University Regulations

The Catalog represents a flexible program of current educational plans, offerings, and requirements that may be altered from time to time to carry out the purposes and objectives of the university. The provisions of this publication do not constitute an offer of contract that may be accepted by students through registration and enrollment in the university; the university reserves the right to change any provision, offering, or requirements at any time within the student's period of study.

For ease of use, topics are presented in alphabetical order.

 

Academic Renewal at another University

A student who has enrolled at another regionally accredited institution of higher education under an academic renewal plan (e.g., academic amnesty or bankruptcy) may be considered for Academic Renewal at UNO provided that:

  1. The academic renewal plan at the previous institution meets all the provisions of the academic renewal plan at UNO;
  2. Credits earned since the student entered the program at a previous institution will be evaluated in the same manner as credits for other transfer students; and,
  3. The petition for Academic Renewal is submitted for approval to The Office of Admissions and subsequently to the student's Academic College.

For Scholastic Amnesty/Renewal at the University of New Orleans, please see "Scholastic Amnesty/Renewal". Please contact Office of Admissions for further information about academic Renewal and Scholastic Amnesty.

Academic Standing - General

Scholastic regulations embody the academic standards of a university. The application of the following regulations is directed toward upholding the standards of this University - specifically, to impose the requirement of satisfactory academic progress. Continuation of students who have demonstrated a lack of the necessary ability, preparation, industry, or maturity to make such progress and to benefit from a Program of Study is inconsistent with the purposes and responsibilities of a University.

The academic regulations set forth the conditions for Good Standing, Probation, and Suspension/Dismissal. These regulations are intended to be consistent with the following objectives:

  1. To indicate to the student, at an early date and with regularity, that achievement below the standards required for graduation is regarded as unsatisfactory.
  2. To allow the first-time freshman the opportunity to remain a student until he/she has attempted two enrollments.
  3. To give the student who performs poorly a warning which may prompt him or her to seek timely help from instructors, counselors or other appropriate sources.
  4. To provide the student whose record shows that ultimate success in the University is in doubt with a trial period to prove that he/she is able to make reasonable academic progress.
  5. To prevent the student who lacks the required motivation or maturity from building a deficiency of quality points so great that it cannot later be overcome.
  6. To state the standards and the consequent results of inadequate scholastic performance clearly enough that students, parents, faculty, and administrators can know the academic action (if any) which would follow from a particular academic record.

Academic Good Standing

It is expected that all undergraduate students should maintain a cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0 CGPA on all college work attempted and on all work attempted at UNO. The University will, however, certify a student to be in Good Standing as long as that student has a CGPA that does not result in an Academic Suspension or Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal.

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on Academic Probation when their CGPA falls below a 2.0. A student on Academic Probation will be suspended from the University at the conclusion of any semester (Summer included) in which he/she fails to earn a Term Grade Point Average (TGPA) – (see definition in this section) of at least a 2.0 (see Academic Suspension below). A student will remain on Academic Probation until a Cumulative Grade-Point average of 2.0 or higher is achieved for all college work attempted.

Academic Suspension

Undergraduate students on Academic Probation will be suspended from UNO at the conclusion of any semester (Summer included) in which they fail to earn a TGPA of at least a 2.0. First-time freshmen admitted in Good Standing will not be suspended prior to the completion of two semesters of enrollment.

Academic Suspension/Dismissal (Indefinite Academic Suspension)

Undergraduate students earning a second Academic Suspension at The University of New Orleans are placed on Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal which will be for a period of one calendar year from the date of the last term in which the academic action was accrued. Any student who is not permitted to re-enroll for continuing semesters must apply for re-admission upon completion of the prescribed period of absence. Prior admission decisions will not guarantee re-admission to the University.

Academic Suspension/Dismissal Exceptions

  1. A student suspended for the first time at the end of the Spring semester (only) may attend summer school. If the student raises their CGPA to 2.0 or higher, they are placed in Good Standing and their suspension period is lifted. The student may then attend the Fall semester. If the student does not raise their CGPA to 2.0 or higher in the Summer session, the Suspension for the Fall semester is in effect. In this case, only one suspension is counted against the student.
  2. An undergraduate student suspended from UNO may not earn degree credit from another 4 year university, but may enroll in a community college. To ensure minimal or no loss of credits upon return to UNO, it is recommended the student consult with his/her advisor regarding the choice of courses to be taken at the community college. Credits earned under these conditions may be accepted for a degree at UNO provided grades of "C" or higher are earned in each of the courses to be transferred.

Academic Suspension or Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal - Readmission

A student who has been suspended or dismissed from the University will not be permitted to register until the expiration of their academic action (see descriptions above). The student must re-apply for Admission to the University through the Office of Admissions.

Academic Warning

A student is placed on Academic Warning when the earned Semester/Term Grade Point Average(TGPA) falls below a 2.0 yet the earned Cumulative Grade Point Average (CPGA) remains higher than a 2.0. This academic action serves as a warning to the student their CGPA will be negatively impacted by future Semester/Term GPA's lower than the required CGPA of 2.0.

First Suspension – first Suspension at The University of New Orleans is one full semester (Fall or Spring only).

Second or Subsequent Suspension – second or subsequent Suspensions at The University of New Orleans is categorized as Indefinite Academic Suspension/Dismissal. See description above.

Advanced Standing - Advanced Credit (Other)

Advanced credit may be awarded for certain subject examinations completed through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and for non-collegiate courses recommended for credit by the National Guide to Credit Recommendations for Non-Collegiate Courses. Credit so earned may or may not be applicable to the student's degree program; final determination will be made by the student's Dean. Prospective students desiring detailed information on these programs are advised to write to the Office of Admissions requesting a brochure on advanced placement and credit.

Advanced Standing - Advanced Placement Credit for Courses Bypassed by New Freshmen

In some departments, initial placement in sequential courses is based upon level of achievement from earlier training, as measured by scores on American College Testing program or departmental tests. Students who secured placement in this way above the normal beginning level may petition for credit in the courses bypassed contingent upon earning a satisfactory score on the departmental bypass test. No credit is allowed for remedial courses bypassed. More information is available on the department sites. Completion of assessment for bypass credit must be completed prior to earning 60 academic credits.

Advanced Standing - CEEB Advanced Placement Examinations

Advanced placement and credit will be granted in appropriate subjects to students who have taken the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board. When the student has achieved a grade of four or five on the advanced placement examination, credit will be granted; when the grade is three, the decision regarding credit will be referred to the judgment of the individual department.

Questions concerning the recording of these grades should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

Advanced Standing - Credit Limitation

Credit from all forms of advanced standing examinations (including those of the College Entrance Examination Board and the College Level Examination Program) and from bypass credit cannot exceed 30 hours. This credit cannot be used to reduce the University's minimum residence requirement.

Advanced Standing Examinations/Opportunities - General

Students of superior ability and preparation and students who have already gained fundamental knowledge of subjects offered at the University may be permitted to take Advanced Standing Examinations in specific courses which, if passed satisfactorily, will enable the student to receive degree credit. Advanced Standing Examinations are also referred to as 'Credit Examinations'.

Requests for permission to utilize such examinations are initiated in the office of the dean of the college, school, or division in which the student is enrolled, and permission may be given subject to the following conditions:

  1. Credit by Advanced Standing Examinations cannot be used to reduce the University's minimum residence requirement;
  2. The student must have been admitted to the University and must be in Academic Good Standing. If the examinations are taken while the student is not enrolled in the University, credit will be granted when he/she is registered for resident study.
  3. In requesting authorization to take an Advanced Standing Examination, the student must obtain permission from the Chair of the Department offering the course and the Dean of the College in which the course is taught.
  4. A student may not take an Advanced Standing Examination in a course which he/she has audited, nor in which a grade has been earned. A student may take an Advanced Standing Examination in a given course only once.

The administration of the examinations is also subject to the following regulations:

  1. The examination must ordinarily be taken and the grade submitted within 30 days of the date of initiation of the request.
  2. If a grade of C or higher is earned on the examination, a mark of P and regular credit in the course is entered on the student's record. If a grade lower than C is earned, only the fact that the examination has been attempted will be recorded; credit will not be allowed. Credit earned through Advanced Standing Examinations will not be used in computing the student's Grade Point Average.
  3. Advanced Standing Examinations are given free of charge to the student planning to enroll at UNO as a freshman, and until the final date for dropping courses without receiving grades for the first regular semester in which he/she is enrolled either part-time or full-time as a first-year student. All other students must pay a fee of $20 per course.

A special invitation only program is conducted during the spring of each year in which prospective freshmen who meet certain minimum ACT score qualifications come to the campus and take Advanced Standing Examinations in one or more subjects. There is no fee for these exams and credits earned will be entered on the student's record after official enrollment at UNO.

Advanced Standing - Validation of Advanced Placement

The validity of placement must be established by passing the next course in the sequence with a C or better grade (on the first attempt). Detailed information may be secured at the office of the college or division in which the student is enrolled.

Appeals - Grades

The course final grade appeal policy provides the student with a safeguard against receiving an unfair final grade in a course, while at the same time respecting the academic freedom of the instructor which is vital to the integrity of the teaching process at The University of New Orleans. The course final-grade appeal process strives to resolve a dispute between student and instructor in the assignment of a course final grade at the collegial level. The intent is never to embarrass or disgrace students or instructors, nor to assess penalty or retribution on any party when mistakes are discovered, but instead to provide a neutral forum for the discussion of differences of opinion. Every student has the right to have a request for consideration of his/her final grade reviewed by the Chair of the department and a departmental Grade Appeal Committee. The course final-grade appeal is confined to charges of unfair action against an individual student and may not involve a challenge of an instructor's class grading standard. It is incumbent on the student to substantiate the claim that his/her final grade in the course represents unfair treatment, compared to the standard applied to the remainder of the class. Only the final grade in a course may be appealed. Grade appeals must be initiated within one semester of the end of the academic semester in which the grade was earned – See the Student Handbook for appeal procedures.

Appeals – Student (General)

When extraordinary circumstances compel a student to request an exception to University Policy or Regulations, the student must petition the Committee for Student Appeals, a standing committee of the Office of Academic Affairs, for exception.

  1. Requests for exceptions must be made within one semester following the end of the semester that is being appealed.
  2. Students may not petition for exceptions after graduating.
  3. All committee procedures are confidential, respecting the privacy of the student.
  4. Committee decisions are final.

The procedure for appeal can be found on the Appeal Form found on the Registrar's Website at http://registrar.uno.edu.

Attendance Regulations – Online

Students are required to log in to each online course by the second day of the week in which the course officially begins or the day of enrollment during the late registration period to complete the initial postings required in the course.

Students must review the attendance requirements of the course in which they are enrolled.

Students are strongly advised to check e-mail daily in addition to logging in to the course on a regular basis.

Attendance Regulations - Traditional

Students

All students are expected to regularly and punctually attend classes in which they are enrolled. Failure to do so may jeopardize a student's scholastic standing and may lead to suspension from the University.

Students are responsible for the effect absences have on all forms of evaluating course performance. The student is responsible for arranging the allowed make-up of any missed work.

Faculty

Faculty are required to state, in writing, their expectations regarding class attendance.

Faculty are expected to work with students to allow for completion of classwork and assignments if the student's absence results from his/her required participation in a University-sponsored activity provided that, prior to the absence, the student makes arrangement to complete all missed work.

Students are usually allowed to make up work and/or tests missed because of serious illness, accident, or death in the immediate family.

 Catalog Year

The maximal period of time for which the provisions of any Catalog may be considered valid is seven years.  Students who began a degree program seven or more years prior to the date of their anticipated graduation must consult their academic dean to determine which Catalog must be followed.

The university will make a reasonable effort to honor the requirements in the student's catalog year. However, because courses and programs are sometimes changed, the university shall make the final determination of whether
or not degree requirements are satisfied.

Catalog year for degree seeking students

Degree-seeking students (new and transfer students) must adhere to the requirements for an undergraduate degree based on the University Catalog at the time of entry into the university. This catalog may be used for a maximum of seven years provided enrollment is not interrupted for two or more consecutive regular semesters not including summer sessions.

Catalog year for re-entry degree seeking students

Degree-seeking students whose enrollment is interrupted for two or more consecutive semesters must reapply to the university and follow the requirements in the catalog at the time of readmission.

Catalog year for transfer students with a Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree

Degree-seeking transfer students who have completed a Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree may use the University Catalog in effect at the time of their first entry into an approved Louisiana Community College.  The transfer to UNO must be made within three years of their first entry into the community college and provided enrollment has not been interrupted for two or more consecutive regular semesters not including summer sessions.

Catalog year – Changing catalog year, changing major within a college, or changing colleges

UNO students changing from one major to another (Changing major within a college or changing colleges) must meet the requirements in the catalog in effect at the time of the major change.

Students may change their catalog year or major at any time; however, after the term has begun (the first day of classes), the change of catalog year or major will be made effective for the next available term. All changes must be declared at least one semester prior to the expected graduation term.

Catalog year - Adding a major, minor and/or concentration

Students will not be allowed to change their Program of Study/Major for the current term.  The current term begins on the first day of classes.  Students may change their Program of Study/Major at any time; however, after the term has begun (first day of classes), the change of Program of Study/Major will be made effective for the next available term.  All Major, Minor, Concentration or Option changes must be declared at least one semester prior to the expected graduation term.  Additional Majors or Minors can be dropped at any time

Changing Catalog Year

Students will not be allowed to change their Catalog Year for the current term. The current term begins on the first day of classes. Students may change their Catalog Year at any time; however, after the term has begun (the first day of classes), the change of Catalog Year will be made effective for the next available term. All Catalog Year changes must be declared at least one semester prior to the expected graduation term.

Classification - Student

Classification of undergraduate students is made in the Office of the Registrar based on the number of credits earned, and is revised, as may be necessary.

The rules governing the classification of undergraduate students are:

  1. Freshmen: Students having fewer than 30 hours of credit (0 – 29.99).
  2. Sophomores: Students having at least 30 hours of credit (30 – 59.99).
  3. Juniors: Students having at least 60 semester hours of credit (60 – 89.99).
  4. Seniors: Students having at least 90 semester hours of credit  (90+).

Code of Student Conduct

Please refer to the following link:

http://www.uno.edu/student-affairs/student-policies/index.aspx

Concurrent Registration

A student registered at UNO may not automatically receive degree credit at UNO for any work taken concurrently at another college or university or by correspondence study. Any work taken concurrently at another college or university would be subject to UNO's transfer articulation policies and evaluation criteria. Students must have approval from their college dean before seeking concurrent enrollment.

Contact Information

Students are responsible for accurately maintaining their demographic contact information via the University's web portal – WebSTAR. The University considers each student's school/UNO email address as the official, formal contact point. All official university correspondence will be sent to this address. Students should further maintain their physical addresses via WebSTAR as there are periodic occasions when students will be contacted via United States Postal Service. The University will consider all correspondence mailed to a student at their email or physical address currently on file to have been received unless it is returned to the sender.

Credits and Semester Hours

In accordance with Federal guidelines, The University of New Orleans defines a credit hour as (a) the amount of student time investment that reasonably approximates one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or (b) at least an equivalent amount of work as outlined in (a) for other academic activities as established by the University including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. In accordance with commonly accepted practices in higher education, UNO operates on a 50-minute hour for this definition.

For each course, the course syllabus will document the amount of in-class (or other direct faculty instruction) and out-of-class work required to earn the credit hour(s) assigned to the course. Out-of-class work will include all forms of credit-bearing activity, including but not limited to assignments, readings, studying, observations, conducting research, writing, and musical practice.

Where available, the university grants academic credit for students who verify via competency-based testing, that they have accomplished the learning outcomes associated with a course that would normally meet the requirements outlined above (e.g. AP credit, CLEP, and departmental exams)."

Credit for Armed Services Courses

Many military educational programs are not directly usable in university degree programs because the focus is too narrow and pragmatic. On the other hand, some service schools provide instruction which may be equated with university work.

When the student presents the Office of Admissions with an official record of completion of a course at a service school, a notation will be made on the student's evaluation sheet in accordance with the recommendation of the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services prepared by the American Council on Education. Credit for such courses may or may not be applicable toward the student's degree program; this will be determined by the student's Dean.

Credit for Correspondence and Extension Work

Each college fixes the amount of degree credit it will accept in correspondence or extension courses. In no case will a College accept more than 30 hours of work in this category and in all such work presented for degree credit the same requirements as to grades and quality points must be met.

Credit for Experiential Learning

The University does not evaluate experiential learning portfolios. However, for non-traditional educational programs, credit may be awarded on the basis of the successful completion of an appropriate advanced standing examination. Discretion for giving such an examination belongs to the individual academic department. In addition, formal education programs sponsored by non-collegiate organizations (business, industry, government, voluntary, and professional agencies) may be awarded credit if recommended by the American Council on Education.

Credit Limitation

Combined credit from advanced standing examinations, bypassed credit, armed services credit, correspondence/extension, and American Council on Education recommended credit work cannot exceed 30 hours.

Credit for Repeated Courses

When a student is permitted to repeat a course for credit, the last grade earned shall be the one which determines course acceptability for degree credit. A student who has earned a C or better in a course may not repeat that course unless,

  1. the catalog description indicates that the course may be repeated for credit, or
  2. the student's Dean gives prior approval for documented extenuating circumstances.

Credit from Other Institutions

Through the Office of Academic Affairs, the University Registrar and the Executive Director of Enrollment Services share responsibility for the admission of transfer students and the acceptance of transfer credit as applicable toward the degree at the University of New Orleans. The University of New Orleans transfer admission policies abide by Board of Regents Policy, the Undergraduate Catalog, the Graduate Catalog, and are posted on the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the University Registrar's website.

Undergraduate Admissions

An undergraduate transfer applicant should request each college or university he or she has attended to send a transcript to the Office of Admissions. Upon receipt of all transcripts, the previously earned credit is reviewed and a Cumulative Grade Point Average is determined for purposes of admission. Once admission has been determined, those credits are then evaluated for application toward those courses making up the degreed program of study. The University of New Orleans will only apply the credit earned from the transferring institution and not the quality points of the credit earned from the transferring institution toward the calculation of the UNO Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) used in the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress. Additional information may be found at the following sites:

Office of the University Registrar

Courses evaluated by The University of New Orleans for credit earned from regionally accredited institutions will carry the grade earned at the institution where the courses were taken if the grading system used is comparable to UNO's grading system. However, credits earned at foreign colleges and universities will carry the grade of "P". Technical and vocational credits are not accepted, credits for varsity sports, or credits from non-accredited institutions are not accepted. Transfer students should become familiar with sections of this Catalog concerning the grading system, course repeat policy, and other academic regulations.

The extent to which any transfer courses may be applied toward a degree at UNO is determined by the Academic Dean of each College.  A transfer student may complete requirements for graduation in the UNO Catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment unless the student elects to change to another curriculum or there is a break of one semester or more in attendance at UNO.

Students who wish to transfer credits to UNO which were earned in a nontraditional manner (i.e., College Level Examination Program Subject or General Examinations, Advanced Placement, or Departmental Examinations),will have these evaluated by the Office of Admissions, through the Office of Academic Affairs, will be granted for Departmental Examinations and College Level Examination Program Examinations if the course(s) are listed on the student's official transcript with a passing grade or the equivalent, and are within the policies for credit at the University of New Orleans.  Advanced placement credit will be given in areas in which UNO normally grants such credit as shown elsewhere in this Catalog.

Transfer students who have question(s) concerning their transfer evaluation may request a review of the evaluation by their academic dean, their department head, the Director of Admissions, and/or the head(s) of the department in which the course(s) are offered at UNO. Requests must be made in writing to the Director of Admissions and must list the specific course(s) in question. The student may be required to furnish course descriptions and may be required to appear before the appropriate college or department personnel.

In order to facilitate a more efficient transfer of courses among public colleges and universities, the Louisiana Board of Regents has established a Master Course Articulation Matrix. This matrix indicates transfer equivalences of courses among Louisiana's public college and universities, and may be accessed through the Board of Regents' webpage at http://regents.la.gov . It remains, however, the prerogative of the receiving institution as to whether a course will count toward a particular Major, whether a particular grade is required, or whether the course will satisfy general education requirements. Students should therefore always contact UNO prior to transferring courses.

Credit from other institutions – Limitations on Community or Junior Colleges

All academic hours earned at a community or junior college will be posted on the UNO transcript upon the student's transfer. However, the maximum number of hours transferable from a community or junior college for degree credit is sixty. No credit earned at a community or junior college may be used for credit at the 3000 or 4000 course level. The University of New Orleans will only apply the credit earned from the transferring institution and not the quality points of the credit earned from the transferring institution toward the calculation of the UNO Cumulative Grade Point Average used in the calculation of Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Cross-Enrollment Agreements between UNO and Southern University in New Orleans, Delgado Community College, and Elaine P. Nunez Community College

Through separate formal agreements between UNO and Southern University in New Orleans and Delgado and Elaine P. Nunez Community Colleges, UNO students may register for a limited number of classes at each of these institutions when they register at UNO. Students should contact the Office of their College Dean or the University Registrar for information regarding the procedures to be followed in this process.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

A student's cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted. (See Undergraduate Grading System in this chapter for the quality points assigned to each final grade.)

Declaring Majors

Students must declare an academic Major by the time they earn 45 credit hours. Transfer students must declare an academic Major within one semester of enrolling in the University.

Declaring Minors, Concentrations and Options

Students who choose to pursue a Minor, Concentration or Option must declare the Minor, Concentration or Option at least one academic semester prior to the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Degree Audit

The University of New Orleans offers a comprehensive Degree Audit through WebStar (accessed through the student's Advising Center).  The Degree Audit is an 'electronic map' of all the Programs of Study offered at the University of New Orleans.  The Degree Audit enables a student to not only view the courses required to earn their particular degree, it also applies those courses earned toward the degree - ultimately allowing the student to view their academic progress in 'real time' in an electronic format.  Additionally, a student can perform a 'What-if' analysis using the Degree Audit to determine how those credits they previously earned might be utilized in a different Program of Study, should they choose to change their Major.  Students are encouraged to use this self-advising tool as it will always be used as the university's official certification toward fulfillment of graduation requirements.

Degree Requirements - General

In accordance with University of Louisiana System policy (Chapter II, Section VIII, Baccalaureate Degrees Requirements), The University of New Orleans organizes undergraduate degree requirements into three categories: 1) General Education (Core) requirements, 2) Other requirements and 3) Major requirements.

  • General Education courses are mandated by the Board of Regents and should generally be taken at the Freshman and Sophomore level. Specific requirements related to general education courses are explained in more detail within the Catalog.
  • Other coursework requirements vary according to the degree pursued. In general, courses in this category include college-specific requirements for the Program of Study, program-specific requirements for the Program of Study, and courses that serve as a prerequisite for other courses included in the major requirements of the selected program of study.
  • Major requirements comprise a minimum of 25% of the total credit hours required to complete the Program of Study although each Program of Study determines the number of credit hours required in this category. This category of degree requirements consist of a specified group of courses in a particular discipline(s) or field(s). A minimum of 50% of the courses included in the Major requirements must be at the 3000+ level. A minimum of 50% of the credit hours used to satisfy the Major requirements must be taken at The University of New Orleans.

Major requirements may include a concentration or option depending on the specific Program of Study addressed. A Concentration is an alternative track of courses within a Major or Option, accounting for at least 30% of the Major requirements. An Option is an alternative track of courses within a Major, accounting for 50% to 80% of the Major requirements. Specific requirements for the concentrations and/or options offered at The University of New Orleans may be found in the degree requirements explanation for a specific Major.

Students pursuing a Major cannot earn a Minor in the same field simultaneously or subsequent to the Major, if it has been previously earned. Similarly, students pursuing a Minor cannot earn a Major in the same field simultaneously or subsequent to the Minor, if it has been previously earned.

Some degree Programs of Study include additional requirements such as satisfactory performance on one or more assessments, licensing examination scores, completion of an internship or capstone experience, or other elements included in the Program. Specific requirements may be found in the appropriate section of the catalog describing a specific Major.

Distance Learning

Distance learning is a formal educational process in which the majority of instruction (interaction between instructors and students) occurs when students and instructors are not in the same physical location. Distance learning courses may employ the internet, broadcast, audio, video, or recordings. Instruction may be asynchronous or synchronous.

Asynchronous learning uses online learning resources to facilitate instruction outside the constraints of time and location, meaning students may take courses to accommodate their busy schedules. Asynchronous course content at UNO is available through Moodle, an open source course management system (CMS). Online degree programs and courses are generally asynchronous.

Synchronous learning refers to instruction that occurs at a designated class time through synchronous tools such as Adobe Connect, WebEx and Skype. Synchronous instruction requires students to attend classes on a regular schedule.

Modality  Course Description Course Section Number
Asynchronous Fully online courses that do not require synchronous interaction between instructors and students. 476-480
Hybrid Half of instruction via distance (at minimum), but may require some synchronous or physical interaction within courses. 495-499
Synchronous Compressed video courses 410-475
  Web conference courses 486-490
  Second Life courses on UNO virtual campus 481-485

To protect the integrity of its educational courses and programs, the university takes measures to ensure that a student awarded academic credit is the same student who successfully completes course requirements. Students enrolled in any distance learning course may be required to participate in authentication methods such as a) secure login and pass code, b) proctored examinations, or c) new or other technologies and practices that are effective in verifying student identification. There may be additional charges associated with proctored examinations or other verification processes. If applicable, this authentication requirement and associated fees will be clearly stated on the course syllabus.

To learn more about online learning at UNO or to view lists of online degree programs and courses, please visit http://www.uno.edu/globaluno/online-learning.aspx.

Eligibility to Represent the University

No student will be permitted to represent the University unless he/she is classified as a full-time student. Students may participate as members, substitutes, or officers so long as they are enrolled for at least six semester hours unless otherwise indicated by a particular unit or organization. Organizations may include dramatic, literary, musical or other types including Student Government.

Enrollment Classification - Full-time Students

For undergraduate students:

  • Fall and Spring - enrolled for twelve or more hours in total; special permission required to enroll in more than 19 hours*
  • Session A or Session B - enrolled for six or more hours in total; special permission required to enroll in more than 6 hours*
  • Summer – enrolled in six or more hours in total; special permission required to enroll in more than 12 hours*


* See Maximum and Minimum Work later in this chapter

For graduate students:

  • Fall and Spring – enrolled for nine or more hours in total*
  • Summer – enrolled in six or more hours in total*

*See Graduate Section of the Catalog for additional information.

A candidate for graduation may request to be classified as a full-time student in the semester or summer session during which he/she is scheduled to complete the requirements for a degree, even though the number of hours scheduled is less than that ordinarily required for classification as a full-time student. A student thus classified full-time is required to pay the fees appropriate to the full-time classification.

Enrollment Classification - Part-time Students

Students who do not qualify as full-time students as defined in the section above are part-time students. A part-time student is subject to all University rules concerning registration, attendance, scholarship, and conduct. Students are considered half-time if they are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours but no more than 11 credit hours. Please consult with the Office of Enrollment Services to determine the impact of part-time status on Financial Aid awards.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The University of New Orleans complies with all guidelines as established in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380). This Act was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.

University policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions of the Act. Copies of the policy can be found in the following offices: Admissions, President's Office, Academic Affairs, Office of Business Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Personnel Records, each college/school/division/dean's office, each academic department office, and on the web at http://academicaffairs.uno.edu/ .

Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the University Registrar.

Final Examinations

Final examinations are required and shall be held at the end of each semester/term or summer session in accordance with the schedule issued by the Office of Academic Affairs. When final examinations are inappropriate because of the nature of the course, exceptions to this requirement may be made upon approval of the appropriate Dean and the Office of Academic Affairs.

Final Exam - Conflict Resolution

When a student is scheduled for three or more final examinations in one day, the student may request rescheduling of one of the examinations through his/her Dean. If one of the exams is a group final exam, then attempts to reschedule non-group exams should be made first.  The Dean, Department Head, and faculty member will make every effort to accommodate the student when such a request is made. Final examinations for classes meeting at times other than those posted by The Office of the University Registrar will be scheduled during the week of finals at a time agreed upon by the faculty member and students. The Office of the University Registrar in conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs are the final authority should agreements not be reached at the departmental level.

General Education (Core) - Assessment

Educational assessment is the systematic collection, analysis, and use of data related to academic programs. The General Education assessment package is designed to measure the extent to which students have attained those competencies identified by the university. Data collected will be used for program improvement purposes rather than determination of individual student progression through a program of study. Participation in assessment activities related to general education goals is a requirement for all undergraduate students.

General Education (Core) Requirements - Overview

The General Education (Core) curriculum at The University of New Orleans is a set of course requirements designed to expose students to a wide range of academic disciplines. Through General Education, students learn basic content and methodology of fundamental knowledge areas including humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, as well as natural sciences and mathematics. This broad educational experience is intended to encourage intellectual inquiry and provide a solid foundation for all undergraduate students.

The General Education (Core) curriculum adheres to policies and requirements of the University of Louisiana System, Louisiana Board of Regents, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges.

To become eligible for a baccalaureate degree from The University of New Orleans, a student must fulfill the following General Education requirements mandated by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the University of Louisiana System:

  1. Complete the following courses:
    1. English Composition - 6 hours. English 1157 and 1158/1159 or their equivalent. Completion of 1158 or 1159 with a grade of C or better.
 
    2. Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning - 6 hours.
    3. Science Natural/Life/Physical Sciences - 9 hours, including a six hour sequence in one science and an additional three hour course in another. One of the sciences must be Biological Sciences and the other one must be Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Physics.
 
    4. Humanities - 9 hours to include: 

      1. 3 hours in Literature*.

      2. 6 additional hours to be taken from the Film and Theater; English; Foreign Languages; History; Philosophy; Women's and Gender Studies**. 
    5. Social/Behavioral Sciences*** - 6 hours from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and/or Urban Studies.
    6. Fine Arts**** - 3 hours to be taken from the Fine Arts, Music, or theatre/dance/film-related courses in Film and Theater.
  2. Earn a minimum of 120 hours including at least 25 percent of the credit hours for the degree through      instruction offered by the University*****. 
  3.  Achieve a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or better in:
    • all work attempted (the Cumulative Grade Point Average or CGPA),
    • all work taken at UNO (the UNO CGPA or UGPA), and,
    • the major subject (the Degree Grade Point Average or DGPA).

Since each curriculum has requirements in addition to those listed above, students should consult the appropriate section of this Catalog to determine such additional requirements and restrictions as may apply to the particular degree program.

*Writing, linguistics, and grammar studies are not considered literature.

**Transfer courses in religious studies may be used to fulfill Humanities requirement(s).

***Other subjects under the Social Sciences in Area of Concentration may not count for this General Degree Requirement.

****Transfer courses in architecture, dance, interior design or landscape architecture may be used to meet the Arts requirement.

*****No more than 60 hours required for the completion of a degree program may be transferred from a junior college.

A current menu of approved courses that satisfy general education requirements may be found at http://www.uno.edu/general-education/course-menu.aspx. There are some program-specific exceptions to this list as noted in the degree requirements of the program pursued (see appropriate section of the Catalog). A course identified as an exception may only be applied to that specific program of study. Students should consult an advisor prior to enrolling to determine whether a course satisfies the general education requirements for their particular academic degree program. See the Satisfaction of General Education Degree Requirement table for specific student scenarios.

General Education (Core) Goals - Overview

The University of New Orleans provides its undergraduate students equality of access to educational opportunities and seeks to nurture in them scholarship, academic excellence, the ability to work productively with others, and leadership for citizenship in a modern environment. The General Degree Requirements established at the founding of UNO and most recently modified by a 2010 mandate of the Board of Regents further these goals by providing a common general education for all who complete an Undergraduate Program of Study.

All students completing a baccalaureate degree attain appropriate competencies identified by the university, as follows:

  1. Communication 
- Students communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  2. Collaboration 
- Students participate effectively in collaborative activities and cooperative learning.
  3. Critical Thinking - Students evaluate claims, arguments, evidence, and hypotheses.
  4. Contextual Analysis
 - Students analyze contemporary issues within the context of diverse disciplinary perspectives.
  5. Quantitative Reasoning 
- Students demonstrate the ability to use quantitative analysis to solve problems.
  6. Information Literacy 
- Students demonstrate effective use of technology to attain credible information for a specific purpose.

General Education (Core) Student Learning Outcomes

All students completing a baccalaureate degree achieve the following student learning outcomes identified by the university:

  1. Read with comprehension.
  2. Write effectively using supportive, synthesized evidence and document sources.
  3. Speak cogently in presenting information.
  4. Listen effectively.
  5. Actively participate in structured, recursive processes where two or more students work together toward a common goal.
  6. Share knowledge, adjust to unforeseen circumstances, make decisions, and build consensus.
  7. Accurately interpret evidence, thoughtfully evaluate alternative points of view, draw judicious conclusions, justify results, and explain reasoning.
  8. Engage in skepticism, judgment, free thinking, abstract reasoning, questioning and understanding.
  9. Recognize and appreciate cultural diversity so as to participate intelligently and actively in society.
  10. Evaluate issues within multicultural, global and international contexts.
  11. Develop a personal value system while retaining tolerance for others.
  12. Apply mathematical concepts and skills to solve problems and communicate solutions.
  13. Articulate and advocate appropriate applications of quantitative reasoning in various settings.
  14. Understand the scientific method.
  15. Determine extent of information required, access information efficiently, evaluate information and its sources critically.
  16. Use information appropriately to accomplish a specific purpose.
  17. Understand the economic, legal, ethical and social issues surrounding use of information.

Grade Reports

The University reports grades at mid-semester and at the end of each semester for all students. Only the grades reported at the end of the semester (final grades) are used in the computation of the student's grade-point averages. Mid-semester grades are simply an indication of the student's progress and are not calculated in the summer session.

The University does not mail final grade reports. Students may access their grades through WebStar.

Graduation Requirements - Double Major in a Single Degree Designation

Students who wish to earn two Majors simultaneously in the same college at UNO may do so, provided they:

  1. Complete all requirements for each major,
  2. Meet all quality point average and grade requirements applicable to each major,
  3. Complete requirements for both majors before receiving the baccalaureate degree,
  4. Meet the residency requirement for each major (typically, the last 30 hours or 25% of earned credit hours must be taken at UNO – students should check with their College for specific requirements), and,
  5. The student cannot declare a Minor in one of the Major curriculum areas.

(Any student who receives a baccalaureate degree after completing the requirements for only one major must comply with the guidelines for a second baccalaureate degree.) Students wishing to double major in subjects in different colleges may do so provided both majors lead to the same degree designation (e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.). In these cases, however, students should check with each college to decide whether it would be best to pursue the dual major or the dual degree.

Graduation Requirements - Earning two degrees simultaneously at UNO

Students who wish to earn two baccalaureate degrees at UNO simultaneously may do so, provided the Majors have different degree designations (e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) and they:

  1. Complete all requirements for both degrees,
  2. Meet all quality point average and grade requirements applicable to both degrees,
  3. Develop degree plans with both colleges if the two degrees being sought are in different colleges,
  4. Meet the residency requirement for each degree major (typically, the last 30 or 25% of the earned credit hours must be taken at UNO – students should check with their College for specific requirements), and,
  5. Students cannot declare a Minor in the area in which the other baccalaureate is being earned.

(Any student who receives a baccalaureate degree after completing the requirements for only one Major must comply with the guidelines for a second baccalaureate degree.)

Graduation Requirements - General

A student must meet all the requirements for a degree in one Catalog. A student is assigned their Catalog (by year) corresponding to their initial enrollment to the University. A student who breaks enrollment (either voluntary or by compulsion) is assigned a new Catalog (by year) upon re-enrollment to the University. A student may elect to change their Program of Study/Major at any time during their academic tenure; the Catalog (by year) in force at the time of the Change of Program/Major will be the Catalog (by year) used to evaluate the student for satisfactory academic progress toward degree and/or graduation requirements. Students may not change their Major, Minor, Concentration or Option in the term of their graduation.

There are several requirements which must be completed by all students prior to graduation.

The student must:

  1. Complete all academic requirements for a degree based on their Catalog. This includes the General Education requirements, Other requirements, and Major requirements of the particular Program of Study in which the student is enrolled;
  2. Attain a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0 (note: some Programs of Study require a higher minimum Cumulative GPA or a minimum GPA for the Major requirements);
  3. Ascertain, through the college of the Major, that his/her academic record is accurate and complete. This      should be done not later than one semester prior to graduation;
  4. Submit an application to the Registrar's Office for the degree during the registration period of the last semester in residence. The student will be required to make this formal application and state the exact name to appear on the diploma;
  5. Pay the diploma fee. A student who has previously paid a diploma fee, but who failed to graduate at the time expected, must re-apply and pay the diploma fee again;
  6. Satisfy all assessment requirements associated with the student's Program of Study;
  7. Satisfy all financial indebtedness to the University cleared prior to graduation; and,
  8. Complete an exit interview for Financial Aid, if applicable.

A student who does not follow and complete the above requirements and procedures will not be allowed to graduate.

Graduation with Honors

In order to graduate with honors students need to fulfill the following requirements:

University High Honors

a.       Earn 18 hrs. of Honors Electives (18 credit hours)

b.      Write Honors Thesis in Major (6 credit hours)

c.       Additionally, maintain a 3.5 GPA in major and 3.25 overall

University Honors

a.       Earn 18 hrs. of Honors Electives (18 credit hours)

b.      Complete Senior Research/Creative Project Junior or Senior Year

c.       Additionally, maintain a 3.5 GPA in major and 3.25 overall

Departmental Honors*

a.       Write Honors Thesis in Major (6 credit hours)

b.      Additionally, maintain a 3.5 GPA in major and 3.25 overall

*Additional restrictions may apply for different majors. Check honors requirements in the catalog or website for each department.

Graduation Requirements - Residency

For all UNO students, the last 25 percent (typically 30 hours) of all coursework must be taken in residence while enrolled in the College from which the degree is to be earned. A transfer student or a student who enters with advanced standing from another university and becomes a candidate for a bachelor's degree at UNO must fulfill a minimum residence requirement of two semesters (or four summer sessions) at UNO and must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction offered by the University. A minimum of 50% of the courses included in the Major requirements in a UNO Program of Study must be taken at The University of New Orleans. No credit earned at a community or junior college may be used for credit at the 3000 or 4000 course level. Additional restrictions may apply. Students should discuss their Residency Requirements with their Advisor or college Dean's Office.

Graduation Requirements - Second or Subsequent Baccalaureate Degrees

Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from The University of New Orleans or from a regionally accredited institution other than UNO may earn a second baccalaureate degree by completing thirty semester hours at UNO that are in addition to the requirements for the first degree and by meeting all other requirements for the second degree. Students may not pursue a degree in a Program of Study in which they have already completed or are currently pursuing a Minor.

Graduation Requirements - Substitutions and Waivers of Degree Requirements

A substitution is defined as a course that is outside of the prescribed curricula that is used to substitute for a course that is within the prescribed curricula. At The University of New Orleans, no more than five (5) courses may be substituted in a prescribed curriculum.

A waiver is defined as an exception to a required degree component. Each curriculum will be different with some curricula requiring external benchmarks such as meeting a minimum score on a required test and other curricula requiring a course or series of courses to satisfy a particular degree component and even other curricula requiring additional components. Students are encouraged to discuss any deviation of prescribed coursework with their advisor. Waivers of degree requirements must be approved by both the Dean of the College as well as the Office of Academic Affairs.

Honors - College Honors/Dean's List

College honors are awarded each semester with the publication of the Dean's List for each division, college, or school. To be included on the Dean's List, a student must have earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average for that semester (Term GPA) while attempting a full-time, in-residence schedule.

Honors - General

Baccalaureate degrees are awarded with honors on the basis of two criteria, the curriculum undertaken and grade-point average.

Honors - Honors Degrees

The baccalaureate degree is awarded with honors to students who earn a minimum of 60 credit hours at UNO and who maintain a high grade point average. To be eligible for academic honors students must have a grade point average, including course grades eliminated through suspended grades and grades deleted by academic renewal, that fall within the ranges shown below, for courses taken at UNO.

Honor  Grade Point Average
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 to 4.00
Magna Cum Laude 3.700  to 3.899
Cum Laude 3.500 to 3.699

Graduation with honors applies to all undergraduate degrees within the limitations set by the policy.

Honors – University Honors/President's List

University honors are awarded each semester with the publication of the President's List. To be included on the President's List, a student must have earned a 4.0 grade-point average for that semester (Term GPA) while attempting a full-time, in-residence schedule.

Lower Division Courses

Lower Division Courses are those courses at UNO taught primarily at the Freshman and Sophomore level. These courses are generally identified in the course numbering rubric as '1000' or '2000' level.

Maximum and Minimum Work

The normal student schedule in a regular semester should range between 12 and 18 hours. The normal freshman schedule in a regular semester should range between 12 and 15 hours. Short sessions, Session A or Session B in any given full term (Fall, Spring, or Summer), contain courses offered on compressed timeframe and students should be aware there is an advanced pace in a compressed format. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor to determine a course load that best meets their academic preparation. Students with an at-risk Cumulative GPA may be advised to limit their academic load to fewer than 15 hours. Students on Academic Probation are limited to enrolling in 13 hours in Fall or Spring semester and 7 hours in Summer.

Students may enroll for more than 19 semester hours of courses only with permission of their Dean and provided they have maintained an overall 3.0 (B) Cumulative GPA and have not fallen below a grade of C in any subject during the preceding semester; but in no case will any student be permitted to register for more than 21 semester hours of degree credit. Students who register for fewer than 12 semester hours or drop below 12 semester hours of work (6 in the summer session) will not be considered full-time.

In the Summer term, six semester hours is the minimum full-time load, and the maximum load permitted is 12 semester hours. In the Session A or Session B, students may enroll in up to 6 hours.

Students will not be allowed to enroll in more than 21 hours total (Including Regular and Compressed Sessions)

Maximum time towards degree on Catalog

The maximal period of time for which the provisions of any Catalog may be considered valid is 7 years.  Students who began a degree program seven or more years prior to the date of their anticipated graduation must consult their academic dean to determine which Catalog must be followed.

Military Service Mobilization/Activation

The University of New Orleans complies with Board of Regents and University of Louisiana Policy (S-II.XXII.1a) regarding the mobilization of national guard, reservists, or other military personnel who are attending classes.  Academic implications and refund schedules regarding tuition and fees are discussed in these policies.

The University is committed to supporting its students qualifying for these services.  Students called to active duty or mobilized for any reason should contact the Office of Veteran's Affairs (even if they aren't receiving VA benefits) for information and further instruction.

Minors

A Minor is that part of a Degree program which consists of a specified group of courses in a particular discipline or field, consisting minimum of 15% or more of total hours required in the Program of Study. A minimum of 50% of the courses included in the minor requirements must be at the 3000+ level. A minimum of 50% of the credit hours used to satisfy the Minor requirements must be taken at The University of New Orleans.

Registration

No one may register in any semester, summer session, or intersession after the official registration period indicated in the University calendar. The University does not guarantee that during a given semester a student will be able to schedule every class which he/she might be required to take or wish to enroll. No student will be permitted to remain in class unless the instructor has received from the University Registrar evidence of proper registration.

Registration - Adding Courses for Credit

Courses may be "added" for credit only during Registration or Late Registration for a given term. Students are required to monitor the official University Calendar – traditionally found in the Office of the University Registrar (http://registrar.uno.edu) – regarding scheduling dates and their particular access to registration via their WebSTAR portal. Students should be aware there are differing dates and associated fees for registration actions (adding vs. dropping vs. auditing courses). Please consult The Bulletin for charges associated with dropping and adding courses.

Registration - Auditing Classes

Regularly enrolled students at UNO may be admitted to classes as Auditors by obtaining written permission from the Chair of the department in which the course is taught and the Dean of the College in which they are enrolled. Others must obtain official admission to the University in addition to obtaining permission, as indicated. The fee for auditing a course is the same as for enrolling for credit. Auditing fees are not refundable.

Once a student has audited a course, they will not receive university academic credit by any means of advanced standing, examination, or advanced placement on previously audited work. Students are allowed to enroll and receive academic credit for previously audited work by enrolling in the course for academic credit.  

Students are allowed to Audit courses in which they previously earned academic credit. 

Students may not change from audit to credit after the last day to add a course. With permission of their Dean, they may change from credit to audit within the first 15 class days of the semester (7 class days in the summer).

Registration - Changing Sections

Section changes, if permitted, are subject to the same time limitations as the adding or dropping of courses. A section change requires dropping and adding a course and therefore falls under the same fee structure. Please consult The Bulletin for charges associated with dropping and adding courses.

Registration - Dropping Courses

Courses may be "dropped" during Registration or Late Registration for a given term. Students are required to monitor the official University Calendar – traditionally found in the Office of the University Registrar (http://www.uno.edu/registrar/) – regarding scheduling dates and their particular access to registration via their WebSTAR portal. Students should be aware there are differing dates and associated fees for registration actions (adding vs. dropping vs. auditing courses). Please consult The Bulletin for charges associated with dropping and adding courses.

Students will not be allowed to drop a course after the published "last date to drop a course". Students who fail to drop courses by the published final date for such action will be retained on the class rolls even though they may be absent for the remainder of the semester.

A student may be dropped, at the discretion of the Dean of the College, from any course for which the student is ineligible.

Failure to attend class does not constitute a course drop. Withdrawn courses reduce a student's enrolled hours, but not the student's financial obligation (see section on Withdrawal from the University).

Requirements for All First-Time Full-Time Freshman

All first-time full-time freshmen are required to enroll and successfully pass in UNIV 1001 during their first year of enrollment.

All students having earned less than 30 credit hours are required to be advised by their Academic Advisor in the Privateer Enrollment Center. Students are encouraged to meet with their college Advisor at their earliest convenience.

Residency

Please see Graduation Requirements – Residency.

Scholastic Amnesty/Renewal

The purpose of academic renewal is to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students who have not been enrolled in a college or university for three consecutive calendar years to have any academic record earned prior to the three year period disregarded for the purpose of admission or readmission to UNO. While the prior record remains a part of the student's overall academic record, none of it carries forward as part of the degree program. Academic Renewal may be offered and awarded only once and is only applicable to students who enroll at UNO.

The following conditions will apply when a student accepts academic renewal:

  1. All college enrollments will be listed as part of the student's UNO academic record.
  2. No work taken prior to the three year period will be counted in the student's hours earned or grade point average at UNO.
  3. All semesters for which academic renewal is accepted will have the notation "Academic Renewal Declared on Credits Attempted."
  4. Credits earned prior to the date that academic renewal is accepted will not be counted to satisfy UNO      graduation requirements.
  5. Grade point averages computed to determine eligibility for degrees with honors, for membership in honorary or professional societies, or for UNO based scholarships will be based on all college work attempted including the work on which the student has declared academic renewal.

The process is as follows:

  1. When a student applies for re-admission who has been out of school for more than three years and accrued less than 2.25 grade point average, their application will be referred to the student's major academic college by their admissions counselor.
  2. The college office will then contact the student to set up an interview to discuss academic renewal and the implications of accepting or rejecting it.
  3. Once the student has made a decision and the Academic Renewal Form has been signed, the college office will notify the admissions counselor of the two parts of the decision. The renewal decision will be one of the following: accepts renewal, declines renewal, or renewal not offered. The admission decision will be one of the following: admit student, admit student on probation, admit student as an exception, or deny student. Please note that a student recommended for an exception must then be approved by the Director of Admissions. Also, in cases in which students are admitted without renewal and have below a 2.0, they will be admitted on Academic Probation.
  4. If the student accepts Academic Renewal, the admissions counselor will then notify the Offices of the Registrar and Financial Aid. The Coordinator for Records Management in the Office of the Registrar will make any changes on a re-entry student's record after the student has enrolled. The admissions counselor will post the amnesty notations for any transfer students. If the student is receiving financial aid, the Coordinator of Student Loans in the Office of Financial Aid will note the acceptance of renewal in the student's file as all prior work will be used to compute a student's Satisfactory Academic Progress.

All students who have been out of school for more than three years but have above a 2.25 that wish to declare renewal must contact the Office of Admissions for review. Students have one year from the first semester they are re-admitted to request this review. The student will remain subject to the university policies on Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal.

Students who accept Academic Renewal may still acquire credit by taking and passing advanced standing examinations, placement tests, and credit examinations as long as the student is not within completion of the last 30 hours of the degree requirements.

Students should be aware that Academic Renewal is an internal UNO policy. Most other schools, including graduate and professional schools, will use all college work attempted in determining whether an applicant is eligible for admission.

Statute of Limitations

In the absence of any designated time limits in documents on policies or procedures, the University imposes a time limit of one year for the initiation of any request for an exception to its rules or regulations.

Student Handbook

The University of New Orleans Student Handbook is an official student policy.  The UNO Student Handbook describes what is expected of a student with respect to behavior and conduct in the UNO community and outlines the procedures to be followed when these expectations are not met.  The Student Handbook includes the Code of Student Conduct as well as other rules, regulations and policies governing student life. Please refer to the following site:

http://www.uno.edu/student-affairs/student-policies/index.aspx

Student Identification Card

The University Computing Center issues to each student a permanent identification card, including a photograph, and a Privateer number. This card will be used for the entire duration of the student's enrollment at the University. The card is required for borrowing library books, cashing personal checks, admission to athletic and social events, selling used textbooks, Testing Services, meal plans, and other official purposes. Fraudulent use of the ID card will result in disciplinary action. The card is issued to the individual student and must not be loaned to another person for any reason. Any University official having just cause has the right to request that a student show the identification card for identification purposes. Upon such a request by a University official, the student is required to comply.

Term/Semester Grade Point Average

A student's Semester/Term grade-point average (TGPA) is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned in the semester by the total number of hours attempted in the semester. (See Overview of the Undergraduate Grading System in this chapter for the quality points assigned to each final grade.)

Transcript of Record

The official permanent academic records for all UNO students are in the custody of the Office of the Registrar. Release of these records is protected by the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.'' Transcripts of the academic record may be secured by the individual personally or will be released on the student's written authorization. Transcripts cannot be issued until the student or former student has settled all financial obligations to the University and has submitted all required transcripts from other colleges attended. A minimal fee will be charged for each copy of the transcript. Transcript processing requires a minimum of three working days. Official transcripts can only be released to a third party.

Undergraduate Grading System - General

The following is a general overview of the Undergraduate Grading System

A         The grade of A has a value of four quality points per semester hour and is given for work of the highest degree of excellence.

B         The grade of B has a value of three quality points per semester hour and is given for work of a high degree of excellence.

C         The grade of C has a value of two quality points per semester hour and is given for satisfactory work.

D         The grade of D has a value of one quality point per semester hour and is given for passing but marginal work.

F          The grade of F does not earn quality points. This grade is given for work failed.

P          The grade of P means passing and is assigned for satisfactory work taken by advanced standing examination, for satisfactory completion of certain noncredit courses, and for satisfactory completion of courses taken on a pass-fail basis. This grade does not carry quality points and is not used in computing the official grade average of a student.

U         The grade of U means unsatisfactory and is assigned for unsatisfactory completion of courses taken on a pass-fail basis. Credit hours for which a grade of U is recorded are not used in calculating the student's average.

W        The grade of W means withdrawal. This grade is earned when a student drops a course or resigns from the University during the "W grade" period. Credit hours for which a grade of W is recorded are not used in calculating the student's ­Cumulative Grade Point Average.

I           The grade of I means incomplete and is given for work of passing quality but which, because of circumstances beyond the student's control, is not complete. The issuance of the grade of I is at the discretion of the faculty member teaching the course. For all undergraduate courses, a grade of I becomes a grade of F if it is not converted before the deadline for drop/add courses for credit (as printed in the Important Dates Calendar) of the following regular semester including summer semester that the course was taken, or before a degree is awarded, whichever comes first. Students may not re-register in a course for which a grade of "I" has been assigned to them. Students may not register in any course that requires a course for which a grade of "I" has been assigned to them (example – you may not register in ENGL 1158 if you have received a grade of "I" in ENGL 1157).

Undergraduate Grading System - Suspension of a Grade

Under certain conditions, when a course has been repeated, UNO permits a student to request that a grade of D or F in a course be suspended and only the subsequent grade be used in calculating the grade point average. Some of the limitations are:

  1. The course to be suspended is numbered below 3000;
  2. The course to be suspended has not before been suspended;
  3. The total number of hours suspended to date, including the hours to be suspended, does not exceed nine hours;
  4. The repetition of the course to be suspended occurred before the student reached junior standing;
  5. The student does not complete, prior to repeating the course, two or more higher-numbered courses for which the course is a prerequisite;
  6. The student is eligible to enroll at UNO; and,
  7. Both enrollments in the course are at UNO.

The official academic record (transcript) will indicate this suspension and will show in the academic summary a grade-point average calculated on the basis of the total number of hours attempted.

Class rankings, graduation honors, and eligibility for UNO academic honors programs are determined on the basis of the grade-point average for all credits attempted including those suspended.

The suspension of credit is an internal policy of The University of New Orleans and may not be recognized by other universities.

University Closures

If the University must close due to unexpected circumstances, faculty and students may have to make up missed class and laboratory time. In some circumstances resulting in closure of the University, the Provost will determine how classes will be made up. In other circumstances, the methods for making up missed classes and laboratories will be with extra assignments and readings, additional days of class or laboratory, additional class time, or in other manners to be determined.

University Discipline

The University of New Orleans expects of its students a high degree of honor in all phases of college life. It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations governing student conduct as published whether in print or on the web, in the UNO Student Handbook and other official publications.

The authority structure for administrating the judicial code is the President, through the Vice President for Student Affairs to the Director of Student Advocacy. Please refer to the section on Judicial and Student Assistance in this catalog and to the UNO Student Handbook for more details.

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Courses are those courses at UNO taught primarily at the Junior and Senior level. These courses are generally identified in the course numbering rubric as '3000' or '4000' level.

Withdrawal from the University (Resignation)

Students are responsible for initiating action to resign from the University (withdraw from all courses) on or before the last day to resign as indicated in the current Bulletin. After that date a student may not resign from the University. Students who fail to resign by the published final date for such action will be retained on the class rolls even though they may be absent for the remainder of the semester and be graded as if they were in attendance.

Failure to attend classes does not constitute a resignation. Resignation eliminates a student's enrolled hours, but not the student's financial obligations.

Caution: Withdrawing from courses may have an adverse effect on financial aid, scholarships, loan deferments, athletic eligibility, health insurance, veteran's benefits, degree requirements, or other areas. Students considering course drops or resignation should first check with their advisor, College, and Enrollment Services to determine if this is really their best option.