This chapter describes academic regulations that apply to all undergraduate students. See subsections within this chapter for specific policies and procedures.
All students at Georgia State University are responsible for learning and observing all regulations and procedures required by the University and by the college and program or status in which they are enrolled. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation or asserts that he or she was not informed of a specific requirement by an advisor or other university authority. This chapter contains the academic regulations of the University. See the other parts of this catalog for information on the academic regulations of the various colleges and departments.
All students must become especially familiar with (1) this chapter, (2) the following chapter on university degree requirements and graduation, (3) their college’s chapter of this catalog, (4) the offerings and requirements of their major, and (5) the enrollment process found by accessing PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) at paws.gsu.edu and found on the University’s web site www.gsu.edu, particularly under the Registrar and Student Financial Services pages, which contain more detailed information on the enrollment process.
While the provisions of this catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated, Georgia State reserves the right to change any provision listed in this catalog, including, but not limited to, academic requirements for graduation, without actual notice to individual students. The University will make every effort to keep students advised of any such changes. Students must note their responsibility to keep apprised of current graduation requirements for their particular degree programs.
Each student enrolled at Georgia State University must have access to a computer, and any course offered at the University may require computer-based work. Further, the student’s computer must provide access to e-mail accounts, the World Wide Web using a current browser, and spreadsheet and word processing software. Departments and other units may establish minimum machine capability and software requirements, including the requirement that a student in a certain degree program must own a computer. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure his or her access to a computer. Computers are available in the open-access computer laboratories on campus that provide the basic level of computer capabilities, but these laboratories are heavily used and cannot guarantee a student access to a computer at a particular time.
Every student is assigned an official Georgia State University e-mail address at the time of acceptance. It is essential that students regularly check this e-mail account. Academic departments and student service units across campus use the University assigned e-mail as a means of communicating with students about official university business, and students are held responsible for this information. Email from Georgia State will be sent to the student’s official Georgia State e-mail address. It will not be sent to any other address (such as a Hotmail or Yahoo account). However, students may configure their Georgia State account to forward to another address.
Georgia State University is on a semester system, and academic credit is awarded in semester hours. The fall and spring semesters are approximately 14 weeks each. Summer semester is composed of three-week classes in May as well as six-week and seven-week classes beginning in June. Enrollment in the three-week classes, six-week classes, or seven-week classes counts as having been enrolled in summer semester.
Academic advisement is an essential component of an education at Georgia State University, and the University is committed to providing the individual advice and assistance that students need at every step of their degree programs. All new freshmen (by admission category) are required to attend a new student academic orientation (i.e., Incept or the International Student Orientation). The Director of the University Advisement Center is authorized to waive this requirement, however, those freshmen who do not attend orientation are required to take GSU 1010 or enroll in a Freshman Learning Community during their first semester in attendance. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend a Transfer Incept session. All transfer students as well as transient students, and post baccalaureate students are required to complete the appropriate student online pre-orientation at webdb.gsu.edu/preorientation/login.cfm prior to registering for classes.
New Student Orientation and Parent Relations
Student Center, Suite 265
Incept: New Student Orientation is the official Georgia State University undergraduate student orientation program administered by New Student Orientation and Parent Relations in the Division of Student Affairs.
At Incept, students will be introduced to numerous areas of Georgia State, which will assist in a successful transition into the University community. From Enrollment Services to Student Life and Auxiliary Services to University Police, students will learn information from different departments and divisions from across the University. Students will hear from: financial aid, one-stop-shop, registrar, bookstore, undergraduate studies, intercultural relations, student clubs and organizations, student advisement, and more. Students will also meet university faculty and staff and receive a tour of Georgia State’s unique urban campus in downtown Atlanta. Additional benefits of attending Incept are the connections made with fellow classmates as well as seasoned student leaders who will be assisting students throughout the Incept experience. At the end of the Incept day, students will receive academic advisement and register for classes.
Incept: New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new freshmen and strongly encouraged for all new transfer students. There are several formats for the Incept: New Student Orientation program designed to meet the specific needs of new students. Incept offers one-day and two-day orientation programs for new freshmen students and one-day and ½-day orientation programs for new transfer students. There is also a special parent and guest orientation program that runs concurrently with all student orientation programs. New Student Orientation and Parent Relations is located in Suite 265 of the Student Center. For more information, please call 404/413-1570 or visit http://incept.gsu.edu/.
A math placement test is recommended for all students who do not have credit for an Area A math course and is required for students who wish to take (or are required to take) Math 1111, College Algebra, or higher. Students may not register for a math course higher than that indicated by their placement test score. See Section 1410.10 for information about math course requirements for different majors.
Depending upon your status, new student, currently enrolled student, or returning student, see the following information that applies:
New Student-(first semester at GSU)
All new students who wish to take (or are required to take) Math 1111 or higher should sign up for this exam on an available date and time as shown on their PAWS accounts. This is usually done prior to or in conjunction with Incept.
Currently-(enrolled student that is presently taking classes at GSU)
Students who have enrolled at Georgia State during previous semesters will find test information at the Testing Center website (http://counselingcenter.gsu.edu/testing/tests/) where testing is available for first-time as well as for re-test ($50 fee applies) purposes on a walk-in basis.
Returning student-(returning to GSU after a semester or more absence)
Testing for returning students is conducted during scheduled times in the University’s Testing Center. See http://counselingcenter.gsu.edu/testing/tests/ and click on Tests, then Math Placement for these dates and times.
A diagnostic chemistry test is required in order to register for Chemistry 1211, which is the prerequisite for BIOL 1103 and CHEM 1151. The test is administered by the Chemistry Department on campus at selected times. Students with AP Chemistry scores of 2 or better, SAT subject scores of 600 or better, or those who have completed college level chemistry courses may be exempt from taking the test. See chemistry.gsu.edu/Student/1211/regtest.php for additional information.
Placement exams in French, German, and Spanish are available to help students determine the course most appropriate for their abilities in French, German, or Spanish. All students with any prior experience in these languages are strongly encouraged to take the placement exam before registering for any language classes. Prerequisites in these courses are enforced. (See Section 9000, Course Descriptions, for the prerequisites of French, German, and Spanish courses.) Students may satisfy a prerequisite either by taking the indicated prerequisite course or by taking the French, German or Spanish placement exam and earning a satisfactory score. Students may take the WebCAPE exam from any computer with internet access and a browser. (Go to www.gsu.edu/languages and click on the tab for the WebCAPE placement exam. The user name is “gsu user” and the password is “panthers1”.) The WebCAPE takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and students are given their score and class level at which they have been placed. As placement is strictly enforced, it is paramount that students take this test without any outside help or study aids. It is recommended that students print a copy of the email regarding their scores to keep for their records and academic advisement. Students who score between 200 and 399 points will be cleared automatically within 1 business day; e-mail notifications will be sent to those with scores of 400 or higher. Only the first WebCAPE score within a 365 day period counts toward placement. Note: This exam is not part of Incept: New Student Orientation, so new students should take the exam prior to attending orientation or attempting to register for a French, German, or Spanish course. Also, the WebCAPE exam does not grant credit and is for placement purposes only; if a student scores above 400 they may consider taking the CLEP Exam (see Section 1320.40) in order to obtain up to 6 credit hours for language classes at the 2001 and 2002 level. For placement in languages other than German, Spanish and French and for further information, students should contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at www.gsu.edu/languages or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For assessment and/or placement in any other languages taught by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, students are asked to contact the department directly.
25 Park Place
Suites 1300 and 1400
All freshman, sophomore and junior students are advised in the University Advisement Center until they have completed 89 semester hours of credit. Upon completion of 89 credit hours, students are transferred to the Office of Academic Assistance in the college of their majors for future advisement.
Advisors in the Center can assist students in the following ways:
- Evaluate transfer work and apply it to Georgia State University degree programs
- Explain catalog regulations
- Provide academic counseling
- Explain academic standing policies
- Discuss goals
- Assist with degree and major choices for undecided students
- Help students who are experiencing academic difficulties
- Provide direction to campus resources for further assistance
Students may schedule advisement appointments by calling or visiting the Center at (404) 413-2300. Walk-in advisement for 10-minute consultations and brief questions is also provided daily.
Office of Undergraduate Studies
224 Sparks Hall
The Office of Undergraduate Studies provides leadership and administrative direction for programs designed to enhance the academic skills and engagement of Georgia State University undergraduate students. Programs coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Studies include: Atlanta-Based Learning (ABL), the First-Year Book Program, Freshmen Learning Communities (FLC), Latino Services and Outreach, Supplemental Instruction (SI), Academic Coaching, the Early Alert Program, Virtual Interactive Peer mentoring, GSU 1010 New Student Orientation, the Scholarship Resource Center and college-wide offerings for the Perspectives courses.
Atlanta-Based Learning (ABL). Atlanta-Based Learning promotes academic and civic engagement and service learning within the greater Atlanta community. As an urban research institution in Atlanta, Georgia State University offers an opportunity for students to understand the context in which they are developing as learners. While engaged in “Campus Atlanta,” students experience the advantages of attending an institution directly linked to its urban environs. Atlanta-Based Learning activities generate connections between the academic curriculum and the urban Atlanta environment.
First-Year Book Program. The First-Year Book Program at Georgia State University aims to provide all incoming freshmen with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, to promote critical thinking, and to develop a sense of community among first-year students, faculty, and staff. All incoming freshmen will receive a copy of the first-year book selection during the Summer Incept orientation. Students are expected to read the book before the start of their first semester at Georgia State. Throughout the fall, programs and events related to the book will be offered. The book will also be covered in ENG 1101, English Composition, as well as the GSU 1010, New Student Orientation classes.
Freshmen Learning Communities (FLC). The Freshmen Learning Community (FLC) program is strategically aligned with university initiatives to provide quality undergraduate programs and to increase student success and retention. Learning communities provide first-semester college students with a formative, integrative academic experience on which to build lifelong strengths and perspectives as well as immediate connections to the Georgia State campus and its resources. FLCs are designed around five linked freshmen-level courses tailored to a specific theme. Students who share the same interest enroll in a learning community for one semester, taking their FLC courses together. Students and faculty in each FLC form a small, friendly community within the large research university. Every student in the FLC program is assigned a peer mentor who serves as a resource to them as they transition from high school. During their second semester, FLC students may remain together for one course in addition to scheduling other courses of their choice.
GSU 1010 New Student Orientation Course. The Office of Undergraduate Studies coordinates and administers the teaching of GSU 1010, the Georgia State new student orientation course. GSU 1010 is taught in small classes of 25 to 30 students and assists new students in their academic and social transition to Georgia State University.
Graduation Counselors and Transition Advisors. Graduation Counselors and Transition Advisors are available in the Office of Undergraduate Studies to assist students in making timely progress toward their degrees. Transition Advisors are available to meet with students to help them evaluate whether to change majors and to decide whether a major is an appropriate choice consistent with their interests, aptitude and previous coursework. Graduation Counselors are available to help ensure students who are nearing graduation address any remaining requirements. Graduation Counselors and Transition Advisors work as a complement to the Offices of Academic Assistance and to the University Advisement Center. The services they offer are not intend to substitute for regular academic advisement within established units.
Latino Services and Outreach. The Latino Services and Outreach program provides a “one stop shop” for information regarding financial aid, scholarships, internships, academic advisement, and career counseling. The main goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive support system necessary for students to be successful in college. The office seeks to be a central resource for Latinos on campus and in the community to support and encourage Latino student persistence at and graduation from Georgia State. Perspectives Courses. Perspectives Courses are an important part of the core curriculum at Georgia State. These university level courses encourage an interdisciplinary or international perspectives on contemporary issues. The Office of Undergraduate Studies coordinates the scheduling and administration of these classes. Perspectives Courses are designed to provide students with a better understanding of the comparative world through the study of different cultures and points of view as well as help students incorporate scientific approaches to issues such as the environment, public health, and technology.
Student Success Workshops. The Office of Undergraduate Studies sponsors a series of academic success workshops. These workshops are designed to enhance student academic skills and cover topics such as time management, note-taking, test-taking, increasing memory and concentration, and other related subjects. Each 50-minute workshop is oriented toward helping students develop the tools necessary to do well in their courses. The workshops are free and open to all students.
Supplemental Instruction (SI). Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a proven academic support program sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and specific departments across campus. It is based on the national model from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. It offers free, out-of-class, group study sessions for traditionally difficult courses. Sessions are led by students who have successfully completed the target course and have been selected to be SI leaders. These leaders attend class along with the students and are available to meet with students outside of class at specific times. The number and selection of SI supported courses varies each semester. Attendance at SI sessions is voluntary.
Academic Coaching. Academic Coaching allows students to enhance their basic academic skills by working with “coaches” to develop individualized action plans for how they can reach their academic and scholastic goals. Through the Academic Coaching program students have an on campus resource to assist them in identifying and implementing strategies to overcome obstacles to their academic success.
iCare:Early Alert Program. The iCare:Early Alert program assists first-year students who have been identified by their professors as doing unsatisfactory work before the mid-point of the semester. The goal of the program is to contact students who are having difficulties early in the semester to ensure that they are aware of the academic resources available to assist them with their courses. Students who are identified as doing unsatisfactory work in more than 2 classes are considered at risk for retention. A hold will be placed on the next semester registration of these students and they will not be able to register until they meet with an academic professional in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Staff in the Office of Undergraduate Studies will remove the student hold once a meeting to assist the student in addressing their academic challenges has been conducted.
Virtual Interactive Peer Mentoring. The Virtual Interactive Peer Group Mentoring program provides an integrated online academic curriculum as part of the 1st year experience for freshmen students at Georgia State University. The curriculum is designed to help students develop academic skills and identify resources that are available to help them succeed. Through academically-based online interaction with an upperclassman, new students are supported and engaged through one-on-one connections. This program serves students who are not part of the Honors or FLC programs.
Scholarship Resource Center. The Scholarship Resource Center assists students by helping them identify and apply for scholarships while enrolled at Georgia State University. The Resource Center maintains databases and other materials to aid students in finding external scholarships for which they may be eligible. Georgia State University also offers several hundred internal scholarships to help deserving students finance their educational dreams. The Resource Center helps students search for these scholarships and provides information to them on how to successfully complete the application process.
The Learning Support Program (LSP) is for undergraduate students admitted on an exceptions basis who need remedial assistance in the areas of math, reading, and/or writing in order to be ready to take courses in the Core Curriculum.
Students are placed into the LSP if they meet any of the following conditions:
- An SAT-Verbal score below 430 or an ACT-Verbal score below 17.
- An SAT-Mathematics below 400 or an ACT-Mathematics below 17.
- Failure to meet the College Preparatory Curriculum requirements in English or mathematics.
However, students who have exited an area of Learning Support at any institution in the University System of Georgia are not required to re-enter that area upon transfer to Georgia State.
While in LSP
It is very important that LSP students meet each term with an academic advisor for advice regarding course selection. For this reason, an advisement hold is placed on each LSP student’s record each term. The hold is lifted after the student has seen an advisor. Here are the LSP courses and their placement criteria:
- Academic Reading EdRd 0071 COMPASS reading < 74
- Academic Writing Engl 0081 COMPASS writing < 60
- Elementary Algebra Math 0098 COMPASS math < 19
- Intermediate Algebra Math 0099 COMPASS math < 37
LSP courses do not count towards degree requirements or a student’s GPA at Georgia State University. They are, however, used to calculate a GPA for HOPE, Pell and other financial aid awards, and the courses and grades earned appear on a university transcript. LSP courses are graded using the same system as other Georgia State courses.
Students must register for required LSP courses before registering for other courses. Until LSP requirements have been satisfied, students may not take credit courses which require the content or the skills of the LSP courses.
Students who have not completed their LSP requirements in reading may not take courses in Area A1, Area C1, or Area E. In Area D, students may only take Math and Computer Science courses.
Students who have not completed their LSP requirements in writing may not take courses in Area A1 or Area C1.
Students who have not completed their LSP requirements in mathematics may not take courses in Area A2 . In Area D, students may only take Astronomy, Biology, Geography, Geology, Computer Science and Psychology courses.
Students who have accumulated 30 semester hours of college-level credit at Georgia State and have not successfully completed required Learning Support courses may enroll only in Learning Support courses until all LSP requirements are successfully completed.
Students with LSP requirements who are enrolled in both LSP courses and other courses may not drop or withdraw from the required LSP courses unless they also drop or withdraw from all other courses. Any student experiencing difficulty and/or considering dropping or withdrawing from an LSP course must first meet with an advisor. The advisor will inform the student of the program’s drop and withdrawal policies, including the right to apply for hardship withdrawal if an emergency situation exists.
Students are allowed a maximum of two attempts to exit reading and writing and a maximum of three attempts to exit mathematics. Students must pass all required courses and pass the exit exam. Any grade other than a W counts as an attempt. If a student does not complete the requirements for reading or writing in two attempts and mathematics in three attempts, the student will be suspended from the university until they have completed their LSP requirements. According to BOR policy, no appeals for attempts will be granted.
Students exit an LSP area by earning a grade of “C” or better in the exit level Learning Support course in the area and earning a passing score on the COMPASS test for the area. The passing COMPASS scores are:
- Reading, 74
- Writing, 60
- Math, 37 (on the COMPASS Algebra test)
Students who fail the exit test but have earned a grade of “C” or better in the relevant course, may retake the test one time.
Students who have passed an LSP course but not passed the COMPASS must re-enroll in the relevant LSP course. Students who have passed the COMPASS but not earned a grade of “C” in the relevant course must re-enroll in the relevant course.
Requests for waivers to any of the above regulations should be submitted to the Director of the University Advisement Center.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all students to have completed sufficient English, math, science, social science and language courses in high school as preparation for college-level coursework. Students admitted to Georgia State with a deficiency in one or more of these areas must make up the deficiency by taking Georgia State core classes (science, social science, or language) or passing the COMPASS proficiency test (English or math). The University Advisement Center will advise students about which courses they can choose from to complete a CPC requirement. Credits earned in courses taken to meet CPC requirements do not count toward graduation requirements. A grade of C or higher is required, and grades earned in these courses are counted in the student’s GPA. Students must complete all CPC-required courses before they earn 30 hours and in their first three semesters of enrollment. Otherwise they may not register for any courses except CPC courses until all requirements are complete.
Some transfer students are admitted with CPC requirements that were satisfied at a previous college or university. In this case, transfer courses used to satisfy CPC requirements may not be used toward graduation requirements at Georgia State.
260 University Center
The central office for University Career Services (UCS) houses the comprehensive career center for the campus with programs, services, information, and counseling to assist students with career decisions, as well as preparation for and implementation of successful job and graduate /professional school searches. The central UCS office works with undergraduate and graduate students from the first year on campus through the one year anniversary of their graduation. Alumni beyond a year of graduation may enroll in Alumni Career Services, a program also housed within the office (Note: an Alumni Career Services fee is associated with some services). Students from all majors and areas of study, from all class levels, and from all colleges, are served..
Career Development services are available by appointment. Individual and group sessions are offered, always with the goal of helping students and alumni connect their passion and purpose with career opportunities. The career counselors also provide career assessments, which aid students in exploring career possibilities based on values, interests, and personality.
Workshops, information and career counselors are available to help students and alumni with their career exploration and assess their individual talents, skills, and interests, and to set career goals. Programs and materials, employer panels, employer information sessions, and career fairs provide up-to-date information for use in exploring careers and researching employers.
Through the Employer Relations team, University Career Services has programs and services that connect students, alumni, and employers for internship and career opportunities, as well as employment to meet expenses while attending school. Regular workshops, employer events such as mock interviews and résumé critique days, and online information help students prepare résumés, and develop interviewing and other job search skills.
The Graduate and Professional School Planning program assists students exploring advanced degree opportunities, either here at Georgia State University or at another campus within the United States or abroad. This program has materials to assist students in researching programs as well as support in making application. This program also sponsors the fall Graduate and Professional School Fair, which brings graduate school recruiters from across the country to meet interested GSU students.
The Career Resource Center (CRC) is the central point of contact for students and contains workstations with access to online career guidance, job postings, graduate/professional school information, and employer research databases. The CRC also houses career-oriented books and multimedia materials for researching career and advanced degree opportunities.
Résumania is the walk-in résumé and c.v. review service, available Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm. No appointment is needed. Résumania takes place in the CRC, Room 260 University Center
All Georgia State University students have an account on Panther Career Net, a web-based career management system utilized by students, employers and the career services staff. Panther Career Net is free to all enrolled students. Activation of the account (completing a profile and uploading a résumé if seeking employment) provides 24/7 on and off-campus access to many of the Career Resource Center’s online resources, as well as easy application to jobs, and information about career events and employers. Activation requires use of one’s campus ID and password and can be done remotely.
University Career Services at Georgia State University is a consortium of student-focused departments within the Division of Student Affairs, offering to all GSU students, graduate and undergraduate, a wide range of highly supportive personal and professional development opportunities and services. University Career Services is comprised of the Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, Employer Relations, Graduate and Professional School Planning, Career Development, and the Georgia Career Information Center.
For more information on career counseling, career assessment, career exploration, graduate and professional school planning, internship and career opportunities, and job search support, visit the central office of University Career Services in 260 University Center or call 404/413-1820 or visit the website at career.gsu.edu.
252 Sparks Hall
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) provides support for Georgia State University’s non-immigrant international student, faculty, and researcher population, their dependents, and any foreign-born citizens and permanent residents of the United States who may need services. Services include orientations, immigration advisement, international student and scholar insurance support, student advocacy, and other personal assistance in adjusting to and joining the university community. The office staff serves as a liaison with all academic departments, the diplomatic corps, and a variety of international agencies and publishes a newsletter focusing on issues of interest to international students. International Services also offers assistance to academic departments wishing to invite foreign scholars or hire foreign faculty. Information concerning programs and services is available in 252 Sparks Hall, by calling 404/413-2070 or online at isss.gsu.edu.
Students on nonimmigrant visas who are in temporary financial difficulties should contact ISSS for information about possible assistance including: application process for out-of-state tuition waivers, small emergency loans for non-tuition expenses (through the Eva Whetstone International Student Emergency Loan program), and possible hold on classes if tuition is delayed for legitimate international reasons.
International Student Orientation – Prior to the beginning of each semester, an orientation program is offered to provide assistance to new students on nonimmigrant status. Students receive information and advice concerning federal immigration, the academic system in the United States, academic advisement and registration, the Atlanta community, and the mandatory health and accident insurance.
International Student Associations – Georgia State University has approximately twenty international student organizations that focus on celebrating the many countries and cultures represented on campus. They provide assistance for new and continuing international students, present cultural activities and events, and seek ways to share their culture with the campus. Information about the various associations and their umbrella group, the International Student Association Council, is available in the International Services office, and online at isss.gsu.edu.
International Student Health Insurance – Health insurance is mandatory for all international students and scholars in F and J status enrolled at Georgia State, and is optional for other nonimmigrant status students. A special international student health and accident insurance policy is made available each academic year, and payment of the insurance premiums is collected along with tuition during the process of registration. Individuals who may already be covered by a policy are required to request a waiver with the insurance company the semester before enrollment. More information is available online at www.studentinsurance.com or through Student Accounts.
This section describes the various ways students may earn credit for Georgia State University courses without actually taking those courses at Georgia State.
When an applicant is accepted for undergraduate transfer admission, courses that parallel the curriculum of Georgia State University will be accepted for transfer credit. Credit must have been earned at institutions of higher education with full accreditation by one of the following accreditors:
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Courses completed at a two-year college will be granted lower-division credit.
The total number of hours that may be earned toward a degree by extension or correspondence courses may not exceed 30 semester hours.
In general, transfer credit will not be awarded for a course that a student has previously attempted at Georgia State (including attempts which resulted in a withdrawal). However, individual departments may waive this rule for their courses.
Because the university has a minimum academic residence requirement, the amount of transfer credit applicable to a degree program may be limited. (See Section 1430.) In addition, Colleges and Departments have their own transfer credit policies and this may also limit the amount of transfer credit applicable to a degree program. All such policies are stated in this Catalog in the following sections:
- 2020.10 Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
- 3020 College of Arts and Sciences
- 4050 College of Education
- 5020 College of Health and Human Sciences
- 7020.10 Robison College of Business
Georgia State maintains a web site, http://advisement.gsu.edu/transfer-students/equivalency-charts/, which indicates courses at other institutions that will be accepted as transfer credit (subject to the restrictions noted in this section).If a course at another institution is not on this list, students should consult with the University Advisement Center.
The D Credit Grade Restriction applies to both resident and transfer credit. (See Section 1450.)
A student who takes a course at another institution will not receive transfer credit for that course until the end of the semester following the semester in which the course was taken. Therefore, students may not take courses for degree credit at another institution during the semester they plan to graduate from Georgia State.
Transfer Credit for Core Courses
- Students will be granted credit for all of Areas A-E of the core and the Regents’ Test if they hold one of the following:
- a baccalaureate degree from U.S. institution of higher education accredited by one of the six accreditors listed above
- for those who have graduated from a non-U.S. institution, the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. institution of higher education accredited by one of the six accreditors listed above as certified by Georgia State or a Georgia State-approved agency such as Joseph Silny and Associates, Inc.
- an associate’s degree designed to transfer to a baccalaureate program from a University System of Georgia (USG) institution
- However, there are two exceptions to the policy stated in 1 above.
- Students seeking a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics, science education, or math education who do not hold a baccalaureate degree in one of these fields will only be granted credit for all of Areas B, C, and E. They will be granted credit in Areas A and D on a course-by-course basis.
- Students seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing, nutrition or respiratory therapy will only be granted credit for all of Areas A, B, C, and E. They will be granted credit in Area D on a course-by-course basis.
- Students who hold any other associate’s degree, such as an associate’s degree from a non-USG institution or an associate’s degree not designed to transfer to a baccalaureate program, will be granted transfer credit for core courses on a course-by-course basis.
Transient students are Georgia State University degree-seeking undergraduates who enroll temporarily at another institution with the intention of returning to Georgia State. Georgia State remains the student’s home institution. Terms other than transient (such as visiting student, unclassified student, or special student) may be used at other institutions.
These regulations do not apply to credit earned through cross registration, which is considered resident credit.
A degree-seeking undergraduate student who wishes to be a transient student must obtain a transient letter from the Office of the Registrar. A transient letter is a type of letter of certification that offers information regarding a student’s academic standing and is an official recommendation from Georgia State University that a student be admitted to another institution for a visiting term. Students request this letter of certification via the web. Students request this letter of certification by completing a transient form available in all academic offices.
A student may not take courses for degree credit at another institution during the semester he or she expects to graduate from Georgia State.
It is vital that students considering transient status review the rules regarding transfer credit (Section 1320.10), the rules regarding academic residency (Section 1440), the rules regarding credit for grades of D (Section 1450), and individual college policies on the number of course attempts. The rules in these sections specify limits on the credits taken as a transient that will transfer to Georgia State as well as limits on the credits that will count towards the Georgia State degree requirements. Students are encouraged to check with their advisor and the transfer equivalency charts prior to enrolling in the course. See www.gsu.edu/success/equivalency_charts.html
It is the student’s responsibility to comply with application procedures and any other requirements that the other institution may have regarding establishing status as a transient student there.
After completing the course, it is the student’s responsibility to promptly request that an official transcript be sent from the other institution to: Georgia State University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 4009, Atlanta, GA 30302-4009. Questions about transfer credit for courses taken as a transient should be addressed to the University Advisement Center.
Students may apply no more than 30 semester hours of work earned through correspondence or extension programs of other institutions toward the requirements for an undergraduate degree. Students are cautioned to consult with their academic advisor for additional college regulations on correspondence or extension work. Students must obtain the permission of the dean of their college, or the designated college representative, prior to taking correspondence courses to be applied toward the completion of the degree program.
Georgia State University recognizes that learning can take place in various modes and places other than the traditional college classroom. Knowledge gained through experiential learning and other means is evaluated for possible college credit through examination. The Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) are the most commonly used tests for this purpose. These are standardized examinations administered nationally each year. For information on CLEP, contact the University Testing Office, http://counselingcenter.gsu.edu/testing/. For information on AP and IB, contact your high school guidance counselor.
Other standardized exams or special departmental examinations may be approved for credit. For further information, contact the appropriate college.
Georgia State University serves as a DANTES (DSST) test center; however GSU does not accept DSST credit.
For information on approved examinations, course equivalents, and credit award policies and requirements, please review the section below.
Official test scores should be mailed directly from the College Board to the Georgia State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions for review. Questions regarding credit awards should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admissions.gsu.edu. High school counselors can provide information concerning the time and place for testing. Credit will be awarded for approved AP examinations as follows:
Exam: (Score for Georgia State Course Credit) = equivalent course prefix and number or explanation
- History of Art: (3, 4, 5) = AH 1700
- Studio Art: Drawing/General Portfolio: (3, 4, 5) = ART 1010
- Art 2D Design: (3, 4, 5) = ART 1020
- Art 3D Design: (3, 4, 5) = ART 1030
- General Biology: (3) = BIOL 1103K (4,5) = BIOL 1103K, 1104K These courses make up the non-majors biology series and are not recommended for Biology majors.
- General Chemistry: (3) = CHEM1211K; (4) = CHEM 1211K and exempt CHEM 1212K if passed above median grade on ACS exit exam; (5) = CHEM 1211K, 1212K
- Computer Science A or Computer Science AB: (3, 4, 5) = CSC 2010
- Economics, Macro: (3, 4, 5) = ECON 2105
- Economics, Micro: (3, 4, 5) = ECON 2106
- English Language and Composition/ English Literature and Composition: (3, 4) = ENGL1101; (5) = ENGL 1101, 1102
- Environmental Science: (4, 5) = Biol 1104K
- French Language: (3) = FREN 2001; (4) = FREN 2001, 2002; (5) = FREN 2001, 2002 and 3000-level course to be determined after consultation with department
- French Literature: (3) = FREN 2001; (4) = FREN 2001, 2002; (5) = FREN 2001, 2002 and 3033
- Human Geography: (3, 4, 5) = GEOG 1101
- German Language: (3) = GRMN 2001; (4) = GRMN 2001, 2002; (5) = GRMN 2001, 2002 and 3000-level course to be determined after consultation with department
- American History: (3, 4, 5) = HIST 2110
- European History: (3, 4, 5) = HIST 1112
- World History: (3, 4, 5) = HIST 1112
- Latin: Vergil: (3, 4) = LATN 2001, 2002; (5) = LATN 2001, 2002 and 3000-level course to be determined after consultation with department
- Latin: Catullus/Horace: (4, 5) = 3000-level course(s) to be determined after consultation with department
- Latin Literature: (3, 4) = LATN 2001, 2002; (5) = LATN 2001, 2002 and 3000-level course to be determined after consultation with department
- Statistics: (3, 4, 5) = MATH 1070
- Calculus AB: (3) = MATH 1113; (4, 5) = MATH 2211
- Calculus BC: (3) = MATH 2211; (4, 5) = MATH 2211, 2212
- Music Listening and Literature: (3, 4, 5) = MUA 1930
- Music Theory: (3, 4, 5) = MUS1099
- Physics B: (3) = PHYS 1111K; (4, 5) = PHYS 1111K, 1112K
- Physics C, Mechanics: (3, 4, 5) = PHYS 2211K
- Physics C, Electricity and Magnetism: (3, 4, 5) = PHYS 2212K
- Government and Politics, American: (3, 4, 5) = POLS 1101
- Psychology: (3, 4, 5) = PSYC 1101
- Spanish Language: (3) = SPAN 2001; (4) = SPAN 2001, 2002; (5) = SPAN 2001, 2002 and a 3000-level course to be determined after consultation with department
- Spanish Literature: (3) = SPAN 2001; (4) = SPAN 2001, 2002; (5) = SPAN 2001, 2002 and a 3000-level course to be determined after consultation with department
Georgia State University awards credit for some College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject exams, Tests should not be scheduled during the last semester before graduation because the limited time remaining may not be sufficient to allow for course validation and the awarding of credit. For credit to be granted, the examination score must be at least 50 or higher regardless of the ACE recommendation. Credit will be as follows:
Exam = Georgia State Course Credit
- American Government = Pols 1101
- American Literature (w/essay) = Engl 2130
- Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (w/essay) = Engl 2140
- Biology = Biol 1103K
- Calculus = Math 2211
- Chemistry = Chem 1099 (elective credit only)
- College Algebra = Math 1111
- College Composition with Essay = Engl 1101
- College Mathematics = Math 1101
- English Literature (w/ essay) = Engl 2120
- French-levels 1 & 2 = Fren 2001, 2002 (see below for additional information)
- German-levels 1 & 2 = Grmn 2001, 2002 (see below for additional information)
- History of the United States I and History of the United States II 1865-present = Hist 2110
- Introductory Psychology = Psyc 1101
- Introductory Sociology = Soci 1101
- Precalculus = Math 1113
- Principles of Macroeconomics = Econ 2105
- Principles of Microeconomics = Econ 2106
- Spanish-levels 1 & 2 = Span 2001, 2002 (see below for additional information)
- Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 = Hist 1099 (elective credit only)
- Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present = Hist 1099 (elective credit only)
Additional CLEP Information:
- The essay portion of all English exams is required in addition to the objective. Essay exams are reviewed by three readers, and the student must receive a grade of “Pass” from at least two readers.
- Foreign language credit awards are as follows:
- Spanish scores of 50-53 earn 3 semester hours of credit for SPAN 2001; Spanish scores of 54 and higher earn a total of 6 semester hours of credit for SPAN 2001 and 2002.
- German scores of 50-62 earn 3 semester hours of credit for GRMN 2001; German scores of 63 and higher earn a total of 6 semester hours of credit for GRMN 2001 and 2002.
- French scores of 50-51 earn 3 semester hours of credit for FREN 2001; French scores of 52 and higher earn a total of 6 semester hours of credit for FREN 2001 and 2002.
- If a student scores 50 or higher for American History I AND American History II, three semester hours will be granted for HIST 2110.
- Exams may be scheduled by contacting Georgia State University’s Testing Center http://counselingcenter.gsu.edu/testing/.
The amount of credit that may be granted for IB courses is limited to 24. Credit for standard level exams will only be granted to students who hold the IB diploma. Students who have only IB certificates will not be granted credit for standard level exams. Within these limits, departments have the authority to determine how much course credit will be awarded for International Baccalaureate examinations.
The following is the list of credit for IB exams:
SL = Standard Level
HL = Higher Level
- SL 5 = ANTH 1102
- SL 6-7 = ANTH 1102, 2020
- HL 4 = ANTH 1102
- HL 5 = ANTH 1102, 2020
- HL 6-7 =ANTH 1102, 2020, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = ART 1010
- SL 6-7 = ART 1010, 1020
- HL 4 = ART 1010
- HL 5 = ART 1010, 1020
- HL 6-7 =ART 1010, 1020, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = ARBC 2001
- SL 6-7 = ARBC 2001, 2002
- HL 4 = ARBC 2001
- HL 5 = ARBC 2001, 2002
- HL 6-7 =ARBC 2001, 2002, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = BIOL 1103K
- SL 6-7 = BIOL 1103K, 1104K
- HL 4 = BIOL 1103K
- HL 5 = BIOL 1103K, 1104K
- HL 6-7 = BIOL 1103K, 1104K, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = CHEM 1211K
- SL 6-7 = CHEM 1211K, 1212K
- HL 4 = CHEM 1211K
- HL 5 = CHEM 1211K, 1212K
- HL 6-7 = CHEM 1211K, 1212K, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = CHIN 2001
- SL 6-7 = CHIN 2001, 2002
- HL 4 = CHIN 2001
- HL 5 = CHIN 2001, CHIN 2002
- HL 6-7 =CHIN 2001, 2002, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = CSC 1310
- SL 6-7 = CSC1310, 2010
- HL 4 = CSC 1310
- HL 5 = CSC 1310, 2010
- HL 6-7 = CSC 1310, 2010, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = ECON 2100
- SL 6-7 = ECON 2105, Econ 2106
- HL 4 = ECON 2100
- HL 5 = ECON 2105, 2106
- HL 6-7 =ECON2105, 2106, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = ENGL1101
- SL 6-7 = ENGL 1101, 1102
- HL 4 = ENGL 1101
- HL 5 = ENGL 1101, 1102
- HL 6-7 = ENGL 1101, 1102, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = FREN 2001
- SL 6-7 = FREN 2001, 2002
- HL 4 = FREN2001
- HL 5 = FREN 2001, 2002
- HL 6-7 = FREN 2001, 2002, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = GEOG 1101
- SL 6-7 = GEOG1101, 1113
- HL 4 = GEOG 1101
- HL 5 = GEOG 1101, 1113
- HL 6-7 = GEOG 1101, 1113 and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = GRMN 2001
- SL 6-7 = GRMN 2001, 2002
- HL 4 = GRMN 2001
- HL 5 = GRMN 2001, GRMN 2002
- HL 6-7 =GRMN 2001, 2002, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = HIST 2110
- SL 6-7 = HIST 2110, 3200
- HL 4 = HIST 2110
- HL 5 = HIST 2110, 3200
- HL 6-7 = HIST 2110, 3200 and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = HIST 1111
- SL 6-7 =HIST 1111, 1112
- HL 4 = HIST1111
- HL 5 =HIST 1111, 1112
- HL 6-7 = HIST 1111, 1112, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = MATH 1111
- SL 6-7 = MATH 1111, 1113
- HL 4 = MATH 1220
- HL 5 = MATH 1220, 2211
- HL 6-7 = MATH 1220, 2211, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = MUA 1500
- SL 6-7 = MUA 1500, 1900
- HL 4 = MUA 1500
- HL 5 = MUA 1500, 1900
- HL 6-7 = MUA 1500, 1900, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = PHIL 2010
- SL 6-7 = PHIL 2010, 2050
- HL 4 = PHIL 2010
- HL 5 = PHIL 2010, 2050
- HL 6-7 = PHIL 2010, 2050, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = PHYS 2211K
- SL 6-7 = PHYS 2211K, 2212K
- HL 4 = PHYS 2211K
- HL 5 = PHYS 2211K, 2212K
- HL 6-7 = PHYS 2211K, 2212K, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = PSYC 1101
- SL 6-7 = PSYC 1101, 2101
- HL 4 = PSYC 1101
- HL 5 = PSYC 1101, 2101
- HL 6-7 = PSYC 1100, 2101 and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
- SL 5 = SPAN 2001
- SL 6-7 = SPAN 2001, 2002
- HL 4 = SPAN 2001
- HL 5 = SPAN 2001, 2002
- HL 6-7 =SPAN 2001, 2002, and a 3000-level course to be determined by the Department
Credit for other languages will be granted following the pattern set in the languages above.
Georgia State will consider awarding college credit for subject examinations taken at the end of the high school in countries other than the US. To be eligible for consideration, the examinations must be given nationally and must report scores by subject (not merely a total score). Students who wish for the University to consider awarding college for subject examinations taken at the end of the high school in countries should contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
Section 1320.90, Credit for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
At Georgia State University, the granting of credit for MOOCs taken at other institutions is governed by the rules for transfer credit and credit by examination. If a MOOC was taken and transcripted at an accredited institution of higher education, decisions about credit for the MOOC are made according to the rules for transfer credit. (See Section 1320.10.) In some cases, credit for MOOCs may be earned according to the rules for credit by examination. (See Section 1320.40.)
2nd Floor Sparks Hall, Enrollment Services Center
Students may not attend a course unless they have registered and paid for that course. Each semester students should go online for detailed information concerning the enrollment and registration process. Registration information can be found on the University’s web site, www.gsu.edu, under the Registrar’s page and by accessing PAWS (Panther Access to Web Services) at paws.gsu.edu.
Students are urged to become knowledgeable about the entire enrollment process, which includes ensuring financial aid eligibility for the term and ensuring paying of tuition and fees by the payment deadline for that particular term. Information on payment deadlines can be found on www.gsu.edu under Student Financial Services.
Where Registration Takes Place
Registration for courses takes place on PAWS where a list of courses offered for the semester can be found, as well as time ticket information, the registration agreement and student holds that need to be addressed to permit registration for the term.
Preparing and Registering for Classes – Enrollment Process
Registering students should prepare a registration worksheet and ensure they meet all course prerequisites. Unless approved by the department chair, a student may only register for one section of a given course in a given session/term. All transactions can be completed on PAWS.
Step 1: Run a Program Evaluation to Review Remaining Course Requirements and Schedule Advisor Appointments as Necessary
Step 2: Register for Classes
Step 3: Check Financial Aid Requirements for Eligibility and Accept Aid
Step 4: View and Pay Charges on Panther Pay
Step 5: Print your Course Schedule
Step 6: Print the Semester Academic Calendar on the Registrar’s page
Any deviation from the prescribed procedure may result in unnecessary delays in registration or errors in the resulting schedule. The Office of the Registrar cannot be held responsible for errors resulting from the student’s failure to follow the prescribed registration, schedule adjustment and payment procedures. Any problems experienced with registration should be reported to the Enrollment Services Center in person, at 227 Sparks Hall or by e-mail to email@example.com within 24 hours of the occurrence.
All students must notify the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to registering if the student has attended another school since last attending Georgia State. The student must have an official transcript of credits sent from the school he or she attended. The student must be eligible to reenroll at the last school attended before he or she returns to Georgia State. Failure to submit this transcript by the midpoint of the first term after returning to Georgia State could result in the placing of a registration hold on the student’s record.
Students who are eligible to register will be given a registration time-ticket assignment approximately two weeks before registration begins. Students can find their registration time-ticket assignments by accessing PAWS at paws.gsu.edu.
Students will also receive an email referring them to PAWS where they can view their registration time-ticket assignments.
A student’s time-ticket assignment is valid beginning at the student’s assigned time and continues through the last day of registration. Time-tickets are assigned with priority to students scheduled to graduate during the upcoming term and then to continuing students according to the total credit hours earned. Once a student is allowed access, the student can adjust his or her schedule on a first-come, first-served basis during the remaining registration period. Many classes fill up quickly. It is to the student’s advantage to attempt to register as soon as he or she is allowed access to the registration system.
Registrations are considered late once the semester has begun. During late registration, access is on a first-come, first-served basis. It is important that students register prior to the semester beginning in order to have the best opportunity to enroll in courses needed for degree completion. If a student’s first attempt to register is during late registration, a $50 non-refundable late fee will be charged. This $50 fee will also be charged if a student is dropped for nonpayment of fees and attempts to re-register during late registration.
If a student appeal to add a class after late registration has ended, after the 1st Friday of the term, is approved, the student will be charged a $37.50 manual schedule adjustment fee. This fee is charged for each appeal approved. Appeals should be directed to the department that teaches the course the student wishes to add. If a student decides not to attend the course once the appeal has been approved and added to the student’s schedule, the student must officially withdraw from the course on PAWS, prior to the semester midpoint.
141 Piedmont Avenue, Suite D
All new students attending regularly scheduled classes on campus or receiving resident credit are required to submit a certificate of immunization prior to registering for and attending such classes.
The immunizations required are Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR), Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td), Varicella (chicken pox), and Hepatitis B. In addition, the Meningitis Law requires students residing in university housing to have the Meningococcal vaccine. For more information, see the GSU Clinic website updates at health.gsu.edu.
Every student attending classes on campus must complete the immunization requirements of the University System of Georgia. The requirement varies according to the age of the student as follows:
- Students 18 years or younger at the beginning of the term must show proof of immunity to Hepatitis B, MMR, Tetanus/diphtheria, and Varicella (chickenpox).
- Students 19 years and older at the beginning of the term are strongly recommended to be immunized for Hepatitis B, but they are not required to show proof of immunity to Hepatitis B. They are required to show proof of immunity to MMR, Tetanus/diphtheria and Varicella.
- Students born outside the United States on or before 12/31/1956 must show proof of immunity to Tetanus/Diphtheria and Varicella only.
- Students born in the United States on or before 12/31/1956 are required to show proof of Tetanus/diphtheria only.
- Students born in the United States on or before 12/31/1980 are exempt from showing proof of the Varicella vaccine. They are required to submit proof of immunity for MMR, Tetanus/diphtheria.
- Students born 12/31/1980 or later must submit proof of MMR, Varicella and Tetanus/Diphtheria
- Students born outside the United States 01/01/1957 or later must provide proof of MMR, Tetanus/diphtheria, and Varicella.
The Immunization Office must receive these records two weeks before the last day of late registration. It will take two to three business days to enter the data into the system. Immunization holds will be placed on student accounts to prevent registration and drop/add until the requirement is satisfied.
Students seeking exemption for religious reasons must submit a completed Georgia State University Certificate of Immunization form to the Immunization Office indicating their religious exemption request. Students with medical reasons for exemption must submit a doctor’s letter indicating if this is a permanent or temporary exemption, and, if temporary, the date of expiration. When the temporary exemption expires, the student must complete all immunization requirements. In the event of an epidemic or a threatened epidemic of any disease preventable by immunization, and when an emergency has been declared by appropriate health authorities, additional steps will be undertaken to protect the health of the University community. In the event of a declared public health emergency, persons who do not have proof of immunization on file will not be allowed to participate in classes or other activities on campus.
Additional information and copies of the immunization certification form may be obtained by contacting the Immunization Office located in 141 Piedmont Avenue, Ste. D, or by telephone at 404/413-1940, or online at http://health.gsu.edu/services/immunizations-travel/.
Meningitis: Georgia law requires that students residing in campus housing be provided information on meningococcal disease and vaccination. After reviewing information about the risks for the disease and the benefits of prevention by the meningitis vaccine, students 18 years and older are required to sign a form kept on file in the Housing Office. Students less than 18 years of age must show their parent or guardian’s signature on the form. This “Meningococcal Disease Notification” form documents that the information was reviewed and the option of the vaccine was provided, and/or date the vaccination was elicited. Compliance with the state law is a requirement for residing in campus housing and is part of the housing contract. Forms and further information are available from the Housing Office at 404/413-1800 or by email at housing @ gsu.edu.
Enrolled students who wish to audit a course must get approval from the course instructor. Registration for an audit is done in the Office of the Registrar, 225 Sparks Hall. Students should not pre-register for courses they wish to audit. Any fees for auditing a class are assessed just as they are for courses taken for credit. Any requirements for prerequisites must be satisfied before registering to audit a course. No academic credit is earned in this status. Audit status is not covered by financial aid, and audit hours do not apply toward full-time enrollment. Students may not transfer from audit to credit status or vice-versa after the last day to register for courses.
Full-time Course Load: To be certified as full-time students, students must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours. However, a course load of 30 semester hours per year is required in order to complete an undergraduate degree program in four years.
A student who is enrolled in less than a full-time course of study at Georgia State may be in jeopardy of the following:
- Losing insurance coverage under his or her parent/guardian’s insurance policy;
- Being placed on a loan repayment schedule by a lender or guarantor if the student is the recipient of federal financial aid; and/or
- Losing a scholarship if the guidelines for receiving the scholarship require full-time enrollment.
Half-time Course Load: Half-time enrollment is 6 to 11 semester hours for students.
Increased Course Load: A student may schedule as many as 18 semester hours without special permission. Requests for exceptions to the maximum course load of 18 semester hours will be considered by the University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of a student’s college if the student has completed a course load of 15 semester hours in some previous semester at Georgia State University with a grade point average of at least 3.00 for the semester and if either of the following conditions is met:
- The student attained the President’s List designation during his or her most recent enrollment at Georgia State and, if a reentering student, has achieved a grade of A for all credit hours earned elsewhere since the most recent enrollment at Georgia State; or
- The student has earned 60 semester hours of credit and has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 for the preceding two semesters of residence.
International Students: International students in the student visa status of F and J are required to carry a full-time course load as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (currently 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students). An international student who is enrolled on a student visa may be in jeopardy of being out of compliance with the Department of Homeland Security if enrolled in less than a full-time course of study. Additionally, those F and J international students enrolling for the first time in summer school must carry six credit hours to be considered full-time for immigration purposes.
Registration in some courses in some majors is restricted. See the following sections of this Catalog for more information.
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Colleges may limit the number of times a student can take a course for a grade. Colleges may place this limit on some courses but not others, and different courses may have different limits. All limits are stated in the catalog. For purposes of this policy, a student takes a course for a grade when they receive a grade notation included in the grade point average calculation. For example, a student who earns an A or a WF has taken the course for a grade, but a student who earns an S or W has not. If a student takes a course multiple times at another institution or at Georgia State, the grade earned in the final attempt will determine the applicability of the course to the degree requirements. A student who wishes to take a course more times than authorized by the college must enroll as an auditor.
Georgia State University students may enroll in courses offered by member institutions of the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE) under a cross registration agreement. Students who wish to cross register must meet all eligibility requirements under the ARCHE agreement and the University. Courses taken through cross registration are considered resident credit. Students may learn more about cross registration or obtain an ARCHE Cross Registration Application at http://registrar.gsu.edu/registration/cross-registration/.
Cross Registration Application Deadlines
- Fall Semester: July 26
- Spring Semester: December 1
- Summer Semester: May 1
- Students must be in good standing and have a minimum Georgia State University cumulative GPA of 2.0 and the required GPA to enroll in the Georgia State course which is most similar to the course the student wishes cross register
- Students must be concurrently enrolled in at least one Georgia State course.
- Students must meet prerequisites for requested course(s) as defined by Georgia State University and the host institution.
- Students must meet the host institution’s immunization and health requirements.
- First-semester freshmen may not cross register (unless cross registering in courses for purposes of ROTC training or marching band).
Students may not cross register for a course if
- The course is offered at GSU that semester.
- The course has been previously attempted at Georgia State (including attempts which resulted in a withdrawal or an unsatisfactory grade).
- The course or an appropriate substitute is routinely available at Georgia State (that is, offered each semester or on a specified regular basis, such as every fall). Determination of whether the course is routinely available is made by the advisement office in consultation with the chair or director of the academic unit that offers the course.
- The College and/or degree program has restrictions or departmental requirements for the specific course.
- The student expects to graduate from GSU during the semester the student wishes to cross register a course.
Students are limited to two cross-registered courses per semester, and the combined course load at Georgia State University and the host institution may not exceed 18 credit hours.
Students who wish to cross register must complete and submit an ARCHE Cross Registration Application to the Office of the Registrar, room 225, Sparks Hall. Cross Registration Applications are available online: http://registrar.gsu.edu/registration/cross-registration/.
Students who wish to take academic courses at an ARCHE institution must obtain written approval in advance from the University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance in the student’s college. Course outlines (syllabi) and catalog information may be required so content can be evaluated before approval is granted by the Office of Academic Assistance.
Students are not allowed to pre-register in courses they wish to cross register. Once all approvals have been obtained, the host institution’s Cross Registration Coordinator will register students for the approved course(s) on a space-available basis after the host institution’s regularly enrolled or continuing students have had first priority for registration. The host institution’s Cross Registration Coordinator will inform the student of approval and registration status.
Georgia State University’s students will pay Georgia State University’s tuition and fee rates via PAWS. However, special fees (lab fees, parking and equipment lease) and security deposits must be paid to the host institution.
Students must abide by all host institutions’ policies and schedules regarding immunization requirements, grades, exam dates, absences, and add/drop/withdrawal deadlines. To withdraw from a course, both Georgia State University and the host institution’s withdrawal procedures must be followed. Changes in registration must be approved by Georgia State University and the host institution’s Cross Registration Coordinators.
Upon completion of the course, the host institution’s Cross Registration Coordinator will send a final transcript to Georgia State University. Students who receive a grade of Incomplete at a host institution should recognize that the time limit for removal of a grade of Incomplete must not exceed Georgia State University’s deadline for removal of a grade of incomplete (see section1350.30 Changes in Grade). It is the student’s responsibility to request an official transcript from the host institution once the grade of Incomplete has been satisfied and a final grade has been assigned.
Students must complete a new ARCHE Cross Registration Application for any subsequent term.
Cross registration is available in the summer on a limited basis. Consult the Office of the Registrar for more information. The participating ARCHE member institutions are: Agnes Scott College, Atlanta College of Art, Brenau University, Clark Atlanta University, Clayton State University, Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Interdenominational Theological Center, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University Atlanta Campus, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Oglethorpe University, Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, Southern Polytechnic State University, Spelman College, State University of West Georgia, and University of Georgia.
Cross registration credits count as resident credit and all grade requirements apply. (See Sections 1440, 1450, 1460, and 1480.)
Many courses are offered to Georgia State University students at satellite locations. Students taking these courses must meet the same academic requirements and deadlines as students attending classes at the downtown campus. Each semester a list of off-campus courses can be found by accessing the online registration system in PAWS at paws.gsu.edu.
Students who wish to revise their class schedules must follow the procedure appropriate for the period of time in the semester (see section 1332.10 below). During the published registration periods for each semester, students may revise their schedules by accessing PAWS. Schedule revisions are defined as any changes to a student’s schedule and include dropping and/or adding classes.
To remove a course from a class schedule during the published registration period is referred to by the University community as “dropping” a course. Dropped courses do not appear on the student’s official record. After the last day to add/drop a course, students may “withdraw” from a course when they decide to stop attending. Withdrawn courses appear on the student’s official record. Withdrawing from a course prior to the midpoint of the term makes the student eligible for a grade of W if the withdrawal limit has not been exceeded. This grade is reflected on the student’s official record. After midpoint, the student will receive the grade the instructor assigns.
All schedule adjustments must be completed by the official last day to register for courses as published in the online Semester Calendars at paws.gsu.edu. Printable calendars can also be found on gsu.edu under the Registrar’s page. If an institutional error has occurred, and a student wishes to be allowed to register for a course after the deadline, the student should contact the department offering the course.
Students are responsible for formally dropping or withdrawing from courses using the online registration system, PAWS at paws.gsu.edu. Students should not simply stop attending. Students should be aware of the financial and academic consequences of dropping and withdrawing from courses by consulting with an academic advisor and referring to information concerning the tuition refund schedule found on the Student Financial Services’ web page, which is located on the www.gsu.edu website.
Georgia State University reserves the right, at any time during the semester, to drop any student from classes for failure to pay tuition and fees. However, students should not assume that Georgia State will drop them from classes for failure to pay tuition and fees.
- Registration Time Periods
- Adding/Dropping Time Period: When registration opens for the term up until 5 p.m. the first Friday of the term, students may:
- Add courses on PAWS
- Drop courses on PAWS to no longer appear on the student’s official transcript. Note: Students will no longer be charged tuition for courses that are dropped at this time unless an equal credit hour course is added as well. (Refer to the tuition refund schedule on the Student Account web page at gsu.edu. Note: dropping courses and lowering your credit hours for the term may have consequences academically and for financial aid eligibility)
- After this time, students will not be able to add or drop courses on their own.
- Schedule Adjustment – After the first week of classes up until the Midterm
- Students may withdraw from a class or classes on PAWS.
- Students will receive a grade of W or WF for any class withdrawn during this period depending on whether or not they have exceeded their limit of withdrawals with a grade of W.
- Specifically, students will automatically be awarded a W if they have not exceeded their limit and a WF if they have. Grades of W and WF appear on the student’s transcript. (Note: A grade of WF is treated as an F for GPA calculation purposes.)
- Note: The last day for a student to add a class in PAWS is the first Friday of the term at 5 p.m.
- As of the second week of classes, faculty have the discretion to request to add or drop students from classes if an administrative academic error has occurred. Factors such as space availability and health and safety regulations may apply to such requests. During the second week of classes, faculty have until Friday at 5 p.m. to submit a request to add or drop students from classes.
- After the midpoint of the term: During this period, voluntary withdrawals are not allowed via PAWS.
- Students can no longer voluntary withdrawal from classes
- Grades will be posted based on those assigned by instructors.
- Students are responsible for consulting the course syllabus for specific instructor policies regarding such matters as penalties for missing the first class, an exam, an assignment or a project. These may include, among the other things, being dropped or withdrawn from a course.
- Adding/Dropping Time Period: When registration opens for the term up until 5 p.m. the first Friday of the term, students may:
- Limits on Withdrawals with a Grade of W
- Students are allowed to withdraw with a grade of W a maximum of six times in their undergraduate careers at Georgia State.
- The limit on withdrawals does not apply if a student withdraws from all classes during a term before the midpoint. However, students are only allowed to withdraw from all classes prior to the midpoint twice without having their withdrawals count against the limit. Students who withdraw from all classes a third or subsequent time will automatically receive a grade of WF in their classes if they have reached their limit of Ws.
- It is possible that a student will withdraw from more than one class in a particular semester and not have enough Ws left to use a W in all those classes. In that case, classes will be awarded a W based on the date and time the student initiated the withdrawal from that class. For example, if a student had taken five Ws in their career at Georgia State and then withdrew from three of the four classes in which the student is enrolled, the student’s sixth W allowed would be assigned to the class from which the student withdrew first. The student would receive a WF in the other two classes. In these cases, students may make an appeal to the University Advisement Center or the student’s Office of Academic Advisement to shift the W from one class to another. Such requests must be made no later than the end of the subsequent semester in which the student withdrew from the classes. (Whether a student is enrolled in the semester after the semester in which the student withdrew from the classes does not change this time limit.) Students may not shift Ws between semesters.
- The following types of withdrawals do not count against the limit on withdrawals with a grade of W.
- Emergency withdrawals (see Section 1332.40).
- Grades of WF (withdrawal failing).
- Grade of WM (withdrawal military).
- Withdrawals taken in semesters before Fall Semester 2006.
- Withdrawals taken at other institutions.
- Grade of W with symbol – (-W, denotes involuntary withdrawal for lack of attendance see section 1332.30)
- This policy applies to all degree-seeking undergraduate students. It does not apply to non-degree students (such as post baccalaureate and transient students).
Students formally withdrawing from all classes may be entitled to a partial refund of their fees (see Section 1240).
In an emergency situation that precludes personal action to withdraw from classes, a student may communicate with the Office of the Dean of Students, http://deanofstudents.gsu.edu/.
In general, if a student voluntarily withdraws from an off-campus course, then the normal withdrawal policy applies (see section 1332.10). If the off-campus course’s schedule does not match a Georgia State University term, then the mid-point of the course will be the mid-point of the period from the first off-campus meeting of the course to the last meeting of the course.
If a course is cancelled by Georgia State after the first week of classes, then the student may choose between the following options:
- They may have the course dropped from their schedule (even if the course is cancelled after the end of Late Registration), or
- They may take a W in the course, or
- In coordination with the course instructor and the department chair, the student may develop an academically appropriate plan to complete the course. These plans must be approved by the instructor and the department chair.
Students are expected to observe all policies governing the class. Faculty must clearly state these policies in the course syllabus. When a faculty member determines that a student is in violation of one of the class policies (for example, has missed a required assignment or has excessive absences), that faculty member may withdraw the student from the course. Students involuntarily withdrawn prior to the midpoint of the course will be assigned a grade of W unless they have exceeded their maximum number of withdrawals allowed (see Section 1332.10). Students involuntarily withdrawn after the midpoint of the course will be assigned a grade of WF. Note that a WF is treated as an F for GPA calculation purposes. Using the official Georgia State University email system, the instructor will notify a student who is involuntarily withdrawn, and within ten days of this notification, the student may petition to the department chair for reinstatement in the course.
Students involuntarily withdrawn from all classes may be entitled to a partial refund of their fees (see Section 1210).
Students may request an emergency withdrawal when a non-academic emergency situation occurs that prevents them from completing their course work (e.g., severe medical problems, traumatic events) and when the timing or nature of the emergency prevents them from voluntarily withdrawing from their classes. (See Section 1332.10.) Emergency withdrawals are subject to the following restrictions:
- Students must initiate an application for an emergency withdrawal no later than two academic years after the semester in which the courses were taken.
- Students may request emergency withdrawals in a maximum of two semesters of their enrollment at GSU.
- Students may not request an emergency withdrawal after degree conferral.
Emergency withdrawals normally apply to all the courses a student took in a semester. In exceptional cases, emergency withdrawals may be granted for some of a student’s courses. Students requesting an emergency withdrawal in some but not all of their courses must provide documentation to justify a partial withdrawal.
If a student is granted an emergency withdrawal, W grades will automatically be awarded. W grades awarded as a result of the emergency withdrawal process do not count against the student’s voluntary withdrawal limits. (See Section 1332.10.)
For further information on emergency withdrawals, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at www.gsu.edu/deanofstudents.
A student who is on active duty or is a military reservist (including members of the National Guard and United States Army Reserve) may withdraw from the University if called for active duty or reassignment. The student must officially withdraw and submit Official Orders to Active Duty to the Enrollment Services Center, 227 Sparks Hall. The student is not eligible for a military withdrawal in any course in which the student has completed the course requirements (for example, taking the final exam or submitting the final paper) and/or a grade has been assigned. Elective fees are to be prorated according to the date on which the student officially withdraws. Students who withdraw and receive a full tuition refund will receive a grade of “WM” (military withdrawal) for all courses from which the student has withdrawn.
In the judgment of the Dean of Students, a student may be withdrawn from the university for non-academic reasons when it is determined that the student has demonstrated behavior that: (a) poses a significant danger or threat of physical harm to self or to the person or property of others; or (b) interferes with the rights of other members of the university community or with the exercise of any proper activities or functions of the university or its personnel. Except in situations where the student is believed to be an imminent threat to self or others, as determined at the sole discretion of the University, a student shall, upon request, be accorded an appropriate hearing prior to the final decision concerning his or her continued enrollment at the university. In situations involving an imminent threat, the student will be provided a hearing as soon as possible after the withdrawal occurs. The instructor will assign students who are non-academically withdrawn a grade of W or WF (depending on whether they have exceeded their maximum number of withdrawals allowed) if they are withdrawn before the semester midpoint and a WF if they are withdrawn after the semester midpoint.
The resources of the University are provided for the intellectual growth and development of its students. The University expects each student to take full responsibility for his or her academic work and academic progress. Students are expected to attend classes in order to gain command of the concepts and materials of their courses of study. As such, the University does not mandate the number or percentage of absences that are acceptable but suggests a guideline of 15 percent for determining an excessive level of absence. The specific class attendance policies for each class are at the discretion of the instructor, in accordance with the policies of the department and college.
All matters related to student absences, including making up work missed, are to be arranged between the student and the instructor before the semester begins or on the first week of classes. All instructors will, at the beginning of each semester, make a clear statement in the course syllabus for each of their classes, describing their policies for handling absences. Students are obligated to adhere to the requirements of each course and of each instructor. Instructors are encouraged to provide avenues for students to make up examinations and other work missed due to an excused absence.
Excused absences are recognized in the following cases:
1. University-Sponsored Events
Absences due to activities approved by the Office of the Provost, in which a student is an official representative of the University will be recognized as excused when the student informs the instructor in writing during the first week of the semester of his or her participation in an activity that may generate excused absences and the dates of planned absences for the semester. If requested, the appropriate university official will provide a memo stating the official nature of the university business in advance of the activity. Absences due to similar events, which could not have been anticipated earlier in the semester, will be recognized as excused absences upon advance notification of the instructor by an appropriate faculty advisor or administrator.
2. Legal Obligations
Absences due to legal obligations (for example, jury duty, military orders) will be recognized as excused absences. The student must provide the instructor with written documentation of such absences at the earliest possible date.
3. Religious Observances
Students wishing to have an excused absence due to the observation of a religious holiday of special importance must provide advance written request to each instructor by the end of the first week of classes.
Class Attendance by Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs requires that institutions of higher learning immediately report to them when a student discontinues attendance for any reason. Instructors must report to the Registrar’s Office the absence of a veteran student as soon as it is known that the veteran student will not be returning to class. Generally, this should be reported after one week of absences and no later than two weeks of nonattendance by a veteran student.
In addition, it is suggested that the faculty give due consideration to absences relating to the following events: death or major illness in student’s immediate family, illness of a dependent family member, illness that is too severe or contagious for students to attend class.
A student shall not be required to take more than two examinations within one 24-hour period during the published final examination period. More than two examinations within 24 hours are referred to as clustered examinations. A student who discovers an exam scheduling conflict should notify his or her professor at least 14 days prior to the final exam period beginning.
A student is considered to have an inappropriate clustering of final examinations when more than two examinations fall within 24 hours (for example, examinations at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. on the same day, or examinations at 6 p.m. on one day, and at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the following day); the student is not considered to have an inappropriate clustering of examinations if the third examination in sequence begins at the same time on the subsequent day as the first examination (for example, 6:00 p.m. on one day, and 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the following day).
Students who have three or more clustered examinations may request of one professor that the examination be rescheduled according to the following procedure:
- If a final examination was rescheduled and thereby created a “cluster,” the instructor of the rescheduled examination will provide a special administration for the adversely affected student.
- If one or more of the clustered examinations is a “common examination” with an established conflict resolution time, the student may request to resolve the conflict by taking one of the common examinations in the conflict resolution time. If two or more of the examinations are “common examinations,” the student may choose which “common examination(s)” is to be rescheduled.
- If one of the clustered examinations is not a common examination or the result of rescheduling, the instructor of the middle examination(s) will provide a special administration for the adversely affected student.
Students must inform the instructor, in writing and at least 14 days before the beginning of the final exam period, that a clustered examination situation exists with respect to that instructor’s course and that the student will need to take the final examination as a special administration. If a student fails to inform the instructor, in writing and at least 14 days before the beginning of the final exam period, the instructor is not required to provide a special administration of the final examination.
Once a student has taken an examination, he or she cannot request a reexamination on the basis of this policy.
Students are classified on the basis of total earned hours of academic credit as follows:
|Student Status||Semester Hours|
|Senior||90 or more|
The classification under which a student registers at the beginning of any semester will continue through that semester.
Students must normally satisfy the degree requirements of the catalog in effect at the time they enter Georgia State University. However, in some circumstances, revisions may be required to provide more effective programs. The term “degree requirements” refers to the courses and grades required to earn the degree. Changes in academic regulations affect all students, regardless of the catalog edition; examples include the scholastic discipline policy, procedures for removing incomplete grades, and appeals procedures.
There are several instances when a student will be required to change catalog editions and satisfy the curricular degree requirements of the catalog in effect at the time he or she:
- Officially changes colleges within the university;
- Officially changes their degree;
- Officially changes majors within a college;
- Officially changes from post baccalaureate status to any degree-seeking status;
- Reenters the university after a period of two or more consecutive years during which time he or she did not earn academic credit at Georgia State;
- Reenrolls at Georgia State after attending another institution as a transient student with the intention of transferring credits earned at the other institution to Georgia State without having followed protocol as outlined on the Registrar’s Transient Request Form. This regulation applies to any length of absence from the university. In such cases, students are considered to be transfer students;
- Reenrolls at Georgia State after attending another institution as a transfer student. This regulation applies to any length of absence from the university; and
- Has not graduated by the time his or her catalog edition is ten years old.
Students may choose to satisfy the degree requirements of a later catalog, but, if they choose to do this, they must meet all the requirements of the later catalog. Degree requirements of more than one catalog edition cannot be combined. Students who choose to satisfy requirements of a later catalog must notify the University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of their college.
Any requests for exceptions to the “change of catalog edition” policy must be submitted as an appeal of academic regulations and graduation requirements and processed as a University level petition.
All applicants other than freshman must declare a degree and major at application. All freshmen must declare a degree and major one calendar year after their first enrollment at Georgia State. Students are encouraged to declare a major as early as possible. This is especially true for students following a track in natural sciences, health sciences, or mathematics. Colleges and departments may require students to declare a degree and major earlier than indicated above. The Director of the University Advisement Center is authorized to grant exemptions to this policy.
Students may request to change majors within one college at Georgia State University or change to another college. If the request is approved, students will transfer their academic standings (good, warning, supervision, or probation). Some programs have special requirements for admission, so students should contact the University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of the desired college to determine if special criteria apply.
To request a change of degree, major, or college, students should contact the University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of the college in which they are currently enrolled. Students who change degree, majors or colleges will be required to satisfy the degree requirements in effect at the time the change is officially recorded. Students who have applied to graduate must declare their degree, major, and minor/concentration (if applicable) with their advisement office prior to their final semester to avoid a possible delay in graduating.
A double major consists of two separate majors in the same baccalaureate degree (for example, B.S. with majors in Criminal Justice and Psychology), regardless of the college or colleges in which that degree is awarded. A double major is earned when the student completes all requirements for each of the majors and all requirements for the degree. The minimum residence requirement of 39 semester hours at Georgia State University in courses numbered 3000 or above must be met for the first major. If the second major is completed concurrently with the first major, or within five calendar years of the first major, this requirement shall be deemed to have been satisfied for both majors.
After five years from the date of the awarding of the first major, credit that was used to satisfy the university’s academic residence requirement cannot be applied toward the university’s residence requirement for the second major. Regardless of when the second major is completed.
At least one-half of the courses comprising both majors must be taken at Georgia State.
Whether in one degree or two, a student may not graduate with more than two majors. (For example, a student may not earn a B.S. with a double major in Economics and Psychology and also a B.A. in English. This would constitute three majors and would not be permissible.)
Students who wish to earn double majors should consult with the University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of their current college and, if the second major is offered by another college in the university, with the Office of Academic Assistance of the relevant college for information on procedures to follow.
The Dean of the Honors College may, in exceptional circumstances, allow a student in the honors program to complete three majors in one or two degrees.
Dual degrees are earned when a student satisfies all requirements for two different baccalaureate degrees (for example, B.A. and B.S.) within one or more colleges of Georgia State University. The minimum residence requirement of 39 semester hours at Georgia State University in courses numbered 3000 or above must be met for the first degree. If the second degree is completed concurrently with the first degree, or within five calendar years of the first degree, this requirement shall be deemed to have been satisfied for both degrees. After five years from the date of the award of the first degree, credit that has been used to satisfy the university’s academic residence requirement for this degree cannot be applied toward the university’s minimum academic residence requirement for the second degree. Regardless of when the second degree is completed, both degrees require that at least one-half of the courses comprising the major must be taken at Georgia State. If a department offers more than one degree, it may prohibit a student from earning more than one degree in that department. This restriction will appear in the Program Degree Requirements section of the description of the major.
Students who wish to earn dual degrees should consult with the University Advisement Center or the Office of Academic Assistance of their current college and, if the second degree is offered by another college of this university, with the Office of Academic Assistance of the relevant college for information on procedures to follow.
Georgia State offers a number of dual undergraduate/graduate degree programs where select, high caliber students can complete both the bachelor’s degree and one of several prestigious graduate degrees in up to a year’s less time than it would take to pursue the two degrees consecutively. A list of the specific dual degree programs offered and information regarding admission qualifications can be found at http://enrollment.gsu.edu/catalogs/dual-undergraduate-graduate-degree-programs/.
Courses are numbered as follows:
|Student Status||Number Range|
|Graduate||5000 or higher|
The following grades are used to specify level of performance in academic courses:
- A: Excellent
- B: Good
- C: Average
- (Minimum grade required for certain courses, as specified elsewhere in this catalog.)
- D: Poor
- A grade of D, while earning credit hours, will not apply toward the degree in courses requiring a grade of C or higher. Georgia State University will allow no more than 12 semester hours of D grades to apply toward degree requirements. Certain programs limit this further. See Section 1450 for more details.
- F: Failure
- This grade indicates failure. No credit toward graduation is given for a course in which a grade of F was received.
- WF: Withdrawal while Failing
- This grade indicates failure. No credit toward graduation is given for a course in which a grade of WF was received. A WF and F are treated the same for GPA calculation purposes.
The grades listed below are approved for use in the cases indicated but will not be included in the determination of a student’s cumulative grade point average:
- W: Withdrawal
- This symbol indicates that a student was permitted to withdraw from the course without penalty. (See “WF: Withdrawal While Failing” above, and Section 1332)
- WM: Military Withdrawal
- This symbol indicates that active duty military personnel and military reservists (including members of the National Guard) received emergency orders to active duty or reassignment during the term (see Military Withdrawal, Section 1332.45).
- I: Incomplete
- The notation of I may be given to a student who, for nonacademic reasons beyond his or her control, is unable to meet the full requirements of a course. In order to qualify for an “I”, a student must:
- Have completed most of the major assignments of the course (generally all but one); and
- Be earning a passing grade in the course (aside from the assignments not completed) in the judgment of the instructor.
When a student has a nonacademic reason for not completing one or more of the assignments for a course, including examinations, and wishes to receive an incomplete for the course, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor in person or in writing of the reason. A grade of incomplete is awarded at the discretion of the instructor and is not the prerogative of the student. Conditions to be met for removing a grade of incomplete are established by the instructor. Registering in a subsequent semester for a course in which a grade of incomplete has been received will not remove the grade of incomplete. (See Section 1350.30, paragraph 2.) No student may graduate with an “I” on his or her record for that degree program. If the requirements to remove a grade of incomplete are not met prior to the deadline, the grade of I will convert to a grade of F.
- IP: In Progress
- This symbol indicates that credit has not been given in courses that require a continuation of work beyond the term for which the student registered for the course. The use of this symbol is approved for dissertation, thesis, study abroad and project courses (such as student teaching, clinical practice and internships). The IP notation may be replaced with an appropriate grade by the instructor. This symbol cannot be substituted for an “I.”This grade is used in the Learning Support Program (LSP) to indicate that a student has demonstrated academic growth in the course; however, the level of achievement is not sufficient to meet all of the course requirements. In LSP, the grade of IP is a permanent grade and does not meet the minimum exit criteria for any course in the program.
- S: Satisfactory
- This symbol indicates that credit has been given for completion of degree requirements other than academic course work. The use of this symbol is approved for dissertation and thesis hours, student teaching, clinical practicum, internship, and proficiency requirements in graduate programs. This symbol is also used in a Regents’ Test Preparation Course when the Regents’ Test was passed.
- U: Unsatisfactory
- This symbol indicates unsatisfactory performance in an attempt to complete degree requirements other than academic course work. No credit will be given. The use of this symbol is approved for dissertation and thesis hours, student teaching, clinical practicum, internship, and proficiency requirements in graduate programs. This symbol is also used in a Regents’ Test Preparation Course when the Regents’ Test was not passed.
- V: Audit
- This notation is used when a student has audited a course. Students do not earn academic credit for such courses. See Section 1330.25.
- K: Credit-by-examination
- This symbol indicates that a student was given credit for a course based on successful performance on an examination approved for this purpose.
- NR: Not Reported
- This symbol indicates that a student’s grade was not reported to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline for reporting grades for the term as published in the on-line Registration Guide. The grade will be updated as soon as the instructor reports the grade.
- GP: Grade Pending
- This symbol indicates a grade will be assigned pending the outcome of an academic honesty case. See Section 1380.
Georgia State University has three cumulative grade point averages that are used to determine academic progress and appear on student’s permanent records.
Institutional GPA – Based on courses taken at Georgia State University
This cumulative grade point average is calculated by dividing all hours attempted at Georgia State University into total quality points earned. Quality points are calculated by multiplying hours earned for each course by the numerical value of the grade earned. (See the following table for numerical equivalents of letter grades.) Credits earned in other institutions, credit by examination, credits which carry S/U grades, CLEP credit, IB credit, AP credit, remedial courses and courses specifically excluded by University policy are not used in computing the grade point average.
The institutional grade point average is used in determining your academic standing, and determines your eligibility for graduation. (A 2.00 is required for undergraduate students for graduation.)
Overall Grade Point Average: – Based on courses taken at Georgia State University and transfer grades.
The overall grade point average is calculated by dividing all hours attempted at Georgia State University and those transferred into total quality points earned. Quality points are calculated by multiplying hours earned for each course by the numerical value of the grade earned. (See the following table for numerical equivalents of letter grades.) Credit by examination, credits which carry S/U grades, CLEP credit, IB credit, AP credit, remedial courses, and courses specifically excluded by University policy are not used in computing the grade point average.
This GPA is used by some departments that require admission to a major. See specific admission requirements within the program descriptions.
HOPE Grade Point Average: The HOPE grade point average is calculated by dividing all hours attempted since high school graduation. This will include credits attempted for remedial courses. The calculation of this GPA does not include plus or minus attributes. For example, both a B+ and B- will be treated as the equivalent of a B. All grades from previous institutions attended are calculated in this grade point average.
This GPA is used to determine eligibility for the HOPE scholarship.
All grade point averages are rounded to the hundredth place. For example, 2.676 is rounded to 2.68.
All attempts at all academic courses taken are included in these calculations, based on the definitions listed above, of total number of grade points earned and the total number of semester hours attempted.
The numerical value (grade point) for academic letter grades are as follows:
The symbols I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress), W (Withdrawal), S (Satisfactory), U (Unsatisfactory), V (Audit), K (Credit-by-examination), and NR (Not Reported) do not have numerical equivalents and are not used in calculating grade point averages. The Department of Veterans Affairs defines the U and V as non-punitive grades; however, veteran students should notify the veterans’ counselor immediately upon receiving a grade of U or V.
Under the conditions outlined below, undergraduate students who have retaken courses and earned a higher grade may request to have the first grade excluded from their institutional GPA. If the request is approved, the Office of the Registrar will make appropriate notations next to the original course and the retaken course on the student’s official transcript. Grades for all attempts at the course will appear on the student’s official transcript regardless of whether or not the grade has been excluded from the student’s GPA. This policy has no effect on any GPA requirements set by state or federal laws/regulations (such as the GPA requirements set by the HOPE scholarship program). A copy of the request and approval will become part of the student’s permanent record file. The attempt to repeat must be made in Fall 2011 or thereafter. Students who have repeated courses prior to this date will not be allowed to delete earlier attempts from their GPA calculation. Units may prohibit students from repeating certain courses.
An undergraduate student may request to have a grade excluded from GPA computation under the following conditions:
- Before requesting to apply the repeat-to-replace policy, a student must have retaken the same undergraduate course (or the renumbered substitute for that course) in the same department at GSU and earned a higher grade in the course retaken.
- No more than a total of four course grades (from four different courses) may be replaced and excluded from the student’s GPA.
- Requests must be submitted before the beginning of the term of graduation.
- Once a request has been approved the request cannot be revoked or reversed.
- This policy applies only to the first recorded grade in a course that a student has repeated. For example, suppose that a student took a course three times. The student may use the second or third grade to replace the first grade. The student may not use the third grade to replace the second grade.
- Only grades that are part of a student’s GPA may be replaced. For example, Ws, Ss, and Us cannot be replaced.
- This policy does not apply if the original grade was assigned as a result of a violation of the Academic Honesty policy. (The University maintains internal records of violations of the Academic Honesty policy. In addition, in some cases, violations of the Academic Honesty policy are noted on the transcript. Whether the violation is recorded internally or on the transcript, a student may not replace a grade that was awarded as a result of a violation of the Academic Honesty policy.)
- The Repeat-to-Replace applies only to degree-seeking students pursuing their first undergraduate degree at GSU.
- Students may not use this policy to replace grades awarded prior to semester conversion (for example, quarter courses).
A course grade that has been reported by the instructor to the Office of the Registrar and recorded on the student’s academic record cannot be changed except in the following circumstances:
- Error in grade. If a student believes that there is an error in a grade, the student should discuss the situation with the instructor. A request for a change of grade assigned by an instructor who has left the University should be addressed to the chair of the department.
- Removal of an Incomplete. A student receiving a grade of I (incomplete) is expected to consult with the instructor within the prescribed time limit and to complete all necessary work. The period of time given to a student to remove a grade of I is established by the instructor, subject only to the maximum time limit set by the University. The University requires that a grade of I be removed no later than the end of the second academic term after the grade of I was assigned (whether or not the student was enrolled during these two terms). The Office of the Registrar will assign a grade of F at the end of the second academic term unless the Office of the Registrar receives an approved grade adjustment request from the instructor. (If the student enrolled for S/U grading, a U will be assigned.). Using the grade adjustment form, instructors may or may not change this F/U to an authorized academic grade (i.e., A, B, C, D, S or WF) but may not change it back to an I. Instructors may not change an I to a W unless an Emergency Withdrawal is awarded. In exceptional cases, departments may authorize students to have an I grade for more than two semesters. Such authorizations must be approved by the department chair. The authorization to extend the I beyond two semesters must be renewed each semester. Registering in a subsequent semester for a course in which a grade of incomplete has been received will not remove the grade of incomplete. (See Section 1350.30, paragraph 2.) No student may graduate with an “I” on his or her record for that degree program. If the requirements to remove a grade of incomplete are not met prior to the deadline, the grade of I will convert to a grade of F.
When a student passes away before completing all assignments in a course, that student will be awarded a grade of W in the course. However, if the student has completed more than half the work required for the course and earned a grade of A or B in that work, the instructor may award the student an A or a B.
See section 1490.40 concerning requests for a posthumous degree.
President’s List: Degree-seeking students with a minimum Georgia State University cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 who complete at least nine semester hours of academic credit in fall or spring term (or six semester hours in summer term) with no Incompletes for the semester and who earn a 4.00 GPA will be placed on the President’s List for the semester.
Dean’s List: Degree-seeking students with a minimum Georgia State cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 who complete at least nine semester hours of academic credit in fall or spring term (or six semester hours in summer term) with no Incompletes for the semester and who earn a GPA of at least 3.50 shall be placed on the appropriate Dean’s List for the semester.
President’s and Dean’s Lists are posted on the university website three to four weeks in the subsequent semester.
A signature experience is an experience in which learning comes alive and students are encouraged to be active in their own education. Specifically, in a signature experience students:
(1) Go outside the classroom to apply what they are learning
(2) Engage in an experience over a sustained period of time
(3) Learn through experiences that are not typically encountered in the standard classroom and
(4) Produce a final product that is evaluated by a faculty member.
The central learning outcome of a signature experience is the ability to apply knowledge/skills outside of a standard classroom context. Final products include (but are not limited to) research papers, conference presentations, presentation of works of art, case studies, and reflection papers. Signature experiences are offered as part of courses that earn course credit. Signature experiences can be listed by departments as stand-alone signature experiences courses or they may be offered as in conjunction with a non-signature-experience course as a course with a “signature experience dimension.” (In other words, it may be that all students in a course are completing a signature experience or it may be that a course has multiple cross-listed sections and only some of those sections are signature experience sections.) Every major offers at least one signature experience.
There are six categories of signature experiences:
- Students have an Arts Signature Experience when they participate in the production or presentation of creative works.
- Students have a City Signature Experience when they participate in activities that are related to the unique challenges of urban environments.
- Students have a Global Signature Experience when they participate in activities that offer them the opportunity to learn and engage as global citizens.
- Students have a Professional Signature Experience when they participate in work-related experiences.
- Students have a Research Signature Experience when they work on a research project.
- Students have a Service Signature Experience when they integrate service and learning activities to address a community need.
Units may place appropriate prerequisites on admission to their signature experience programs. They may also limit the number of students who may enter a signature experience program and set up appropriate admissions processes to determine who is allowed admission to a signature experience program.
At graduation, students who who earn a B or better in five 3000-4000 courses with a global perspectives designation will be recognized as Global Scholars.
To be eligible to be a Global Scholar, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 when they become juniors. (Students who are juniors when they first enroll at GSU must have a transfer GPA of 3.0.) In addition, Global Scholar must have an overall GPA of 3.0 at graduation.
At least two of these five courses must be outside the discipline of the student’s major. However, in cases, where a major gives credit for 3000-4000 courses outside its discipline, those courses count as being outside the discipline of the student’s major. For example, the pre-education concentration of the major in African-American Studies (AAS) allows students to meet some of the requirements of the AAS major with courses other than those with the AAS prefix. Courses with HIST, POLS, GEOG, ECON, and EDUC prefixes count towards the AAS major. For the purposes the Global Scholars program, the courses with HIST, POLS, GEOG, ECON, and EDUC prefixes are outside the discipline of the student’s major.
Global competence is defined as “the skills, knowledge, and awareness that enhance the ability to function in a global environment.” Each of these aspects of global competence can be further subdivided as follows:
- Foreign language skills: the ability to communicate in a language other than English
- Communication skills: the ability to communicate with diverse audiences and with people from different backgrounds and learning styles
- Analytical skills: the ability to analyze and synthesize comparative and cross-cultural information with sound judgment
- Comparative grasp of political systems, histories, religions, cultures, literatures, economies, etc.
- Recognition of global interconnectedness and conflict
- Ability to think critically about the U.S. and see it in a global context
- Openness to different thoughts, ideas, and perspectives; curiosity; adaptability; flexibility in ambiguous or unfamiliar situations as well as in international or intercultural environments
- Willingness to stay abreast of international current events and seek out new intercultural opportunities at home or abroad
- Appreciation of and respect for difference and diversity and a highly developed sense of empathy, awareness, and concern
At graduation, students who earn a B or better in five 3000-4000 courses with a cities perspectives designation will be recognized as City Scholars.
To be eligible to be a City Scholar, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 when they become juniors. (Students who are juniors when they first enroll at GSU must have a transfer GPA of 3.0.) In addition, City Scholars must have an overall GPA of 3.0 at graduation.
At least two of these five courses must be outside the discipline of the student’s major. However, in cases, where a major gives credit for 3000-4000 courses outside its discipline, those courses count as being outside the discipline of the student’s major. For example, the pre-law concentration of the major in philosophy (PHIL) allows students to meet some of the requirements of the PHIL major with courses other than those with the PHIL prefix. For example some courses with HIST or POLS prefixes count towards the PHIL major. For the purposes the City Scholars program, the courses with HIST and POLS prefixes are outside the discipline of the student’s major.
Courses are designed to help students develop competence in urban issues and thus help them to become leaders in understanding the complex challenges of cities and in developing effective solutions to those challenges.
City courses at GSU are ones that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Have as a substantial focus the historical, geographical, social, cultural, economic, environmental, political, policy & planning, and/or design dimensions of city life.
- Provide students with hands-on experience in addressing or investigating problems or opportunities inherent in city life.
Competence in urban issues is defined as “the skills, knowledge, and awareness that enhance the ability to understand and address the problems and possibilities of cities.”
- Analytical skills: the ability to analyze and synthesize comparative and diverse information about cities with sound judgment
- Communication skills: the ability to communicate with diverse audiences and with people from different backgrounds and learning styles
- Organizational skills: the ability to recognize diverse contributing partners and find ways to integrate other disciplines toward a constructive end
- Recognition of the complex interconnectedness of cities in urban systems
- Ability to think critically about the complex challenges posed by the city as a creative force in society
- Interest in new and different thoughts, ideas, and perspectives; curiosity; adaptability; flexibility in ambiguous or unique situations
- Appreciation of and respect for differences and diversity, coupled with a developed sense of openness, empathy, and concern
- Advocacy for effective solutions that contribute to livable communities and sustainable cities
There are four levels of scholastic discipline for all students regardless of status or program: warning, supervision, probation, and exclusion. A student who is eligible to enroll in courses is in good standing.
Students are placed on:
- Warning when their cumulative Georgia State University GPA is below 2.0 and they were not on supervision or probation the previous semester in attendance.
- Supervision when their cumulative Georgia State GPA is below 2.0 and they were on warning the previous semester in attendance. However, students on warning who attempt 6 or more semester hours in the subsequent semester and earn a Georgia State term GPA of 2.3 or better will remain on warning.
- Probation when their cumulative Georgia State GPA is below 2.0 and they were on supervision the previous semester in attendance. However, students on supervision who attempt 6 or more semester hours and earn a Georgia State term GPA of 2.3 or better will remain on supervision.
- Exclusion when their cumulative Georgia State GPA is below 2.0 and they were on probation the previous semester in attendance. However, students on probation who attempt 6 or more semester hours and earn a Georgia State term GPA of 2.3 or better will remain on probation.
Students on warning, supervision or probation may be allowed to enroll with specific restrictions (see Section 1360.20). Students on exclusion are not eligible to enroll in any undergraduate program or under any status at Georgia State. No transfer credit will be accepted for courses taken at other institutions while on exclusion.
Students on warning, supervision, or probation should refer to Section 1360.20 and consult with an advisor in the University Advisement Center for additional information about scholastic discipline.
The Academic Improvement Program (AIP) is intended to assist students in extricating themselves from scholastic discipline and to meet the graduation requirement of a cumulative Georgia State University GPA of 2.0 or higher. The elements of AIP are registration approvals by an advisor, course load limits, and survival skills instruction. For further information about AIP, please contact the University Advisement Center at advisement.gsu.edu.
Students on warning or supervision are required to participate in AIP as follows: (a) have their registration approved by an academic advisor; (b) register for no more than 13 semester hours; (c) and take any other steps required by the academic advisor (for example, seeing their major advisor, participating in an assessment by the Counseling Center, etc.). Students on supervision for a second or subsequent semester must continue to participate in AIP until their cumulative Georgia State GPA is 2.0 or higher.
A college may, at its option, require students on probation not to enroll at Georgia State for one semester. If students on probation are allowed to enroll, they are required to participate in AIP as follows: (a) have their registration approved by an academic advisor; (b) register for no more than 13 semester hours; and (c) take any other steps required by the academic advisor (for example, seeing their major advisor, participating in an assessment by the Counseling Center, etc.). Students enrolling while on probation must continue to participate in AIP until their cumulative Georgia State GPA is 2.0 or higher.
Students participating in AIP may be assigned to GSU 1050, Survival Skills for College. GSU 1050 may be taken only once and does not count toward credit hour requirements for graduation. Credit hours enrolled in GSU 1050 count toward the 13 semester hour course load limit for students participating in AIP. Grades received for GSU 1050 are used to calculate the cumulative GPA and the term GPA.
Students on exclusion are not eligible to enroll in any undergraduate program or under any status at Georgia State and may not participate in AIP.
Appeals for exemption from some or all of the requirements of AIP should be submitted to the director of the University Advisement Center. Appeals of decisions by the director of the University Advisement Center may be filed in accordance with the procedure for petition of university regulations. Information about AIP and appeals of AIP requirements is available from the University Advisement Center.
Under certain conditions, Georgia State University allows its former undergraduate students to apply for academic renewal. This provision is intended to allow Georgia State degree-seeking students who have experienced academic difficulty to make a fresh start and to give them a final opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. It can apply to individuals on scholastic exclusion. These are the provisions of academic renewal:
Eligibility for Academic Renewal
- A minimum of five calendar years must have passed since last enrollment at Georgia State University.
- Former Department of Academic Foundations (formerly Division of Learning Support Programs and Developmental Studies) students may apply for academic renewal only if they completed all learning support programs requirements prior to the five-year absence.
- A student can be granted academic renewal only one time.
- A student who was excluded from Georgia State and has attended another college or university during the absence from Georgia State is not eligible for academic renewal.
- A student who was not excluded from Georgia State but attended another college or university during an absence of five or more years may choose one of these options, but not both:
- Return to Georgia State, having attended another accredited institution, subject to all relevant transfer and reentry policies. The student will not be eligible for academic renewal but transfer credit will be granted for applicable courses taken during the absence and previously earned Georgia State credit is retained.
- Apply for academic renewal. If academic renewal is approved, no transfer credit will be granted for coursework completed during the absence.
Effects of Academic Renewal
- A cumulative GPA that reflects all attempts at all courses taken at Georgia State continues to be recorded on the student’s official transcript. A new renewal institutional GPA is begun when the student has been approved for academic renewal and is also recorded on the student’s official transcript. The renewal institutional GPA will be used for determining academic standing and eligibility for graduation.
- Academic credit for previously completed course work including transfer course work will be retained only for courses in which an A, B, or C grade has been earned.
- The grades for Georgia State academic credit that are retained are not calculated in the renewal institutional GPA. The courses are applied toward degree requirements are applicable. This credit, therefore, is placed in the same category as transfer credit, credit by examination, and courses with grades of S (not part of the calculated institutional GPA).
- Courses for which academic credit is not retained (those with grades of D or lower) must be repeated at Georgia State if they are required in the student’s degree program. All remaining degree requirements must be completed at Georgia State. No transient or transfer credit will be accepted.
- Whether the retained academic credit is still applicable for degree credit will depend on the degree requirements currently in effect at the time the student returns to Georgia State and on specific program regulations.
- All courses taken at Georgia State remain on the student’s official Georgia State transcript. At the time academic renewal is approved, this approval is noted on the student’s transcript. Any Georgia State course work for which credit can be retained is listed below the academic renewal notation.
- Reentry into a program that has specific admission requirements is not automatic. Academic renewal students who wish admission to such a program must apply directly to the program.
- Students must meet the academic residence requirement (see section 1440) using only course credit earned after academic renewal.
- To be eligible for honors at graduation, students must earn at least 60 hours of credit after academic renewal.
Applying for Academic Renewal
To apply for academic renewal, the student must obtain approval both from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and from the University Advisement Center.
- File an application for reentry to the university with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 200 Sparks Hall, http://admissions.gsu.edu/how-do-i-apply/other-enrollment-types/re-entry-students/.
- File an application for academic renewal with the Universtity Advisement Center. The deadlines for applying for academic renewal in order to enroll for a semester are:
To return in Deadline Fall July 1 Spring December 1 Summer May 1
Application for Academic Renewal before the prescribed deadlines will aid in the timely return of a decision. Those students whose return to Georgia State University is dependent on approval for academic renewal should be especially diligent in their timely submission of their application.
If a student does not apply for academic renewal at the time of enrollment, it can be requested after reenrollment if the application is filed within one calendar year.
- A student whose application for academic renewal is not approved will be notified by letter from the University Advisement Center. Unless specific information to the contrary is given in the letter, the student may reapply for academic renewal after one year has passed.
- Evaluation of a student’s application for academic renewal will be based on the student’s:
- Previous academic record;
- Previous student discipline record; and
- Current commitment to academic work.
As members of the academic community, students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity. The university assumes as a basic and minimum standard of conduct in academic matters that students be honest and that they submit for credit only the products of their own efforts. Both the ideals of scholarship and the need for fairness require that all dishonest work be rejected as a basis for academic credit. They also require that students refrain from any and all forms of dishonorable or unethical conduct related to their academic work.
The university’s policy on academic honesty is published in the Faculty Affairs Handbook and On Campus: The Student Handbook and is available to all members of the university community. The policy represents a core value of the university and all members of the university community are responsible for abiding by its tenets. Lack of knowledge of this policy is not an acceptable defense to any charge of academic dishonesty. All members of the academic community — students, faculty, and staff — are expected to report violations of these standards of academic conduct to the appropriate authorities. The procedures for such reporting are on file in the offices of the deans of each college, the office of the dean of students, and the office of the provost.
In an effort to foster an environment of academic integrity and to prevent academic dishonesty, students are expected to discuss with faculty the expectations regarding course assignments and standards of conduct. Students are encouraged to discuss freely with faculty, academic advisors, and other members of the university community any questions pertaining to the provisions of this policy. In addition, students are encouraged to avail themselves of programs in establishing personal standards and ethics offered through the university’s Counseling Center.
II. Definitions and Examples
The examples and definitions given below are intended to clarify the standards by which academic honesty and academically honorable conduct are to be judged. The list is merely illustrative of the kinds of infractions that may occur, and it is not intended to be exhaustive. Moreover, the definitions and examples suggest conditions under which unacceptable behavior of the indicated types normally occurs; however, there may be unusual cases that fall outside these conditions that also will be judged unacceptable by the academic community.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is presenting another person’s work as one’s own. Plagiarism includes any paraphrasing or summarizing of the works of another person without acknowledgment, including the submitting of another student’s work as one’s own. Plagiarism frequently involves a failure to acknowledge in the text, notes, or footnotes the quotation of the paragraphs, sentences, or even a few phrases written or spoken by someone else. The submission of research or completed papers or projects by someone else is plagiarism, as is the unacknowledged use of research sources gathered by someone else when that use is specifically forbidden by the faculty member. Failure to indicate the extent and nature of one’s reliance on other sources is also a form of plagiarism. Any work, in whole or in part, taken from the Internet or other computer-based resource without properly referencing the source (for example, the URL) is considered plagiarism. A complete reference is required in order that all parties may locate and view the original source. Finally, there may be forms of plagiarism that are unique to an individual discipline or course, examples of which should be provided in advance by the faculty member. The student is responsible for understanding the legitimate use of sources, the appropriate ways of acknowledging academic, scholarly, or creative indebtedness, and the consequences of violating this responsibility.
Cheating on Examinations: Cheating on examinations involves giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after an examination. Examples of unauthorized help include the use of notes, computer-based resources, texts, or “crib sheets” during an examination (unless specifically approved by the faculty member), or sharing information with another student during an examination (unless specifically approved by the faculty member). Other examples include intentionally allowing another student to view one’s own examination and collaboration before or after an examination if such collaboration is specifically forbidden by the faculty member.
Unauthorized Collaboration: Submission for academic credit of a work product, or a part thereof, represented as its being one’s own effort, which has been developed in substantial collaboration with another person or source or with a computer-based resource is a violation of academic honesty. It is also a violation of academic honesty knowingly to provide such assistance. Collaborative work specifically authorized by a faculty member is allowed.
Falsification: It is a violation of academic honesty to misrepresent material or fabricate information in an academic exercise, assignment, or proceeding (for example, false or misleading citation of sources, the falsification of the results of experiments or of computer data, false or misleading information in an academic context in order to gain an unfair advantage).
Multiple Submissions: It is a violation of academic honesty to submit substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once without the explicit consent of the faculty member(s) to whom the material is submitted for additional credit. In cases in which there is a natural development of research or knowledge in a sequence of courses, use of prior work may be desirable, even required; however, the student is responsible for indicating in writing, as a part of such use, that the current work submitted for credit is cumulative in nature.
III. Evidence and Burden of Proof
In determining whether or not academic dishonesty has occurred, the standard that should be used is that guilt must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that if the evidence indicating that academic dishonesty occurred produces a stronger impression and is more convincing as to its truth when weighed against opposing evidence, then academic dishonesty has been proved. In other words, the evidence does not have to be enough to free the mind from a reasonable doubt but must be sufficient to incline a reasonable and impartial mind to one side of the issue rather than to the other. Evidence as used in this statement can be any observation, admission, statement, or document that would either directly or circumstantially indicate that academic dishonesty has occurred.
IV. Procedures for Resolving Matters of Academic Dishonesty
The following procedure is the only approved means for resolving matters of academic dishonesty, except for matters arising in the College of Law which has its own Honor Code for handling such matters. It is available to all members of the academic community who wish to pursue an action against a student for academic dishonesty.
- Initiation: If a member of the academic community believes that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty in a course, on a test, or as a part of an academic program, that individual is responsible for initiating action against the student or bringing the matter to the attention of an individual who may initiate action against the student. In allegations of academic dishonesty involving course requirements, the course faculty member is generally responsible for initiating the action. If the alleged violation involves a departmental program requirement (for example, comprehensive examination or language competency examination) or an institutionally-required test (for example, test of Georgia/United States history or Georgia/United States constitutions), or if the individual who discovers the incident is not a faculty member, the individual should bring the matter to the attention of the faculty member and administrator who has responsibility of overseeing the activity (for example, departmental chair, director of the Testing Office). If that administrator decides to bring charges of academic dishonesty against the student, then that administrator becomes the initiator. (Test proctors, laboratory assistants, and other individuals who are not course faculty members should bring any instances of alleged academic dishonesty to the attention of the course faculty member or their administrative superior. That individual, after weighing the evidence, may become the initiator by formally charging the student with academic dishonesty.) The channel of review, recommendation, and decision-making follows the administrative lines associated with the course or program requirement involved. In any instance, however, when the alleged incident does not occur within the context of a course and when it is unclear which college should have jurisdiction in review and decision-making, any unit may initiate the case. For the sake of brevity the following processing procedures are written from an “academic unit/college” perspective. Nonacademic units (i.e., Testing Center) would substitute appropriate supervisory personnel at the respective levels. Herein the “initiator” will be referred to as “faculty member” and the “administrative unit head” will be referred to as “chair,” designating the departmental chair. “Dean” will refer to appropriate administrative supervisory personnel at the overall college or division level. When an allegation of academic honesty is made, the relevant dean will inform the Office of the Registrar to place a grade of GP (grade pending) for the student in the course involved. Withdrawal from a course does not preclude the imposition of penalties for academic dishonesty. While the matter of academic dishonesty is pending, the student will be allowed to continue in the course and register for upcoming semesters.
- Penalties to be Imposed: Penalties to be imposed in incidents of academic dishonesty are classified as “academic” or “disciplinary.” Academic penalties include such sanctions as assignment of a failing grade for a particular course requirement, or for the course itself, or for other tests or program assignments. Academic penalties are set by the faculty member. Disciplinary sanctions can be sought in addition to those considered academic and could include, but are not limited to, the following penalties: suspension, expulsion, transcript annotations (temporary for a period of five years or permanent, as designated). Course credit earned at other institutions while on suspension may not be transferred to GSU. Disciplinary penalties can be requested by the faculty member in consultation with the department chair or director, must be reviewed by the University Senate Committee on Student Discipline, and are set by the provost.
This policy applies to all incidents of academic dishonesty, including those that occur before a student graduates but are not discovered until after the degree is conferred. In such cases, it is possible that the application of this policy will lead to a failure to meet degree completion requirements and therefore the revocation of a student’s degree.
- Action at Administrative Unit (Department Level): As soon as possible after the alleged incident, the faculty member should discuss the matter with the student. This discussion should be conducted in a manner that protects the rights and confidentiality of students. If the faculty member believes that academic dishonesty has occurred, the faculty member (with the advice of the chair if necessary) will determine the appropriate academic penalty. The faculty member will complete a “notice of academic dishonesty” form describing the incident and indicating the academic penalty imposed. Any recommendation for a disciplinary penalty must be reviewed in consultation with the chair. The faculty member will deliver to the student the notice of academic dishonesty that includes a statement of appeal rights. If there is difficulty in delivering the notice to the student, the faculty member/chair should request assistance from the college dean in determining the most expeditious way to inform the student that a notice of academic dishonesty has been filed.
Once the student has been informed, the chair forwards the documentation, including the notice of academic dishonesty and an indication of when the student was informed, to the dean to be held pending possible appeal.
- Student Action: The student will have 20 business days after receipt of the notice of charges of academic dishonesty to submit a written appeal denying the charges and providing any rationale for the appeal. The appeal should be addressed to the college dean of the initiator. In the event the student is found guilty of academic dishonesty, the student does not have the right to appeal the academic penalty assessed by the faculty member, unless the student can prove that such penalty was arbitrarily imposed or discriminatorily applied. If the student wishes to challenge a disciplinary penalty, the student must submit a written rationale for challenging the disciplinary penalty within 20 business days of receipt of the notice of charges of academic dishonesty. The statement of challenge should be addressed to the college dean. The college dean will forward the challenge to the dean of students for inclusion in the review of the disciplinary penalty by the University Senate Committee on Student Discipline. The University Senate Committee on Student Discipline automatically reviews all disciplinary penalties regardless of student appeal.
If the student has also filed an appeal denying the charges of academic dishonesty, any review of disciplinary penalty recommended will be delayed pending review of the charges of academic dishonesty by the college hearing committee.
- College Action:
5.1. No Appeal by the Student: If the student does not submit a written appeal to the college dean within 20 business days, the dean will notify the chair/faculty member to post any pending grade(s) immediately. The dean will then forward the notice of academic dishonesty to the dean of students for inclusion in the student’s disciplinary file. The Senate Committee on Student Discipline also will forward any recommendation of a disciplinary penalty to the dean of students for appropriate review.
5.2. Appeal by the Student: If the student submits a written appeal, the dean will forward the charges of academic dishonesty to the chair of a college hearing committee and will notify the faculty member to set forth in writing a comprehensive statement describing the incident of academic dishonesty. This statement will be presented to the committee and to the student at least five business days prior to the hearing.
5.3. Student Hearing Committee Process: The college student hearing committee will use the following guidelines to govern the hearing of the appeal:
a. Within ten business days after the committee receives the charges of academic dishonesty, a hearing date will be determined. The committee will notify the faculty member and the student of the time, date, and the place of the hearing. Copies of all charges of academic dishonesty and related materials for the hearing will be provided to the student at least five business days in advance of the hearing.
b. The faculty member and the student will be allowed to make oral presentations, call witnesses, and present any documentary evidence regarding the incident in question. The hearing will be recorded on an audiotape. The hearing will not be open to observers.
c. At the conclusion of the hearing, the committee will meet in closed session and will make its recommendation as to the guilt or innocence of the student based on a preponderance of evidence with respect to the charge of academic dishonesty. The committee chair will forward to the college dean its findings and recommendations in a written report within five business days of the hearing.
5.4. College Decision on Appeals: Within five business days of receiving the committee’s written report, the college dean will make the final decision regarding guilt or innocence. The dean will notify all appropriate parties of the decision. If the dean finds the student “not guilty,” the matter will be terminated, and no notice of charges will be filed with the dean of students. The dean will notify the chair to post the pending course grade promptly and will notify the registrar to remove the GP (grade pending) on the student’s transcript. If the dean finds the student “guilty,” the notice of charges of academic dishonesty will be forwarded to the dean of students for inclusion in the student’s disciplinary file. The academic penalty stipulated by the faculty member will be imposed. The dean will notify the chair to insure that any pending grade is posted promptly. The dean will notify the registrar to remove the GP (grade pending) on the student’s transcript if only an academic penalty was involved. If a disciplinary penalty has been recommended, the dean will notify the registrar to continue the GP (grade pending) annotation until the disciplinary penalty can be reviewed by the University Senate Committee on Student Discipline.
5.5. Appeal of the Decision of the Dean: If the student or initiator wishes to appeal the decision of the college dean regarding guilt or innocence of the charges of academic dishonesty, the student or initiator may appeal to the provost. The subsequent appeal route would be to the president and then the Board of Regents. The student or initiator must submit a written statement of appeal to the provost within 20 business days of notification of the dean’s decision. The basis of the appeal must be on the grounds that the decision was arbitrary, capricious, or discriminatory.
- University Senate Committee on Student Discipline Action: In cases where a disciplinary penalty has been recommended, the Senate Committee on Student Discipline will conduct a hearing to review the disciplinary penalty. The committee will review the faculty member’s notice of academic dishonesty and the student’s statement of challenge of the disciplinary penalty, if any. The faculty member and the student will be allowed to appear at the hearing to discuss the imposition of disciplinary penalties. Only the recommendation concerning the disciplinary penalty to be imposed will be considered by this committee. Issues of guilt or innocence are determined at the college level (see above). The Senate Committee will conduct the hearing in accordance with its regular hearing procedures. Copies of these procedures may be obtained from the Provost’s Office and/or the Dean of Students. The Senate Committee on Student Discipline will provide its recommendation within five business days of its hearing to the provost regarding appropriateness of the disciplinary penalty recommended by the college and/or whether other disciplinary penalties are to be imposed in addition to or in lieu of those already recommended by the college.
- Provost Action:
7.1. Decision of the Provost: The role of the provost in handling student appeals regarding the charge of academic honesty has been explained (see above). Based on the recommendation, the provost will render a decision within ten business days of receipt of the recommendation of the Senate Committee. The provost will notify the student, the referring dean, the department chair, and the faculty member of the Senate Committee’s recommendations and of the provost’s decision. At that time the provost will also notify the registrar to annotate the student’s transcript, if necessary.
7.2. Appeal of the Decision of the Provost: If the student wishes to appeal the decision of the provost regarding the imposition of a disciplinary penalty, the student may appeal to the president and then to the Board of Regents. The student must submit a written statement of appeal to the president within 20 business days of notification of the provost’s decision. The basis for such an appeal must be on the grounds that the decision was arbitrary, capricious, or discriminatory.
- Students Involved in Two or More Incidents of Academic Dishonesty: A student is subject to disciplinary action in addition to any already undertaken once it is determined that the student has been found guilty in a previous incident of academic dishonesty. In such cases, the dean of students will forward a report to the University Senate Committee on Student Discipline regarding the incidents of academic dishonesty that have been reported. The dean of students is responsible for initiating this report within 20 business days of completion of proceeding of any subsequent finding of academic dishonesty. The University Senate Committee on Student Discipline will review the report of the dean of students. The student may submit supplemental written documents for the committee’s review and may request to appear before the committee in its deliberations. After reviewing the matter, the committee will send a report to the provost with the recommendation for disciplinary penalty to be imposed. The provost will proceed as in IV.7. of this policy.
Once the student has been informed, the chair forwards the documentation, including the notice of academic dishonesty and an indication of when the student was informed, to the dean to be held pending possible appeal. Until the student has been given the opportunity to appeal, a grade of GP (grade pending) should be submitted for the student for the course involved.
The appeals procedure for students will follow different courses depending on the nature of the student’s appeal. Please refer to University Information Section 1050.80 under Polices and Disclosures in this catalog or visit http://enrollment.gsu.edu/assistance/ online for details.