CR/NC, Credit/No Credit: Courses taken in residence on credit/no credit basis are not computed in the grade point average. Special projects designed to provide staff development for teachers and which carry academic credit will be taken on the credit/no credit basis. Grades assigned will be “S/CR” for satisfactory completion of the objectives and “U/NC” for unsatisfactory completion of the objectives. These grades may be used to satisfy degree requirements only for credit by examination and courses so designated in this catalog.
S/U, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory: This grading criterion applies only to courses in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business Administration. This grade can be given for only predesignated courses and may be used to satisfy degree requirements (e.g., business internships). For undergraduate students, a grade of “S” indicates achievement of 70 percent or greater for the course requirements; for graduate students, a grade of “S” indicates achievement of 80 percent or greater for the course requirements.
IP, In Progress: Given to a student in a thesis course who is passing but has not completed all required work. Student must re-enroll in thesis.
W, Dropped/Withdrawn: Given when a student has officially dropped or withdrawn from the University by the deadline in the official University calendar, regardless of student’s standing in class.
I, Incomplete: Given to a student who is passing but has not completed a term paper, examination, or other required work. Students electing to complete unfinished work in the course must sign an incomplete contract along with the instructor specifying assignments to be completed and the due date. Failure to sign contract, and have on file in the Office of the University Registrar, will result in the “I” being converted to an “F” through an administrative action of the University Registrar. For the student, the grade of “I” may be removed under certain conditions:
Change of Grade: After being reported to the Office of the University Registrar, grades other than “I” may not be changed unless a computation error has been made by the instructor.
Grade Points: A student’s grade average on university work is expressed in grade points. Each semester hour of “A” counts four points, “B” three points, “C” two points, “D” one point, and “F” zero points. Thus a “C” average, which is the minimum overall average for any bachelor’s degree, is expressed as a 2.0 grade point average.
Dean’s List and Honor Roll: Full-time undergraduate students of high academic caliber are honored each long semester by the publication of their names on the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll. The Dean’s List requires a grade point average of 3.65 on all work attempted for a particular semester, with a minimum of fifteen hours completed.
The Honor Roll requires a GPA of 3.50 on all work attempted for the semester with a minimum of twelve hours completed. The Dean’s List and the Honor Roll are compiled as quickly as possible after the close of the semester.
Classification of Students: Students are classified according to the number of credit hours completed.
Students are expected to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the regulations of the University, to accept responsibilities for course requirements for their degrees, and to make inquiries in case of doubt. It shall not be the University's responsibility should complications arise because of failure to follow regulations and requirements. Regulations will not be waived nor exceptions to requirements made on a plea of ignorance. Students, therefore, should become familiar with all of the information related to their program of study contained in the printed university bulletin and on-line.
Each student, by registering, enters some college of the university and, except as to conduct, is thereafter under its jurisdiction with regard to the student's program of study and degree requirements. Students should work directly with the person in their major department who is assigned the responsibility of supervising their programs concerning course requirements and options, deficiencies, degree plan and special regulations. Requests to waive regulations and/or requirements should be directed in writing to the appropriate Chair and, in some cases, to the Dean of the College.
Degree Plan: The student should select his or her major field of study as early as possible or at the latest, the spring semester of their sophomore year. The planning of a course of study should be exercised in consultation with a faculty advisor. Final degree plans must be approved by the Dean or Chair of the appropriate department. Students will be required to present it during faculty advisement. A degree plan may be superseded by a new one according to the provision explained under Graduation Under a Particular Catalog in this section.
Schedule: The student's class schedule should be worked out in conference with a faculty advisor. Students are urged to confer with their advisors well in advance of registration in order to avoid difficulties in scheduling.
Early Registration: A period of early registration is scheduled each semester for the following semester(s). During that time a currently enrolled student is responsible for making an appointment with the assigned faculty advisor to discuss the degree plan, determining the courses to be taken during the next semester, and completing the registration process.
A student is not officially enrolled until all fees have been paid.
New transfer students should contact the Office of the University Registrar for an appointment with an advisement counselor who will assist new students in the early registration process. New freshman students should contact the Freshman Counselor in the Office of Admission for first time enrollment advisement. Then, during the first semester at the University, students are advised by faculty within the college of their major.
Registration for a Course: The only way to become a member of a
class is to officially register for it or by adding a course after registration
is completed. In any case, the instructor receives the students' names on the
official class rosters distributed by the Office of the University Registrar.
Adding a Course: To add a course to a schedule after initial registration, an add form is obtained in the Office of the University Registrar. A student should obtain permission from their assigned faculty advisor to add the course. The faculty advisor must sign the add form. (See Maximum Number of Hours in this section.)
Auditing a Course: Any person may audit a course except for individual instruction courses. Auditors do not have the privilege of submitting papers, taking part in class discussions, or participating in laboratory or field work. Auditors pay tuition and fees according to the published semester credit hour fee schedule.
Definitions - Dropping and Withdrawal
Dropping a Course
All course drops must be completed by the deadline stated in the University calendar published in this catalog.
If a student chooses not to attend a class or classes, he or she is responsible for officially dropping or withdrawing through the Office of the University Registrar. Students who decide not to attend and do not officially notify the Office of the University Registrar may be responsible for tuition, fees, and any other circumstances resulting from failure to officially drop or withdraw. Students must not assume that they will "automatically" be dropped from their classes if they do not attend or do not pay. (Although the student may not have paid for classes personally, payment may have been posted to his or her account by a financial assistance agency. It is important that the student officially notify the Office of the University Registrar of his or her intention not to attend.) Refer to the published Schedule of Classes for refund schedules.
Withdrawal from the University
Financial Aid Impact of Dropping or Withdrawal
A student who abandons courses without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of “F” in each course, regardless of when that student ceases to attend classes. (See regulation entitled Refund of Fees on page 39).
CONTINUATION OF UNDERGRADUATE ENROLLMENT
Minimum Grade Point Average for Good Standing
To be in good standing, a student must have a 2.0 grade-point average on his/her cumulative record.
The grade point average for a semester is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the number of semester hours of courses with “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, and “F” grades.
The cumulative, or overall, grade point average is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the number of hours of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, and “F”. Transferred hours, as well as hours earned from Texas A&M International University, are included.
Removing Academic Probation: A student who has been placed on academic probation will be removed from such probation at the conclusion of the semester or summer term at Texas A&M International University when the cumulative grade point average required for their classification, as well as the current semester has been achieved.
Academic Suspension: If a student who has been placed on academic probation again fails to achieve the minimum requirement for their classification on at least one of the two standards (that is, the cumulative grade point standard or the current semester standard), he/she will be placed on academic suspension during the next semester.
The student may petition through the Office of the University Registrar to register again on academic probation after an absence from the University of one long semester, or longer.
OTHER PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
Incapacitation of a Student
Texas A&M International University allows a currently enrolled student to be administratively withdrawn from the University, as a result of a prolonged illness or a serious, incapacitating injury. The student should request this action in writing through the Office of the University Registrar. A time limitation for use of this policy is one academic year from the time of the illness/accident.
After receiving confirmation in writing from a competent authority (e.g., attending physician, licensed psychologist/psychiatrist, etc.), the Office of the University Registrar takes the following steps:
Death of a Student
Change of Address
In addition, all University students must be acquainted with and bound by the University rules and regulations covering student conduct as stated in the Student Handbook which is available on-line or at the Office of Student Life.
Texas A&M International University reserves the right, through due process, to place on probation, suspend, or expel any student for improper conduct.
Core Curriculum: Mission Statement
As they move through this course of study, students are encouraged, as their knowledge increases, to develop the capacity to articulate and to support a thesis, to think critically, to synthesize their observations and to perceive analogies and relationships between seemingly diverse ideas and intellectual pursuits.
University Core Curriculum Requirements
In accordance with Texas Education Code, Chapter 61, Subchapter S, each Texas public general academic institution and community/technical college was required to design and implement a core curriculum, including specific courses. Institutions were required to implement the core curriculum requirement by Fall 1999.
Transfer of the Core Curriculum
College or School Requirements
Computer Literacy Requirement
Foreign Language Requirement:
Foreign language course credits may be used to fulfill the second Romance language requirement of the B.A. in Spanish or certain other lower-level general electives in other degrees. In some degree programs, however, the foreign language credits will count as additional credits above and beyond those required for the degree.
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Majors and Minors: A major when specified as a degree requirement shall consist of a minimum of twenty-four (24) or more semester hours in one subject, six (6) of which must be taken at Texas A&M International University. For English degrees, the required freshman courses may not be counted as part of the major.
A minor or concentration shall consist of eighteen (18) or more hours, six (6) of which must be taken at Texas A&M International University, in a subject selected by the student. For English degrees, the required freshman courses may not be counted as part of the minor.
At least fifty percent of the work taken in the major field must be advanced (3000- or 4000-level) coursework, and at least twelve (12) semester hours of advanced work must be taken in the minor field.
Grade Average: An overall average of C (2.0) or above on all work attempted must be maintained for a degree, and, in the case of transfer students, a minimum overall grade average of C must also be maintained on the work attempted at this University.
The grade average in the major and minor field where required must be C (2.0) or above on work taken at this University.
Second Bachelors Degree: No second bachelors degree will be conferred until the candidate has at least twenty-four (24) hours, and satisfies any additional requirements, in addition to those counted toward the bachelors degree which requires the higher number of hours credit.
Residence Requirement: The applicant for a bachelor’s degree must have been in residence at Texas A&M International University for at least twenty-five (25) percent of the total semester credit hours required for the degree. Twenty-four semester hours of the last thirty (30) advanced hours required for the degree must be completed at Texas A&M International University. The College of Business Administration requires that a minimum of 50% of both the business SCH and the major/concentration SCH be completed at Texas A&M International University.
Advanced Work: A student must complete a minimum of forty-five (45) semester hours of advanced work (course work numbered 3000-4000) to be eligible to receive a bachelors degree.
Graduation under a Particular Catalog: A student may have the privilege of being graduated according to the curricular requirements as stated in the catalog of the year in which he/she first registered for work in residence at a college/university, or he/she may be graduated under any later catalog of a year in which he/she was registered for residence work, provided that requirements are met within five years of the date of the catalog chosen, and provided further that the institution offers courses listed as requirements in previous catalogs.
Application for Candidacy for Bachelors Degree: A student intending to have a baccalaureate degree conferred at Texas A&M International University must file an Application for Candidacy with the Office of the University Registrar and pay the graduation fee to the University Business Office by the designated deadlines.
Graduation In-Absentia: Students intending to graduate in-absentia should notify the Office of the University Registrar upon application for candidacy.
Graduation with Honors: Requirements for graduation with honors include an overall minimum grade point average of 3.25 on work completed at Texas A&M International University as well as an overall minimum 3.25 GPA. Also required is the completion of at least 45 semester credit hours at Texas A&M International University. The grade point average on work transferred to this University must be less than the grade point average on Texas A&M International University work to be considered for honors. If the grade point average on transferred work is higher, only the grade point average on Texas A&M International University work will be used to determine eligibility for honors.
The criteria for graduation with honors are:
Degree Conferral and Eligibility for Participation in Graduation Ceremonies: It is the policy of Texas A&M International University that only students who have completed their degree requirements participate in graduation ceremonies. There are two graduation ceremonies each year. May graduates attend the May ceremony. Students who finish requirements in any of the summer terms receive their diplomas in late August and are invited to attend the following December ceremony along with the December graduates.
GRADUATE STUDY FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
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