GENERAL POLICIES




Attendance Policy

Cheating and Plagiarism

Commencement Exercises

Comprehensive Examination

Correspondence Credit

Credit Load

Diploma or Transcript Issuance

Directed or Individual Study Credit Limits

Disruptive and Obstructive Behavior

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Grades

Graduation Requirements

Residence Requirements




Attendance Policy

The structure of graduate courses and programs normally require full class attendance by students enrolled. All matters related to the students absence, including making up work missed, are to be arranged between the student and the instructor. Class attendance is important to successful academic performance.



Cheating and Plagiarism

Cheating and plagiarism are non-academic grounds for expulsion from a graduate program at Albany State University. No student shall give or receive any assistance not authorized by the professor in the preparation of any assignment, report, project or examination to be submitted as a requirement for academic credit.



Commencement Exercises

A candidate for graduation must participate in commencement exercises unless the Vice President for Academic Affairs grants an official excuse.



Comprehensive Examination

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required in all degree programs. Students must apply to take their examination one semester in advance of the semester in which the examination is to be taken.


Comprehensive examinations cover all work prescribed by the student's program of study, including transferred credits and research projects, if applicable. This examination is constructed and administered by the major department.


A student must be registered during the semester in which the comprehensive examination is taken. The comprehensive examination can be taken only once in a given semester with a maximum of three attempts permitted.



Correspondence Credit

Under no circumstances may credit earned through correspondence work be applied toward satisfaction of Masters degree requirements. This may or may not apply to distance learning courses or to courses taken over the Internet. Credit for such courses is evaluated on a course-by- course basis.



Credit Load

The normal full load for a graduate student who is not on a graduate assistantship is 9-13 hours (assistantship, 9 hours). Overload must be approved by the department chair. In no case shall overloads exceed 16 graduate hours.



Diploma or Transcript Issuance

Transcripts of academic credits are available upon request of the Office of Academic Services and Registrar. Students with no financial obligations to the University shall be issued a diploma or transcript of academic credits.



Directed or Individual Study Credit Limits

Graduate students are permitted to include a maximum of nine semester credit hours of directed or individual study credits in a Master's degree-planned program. Each such inclusion must be approved by the student's departmental chairperson and his or her academic advisor.



Disruptive and Obstructive Behavior

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia reaffirms its policies to support fully the freedom of expression by each member of the academic community and to preserve and protect the rights of freedom of its faculty members and students to engage in debate, discussion and peaceful and non-disruptive protest and dissent. The following statement does not change or in any way infringe upon the Board's existing policies and practices in support of freedom of expression and action. Rather, it is considered necessary to combat the ultimate effect of irresponsible, disruptive and obstructive actions by students and faculty, which destroy academic freedom and the institutional structures through which the University operates.


The Board of Regents stipulates that any student, faculty member, administrator or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary or public service activity, or any other activity authorized to be discharged or held on any campus of the University System of Georgia, is considered by the Board to have committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly resulting in dismissal or termination of employment.



Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Albany State University is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, U.S. Public Law 93-380. This Act was designated to protect the privacy of educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website at http://www.ed.gov/om/fpco/index.html. Or, contact the Office of Academic Services and Registrar.



Grades

Official course grades are transmitted to students only by the University's Registrar.



Graduation Requirements

Application for graduation must be completed one semester in advance of the anticipated date of graduation. This form may be obtained from the Office of Academic Services and Registrar and must be accompanied by a Final Planned Program of Study.



Residence Requirements

A minimum of 27 semester hours of the Master's degree program must be earned in course work offered by Albany State University. All graduate programs require a minimum of 30 semester hours. Individual programs may require more than 30 semester hours.