OTHER ACADEMIC POLICIES

ACADEMIC APPEALS

Students who believe that an academic injustice has occurred should try to resolve the problem at the lowest appropriate level of authority. If the problem is not resolved at this level, the case should be presented to progressively higher levels of authority for further consideration. The levels of authority, from lowest to highest, are individual faculty member, department chairperson and/or department grievance committee, school dean and lastly, the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

If the student believes an academic injustice has been committed by an administrator (e.g., the registrar or director of academic advisement), the levels of authority are the administrator, the associate provost for academic administration and lastly, the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

CLASS STANDING

Class standing is based on total credits earned, including those transferred from other colleges and earned through advanced standing programs such as CLEP, as follows:
 

Credits Earned Class Standing
0ó29.5 Freshman
30ó59.5 Sophomore
60ó89.5 Junior
90 or more Senior

CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

Students are expected to attend all their classes and to accept full responsibility for a decision to miss a class without official authorization.

Authorized absences are granted for reasons of 

  1. studentís illness, 
  2. death in the family, 
  3. religious holidays, 
  4. participation in outside-of-the-classroom educational activities, and 
  5. participation in University-sponsored activities or programs including intercollegiate athletic contests. 
Official authorization may be obtained from the registrarís office, Lyle Hall. For participation in educational activities or athletic contests, students must apply for authorized absence and arrange to make up work before the missed class.

Each instructor will establish his/her own grading policy based on classroom participation, homework, unannounced quizzes, etc. This policy shall be clearly stated in writing at the beginning of the course.

Students who miss class for an officially authorized reason are entitled to make up work at the convenience of the instructor. Students who miss a class without official authorization may make up work at the discretion of the instructor. Students are solely responsible for materials presented, assignments made, and tests given in regularly scheduled classes.

COURSE NUMBER SYSTEM

Millersville University uses the following course numbering system:

  • 000-099 Pre-college developmental courses
  • 100-199 Courses primarily designed for freshmen
  • 200-299 Courses primarily designed for sophomores
  • 300-399 Courses primarily designed for juniors and seniors
  • 400-499 Courses primarily designed for seniors
  • 500-599 First level graduate courses (these courses may be taken by advanced undergraduates but may not be required of an undergraduate student).
  • 600- Graduate level courses
The following course numbers are reserved:
  • 200, 300, 400, 500 Cooperative Education experiences
  • 179, 279, 379, 479 Experimental courses
  • 489 Honors courses
  • 498 Independent study
  • 499 Departmental honors
DEAN'S LIST

A student is eligible for the Deanís List after a given semester if he or she has:

  1. earned a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher, and
  2. attempted at least 12 credits of course work, excluding those courses not used to compute the GPA.
GRADUATION HONORS

Students who have earned consistently superior grades in their course work are recognized for their achievements at graduation with the designation of graduation honors. The studentís diploma and University record carry the appropriate honors designation:

  • Cum laude for a cumulative GPA between 3.35 and 3.64
  • Magna cum laude for a cumulative GPA between 3.65 and 3.94
  • Summa cum laude for a cumulative GPA between 3.95 and 4.00
Graduation Honors for Transfer Students. To qualify for graduation honors, transfer students must:
  1. Earn an honors average in work done at Millersville, and
  2. Complete at least 30 credits with grades A through D- at Millersville, and
  3. Earn a combined honors average in all work done at Millersville and in accepted transfer credit courses.
Graduation Honors for Candidates for a Second Baccalaureate Degree. To qualify for graduation honors, second degree students must earn an honors average in work in the second degree program. The entire previous academic record is combined with second degree credits and grade points when determining graduation honors.

Graduation Honors for Associate Degree Candidates. To qualify for the designation "with honors" on their diploma and University record, associate degree candidates must:

  1. Earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher in work done at Millersville, and 
  2. Complete at least 30 credits with grades A through D- at Millersville.
Millersville credits and grade points are combined with accepted transfer credits and grade points when determining graduation honors.