Academic Regulations

  • Completion of the specified degree requirements with a minimum retention/ graduation grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum retention/graduation grade point average of 2.0 in all work taken at Cameron University.
  • Baccalaureate degree candidates must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in residence at Cameron University. At least 15 of the final 30  hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • Associate degree candidates must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours in residence at Cameron University.
  • Baccalaureate degree candidates must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours, excluding physical education activity courses, at a baccalaureate degree-granting institution, 40 semester hours of which must be upper-division excluding physical education activity courses.
  • Baccalaureate degrees must include a liberal arts and science component as follows: bachelor of arts, 80 semester hours minimum; bachelor of science, 55 semester hours minimum; and bachelor of specialty, 40 semester hours minimum.
  • Note: Some degrees have requirements in addition to these University requirements. Consult the specific degree for a listing of any such requirements.

See the Graduate Studies Catalog for information about the requirements for masters degrees.  Graduate Studies Catalog is available online at www.cameron.edu/graduate

Cumulative Grade Point Average. The ratio of total grade points to the total grade point earning hours attempted throughout a student's undergraduate career excluding remedial/developmental courses. It is calculated by dividing the total grade points earned by the total grade point earning hours attempted. Credit hours to which an "I", "W", "S", "U", “AU”, “P”, or "AW" has been assigned are not grade point earning hours.


Retention/Graduation Grade Point Average. The ratio of grade points earned to the total grade point earning hours attempted excluding remedial/developmental courses, "forgiven" courses, "reprieved" courses, and physical education activity courses.

Curricular requirements for baccalaureate and associate degrees can be changed for students who complete those degrees within six years of the first date of enrollment at Cameron only to the extent that such changes do not delay graduation or add additional hours to the program.

A minimum of one-half of the upper-division credits required for a major must be earned in residence at Cameron University. The dean of the school responsible for the major, acting upon a written request from the student accompanied by a statement from the student's advisor and the chair of the department responsible for the major, may approve an exception to this regulation. The applicability of major courses, taken before the major was declared, is determined by the dean of the school responsible for the major.

Semester hours transferred from accredited colleges and universities are equated on a one-to-one basis. Quarter hours are equated on the basis of three quarter hours to two semester hours. The maximum number of lower division hours transferred from non-baccalaureate degree granting institutions which may be applied toward baccalaureate degree requirements is equal to the total hours required for the degree less 60. Responsibility for determining the applicability of transfer credits to meet major or minor requirements rests with the dean of the school offering the major or minor. This responsibility may be delegated to department chairs or faculty members. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is ultimately responsible for determining the applicability of transfer credits to meet general education requirements. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may designate faculty members or admissions personnel to assist with this function.

Transfer credits from colleges and universities not accredited by a regional association may be accepted in transfer when appropriate to the student’s degree program and when the dean of the school offering the major or minor has had an opportunity to validate the courses or programs. This responsibility may also be delegated to department chairs or faculty members.  The Vice President for Academic Affairs is ultimately responsible for determining the applicability of transfer credits to meet general education requirements. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may designate faculty members or admissions personnel to assist with this function.

A student seeking a degree at Cameron who desires to earn credits concurrently at another institution or through correspondence, must secure approval from the dean of the school (at Cameron) responsible for the major prior to taking the course if the credits are to be used to meet degree requirements.

Credit earned through correspondence offered by regionally accredited institutions may be applied toward degree requirements upon recommendation by the student's advisor with approval of the department chair of the student's major and the dean responsible for the major.

A student may receive a second baccalaureate degree upon completion of (1) a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond the first degree with at least 15 of the hours in residence at Cameron, (2) a total of at least 30 semester hours in residence at Cameron, (3) the requirements for an additional major, and (4) the U.S. History and American Government requirements.

A student may receive a second associate degree upon completion of a minimum of 15 semester hours in residence at Cameron University in addition to the hours required for the first degree, provided the requirements for the degree are met.

Students may have more than one major listed on their transcripts, provided they complete all of the requirements for each of the majors. A student seeking two majors must designate one of the majors as the "first major." The degree awarded will be determined by the designated "first major." Students fulfilling all of the requirements of a "second major" are not required to complete a minor.

Credits earned in a particular course may not be used to fulfill the requirements of two different majors or of both a major and a minor. Should the same course be required in each of a student's majors or in both his major and minor (See "Double Majors"), a student will be expected to complete an additional elective course in the discipline in which the duplication occurs.

Each candidate for a degree shall file a graduation application with the Office of the Registrar the semester or summer session prior to the session in which the student expects to graduate.

An annual commencement exercise is conducted at the end of the spring semester. Students who complete graduation requirements that semester or at the end of the preceding fall semester and those who apply to graduate at the end of the following summer session or following fall semester, are invited and encouraged to attend.

Graduating baccalaureate and associate degree candidates with superior academic records are accorded special recognition by the University. A student who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.00 graduates "summa cum laude," one whose cumulative grade point average is less than 4.00 but is 3.80 or above and is in the top five percent of the graduating class graduates "magna cum laude," and one whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.60 and 3.80 and is in the next ten percent of the graduating class graduates "cum laude." These honors are listed on official Cameron University transcripts, and honor graduates are formally recognized at the commencement.

Academic load includes all courses (concurrent enrollment, day, evening, workshops, off-campus) in which a student is enrolled.   

  • The normal academic load for a regular semester is 16 semester hours and for a summer or eight‑week session is eight semester hours.
  • The maximum load that a student will normally be permitted to carry is 18 semester hours during a regular semester or 9 semester hours during a summer or eight‑week session.
  • A student who has attained an overall grade point average of 3.00 and has completed a minimum of 15 semester hours will be permitted to enroll in 21 semester hours during a regular semester or 10 semester hours during a summer or eight‑week session.
  • All other overloads must be recommended by a student's faculty advisor and approved by the dean of the school responsible for the student's major.
  • The credit hour load that may be approved for a regular semester, summer session, eight‑week session, or short course can never exceed one and one‑half times the number of weeks in the semester, summer session, eight‑week session, or short course.

A student who enrolls in 12 or more hours during a regular semester or 6 or more hours during a summer or eight-week session is classified as a full-time student.

Freshman are those students who have less than 30 semester hours of credit; sophomores, those with 30 or more semester hours, but less than 60; juniors, those with 60 or more semester hours, but less than 90; and seniors, those with 90 or more semester hours who have not received a degree. Students who are non-degree seeking at Cameron University are classified as "special students."

Students may enroll for courses with an academic advisor during designated times listed on the Enrollment Schedule, or on AggieAccess. To receive credit for a course, a student must enroll prior to taking the course.

Enrollment after the first full week of classes in any semester, summer or eight-week session or proportionate period of a special schedule is a late enrollment. Late enrollments require permission from the dean(s) responsible for the course(s) in which a student wishes to enroll. Any student enrolling late will be responsible for making up all work of the classes in which s/he enrolls.

Student schedule changes are processed in the Registrar's Office or departmental offices.

  • Adding Courses. The first day of the second week of classes of a regular semester, summer or eight-week session or proportionate period of a special schedule is the last day a course may be added.
  • Dropping Courses. Courses dropped during the first week of a regular semester, summer or eight-week session or proportionate period of a special schedule, will not be recorded on a student's academic record.
    Courses dropped after the first week and prior to the end of the twelfth week of a regular semester or proportionate period of other sessions will be recorded on a student's academic record with a course status symbol of "W."
    Courses dropped after the twelfth week of a regular semester or proportionate period of other sessions and prior to the end of the fourteenth week of a regular semester or proportionate period of other sessions will be recorded on a student's academic record with a symbol of "W", or grade of "F", as assigned by the instructor.
    Courses may not be dropped after the fourteenth week of a regular semester or proportionate period of other sessions.

A student may enroll in a credit course as an auditor on a non-credit basis with the permission of the instructor teaching the course. Enrollment is done in the normal manner with the indication that it will be an audit. Auditors are not held responsible for the work expected of regular students and receive no grade or credit for the course. Test participation is the prerogative of the instructor. A student who audits a course agrees that s/he will not petition or ask in any way for the privilege of taking an examination to obtain credit after auditing the course. A student enrolled as an auditor may change the enrollment from audit to a credit enrollment within the first week of a regular semester, summer or eight-week session or proportionate period of a special schedule, with the permission of the instructor. A student enrolled for credit may change the enrollment to audit within the first eight weeks of a regular semester or proportionate period of other sessions only, with the permission of the instructor.

A student is responsible for the content of each course in which s/he is officially enrolled. At the beginning of each course the instructor will define and quantify attendance standards, procedures for verifying unavoidable absences, and methods of dealing with missed assignments and examinations. Instructions for dropping courses without an entry on a student’s academic record (see regulation 20) will be stated in writing and distributed to students prior to the end of the period. It is a student's responsibility to note these instructions and follow them consistently and carefully.

Non‑attendance or ceasing to attend a class does not constitute official withdrawal. To officially withdraw from the University, follow the procedures listed on the Enrollment Information webpage (http://www.cameron.edu/info/schedules/enroll.html). It is a student's responsibility to complete the withdrawal process. Grades will be assigned in accordance with regulation 20. A student may not withdraw during the last two weeks of a semester or proportionate period of other sessions. If because of unavoidable circumstances a student is unable to personally complete the withdrawal process, he/she should contact the Registrar's Office by mail or by phone for assistance.

Credits are given in semester hours. A semester hour consists of one hour (50 minutes) of class work or a minimum of two hours of laboratory work per week for a regular semester.

Course numbers are four digits. The first digit indicates the class year in which the subject is ordinarily taken. A zero in the first digit indicates a non-college level course. The last digit indicates the credit hours awarded for the course. The two middle digits identify the course within the department. For example a course numbered 2013 is a sophomore course carrying three semester hours of credit.

Enrollment in some courses is restricted to students who have taken or are taking certain other courses, who have attained a particular class standing, who have obtained the consent of the department, or who are pursuing a particular major or majors. In general, prerequisites are courses or conditions that must be completed prior to enrollment in a particular course; corequisites are courses or conditions that must be taken simultaneously with another course. Prerequisites and corequisites are listed with the course descriptions.

Academic performance is evaluated using the marks shown in the following table.

Grades used in Calculating Grade Point Average Grades not used in Calculating Grade Point Averages
GRADE NOTE PTS/HR GRADE NOTE
A
B
C
D
F
Excellent
Good
Average
Below Average
Failure
4
3
2
1
0
S
U
P
NP
Satisfactory
Unsatisfactory
Pass
No Pass
Symbols used to Indicate Course Status
SYMBOL NOTE SYMBOL NOTE
I
AW
AU
Incomplete
Administrative Withdrawal
Audit
W
NR
X
Withdrawal
Grade not Reported
Thesis in Progress

"S" and "U" Grades. The grades of S (satisfactory) and U (unsatisfactory) may be used in grading certain courses at the discretion of the instructor offering the course, with prior approval of the department chairman. When a course is selected for S-U grading, the entire class must be graded on the same basis. The grade of "S" also will be used to indicate passing in a credit course transferred to Cameron in which no letter grade has been assigned, and to designate awarded advanced standing credits.

"W" Symbol. A "W" may be awarded only if the student initiated and completed withdrawal from a course.

"AW" Symbol. An "AW" is assigned by the Vice President for Academic Affairs to indicate that the student was administratively withdrawn for disciplinary or financial reasons or inadequate attendance.

"I" Symbol. An incomplete may be given (at an instructor's discretion) to a student whose grade average is passing, but who did not complete a course at the end of a term. Students who receive an “I” will have no more than one year from the end of the semester in which the course was taken to complete the required work for the course. The instructor shall record the conditions and time limit for removing the “I” on the grade roster that is filed with the Office of the Registrar.

It is the responsibility of the student to satisfy the requirements specified by the instructor at the time of the assignment of the “I”. It is the responsibility of the instructor to submit a “Grade Correction” form to the Registrar. Students who receive an “I” will have no more than one year from the end of the semester in which the course was taken to complete the required work for the course. During that year, the student is not permitted to re-enroll in the course. If by the end of the year no change in grade has been submitted, the grade of “I” will become permanent. After a grade of “I” has become permanent, a student may re-enroll in the course. In no case will an “I” be changed to a grade of “F” after a student has graduated.

The only reason to change a grade is to correct a grade reported in error. The instructor who submitted final grades may make such a change by submitting to the Registrar a "Grade Correction" form signed by his/her chair and dean. In the event of the instructor's absence, death, or disability, the grade may be changed by someone authorized by the President of the University with the advice of the Academic Appeals Committee to act in the instructor's behalf.

Repeating a course does not remove the previous grade from the student's record. However, repeated course credit hours may not be counted toward graduation requirements unless a course is so identified in the course description.

Retention Standards. A retention grade point average of 1.7 or greater during the first 30 attempted semester hours and a retention grade point average of 2.0 or greater after 30 attempted semester hours.

Good Academic Standing. A student who meets the University's retention standards is in good academic standing.

Academic Notice. Freshmen students, 30 or fewer semester hours, with a retention GPA of 1.7 to less than 2.0 will be placed on academic notice and may be required to participate in special academic support activities as a condition of continued enrollment. Academic notice is not recorded on the transcript. Students placed on academic notice with fewer than 45 earned college-level credit hours will be required to successfully complete UNIV 2001.

Academic Probation. A student who fails to meet the retention standards will be placed on academic probation and will remain on probation until the applicable retention standard is met or he/she is placed on academic suspension. Students on academic probation may be required to participate in special academic support activities as a condition of continued enrollment. Academic probation is recorded on the transcript. Students placed on academic probation with fewer than 45 earned college-level credit hours will be required to successfully complete UNIV 2001.

Academic Suspension. Academic suspension will occur at the end of any semester during which a student who is on academic probation fails to meet the applicable retention standard or fails to earn a semester GPA of at least 2.0 in  regularly graded work, not to include activity or performance courses. Suspended students may not be reinstated until one regular semester (fall or spring) has elapsed. Academic suspension is recorded on the transcript.

Suspension of Seniors. A student with 90 or more semester hours in a specified degree program who has failed to meet the retention standard for continued enrollment and has failed to earn a semester GPA of 2.0, which would allow continued enrollment, may enroll in an additional 15 semester hours in a further attempt to achieve the requirements for retention. A student will be afforded this extension one time only.

Academic Suspension Appeals and Readmission. A student who has been academically suspended from the University for the first time may apply for re-admission after one regular semester (fall or spring) or appeal the suspension and apply for immediate reinstatement. There are two categories of students who may appeal a suspension and apply for immediate reinstatement with the understanding the reinstatement does not remove the record of suspension.

  1. Appeals of academic suspension due to “extraordinary personal circumstances” will be considered by the Academic Appeals Committee. Students reinstated on this basis will be readmitted on probation and must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester or summer session while on probation or raise their retention GPA to the retention standard.
  2. Students suspended at the end of a spring semester may appeal to enroll in the summer session. Students in this category are automatically reinstated upon review and approval of a student’s summer enrollment schedule by a designated member or members of the Academic Appeals Committee. Approved summer schedules will be limited to core academic courses that meet general education or degree requirements. To continue in the fall semester these students must make at least a 2.0 GPA in the summer session. Students who do not raise their cumulative GPA to retention standards in the summer session will be enrolled on probation in the fall semester. Students who fail to achieve a 2.0 or higher GPA in the summer session will remain suspended and may not be reinstated until after one regular semester.

Should a reinstated student be suspended a second time, s/he cannot return to the University until such time as s/he has demonstrated, by attending another institution, the ability to succeed academically by raising her/his GPA to retention standards.

Copies of appeals procedures and the conditions and procedures for readmission may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. 

A student may obtain a copy of his/her transcript from the Office of the Registrar at no charge. Student must present photo identification to obtain transcripts.

The minimum enrollment required to offer a course is as follows: 20 enrollees for a lower division course and 10 enrollees for an upper division course.

Petitions to substitute or waive courses that are designated as necessary to fulfill general education requirements must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee. The dean of the school offering the major or minor is ultimately responsible for approving course substitutions and waivers for major or minor program requirements. This responsibility may be assigned to department chairs or faculty members under the supervision of the dean. Approved substitutions or waivers of major or minor requirements must be documented (by signature and date) on the Undergraduate Course Substitution/Waiver Request form. Permission for any other exception to stated requirements must be initiated through the dean responsible for the student's major program and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Extrainstitutional learning is defined as learning that is attained outside the sponsorship of accredited postsecondary institutions. Cameron awards advanced standing credit for Extrainstitutional learning under policies and procedures designed to assure that reliable and valid measures of learning outcomes are or have been applied. A maximum of 64 semester hours of credit earned by advanced standing may be applied toward the requirements for a baccalaureate degree, and a maximum of 45 semester hours of credit earned by advanced standing may be applied toward the requirements for an associate degree. Advanced Standing Credit may only be awarded in those academic disciplines taught at Cameron University, and must be validated by successful completion of 12 or more semester hours of academic work at Cameron before being placed on the student's transcript. Active duty military personnel are exempt from the 12 hour validation requirements, and may have advanced credits placed on the transcript upon completion of one enrollment. The neutral grade of satisfactory (S) will be utilized to award Advanced Standing Credit. Credit recorded at an institution in the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, is transferable on the same basis as if the credit had been earned through regular study at the awarding institution. Information about the policy, procedures, costs and various methods for receiving Advanced Standing Credit may be obtained from the University Testing Center.

Academically talented students and those with superior preparation and strong motivation can find challenging and rewarding honors experiences in honors courses at Cameron University. Such courses are taught in a number of departments. The Honors Program also circulates full listings of honors offerings prior to the enrollment period for each semester. Honors courses are discussion-oriented and are augmented by features such as field trips, guest lectures, and technological enhancements. Core honors program courses are team taught and offer an interdisciplinary approach to the subject matter. The aim of theses courses is to carry well-prepared, motivated students deeper into the material of the course. All honors courses are designated as such on the transcript.

Cameron students pursuing an associate or baccalaureate degree will be assigned an academic advisor for assistance in course selection, exploration of college majors and careers, and planning of programs of study to achieve educational goals.

The policy provides a means for classifying courses as either "reprieved", “renewed”, or "forgiven" and for excluding them from retention/graduation grade point average calculation. A copy of the policy may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.
Forgiven Course. A course in which a student made a "D" or "F" and  subsequently repeated, which has been approved for exclusion from retention/graduation grade point average calculation under the provisions of the  Forgiveness Policy.
Reprieved Course. A course taken during a semester for which academic reprieve has been granted under the provisions of the Forgiveness Policy.
Renewed Course. A course taken during a semester for which academic renewal has been granted under provisions of the Forgiveness Policy.

A course to prepare students for college level work. The course cannot be used to meet degree requirements. All developmental coursework must be completed within the first twenty-four collegiate hours attempted. Two or more unsuccessful attempts in certain developmental courses will require concurrent enrollment and successful completion of a one-hour mandatory tutoring course in addition to enrollment in the developmental course. Successful course completion requires a grade of “C” or better.

A full and accurate accounting of the facts of a student's academic life. All courses, including those classified as remedial/developmental, reprieved, and forgiven, are recorded on the academic transcript.

The only basis for a formal appeal of a final grade is whether the student's final grade was assigned fairly within the grading system adopted by the faculty member. The Grade Appeal Policy is published in the Student Policies Handbook and the Faculty Handbook. A formal request for appeal of a final grade must be filed prior to the end of the first regular semester following the semester during which the course was taken.

The Dean's List, published each semester, includes all full-time Cameron University students whose semester grade point average is 3.0 or better. Full-time students earning a 4.0 grade point average are on the President's List. Full-time status is determined by semester earned hours in college credit classes.