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General Academic Information

Classification of Students
Full-Time Status
Undergraduate Grading System
Grade Point Average
Grade Reports
Point Deficiency-Undergraduate Students
Enrollment at Other Institutions
Policy Requiring a Signed Major by Completion of 56 Credit Hours
Class Attendance
Missed Class Policy
Religious Holidays
Minimum Class Enrollment
Opportunities for Superior Students
Scholarship Requirements for Specified Purposes
Academic Dishonesty
Misrepresentation of Affiliation with the University
Academic Probation, Suspension and Dismissal
Academic Dismissal Policy
Academic Policies and Procedures

Classification of Students
A student is classified in accordance with the semester hours of credit earned as follows:

  • Freshman- 1-25 semester hours of credit
  • Sophomore- 26-55 semester hours of credit
  • Junior- 56-85 semester hours of credit
  • Senior- 86 or more semester hours of credit
  • Graduate- After admission to CMU School of Graduate Studies

Classification is determined by the current Bulletin, not the issue in effect when the student was admitted.

Full-Time Status
The definition of full-time status for a regular semester is as follows:
Undergraduate students: a minimum of 12 credits
Graduate students: a minimum of 9 credits

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Undergraduate Grading System
Grades Significance Honor Points Per
Semester Hour
A Superior 4.0
A-   3.7
B+   3.3
B   3.0
B-   2.7
C+   2.3
C   2.0
C-   1.7
D+   1.3
D   1.0
D-   0.7
E Failing 0.3
     
CR Credit  
N No grade submitted  
NC No Credit  
I Incomplete Not included in computing hours and points
W Withdrawal
X Audit
Z Deferred Grade
H* Honors Program

*(Designates Honors Credit in combination with letter grade of C or better.)

 

The marking system for CMU graduate students is described in the Graduate Bulletin.

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Grade Point Average
The grade point average for undergraduate students is found by dividing the total honor points earned by the total hours attempted.

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Grade Reports
At the end of each on-campus semester or session students may access their grades via iCentral.

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Point Deficiency-Undergraduate Students
A point deficiency is defined as the number of points lacking to make a cumulative grade point average of 2.00.

Enrollment at Other Institutions
A matriculated CMU undergraduate student who has enrolled at another college or university since his or her last enrollment at CMU must request that an official transcript be sent to the CMU Registrar's Office as soon as the course has been completed.

Refer to the Transfer Credit Policy in the Academic Policies and Procedures Section of this Bulletin.

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Policy Requiring a Signed Major by Completion of 56 Credit Hours
All students enrolled on the Mt. Pleasant campus are required to complete an authorization for a major or sign a statement of intent to major by the time they earn 56 hours of credit. Students' records will be reviewed and a registration hold placed on students who have completed 56 hours and have not signed a major or a "statement of intent to major."

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Class attendance
Class attendance regulations are not inflexibly spelled out. Upon the assumption that class attendance is a responsibility shared by adults, as teachers and class members, there is no university-wide regulation requiring attendance by students, or requiring the instructor to excuse absences from class or examination.

Most classes meet for 50 or 75 minute periods. Students are traditionally obliged to wait ten minutes for an instructor who is late in meeting class.

Missed Class Policy
Students are expected to comply with an instructor's established attendance policy, and they should avoid classes where there would be significant absences. In the case of an absence due to required attendance at a university-sponsored event such as a department trip, performing arts activity, ROTC function, or athletic competition, reasonable attempts should be made by faculty members to allow the student to make up missed work. Students are responsible for completing the work assigned or due on the days they are absent for these events. Both the sponsoring unit and the student should inform the faculty member as soon as possible in the semester so arrangements can be made for completing missed assignments or tests. The student is required to provided each instructor with an official notification in advance of the absence (e.g., a letter from the department chair or the coach). Optimally, this would be done by the third week of the semester, at the latest, so that the necessary arrangements for missed work can be made well in advance.

The student must decide when, if ever, it is necessary to be absent. In making such a decision, the student must bear in mind that an instructor is authorized to lower scholastic ratings if the student's absences or latenesses require this action. If a student finds it necessary to be absent, an explanation should be made to the instructor of the class concerning the cause of the absence. Whenever possible the student is to notify the instructor in advance of proposed class absences. The instructor may choose to guide the student in making up work losses due to absences, if the student requests such assistance. The Office of Student Life will assist students in notifying instructors when absences are expected to extend for more than one week.

Religious Holidays
It is Central Michigan University policy to permit students to be absent from classes or examinations for reason of observing religious holidays. Students are allowed to make up course requirements when they are unable to avoid a conflict between their academic and their religious obligations. Absence from classes or examinations caused by observing religious holidays does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the coursework required during the period of absence. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with written notice of the religious holiday they will be observing and the date on which they will be absent at least two weeks prior to the date of the religious holiday. Students who miss classes or are absent on days of examinations or class assignments shall be offered an opportunity to make up the work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a makeup opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the Department Chair, the Dean of the College or the Ombudsperson. Final appeals will be resolved by the Provost.

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Minimum Class Enrollment
The university reserves the right to cancel any class in which too few students enroll.

Opportunities for the Superior Student
An enriched academic program which can be planned largely by the individual is available to the superior student at Central Michigan University. Numerous special opportunities exist for the student who wishes to enter university study at an advanced level, to move on rapidly to specialized studies, or simply to learn more.

Larzelere and Trout halls, where Honors Program students may elect to live with persons of similar interests, provide a learning setting. The Honors Program offers many special study opportunities.

Financial assistance is provided for many students of outstanding high school and college academic performance by means of Board of Trustees, State of Michigan, and endowed scholarships. Advanced placement earned through College Level Examination Program is another incentive to the academically talented and motivated student.  The Honors Program also offers research and study abroad funding.

In addition to recognition upon graduation with high class standing, the University provides many honor societies in the various departments and fields of study.

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Scholarship Requirements for Specified Purposes
As a part of requirements for participating in certain special programs, there are scholarship standards for the following:

Directed Teaching. To be eligible to enroll in a Directed Teaching course, a student must have a cumulative point average of 2.50 or better and must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program before the application for directed teaching can be submitted or processed.

Athletic Participation. To be eligible for intercollegiate athletic competition, a student athlete must meet all admission and eligibility requirements of this University, the Mid-American Conference, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Participation requires that the student athlete be registered for at least 12 semester hours of credit throughout the semester in which he or she participates.

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Academic Dishonesty
In the academic community the high value placed on truth implies a corresponding intolerance of scholastic dishonesty. Written or other work which a student submits must be the product of his/her own efforts. Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty, including dishonesty involving computer technology, are prohibited.

In cases involving academic dishonesty, the determination of the grade shall be left solely to the discretion of the instructor. In a case where the instructor judges a student guilty of academic dishonesty, the instructor is encouraged to report the incident of dishonesty to the director of the Office of Student Life in order to discern potential patterns of egregious dishonesty.  Click here for a full copy of the Policy on Academic Integrity.

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Misrepresentation of Affiliation with the University
It is important to Central Michigan University, its students and alumni that academic and co-curricular work done by students while at the university be accurately and honestly presented. When individuals report their academic performance and/or involvement in university related activities it is expected that they will do so in a truthful manner. Anyone involved in misrepresentation of student coursework, grades, degrees earned and/or involvement with co-curricular organizations or other university related activities may be barred from future enrollment and/or graduation from Central Michigan University. Such activity may also be criminal and subject the person to criminal prosecution.

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Academic Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

Students at Central Michigan University have the responsibility to realize when they are having academic difficulties and to seek help as needed. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from their instructors, counselors or advisors, or from Academic Assistance Programs in the Academic Advising and Assistance office.

When a student is not succeeding in a course, the instructor is encouraged to help correct the difficulty or make a referral. Instructors may report their concerns to the assistant director of Academic Advising and Assistance, who is available to assist in resolving difficulties.

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Academic Probation Policy
At the end of each semester or summer session, a student whose cumulative grade point average falls within the range for the interval of credit hours shown in the following table is placed on academic probation. The range is determined by attempted hours or total hours, whichever is greater. Total hours includes credits earned at CMU as well as transfer credits or hours earned in any other manner.

Attempted Total Hours  GPA Ranges
1-18 > 1.00-1.99
19-35  1.50-1.99
36-45  1.70-1.99
46-58  1.80-1.99
59-71  1.85-1.99
72-85  1.90-1.99
86 and over  1.95-1.99

The university notifies students who are placed on academic probation, and encourages them to seek counseling or assistance. If a student is on academic probation for three consecutive semesters the student may be academically dismissed from the university.

Academic Suspension Policy
New freshmen and transfer students are subject to academic suspension if their first semester grade point average falls below the range for academic probation. Suspended students may re-enroll for the next academic session if granted permission by the Committee on Rematriculation. Permission to re-enroll for the next session is requested through the Academic Advising and Assistance office. A written appeal, a personal interview, and payment of the Rematriculation Application Fee are required, following the procedures outlined under Rematriculation in the Admissions section of this Bulletin.

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Academic Dismissal Policy
A student is subject to academic dismissal if his or her grade point average falls below the grade point average range for probation, or when the student has been on academic probation for three consecutive semesters and has not made strong academic gains.

The university reserves the right to cancel the matriculation of a student at the end of any session when his or her total record indicates that such action is desirable. Likewise, a student whose total record shows considerable ability and marked improvement may be given special consideration.

The university notifies students whose matriculation is cancelled.

No student whose matriculation has been cancelled, or would have been cancelled had he or she been a student at the university, can enroll again unless readmitted. Consideration for rematriculation will be given to dismissed students only after an absence of one academic year or more. Students may apply for readmittance to the Committee on Rematriculation. A written application, a personal interview, and payment of the Rematriculation Application Fee are required.  This procedure is outlined under Rematriculation in the Admissions section of the Bulletin.

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