2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Academic Requirements

President’s Honor Roll

Undergraduate students who earn a minimum term grade point average of 3.800 while enrolled for 12 or more credits during the fall or spring semester are recognized for their achievement by placement on the President’s Honor Roll. The honor will show on the student’s transcript for the semester it was earned.

Dean’s Honor Roll

Undergraduate students who earn a minimum term grade point average of 3.500 while enrolled for 12 or more credits during the fall or spring semester are recognized for their achievement by placement on the Dean’s Honor Roll. The honor will show on the student’s transcript for the semester it was earned.

Engagement Honor Roll

Undergraduate students who complete a minimum of 50 hours, verified by supervisors, in any combination of engagement activities will be recognized on the Engagement Honor Roll. The honor will show on the student's transcript for the semester it was earned.

Academic Progress

University-wide minimum academic progress requirements (individual colleges or departments may have higher requirements) are based on the set of minimum grade averages printed below. The minimum grade average requirement is raised progressively in order to help students meet the minimum requirements for graduation.

Satisfactory Progress Requirements

Semester Credits Attempted Required Cum GPA
1-231.500
24-591.750
60 or More2.000

Retention

All student records are reviewed at the completion of each term throughout the year. Should the cumulative grade point average (Cum GPA) fall below the required minimum, as noted in the table above, the student is placed on academic warning, academic probation, or may be suspended, depending on prior academic history.

Academic Warning

The first time a student’s end-of-term grades bring the Cum GPA below the required minimum, a warning shall be issued from the Registrar’s Office notifying the student that he/she has been placed on Academic Warning. A notation of “Academic Warning” is added to the student’s permanent record which will not appear on the student’s official transcript. An advisor hold will be placed on the student’s record.

Academic Probation

The student on Academic Warning is given another term of enrollment to bring the Cum GPA up to at least the required minimum. Failing that effort, the student is moved from a status of Academic Warning to one of Academic Probation. A notation of “Academic Probation” is added to the student’s permanent record which will not appear on the student’s official transcript. An advisor hold will be placed on the student’s record and the student’s registration will be limited to 15 credits.

Continued Probation

The student who has earned a term GPA of at least 2.0 will be extended yet another Probationary term in which to attempt to raise the Cum GPA to at least the required minimum. A notation of “Continued Probation” is added to the student’s permanent record which will not appear on the student’s official transcript. The student’s registration will be limited to 15 credits each term until the student’s end-of-term grades bring the Cum GPA to the required minimum.

Academic Suspension

If a student on Academic Probation (Cum GPA is below the required minimum) earns below a term GPA of 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension. A notation of “Academic Suspension” is added to the student’s permanent record and official transcript.

A first Academic Suspension requires that the student sit out for the next fall or spring semester. The student may then be readmitted on Academic Probation to attempt again to bring the Cum GPA to at least the required minimum. At the end of this Academic Probation, if the student falls below a 2.0 term GPA, a second Academic Suspension will be issued and requires that the student sit out for a full academic year (including summer).

After returning from a second Academic Suspension, if the student receives less than a 2.0 term GPA, the student will be suspended once again. This academic suspension requires that the student sit out for five full academic years at which time the student may qualify for Academic Reassessment.

Unofficial Withdrawal

A student who fails to withdraw from school and receives all failing grades for a semester will be considered to have unofficially withdrawn. This student will be placed on Academic Probation.

Suspension Reinstatement

A student who has sat out the required suspension period must submit an Application for Readmission. If a student enrolls at another institution during the suspension period, the student must submit all official transcripts before readmission will be considered. The student will be readmitted on Academic Probation. An advisor hold will be placed on the student’s record and the student’s registration will be limited to 15 credits. At the end of this Academic Probation, if the student falls below a 2.0 term GPA, a second Academic Suspension will be issued and requires that the student sit out for a full academic year (including summer).

Summer Term

Students on the first Academic Suspension may choose to enroll in the Summer Session at MSU in an effort to bring their Cum GPA up to the required minimum. The student must be advised of two conditions for this summer term. First, the student must achieve a minimum of a 2.0 term GPA for this summer term in order to avoid a second suspension. Second, this minimum summer term GPA does not satisfy the first Academic Suspension period. Any student with a second Academic Suspension is not permitted to register for summer term.

Suspension Appeals Committee

Students suspended from the University may petition for a one-term extension of probationary status if they feel their case warrants special consideration. Appeals must be made in writing to the Registrar’s Office. Circumstances beyond the student’s control and a plan for improved performance must be evidenced before reinstatement will be considered. If the appeal is granted, the student will be conditionally readmitted with the statement “Academic Suspension/Reinstated” recorded on the permanent record and official transcript. An advisor hold will be placed on the student’s record and the student’s registration will be limited to 15 credits each term until the student’s end-of term grades bring the Cum GPA to the required minimum.

APC - 10/11 & FS - 05/06/11

Academic Honesty

Honesty and integrity are central to academic life at Minot State University. They create a trust necessary in a community of scholars. When that trust is violated by cheating in any form, the atmosphere of academic freedom is threatened.

Minot State University is committed to academic integrity. Incidents of academic dishonesty may be documented by the faculty member with a copy of the documentation maintained by the department/division chair. A letter of explanation will be sent to the student. Cheating may affect the student in accordance with the faculty member’s grading policy. The student may appeal the faculty member’s penalty to the department chair. Student disciplinary action may result in accordance with the Student Conduct Policy, found in the Student Handbook. Academic dishonesty would include, but is not limited to, the following types of behaviors:

  1. Misrepresenting another individual’s work as one’s own, e.g. plagiarism from hard copy or the Internet.
  2. Copying from another student during an exam.
  3. Altering one’s exam after grading for the purpose of enhancing one’s grade.
  4. Submitting the same paper to more than one class.
  5. Use of any material or device not approved by the instructor during an exam.
  6. Turning in reports intended to be based on field collection data but which are, in fact, not.
  7. Failure to respect the confidentiality of persons served or studied and to maintain the professional standards for ethical conduct as set forth in The Handbook of School Psychology published by the national Association of School Psychologists.