Catalog of Abilene Christian University, 2005-2006 Page: 19
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Academic Information 19
Withdrawal from a Course
If it becomes necessary to withdraw from a course, the student
should visit first with his or her academic advisor and the instructor
of the course. The advisor will provide instruction on completing
a Withdrawal From Class form. For the refund schedule for
withdrawing from a class or from the university, please see
Financial Information in this catalog (see page 34). A withdrawal
fee is charged when a student withdraws from a course.
1. The last day to withdraw from a course is:
a. Friday of the 12th week of a long term;
b. Friday of the third week of the summer term;
c. The corresponding day when 80 percent of the course
is completed for other short sessions (ex., May session);
d. There is no withdrawal after a weekend or intensive
2. Full-time undergraduate students may not withdraw from
UNIV 100, ENGL 111, EXSC 100, or any required developmental
course without the permission of the appropriate dean or
3. Policies applying to freshman students (less than 30 hours
that count toward an ACU degree):
a. ENGL 003, 004, 106/006, 107/007 and MATW 019 courses
may not be dropped.
b. ENGL 111 or EXSC 100 may not be dropped without a
c. UNIV 100 may not be dropped or repeated. If a student
fails UNIV 100 or is placed on academic probation, he or
she must take UNIV 011.
d. Bible courses that are university core requirements may
not be dropped.
Withdrawing from the University
Students who must withdraw from the university or from their last
course are required to complete a Withdrawal From the University
form in the Campus Life Office. This process must be completed prior
to the beginning of final examinations. Bachelor of Applied Studies
(BAS) students may obtain the form in the BAS Office, and graduate
students may obtain the form in the Graduate School Office.
ACU expects its students to practice absolute academic integrity.
Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are
not acceptable at ACU. Students should consult the university's
Academic Integrity Policy (located in the Student Guide)for a fuller
description of the expectations of students and procedures for
dealing with violations of the policy.
Final examinations are given the last four days of each fall/spring term
and the last day of each summer term or intensive course. A student
with more than three final examinations on one day may petition the
dean of his or her major to take a final after the scheduled time.
Final examinations are never given in advance.
Concurrent Enrollment Policy
ACU students are generally expected to take their courses at ACU.
Only in exceptional circumstances may students petition, in advance,
to receive credit for a course at another institution during a semester
that they are enrolled for courses at ACU. Concurrent enrollment
includes correspondence, distance, and on-line courses. Petitions for
concurrent enrollment must be approved by the advisor, dean of the
student's major, and the provost.
By government regulations, only courses taken within the intercollege
agreement (ACU, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry) and the Abilene
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, and other contracted programs
that post grades to the ACU transcript, can be accepted for financial
aid eligibility. Generally, courses from other colleges or universities will
not count as hours enrolled for financial aid eligibility.
Students may continue their education at ACU as long as they remain
in good academic standing and are complying with all university
regulations. An assessment of academic progress is made at the
end of each semester. Students are in good standing if their
cumulative GPA is at least 2.0. A minimum of 2.0 is required, but
some departments and colleges require a higher GPA for their
students. These requirements are specified in the departmental
sections of this catalog.
Deans' Honor Roll
During any term in which undergraduate students have a current GPA
of 3.45 or above and are registered for 12 or more hours, they will be
included in the Deans' Honor Roll for that term.
Students who seem to be in danger of dropping below required
standards are given written warning, i.e., placed on probation,
on their official grade reports. Students are placed on probation
following any semester in which their semester GPA is below 1.5 or
after which their cumulative GPA is between 1.0 and 1.999.
All freshmen who are placed on probation must enroll in UNIV 011.
Students who have already taken UNIV 011 must substitute UNIV 012
(Student Success Workshop), the 1-hour follow up course. Exceptions
to this requirement must be approved by the student's academic dean.
Students on academic probation are not permitted to be candidates
for or to hold any elected or appointed office, or participate in
A first-semester student placed into the Student Success Program and
enrolled in UNIV 011 whose GPA falls below 2.75 must take UNIV 012
the following semester, however this student is not placed on
Students are suspended after any semester in which their cumulative
GPA falls below 1.0 or after one semester on probation after which
their cumulative does not equal or exceed 2.0. Students who have
been suspended for academic reasons may apply for re-admission
after being out of school for at least one long term. Suspended
students are not permitted to apply classes taken at another
institution toward a degree at ACU without written permission
from their academic dean.
In all cases of academic suspension, the student's academic dean
consulting with the department chair will decide if the student should
be re-admitted, and if so, whether special conditions should be
required for re-admission. When students are re-admitted after
suspension, they are placed on probation for one semester and
may not be eligible for some forms of financial aid.
Decisions concerning academic standing may be appealed to an
academic review committee.
NOTE: Federal regulations governing student financial aid may
differ from ACU policy. A student may be eligible to attend ACU
on academic probation but be ineligible to receive federal, state or
institutional financial aid based upon a lack of satisfactory academic
progress (SAP). Consult the Student Financial Services Office.
During the fall and spring semesters, undergraduate students receive a
midterm grade for each course. Midterm grades and their definitions
are listed below. Students who receive "unsatisfactory" or "not
passing" midterm grades are encouraged to discuss their course
problems with the instructor and their advisor as appropriate.
* S = Satisfactory progress;
* U= Unsatisfactory progress (may include students who in the
instructor's estimation are not doing work equal to their
* NP = Not Passing.
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