This page lists motions concerning academic policy that have been passed by the Geneseo College Senate.
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This list is currently complete from Feb 2010 through Feb 2015.
Some students are required to consult with their academic advisors and secure approval for course selections before they are allowed to register for courses. First-year students (students within the first 24 credits at Geneseo), first-semester transfer students,
AOP students in their first four semesters, students on probation, and students whose grade point averages fall below 2.30 are required to obtain approval from their advisors for registration. Other students have the option of self-advising, but the College strongly recommends that all students meet with their academic advisors each semester. Students who self-advise assume full responsibility for their schedule of classes and progress toward completion of degree requirements.
Transfer candidates are encouraged to meet with an admissions advisor to discuss the applicability of their transfer credits to the specific degree programs in which they plan to
matriculate . A transfer evaluation, including a list of equivalent courses at Geneseo for which credit has been granted, is provided at the time of admission. Course credits transfer to Geneseo, grades and quality points earned elsewhere do not transfer. To receive appropriate credit, an applicant must ensure that official transcripts from all previous institutions are on file in the Admissions Office. Final authority on transfer credit acceptance lies with the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services.
Courses completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher education and recorded on official transcripts, are awarded credit under the following conditions:
A maximum of 30 semester credit hours of elective credit is granted for courses that differ significantly in substance or level from the courses that comprise the formal curriculum at Geneseo.
A maximum of 60 semester credit hours may be transferred from two-year, degree-granting institutions.
A maximum of 90 semester credit hours may be awarded for studies completed at four-year, degree-granting institutions (including no more than 60 semester credit hours from two-year institutions). 4 Graduates of community colleges who earn A.A. or A.S. degrees may expect full credit, up to a maximum of 60 semester credit hours, upon enrolling at Geneseo. Based upon a review of the general education component of their programs, A.A.S. degree holders may be awarded full transfer credit. Coursework from proprietary institutions will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis. 5. A grade of C- or above must have been earned for each course accepted for transfer credit when not part of a two-year degree. Students should note that while two-year degree courses with D grades may be used to meet core requirements, the credits will not transfer. ( In general, Geneseo will not accept transfer credit for courses graded on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Exceptional cases are adjudicated by the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services.) For information on transferring credit for single courses taken during summer or intersession at other institutions, see the section on "Studying at Other Colleges" in this bulletin.
Delete Policy on External Credit (now subsumed under Transfer Credit
External Credit Students may apply toward their degree requirements a maximum of 30 credits earned through completion of the Advanced Placement Program, the International Baccalaureate Program, and/or New York State and national college proficiency examination programs. This credit must be approved through the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services.
Some students are required to consult with their academic advisors and secure
their advisor's approval of course selections before they are allowed to register for courses. Freshmen (students within the first 30 credits at Geneseo), first-semester transfer students, AOP students in their first four semesters, students on probation, and students whose grade point averages fall below 2.3 are required to obtain their advisor's approval for registration. Other students have the option of self-advising, but the College strongly recommends that all students meet with their academic advisors each semester. Students who self-advise assume full responsibility for their schedule of classes and progress toward completion of degree requirements.
Academic Load, policy replacement
The recommended academic load for students in their first semester is a maximum of four courses, not including labs, studio and other 1- and 2- credit courses. Students will be allowed to register for a maximum of 17 credits before the first day of classes of the semester. This limit is raised to 19 credits during the first week of classes (or the Drop/Add period). Students with overall GPA of 3.00 or higher and a record of prior semesters with at least 15 earned credits may request special permission from the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services to enroll in more than 19 credits for the semester.
Transfer Credit (condition 5)
A grade of C- or above must have been earned for each course accepted for transfer credit when not part of a two-year degree. Students should note that while two-year degree courses with D grades may
transfer as general electives or to meet core requirements, they will not be accepted as equivalents for any Geneseo courses that require minimum competence of at least a C- or to satisfy major requirements. (In general, Geneseo will not accept transfer credit for courses graded on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Exceptional cases are adjudicated by the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services.) For information on transferring credit for single courses taken during summer or intersession at other institutions, see the section on "Studying at Other Colleges" in this bulletin.
The State University of New York at Geneseo, nationally recognized as a center of excellence in undergraduate education, is a public liberal arts college with selected professional and master's level programs. It combines a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life to create a learning- centered environment. The entire college community works together to develop socially responsible citizens with skills and values important to the pursuit of an enriched life and success in the world.
Attendance at the Beginning of the Semester
In order to establish their intent to pursue a course, all students are expected to attend each course in which they are registered within the first two scheduled class meetings Individual faculty members or departments may request the Office of the Registrar to drop any student who does not attend class by the date specified in the "Attendance Policies for Beginning of a Semester" section of each Master Schedule.
Students who know in advance that they will be out of class during the first
two days of class should, as a first step, notify the Office of the Dean of Students (College Union 354, 245-5706) who will notify the faculty. With the exception of religious observances, the instructor determines whether an absence is excusable. Therefore, students should make every effort to communicate directly and promptly with their respective instructors if they are absent.
Declaring Majors and Minors
Successful completion of a major program is a graduation requirement. Students must declare a major by the beginning of the junior year (i.e., by the time they complete 60 credits). Students who have not declared a major by that time are considered to be not making progress toward a degree and are not eligible for financial aid. In addition, the College reserves the right to prohibit the registration of any student who has not formally declared a major by the time he/she has achieved status as a junior. The major is declared by completing and returning the appropriate form, which is available from the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services, Erwin 106.
Up to two majors are reported on official transcripts and commencement programs.
Additionally, students who wish to major in programs offered by the School of Business and by the School of Education must apply for admission into those programs. Information about admissions standards can be found on the department websites and in the academic program sections of this Bulletin.
Minors are not required for graduation but are offered as an option. Students may declare minors by completing and returning the appropriate form to the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services. Up to two completed minors are reported on official college transcripts. Candidates for teaching certification should also complete the form to identify their certification programs and concentrations. Multiple Majors (section moved)
Students may choose to complete a second
or additional majors . At least 24 credits of a second or additional major must be distinct (i.e., not applied toward any other major of record ). Students may use required related courses outside of their major department to satisfy the requirements of a second major. Students may use courses in second and additional major departments to satisfy the general education requirements in fine arts, critical reasoning, natural science, and social science. Permission is required from a department or school offering two or more majors in order for a student to have a second or additional majors within the same department or school. Students completing two majors must satisfy the writing requirement of their first major. Completion of the requirements of up to two majors is indicated on commencement programs and on students' transcripts.
To be inserted in the Undergraduate Bulletin before the existing policy on Multiple Majors:
Study Abroad (Addition to existing policy)
Students must be in Good Academic Standing in the semester prior to the study abroad. Credits earned through institutions other than Geneseo while on study abroad will be treated as transfer credits and will not be included in the Geneseo GPA. A grade of C- or above must have been earned for each course accepted for transfer credit. Geneseo will not accept transfer credit for courses graded on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Students are not eligible to register for Directed Study credits at Geneseo while on study abroad. SUNY regulations recommend one credit to be awarded per week of study abroad. Students intending to use specific courses taken abroad to fulfill Geneseo requirements must consult and receive prior approval for the courses from their major department and the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services. Up to three credits per semester of courses which do not align significantly in substance and level with the courses that comprise the formal curriculum at Geneseo may be transferred with prior approval. The deadline for pre-approval of courses is May 1 for Fall study abroad and December 1 for Spring study abroad.
Leave of Absence
Students may take Leaves of Absence from their studies for up to two semesters and retain the right to enroll at the College at the end of the Leave without applying for readmission. Students are eligible to take a Leave of Absence from the College if they have a grade point average of at least 2.0 and if they have no outstanding obligations to the College Application forms for Leaves are obtained and filed in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, Erwin 221; forms are also on-line at dean.geneseo.edu Leaves are usually effective as of the beginning of the semester following the one when the application is filed. If student s wish to take a Leave during a semester in progress, an application must be filed before the course withdrawal deadline (approximately two-thirds of the way through the semester) to receive course grades of “W" . In most cases, leaving the College after the withdrawal deadline results in grades of “E” in all courses.
Withdrawing from the College
Students who wish to leave the College permanently must formally withdraw. Students who are not eligible for a Leave of Absence or who wish to be absent for longer than two semesters must withdraw from the College and apply for subsequent readmission. To withdraw, students file an application in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services,
Erwin 221B , and demonstrate that all financial and other obligations to the College have been cleared.
Students who wish to withdraw from the College at the end of a semester must file the appropriate form prior to leaving campus. The deadline for withdrawal from the College during a semester in progress is the published deadline for course withdrawals
(approximately two-thirds of the way through the semester) to receive course grades of “W”; students in academic difficulty who process withdrawal requests after the deadline can still be academically dismissed; a dismissal takes precedence over a withdrawal.
Undergraduate non-matriculated status permits students who are not pursuing a degree program to register for a limited number of credit hours (not more than a total of 15 credits). To maintain satisfactory academic standing in the College, non-matriculated students must earn at least a
1.65 grade point average in every semester in which they are enrolled and complete 50% or more of the semester hours for which they are registered. Applications for non-matriculated status are available from the Office of the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services or visit dean.geneseo.edu. Non-matriculated students may take no more than two courses per semester. Satisfactory Progress Satisfactory progress is defined as: (1) the completion of a minimum of 11 semester hours of course work per semester (8 hours for freshmen and first-semester transfer students) with a passing grade, and (2) a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
students are reviewed for academic probation at the end of each semester. Students will be placed on probation if they fail to complete
a satisfactory number of hours in any given semester , and/or their cumulative GPA falls below 2.00. These students will receive probation letters from the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services. The letter will also recommend that the student take such actions as seeking advisement or counseling and reviewing work schedules. Students placed on academic probation will be required to receive advisement before registration. Students on probation must make satisfactory progress in their next semester or they will be subject to dismissal (i.e., two consecutive probationary semesters will subject students to dismissal proceedings). Unless otherwise stipulated by the Academic Standards Committee or otherwise noted in this Bulletin , students on probation are not precluded from participation in college-sponsored co-curricular activities.
Students are reviewed for academic dismissal at the end of each semester. Students will be dismissed
after two consecutive semesters on probation. Dismissed students are no longer eligible to continue at the College and will be denied further registration. Notification of dismissal is sent by mail and e-mail to the student's home address on record with the College at the end of the semester in question. Each student is responsible for informing the College through the Office of Records and Scheduling of updates and changes to his/her address. Minimum Grade Point Requirements Any student with a GPA below 2.00 shall be on Academic Probation.
Students placed on probation may be restricted from selected academic opportunities requiring a cumulative GPA
above 2.00, such as Internships, Overseas Study, and honors opportunities. Please consult the Office of the Dean of the College for details.
The College defines a "full-time" load as twelve
hours registered and paid for. The "satisfactory progress" load of eleven semester hours is not the same as a "full-time" load.
Students receiving financial aid should consult the Financial Aid Office
, Erwin 107, concerning eligibility to receive or retain financial aid.
To be inserted in the Undergraduate Bulletin after the policy on Grade Appeals:
Any student with a GPA below 2.0 shall be on Academic Probation.
(Motion was not phrased as explicit change to wording of prior policy. Resulting changes are as follows.)
[Note from Senate Chair on 17 Oct 2014: The following is approximate, and will be updated when further information is received.]
Satisfactory Progress is defined as: (1) the completion of a minimum of 11 semester hours of course work per semester (8 hours for freshmen and first-semester transfer students) with a passing grade, and (2) a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
for students with 60 or more hours, or a minimum cumulative grade point average requirement as outlined in the "Minimum Grade Point Requirements" table which follows, for students with fewer than 60 semester hours.
Students are reviewed for academic probation at the end of each semester. Students will be placed on probation if they fail to complete a satisfactory number of hours in any given semester and/or their cumulative GPA falls
within the "Probation" levels in the "Minimum Grade Point Requirements" table which follows. [remainder of paragraph unchanged]
Students are reviewed for academic dismissal at the end of each academic year. Students will be subject to dismissal
if they fail to make satisfactory progress towards their degree any two consecutive semesters and/or if their cumulative GPA falls below the "Dismissal" levels outlined in the "Minmum Grade Point Requirements" table which follows . Students who are dismissed are no longer eligible to continue at the College and will be denied further registration.
Minimum Grade Point Requirements
The pass-fail option is available only for electives, not for any required courses. That is, students may not elect the Pass /Fail option for any course in the major or minor department, for any course used for the major, minor, or concentration, or for any course used to meet core/general education graduation requirements.
To receive a grade of P, a minimum grade of
D must be earned in the course. E grades are translated as F's.
College-level coursework or approved normed test that
shows student proficiency through the first intermediate level (third college semester) of a foreign language. Courses that fulfill this requirement have the designation L/ in their titles.
General Education courses in Foreign Language help students achieve proficiency in
speech and writing as well as familiarity with another culture. Not all students will require the same number of courses to achieve proficiency. The various options for demonstrating proficiency are:
Application for Graduation
Candidates for degrees must apply for graduation by completing a Graduation Application form in the Office of the Registrar in Erwin 102, by deadlines posted on the Academic Calendar
during the semester prior to their anticipated date of graduation. Students qualify for participation in May commencement if they have completed their degree requirements in December of the previous year, by May of the current year , or if they have 16 semester hours or fewer to complete before the following December. Failure to complete a Graduation Application form by posted deadlines may delay their graduation.
Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs
3. Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative average in all courses in their major department applied toward completion of the major, and
at least a 2.00 cumulative average in required related courses (i.e., any courses required by the major department which are outside its own academic discipline ). (In addition, students seeking recommendation from the College for New York State initial certification must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.) Note that some majors require a cumulative average higher than a 2.0 to continue in their programs (see Communicative Disorders and Sciences, School of Business and School of Education).