Academic Information

Academic Regulations

Advisement Center

The Academic Advisement Center is a central location for academic information and resources for students. In addition to providing advising services to all new Cameron students, we help students find the right major that meets their academic goals and interests. Students have access to Advising Specialists and Faculty Advisors who will provide timely and accurate academic advising for students’ academic success.  The Academic Advisement Center is located on the first floor of North Shepler and can be reached by calling 581-6741.

Change of Name/Address

A student who has legally changed his/her name must provide appropriate documentation to validate the change. This documentation must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar as the change occurs. All transcripts are issued under a student’s legal name as recorded in the Office of the Registrar. Likewise, diplomas are mailed to the student’s address on file in the Office of the Registrar. Students should insure their current mailing address is on file at all times to avoid not receiving financial information and any other important notices. Students should log in to their Aggie Access account to update personal information.

Changing Course Schedules

Student schedule changes are initiated with the academic advisor if the student is a full time student. CU-Duncan students may change their schedules on the Duncan campus. Check the online enrollment schedule and academic calendar for specific dates and deadlines to add and drop classes.

Dropping and Withdrawing

DROPPING: Defined as canceling one or all classes within the drop period. Refer to the online academic calendar for specific dates. Classes that are dropped will not appear on the transcript. Dropping can be processed either at the Enrollment Office or with the faculty advisor. CU-Duncan students may also drop or withdraw on the Duncan campus.

 

WITHDRAWING: Defined as canceling one or more classes while remaining enrolled in at least one class, after the drop deadline. See the online academic calendar for specific dates. Withdrawn classes will appear on the transcript with a class status of W.

 

COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL: Defined as canceling all classes in which enrolled for the semester. If the complete withdrawal is processed during the Drop Period, no entry will appear on the transcript. If processed during the Withdrawal Period, classes will appear on the transcript with a class status of W.

 

To process a complete withdrawal:

  1. Obtain an OFFICIAL withdrawal form from the Enrollment Office, North Shepler, Room 201A.
  2. Obtain all instructors’ signatures for all courses in which enrolled if at the 12th week of a 16-week session or 6th week of the 8-week session.
  3. Obtain Financial Assistance Office clearance and signature if receiving financial aid.
  4. Return to the Enrollment Office to process the withdrawal.

* A complete withdrawal is NOT completed until a student processes the withdrawal form through Enrollment Office.

 

*NO withdrawals are allowed in the final two weeks of a regular semester or proportional period of a special session.

 

Non-attendance or ceasing to attend a class does not constitute a withdrawal. Students are responsible for payment of tuition & fees unless classes are dropped by the refund date listed in the Enrollment Schedule.

Changing Majors

 

A student may change majors by filling out the appropriate form in the Registrar’s Office.

Classification

Credit

College credit at Cameron University is awarded in semester hours. Classes are worth varying amounts of semester hours, from 1 hour up to 5 hours, depending upon the particular class. The last digit in the course number indicates how many credit hours or semester hours the course is worth (i.e., ENGL 1113, English Composition I. The course number is 1113. The last digit is 3, thus the course is a three semester hour course. The student will receive 3 semester hours for successfully completing the class.)

Full-Time Status/Part-Time Status

Full-time students are enrolled in a minimum of :

FALL/SPRING 12 semester hours or more

SUMMER 6 semester hours or more

Full- and part-time students must enroll in the Academic Advising Center or with their academic advisor.

Academic Classification

Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more semester hours during a regular semester of study, or 6 or more semester hours during a summer session/eight week session, are classified as full-time students. Classifications according to the credit hours earned are:

Freshmen Less than 30 semester hours
Sophomores 30 to 59 hours
Juniors 60 to 89 hours
Seniors 90 hours or above, no degree
Special Not working toward degree

Graduate students enrolled in at least 9 or more semester hours during a regular semester of study or 4 or more semester hours during a summer session are classified as full-time students.

Course Catalog

The course catalog provides information about the academic programs of Cameron University. It also contains information concerning admissions, academic regulations and requirements, services available to students, academic offerings and a list of the administrative officers and faculty of the University.

To view the catalog, click here.

Dean's List and President's List

The Dean’s List, published each semester, includes all full time undergraduate Cameron University students whose semester grade point average is 3.0 or better. Those 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.

 

If you have earned this distinction but your name does not appear on the published list, you may need to change your release of information status in the Registrar’s Office.

Degree Works

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is a degree audit program and an academic advisement tool designed to help advisors and students understand degree requirements.  This degree audit program is a web-based program that takes the courses from the academic transcript and reorganizes them to fulfill the requirements for a degree.

What are the benefits of Degree Works?

Degree Works helps you:

  • learn the degree requirements for your major, concentration and/or minor
  • identify courses needed to complete your degree
  • see how the courses you have completed fulfill requirements for your major
  • view the grades, transfer credits, or exceptions applied to your requirements
  • confirm your grade-point average (GPA)
  • find out, before you officially change your major, how the courses completed meet the new major requirements by using the What If option of Degree Works select the right courses for next term

Timeline for Degree Works

Degree Works will go live on March 25, 2013 for faculty and advisors.  Degree Works will be used to conduct degree checks on students who plan to graduate in the Fall 2013 semester and beyond.

In the near future, Degree Works will be available for student access through AggieAccess.

Disability Accommodations

It is the university's policy to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law.  Students who need classroom accommodations must make their requests by contacting the Office of Student Development prior to the beginning of the semester or as soon as possible to ensure timely provision of an accommodation.
North Shepler 314
581-2209
www.cameron.edu/student_development

Early Alert

As a part of our constant effort to provide the support you need to succeed academically, Cameron University professors utilize a system known as ‘Early Alert’ to send letters and emails to select students through the Office of Enrollment Management. These letters are usually sent near the beginning or the middle of a semester and indicate that the professor is concerned with your attendance and/or your performance on examinations or homework. If you receive an Early Alert letter you should contact the faculty member at your earliest convenience so that he/she can offer suggestions on steps you can take to improve, and/or make arrangements to refine your mathematics, writing, or communication skills in one of our student labs. If you have questions about Early Alert, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 581-8068.

English Proficiency of Instructors

  1. It is the policy of Cameron University that all who provide instruction at the University shall be proficient in written, aural, and spoken English so that they may adequately instruct students. Cameron University has established procedures to ensure that faculty members have proficiency in written, aural, and spoken English.
  2. A student who believes that an instructor is not sufficiently proficient in written, aural, or spoken English may file a written complaint with the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The identity of the complainant(s) shall remain confidential. Anonymous complaints will not be accepted.
  3. The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall notify the instructor, the department chair of the academic unit in which the instructor is employed, and the dean of the school that a complaint has been received, although the identity of the complainant(s) shall remain confidential. If, after consulting with the school and department, the Vice President for Academic Affairs determines that a formal inquiry is necessary, he/she shall appoint an independent evaluator to evaluate the English proficiency of the instructor. The evaluator may visit the class of the instructor named in the complaint, interview the instructor, interview students, or engage in such other activities as necessary to evaluate the instructor in a fair manner. The evaluator shall provide the Vice President for Academic Affairs with a written report of his/her findings as to the English proficiency of the instructor and make recommendations of actions that should be taken.
  4. The Vice President for Academic Affairs shall notify the complainant(s), the instructor, the department head of the academic unit, and the dean of his/her findings as to the validity of the complaint. 
  5. In the event that the instructor is found not to be sufficiently proficient in English, the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall specify actions to be taken by the instructor and/or the academic unit. Such actions may include but are not limited to: (1) reassignment of the instructor to other duties; (2) re-evaluation of the instructor for the purpose of hiring, promotion, salary, or other personnel decisions; (3) appropriate remedial measures to assist the instructor in improving his/her English proficiency; and (4) appropriate remedies for the affected students.

Enrollment

  1. Complete admission requirements and schedule your orientation and if necessary, placement testing (North Shepler, Room 227 or CU-Duncan, where applicable).
  2. After orientation, meet with your academic advisor to select and schedule your courses. CU-Duncan students can enroll at the Duncan campus.
  3. Student receiving financial assistance must take a copy of their printed enrollment schedule to the Financial Assistance Office (North Shepler, Room 301). If you are a veteran receiving benefits, a copy of your class schedule must be taken to the Veterans Affairs Office (North Shepler, Room 332).
  4. Pay your tuition/fees at the Business Office (Administration Building) or at One-Stop (McMahon Centennial Complex).
  5. Your enrollment is now complete.

***PLEASE NOTE:

Refer to the online academic calendar each semester for the payment schedule of tuition and fees.

Grades and GPA

The quality of your university work is indicated by the grade and quality points per semester hour according to the following scale:

        A     Excellent (4 points)

        B     Good (3 points)

        C     Average (2 points)

        D     Below Average (1 point)

        F      Failure (0 points)

        S     Satisfactory (Neutral)

        U     Unsatisfactory (Neutral)

        P     Pass (Neutral)

        NP  No Pass (Neutral)

        I       Incomplete (Neutral)

        W    Withdrawal while passing (Neutral)

Calculate Your Grade Point Average (GPA)

Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is a weighted average of all your “for credit” college work. This means that a grade in a four-hour course will change your GPA more than the same grade in a three-hour course. It also means that your GPA gets harder to change when you have taken more courses. To calculate your estimated GPA, you would do the following:

For each course you multiply the course credit hours times the grade you receive to get the “quality points” for that course. Your grades have the following numerical equivalents: each A is 4, each B is 3, each C is 2, each D is 1, and each F is 0. Add up the quality of points for each course and divide the result by the total credit hours to get your semester’s GPA. For example, suppose you were taking the following courses:

CourseCredit HoursGrade ReceivedQuality Points
1 3 A 12
2 5 C 10
3 2 B 6
4 3 D 3
Total 13   31

Your GPA for the semester would be 31 divided by 13 which equals 2.38

CourseCredit HoursGrade ReceivedQuality Points
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
Total      

GPA=Total Quality Points/Total Credit Hours=______ GPA

Grade Appeals Procedure

Appeals of final grades follow a specific procedure.  That procedure includes a hearing before a Grade Appeals Committee, appointed by lot by the Chair of the Academic Appeals Committee (a University Committee), and is composed of faculty and students.  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.  Forms for a formal appeal of a final grade can be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs located in the Administration Building room 250.

Other forms of academic grievances and complaints against faculty are discussed in the Student Handbook under Code of Student Conduct in Section 6 - Academic Regulations.

Honors Program

Cameron University's Honors Program (CUHP) rewards academically advanced and talented students by providing an enriched, innovative, and high-impact curriculum of honors courses coupled with experiential learning opportunities aimed at fostering civic engagement, scholarly activities, and global citizenship.  In doing so, CUHP students dramatically enrich their undergraduate experience by enrolling in team-taught courses, participating in field trips, exploring subjects from interdisciplinary perspectives, conducting scholarly research, and benefiting from civic engagement and study abroad opportunities.  Aimed at strengthening students' future academic and professional careers, the CUHP serves as a central focus for the pursuit of academic excellence in the 21st century.

Strongly encouraged to join the prestigious Cameron University Honors Students Society and take advantage of the exclusive Honors Lounge, the CUHP is open to students with high levels of talent, preparation, and/or motivation.  All students who have scored 25 or higher on the ACT are automatically eligible for admission into the CUHP and are encouraged to apply by following the appropriate application procedures.  Current Cameron students or transfer students from other colleges or universities with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 are also automatically eligible for admission in the program.  Students whose test scores or GPA do not make them automatically eligible but who nevertheless want to make the most of their academic experience at Cameron are invited to apply to the program director for provisional admission.

The CUHP offers a series of relatively small, discussion-oriented, and interdisciplinary honors core classes in combination with honors course electives that meet general education requirements.  In addition to the great variety of honors courses offered, the program works with faculty and interested students to set up honors options for many traditional courses, mentored research projects, and study abroad courses.  To successfully graduate with Honors Program Graduate, students are required to take a number of honors core and elective honors core courses including introduction to honors studies, foundations of leadership, two colloquia, and one interdisciplinary upper-division honors seminar.

Full listings of honors course offerings are published regularly by the Office of Academic Enrichment.  These courses are structured to encourage honors students to complete a significant portion of their general education requirements.  Moreover, the CUHP curriculum is designed as a pathway that encourages high quality undergraduate research, honors capstone projects, and the development of honors degree tracks in the major disciplines.  Successful completion of the CUHP will be acknowledged during Commencement and on the Cameron transcript.

The program also assists with coordinating the activities of the Cameron honors societies and works to increase their visibility as hubs of academic leadership in the Cameron campus community.  Membership in Cameron's honor societies is acknowledged each year during Convocation.

The CUHP is part of the Office of Academic Enrichment and is headquartered in the Cameron Exchange Building.  For more information, contact Dr. Tony Wohlers, Director of Academic Enrichment, at awohlers@cameron.edu or call 580-581-6775.

Library

The Cameron University Library promotes scholarly inquiry and work by providing materials and services associated with the access and use of information.  The library contains over 150,000 print volumes of information and provides access to over 97,000 electronic books, over 29,000 electronic journals, and over 10,000 educational films online.  The library houses comfortable work areas, a fully-equipped computer lab, and a group of friendly staff members trained to assist patrons with their library needs.

Visit the library's website at www.cameron.edu/library.

Probation and Suspension

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.

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.

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 Re-admission.
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, he or she cannot return to the University until such time as he or she has demonstrated, by attending another institution, the ability to succeed academically by raising his/her GPA to retention standards. Copies of appeals procedures and the conditions and procedures for readmission may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.

Student Support Services

Make the most of your College Career

 

Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program designed to provide academic support to at-risk college students. SSS offers academic advisement, enrollment, peer mentoring, free tutoring, financial aid information, classes specifically for SSS members, and a variety of enrichment workshops and cultural activities. Participation in SSS provides personal and academic enrichment for students who may face economic, social, and cultural barriers to higher education. SSS maintains information on campus and community resources and refers members to appropriate offices and agencies.

 

Focusing on building basic academic skills in remedial classes, SSS members are given priority enrollment into SSS sections of beginning algebra, intermediate algebra, and developmental writing. Tutoring labs staffed by faculty and trained peer tutors provide regular assistance for math, English, science, basic computer skills, and reading/study strategies. Additionally, tutoring for general education courses may be arranged on an individual basis.

Do I qualify for SSS?

 

You may qualify for Student Support Services if you have an academic need and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first-generation member of your family to pursue and receive a four-year degree
  • Meet federal guidelines for having an economic need
  • Have a documented learning or physical disability


To apply to this program, stop by the Student Support Services Office in Room 431 North Shepler.

 

Since 1987, SSS has been encouraging, teaching, motivating and joyfully watching Cameron students meet their goals and graduate!

North Shepler 431
581-2352
www.cameron.edu/sss

Study Abroad

Interested in STUDYING ABROAD?  Cameron University provides opportunities and information for students who are interested in exploring options beyond those offered in the traditional classroom setting.  Opportunities include the British Studies program, participation in the Governor Brad Henry Scholars program and various short-term faculty-led courses in destinations all over the world. Please contact the Office of Academic Enrichment at (580) 581-6775 or email Lani Malcolm at  lmalcolm@cameron.edu for more information.

Testing

Mandatory Placement

Mandatory course placement was developed to provide information about the English, math, science, and reading skills required for success in college. By assessing students’ ability levels, mandatory placement helps to determine the courses most appropriate for students.

 

Course placement in English, math, science, and reading courses will be determined by either ACT or computerized placement test (CPT) scores. For students under 21, placement is determined by ACT scores in the above subject areas. Students with ACT scores below 19 will be placed in deficiency-removal (pre-college) courses but can appeal this placement by taking the CPT. Adult students (over 21) and active-duty military will be placed in appropriate courses based on CPT scores.

 

For additional information concerning mandatory placement, contact the Testing Center or the Admissions Office.

Testing

The Testing Center administers many in-house and national tests throughout the year. Testing schedules are available at the Testing Center, the Admissions Office, or on-line at http://www.cameron.edu/testing/.

 

Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs) are administered weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. The Residual ACT and CLEP are offered monthly, and DSST and MAT are offered by appointment. The Institutional TOEFL is offered three times per year at the Testing Center.

 

National exams offered include the ACT, SAT, Praxis, LSAT and GRE Subject.

Please refer to the Testing Center website at http://www.cameron.edu/testing/ for detailed information on these exams for admission and advanced standing credit.


The Testing Center also proctors exams for Cameron University online classes and for online classes from other universities. 


CU-Duncan: CPTs and the Residual ACT are offered on the Duncan campus. Call (877) 282-3626 for dates.

North Shepler 532
581-2502

Transcripts

Transcripts are available in the Office of the Registrar, located on the 2nd floor of North Shepler.  For details about requesting transcripts, visit www.cameron.edu/registrar/transcripts.

Order Transcripts Online

Cameron University has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide transcript ordering via the Web.  You can order transcripts using any major credit card.  Your card will only be charged after your order has been completed.

To order an official transcript(s), login to the Clearinghouse secure site.

The site will walk you through placing your order, including delivery options and fees.  You can order as many transcripts as you like in a single session.  A processing fee will be charged per recipient.

Order updates will be e-mailed to you.  You can also track your order online.

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