To assist in understanding the course level, refer to the following guidelines:
The number of credit hours is in parentheses after each course title. If the credit is variable, to be fixed in consultation with the instructor, it is shown by (credit arranged) or by minimum and maximum credit, such as research (2-8).
Faculty have full discretion in using full-letter grades, plus/minus grades, or any combination of full-letter and plus/minus grades. The student’s grade point average is computed by dividing the total quality points (number of credit hours for a course, multiplied by the grade value received) by the number of hours taken (excluding grade modified hours). Students of the University may have three separate Grade Point Averages. The first is the Campus GPA, which is computed by dividing the quality points earned from the grades of each course taken on the UMSL campus by the total course hours attempted on the UMSL Campus. Students who have attended any of the other three universities within the University of Missouri System, will also have a “System” GPA, which is computed by dividing the quality points earned from every course taken from a University within the UM System. In addition, transfer students (from outside the UM System) will also have a transfer GPA, which is computed from all courses the student has taken outside the UMSL campus or the UM System. It is calculated by dividing the quality points of all courses by the hours attempted.
Three options are available to students to obtain their final grades at the end of each semester. Unless a specific request is made through the Registrar’s Office, the University of Missouri system does not distribute grade reports to students via postal mail. Final course grades can be obtained electronically by any of the following three methods:
To access your grades through the My Gateway system, you must know your Gateway ID and password. You can look up your Gateway ID online at: http://gatewayid.umsl.edu. Call the Technology Support Center at (314) 516-6034 if you have any questions about your Gateway ID or password.
To access your grades through STAR or TRAIN you must know your student number and personal identification number (PIN). If you need assistance with your PIN, you should come to the Office of the Registrar, at 269 Millennium Student Center with photo identification. For security reasons, you cannot obtain or change your PIN over the telephone.
A printed copy of your grade report can be sent to you upon request at no charge. Once requested by you, your grade report will be mailed to your official address of record. Requests may be made by phone, mail, e-mail, fax, or in person.
Delayed Grade. A student whose work is incomplete at the end of any semester and who has, in the instructor's judgment, sufficient reasons for failing to complete the work, may, with the approval of the instructor be assigned a delayed grade. Such work must be made up no later than one semester after the incomplete grade is given, or the grade automatically becomes F. The dean may, in unusual circumstances, extend this time limitation (summer session is not counted as a semester). Notice of change in a delayed grade shall be given to the registrar on a special form.
Y Grade. When, in the instructor's judgment, there is no basis for evaluating the work of a student who does not officially drop a course or officially withdraw from the university, a mark of Y (unauthorized withdrawal-no basis for evaluation) is given.
Examinations. Examinations may be given only at regular class meeting times or as designated by the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Instruction.
Final Examinations. The period designated for final examinations is an important component of the academic term. It provides faculty with a final opportunity to evaluate student learning and attainment of course objectives. Faculty members are encouraged to meet with students during the final examination period.
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option. Undergraduate students may take up to 18 credit hours on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory (S/U) grading basis. This includes courses taken as electives or those that satisfy the general education requirements. Most courses required for a specific degree may not be taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis. Academic departments may designate other courses within their jurisdiction that may not be taken under the option.
A satisfactory grade “S” is recorded when an instructor assigns the grade of A, A-, B+, B-, C+, or C-, and has no numerical value in computing one’s cumulative grade point average; however, it does satisfy credit-hour graduation requirements. An unsatisfactory grade “ U” is recorded when an instructor assigns the grades of D+, D, D-, or F. Audit has no numerical value in computing one’s cumulative grade point average, nor does it satisfy any credit-hour graduation requirements. Grades will be recorded on transcripts as S or U.
Students register for courses in the normal manner and may exercise the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option before the end of the first four weeks of a regular semester (or the first two weeks of a summer session). Requests for this option are made through the proper dean's office. Instructors are not informed of students taking courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Repeating Courses. Students may not repeat for grade point average or credit hour purposes courses in which grades of A, A- B+, B, B-, C+, C, or C- have been earned. All grades earned will affect the calculation of one's cumulative grade point average; the course hours, however, will be counted only once in calculating hours towards one's degree. (See Grade Modification.)
Grade Modification. When the grade received in an initial attempt in a course at UM-St. Louis is a D+, D, D-, or F, the grade may be replaced in the calculation of the GPA by the grade received in a second or subsequent attempt of the same course at UM-St. Louis. All grades received in second and subsequent attempts will be included in GPA calculations. A maximum of 15 hours may be dropped from the calculation of the student's GPA. All attempts of a given course will appear on the official transcript with the grade(s) earned. The transcript will have an explanation which states that the GPA is calculated using all grades earned in a course except the initial attempt when a course has been repeated and grade modified.
Note: Grade modification is not automatic. After completing the second or subsequent attempt of the course to be modified, students must process the necessary paperwork with an academic adviser in the academic unit in which the student is currently enrolled.
Transcripts The registrar will furnish transcripts to a student upon written request. Transcripts are furnished to students' parents or guardians or other parties or institutions only if students have filed written consent with the Registrar's office. There is a charge for each transcript. Requests for transcripts by organizations either financially supporting a student or with fee compensation programs are not honored unless the student has filed a consent form with the Registrar's Office authorizing the release of such information.
Prerequisites for a Course
Students are expected to attend class regularly, and, in accordance with the UM-St. Louis Bylaws, faculty may establish penalties for excessive absences. Students absent for more than three successive classes may be reported to the dean. Students should tell their divisional dean's office of an extended absence. An absence known in advance should be reported to the instructors of courses that will be missed. Makeup of examinations or work missed is allowed at the instructor's discretion. Students excused from class for valid reasons by their deans shall be permitted, if possible, to make up work missed; the dean must have notified the instructor in writing.
From the fifth through the twelfth weeks of the fall or winter semesters (for summer session, the third through the sixth weeks), students may withdraw from a course with an "Excused" grade, providing they are passing the course and receive the approval of their instructor, adviser, and dean's office representative. Otherwise, a failing grade is given. Students not attending classes who fail to drop officially receive F or Y grades. After the allowable period, "Excused" grades are given only in exceptional instances where the instructor's approval and dean's approval are given. These grades are recorded on the students' official records at the end of the term. If an F grade is recorded, it is counted in computing the grade point average. No partial credit is granted to students who withdraw from a course during any semester or otherwise fail to complete the work required for full course credit.
Change of Major
Withdrawal after Classes Begin
These grades are recorded on the student's official record at the end of the term. An F grade is counted in computing the grade point average. No partial credit is granted to students who withdraw from school during any semester or otherwise fail to complete the work required for full course credit. Students who stop attending classes without withdrawing officially from the university are issued an F or a Y grade. Any F grades are counted in computing grade point averages.
Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal
Students may be suspended if they do not pass more than two-thirds of their work, their semester grade point average is below 1.5, or their cumulative grade point average falls below 1.75. Students may be suspended if they have been on scholastic probation for two or more semesters, not necessarily consecutive, and again become subject to probation. The dean may retain students on probation rather than suspend them if circumstances justify such action.
Students who have once been suspended may be dismissed if they again become subject to suspension. Students placed on probation because of poor scholastic records at other institutions are regarded as having been once suspended under these rules. Normally, students who have been dismissed are not considered for readmission. In certain unusual cases, students may be readmitted on probationary status after one year.
Students admitted on probation to the summer session must enroll for at least six academic hours. If they receive any grades below C, their work will be reviewed by the college or school dean or appropriate committee to determine eligibility to reenroll. Students enrolled in the summer session whose grade point averages are below 1.5 may have their work reviewed. Students suspended or dismissed from one school or college shall not be admitted to any other school or college until they are eligible for readmission to the original college or school, unless they obtain the consent of the school's or college's dean or appropriate committee. In this event, the dean or committee shall file a written statement for the student's official records, stating the reasons for the decision.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis encourages students to pursue excellence within a respectful and collegial environment and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions. For that reason the University requires students to reject any type of dishonest behavior.
Honesty precludes seeking, providing, or receiving any form of unauthorized assistance on tests or any type of assignment. It requires giving credit through appropriate citation to the author of materials used in written or oral assignments.
The full Student Standard of Conduct is found at http://system.missouri.edu:80/uminfo/rules/programs/200010.htm. By registering for a class at UM-St. Louis, students agree to follow this standard of integrity.Confidentiality Policy
These statements are set forth as guidelines and procedures to implement the University of Missouri policy on student records developed from The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis as charged in the act will annually inform its eligible students by including in the Student Handbook, the Schedule of Courses, the UM-St. Louis Bulletin, and the Current (student newspaper) the following information:
1. "Education Records" are those records, files, documents, and other materials which contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by the university. Those records, made available under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, are student financial aid, the student's cumulative advisement file, student health records, disciplinary records, admissions file, and academic record. Confidential letters and statements of recommendation which were placed in student credential folders at the Office of Career Placement Services after January 1, 1975 , are also made available, if the student has not waived the right to view these recommendations.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis "Education Records" do not include:
2. The University of Missouri-St. Louis recognizes "Directory Information/Public Information" to mean a student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. All students must inform the Office of the Registrar before the end of the two-week period following the first day of classes that any or all of the information designated as directory information should not be released without the student’s prior consent. The information listed above will become directory information or public information as of the first day of classes following the end of the two-week period in a regular semester and the first day of classes following the end of the one-week period during the summer session.
3. University of Missouri-St. Louis students have access to the educational records identified in Paragraph 1 above. In accordance with Public Law 93-380 as amended, the University of Missouri-St. Louis will not make available to students the following materials:
4. The director of Financial Aid, the appropriate academic dean, the coordinator of the Student Health Service, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the Director of Career Placement Services, the Director of Admissions, and the Registrar are the officials responsible for the maintenance of each type of record listed in Paragraph 1.
5. Any student may, upon request, review his or her records and, if inaccurate information is included, may request the expunging of such information from the file. Such inaccurate information will then be expunged upon authorization of the official responsible for the file.
6. Students desiring to challenge the content of their
record may request an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of the educational record in order to ensure that the record is not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, to provide an opportunity for the correction or deletion of any such inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate data contained therein, and to insert into such records a written explanation respecting the content of such records.
7. The university official charged with custody of the records will attempt to settle informally any disputes with any student regarding the content of the university’s educational records through informal meetings and discussions with the student.
8. Upon request of the student or the university official charged with custody of the records of the student, a formal hearing shall be conducted as follows:
9. The University of Missouri - St. Louis will not mail grade reports to parents unless the student in question has completed the necessary authorization in the registrar’s office.
10. The University of Missouri-St. Louis may permit access to or release of the educational records without the written consent of the student to the parents of a dependent student as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
11. If any material or document in the educational record of a student includes information on more than one student, the student may inspect and review only such part of such material or document as relates to him or her or to be informed of the specific information contained in such part of such material.
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