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    Fort Lewis College
   
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
2015 - 2016 Catalog of Courses [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies and Procedures


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Fort Lewis College, not an individual department, awards baccalaureate degrees. For this reason, certain academic policies and procedures developed through faculty governance or administrative processes apply to programs in all departments upon approval by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. These policies and procedures do not represent all regulations that relate to students, are not catalog specific, and are subject to change without prior notice, with the changes becoming effective upon approval of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students will be notified via their official Fort Lewis College email account if and when changes are implemented. Departments may develop and administer additional academic regulations. Students have a responsibility to know their department’s requirements, policies, and procedures by reviewing the departmental requirements in the catalog, the department’s website, and the department’s student handbook.


Academic Dishonesty by Students

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Academic Integrity and Dishonesty policies and procedures are set forth in the Faculty Handbook (pp. 59-65).

Academic Grievance and Appeals

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Academic Grievance and Appeals procedures are set forth in the Faculty Handbook (pp. 65-67).

Academic Renewal

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A returning Fort Lewis College student who has not attended any college for at least two years (24 consecutive months) and whose Fort Lewis College cumulative GPA is below 2.00 may apply for Academic Renewal. If Academic Renewal is approved, grade point averages for work completed prior to readmission will not be carried forward. Previously completed courses with an earned grade of C - or higher are eligible to count towards graduation if they are allowable under the Time Limits on Coursework policy.

Students apply for academic renewal as part of the readmission process. Questions about this process should be directed to the Office of Admission. A student may receive academic renewal only once.

All coursework completed prior to the renewal will remain visible on the student’s academic record. If renewal is granted, the student’s permanent record will denote “ACADEMIC RENEWAL APPROVED” with the date.

Academic Renewal applies only to actions taken by Fort Lewis College. Other colleges may or may not accept the action of the Academic Renewal.

Students granted academic renewal must meet all established College policies for satisfactory academic standing. Students who receive academic renewal will be required to complete at least 30 hours of credit after readmission before they are eligible for a baccalaureate degree, even if all other degree requirements have been met.

Academic Standing - Undergraduate

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A student is assigned an academic standing at the conclusion of every semester in which he finishes at least one course.  This means that grade changes that happen mid-semester or after grades are posted do not affect academic standing until the next semester concludes.  A cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher is needed to stay in good academic standing.  A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 is no longer in good standing. He is given up to three semesters to raise the cumulative GPA, so long as he continues to achieve 2.00 or higher semester GPAs. The purpose of this system is to allow students three semesters to incrementally repair low cumulative GPAs by achieving higher semester GPAs. Students not in good standing must achieve a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher or he will be academically disqualified. Students who have not raised the cumulative GPA to 2.00 by the end of the third semester are academically disqualified.

 Cumulative GPA

 Semester GPA

 Academic Standing

 2.00 or higher

 2.00 or higher

 Good Standing

 2.00 or higher

 Below 2.00

 Academic Warning

 Below 2.00

 Below 2.00

 First Semester on Probation (1P)

 Below 2.00

 2.00 or higher

 Second Semester on Probation (2P) if previously on 1P

 Below 2.00

 2.00 or higher

 Third Semester on Probation (3P) if previously on 2P

 Below 2.00

 2.00 or higher

 Academic Disqualification if previously on 3P

 Below 2.00

 Below 2.00

 Academic Disqualification if previously on 1P or 2P

Options for Students who are Academically Disqualified

There are only two options for students who have been academically disqualified to return to the college as degree-seeking students.  These options are (a) successfully appeal the academic disqualification (details below) or (b) take at least two years off from any college-level work and then request Academic Renewal when reapplying to Fort Lewis College.

Appeal of Academic Disqualification

At the conclusion of every semester (fall, spring, summer), all students will receive an email informing them of their updated academic standing.  The only academic standing that may be appealed is Academic Disqualification.

To appeal Academic Disqualification, a student must submit the appropriate paperwork to the Academic Standards Committee.

To do this, see instructions here: https://www.fortlewis.edu/advising/AcademicWarningProbationDisqualification/ProcesstoAppealAcademicDisqualification.aspx

The form, along with substantiating documents, should be emailed to academicstanding@fortlewis.edu by the advertised deadline.

The Academic Standards Committee reviews appeals three times per year (as advertised on previous link).  Students who submit an appeal will be notified by email as soon as possible after the committee makes a decision.

Successful appeals usually meet the following two conditions:

i.There are compelling and unforeseen reasons for the poor academic performance, and
ii.There is high probability that the student’s cumulative GPA can be raised to 2.00 or higher in no more than one additional semester of coursework. Typically, this means having a Quality Point Deficiency of no more than 10 points.

Any student may appeal a decision of the Academic Standards Committee.  Such an appeal must be in writing to the Provost or designee within seven (7) days of the emailed decision of the Academic  Standards Committee.

Academic Standing Consequences of Withdrawing Entirely From a Semester

When a student has Withdrawal grades (AW, CW, or SW) in all courses in a fall, spring, or summer semester, this has no effect on academic standing.

Academic Standing - Post-Baccalaureate

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Academic standings for post-baccalaureate students are GOOD STANDING, PROBATION, ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION and Reinstated from Academic Disqualification. To be in good standing, all classified and unclassified post-baccalaureate students must meet minimum cumulative grade point average and minimum cumulative pace standards in this policy, unless higher cumulative grade point average and/or pace standards have been established by a bachelor’s degree, licensure, or undergraduate certificate program. Students can be academically disqualified by violating either cumulative grade point average or cumulative pace standards. Academic standings are updated at the end of each fall, spring, and summer semester.

Cumulative Grade Point Average Standard

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all coursework numbered 100-499 and 1120-1770 to be in good standing for GPA. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 – 2.74 are on probation for GPA. Students on probation who fail to achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 after one semester will be academically disqualified for GPA. Students who fail to achieve a minimum GPA of 1.99 will be academically disqualified for GPA.

This table summarizes standing for GPA:

 Cumulative GPA

 Academic Standing

 2.75 or higher

 Good Standing

 2.00 - 2.74

 Probation for GPA

 2nd semester below 2.75

 Academic Disqualification for GPA

1.99 or lower

 Academic Disqualification for GPA

Cumulative Pace Standard

Students must complete 80% of all attempted courses numbered 100-499 and 1120-1770 to be in good standing for pace. A course is considered completed when the student earns a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, S, or P.  A course is not considered completed when the student earns a grade of AW, CW, F, I, IP, MW, NC, or SW.

Students who complete 50% to 79% of their attempted coursework are on probation for pace. Students on probation who fail to achieve a minimum pace standard of 80% of attempted post-baccalaureate  coursework after one semester will be academically disqualified. Students who achieve a pace standard of 49% or lower will be academically disqualified.

This table summarizes standing for pace:

 Cumulative Pace

 Academic Standing

 80% or higher

 Good Standing

50 - 79%

 Probation for pace

 2nd semester below 80%

 Academic Disqualification for pace

49% or lower

 Academic Disqualification for pace

Consequences of Standings

Students who are in good standing for cumulative grade point average and cumulative pace may continue to enroll.    Students who are on probation for either cumulative grade point average or pace may continue to enroll after establishing an academic plan with their academic advisor.  Students on probation who do not meet standards for a subsequent term will be academically disqualified.  Students who are academically disqualified for either cumulative grade point average or cumulative pace may not continue to enroll unless reinstated on appeal by the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee.

This table summarizes the consequences of the cumulative grade point average and cumulative pace standings:

  Pace
GPA  ≥ 80% 50 - 79% <50%
2.75 Good Standing GPA
Good Standing Pace
May continue to enroll

Good Standing GPA
Probation Pace
May continue to enroll after developing academic plan

Good Standing GPA
Academic Disqualification Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal

2.00 - 2.74 Probation GPA
Good Standing Pace
May continue to enroll after developing academic plan

Probation GPA
Probation Pace
May continue to enroll after developing academic plan

Probation GPA
Academic Disqualification Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal
0.00 -1.99 Academic Disqualification GPA
Good Standing Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal

Academic Disqualification GPA
Probation Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal

Academic Disqualification GPA
Academic Disqualification Pace
May not enroll unless reinstated upon appeal

 

Notification of Academic Standing

At the conclusion of fall, spring, and summer semesters, an email will be sent to students’ Fort Lewis account explaining how they may check their academic standing for cumulative grade point average and cumulative pace.

Students on probation based on cumulative grade point average or cumulative pace standards are expected to establish an academic plan with their academic advisor prior to the beginning of the next semester.

Students with an academic standing of academic disqualification will be provided instructions in their notification email about how to appeal.

Adjustment of Academic Standing Based on Department Standards

In addition to the minimum academic standards established in this policy, a classified or unclassified post-baccalaureate student may be required to meet departmental standards.  Departmental standards are published as part of the requirements for each bachelor’s degree, licensure, or undergraduate certificate program.

If through a process established by the department, a student has been judged to not be making academic progress, the department may petition the Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee to change a student’s academic standing to Probation or Academic Disqualification.

Consideration of Appeals and Petitions

The Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Academic Standards Committee reviews appeals three times per year in January, May, and August.   Deadlines for student appeals and departmental petitions are published on the Post-Baccalaureate Programs’ website.

Students may appeal academic disqualification based on cumulative grade point average or cumulative pace standards if:

1. There are documented special circumstances why the standards were not met, and

2.There is high probability that the student’s cumulative GPA can be raised to 2.75 or higher in no more than one additional  fall, spring, or summer semester of coursework and/or there is high probability that the student can begin to maintain pace requirements in the future.

 

Students will be notified of the Committee’s decision by email to the Fort Lewis College account. If an appeal or petition is granted, the Committee, in consultation with faculty in the student’s department, will establish specific requirements the student must meet and the consequences of not meeting those requirements.  If an appeal is denied, the student may appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose decision is final.

Advising

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All first-time freshman, transfer, and former students are advised by a matriculation advisor. Subsequently, students are assigned either a Faculty Advisor or a Professional Academic Advisor & Student Success Coach as a primary advisor.  All continuing students must consult with their primary advisor at least once a term to review their progress towards graduation and plan course selections for the next terms. Continuing students will not be allowed to register until they have consulted with their primary advisor.

Change of Faculty Advisor

Students assigned to a Faculty Advisor may change their Advisor by filing a Change and Declaration Form with the Registrar’s Office. Both the student’s signature and new advisor’s signature are required on the form (unless the student requests assignment of an advisor).

Change of Professional Academic Advisor & Student Success Coach

Students assigned to a Professional Academic Advisor & Student Success Coach may not change their advisor.

Definition of Academic Advisor

If a procedure requires approval of an “academic advisor,” the faculty or staff member assigned as the primary advisor must give approval.

Attendance

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Regular class attendance is expected in all courses for which a student is registered. The impact of non-attendance on the final grade in a course is determined by the faculty member.

To add a course, drop a course, or withdraw from a term, students must follow the procedures outlined in the Registration and Withdrawing from a Term sections. Course attendance does not constitute a course add. Non-attendance does not constitute a course drop, course withdrawal or semester withdrawal.

Auditing

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Students may audit courses with the permission of the instructor if they desire to attend classes regularly but do not wish to receive a grade and credit. Upon registration, the students must declare that they wish to take a course for audit or for credit. Students may not change from audit to credit, or vice versa, after Census Date. When registering, students may take both audit and credit courses but the total should not exceed the maximum course load. Students who audit a course and later wish to obtain regular credit for the same course may do so by credit by special examination, for an additional fee, or by repeating the course for credit. Repeating a previously audited course is not considered a grade replacement.

Census Date

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Census Date for the fall and spring semesters is the twelfth day of class. There are two Census Dates for the summer semester. The first Census Date is the fifth day of class for Summer Sessions One, Two, and Three. The second Census Date is the fifth day of class for Summer Sessions Four and Five. Courses dropped prior to Census Date do not appear on the student’s transcript and are not counted for tuition purposes. Enrollments in courses on Census Date are reported for state purposes, are reflected on the student’s transcript, and are counted for enrollment purposes.

Change of Major

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A student’s major is initially determined based on information provided on the student’s application for admission. Students who are undecided about a major or who are exploring several majors are initially listed as “Major Not Declared.” Students may change their declared major by filing a Change and Declaration Form with the Registrar’s Office. The student’s signature is required on the form.

Classification of Students

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A degree-seeking student is a student who has been admitted to the College and has declared an intention to pursue the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Degree-seeking students are admitted as either first-time freshman, transfer, or former. Degree-seeking students are also classified according to semester credits completed (earned), as follows:

  Freshman    Fewer than 30 semester credits
  Sophomore    30-59 semester credits
  Junior    60-89 semester credits
  Senior    90 or more semester credits

Unclassified students are defined as students enrolled in undergraduate courses who are not pursuing a degree, either by choice or because they are ineligible to do so. Those who are not degree-seeking by choice include post-baccalaureate students pursuing teacher licensure, exchange students, and students preparing for advanced studies or attending for personal enrichment or career development. Students who are ineligible to be degree seeking include concurrent students attending high school and college concurrently and Guest status students.

Communications Policy

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Electronic mail is an official means for communication within Fort Lewis College. Therefore, the College reserves the right to communicate with students via email and expects that those communications will be received and read in a timely manner.

Course Load

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Normal Course Load

Normal course load is defined as the number of credits students are expected to enroll in each fall and spring semester. With limited exceptions, Fort Lewis College offers 120-credit, four-year baccalaureate degree programs. For this reason, students are expected to complete a minimum of 30 credits each academic year. Typically, students meet this expectation by enrolling in a normal course load of 15 credits each fall and spring semester, though different combinations of credits may be appropriate as indicated by the Map to Graduation for a major published in the Majors and Options section of this catalog or as recommended by an academic advisor.

Maximum Course Load

Maximum course load is defined as the maximum number of credits students may enroll in each term. The maximum course load is 18 credits in a fall or spring semester and 12 credits in a summer semester. All enrolled courses, including those taken for audit, count toward this maximum. Students may request approval to exceed the maximum course load up to 22 credits in a Fall or Spring semester or 16 credits in a Summer semester by submitting a form available from the Registrar’s Office to their academic advisor.

Enrollment Certification Course Load

For purposes of enrollment certification for third parties, students’ course loads will be categorized as full-time, half-time, or part-time as follows:

   Full-Time  Half-Time  Part-Time
Fall or Spring Semester

 Minimum of 12 credits

 6-11 credits

 1-5 credits

Summer Semester  Minimum of 12 credits  6-11 credits  1-5 credits

Course Offerings and Cancellations

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The College reserves the right to cancel a class for any semester if enrollment is not deemed sufficient.

Credit by Examination

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See the Transfer, Examination, and Prior Learning Credit Policies section.

Declaration of a Major

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A degree-seeking student must declare a major course of study once the student has earned 45 undergraduate credits. Students matriculating with 45 or more earned undergraduate credits must declare a major during their first semester. A student matriculating with 45 or more earned undergraduate credits who is pursuing a special admission major may petition the Provost’s designee for an extension. A student who does not meet the requirements of this policy will not be able to register for a subsequent semester.

Effective Catalog

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Students graduating from Fort Lewis College must meet the degree program and course requirements for graduation set forth in the catalog in effect at the time of their matriculation or any subsequent catalog between then and the time of their graduation. Students may choose from among the various catalogs but may not combine them. Regulations other than course requirements will apply according to the catalog in effect at the time of graduation except as new regulations have other effective, specifically fixed dates. However, no catalog more than 10 years old at the time of the student’s graduation will be accepted as the source of graduation requirements. A student who matriculated more than 10 years before graduation will meet the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of graduation, or may petition via the “Exception to Graduation Requirements” process to be permitted to graduate under some intervening catalog not more than 10 years old. The student must contact the Registrar’s Office for more information pertaining to this process. Any student who is not registered at Fort Lewis College for any continuous period of two calendar years or more forfeits his claim to the catalog under which he entered and comes under the catalog in effect at the time he next returns to Fort Lewis College as a student.

Enrollment Certification

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Students may obtain enrollment certifications through the National Student Clearinghouse website. Additionally, students may download the Enrollment and Degree Verification Request Form and hand-deliver/mail/fax the form to the Registrar’s Office.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment, helps protect the privacy of student records. The Act provides for the student’s right to inspect and review educational records, to seek to amend those records, and to limit disclosure of information from the records. The Act applies to all institutions that are the recipients of federal funding under any program administered by the Secretary of Education.

When a student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending a postsecondary institution, regardless of age or dependency status, FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student. FERPA applies to all students who are currently enrolled, or were formerly enrolled, but does not apply to deceased students or persons who have applied but have not attended.

Fort Lewis College may disclose Directory Information unless a student requests that his Directory Information not be released. The College has designated the following items as Directory Information:

  1. Student name, addresses, telephone numbers, and Fort Lewis College email address
  2. Date and place of birth
  3. Major and minor courses of study
  4. Dates of attendance
  5. Degree information including degree and date conferred, honors and awards information, class and enrollment status
  6. Participation in recognized college activities and sports
  7. Most recent school attended

Requests for non-disclosure of Directory Information must be submitted in writing to the Registrar’s Office by Census Date via an Information Privacy Form. Students who request non-disclosure of Directory Information will have a “confidentiality flag” added to their records. This means that the student must conduct all business with the College in person with a valid identification. Requests to remove confidentiality can be made only in writing by the student. Additionally, a confidentiality flag requires that the College NOT acknowledge to a third party that the student is or was a Fort Lewis College student. As long as the confidentiality flag is in place, the college will NOT publish the student’s name in any manner, including commencement programs.

Final Exams

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Separate days are set aside for final examinations at the close of the fall and spring semesters. It is the student’s responsibility to know the final examination schedule and take all final examinations. Finals schedules are posted on the Registrar’s Office website.

Four-Year Graduation Agreement

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A student admitted as a first-time freshman in a fall semester who meets the academic preparation standards for a major may sign a four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in four years, with the exception of teacher preparation programs in the sciences, which have been authorized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to exceed four years in length. Students must apply to participate in the four-year graduation agreement by August 1 of their year of admission through the Coordinator of Degree Completion. For more details, consult the Finish in Four! website.

Grade Appeals

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See Academic Grievance and Appeals.

Grade Change Policy

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After grades have been posted to the student’s transcript, the appropriate faculty, via a Special Grade Report Form filed at the Registrar’s Office, must make all changes. If a year has passed since the original grade was filed, special approval for a grade change from the appropriate dean is required. In the event that a student has graduated prior to a grade change being filed, the original grade will remain permanently on the graduate’s academic transcript.

Grades on Repeated Courses

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All graded courses taken at Fort Lewis College will count in the Fort Lewis College cumulative grade point average.

Grades, Quality Points, and Grade Point Averages

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Grades

Students are assigned a grade for each course registered for, completed, and/or withdrawn from after the Census Date for each enrolled term. A grade can be classified as either an appraisal of the quality of a student’s work or an explanation about why such an appraisal was not made.

Grades Appraising Quality of Work

The College has four grading systems to appraise the quality of a student’s work in a course.

LETTER GRADE SYSTEM

The letter grade system assigns a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- or F. Grades of A to D- earn credit. Grades of F do not earn credit. Grades of A to F are figured into the computation of grade point averages.

SATISFACTORY/NO CREDIT SYSTEM

The satisfactory/no credit system assigns a grade of S or NC. Grades of S earn credit. Grades of S are not used in computing grade point averages. Grades of NC do not earn credit. Grades of NC are not used in computing grade point averages. The use of the satisfactory/no credit grading system for a course is authorized through the curriculum approval process.

PASS/FAIL SYSTEM

The pass/fail system assigns a grade of P or F. Grades of P earn credit. Grades of P are not used in computing grade point averages. Grades of F do not earn credit. Grades of F are figured into the computation of grade point averages. The use of the pass/fail grading system for a course may have been authorized through the curriculum approval process or may have been initiated by the student and approved by the instructor. In such a case, the student must request the pass/fail grading instead of letter grading from the instructor via a Special Condition Add Form available from the Registrar’s Office. Changes to or from the pass/fail system must be made by Census Date. Students may only initiate the pass/fail grading system for elective courses. This grading system may not be applied to courses fulfilling Liberal Arts Core, major, auxiliary, minor or certificate requirements with the exception of study abroad transfer credits. Students are limited to a total of 12 pass/fail elective credits.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING SYSTEM

The credit for prior learning system assigns a grade of X to a course satisfactorily completed via credit by examination or military service. Grades of X earn credit. Grades of X are not used in computing grade point averages.

Grades Explaining Why Quality of Work Was Not Appraised

A grade of AU, AW, CW, I, IP, MW, NG, or SW explains why the quality of a student’s work in a course was not appraised.

AU - A grade AU means the student initiated, and the instructor approved, the auditing of a course. No credit is awarded for a grade of AU. This grade is not used in the computation of grade point averages.

AW - A grade of AW means the College withdrew the student from a course or a term as allowed by an administrative policy. No credit is awarded for a grade of AW. This grade is not used in the computation of grade point averages.

CW - A grade of CW means the student initiated withdrawal from a course by a college-wide deadline in the middle of the term. Grades of CW do not require instructor or administrative approval. Students are limited to three CW grades during their undergraduate career at Fort Lewis College. No credit is awarded for a grade of CW.  This grade is not used in the computation of grade point averages.

I - A grade of I means the student initiated, and the instructor approved in accordance with grading policy, a delay in the appraisal in the student’s work. No credit is awarded for a grade of I. This grade is not used in the computation of grade point averages. The conditions for which a grade of I may be assigned are 1) the major part of the course requirements has been met; 2) the student is unable to complete the requirements in the term in which the course is taken for compelling and unforeseen reasons, and 3) in the opinion of the instructor, the requirements can be completed by the student without repeating the course. If the student completes the course requirements within the time allotted, the instructor will make an appraisal of the quality of the student’s work by submitting a Special Grade Report Form to the Registrar’s Office. If the course requirements are not completed within one year after the end of the appropriate term, the grade of I will revert to an F. The dean of the school in which the course is offered may waive for good reason the one-year deadline upon petition by the student to the program director. A grade of I cannot be removed by registering to repeat the course. A course for which a student has a grade of I at the time of graduation cannot be used to satisfy any graduation requirement. In the event that a student has graduated prior to removing a grade of I, the grade of I will remain permanently on the graduate’s academic transcript.

IP - A grade of IP means the student was enrolled in a course approved to conclude after the “Last Day of Classes” on the academic calendar.

MW - A grade of MW means the student was called to active military duty. No credit is awarded for a grade of MW. This grade is not used in the computation of grade point averages.

NG - A grade of NG means the instructor did not file a grade for the course by the deadline. No credit is awarded for a grade of NG. This grade is not used in the computation of grade point averages. Once the deadline has passed, up to one year after the grade of NG was filed, the instructor may make an appraisal of the quality of a student’s work by submitting a Special Grade Report Form to the Registrar’s Office. NG grades will revert to F grades after one year.

SW - A grade of SW means the student initiated withdrawal from all courses in a semester prior to the last day of classes. No credit is awarded for a grade of SW. This grade is not used in the computation of grade point averages. Students submitting their first request for a post-Census semester withdrawal during their undergraduate career at Fort Lewis College will be automatically approved and all courses will be assigned the grade of SW. All subsequent requests for a post-Census semester withdrawal will be reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the request is approved, all courses will be assigned the grade of AW.

Quality Points

Quality points for a course are determined by the numeric grade earned in the course multiplied by the number of credits for the course.

Fort Lewis College uses the four-point system to three decimal points to assign numeric grades:

 
  A    =    4.000 points
  A-   =    3.667 points
  B+  =    3.333 points
  B    =    3.000 points
  B-   =    2.667 points
  C+  =    2.333 points
 
  C    =    2.000 points
  C-   =    1.667 points
  D+  =    1.333 points
  D    =    1.000 point
  D-   =    .667 point
  F    =    0.000 points

Numeric grades are not assigned for the grades of AU, AW, CW, I, IP, MW, NC, NG, P, S, SW, or X.

Grade Point Averages

Grade point averages summarize the quality of a student’s work at Fort Lewis College. Grades of courses accepted through the transfer process are not included in any grade point averages.

Computational Method

Grade point averages are computed by dividing the total number of quality points for the appropriate courses by the total number of GPA credit hours specified. The result is truncated to two decimal points.

Types of Grade Point Averages

The following types of GPAs may be calculated:

Cumulative - The cumulative GPA is computed using the quality points and GPA credit hours for all courses numbered 100 or above taken at Fort Lewis College. Courses receiving grades of AU, AW, CW, I, IP, MW, NC, P, S, SW, and X, as well as grades of courses accepted through the transfer process, do not figure in the computation of the cumulative GPA. The cumulative GPA is one factor in determining a student’s eligibility to be admitted to, pursue and complete a program of study, to receive honors, to participate in athletics programs, and to continue receiving federal need-based aid and scholarship aid, among other uses.

Major - The major GPA is computed using only the quality points and GPA credit hours for courses taken at Fort Lewis College required for a major or option in a major, excepting courses meeting auxiliary requirements. Courses receiving grades of AU, AW, CW, I,  IP, MW, NC, NG, P, S, SW, and X, as well as courses accepted through the transfer process, do not figure in the computation of the major GPA. The major GPA is one factor in determining a student’s eligibility to be admitted to, pursue and complete a program of study, among other uses.

Minor - The minor GPA is computed using only the quality points and GPA credit hours for courses required for a minor taken at Fort Lewis College. Courses receiving grades of AU, AW, CW, I, IP, MW, NC, NG, P, S, SW, and X, as well as courses accepted through the transfer process, do not figure in the computation of the minor GPA. The minor GPA is used to determine eligibility to complete that course of study, among other uses.

Remedial - The remedial GPA is computed using only the quality points and GPA credit hours for courses numbered below 100 taken at Fort Lewis College. Courses receiving grades of AU, AW, CW, I, IP, MW, NG, or SW do not figure in the computation of the remedial GPA. This GPA is used to determine eligibility for federal need-based aid, among other uses.

Semester - The semester GPA is computed using only the quality points and GPA credit hours for courses numbered 100 or above taken in a specified term. All courses taken during a summer semester, regardless of session, are computed as the summer semester GPA. Courses receiving grades of AU, AW, CW, I, IP, MW, NC, NG, P, S, SW, and X, as well as courses accepted through the transfer process, do not figure in the computation of the semester GPA. The semester GPA is one factor in determining a student’s eligibility to pursue a program of study and to continue receiving federal need-based aid, among other uses.

Term - The term GPA is equivalent to the semester GPA.                      

Holds

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Failure to comply with various campus policies may result in holds that are placed on a student’s WebOPUS account. Most holds prohibit student services such as registration, schedule modification, and processing academic transcript requests. Students must contact the office that placed the hold to make arrangements to have the hold removed.

Honors

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Dean’s List

The Dean’s List, published at the end of the fall and spring semesters, honors students for high scholastic achievement. Students who attain a grade point average of 3.60 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours of graded college level work and have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester will be on the Dean’s List for that semester.

Graduation with Honors

Latin Honors

Students must have earned, in residence at Fort Lewis College, no fewer than 60 semester credit hours to graduate with Latin honors. Latin honors are not awarded upon receipt of a second bachelor’s degree. Grade point averages required for Latin honors are as follows:

  Summa Cum Laude   Grade point average of 3.90 to 4.00
  Magna Cum Laude   Grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89
  Cum Laude   Grade point average of 3.60 to 3.74

Note: Latin honors read at commencement are based on the credit hours and cumulative grade point average posted as of the previous term and are not official. Official honors will be awarded upon posting of final grades, calculation of final cumulative GPA, and completion of the program of study. Official honors are noted on the final transcript and diploma.

John F. Reed Honors Program

Students who are admitted to and complete the requirements of the John F. Reed Honors Program will receive a designation on their transcripts that they are graduates of the John F. Reed Honors Program and earn a minor in the Rhetoric of Inquiry . Click Honors: John F. Reed Honors Program  for more information.

Individual and Independent Study

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Departmental Individual Study (299) and Independent Study (499) courses are student learning experiences structured and supervised by a faculty member. Students formally enroll during the period of research or independent study. Individual and Independent Study courses should be completed in the term in which they are approved.

The number of credits earned for an Individual or Independent Study course is based on the number of hours the student will take to complete it. Students will complete a minimum of 50 hours of work for each credit hour earned. The appropriate number of credit hours will be determined by the instructor of record who will also document that the student completed those hours. A maximum of eight credits of departmental 299/499 courses will count toward a baccalaureate degree. Prior approval to assure that the independent project is commensurate with the proposed number of credits will be given by the instructor, department chair or program director, and dean of the school.

Optional Disenrollment Policy

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Instructors have the option to disenroll a student from a class if and only if the student has missed at least one scheduled class during the first four days of the week in which the course is scheduled to meet for the first time. The goal of this policy is to allow students greater access to desired courses and to emphasize the academic responsibilities that begin with the first day of class.

According to this policy, if a student misses even one scheduled class meeting during the first four days of the week in which the course starts, he could be dropped from the course. If that course is a pre-requisite or co-requisite for other courses, those other courses will be dropped as well. However, non-attendance does not constitute a course drop, course withdrawal, or semester withdrawal. To guarantee that a course is dropped from a schedule, use the course drop process on WebOPUS.

Students who are disenrolled per policy will be notified by the Registrar’s Office via email.

Orientation

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New freshman and transfer students are required to attend New Student Orientation immediately prior to their first term of attendance.

Registration

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Course registration is done online through WebOPUS. Access is limited to students via their network username and password according to the Registration Eligibility Schedule published on the Registrar’s Office website. Currently enrolled students must consult with their faculty advisor in order to be cleared for registration. Students may register for summer coursework during the registration periods for either the fall or spring semesters. Continuing but not currently enrolled students, new students, former students, and Guest status may register during the Open Registration period, which begins the Monday following the end of the registration period for currently enrolled students.

Schedule Modifications

Once students have registered for classes, they may process schedule modifications using the following procedures:

Course Drops

A course drop may be processed using WebOPUS through Census Date of the term. Non-attendance does not constitute a course drop.

Course Withdrawals

After Census Date and up through 4 p.m. on the date in the middle of the term specified on the Academic Calendar, a student may initiate a course withdrawal at the Registrar’s Office and receive a grade of CW for a course if they have not exceeded their limit of three course withdrawals during their undergraduate career at Fort Lewis College. Students who have exceeded this limit must complete the course and receive a grade from the instructor appraising the quality of their work or file an appeal that will be reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students initiating a withdrawal from all courses in a semester should follow the procedure outlined in Withdrawing from the Term. Non-attendance does not constitute a course withdrawal.

Course Adds

Students may add courses with available seats for which they have met all prerequisites and restrictions using WebOPUS through the first five days of the fall or spring semester or the first day of each summer session up to the maximum course load. Adds beyond the maximum course load must be approved by an academic advisor using a form available from the Registrar’s Office.

Students seeking to add a closed class should join the waitlist for that course and enroll themselves when notified via email that there is an opening in the course. The waitlisting function is available through the fifth day of class in the fall and spring semesters and first day of class in a summer session. Students may use a Special Condition Add Form available at the Registrar’s Office for any courses for which waitlisting is unavailable.

For a student to add a course for which they do not meet the prerequisites or restrictions or for which instructor permission is required, the instructor must enter an override using WebOPUS. Once an override is entered, the student must still complete registration for the course via WebOPUS.

Beginning the second week of the fall and spring semesters and the second day of each summer session through Census Date of each term, any course additions must be on Special Condition Add forms, available at the Registrar’s Office. The form requires the signature of the instructor. Regular-starting courses cannot be added after Census Date. Course attendance does not constitute a course add.

Adds for Courses with Time Conflicts

In the case of a course time conflict, a Special Condition Add Form is required, along with the signatures of both instructors involved, as well as an explanation of how the course requirements will be met.

Adds for Late-Starting Courses

Students seeking to enroll in late-starting courses, defined as courses beginning at a time other than the normal start of the term, may use a Special Condition Add Form up until a week after the first class meeting in a fall or spring semester and one day after the first class meeting in a summer semester.

Remedial Education Policy

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The Statewide Remedial Education Policy applies to all degree-seeking students. This policy requires assessment of each first-time freshman and transfer student to determine if the student is college ready in reading, writing, and mathematics. This policy specifies the assessment process and minimum scores that must be earned. If through the assessment process a student is determined to not be college ready, the policy requires completion of remedial coursework with a minimum grade of C- by the time a student earns 30 credits at Fort Lewis College.

For more information about this policy, contact the Director of Student Success.

Residency Requirement

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A minimum of 30 credits for a baccalaureate degree must be completed at Fort Lewis College. College-sponsored off-campus academic experiences are considered “in residence.”

Restrictions on Repeated Courses

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Certain courses in the curriculum may be repeated and count toward graduation. To determine whether a course may be repeated and the conditions under which it may be repeated, check the course description. In addition, please note limits on these courses:

PE Activity: No more than six credits in different physical activities.

Departmental 299/499: No more than eight credits of individual and independent study. Some departments have other restrictions on applying 299/499 courses to major requirements. See major course requirements for more information.

ED 489: No more than six credits in college teaching practicum.

Stopping Out

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Any student who does not enroll for three consecutive semesters (summer is counted as one semester) must reapply through the Office of Admission for readmission to Fort Lewis College. It is the student’s responsibility at the point of application to notify Fort Lewis College of any and all possible transfer, test, or military credits earned during any absences. The Effective Catalog policy, see above, will determine which catalog a student is eligible to use upon return to Fort Lewis College.

Student Bill of Rights

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The General Assembly implemented the Student Bill of Rights (C.R.S. 23-1-125) to assure that students enrolled in public institutions of higher education have the following rights:

(a) A quality general education experience that develops competencies in reading, writing, mathematics, technology and critical thinking through an integrated arts and science experience;

(b) Students should be able to complete their associate of arts and associate of science degree programs in no more than sixty credit hours or their baccalaureate programs in no more than one hundred twenty credit hours unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission;

(c) A student can sign a two-year or four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in two or four years, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission;

(d) Students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees;

(e) Students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education;

(f) Students, upon successful completion of core general education courses should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education;

(g) Students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the students’ graduation requirements;

(h) A student’s credit for the completion of the core requirements and core courses shall not expire for ten years from the date of initial enrollment and shall be transferable.

Time Limits on Coursework

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Fort Lewis College coursework more than 10 years old is not applicable toward major, auxiliary, or minor requirements in a degree program or applicable to requirements in a certificate program without approval of the department chair or program director. This policy does not apply to courses fulfilling Liberal Arts Core requirements or being used as free electives. See Transfer, Examination, and Prior Learning Credit Policies  for time limits on the transfer of coursework from other higher education institutions.

Transcripts

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Transcript ordering is provided through the National Student Clearinghouse. Students must pay the Clearinghouse processing fee as well as a Fort Lewis College processing fee for each transcript. Transcript requests will not be processed for those students who have holds on their accounts.

Withdrawing from a Term

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Students who have registered for classes and decide not to attend have the responsibility to cancel their registration or initiate a withdrawal by following the appropriate procedure. Non-attendance does not constitute cancellation or withdrawal. Students are cautioned that they are only eligible for one Post-Census Withdrawal during their undergraduate career at Fort Lewis College.

Procedures to Withdraw From a Term

PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE TERM
Students must cancel their registration through WebOPUS. Students should select “Student Services” > “Registration” > “Add/ Drop Classes” > select the appropriate term > drop each of their classes prior to midnight on the day before the term begins.

FIRST DAY OF TERM THROUGH CENSUS DATE
Students must initiate a pre-Census withdrawal using WebOPUS. Students should select “Student Services” > “Registration” > “Withdrawal from the Current Term” > read about impact of withdrawals on tuition and fee charges, eligibility for on-campus housing, and financial aid > Submit “Request to Withdraw from the Current Term” > complete the form > Submit “Request to Withdraw from the Current Term” > “Withdraw from Current Term now.” Students will be notified via email when their request to withdraw has been processed.

AFTER CENSUS DATE TO LAST DAY OF REGULAR CLASSES
Students must initiate a post-Census withdrawal using WebOPUS. Students should select “Student Services” > “Registration” > “Withdraw from the Current Term” > read about impact of withdrawals on course grades, tuition and fee charges, eligibility for on-campus housing, and financial aid > Submit “Request to Withdraw from the Current Term” > complete the form > Submit “Request to Withdraw from the Current Term” > “Withdraw from Current Term now.”

Students submitting their first request for post-Census withdrawal during their undergraduate career at Fort Lewis College will be automatically approved, and they will receive the grade of SW (semester withdrawal) for all of their courses.

Second and subsequent requests for post-Census withdrawals will be reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students will be notified via email whether the request has been approved or denied.

Students who are approved for a second or subequent post-Census withdrawal will receive the grade of AW in all of their courses. Students not approved will be assigned a grade by each instructor at the end of the term.

Technical Difficulties with WebOPUS
If a student experiences problems with using WebOPUS, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.

Tuition and Fees Schedule For Students Who Withdraw
Students initiating a pre-Census or post-Census withdrawal will be assessed tuition and fees according to the pro rata schedule published on the Student Billing & Cashiering website.  There are separate schedules for the fall and spring semesters and the summer sessions.

Other Responsibilities Associated With Withdrawal
Students who have applied for housing and/or financial aid have other responsibilities associated with official withdrawal and must contact those offices directly.