams or other assignments missed as a result of this absence provided that no more than 15% of the class hours (INCLUDING other absences) per course per semester are missed. Any absences that exceed the 15% allotted must be approved, in advance, by the faculty member in charge of the class. Exceptions to this policy (i.e., where make-up assignments will NOT be allowed) include programs whose accreditation won't allow 15% as well as interactive classes or laboratory classes where points for attendance and participation are lost due to absences of any kind. Affected students must submit an Event Participation Form, provided by
the faculty sponsor, to their instructors at the beginning of the semester, in order to obtain consideration for the make-up work. (The Event
Participation Form can be found on the Web at
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 through
CougarNet 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 instructor for excessive absences. A
grade of WF will be assigned when a withdrawal form is submitted after the deadline. A student may appeal the
assignment of a WF grade by submitting to the Academic Advisor,
documentation of non-academic hardship. The Academic Advisor will then
forward the appeal to the Academic Standards Committee for review. 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 Academic Standards Committee. 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.
Withdrawn for military purposes/deployment.
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,
WM, 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 available
CougarNet 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
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 below.
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.
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. 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. 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
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
Determination of academic standing is based on the student�s overall and semester grade point averages, and the number of course attempts in required learning support subject areas.
Learning Support probation
Learning Support probation occurs when a student�s required learning support subject area is not satisfied after two course attempts.
Removal from Learning Support probation
Learning Support probation removal occurs when a student assigned to learning support satisfies a required subject area.
Learning Support Dismissal
Learning Support Dismissal occurs when a required learning support subject area is not satisfied after three course attempts. The length of dismissal, which is based on the number of learning support course attempts without satisfying a required subject area, will be three years. Before being placed on dismissal, a student may appeal for two additional learning support course attempts if the student is in the exit-level learning support course and has not reached the three-attempt limit in any other learning support area. 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.
Reinstatement on Learning Support probation
A student may apply for reinstatement on Learning Support Probation after the mandatory period of dismissal has expired, as stated above. 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 the Learning Support Academic Standing Academic Standing.
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.
Testing Center, located in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center, (706)
568-2226, administers all institutional testing including the COMPASS exams, the Math Placement Test, the U.S. and Georgia History and
Constitutions Proficiency Test, the Communication Technology Skills test, the
Information Literacy test,
the Regents' Test, and Student Outcomes Assessment. The Center also a
operates a Prometric Testing Center and administers GRE, TOEFL, and other
academic and professional tests including NASD, MCAT, USMLE, PMI, CPA among many
Communication Technology Skills Test. Assesses the student�s ability to use electronic tools effectively to create and communicate information. Includes word processing, presentation software, operating systems, and the Internet.
Information Literacy Test. Includes:
Tool literacy - The ability to use print and electronic resources including software;
Resource literacy - The ability to understand the form, format, location and access methods of information resources
Social-structural literacy - Knowledge of how information is socially situated and produced
Research literacy - The ability to understand and use information technology tools to carry out research including discipline-related software
Publishing literacy - The ability to produce a text or multimedia report of the results of research
Understanding Plagiarism � The ability to understand how to paraphrase, what to quote, and when to quote
Documentation � The ability to use correct citation and bibliographic forms
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 the appropriate skills course each semester of enrollment until they have passed both parts. Regents' Skills courses for these students are RGTE 0198 for those who failed reading and RGTE
0199 for those who failed writing.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 re-graded.
Scores on nationally administered standardized tests and performance in English composition at the college level may also be used to fulfill Regents� Test requirements. A minimum SAT Verbal score of 510 (ACT Reading score of 23) 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 SAT Verbal score of 530 (ACT English score of 23) and a grade of A in ENGL 1101, or a minimum SAT Verbal score of 590 (ACT English score of 26) and a grade of B in ENGL 1101. (These writing exemptions will not be available for students entering the System Summer 2008 or later.) The writing portion of the Regents� Test can also be satisfied with a score on the Writing Section of the SAT Reasoning Test of at least 560.
Transfer students who have earned 45 or more semester hours must take the test during their first semester and pass it by the end of the second semester or they will be required to take the Regents' Skills courses. Students holding a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.
Procedure for Appeal of Regents' Test Essays
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 concurs with the assigned grade, the appeal process
will be terminated. If a majority agrees 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.
Applications for graduation should be submitted in CougarNet through Enrollment Services Tab one
semester prior to the anticipated semester of completion; the last day of
classes of the prior term is the final deadline for submission. Students who
intend to participate in the graduation ceremony must purchase a cap and gown
through the Columbus State University Bookstore.
Candidacy requirements must be completed no later than the official graduation
candidacy deadline of
the intended term of graduation. Candidacy requirements are:
Enrollment in all courses required for degree
completion. Students enrolled in other institutions during the final
term must submit proof of enrollment.
All approved substitutions/waivers must be reflected
in the Degree Evaluation Record (DER).
Removal of all �Incomplete� grades applying towards degree requirements from their record.
Completion of information
Completion of all legislative requirements.
Completion of outcomes assessment.
Completion of Regents� exam.
Students who satisfy the above requirements will be considered
candidates for graduation and will be eligible to participate in graduation
Honors. Students who have attained high scholastic achievement are
recognized at graduation by being designated honor graduates. Academic honors
announced at graduation will be based on grade point averages calculated the
semester prior to the graduation term. Honors reflected on the diploma and
transcript will be determined by GPA calculation including the final semester. 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.
Students completing the requirements at the end of a summer term may elect to participate in either the fall or spring graduation ceremonies.
If the student wishes to participate in the spring ceremony, he or she must apply by the
graduation application deadline of the spring semester and
meet all candidacy requirements as described above. The student must also have all areas complete with the exception of the last
twelve (12) semester hours and
register for the remaining required courses during the early registration.