Policies & Advising Procedures

Academic Standards
Final Exams
General Graduation Requirements
Advanced Hours - Definition
Graduation Procedure
Advising Procedures
Incomplete Grades
Military Service
Catalog Year Assignment
Overload Approval/Student Load
Calculating Grade Point Averages
Pass/No Pass Option
Concurrent Enrollment
Probation/Suspension (Academic)
Correspondence/Extension Courses
Residence Policy
Credit by Exam
Second Bachelor's Degree
Degree Plans
Duplication Policy & Course List
THEA Information
FERPA/Public Information Policy
W/WF Grades

 

Academic Standards

Minimum standards have been set that a student must achieve at the end of a given enrollment period in order to remain in good academic standing. The Minimum Academic Requirements and definitions of classification and minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) follow.

Classification for the purpose of establishing the minimum cumulative grade point average requirement for each student is determined by the sum of all hours attempted in residence in regularly graded courses at UNT, hours passed in pass/no pass graded courses at UNT, and hours transferred from other institutions. Not included in the definition of student classification for academic standards are hours granted by this university for extension and correspondence courses, service experience, advanced placement, credit by examination, CLEP or transfer hours attempted but not passed.

The CGPA upon which academic standards are based is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned in residence at UNT by the total number of hours attempted in residence at UNT. Excluded in this calculation are all courses in which the student received grades of I, NP, P, PR, W or Z. The cumulative grade point average as defined here is used only for determining a student's academic status and is not necessarily related to the grade point average that governs eligibility for graduation.

In calculating grade points, grades count as follows: A, four points per semester hour; B, three points; C, two points; D, one point; and F and WF, zero points.

A student with 29 hours or less is placed on academic alert at the end of the first semester in which the CGPA on work attempted in residence at this university does not equal or exceed a 2.0.

A student with 30 hours or more is placed on academic probation at the end of any enrollment period in which the CGPA on work attempted in residence at this university does not equal or exceed a 2.0.

The following are important topics related to academic standing:

Additional information concerning academic status is available from the offices of the academic deans or the Registrar's Office. All CGPA and academic status calculations are subject to post-audit and correction by the Registrar's Office.

Regulations Governing Students on Academic Alert

Academic alert is a warning only to freshmen (29 hours or less) that their quality of work has fallen below the minimum requirement of a 2.0 CGPA. A student can only be placed on academic alert once during their college career.

A student who succeeds in raising their CPGA to a 2.0 will return to good standing.

A student who fails to raise their CPGA to 2.0 will be placed on academic probation.

Regulations Governing Students on Academic Probation

Academic probation is an emphatic warning that the quality of the student's work during the probationary semester must improve in order to continue.

A student is removed from academic probation at the end of any long session semester or summer session term during which the CGPA is raised to the minimum 2.0 CGPA at the end of that semester or term.

A student remains on academic probation after any probationary semester in which at least a 2.25 GPA is earned for that semester but the prescribed minimum 2.0 CGPA is not achieved.

A student who, during a probationary summer term, fails to raise the CGPA to a 2.0 at the end of that term is continued on probation.

A student who, during a probationary fall or spring semester, fails to raise the CGPA to a 2.0 at the end of that semester or who also fails to make at least a 2.25 GPA for that semester is automatically suspended from UNT for one or more semesters of a long session.

The grade report distributed at the end of each semester includes the student's academic status and a data summary on which the status is based. Each student is responsible for knowing whether the minimum CGPA for the proper classification hours has been achieved and whether the student is eligible to reenroll in the university. Any student who enrolls when ineligible will be withdrawn by the Registrar and no special consideration will be given to such a student on a plea of ignorance of academic status. If the cumulative record is believed incorrect the student should see the Registrar.

Regulations Governing Students Under Academic Suspension

A student suspended from the university for the first time for failure to meet the standards prescribed above may not reenroll for the following long session semester. The second suspension is for two long session semesters, and the third suspension is for an indefinite period of time.

A student who has been suspended from the University of North Texas for an indefinite period may request, at the end of two calendar years from the time of the suspension, a review of the case by the appropriate academic dean.

Each student is responsible for knowing the minimum CGPA requirements and the standards for academic standing. Any ineligible student who enrolls during a long session semester is withdrawn by the Registrar regardless of whether the student has registered or pre-registered and paid fees. No suspended student may enroll in or continue extension courses at UNT, or claim eligibility at UNT on the basis of work completed at another institution. The student should be aware that course work taken at another institution while the student is suspended from the University of North Texas may not apply to a degree.

A student who reenters UNT after having been suspended will be on academic probation.

A suspended student may attend UNT summer terms and may be reinstated by raising the CGPA to a 2.0 at the end of that term.

Course Duplications

A student may take a course a second or subsequent time. The responsibility for initiating the official recording of a grade duplication lies entirely with the student. However, the Registrar's Office may post duplications at the request of the student's adviser or to update academic status. In the absence of such a request, the Registrar includes a repeated course in the student's cumulative record of hours attempted and grade points earned. The Registrar includes without exception any course repeated more than once in the student's cumulative record of hours attempted and grade points earned. Departments may count the highest grade for departmental GPA requirements; however, the academic dean uses only the last grade recorded in certifying the student's eligibility for graduation.

Status Changes Due to Course Duplications

A course duplication recorded on or before the last class day of any fall or spring semester or summer term will be reflected in the hours attempted and grade points earned at the beginning of that semester or term.

If a student who is on probation requests the posting of course duplications, and the resulting adjusted CGPA equals or exceeds the minimum academic standard for the proper classification hours, the probation will be removed if the student notifies the Registrar's Office on or before the last day of classes for that semester or term. Otherwise, the student will remain on probation for that enrollment period and be subject to attendant penalties.

If a student is suspended at the end of a semester during which the student has repeated a course and the posting of that duplication will result in a CGPA that would have been sufficient to be continued on probation at the end of that semester (or to be cleared), the student will be reinstated if the student requests the duplication and applies for reinstatement at the Registrar's Office before the last day of that semester. The delayed posting of transfer course duplications completed during prior enrollment periods cannot be used as a basis for reinstatement.

Academic Standards for Transfer Students

Beginning UNT freshmen who have 12 or fewer hours of transfer credit, excluding nontraditional credit, will be admitted in good academic standing provided they meet other admissions requirements. Transfer students admitted to UNT in good standing are subject to the same minimum academic standards requirements as continuing students. Thus, if at the end of the first enrollment period a transfer student's grade point average on all work attempted at UNT does not meet the 2.0 UTN CGPA, the student is placed on Academic Alert or probation for the next period of enrollment (see above for information on Academic Alert and Probation).

Transfer students admitted to UNT on academic probation are evaluated at the end of their first long semester in attendance, at which time they are either cleared from probation or suspended. To avoid academic suspension, the student must make a CGPA on all work attempted at UNT of a 2.0.

Additional information concerning academic status is available from the offices of the academic deans or the Registrar's Office.

Final Exams

Pre-Final Week

So that students can more adequately prepare for their final examinations, special rules apply to the seven calendar days preceding the final week of each fall and spring semester.

Student organizations do not meet; activities requiring student participation such as field trips, athletic events, or performances by dance, drama or music ensembles are not scheduled unless approved in advance by the appropriate dean.

Themes, reports, notebooks, research problems or exercises of similar scope are not to be assigned during this period, but students may submit previously assigned work.

Only examinations covering daily assignments, makeup tests or laboratory examinations may be given.

Faculty members shall not give any portion of the final examination during this seven-day period without advance approval from their academic dean.

On the Thursday and Friday of the week immediately preceding final exams, review classes shall be held.

Furthermore, attendance at these reviews cannot be made mandatory and there will be no papers, projects, exams, quizzes, or like assignments due on those days.

Makeup exams will be permitted to take place.

The above policy will not be applicable to classes that meet only once a week and meet on Thursday or Friday.

Final Examinations

Faculty members are expected to administer final examinations at the designated times during the final week of each long semester and on the specified day of each summer term.

Any deviation from the published schedule of final examinations must be approved in advance by the appropriate academic dean.

If a final examination is not given in a particular course, the faculty member is expected to utilize the final examination period for summary, evaluation or other productive purposes.

Students who have as many as three final examinations scheduled on one day may appeal to their academic dean to reschedule one of those examinations on another day during the final examination period.

Academic Status Codes in SIMS

Status 0: Good Standing
Requirements:
A 2.0 cumulative UNT GPA.

Status L: Placed on Academic Alert
Freshmen with 29 or less attempted hours (includes Passed pass/no pass hours) who did not meet the required GPA for good standing. NOTE: Students can only be placed on Academic Alert ONCE!
Status 1: Placed on Probation
Did not meet the required GPA for good standing (includes Freshmen who have already had an Academic Alert semester - see above for details on Academic Alert) See note #2 for additional important information on probation.
Status 2: Continued on Probation - "good progress"
Requirements:
Did not raise cum. UNT GPA to good standing, but made at least a 2.25 semester GPA in the most recent long semester ( There is no 2.25 "good progress" in the summer) (see note #2).

Status 3: Good Standing/Probation Last Term.
Status 4: 1st Suspension
May not attend UNT for 1 long semester. Did not raise cum. UNT GPA to meet the requirements for good standing or did not earn a 2.25 or higher semester UNT GPA in a long semester (see notes 1 & 3).
Status 5: 2nd Suspension
May not attend UNT for 2 long semesters (see notes 1 & 3).
Status 6: 3rd Suspension
Indefinite Suspension, must sit out at least 4 long semesters and have Assoc. Dean's approval to return (see notes 1 & 3).
Status 7: Good Standing - Coming Off Suspension
Note #1: Summers are always open to suspended students.
Note #2: Summer grades cannot put a student on suspension, but can lower the GPA.
Note #3: If a student raises their cumulative UNT GPA during the summer to good standing they can return to UNT in the fall semester without serving their suspension. However, the suspension status is permanent on the student's record.

General University Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum of 124 semester hours is required for all bachelor degrees.
  2. Completion of all requirements in the university core curriculum (47hour minimum) (see Core Curriculum).
  3. A major of at least 24 semester hours. At least 12 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level) in the major must be earned at UNT (except for the BAAS degree).
  4. A minor, if required for a particular undergraduate degree, of a minimum of 18 semester hours, including at least 6 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level). For details, see the individual requirements under specific degree programs in this catalog.
  5. A minimum of 42 semester hours of advanced work, 24 of which must be completed at UNT. Not more than 12 of the 24 advanced hours may be taken by extension (see Correspondence/Extension Courses). A lower-level course that, when transferred, is determined to be equivalent to a UNT upper-level course does not satisfy the requirement of advanced hours.
  6. An official degree plan prepared by the academic dean. It is recommended that the degree plan be made no later than the beginning of the junior year.
  7. A minimum grade point average of 2.000 (C) on all work attempted, including all transfer, correspondence, extension and residence work. It should be noted that the GPA that appears on grade reports and is used to determine the student's academic status, does not include correspondence, extension and transfer work. Thus, a 2.000 GPA on the grade report does not necessarily imply eligibility for graduation.
  8. A minimum GPA of 2.000 (C) on all work at UNT. Transferred work may not be used to raise the GPA of work done at UNT.
  9. Twenty-five percent of the university minimum of 124 semester hours (i.e., 31 hours) must be earned in residence.
  10. Twenty-four of the hours to be earned in residence must be taken as part of the last 30 hours prior to graduation.
  11. Proficiency in English composition as certified by the Student Use of English (SUE)/University Writing Center (UWC). To fulfill this university requirement, each candidate for graduation must have shown competence in written expression, by earning satisfactory grades (C or better) in the 6 hours of required English composition courses. All students who have earned a D in one or more of the two required, general education English courses that have a strong writing component (ENGL 1310, 1311, 1312, 1313, 1315, 1320, 1321, 1322, 1323, 1325, 2700 and 2702) must fulfill the SUE requirement in one of two ways:
    • The student may fulfill this requirement by (1) taking and passing the Student Use of English examination or by (2) repeating any course in which a D was earned and raising the grade to a C or better.
    • Students must present a degree plan when they apply to take the SUE examination. The SUE should be completed prior to the expected semester of graduation. The examination is given during all terms. A fee is charged for each examination.

The SUE/UWC office is located in the Auditorium Building, Room 105.
More Notes About the Student use of English
Students may take the examination twice only during long terms and once only during any one summer session. Students may repeat the examination with the permission of the SUE/UWC director upon petition and evidence of having completed specific tutorial or equivalent work. Students who are transferring to UNT with more than 90 hours and who have earned a D in any of the basic English writing courses must take the examination during their first semester in residence.

Advanced Hours - Definition

Advanced Courses are those numbered 3000 to 4999 at UNT and students must meet one of the following criteria to enroll in them:

  • Have 12 semester hours of credit in a given subject.
  • Have completed the prerequisites listed in the catalog.
  • Those without the prerequisites must have the consent of the department chair.

Note: In some instances, college/school/departmental requirements may vary. Students should consult individual areas prior to enrolling in advanced courses.

Warning!

Most schools use the first number to indicate advanced course level with a 3 or 4 numbered course, however two notable differences are U.T. Austin and U.T. El Paso. U.T. Austin uses the second and third digits to indicate advanced courses with the numbers 20 through 79, and U.T. El Paso uses a 3 or 4 in the second digit to indicate advanced courses.

Note: Junior/community colleges do not offer advanced courses.

Important Advanced Hour Information

A minimum of 42 semester hours of advanced work, 24 of which must be completed at UNT. Not more than 12 of the 24 advanced hours may be taken by extension. A lower level course that, when transferred, is determined to be equivalent to a UNT upper level course does not satisfy the requirement of advanced hours.

A major of at least 24 semester hours. At least 12 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level) in the major must be earned at UNT (except for the BAAS degree).

A minor requires at least 18 semester hours in a given subject, including 6 hours of advanced work.

Graduation Procedure

  1. All students must file for graduation during the semester they plan to graduate by the deadline published in the current schedule of classes. The following steps must be taken:
    1. Obtain a graduation packet from the Office of Student Advising or the Registrar's Office and complete the enclosed cards.
    2. Submit the completed cards, and all college transcripts (from the UNT Registrar's Office for each school you have attended) to the Office of Student Advising by the deadline published in the schedule of classes and academic calendar.
    3. The Student Use of English Exam (S.U.E.) requirement must be completed before you can apply for graduation. (The S.U.E. exam is required for students who earn grades lower than "C" in their freshman English composition courses.)
  2. Students must be in good academic standing in order to file for graduation.
  3. Students who are enrolled at another college or university during the semester they plan to graduate from UNT must wait until the following semester to file for graduation.

NOTE: At any time that the student has demonstrated completion of all degree requirements, a letter of completion may be obtained from the Office of Student Advising stating when the degree is expected to be awarded.

Advising Procedures

  • Advising is required for the following groups of students:
    • All new students (freshmen and transfer) must be advised and receive an advising clearance code in order to register.
    • All students on Academic Probation.
    • Students on suspension, these students must be advised in GAB 220.
    • Students whose declared major requires a code, i.e. music.
    NOTE: All students changing majors should be advised before they register.
  • Advisors should be available during the following times:
    • During early registration periods. Departments should designate an adequate amount of time for students to be advised.
    • During regular and late registration periods. All departments must remain open for advising and distribution of advising clearance codes from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Standard advising procedures.
    1. Always fill out an Advising Clearance Form so that both you and the student have a record of the advising conversation.
    2. Courses requiring departmental approval (course restriction codes) must be authorized before students may register for them. The codes for those courses are given through the departments and should be written on the clearance form in the space titled "restricted approval". Variable credit courses may need a code listed in the "restricted approval" space, these courses include special problems and internship courses.
    3. Math courses: Students who have not completed a math course for college credit are required to take a placement test prior to enrolling in a math course at UNT. For equivalency questions on math courses check with the Math department or use TRES.
      NOTE: Some transfer developmental math courses may have titles similar to those for college credit so be sure to use evaluated transcripts when determining applicability of transfer credit.
    4. Foreign Language: Students must have proof of placement or transfer college credit to enroll in a language class above 1010 if they do not have any foreign language credit at UNT.
    5. When students come to see an advisor and declare their major the advisor must also make sure that SIMS is updated to reflect any major/track/degree changes. Advisors must have the required level of security clearance to change students majors on screen 232.
  • Advising Clearance Codes
    1. Clearance codes are listed on SIMS screen 48 and should not be given to students until after they have been advised. You must have the required level of security to view clearance codes on-line.
    2. New transfer students, new freshmen, and returning UNT students who have sat out at least one physical year must reapply for admission to UNT and have an Admissions Data Summary (permit to register) in order to register. Do not issue an advising clearance code unless a permit is presented.
    3. Continuing UNT students in good academic standing do not need a code to register unless specified by major.

Incomplete Grades

Removal of "I" Grades

A student may remove a grade of I within one year by completing the stipulated work, obtaining the I removal form from the dean's office, paying a fee at the Bursar's Office and returning the permit form to the instructor. The instructor then records the final grade and obtains the department chair's signature. The instructor's academic dean completes processing with the Registrar's Office, where the grade point average is adjusted accordingly. If a student does not complete the stipulated work within the time specified (not to exceed one year after taking the course), the instructor may change the grade of I to a grade that carries credit or assign a grade of F if appropriate. The GPA is adjusted accordingly.

A student who could not complete final examinations because of illness may remove a grade of I without payment of the fee. The academic dean is authorized to waive the fee upon certification of illness signed by the attending physician.

Auditing Classes

With the written permission of the department chair and the dean of the college or school in which the course is taught, an individual fully eligible to enroll in the university may attend a class as an auditor without receiving college credit. The auditor's name is not entered on the class roll, and the instructor does not accept any papers, tests or examinations from the auditor.

Attendance as an auditor may not be made the basis of a claim for credit in the course. Students who are enrolled for credit may audit classes without payment of additional fees; others pay an auditor's fee as shown in the 1998-99 Tuition and Fee Register (available at the Bursar's Office). Only one audit fee is required per semester regardless of the number of courses audited.

Permission cards for auditors are not available during the official registration period but may be requested in the offices of the academic deans after classes begin.

A senior citizen, defined as someone 65 years of age or older, may enroll as an auditor and observer without credit and without payment of an audit fee if space is available and if approved by the department chair and the appropriate dean. Such enrollment entitles the person to library privileges but not instruction in applied music, the use of laboratory equipment and supplies, admission to university sponsored fine arts and athletic events, or health and hospital benefits.

Military Service

  • Veterans of the Armed Forces who were honorably discharged may be awarded Physical Education credit to satisfy the Wellness requirement at UNT by presenting the DD-214 form to the Admissions Office in the ESSC room 304.
  • Limited academic credit may be awarded by Admissions for selected United States military training. The Office of Student Advising will determine whether the nature of a course makes it applicable towards an Arts and Sciences degree. U.S. Veterans should go to Room 209 of the Eagle Student Services Center for evaluation of credit.

Catalog Year Assignment

How to Assign a Catalog Year to a Student's Degree Plan

Definition - a catalog year is the first year of the eight year period a student has to complete all degree requirements.

Note: A student can move forward in catalog year from the first catalog year they are eligible for.

Students can never move backward in catalog year past the earliest catalog year they are eligible for!

The following steps show how to assign the catalog year.

  1. Arrange all transcripts in date order from oldest to newest.
  2. Determine the first school the student has attended. Note: If a student has only attended North Texas, the first academic year of enrollment is the earliest catalog year a student is eligible for(if it has expired you must move them up to a non-expired catalog year that will give them enough time to complete all degree requirements). SEE EXAMPLE #1
  3. If a student attended a Texas public community or junior college as the last school prior to starting at UNT they are eligible to use the catalog year from the first year of enrollment at the 2 year school. SEE EXAMPLE #2 Note: If the student attended a Texas public 2 year school first, then attended a 4 year or out of state school, and went back to the Texas public 2 year school the first catalog they are eligible for is the academic year they started back at the 2 year school. SEE EXAMPLE #3
  4. If the student last attended a 4 year or out of state school prior to enrolling at UNT, then the first catalog they are eligible for is the first academic year they attended UNT. SEE EXAMPLE #4

EXAMPLE #1 A student first attends UNT in Fall 1993 and has attended no other schools, they are eligible for the 1993 and later catalog years.
EXAMPLE #2 A student attended Collin County Community College from Fall 1992 through Summer 1994 and no other schools prior to starting UNT, they are eligible for the 1992 and later catalog years.
EXAMPLE #3 A student attended Tarrant County Junior College from Fall 1991 to Spring 1992, then attended Texas Tech University from Fall 1992 to Spring 1994, then attended Tarrant County Junior College again for the Summer of 1994 prior to starting at UNT, this makes the student eligible for the 1993 and later catalog years.
EXAMPLE #4 A student attended an out of state or 4 year school just prior to starting at UNT in Fall 1996, they are only eligible for the 1996 and later catalog years.
EXAMPLE #5 If a student begins at UNT Fall 1993 to Spring 1994, then attends U.T. Austin from Fall 1994 to Spring 1995, and comes back to UNT Fall 1995, they are only eligible for the 1995 and later catalog years.

Note: If a UNT student attends another school during the summer it does not change their catalog year.

Overload Approval/Student Load

NOTE: NO OVERLOADS ARE PERMITTED FOR THE MAY MINI-MESTER.
In a long session (Fall/Spring) an undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 3.000 may enroll for a maximum of 21 hours under one of the following conditions:

  • At least a 3.000 GPA on a minimum 15hour residence load for the semester just completed
  • At least a 3.000 GPA on a minimum 12hour residence load for the summer session just completed
  • At least a 3.000 GPA on all work completed at UNT and a minimum 24 hours of credit in residence

In a summer session an undergraduate student may enroll for a maximum of 15 semester hours during the summer session and a maximum of 9 hours in any one term under either of the following conditions:

  • At least a 3.000 GPA on a minimum 15hour residence load for the semester just completed
  • At least a 3.000 GPA on all work completed at UNT and a minimum 24 hours of credit in residence

Student Load Long Session (Fall/Spring):
The normal load for full-time undergraduate students is 15 semester hours for each semester, or 30 hours during the long session of nine months.

No student may hold a responsible extracurricular office who registers for or earns fewer than 9 hours of college work each semester.

An undergraduate student with a GPA of less than 3.000 may schedule a maximum of 19 hours.

May Mini-Mester:
The normal load for full-time undergraduate students is 3 hours. No overloads will be permitted during this semester regardless of student status or standing.

Summer Session:
The normal load for full-time students is 6 semester hours each term or 12 hours for both summer terms.

An undergraduate student with a GPA of less than 3.000 may schedule a maximum of 7 semester hours each term or 14 hours for both summer terms.

Load for Employed Students
The university recommends that students who work full-time not schedule more than 6 semester hours in a semester or 3 hours in a summer term.

Definition of Undergraduate Load
Full Time: long semester, 12 or more hours; summer session, 4 to 6 hours per term.

Three Quarter Time: long semester, 9 to 11 hours; summer session, 3 hours per term.

Half Time: long semester, 6 to 8 hours; summer session, 2 hours per term.

Pass/No Pass Option

  1. Any undergraduate student in good standing with a C average or better on all work attempted in residence at UNT may schedule one course a semester on the pass/no pass option. Incoming freshmen also may elect this option. Graduating seniors may elect more than one pass/no pass course during their final semester.
  2. A maximum of 18 semester hours of credit under the pass/no pass option may be applied toward the bachelor's degree. Only courses to be counted as free electives on the student's degree plan may be scheduled under the student option.
  3. Students receive credit for courses successfully completed under the pass/no pass option, but these hours are not used in calculating the grade point average.
  4. Instructors are not told which students are enrolled under the pass/no pass option, and all students are graded alike. If a student receives a grade of D or better from the instructor, the student's transcript shows the course has been passed (P). If the course is not passed, the record shows NP and the hours attempted are not used in calculating the grade point average.
  5. The pass/no pass option for a particular course is elected at the time of registration. A student may request a change to the regular grading system anytime before the end of the sixth week of classes or the corresponding point of a summer term. If a student is registered in a course under the regular grading system, a change to the pass/no pass option may be requested anytime before the end of the sixth week of classes or the corresponding point of a summer term, provided eligibility requirements 1 and 2 above are met. (See dates in the Academic Calendar section of this catalog.)
  6. A student may not repeat under the pass/no pass option any course taken previously under the regular grading system unless a grade of W was received in that course.
  7. A student who changes majors is not automatically denied credit for a pass/no pass course that becomes a degree plan requirement for the new major. The decision about a course meeting a requirement for the student's new major is made by the academic dean. However, in no circumstances is a grade of P changed to a letter grade.
  8. Transfer students have the same pass/no pass privileges and restrictions, but they must successfully complete 31 semester hours of regular graded courses at UNT to be eligible for graduation.
  9. Graduate students may enroll under the pass/no pass option for undergraduate courses that are not required as a deficiency makeup or as a graduate degree requirement.

Concurrent Enrollment

An undergraduate Arts and Sciences major who wishes to enroll concurrently at another college/university must secure prior written permission of the academic dean.

The following guidelines apply:

  • The total number of hours does not exceed the number the student would be allowed at UNT for that term.
    NOTE: Students who are concurrently enrolled during the semester they plan to graduate must wait until the following semester to file for graduation.
  • Students must meet residency requirements for concurrent enrollment to be granted; including 24 of their last 30 hours in residence at UNT (click here for more residency information).
  • Failure to obtain advance approval for concurrent enrollment may result in the refusal of the university to accept such work in transfer.

Probation/Suspension (Academic)

Academic Probation
Academic probation is an emphatic warning that the quality of the student's work during the probationary semester must improve in order to continue.

A student is removed from academic probation at the end of any long session semester or summer session term during which the cumulative GPA is raised to the minimum prescribed level in the Table of Minimum Academic Requirements for the proper classification hours at the end of that semester or term.

A student must maintain a 2.0 minimum CGPA.

A student remains on academic probation after any probationary semester in which at least a 2.25 GPA is earned for that semester but the prescribed minimum cumulative GPA for the student's classification hours at the end of that semester or term is not achieved.

A student who, during a probationary summer term, fails to raise the cumulative GPA to the classification minimum required at the end of that term is continued on probation.

A student who, during a probationary fall or spring semester, fails to raise the cumulative GPA to the minimum standard prescribed for the appropriate classification at the end of that semester or who also fails to make at least a 2.25 GPA for that semester is automatically suspended from UNT for one or more semesters of a long session (see Suspension Regulations).

The grade report distributed at the end of each semester includes the student's academic status and a data summary on which the status is based. Each student is responsible for knowing whether the minimum cumulative GPA for the proper classification hours has been achieved and whether the student is eligible to reenroll in the university. Any student who enrolls when ineligible will be withdrawn by the Registrar, and no special consideration will be given to such a student on a plea of ignorance of academic status. If the cumulative record is believed incorrect, the student should see the Registrar.

Academic Suspension
A student suspended from the university for the first time for failure to meet the minimum academic requirements after being placed on probation may not re-enroll for the following long-session semester. The second suspension is for two long-session semesters, and the third suspension is for an indefinite period of time.

A student who has been suspended from the University of North Texas for an indefinite period may request, at the end of two calendar years from the time of the suspension, a review of the case by the appropriate academic dean.

Each student is responsible for knowing the minimum cumulative GPA requirements and the standards for academic standing. Any ineligible student who enrolls during a long-session semester is withdrawn by the Registrar regardless of whether the student has registered or preregistered and paid fees. No suspended student may enroll in or continue extension courses at UNT. Students should be aware that course work taken at another institution while they are suspended from the University of North Texas may not apply to a degree.

A student who re-enters UNT after having been suspended will be on academic probation.

A suspended student may attend UNT summer terms (including the Maymester) and may be reinstated by raising the cumulative GPA to the minimum standard prescribed for the proper classification hours at the end of that term.

Students who are on suspension and taking summer courses must raise their cumulative UNT GPA to 1.8 if they have less than 30 attempted hours (transfer hours included) or a 2.0 cumulative UNT GPA if they have 30 or more attempted hours (transfer hours included) in order to be reinstated.

Correspondence/Extension Courses

Regulations Governing Correspondence Courses

  • A student in residence who wishes to enroll concurrently in correspondence courses at another accredited institution must first secure the written permission of the student's academic dean at UNT. Failure to obtain advance approval may result in the refusal of the university to accept such work in transfer.
  • Not more than 18 hours of correspondence courses from an accredited institution may be transferred to UNT and used toward a degree program. No more than 30 hours (earned by a combination of correspondence and extension) may be applied towards the degree.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of upper level correspondence work completed in transfer will be accepted toward a degree program at UNT.
  • Graduate credit is not accepted in transfer through correspondence study.

Extension Instruction
Students who are academically eligible to attend UNT may register for extension courses, which are coordinated by the Center for Continuing Education and Conference Management.

Extension classes may be organized away from the campus when there are enough students to justify classes. Minimum tuition is $50 per semester hour.

The Center for Continuing Education and Conference Management is located in Chilton Hall, Room 289. For additional information, call (940) 5652600 or write to the coordinator, P.O. Box 305344, Denton, TX 762035344.

Regulations Governing Extension Course Credit

 

  • Not more than 30 hours of the total number required for any degree or certificate at UNT may be earned by extension courses.
  • A student who is in residence at UNT may neither enroll for nor continue an extension course without prior written permission from the academic dean. Permission will not be given if the total residence and extension hours exceed the maximum course load. A student enrolling for residence work must notify the academic dean of any extension work in progress at that time. Failure to obtain prior written approval for extension-study done while in residence will result in the university's refusal to grant credit.
  • Grades for extension courses are not used in calculating the current or cumulative grade point average.

Residence Policy

  • Students must complete 31 hours of course work at UNT.
  • At least 12 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level) in the major must be earned at UNT.
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours of advanced work must be completed at UNT. Not more than 12 of the 24 advanced hours may be taken by extension. A lower-level course that, when transferred, is determined to be equivalent to a UNT upper-level course does not satisfy the requirement of advanced hours.
  • Twenty-four of the last 30 hours prior to graduation must be earned at UNT.

Note: If more than 6 semester hours of the last 30 are completed at another school, 30 additional hours must be completed at UNT. Students who violate their residency by completing more that 6 hours at another school must transfer all hours completed.

Second Bachelor's Degree

To be eligible for a second bachelor's degree, a student must meet all current catalog requirements for the second degree, including 12 hours of advanced courses in a field different from the major for the first bachelor's degree.

Degree Plans

The degree plan process begins with a consultation with the faculty advisor, during which an advisory sheet is made. The advisory sheet must be signed by the designated departmental advisor, and must state the following:

  • The catalog year under which the degree plan should be made (click here for more information). The major department chooses the catalog year that the student must follow.
  • What the major and minor are. The major courses stated on the advisory sheet must match the major courses required by the catalog, or those on file in the College of Education for Secondary Ed. majors, that are designated on the advisory sheet. All transfer courses equivalent to those required for the major must also be included on the advisory sheet.
  • If a minor is chosen or required please refer to the list of minors provided in this handbook.
  • A core check list with evaluation of the core courses must also accompany the advisory sheet.

When all of the items listed above are complete the student or the department submits the advisory sheet, which must be accompanied by all the student's evaluated transcripts, to the Office of Student Advising. The original degree plan remains on file in the Office of Student Advising and a copy is sent to the major department. Students will be mailed a copy of their degree plan.

Degree plans and graduation applications are prepared by the Degree Program Advisor assigned to your department (for a list of advisors click here). Please refer to the Degree Program Advisor assigned to your department when calling with questions about students' degree plans or sending students to the Office of Advising for questions regarding their degree plans, equivalencies, etc.

Student Use of English Exam

Proficiency in English composition as certified by the Student Use of English (SUE)/University Writing Center (UWC) is required. To fulfill this university requirement, each candidate for graduation must have shown competence in written expression, by earning satisfactory grades (C or better) in the 6 hours of required English composition courses. All students who have earned a D in one or more of the two required, general education English courses that have a strong writing component (ENGL 1310, 1311, 1312, 1313, 1315, 1320, 1321, 1322, 1323, 1325, 2700 and 2702) must fulfill the SUE requirement in one of two ways:

  • Taking and passing the Student Use of English examination
  • Repeating any course in which a D was earned and raising the grade to a C or better.

Students must present a degree plan when they apply to take the SUE examination. The SUE should be completed prior to the expected semester of graduation. The examination is given during all terms. A fee is charged for each examination.

The SUE/UWC office is located in the Auditorium Building, Room 105.

Students may take the examination twice only during long terms and once only during any one summer session. Students may repeat the examination with the permission of the SUE/UWC director upon petition and evidence of having completed specific tutorial or equivalent work. Students who are transferring to UNT with more than 90 hours and who have earned a D in any of the basic English writing courses must take the examination during their first semester in residence.

Duplication Policy & Course List

A student may take a course a second or subsequent time. The responsibility for initiating the official recording of a grade duplication lies entirely with the student. However, the Registrar's Office may post duplications at the request of the student's adviser or to update academic status. In the absence of such a request, the Registrar includes a repeated course in the student's cumulative record of hours attempted and grade points earned.

The Registrar includes without exception any course repeated more than once in the student's cumulative record of hours attempted and grade points earned. Departments may count the highest grade for departmental GPA requirements; however, the academic dean uses only the last grade recorded in certifying the student's eligibility for graduation.

Click here for a list of non-equivalent duplicable courses.

Academic Status Changes Due to Course Duplication
A course duplication recorded on or before the last class day of any fall or spring semester or summer term will be reflected in the hours attempted and grade points earned at the beginning of that semester or term.

If a student who is on probation requests the posting of course duplications, and the resulting adjusted CGPA equals or exceeds the minimum academic standard for the proper classification hours, the probation will be removed if the student notifies the Registrar's Office on or before the last day of classes for that semester or term. Otherwise, the student will remain on probation for that enrollment period and be subject to attendant penalties.

If a student is suspended at the end of a semester during which the student has repeated a course and the posting of that duplication will result in a CGPA that would have been sufficient to be continued on probation at the end of that semester (or to be cleared), the student will be reinstated if the student requests the duplication and applies for reinstatement at the Registrar's Office before the last day of that semester. The delayed posting of transfer course duplications completed during prior enrollment periods cannot be used as a basis for reinstatement.

FERPA/Public Information Policy

Pursuant to the provisions and intent of Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, known as the Public Information Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended, known as the Buckley Amendment, the university has established a policy relating to the accessibility of student information in the custody of the University of North Texas. The UNT FERPA Policy Statement appears in its entirety in the 1998 - 1999 Student Guidebook. Information not covered by FERPA will be released only in accordance with the policy on public information found in policy number 10.6 of the UNT Policy Manual (available in the library and in most departmental offices). Requests for such information must be made in writing.

Directory information regarding the student will be provided to the public upon request unless the student files a request in the Registrar's Office asking to be excluded from the directory or from any other requests for open directory information from outside entities. The request should be submitted prior to the 12th class day in fall and spring terms or the 4th class day in summer terms. A request to withhold information may be submitted after the stated deadline for a term, but information may be released between the deadline and receipt of the request. The file of a student who has asked to be excluded from the directory will remain flagged as such until the student requests that the flag be removed.

Directory information consists of a student's full name, address, email address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, classification, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees, awards received, the last educational agency or institution attended previous to UNT and photograph.

 

UNT will disclose information from a student's education records only with the written consent of the student, except:

  • To UNT personnel who have an educational interest in the records
  • To the student
  • To the student's parent or legal guardian if the student is a dependent for income tax purposes of the parent or legal guardian
  • To officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll
  • To certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General and state and local educational authorities, in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs
  • In connection with a student's request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of the aid
  • If required by a state law requiring disclosure that was adopted before November 19, 1974
  • To organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the university
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions
  • To comply with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena
  • To an alleged victim of any crime of violence, the results of any institutional disciplinary proceedings against the alleged perpetrator of that crime with respect to that crime

For information regarding the university's policy on access to records and to request accessibility to university records, contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, UNT.

W/WF Grades

Any student who withdraws from UNT prior to the end of the sixth week of classes (summer term, eight class sessions) is given grades of W and is not penalized with a reduced cumulative GPA. Any student who withdraws after this period, but at least two weeks before the first day of final exams (summer term, six class sessions prior to finals), is given grades of W or WF depending upon the student's grade average at the time of withdrawal. Grades of WF are included as hours attempted in calculating a student's minimum UNT cumulative grade point average required to remain in good standing. A student who does not officially withdraw from the university is held responsible for grades of F and is placed on probation or suspended from the university if the grades of F bring the cumulative GPA below the minimum required.

 

Official dates and deadlines for withdrawal are listed in the Academic Calendar and Schedule of Classes.