The Instructional Program
The instructional program at Appalachian State University is diversified, attempting to meet the needs of many types of students. In addition to the course offerings listed under each instructional department/program, students may elect to do independent study under the direction of selected faculty members, to participate in an internship, or to participate in the University honors program. Detailed information on each of these options is given in appropriate sections of this Undergraduate Bulletin.
The Undergraduate Bulletin is issued annually for the academic year, fall through subsequent summer; and, while course offerings are fairly continuous from year to year, the University reserves the right to make changes in curricula, degree requirements, and academic policies. The information in any given catalog/bulletin is, therefore, usually valid for the one-year period of its issue, and is superseded by subsequent issues. While changes in degree requirements do not affect a student already enrolled in a degree program, changes in academic policies become effective for all students on the date approved for implementation. Any interested person should consult the most recent issue of the Undergraduate Bulletin for current information about the instructional program.
In selecting a catalog, students must meet the following guidelines:
- All students may elect to graduate in accordance with the degree requirements as recorded in the catalog/bulletin that is current at the time of their first registration or any subsequent edition under the following conditions:
- The student is enrolled during a period in which the catalog/bulletin is in force.
- Any catalog chosen must not be more than ten years old (for example, the 2011-2012 catalog is valid through summer of 2021).
- Students must meet all requirements of the catalog/bulletin under which they wish to graduate except under the following conditions:
- In those rare cases where specific required courses are no longer available, the appropriate Dean’s office will identify suitable substitutes in the student’s major/minor/concentration and General Education which do not increase the overall credit requirements.
In those rare cases where specific required courses are no longer available, the Director of General Education will identify suitable substitutes for General Education requirements which do not increase the overall credit requirements.
In order to change the catalog/bulletin under which they intend to graduate, students must notify the office of the dean of the college/school in which they are enrolled, or the University College Academic Advising Office if they have not declared a major.
This policy applies to all Appalachian State University students, including but not limited to continuing students, returning students, and second degree seeking students; it is also applicable to students returning under one of the University forgiveness policies.
Registration at Appalachian indicates the student’s willingness to accept both published academic regulations and rules found in official announcements of the University.
In the interest of all its students, Appalachian reserves the right to decline admission, to suspend, or to require the withdrawal of a student when such action is, by due process, deemed in the interest of the University.
Statement Concerning the Normal Number of Hours and Length of Time Required to Attain the Baccalaureate Degree
A baccalaureate degree at Appalachian typically requires 120-126 semester hours of course work. Students who satisfactorily complete an average of 15-16 hours per semester can complete the degree in four years (eight semesters). Factors that may increase the length of time for an individual student to complete a degree include: (1) taking less than the hours advised or averaging fewer than 15-16 credit hours per semester; (2) changing majors frequently; (3) dropping, failing, and repeating courses; (4) failing to meet course prerequisites; (5) taking unnecessary or inappropriate courses; (6) transferring from one institution to another; (7) adding a second academic concentration or a second minor; (8) delaying entry into academic programs; (9) withdrawing from school; and (10) entering the institution with an incomplete or inadequate secondary school background requiring some additional compensatory, developmental, or prerequisite courses.
Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the University’s advising and support services to ensure continuous progress toward graduation. Effective career decision-making, long-range semester-by-semester planning of courses, and careful selection of extracurricular commitments can provide direction and motivation necessary for effective use of time to graduation. Additional factors that may assure a student’s continuous progress toward graduation include good academic performance in freshman and basic prerequisite courses, advanced placement credit for introductory courses, and enrollment in summer sessions.
Standards of Scholarship
Appalachian State University “aspires to be the destination institution for dedicated students who seek challenging academic programs and co-curricular experiences, engaged faculty and a vibrant campus culture that will shape them into engaged, responsible global citizens.” The foremost activity of Appalachian students is an intense engagement with their courses. In practical terms, students should expect to spend two to three hours of studying for every hour of class time. Hence, a fifteen hour academic load might reasonably require between 30 and 45 hours per week of out-of-class work.
In all work for a degree, scholarly performance is expected. The student is expected to demonstrate academic competence, intellectual honesty and responsibility, a willingness to do more than the minimum required, and the ability to think critically and constructively. State statutes concerning standards of scholarship are as follows:
14-118.2. Assisting, etc., in obtaining academic credit by fraudulent means.
- It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association to assist any student, or advertise, offer or attempt to assist any student, in obtaining or in attempting to obtain, by fraudulent means, any academic credit, grade or test score, or any diploma, certificate or other instrument purporting to confer any literary, scientific, professional, technical or other degree in any course of study in any university, college, academy or other educational institution. The activity prohibited by this subsection includes, but is not limited to, preparing or advertising, offering, or attempting to prepare a term paper, thesis, or dissertation for another; impersonating or advertising, offering or attempting to impersonate another in taking or attempting to take an examination; and the giving or changing of a grade or test score or offering to give or change a grade or test score in exchange for an article of value or money.
- Any person, firm, corporation or association violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. This section includes the acts of a teacher or other school official; however, the provisions of this section shall not apply to the acts of one student in assisting another student as herein defined if the former is duly registered in an educational institution in North Carolina and is subject to the disciplinary authority thereof. (1963, c. 781; 1969, c. 1224, s. 7; 1989, c. 144; 1993, c. 539, s. 63; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)
Policies and Procedures Concerning the Release of Student Information
- Purpose and scope of the statement:
- Purpose-This statement establishes updated guidelines for the University on the matter of confidentiality of student records. It has been developed in the light of legislation concerning access to and release of information maintained in student records in institutions of higher learning (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 [FERPA]). Any questions on these policies should be referred to the University Registrar.
- Scope-These policies encompass all student records maintained by the University. They apply to all students, current or former, at Appalachian State University.
- University policy regarding confidentiality of student information:
- In response to inquiries from the general public, such as prospective employers, credit investigators, etc., only the following directory information is released without the student’s permission:
“the student’s name; local and permanent telephone listing; permanent address; University post office box number; E-mail address; academic classification; enrollment status during a particular academic term (i.e., full-time or part-time); field(s) of study; dates of attendance; degrees, honors and awards received; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight, height, athletic statistics and photographic representations of members of athletic teams.” Students may choose to restrict disclosure of directory information by contacting the Registrar’s Office.
- Official transcripts are ordered online. Students may order a transcript through their Appalnet account or by visiting the Registrar’s office website and clicking on the Transcripts link. There is a fee charged for transcripts which varies depending on the format and handling options selected. Transcripts are available on paper or in electronic (PDF) format. Transcripts will not be released if the student is financially indebted to the University. Only official transcripts will be provided by the Registrar’s Office. Students may access their unofficial transcript through their Appalnet account.
- A student has the right to inspect the contents of her/his educational records with the exception of documents submitted to the University in confidence prior to January 1, 1975. Transcripts on file from other institutions are property of Appalachian and will not be returned to the student or sent elsewhere at her/his request.
- Parents and / or guardians do not have rights to access a student’s education records without written permission of the student. Permission is granted by the student via their AppalNet account. More information on granting parent access to a student’s educational records can be found at: registrar.appstate.edu/resources/ferpa/ferpa-parents.
- Under FERPA, Appalachian State University may disclose student information defined as directory information by the university without the student’s written consent. However, students may choose to restrict disclosure of directory information by contacting the Registrar’s Office.
- Disclosure of non-directory information from the student’s education record (e.g., student identification number, grade point average, etc.) requires written consent from the student. However, Appalachian State University may disclose this type of information from a student’s education records when a disclosure falls under certain exceptions as outlined in 99.31 of the federal regulations. For more information, visit registrar.appstate.edu/resources/ferpa-directory-information.
Students’ Education Records at The University of North Carolina System Office
Certain personally identifiable information about students (“education records”) may be maintained at The University of North Carolina System Office, which serves the Board of Governors of the University system. This student information may be the same as, or derivative of, information maintained by a constituent institution of the University; or it may be additional information. Whatever their origins, education records maintained at The University of North Carolina System Office are subject to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
FERPA provides that a student may inspect her or his education records. If the student finds the records to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights, the student may request amendment to the record. FERPA also provides that a student’s personally identifiable information may not be released to someone else unless (1) the student has given a proper consent for disclosure or (2) provisions of FERPA or federal regulations issued pursuant to FERPA permit the information to be released without the student’s consent.
A student may file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning failure of The University of North Carolina System Office or an institution to comply with FERPA.
The policies of The University of North Carolina System Office concerning FERPA may be inspected in the office at each constituent institution designated to maintain the FERPA policies of the institution. Policies of The UNC System Office may also be accessed in the Office of the Secretary of The University of North Carolina System Office.
Further details about FERPA and FERPA procedures are to be found at The UNC General Administration in the referenced policies. Questions about the policies may be directed to the Legal Affairs Division, The University of North Carolina, System Office, 910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Mailing address: P.O. Box 2688, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688; Tel: 919-962-1000).
Official transcripts are ordered online. Students may order a transcript through their Appalnet account or by visiting the Registrar’s office website and clicking on the Transcripts link. There is a fee charged for transcripts which varies depending on the format and handling options selected. Transcripts are available on paper or in electronic (PDF) format. Transcripts will not be released if the student is financially indebted to the University. Only official transcripts will be provided by the Registrar’s Office. Students may access their unofficial transcript through their Appalnet account.
Absences from Class and Class Attendance
General attendance policy
- It is the policy of Appalachian State University that class attendance is an important part of a student’s educational experience. Students are expected to attend every meeting of their classes and are responsible for class attendance. Regardless of what reasons there may be for absence, students are accountable for all academic activities, and faculty may require special work or tests to make up for the missed class or classes. In addition, faculty members are required to make reasonable accommodations for students requesting to miss class due to the observance of religious holidays.
Faculty, at their discretion, may include class attendance as a criterion in determining a student’s final grade in the course. On the first day of class, faculty must inform students of their class attendance policy and the effect of that policy on their final grade; both policies must be clearly stated in the class syllabus.
A student who fails to attend the first class meeting of a previously registered class and fails to notify the instructor before the end of the first day of class, may be dropped at the discretion of the instructor. Students may re-register for the course on a seats available basis up through the end of the drop/add period (fifth day of class in a fall or spring term or the second day of class in a summer term).
Although instructors may drop students for non-attendance, students should not assume that this will occur. Students, not faculty, are responsible for dropping courses, if that is their intent, to avoid a grade of W or F.
- A syllabus is to be prepared for each course and distributed at the first of the semester. The syllabus should include the following: an explanation of course goals and objectives, the name of the text and any other materials required of each student, the instructor’s office hours, an explanation of how the grade is to be determined, and an explanation of any additional reading, papers, projects and examinations which the instructor expects to give or assign.
- Syllabi for courses taught in the present and previous semester should be on file in the departmental offices and should be made available to students who request them. These syllabi would indicate the structure of courses as they are being or have been taught.
- If a student does not regularly attend an audited course, the instructor may request an administrative withdrawal grade to be assigned. The instructor should provide documentation to the Registrar’s Office with the recommendation.
- The Student Health Services does not write medical excuses for students who miss a class for illness or injury. However, faculty may call Health Services at (828) 262-3100 to verify the day and time the student was seen. The nature of the student’s illness or problem will not be divulged unless the student has signed the appropriate release of medical information.
- Classes prior to a university break or state holiday end with the student’s last meeting time for the day preceding the break or holiday.
Attendance policy relating to participation in University-sponsored activities
As an integral part of the academic program at Appalachian State University, the University sponsors and otherwise supports cocurricular programs, athletic programs, and other out-of-class activities such as field trips. Participation in such activities occasionally requires a student to miss one or more class meetings.
A student who expects to miss one or more class meetings because of participation in a University-sponsored activity has several responsibilities: the student (in person) will notify the instructor in advance of any absence; the student is expected to complete all work missed by making up the work in advance or by completing any compensatory assignment that may be required by the instructor; the student is expected to maintain satisfactory progress in the course; and the student (otherwise) is expected to maintain satisfactory attendance in the class if so required. In the event that a student anticipates that participation in a University-sponsored activity will require missing more than 10% of the class meetings, the student is required to discuss this matter with her or his instructor at the beginning of the semester and may be advised to drop the course.
If the above responsibilities are met, it is expected that the instructor will excuse the absence and permit the student to make up missed work in whatever manner the instructor deems appropriate.
When a student is out of town and unable to return to campus due to hospitalization, death in the family, or other extenuating circumstances, the student or the student’s parents may contact the Office of Student Affairs to request that professors be notified as to the reason for the absence. This notification is conveyed to the appropriate departmental office as a matter of information only and does not serve as an official excuse for class absence. Only individual faculty members make this determination, and documentation may be requested by the faculty members. The Office of Student Affairs does not provide this service when notification is received after the absence has occurred. Also, if a student is in town, that student is responsible for notifying the individual faculty members that she/he will be missing class.
Inclement Weather Policy
Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel or delay classes during severe weather conditions. In determining whether to do so, the Chancellor consults with the Provost, Vice Chancellors, and other appropriate personnel. Only the Governor of North Carolina has the authority to close the institution due to adverse weather conditions.
The Office of Public Affairs, or its designee, has the responsibility for publicizing the Chancellor’s decision to cancel or delay classes. Every effort will be made to reach such a decision by 6:30 a.m. of the affected day. The information will be disseminated via the ASU home page, AppalNET, campus e-mails, and local radio and regional TV stations able to report the university’s status in sufficient detail (e.g., the expectations for staff members or the time until which classes are being delayed). Also, a recorded telephone message announcing any change in normal operations is available at (828) 262-SNOW. Faculty members are reminded that media do not announce individual class cancellations.
“Classes are cancelled” means that no classes will be held on the day or night indicated, and such notices will state the expectations for staff employees. Announcements of class delays will specify the point during the day at which classes will resume meeting at their regularly scheduled times. “The University is closed” means that all classes and other activities are cancelled and that only essential personnel who can reach campus safely are expected to report.
Though it is impossible to describe precisely the conditions that may warrant interrupting normal operations, the people involved in making such determinations will consider both the University’s educational responsibilities and the physical welfare of all members of its community. The assessment of the situation will also take into account, as one factor, the status of the AppalCart bus system.
Because weather and road conditions often vary significantly within this area, the decision whether to travel must rest with the individual. When there has been no general cancellation of classes, individual faculty members who are unable to meet their classes but have access to e-mail should send students timely notice that they will not meet. Faculty members must also notify their department chairs by e-mail or telephone. The University encourages faculty members to make reasonable accommodation, including the opportunity to make up any missed assignments or examinations, for students who live at a distance from campus and have been absent from class because of dangerous weather or road conditions.
Registration and Schedule Changes
Academic Load and Classification
For an undergraduate student, a full-time load is defined as 12-18 hours per semester or 6-7 hours in a five week summer term. Anything above 18 hours in a Fall / Spring semester or 7 hours in a summer semester is considered an overload. Undergraduate students should take from 15-18 hours per semester in order to graduate in four years. A student wanting to take an overload should complete the Overload Request in their Appalnet account. Permission will be granted within the following parameters:
Fall / Spring:
To take 19 hours, cumulative GPA must be: 2.50
To take 20 hours, cumulative GPA must be: 3.00
For overloads exceeding 21 hours , students must contact their Dean’s Office (or the Director of Academic Advising for undeclared majors).
Summer (per term):
To take 8 hours, cumulative GPA must be 2.50
To take 9 hours, cumulative GPA must be 3.00
For overloads exceeding 9 hours, students must contact their Dean’s Office (or the Director of Academic Advising for undeclared majors).
A student’s classification is based on their earned hours. It does not affect continuance at Appalachian State University. Undergraduate students are classified based on their hours earned through the preceding academic term. Registered hours for an upcoming term are not included because those hours have not been earned. The following are the classifications used for degree-seeking students:
- 0-29 earned hours is a freshman
- 30-59 earned hours is a sophomore
- 60-89 earned hours is a junior
- 90 or more earned hours is a senior
Registration and Drop/Add
Students may add courses, drop courses, or change the section of a course through the published Drop-Add period without academic or financial penalty. The Drop-Add period is the first five days of a fall or spring semester or by the date specified within the published schedule of classes for summer semester. There is no refund or adjustment of charges if a course is dropped after the published Drop-Add period. Drops made after the Drop-Add period are included in the term and cumulative attempted hours but are not computed in the student’s grade point average. These courses will be posted on the student’s academic transcript. Failure to complete a course that has not been officially dropped will automatically result in a grade of “F”, which will be computed in the student’s grade point average.
An undergraduate student is allowed to drop a cumulative total of no more than four (4) courses after the published “Drop-Add” period. (The phrase “cumulative total” should be understood to mean a total of four drops over the student’s undergraduate career at Appalachian, excluding summer terms.) A student who wishes to drop a course after the published “Drop-Add” period must do so by no later than the ninth week of the fall/spring semester.
The maximum of four (4) courses is in compliance with UNC Policy and may not be exceeded. Career drops are noted on the transcript and are included in the attempted hours.
Dropping for Extenuating Circumstances
A course can also be dropped after the Drop-Add period for extenuating circumstances, including but not limited to military deployment. The “extenuating circumstances” must be compelling, documented, and approved by the appropriate campus office, appealable to the Dean of the course. There is no refund or adjustment of charges if a course is dropped for extenuating circumstances. The course is noted as a withdrawal for extenuating circumstances and is included in the attempted hours.
Eligible undergraduate students are able to access the registration system and register for classes based on their earned number of hours (institutional and transfer combined). Current students may view their registration access time each semester by viewing the “Check Your Registration Status” link in Appalnet or on the Registrar’s Office website. New students should visit the orientation website or contact the Orientation office for more information on registering for classes.
The Office of the Registrar also publishes the schedule of classes each semester prior to the early registration period beginning for the upcoming term.
Withdrawal from the University
A student is allowed to officially withdraw from the University (i.e., cease enrollment in all courses) during the first nine weeks of a fall or spring semester and as noted on the academic calendar for summer terms. In order to officially withdraw, the student should use the Withdraw from the University online form available on the Registrar’s Office website. Information upon submission is forwarded to the Registrar’s Office for withdrawal processing. A grade of “W” (Withdrawal) will be assigned to each course if the student withdraws during the first nine weeks of a fall or spring semester or as noted on the academic calendar for summer terms. The last day to withdraw from any semester/term is indicated on the official Academic Calendar published online.
Consistent with the University’s Withdrawal Policy, students may make a request to withdraw late from all courses during an academic semester/term after the Last Day to Withdraw deadline as noted on the official Academic Calendar, or request a Retroactive Withdrawal after the completion of an academic semester/term, for extenuating circumstances. All requests will be reviewed by a Committee. Supporting documentation will be required. There is no guarantee that the withdrawal request will be approved. As a result, it is recommended that students continue to attend class, if at all possible, until they are informed of the Committee’s decision but that decision to attend or not is the responsibility of the student.
- If the request for a late or retroactive withdrawal is approved, the student will receive a grade of “W” (Withdrawal) in each course for which she or he is enrolled.
- If the request for a late withdrawal is denied, the student will automatically be assigned grades of “WF” (Withdrawal/Failing) or “WU” (Withdrawal/Unsatisfactory) for each course in which she or he is enrolled in at the time of the withdrawal request. If the request for a retroactive withdrawal is denied, no adjustments will be made to the grades earned by the student for that semester.
- Regardless of the Committee’s decision, should a student wish to return to the university in a later semester/term, they are required to reapply and complete any requirements for readmission by the stated deadlines.
- For more information and guidelines, visit the Registrar’s Office website.
A student who ceases to attend all classes prior to the end of an academic semester/term, and does not officially withdraw from the semester/term, will receive a “Failing” grade (F or U) in each enrolled course.
Please Note: All courses withdrawn, including those withdrawn for extenuating circumstances, after the initial add/drop period as noted on the academic calendar will count in attempted hours.
Courses and Credit
Courses of Instruction
Semester System / Course Credits
Appalachian State University operates on the semester system with the year divided into two semesters (Fall and Spring), and a summer session, which is divided into two terms of varying lengths. The unit of measurement of University work is the credit hour, also referred to as a semester hour.
Courses are listed in numerical order within each academic discipline. University policy stipulates the following general classifications for course numbering: Courses numbered 0001-0999 are remedial; 1000-1999 are normally for freshmen; 2000-2999 are normally for sophomores; 3000-3999 are normally for juniors; 4000-4999 are normally for seniors; and those numbered 5000 and above are only for graduate students. NOTE: With the exception of graduate classes, the numbering system does not preclude the possibility of students taking courses above or below the level of their classification, provided that they meet course prerequisites and/or any special requirements of the degree-granting college/school.
The figure in parentheses after the course title tells the credit in semester hours; for example, the figure (3) means three semester hours. Semesters of the year when a course is offered are denoted in the bulletin below the course title.
Demonstrated Readiness for College-level Math Prerequisite
Students can demonstrate readiness for college level math by having any of the following: Credit for any math or statistics course, passing score on the Math Placement test, ACT Math score of 22 or above, or SAT Math Score of 550 or above.
Appalachian operates on the semester system with the year divided into two semesters and a summer session, which is divided into terms of varying lengths. The unit of credit is the semester hour, and the number of semester hours credit for each course offered by the University is given in the sections of this Undergraduate Bulletin where courses of instruction are listed.
Courses numbered less than 1000 (excluding applied music courses, major-principal, MUS 0001-0025) are taken for “institutional credit” only. These courses DO NOT count for graduation, but are computed in the student’s GPA. The hours count toward full-time student eligibility, but do not count as hours earned for graduation. Institutional credit courses will not be used in determining eligibility for honors.
Certain courses are cross-listed with multiple departments using the same course number and covering the same content (e.g. C I 2010/ITC 2010). Students enroll for the course through their major department in order to fulfill specific discipline requirements for their program. Cross-listed courses are noted in the course descriptions as follows: (Same as C I 2010.) or (Same as ITC 2010.)
Selected courses are noted as being dual-listed. Each undergraduate dual-listed course has a concurrent graduate equivalent and students in the two courses meet in one classroom. Graduate students who are enrolled in a dual-listed course are expected to complete extra assignments above and beyond those that are assigned to the undergraduates in the class. The syllabus for a dual-listed course will clearly state the learning outcomes for both constituencies, as well as identifying any differences in the assessments. Undergraduate participation in these courses is restricted to seniors. Juniors may petition the department for permission to enroll in these courses. Dual-listed courses are noted in the course descriptions as follows: “[Dual-listed with XXX 5xxx.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing; juniors may enroll with permission of the department.”
In fulfilling its obligation as a regional university, Appalachian State University provides an opportunity for persons seeking a degree to pursue the degree in field-based programs established by special arrangement. Designed primarily for other than full-time students, the field-based degree program provides the opportunity for such persons to extend or update their academic credentials. For details regarding these degree programs, contact the Office of Extension and Distance Education at (828) 262-3113.
Independent study is the term applied to the study of a subject not listed in the regular curricular offerings. Under the independent study program, a student designs a project and then individually pursues the study under the auspices of an instructional staff member who serves as a consultant for the student during the course of the study. The student must be either degree seeking, working toward teacher licensure or have special permission from the dean. In all cases, permission from the departmental chair (in which the course is offered) will need to be secured. The vehicles for this are course numbers 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500, 6500 and 7500 depending on the level of the student. For information on independent study, students should consult the chair of the department in which the independent study is to be done.
Individual study is the pursuit of a regularly listed course by a student without attending classes on a regular basis. The student must be either degree seeking, working toward teacher licensure or have special permission from the dean. In all cases, permission from the departmental chair (in which the course is offered) will need to be secured. If the departmental chair approves, then she or he will suggest one or more faculty members in the department who might supervise the student in the course. If the faculty member agrees to supervise the student, the student and faculty member will work out the method of study. The grade for the course will be submitted to the Registrar in the regular way at the end of the semester in which the project is completed.
Instructional Assistance Program
The instructional assistance program is designed for students interested in participating, for academic credit, in supervised experiences in the instructional process on the University level through direct participation in classroom situations. Students with junior or senior standing are eligible to participate in this program. An undergraduate student may include a maximum of 3 semester hours credit under the Instructional Assistance Program toward meeting graduation requirements. For further information, the student should contact the chair of the department in which she/he wishes to engage in instructional assistance.
The following University policy applies to internships, practica, field experiences, clinicals, and student teaching and the term internships will be used to encompass all such experiences.
By offering realistic on-the-job experiences and personal contacts with employers, internships provide students with opportunities to learn outside of the regular classroom and to formulate career plans based on their experiences.
The following administrative standards govern internships, practica, field experiences, clinicals, and student teaching for credit at Appalachian State:
Students pursuing an official Appalachian State University program of study that leads to a degree, certificate, or licensure are considered eligible to enroll for internship credit.
Academic credit will be based upon a minimum of 40 field placement hours per semester hour credit. Departments and programs may have additional academic requirements, including additional hours.
Internship courses are graded on an S/U basis. In the event an internship is embedded within a course, the experience will be graded as indicated in the course syllabus.
Internship experience and enrollment must be concurrent. Internship credit will not be granted retroactively.
Students must contact the appropriate program, department, college advisor, or designated representative for instructions on approval and registration procedures. All standards listed below are minimum standards; academic departments and programs may have higher and/or additional requirements. The program, academic department, or college dean’s office will make the final determination whether
- the student’s proposed internship experience is appropriate for the program requirements;
- the person serving as the student’s supervisor at the internship site is fully qualified to supervise the intern;
- the student’s internship is approved and registration is finalized in advance;
- the student’s proposed internship adheres to all University, state, and federal regulations and guidelines,
- the student has a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.0;
- the student meets the class standing requirement, Junior or Senior status or other as determined by department, and meets all requirements of their academic department and/or program
Appalachian State University requires professional liability insurance coverage for all students enrolled in internship or practicum courses, including student teaching. When a student registers for an internship, a fee is applied to the student’s account to purchase professional liability insurance coverage.
The Office of International Education & Development (OIED) is responsible for reviewing and certifying/not certifying all international internships. Students seeking internships outside the United States/United States Territories must submit an application to OIED no fewer than fifteen (15) business days prior to intended departure or fifteen (15) days prior to Add/Drop whichever dat occurs first in order to allow time for review and processing of pre-departure paperwork.
The Appalachian State University Internship Contract, available within the Internship Inventory, will be signed outlining the responsibilities of the University, of the student, and of the internship host. Students should see their Internship Coordinator within their academic department/program to start the process of internship approval.
Credit by Examination
Not all courses are amenable to credit by examination, but many are. Students who wish to challenge a regularly listed course should consult with the appropriate department chair. If arrangements can be made with the department chair, a fee is charged for each examination and a receipt from the Student Accounts Office must be shown to the department chair before final approval can be given. If the examination is passed, credit without grade will be noted on the student’s transcript. The department chair will notify the dean’s office of the course who will then notify the Registrar’s Office, in writing, to enter the credit on the permanent record. The dean’s office will also notify the cashier, in writing, to reimburse the faculty member who administered the examination. If the examination is not passed, no notation is made on the transcript. In the case of freshmen who take placement examinations during the freshman orientation period, the fee is waived.
Anyone seeking credit by examination must be either degree seeking or taking courses for teacher licensure. Students cannot complete a Credit by Examination for any currently enrolled course, nor can a Credit by Examination be used to repeat a course. Credit by Examination cannot be used to meet the University’s residency requirements for graduation.
Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge A/AS Level Exams
Appalachian State University grants “external credit by exam” in conjunction with the AP, IB, CLEP, and the Cambridge A/AS Level Exams. Students are encouraged to submit their scores for evaluation to determine if placement into advanced courses or college credit can be awarded. Scores can be obtained at:
Students may also qualify for advanced placement and course credit by taking departmental tests in the relevant discipline. Based upon these test results, the amount and nature of the credit granted is determined by the department of instruction. Each credit policy can be viewed at https://testing.appstate.edu/credit-by-exam-ap-ib-clep-as-a.
Credit for Life Experience
Persons interested should see the Coordinator of Credit for Life Experience in the University College Academic Advising Office. In exceptional cases, credit can be awarded for prior non-college-based learning if the credit sought is related to the student’s degree program (i.e. general education, major or licensure requirements). Assessment of prior learning can commence only after a student has been admitted to the University and has declared a major.
Note: Anyone seeking credit for life experience must be either a candidate for an undergraduate degree at Appalachian or taking courses for teacher licensure. Credit for life experience cannot be used to repeat a course or for internship credit, nor can it be used to meet the University’s residency requirements for graduation.
Credit for Military Service
Appalachian accepts and will review military service for credit. Upon credit review by the Office of Transfer Services and the department chair, any applicable credit will be added to the student’s record. For more information, visit transfer.appstate.edu.
Evaluation of Out-of-State Associate’s Degrees
A student who has earned an associate’s degree from another state may request that the Office of Transfer Services initiate a review of her or his coursework to determine if the student should be granted credit for completion of Appalachian’s General Education Program. A committee of three people (Director of the Office of Transfer Services, Director of General Education, and Assistant Director of General Education) will evaluate the coursework. For more information, visit ots.appstate.edu
General Education Completion at University of North Carolina System Institutions
A transfer student who provides sufficient evidence to demonstrate that she or he has completed the general education requirements at another of the 16 campuses in the University of North Carolina system will be considered to have fulfilled the lower-division general education requirements at Appalachian. To be eligible for inclusion in this policy, a student must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of transfer and a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in all courses used to complete general education requirements at the transferring institution.
The Chancellor’s list was created to provide higher recognition to those full-time students who receive a grade-point average of 3.85 or higher in any semester.
An undergraduate student who carries 12 semester hours or more of coursework on which grade points are computed and who attains a grade-point average of 3.85 or better is placed on the chancellor’s list of honor students for that semester. Only those courses earning credit toward graduation will be used in determining eligibility for honors.
An undergraduate student who carries 12-14 semester hours of coursework on which grade points are computed and who attains a grade-point average of 3.45 or better is placed on the dean’s list of honor students for that semester.
An undergraduate student who carries 15 semester hours or more of coursework on which grade points are computed and who attains a grade-point average of 3.25 or better is placed on the dean’s list of honor students for that semester. Only those courses earning credit toward graduation will be used in determining eligibility for honors.
Graduation with Degree Honors
To be eligible for graduation with Latin Honors, degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete, in residence at Appalachian, a minimum of 48 semester hours. (Note: Credit for which a grade is not awarded will not be used in the determination of honors-e.g., APP, CLEP, credit by examination, credit for military service, credit for prior learning, etc.) Students who return to Appalachian State University under Academic Forgiveness are not eligible for Latin Honors. A minimum grade-point average of 3.45 is required for graduating cum laude; a minimum grade point average of 3.65 is required for graduating magna cum laude; and a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 is required for graduating summa cum laude. The GPA used to recognize candidates for Latin honors (during the Commencement ceremony) is the cumulative GPA earned through the immediately preceding (not the current) semester.
Graduation with Honors for Undergraduate Students Seeking Second Degree
In determining qualification for graduation with honors for Appalachian State University students seeking two degrees or a second degree, all work taken at Appalachian must be considered in the calculation of their grade-point average (GPA).
Students who have completed one degree at another institution and are seeking a second degree at Appalachian must complete, in residence at Appalachian, a minimum of 48 semester hours to be eligible to graduate with honors from Appalachian State University.
To encourage scholarship, the University officially recognizes students who distinguish themselves in academic pursuits. Honors day is observed for all students qualifying for scholastic honors, and each honor student is awarded a certificate.
The Gamma Beta Phi Society is a national honor and service organization for students who have earned at least 14 semester hours with a cumulative 3.25 grade-point average.
Alpha Chi, a national scholastic fraternity, is open to not more than the top ten percent of the junior and senior classes who have a grade-point average of not less than 3.50. Phi Kappa Phi, a national scholastic fraternity, honors outstanding scholarship among graduating seniors in each of the colleges who have attained at least a 3.70 grade point average. Occasionally, Phi Kappa Phi taps several outstanding junior scholars for membership.
Only those courses earning credit toward graduation will be used in determining eligibility for honors.
A student who shows exceptional initiative, scholarship, and excellence in student teaching may be designated and recognized as an honor teacher. The honor will be entered on the student’s official record.
University Degree Requirements
Students should refer to the requirements of their respective college/school for information about their programs of study and confer with their advisors whenever problems arise.
Students should pursue required courses in the suggested sequence. Failure to do so may lead to scheduling difficulties and students may find that the subjects for which they wish to enroll are either not available or closed to students with advanced standing.
A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 must be earned in major courses taken at Appalachian. In addition, a minimum 2.0 overall cumulative GPA and a minimum of at least 120 credit hours must be earned in order to graduate from Appalachian.
- Except for physical education majors, no more than six hours in physical education activity courses(limited to courses numbered PE 1700-1877) may be included within the number of hours required for graduation.
- A candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree may count no more than a total of 46 semester hours above general education requirements in any one discipline.
- Application of credit toward program of study requirements may require approval when credit was earned more than 10 years prior to the term of student’s entry or re-entry to the university. This includes Appalachian and transfer credit.
- All baccalaureate degrees granted by Appalachian require the completion of a minimum of 50 semester hours at a senior college or university. (Note that credit awarded for credit by exam, military service, or “Life Experience” does not count as part of the required 50 hours.)
- Transfer of Coursework from Another Collegiate Institution: Once an undergraduate student has enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Appalachian, she or he should NOT enroll as a visiting student at another collegiate institution unless prior approval has been received from Appalachian. A student who wishes to attend another collegiate institution should refer to the Visiting Coursework page of the Office of Transfer Services website at www.transferservices.appstate.edu/current-students/visiting-coursework. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in the coursework being deemed unacceptable for transfer to Appalachian.
- Senior Enrollment in Graduate Level Courses: Students enrolled as undergraduates at Appalachian State University may request permission from both the department and the Graduate School to take graduate courses if they will be seniors in the semester of enrollment and have at least a 3.0 GPA.
- Students may count up to 12 semester hours taken under this classification toward a later graduate degree program, provided that the 7 year time limit for graduate courses is not exceeded; that the course credits are not used to meet the requirements of the undergraduate degree*; and that the graduate program approves their inclusion on the graduate program of study.
- The Graduate School offers a program entitled, “Accelerated Admission from Baccalaureate to Master’s.” This is an accelerated program for which a graduate program director can nominate a rising senior (i.e., a student in the second semester of the junior year) or current senior to take graduate coursework during the student’s senior year that can fulfill both undergraduate and graduate course requirements. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for more information on this program.
- Concurrent second degrees or majors: Concurrent second degrees or majors: If a student wishes to earn two (or more) undergraduate degrees or majors at Appalachian concurrently, she or he must complete all program of study requirements stipulated for the respective degrees or majors. The University will award a diploma for each degree earned. Both majors and degrees are noted on the transcript. Returning after ASU graduation for second degrees or majors: If a student has received a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian, a second (or subsequent) bachelor’s degree or major can be earned by completing all program of study requirements stipulated for the second (or subsequent) degree or major. The University will award a diploma for each degree earned. Both degrees are noted on the transcript.
- An undergraduate student may include a maximum of three (3) semester hours credit under the Instructional Assistance Program toward meeting graduation requirements.
- Transfer of Credit: Coursework with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) (grades of “C-” and below will not transfer) from a regionally accredited institution that is comparable to the course offerings at Appalachian State University is acceptable as transfer credit. ASU accepts credit under the guidelines of the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. See “Transfer Credit Policy” at www.transferservices.appstate.edu.
With some exceptions, coursework is defined as “in residence” when registration is through the University. The physical location at which the course is delivered, whether in Boone or through a field-based program, does not affect this definition. The following types of courses, however, are not considered “in residence”: transfer credit, credit by examination, credit for life experience, credit for military experience, credit while enrolled in a non-degree status, and “institutional” credit.
To graduate from Appalachian, an undergraduate student must complete the following in residence:
a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours in the major and (if applicable) nine (9) semester hours in the minor; and,
at least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree.
Individual academic programs may specify particular courses that must be taken in residence. A student who intends to transfer coursework from other collegiate institutions should consult the program of study for her or his intended degree program.
Walker College of Business majors must complete in residence at least fifty percent of the business coursework required for the BSBA degree.
Questions about residence requirements should be directed to the dean of the college/school under which the degree program is offered.
Change or Addition of Major/Minor
Declaration of Major
Students who have not previously declared a major, have met major declaration eligibility requirements, and specific program admissions requirements may officially declare their first major at Appalachian within the student portal, Appalnet, under the Student Records tab.
Students who want or need to change or add a major, after initially declaring a major, should review the information available in their currently declared college. Students must be in Good Academic Standing. For more information, visit advising.appstate.edu/current-students/declare-your-major.
Declaration of Minor
Students whose major requires a minor should declare both the major and minor as outlined in the Declaration of Major section. To add or change a minor, students should contact their current advising or dean’s office.
Graduation and Commencement
Degrees are conferred and diplomas are mailed at the close of each academic term (fall, spring, summer). Formal graduation ceremonies, however, are held only at the close of fall and spring terms.
Candidates for the baccalaureate degree must submit an application for graduation through the student portal, Appalnet, at the beginning of the term prior to the one in which graduation requirements will be completed. At the beginning of each term, the Registrar’s Office will notify all seniors ostensibly eligible to apply to graduate (i.e., those currently enrolled for a sufficient number of hours to meet the University requirement) of the required procedure and deadline date. Exceptions to the deadline date will be made ONLY by the degree-granting Dean’s Office.
University Commencement is a ceremony celebrating the completion of a students’ degree requirements. Participation (walking) in the Commencement ceremony is not synonymous with graduating. While the ceremony is an important representation of the conclusion of a student’s academic career, the actual process of clearing a student to graduate and conferral of the degree occurs separately. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony and have their names printed in the Commencement program if and when they have officially applied to graduate.
- Spring Commencement includes:
Undergraduate students who have applied for graduation and will complete their requirements in either May or August
- Fall Commencement includes:
Undergraduate students who have applied for graduation and will complete their requirements in December.
Grades and Grading, Academic Progress
End of Term Assignments, Exams, and Grade Submission
Additional Assignments During Last Week of Classes
Instructors are requested to not make additional graded assignments, including tests, projects, or papers, not included on the syllabus within a seven calendar day period before Reading Day. Laboratory assignments do not fall into this category.
Major Tests and Assignments Prior to Exams
It is strongly recommended that only tests and major assignments included on the syllabus be required during the five class days prior to the final exam period. This recommendation, however, does not include “make-up” tests.
Course Final Examinations
All scheduled final examination periods will be met at the assigned time. A final examination period is provided at the end of each semester. After the final examination schedule has been published for a given semester, an instructor may not change the date or time of a final examination without permission of the departmental chair and dean. A class that does not follow the standard meeting patterns as established by the university must arrange for a final examination during the final examination period at an hour convenient to members of the class and the instructor, and with the approval of the departmental chair. Instructors determine how they will use the assigned period, but all scheduled final examination periods will be met at the assigned time. A student may take a final examination outside of the scheduled time only by permission of the instructor of the course. Permission is granted only in case of emergency.
A student who is absent from a final examination because of an emergency takes the make-up examination at the convenience of the instructor.
Final semester grades are reported to the Registrar’s Office no later than 1:00 P.M. on the day following the Faculty Grading period. At the end of each semester, the student’s grades are available via AppalNET. (Note, however, that North Carolina law prohibits the release of grades, transcripts or diplomas to students with unpaid accounts.)
Grades and Grade-Point Average
The grade-point average (GPA) is a general measure of the student’s academic achievement. The GPA is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of GPA hours attempted (“quality points” and “quality hours” are derived from courses graded A-F or WF). The GPA is computed only on the basis of coursework taken at Appalachian. Undergraduate grades and grade points are given as follows:
||4.0 grade points per semester hour
||3.7 grade points per semester hour
||3.3 grade points per semester hour
||3.0 grade points per semester hour
||2.7 grade points per semester hour
||2.3 grade points per semester hour
||2.0 grade points per semester hour
||1.7 grade points per semester hour
||Below Average, but passing
||1.3 grade points per semester hour
||Below Average, but passing
||1.0 grade point per semester hour
||Below Average, but passing
||0.7 grade point per semester hour
||0.0 grade points
||Audit, no credit
||Credit awarded for non-residential activity - not calculated in GPA
||Incomplete, assigned only because of sickness or some other unavoidable cause.
||In Progress - assigned to a course that encompasses more than one academic term
||No Credit Awarded
||Non-graded laboratory course
||Grade Not Reported (hours not counted in computing GPA)
||Pass - course taken on a Pass-Fail basis not calculated in the GPA (used only for courses taken on Pass-Fail basis)
||Satisfactory - passing grade assigned to designated courses (e.g., thesis, internship, practicum), not calculated in the GPA (The grade of “S” is used to indicate satisfactory performance in student teaching, screening proficiencies, and specially designated courses in the curriculum.)
||Credit awarded for Study Abroad activities
||Satisfactory Progress - graduate specific grade given for thesis hours until final approval by the Dean of the Graduate School
||Unsatisfactory - failing grade assigned to designated courses (e.g., thesis, internship, practicum), not calculated in the GPA (The grade of “U” is used to indicate unsatisfactory performance in student teaching, screening proficiencies, and specially designated courses in the curriculum)
||Unsatisfactory Progress - graduate specific grade given for thesis hours; students assigned a grade of UP must seek permission to continue to enroll in thesis hours
||Withdrawal from the University, no academic penalty
||Withdrawn Course - withdrawal from individual course, no academic penalty
||Withdrawal Failing - student withdrew from the University during the period of academic penalty, was failing the course at the time of withdrawal, grade calculated in GPA (course dropped with failing grades more than nine weeks after registration closes)
||Withdrawal Passing - student withdrew from the University during a period of academic penalty, was passing the course at the time of withdrawal, grade not calculated in GPA
||Withdrawal Unsatisfactory - student withdrew from the University during a period of academic penalty, was failing the course at the time of withdrawal, grade not calculated in GPA
Incomplete grades are assigned only because of sickness or some other unavoidable cause. An “I” becomes an “F” or “U” if not removed within the time designated by the instructor, not to exceed one semester, except that all incompletes must be removed at the time of graduation. An Incomplete is not given merely because assignments were not completed during the semester, nor is an incomplete given if the student never attended the class.
Students are not permitted to attend a class in a future semester in which they earned a grade of “I” in order to complete the incomplete without prior approval by the Dean’s Office of the college teaching the course. In addition, students do not re-register or audit a class in which a grade of “I” was earned in order to complete the incomplete. If a student receives a grade of “I” in a class and then re-registers for or audits the class (either with the same or a different professor), the grade of “I” in the first class will default to “F” or “U”.
The first four courses a student repeats will fall under the grade forgiveness policy. The grade earned in the initial attempt will be excluded from computation in the student’s GPA automatically. All grades shall remain on the academic transcript and will count in attempted hours. Students wishing to exempt a course from this automatic grade forgiveness must complete a Grade Forgiveness Exception Form and receive approval from their dean’s office. This form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than the last day of the Drop-Add period for the semester during which the course is being repeated. The maximum of four courses is in compliance with UNC Policy and may not be exceeded.
- Grade forgiveness will not be applied if the course content has changed substantially or if the number of credit hours has been reduced.
- Only courses repeated at Appalachian State University are eligible for grade forgiveness.
Repeating a Course
Unless otherwise noted in the course description, credit hours earned in a particular course will not be awarded more than one time; i.e., if a course in which credit hours have been earned is repeated with a passing grade, additional credit hours will not be awarded. If, however, a course in which credit hours have been previously earned is repeated and the student earns a grade of “F”, “U”, or “WF” in the subsequent taking of the course, the hours earned initially will be subtracted from the student’s total. In either of these cases, the most recent grade earned becomes the official grade for the course.
- Courses that match in number and title may not be repeated for duplicate credit unless the department chair of the course notifies the Registrar’s Office that the course content has changed substantially.
- Students who have earned credit for any course taken at Appalachian State University may not then transfer credit to Appalachian State University for the same course taken at another institution at a later date.
Pass-Fail Grading Option
Any undergraduate student who is: 1) full-time (registered for 12 or more semester hours); 2) has attained at least sophomore standing (earned at least 30 semester hours); and 3) is in “good academic standing” (see “Academic Standing-Probation and Suspension Policy” in this publication), may elect to take one course each semester under the pass-fail grading system, not to exceed a maximum of six (6) pass-fail courses while enrolled at the University. Any undergraduate course may be chosen under this option, except those courses used to comprise the total hour requirements of the student’s major, minor, general education, and foreign language requirements. In essence, the pass-fail grading system is intended only for “free elective” credit. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that she/he does not violate this limitation. Graduate students may not elect the pass-fail option. If a course taken under the A-B-C-D-F grading system is repeated, it must be repeated under the A-B-C-D-F system.
A student who elects the pass-fail option will be allowed to drop the option through the first nine weeks of a fall or spring term, and thus receive the letter grade (A-F) earned at the end of the term. However, once the pass-fail option is elected for a given course, a change to another course may not be made. Because of the length of the summer terms, there are no provisions for removing the pass-fail option after it has been selected for a course.
A grade of “P” means that the student’s grade was equal to a “D” or above on a conventional grading scale. The hours earned will count toward graduation but the grade will not be computed in his/her grade-point average. A grade of “F” means that the student failed the course. No credit is earned, but the grade of “F” is computed in the student’s grade-point average as an “F”.
Students should also be aware of the disadvantages which could result from using the pass-fail option (e.g., many graduate schools will not accept transcripts containing a “P” notation.)
In order to choose the pass-fail option in a course, the student must obtain a special pass-fail form from the Registrar’s Office. It must be completed and turned in to the Registrar’s Office prior to the close of the period during which a course may be added.
Auditing a Course
Students enrolled at the University or students admitted with satisfactory records of experience and education may enroll for specific courses as auditors. Students who audit courses must register in the Registrar’s Office, pay regular fees, be regular in attendance, but will not receive grades or credit. A “Request to Audit” form, available on the Registrar’s Office website, must be completed by the student, approved by the faculty member teaching the class, and submitted to the Registrar’s Office by no later than the end of the “Drop-Add Period” indicated in the published Schedule of Classes. If a student does not regularly attend an audited course, the instructor may request an administrative drop. The instructor should provide documentation to the Registrar’s Office with the recommendation.
Academic Standing (Probation and Suspension Policy)
To continue in good academic standing at Appalachian, or to return to good standing after being on probation, all undergraduate students must maintain, as a minimum, a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Failure to earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2 .0 will automatically place the student on academic probation. Any undergraduate, degree-seeking full-time student enrolled in their first semester (fall or spring) at Appalachian who receives a 0.0 GPA will be academically suspended. In addition, any student who begins in the summer and then makes a 0.0 GPA in their next immediate semester (fall or spring) at Appalachian will be academically suspended.
Academic Standing is calculated at the end of each semester, including Summer Sessions. Please note that the cumulative grade point average earned through Appalachian is computed ONLY on the basis of coursework taken at Appalachian. Grades earned on coursework taken through other institutions are not calculated into and do not affect the grade point average at Appalachian. Grades earned at other institutions are not generally used to determine academic standing at Appalachian, though previous grades are considered in decisions for admission and readmission to the university and to some academic programs. In addition, students who do not maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) by achieving a satisfactory ratio (67%) of earned semester hours to attempted semester hours will receive a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) warning notification, but are eligible for continued enrollment. For more information on the SAP regulations, visit financialaid.appstate.edu/apply/satisfactory-academic-progress.
Students who do not maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average and are placed on academic probation will be allowed to continue within the limits prescribed below:
- An undergraduate, whether admitted as a first-year, a transfer , or a special (non-degree seeking) student, will be allowed to enroll for a maximum of two (2) semesters (fall or spring) while carrying a cumulative grade point average below 2.0. The two allowed semesters of probation are cumulative and do not necessarily have to be consecutive terms. Summer terms do not count as terms of academic probation. (See exception for first semester students earning a 0.0 GPA below.)
- The Dean of the student’s college or school, or the Director of University College Advising, may choose to attach specific requirements while the student is enrolled on academic probation. These requirements may include, but are not limited to, special advising sessions, a limitation on the number of credit hours taken, a requirement that certain courses be repeated, and/or enrollment in developmental courses, etc.
Any student who uses the two semesters of academic probation mentioned above, but fails to earn a cumulative grade-point average sufficient for good academic standing (2.0 or higher), will be academically suspended. At that point, the student’s only recourse to remain at Appalachian is to enroll during the University’s summer terms until such time that the cumulative grade point average reaches 2.0 or higher, or to use one of the forgiveness policies, which are described in the academic regulations section of this catalog. Since grades earned and hours attempted during the summer are calculated in the student’s’ academic status, it should be restated that the grades earned and hours attempted during the summer may not only return the student to good academic standing, but may also place or continue the student on academic probation. A summer term does not, however, count as one of the two semesters allowed while on academic probation. Undergraduate students in academic difficulty–whether on probation or suspension–may attend Appalachian during the summer. Students considering returning under one of the university’s forgiveness policies should understand that attending a summer session does impact the waiting period required to be away from Appalachian as outlined in the Forgiveness Policies section of the bulletin. Students on probation or suspension should contact their dean’s office or their college’s academic advising office to determine their best options.
The exception to the minimum GPA policy in #1 above applies to certain students in their first semester at Appalachian. Any undergraduate, degree seeking, full-time student enrolled in their first semester (fall or spring) at Appalachian State University who earns a 0.0 GPA (including “I” incomplete grades) for that semester will be academically suspended. In addition, any student who begins in the summer and then makes a 0.0 GPA in their next immediate semester (fall or spring) at Appalachian will be academically suspended. (Full-time students are defined for these purposes as students who are registered for 12 or more hours at the end of drop/add.) These students may then choose to return under one of the forgiveness policies described below or return in a summer term to attempt to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher. Students placed on this type of suspension will automatically lose the two terms of probation described above; any additional term where the cumulative GPA falls below the minimum 2.0 will result in academic suspension. Students on this type of suspension should contact their dean’s office or college’s academic advising office to determine their best options.
A student may appeal suspension due to earning a 0.0 GPA in their first semester at Appalachian by submitting the appeal form and all supporting documentation to the Registrar’s Office by the stated deadline. Prior to each term, an appeal deadline will be set and will be included in the letter of suspension sent to affected students via their ASU email. The University Registrar will convene an appeals board. The Board’s decision will be based on (1) the student’s letter of appeal, which must include an examination of the reason(s) for poor academic performance, (2) documentation of extenuating circumstances, and (3) a plan for improving academic performance. Student conduct records will be reviewed by the Board in making their decision, which is final.
The University has academic “Forgiveness Policies” (described in the academic regulations section of this catalog), which allow academically suspended undergraduate students to apply for readmission after being academically suspended. Understand, however, that these policies have both minimum waiting periods and academic stipulations that must be met before the student is allowed to re-enroll in an academic term other than the summer.
Any student formerly enrolled as an undergraduate student at Appalachian may choose to re-enter the University under one of two forgiveness policies. Either of these policies permit a student to retain all earned credit while resetting his/her institutional cumulative grade-point average to 0.00 for academic standing and graduation purposes. Students wishing to return to Appalachian under forgiveness must apply for readmission, select the desired forgiveness policy, and send official college transcripts from all accredited institutions attended after leaving Appalachian.
Students returning under either forgiveness policy are considered for financial aid eligibility upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students not making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) towards the completion of a degree also need to complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form to be considered for financial aid eligibility. More information on SAP and the appeal form can be found at financialaid.appstate.edu.
For forgiveness policies, transferable credit is defined as: 1) completed coursework, 2) coursework that can be used for graduation purposes at Appalachian, AND 3) coursework that does not repeat an Appalachian course for which credit has been earned.
One Year Forgiveness Policy
Any former Appalachian student that has not attempted any courses at Appalachian for a minimum of one (1) calendar year (including summer terms) and has earned at least thirty (30) new semester hours of transferable credit from other collegiate institutions since last attending Appalachian may apply for readmission under the One Year Forgiveness Policy. Eligibility for readmission under the One Year Forgiveness Policy is determined by averaging all grades earned in transferable coursework at another accredited institution with all grades earned previously at Appalachian State. This combined average, as determined by Appalachian State, must be at least a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Two Year Forgiveness Policy
Any former Appalachian student that has not attempted any courses at Appalachian for a minimum of two (2) calendar years (including summer terms) may apply for readmission under the Two Year Forgiveness Policy. Eligibility for readmission under the Two Year Forgiveness Policy is determined by averaging all grades earned in transferable coursework since leaving Appalachian State. This combined average, as determined by Appalachian State, must be at least a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Students returning under forgiveness should consider the following:
- All courses taken prior to using a forgiveness policy will still be visible on the student’s Appalachian transcript with the original grade and a notation that they are excluded from grade point average computation.
- Students that have been granted forgiveness are not eligible to graduate with Latin honors.
- Students may only be granted forgiveness upon re-entry and may only be granted forgiveness ONCE during his/her academic career.
- Forgiveness does not override specific grade requirements for specific courses, individual colleges/schools, or departments/programs.
- After forgiveness has been granted, students must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours in residence at Appalachian in addition to all other graduation requirements to be eligible for graduation.
- Students returning under a forgiveness policy will retain all attempted hour counts. All attempted hours from attendance at Appalachian State and all transfer hours continue to count toward financial aid eligibility.
- Forgiveness does not affect the number of repeat grade counts available. Students are limited to four grade repeats during their academic career.
- Forgiveness does not affect the number of career drop counts available. Students are limited to four drop counts during their academic career.
- The process of resetting the grade point average to 0.00 is completed within the first two (2) weeks of classes in the student’s re-entry term.
COVID-19 Enhanced Pass-Fail Grading System Spring 2020
Because the COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic forced the suspension of face-to-face course offerings midway through the Spring 2020 semester, resulting in all university courses being moved online, Appalachian State has adopted an Enhanced Pass-Fail Alternate Grading system as an opt-in choice for all undergraduates for the Spring 2020 semester only. This policy was approved by the Deans Council and the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee. A similar policy has been developed for graduate classes.
- Neither Dean’s nor Chancellor’s list will be awarded for this semester.
- No students will be placed on Academic Probation this semester, nor will any student move from Academic Probation to Continued Probation, nor from Continued Probation to Academic Suspension.
- The normal restrictions on the requirements that can be fulfilled by Pass-Fail classes are waived for this semester.
- A note will be added to all academic transcripts indicating the major disruption this pandemic has caused to the academic experience.
Alternate Grading System
- If a student chooses to adopt the alternate grading format for a course, their grade in that course will not be used in GPA computations. Furthermore the grade will be recorded by adding a “P_” before the grade assigned for passing grades and by changing an F to NC. Thus the possible grades in the alternate system are P A, P A-, P B+, P B, P B-, P C+, P C, P C-, P D+, P D, P D-, and NC and these will be the grades that will appear in Banner, including in Banner Self Service. All official transcripts from Appalachian State only show the first two characters of the grade so will either show P or NC. A grade of NC does not earn course credit, does count as attempted credit hours, but is not used in GPA computations.
- The letter grade part of the grade will still be used in determining major, minor, certificate, and prerequisite requirements if there is a grade requirement.
- If a student is taking a course seeking grade forgiveness this semester, a P cannot replace a letter grade. They must stay with the letter grade option. However, they will be allowed to use grade forgiveness again for this course at a future time if desired.