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ACADEMIC POLICIES & STANDARDS
 
 

Academic Year

The academic year consists of three semesters: fall, spring, and summer. Fall and spring semesters are each made up of 15 weeks of class work and one week for final exams. The summer semester is 14 weeks in length; the time in classes is adjusted to equal the class time of fall and spring semesters. There is no final exam period during summer, and most classes are offered in one of two seven-week blocks.

Class Periods/Credits

All credit hours are computed in semester hours. Three hours of work per week are, on average, expected to earn one semester credit hour; however, one credit hour may include any of the following combinations of work:

  1. One hour of lecture, plus a minimum of two hours of personal work outside of class, regardless of delivery mode (One hour of lecture is considered to be 50 minutes per week) ;
  2. Three hours in a laboratory, internships, practica, studio work, or other academic work, regardless of delivery mode, with additional outside work in preparation and documentation;
  3. Any other combination appropriate to a particular course as determined by the academic department.

All transfer courses taken on a quarter system will be converted to semester hours using a three to two ratio. For example, a three credit hour course from a quarter calendar institution transfers to UVU as two semester credits. A three semester credit course at UVU transfers to a college or university operating on the quarter calendar as 4.5 quarter credits.

Full-time Student Status

UVU considers students registered for 12 credits or more per semester or summer to be full-time students. A 12 credit hour minimum load is generally accepted by sponsoring agencies for certifying full-time status. Financial aid recipients receiving full benefits and students on scholarships are required to carry a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

For students attending only the fall and spring semesters, 15 to 18 credits per semester is generally required to complete associate degree programs within two academic years , assuming all prerequisites are satisfied (See individual major requirements for exceptions).

Credit Hour Loads in Excess of 20

Students who enroll in 21 or more credit hours must have approval from the deans of the appropriate schools and/or colleges.

Year Classifications & Credit Hours

Freshman: 0-29 credit hours

Sophomore: 30-59 credit hours

Junior: 60-89 credit hours

Senior: 90 or more credit hours

 
 

Grading Policies

Grades are determined by instructors, based upon measures determined by the instructor and department and may include: evaluation of responses, written exercises and examinations, performance exercises and examinations, classroom/laboratory contributions, mastery of pertinent skills, etc. The letter grade “A” is an exceptional grade indicating superior achievement; “B” is a grade indicating commendable mastery; “C” indicates satisfactory mastery and is considered an average grade; “D” indicates substandard progress and insufficient evidence of ability to succeed in sequential courses; “E” (failing) indicates inadequate mastery of pertinent skills or repeated absences from class; “UW” indicates unofficial withdrawal from class.

The following table indicates each grade variant and the equivalent grade points for that variation.

One Credit of:

Equals Grade Points:

A

4.0

A-

3.7

B+

3.4

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

2.4

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

1.4

D

1.0

D-

0.7

E

0.0

UW

0.0

 

The following grades are not computed
in the GPA:

W

Official Withdrawal

I

Incomplete

AU

Audit

CR

Credit Granted

NC

No Credit Granted

CEU

Noncredit—Continuing Education Unit

T

In Progress (Temporary Status)

 

The GPA is determined by dividing the total grade points earned (credit hours times grade in points above) by the number of semester hours attempted.

Students may view final grades electronically on the UVLink system after the end of the semester. All financial obligations to the Institution and “holds” on academic records must be resolved before college transcripts are issued.

Incomplete (I) Grades

Students are required to complete all courses for which they are registered by the end of the semester. In some cases, a student may be unable to complete all of the course work because of extenuating circumstances. The term “extenuating circumstances” includes: (1) incapacitating illness which prevents a student from attending classes (usually more than five consecutive class days); (2) a death in the immediate family; (3) change in work schedule as required by employer; or (4) other emergencies deemed acceptable by the instructor.

If circumstances are deemed appropriate, the student may petition the instructor for time beyond the end of the semester to finish the work. If the instructor agrees, an “I” grade will be given. An Incomplete Grade Form indicating work completed and work to be completed must be signed by the department chairperson, and turned into the Registrar’s Office at the end of the semester.

“I” grades should not be requested nor given for lack of completion of work because of procrastination or dissatisfaction with the grade earned. As a general rule, students should be passing the course and lack less than 30% of the course work in order to qualify for an incomplete.

Specific arrangements to remove an “I” grade must be made between the student and the instructor. In most circumstances, work to be completed should be finished in the first two or three weeks following the end of the semester in which the “I” was given.

The incomplete work cannot be completed by retaking the class. If such an option is preferred, the student should take the grade earned and then retake the class for a better grade. The grade for the later class will be calculated in the GPA. In all cases, the “I” grade must be made up within one year. If it is not, the “I” grade will change to an “E” on the transcript. “I” grades are not computed in the GPA.

Repeating a Course

No additional credit is allowed for repeating a course in which the initial grade was passing unless the course number for the course ends in the letter suffix “R” or “Z” (a course designed to be repeatable for credit). For other repeated courses, the most recent grade will be used in the calculation of the GPA. Upon successful completion of the repeated course, the repeat is indicated on the student’s transcript (E=Exclude, I=Include). All work will remain on the records, ensuring a true and accurate academic history. (Note: Although not used in computing the UVU overall GPA for UVU purposes, many graduate programs, such as law or dental school, include ALL grades in calculating an overall GPA for admissions criteria.)

Courses are not accepted from other institutions for the purpose of posting a repeat of a course already taken at UVU.

Board of Regents policy requires that tuition for
repeating a course more than once shall be charged at the full cost of the instruction unless the institution determines that the repetition is a result of illness, accident or other cause beyond the student’s control or unless the course is pre-scribed by the student’s program of study. This affects all courses beginning January of 2003.

Changing a Grade

Policy

Any student who has reason to believe that a grade assigned in a specific course was not justified has the right to appeal that grade.

Procedure

Student Action—

Grades may be appealed within one year of issuance in the following manner:

First, the student shall approach the instructor of the course as soon as possible after receiving the final grade. He/she has the right to discuss the merits of his/her appeal in an informal and non-threatening environment.

Second, after obtaining feedback from the instructor regarding rationale for assigning the original grade, and assuming dissatisfaction still exists at the conclusion of the first step, or if the original instructor is no longer available, the student has a right to submit an informal appeal to the department head, either in writing or verbally, in a consultation setting.

Finally, if a mutual understanding cannot be reached in the second step, the student has the right to submit a formal written appeal through the Office of the Registrar to the University Academic Standards Committee, which exercises final authority in adjudicating the appeal.

Faculty Action—

During the first year after the issuance of a grade, an instructor for a specific class may submit a grade change form with proper documentation directly to the Records Office.

During the second through fifth years, the grade change form must be accompanied by an Academic Standards Petition filled out by the student and submitted by the course instructor or department chair directly to the registrar. If a grade change is requested and the faculty member who gave the original grade is no longer employed by UVU, the appropriate department chair may make the change if it is warranted.

After five years, a grade change may be considered only where evidence exists to prove that an error occurred in the recording of the original grade or extreme extenuating circumstances existed. In the latter case, an Academic Standards Petition with appropriate documentation may be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for possible consideration by the University Academic Standards Committee.

When the Records Office receives a signed change of grade form from an instructor, the new grade(s) are entered into the computer. An explanation of the transaction is entered into the student’s record, including what the old and new grades are.

Withdrawal & Reinstatement

Withdrawal from Classes

For fall and spring semesters, if a student officially withdraws from a semester class during the first two weeks of the semester, no grade entry will appear on the permanent record. For summer semester and block classes, no grade entry will appear on the permanent record of students who officially withdraw from classes through the 100% tuition refund date.

For fall and spring semesters, if a student officially withdraws after the second week, but prior to the last day to withdraw, the withdrawal will appear on the permanent record as a “W.” For summer semester and block classes, if a student officially withdraws after the 100% tuition refund date, but prior to the last day to withdraw classes, the withdrawal will appear on the permanent record as a “W.”

If a student stops attending (but does not officially withdraw) before the last day to withdraw, he/she should receive a “UW.”

If a student stops attending (but does not officially withdraw) beyond the last day to withdraw, he/she may receive the grade earned up to that point or an “E”, at the instructor’s discretion.

“UW’s” are calculated into the grade point average (GPA) as 0.00, the same as “E’s” (failing grades).

Administrative Drops and Withdrawals

Students may be dropped or withdrawn from classes by the administration if they: 1. Register, but do not attend equipment or lab-related courses within the first three class periods of a semester; 2. Register for courses for which they have not completed prerequisites; 3. Neglect to pay tuition and fees for any given semester by the deadline published in the Student Timetable; or 4. Other administrative reasons. Such changes to a student’s schedule could affect financial aid, scholarships, and/or refunds.

Withdrawal from the Institution

It is the responsibility of the student who withdraws from school to complete the online Leave of Absence process. Complete withdrawal from college may adversely affect financial aid and/or Veterans’ benefits.

Simply stopping attendance does not qualify as a withdrawal, and a student who does so may receive a failing grade.

Reinstatement

Students who withdraw from the Institution and then desire to be reinstated during the same academic semester may do so by obtaining clearance from the Registrar’s Office and completing the late registration process.

Student Military Leave Procedure

Students activated into military service during an academic semester for which they are currently enrolled have the following options to choose from, in addition to other alternatives provided by existing policy and regulation. The student is responsible to notify appropriate Institution officials regarding the implementation of the selected option.

  1. A request to withdraw from school will be honored with a full refund of all tuition and fees paid. Non-punitive “W’s” will be recorded on the transcript and the date of action maintained on the student’s record.
  2. Incomplete grades may be negotiated with individual faculty and/or departments based on realistic means of completing the required objectives of the course(s). Where recommended by the department (faculty), the time limit for completing the “I” may be extended. This option may include “home study” as a means of completing the required work with faculty approval and where practical.
  3. Current grades (grades earned at the point of termination) may be issued at the discretion of individual faculty. This is also a negotiated option.

In all cases, the student activated into military service is eligible for readmission.

 
 

College Credit

College credit at UVU may be obtained through the following methods: 1. UVU Credit (includes Cooperative Education); 2. Transfer Credit; 3. Challenge Credit; 4. Foreign Language Challenge Credit; 5. Advanced Placement Credit; and 6. CLEP (College Level Examination Program).

1. UVU Credit

UVU credit is obtained through admittance to UVU, registering for classes, and satisfactorily completing all required course work. Courses completed through this method will receive a letter grade that will be used in calculating Grade Point Average (GPA).

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education (Coop) offers another avenue for students to obtain UVU college credit. Students enrolled in cooperative education work as paid employees of a business, agency, or institution while enrolled at the Institution in classes related to their career. Academic credit for cooperative work experience is granted according to the number of hours a student works during the semester using the following formula:

Credit Hours

Minimum Hours of Work

1

75

2

150

3

225

4

300

5

375

6

450

7

525

8

600

 

Coop credits are registered for at the same time and in the same manner as UVU credits.

Courses completed through Cooperative Education will receive a credit/no-credit grade which is not included in the calculation of the GPA.

The maximum number of coop credits that may be applied toward a certificate is 8; a diploma is 14; an associate or bachelor’s degree is 16 credit hours. Departments define how coop credit is applied to specific programs. Additional coop credit may be taken (but not applied toward graduation) with approval of the cooperative education director and the appropriate dean.

2. Transfer Credit

It is the student’s responsibility to have official transcripts of any previous college work completed elsewhere sent to the UVU Admissions Office. Transcripts accepted as official by the UVU Admissions Office are automatically sent to the Transfer Credit Office for evaluation and posting. The Transfer Credit Office may require the student to supply the catalog, bulletin, or course outlines from previous schools attended to assist in determining the transferability of specific courses. Transfer credit may or may not apply to UVU graduation requirements, regardless of the number of credits transferred. The Transfer Credit Office will apply credit based on the appropriateness to specific degree program requirements and curricula.

Transfer courses with grades below “C-” will not be accepted at UVU. Transfer courses are not calculated in the GPA. Individual departments reserve the right to impose limits on the age and grade level of transfer credit. There is no limit to the number of transfer credits that may be accepted; however, UVU graduation requirements such as residence, total credits, and GPA must still be met.

Transfer courses will not be accepted from other institutions for the purpose of posting a repeat on a course already taken at UVU.

Courses in religion will be evaluated on the basis of the particular orientation of the course as determined by the UVU Religious Studies Committee. In order to be considered, these courses must be listed on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution and must demonstrate scholarly rigor and critical engagement with the subject matter.

General Education for Transfer Students

For transfer students from any Utah State Higher Education institution, UVU shall accept at full value all General Education course work approved by the sending institution, provided it meets the minimum C- letter grade requirement, in any area specified by the Board of Regents document R470. These areas include Composition, Quantitative Literacy, Fine Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science, Biology and Physical Science. UVU shall require transfer students to complete any additional coursework needed to satisfy the unmet portions of the UVU General Education requirements. Previously completed General Studies course work shall be applied to assure the best possible fit with UVU’s General Education requirements. As each transfer student’s requirements may vary, see the Graduation Office (BA 114) for specific requirements.

An AA or an AS degree earned at any USHE institution will meet the General Education requirements of UVU. The degree must include equivalents of our English, Mathematics, and American Institutions requirements or the student will have to fulfill these requirements separately.

Upper Division Course Work

Under rare circumstances, and only if subject content is equivalent, 1000 or 2000-level courses transferred from other institutions may be substituted for UVU upper-division courses. However, these courses will not satisfy upper-division credit-hour requirements. The baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 40 hours of upper-division (3000 and 4000-level) credit.

U.S. Institutions outside of Utah

For transfer credit to be accepted by UVU, the institution from which credit is to be transferred must be accredited by one of the following regional associations:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACS-CC)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Jr. Colleges (WASC-Jr.)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Sr. Colleges and Universities (WASC-Sr.)

An AA or AS degree equivalent earned at one of these accredited institutions will meet General Education requirements at UVU. The degree must include equivalents of our English, Mathematics, and American Institutions requirements or the student will have to fulfill these requirements separately.

Non-accredited institutions may be accepted on an exception basis by individual departments.

Military courses are evaluated using the ACE recommendations from the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services.

International and Foreign Institutions

The Graduation/Transfer Office, working with department academic advisors and faculty, is authorized to evaluate credit from foreign colleges, universities, and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diplomas after a student has been admitted to UVU. International students requesting transfer of credit from foreign institutions of higher education must submit a transcript from an approved Foreign Credentials evaluation Service. See BA 114 for a list of these accepted services.

Transfer courses from international and foreign institutions are not calculated in the GPA.

3. Experiential/Challenge Credit

(Equivalency Examination and/or Documentation of Earned Competency)

Credit for any course that appears in the current catalog may be awarded to individuals who can prove through appropriate assessment and/or documentation that they have already acquired the equivalent knowledge and/or expertise required for successful completion of that course.

To receive experiential/challenge credit for a specific course, the student must

  1. be admitted to UVU and currently enrolled for at least three semester hours of credit;
  2. complete the semester in which the challenge credit is awarded with at least three earned semester hours of credit, excluding the challenge credit;
  3. obtain department chair approval prior to step d;
  4. pay in advance a nonrefundable processing fee;
  5. complete a comprehensive examination (theoretical and/or applied) with at least a “C-” grade and/or provide documentation of practical experience to the satisfaction of the department chairperson and dean showing course objectives have been met; OR complete an advanced course with a grade of “C-” or higher as a validation procedure (if deemed necessary by the department);
  6. pay a fee for each approved credit hour.

 

Students may not challenge a class for which they are/or have been enrolled.

No more than 25 percent of the credits applied toward an associate degree, diploma, or certificate may be awarded through challenge credit. Regardless of the certificate, diploma, or degree (to include Bachelor of Science degrees), 16 credit-hours of challenge credit is the maximum that may be applied.

A course may be challenged through prior permission of the department chairperson through enrollment in an advanced class that typically would require previous course work when there is valid evidence that the student may have already achieved the required competency. The competency may have been attained through work experience and/or private study. If the student is successful in the advanced class (grade “C-” or better), he/she may apply for credit, through the offering department’s chairperson, for classes taken as a sequence up to the challenged class. When a class is successfully challenged, a fee is charged for each credit hour.

A specific course may be challenged only once. Duplicate credit will not be awarded.

Credits achieved by the challenge procedure outlined above are recorded as “CR” on the official transcript and will be posted to the transcript at the end of the semester.

4. Language Challenge Credit

Students may obtain an Experiential Language Credit Request Form in the UVU Language Department.

Students who have acquired proficiency in languages offered at UVU by means other than college courses (high school, foreign residency, etc.) may earn up to 18 credit hours. To qualify for these credits, a student must complete a course in that language at a higher level than the credits for which he/she applies; the grade in that course must be a “C-” or better.

To qualify for credit for language courses not offered at UVU, a student may take the appropriate nationally normed language test at an accredited four-year college or university and provide UVU with the satisfactory (C-) test results. In this circumstance, the student should meet with the Languages department chairperson to ascertain the maximum language credits that may be applied to any degree from UVU.

Proficiency tests to determine placement (not credit) in advanced courses are administered in the UVU Classroom Testing Center prior to the beginning of each semester. Students unsure of their language skills should take the test or receive permission from the course instructor before registering for advanced classes.

Students who qualify for credit under the above provisions (for example, they register for, and successfully complete, Spanish 2010 with at least a “C-” grade, thus qualifying for the credits for the previous courses—1010 and 1020) must petition for those credits (application forms are available in the Languages Department) and pay a fee for each credit hour. No additional tuition will be charged for those credits. The credits will be listed on transcripts as “CR” and are not calculated in the GPA.

Additional information regarding language challenge credit and other policies are available from the Languages Department.

5. Advanced Placement Credit

In recognition of the Advanced Placement Program sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board, students who complete an Advanced Placement course in high school and receive a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on the corresponding Advanced Placement Examination may be granted up to 8 credits in that subject. Credit will be posted as a “CR” grade and will not be calculated in the GPA. Students having AP test scores of 3 or higher should contact the Graduation/Transfer Office to ensure posting of the results to their UVU transcripts.

If all residence, credit, and grade point average requirements have been met, there is no limit to the number of Advanced Placement credits that may be accepted.

6. CLEP Credit

(College Level Examination Program)

Students may receive college credit for CLEP exams as specified on the approved list in the Graduation/Transfer Office. Additionally, students intending to transfer to another institution from UVU should articulate with their intended transfer institution to gain advance information on how that institution accepts CLEP credit.

CLEP credit will be posted as a “CR” grade and will not be calculated in the GPA.

The amount of credit given through CLEP subject examinations is determined by the appropriate departments. No more than 16 total CLEP and/or Challenge Credit hours may be awarded.

Course Number System

0000-0999 Remedial or preparatory noncredit courses; may not be counted toward a certificate, diploma, associate, or bachelor’s degree. Technical, nontransferable courses may count toward a certificate.

1000-2999 Lower division (freshman and sophomore courses); courses designed as transfer courses; count toward a certificate, diploma, associate, and/or bachelor’s degree.

3000-5000 Upper division (junior and senior courses); courses designed to count toward a bachelor’s degree, or any other degree as required by department.

6000 Graduate courses; regular courses in master’s level programs.

Learning Enrichment courses with 1000 level numbers do not satisfy General Education requirements for the associate or bachelor’s degrees. These classes may count as electives for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees.

The letter suffix “R” indicates that a course is repeatable for credit (example: PES 161R). Course descriptions indicate the number of “repeats” allowed.

Variable and partial credit is indicated by letter suffixes of “A,” “B,” “C,” etc. (example: ACC 201A = 4 credits and ACC 201B = 2 credits). Changing the hours of credit for a variable-credit class after registration may be done only through the add/drop (class change) procedure. Such changes must be made prior to completion of that partial course.

“Honors” credit courses are identified on the transcript by an “H” following the course number (example: ENGL 225H).

Global/Intercultural credit courses are identified on the transcript by a “G” following the course number (example: ANTH 101G).

 
 

Undergraduate Academic Standards

  • Academic Counseling Center
  • Office: LC 402
  • Telephone: 801-863-8425

 

Policy

Academic standing is determined by the grades a student earns at UVU. A student with his/her most recent semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is in good academic standing. When a full- or part-time undergraduate student fails to maintain a semester or cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, the student shall be notified of progressive academic intervention actions.

This policy does not include nor preclude additional program requirements that may be mandated by specific departmental majors.

Procedures

Academic intervention shall be applied progressively in the order described below.

Alert Status

When a student is not making adequate progress towards course completion and the instructor is unable to resolve the issue with the student, the student may be placed on alert status. A registration hold may be placed on the student’s record. The student must then meet with his/her academic advisor for guidance before the registration hold will be removed.

Academic Warning

When the semester GPA falls below 2.0 and the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above, the student shall be placed on academic warning regardless of alert status. A registration hold shall be placed on the student’s record. The student must complete an academic success warning workshop and meet with his/her academic advisor before the registration hold will be removed.

Academic Probation

When the semester and cumulative GPA both fall below 2.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. A registration hold shall be placed on the student’s record. The student must complete an academic success probation workshop, develop an academic success plan, and meet with his/her academic advisor before the registration hold will be removed.

Continued Academic Probation

If the student on academic probation fails to raise the cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or above in the subsequent semester, the student will be placed on continued academic probation. A registration hold shall be placed on the student’s record and the student must prepare an academic success plan with his/her academic advisor as well as the academic standards counselor before the registration hold will be removed. The student may also be required to attend another academic success probation workshop and/or enroll in a college success class.

All students on continued academic probation will be required to submit an in-progress grade report to the Academic Standards Office in order to register for any subsequent semester(s). The student shall continue to receive advisement from the academic standards counselor, as well as his/her academic advisor, to monitor and promote academic progress.

Academic Suspension

When on continued academic probation, a student receiving a semester and cumulative GPA below 2.0 in a subsequent semester shall be placed on academic suspension. The student shall be immediately dropped from enrollment in all current semester classes and a registration hold shall be placed on the student’s record. The student shall be suspended for a minimum of one full semester. During this time the student is expected to resolve all academic problems that led to the academic suspension.

To re-enroll at the University, a student must submit a Petition for Academic Suspension Review to the Academic Support Committee. This committee will make suggestions for specific customized interventions to be approved by the Academic Standards Committee. A decision shall then be rendered as to whether, and under what conditions, the student may continue to study at the University. The student must complete the requirements set forth by the Academic Standards Committee before the registration hold will be removed.

Academic Probation Returning from Academic Suspension

When the academic suspension petition is granted, the student is allowed to resume his/her academic studies under probation returning from suspension. This status allows the student to register for classes under the guidance of the Academic Standards Office, in conjunction with his/her academic advisor. As long as the student acquires a semester GPA of 2.0 or above in all subsequent semesters and abides by the conditions outlined by the Academic Standards Committee, the student may continue to enroll in classes. The student will remain on academic probation returning from academic suspension until the cumulative GPA is at or above 2.0.

Academic Dismissal

When failing to comply with the conditions set forth by the Academic Standards Committee while on academic probation returning from academic suspension, the student shall be dismissed from the University and immediately dropped from enrollment in all classes. A registration hold shall be placed on the student’s record.

The student may not re-enroll at the University or submit a Petition for Academic Dismissal Review for a minimum of one full calendar year from the date of academic dismissal. During this calendar year, the student may also be required to attend another institution and complete 18 credits with at least a 2.5 GPA. Upon review by both the Academic Support Committee and the Academic Standards Committee, a decision will be rendered as to whether or not, and under what conditions, the student may re-enroll at the University

Any student who returns to the University after being dismissed will be placed on academic probation returning from academic dismissal and will be required to follow the academic plan outlined by the Academic Standards Committee.

Academic Probation Returning from Academic Dismissal

When the Petition for Academic Dismissal Review is granted by the Academic Standards Committee, the student is allowed to continue his/her academic studies on academic probation returning from academic dismissal. The student is allowed to register for classes under the guidance of the Academic Standards Office, in conjunction with his/her academic advisor. As long as the student acquires a semester GPA of 2.0 or above in all subsequent semesters and abides by the conditions outlined by the Academic Standards Committee, the student may continue to enroll in classes. The student will remain on probation returning from dismissal until the cumulative GPA is at or above 2.0.

When a student is unsuccessful at this level and does not have the ability to benefit from continuing with his/her education at the University, academic counseling will be provided by the Academic Standards Office to explore alternative pathways to success.

Appeals

When the student’s Petition for Academic Suspension Review or Petition for Academic Dismissal Review is denied by the Academic Standards Committee, the student may present an appeal to a hearing panel that consists of the Academic Standards Committee and a representative appointed by the President of the Utah Valley University Student Association (UVUSA). After review of the petition, the hearing panel will determine if the student’s appeal is granted or denied. If the appeal is granted, the hearing panel shall determine the conditions for re-enrollment at the University.

If the student is unsatisfied with the hearing panel’s decision, the student has the right to appeal in writing to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Academic Renewal

To facilitate graduation and future academic pursuits for students who have had a period of study that does not reflect their academic potential, UVU will allow a student to petition the Registrar for academic renewal once during his/her enrollment at the university college. This process will allow the removal of some previous academic work for computation of GPA or from credit towards graduation. To be eligible, the following conditions must be met:

  1. The student must be currently enrolled at UVU.
  2. At the time the petition is filed, a minimum of two years must have elapsed since the most recent course work to be eliminated was completed.
  3. Before the petition may be filed, the student must have completed at least 30 semester hours of UVU course work within a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. This course work must have been completed after the course work being considered for elimination.

The student may have a maximum of two semesters/terms of academic course work disregarded in all calculations regarding the computation of total credits and cumulative GPA.  The petition to be filed by the student will specify the semesters/terms to be disregarded.

If the petition qualifies under this policy, the student’s permanent academic record will be suitably annotated to indicate that no work taken during the disregarded semester(s) and/or term(s), even if satisfactory, may apply toward the computation of credits, GPA, academic standing, and/or graduation requirements.  However, all work will remain on the records, ensuring a true and accurate academic history.  The word “Academic Renewal” and the affected semester(s)/term(s) will be annotated on the student’s transcript.

This policy will not be used for individual courses, or for students already holding associate or baccalaureate degrees. Since this is already a policy of exception, no exceptions will be made to the aforesaid conditions. Students should be aware that this policy MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED at transfer institutions. Academic renewal may be requested only once during a student’s academic career at UVU.

Academic Distinction

The Dean’s list recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance during a term or semester. To be eligible:

  1. The student must complete 12 semester hours or more in any semester and a commensurate number of hours in any term.
  2. The student must earn a semester GPA of 3.6 or above.