Academic Policies

Students are well advised to become familiar with the academic policies of the University. Each student owns the responsibility to comply with those policies.

UNIVERSITY STUDENT RECORDS POLICY

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s practice in regard to student record keeping and access is based on the provisions of the Privacy Rights of Parents and Students, Section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended (P.L. 93-380), also known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), or the Buckley Amendment. For specific details, contact the Records Office, Administration Building, Room 202.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Academic dishonesty is any form of cheating which results in students giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise or receiving credit for work which is not their own.

In cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor will inform the chair of the department prior to implementation of punitive action. Academic dishonesty is grounds for disciplinary action by both the instructor and the Dean of Student Life. Any student judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty may receive a failing grade for the work in question, a failing grade for the course, or any other lesser penalty which the instructor finds appropriate.

To dispute an accusation of academic dishonesty, the student should first consult with the instructor. If the dispute remains unresolved, the student may then state their case to the department chair (or the dean if the department chair is the instructor of the course).

Academic dishonesty is a behavioral issue, not an issue of academic performance. As such, it is  considered an act of misconduct and is also subject to the University disciplinary process as defined in the CSU-Pueblo Student Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures Manual. Whether or not punitive action has been implemented by the faculty, a report of the infraction should be submitted to the Dean of Student Life who may initiate additional disciplinary action. A student may appeal a grade through the Academic Appeals Board. The Dean of Student Life’s decision may be appealed through the process outlined in the Student Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures Manual.

 

What Are Specific Acts of Academic Dishonesty?

The following acts of misconduct are acts of academic dishonesty:

  1. Cheating—intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours.
  2. Fabrication—intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise; or of documentation meant to excuse or justify adjustments related to attendance or completion of work (exams, exercises, etc.)
  3. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty—intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the institutional code of academic integrity.
  4. Plagiarism—the deliberate adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, or statements of another person as one’s own without acknowledgment.
  5. Unauthorized Collaboration—-intentionally sharing information or working together in an academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the course instructor.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all acts of academic dishonesty, but it is a guide to help faculty and students understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR

The classroom instructor is responsible for setting standards for all classroom conduct, behavior and discipline. Only enrolled students, administrative personnel and persons authorized by the instructor are permitted in classrooms and other instructional areas during scheduled periods. University policy and Colorado state law also prohibit all forms of disruptive or obstructive behavior in academic areas during scheduled periods or any action which would disrupt scheduled academic activity. Use of classrooms and other areas of academic buildings during non-scheduled periods is permitted only in accordance with University practices. Anyone in unauthorized attendance or causing a disturbance during scheduled academic activity may be asked to leave. If a person refuses such a request, he or she may be removed by the University Police and is liable to legal prosecution.

All communications with instructors, whether in class, face-to-face, on paper, or by telephone, email or other electronic means, are subject to the same standards for conduct, behavior and discipline as classroom behavior. Standards of conduct outlined elsewhere (Student Conduct Code, Sexual Harassment Policy, etc.) also apply.

CATALOG REQUIREMENTS

Students may graduate under the catalog requirements for the year in which they are first enrolled, provided they complete graduation requirements within a continuous period of no more than 10-years. If a student withdraws or is withdrawn for any reason from the University and is subsequently readmitted after an absence of two or more semesters, re-admittance will be governed by the catalog current at the time of readmission. Any exceptions to the policy must have prior approval from the Provost. Students should obtain and keep a copy of the catalog under which they enter or are readmitted. Students may also elect to follow any subsequent catalog.

TIME LIMITATION ON CREDIT

Any college credit earned more than 10 years before the date of admission or readmission is not applicable toward the degree desired unless it is approved by the appropriate department chair. This policy does not apply to general education courses.

CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS

Classification of students is based on semester credit hours earned as follows:
                                    

Freshman  

  0 - 29      

semester hours earned
Sophomore

30 - 59

semester hours earned
Junior     

60 - 89 

semester hours earned
Senior 

90 + 

semester hours earned
                         
Graduate Student   See the Graduate Studies section for classification information.

Guest

A guest student is defined as one who wishes to enroll in courses without degree-seeking status. Additional information on non-degree students is contained in the Admission section of this catalog.

Auditor

A student who has been permitted to enroll in a course for which he or she will receive no credit. Auditors determine their own attendance, take no examinations, receive no grades, do not participate in classroom discussion except as permitted by the instructor and earn no credit. They pay the same tuition and fees as persons enrolled for credit. An auditor may not be reclassified to receive credit in the course after the final date for adding courses. In place of a grade, students receive the symbol NC (no credit) on their transcripts. Students wishing to register as auditors must declare their intention at registration and may not seek credit in the course after the drop period for the course has expired. Likewise, a student may not change his or her regular enrollment to auditor (no credit) status after the end of the drop period. Auditor (or no credit) forms are available in the Records Office.

Persons 65 years of age or older, or 62 and retired, may audit courses without paying tuition on a space-available basis. Permission of the instructor is required in all cases.

FULL-TIME / HALF-TIME ENROLLMENT STATUS

Enrollment status (full-time, half-time) is determined by the number of credit hours which the student has completed or is pursuing for the term in which the certification is requested. Students registered for 12 or more semester credit hours are considered full-time. However, it should be noted that in order to complete an undergraduate program in four years, students must earn a minimum of 15 credits each semester. Credit hour requirements for enrollment verification (i.e., health insurance, auto insurance, loan deferments) are as follows:

Fall/Spring Semesters   

    Undergraduates
        Full-time  12 or more credits
        Half-time 6-11 credits
        Less than half-time Below 6 credits
    Graduate Program
        Full-time 9 or more credits
        Half-time 6-8 credits
        Less than half-time Below 6 credits
                           
Summer Session
    Undergraduates
        Full-time 6 or more credits
        Half-time  3-5 credits
        Less than half-time Below 3 credits
    Graduate Program
        Full-time 6 or more credits
        Half-time 3-5 credits
        Less than half-time Below 3 credits
  
Contact the Records Office for certification of enrollment status, level (class), grade point average and term(s) of attendance. (Please note that the above schedule for enrollment status may differ from the full-time/part-time schedule as recognized by the financial services area.)

GRADES AND THE GRADING SYSTEM

Awarding of Grades

Grades are earned by students and awarded by faculty. Two signatures are required to successfully complete a faculty initiated student grade change. Since the faculty member is solely responsible for affecting a grade change, the Faculty signature is required. The second signature will be that of the Department Chair. In the event that the Department Chair is the instructor of the course, the second signature will be that of the Dean.

The Grading System

The quality of a student’s work is appraised according to letter grades and grade point averages. The grading system of Colorado State University-Pueblo includes the following grades: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D+, D, D-, F, S, U, IN, W, WN, NC, IP. Faculty use of +/- grading is optional. Course instructors should indicate on the course syllabus and/or policy statement the grading system used in the course.

 

 

 

Grade Points

Grade

per Credit

    A

        (Excellent)

4.00

    A-

3.67

    B+

3.33

    B

        (Good)

3.00

    B-

2.67

    C+

2.33

    C         (Satisfactory)

2.00

    D+

1.33

    D         (Poor)

1.00

    D-

0.67

    F         (Failure)

0.00

    S         (Satisfactory)

        *

    U         (Unsatisfactory)

        **

    IN         (Incomplete)         **
    W         (Withdrawal)         **
    WN         (Administrative Withdrawal or
         Nonpayment 
        
        **
    NC         (No Credit—Audit)         **
    IP         (In Progress)         **

  • Credits not used to compute the grade-point average but counted toward graduation, excluding remedial courses.

** Credits not used to compute grade-point average and not counted toward graduation.

Although grades of D+, D, and D- are passing, they do not constitute satisfactory grades. Many departments do not permit these grades to count toward fulfillment of their requirements, even though the hours may be counted toward graduation requirements. Such grades from other institutions are not accepted in transfer except as specified under Transfer of Credit in the Admission section of this catalog.

D     Below average achievement, credit given, 1 grade point per semester hour. (Although a D is passing, it does not constitute a satisfactory grade. Many departments do not permit D grades to count toward fulfillment of their requirements, even though the hours may be counted toward graduation requirements. D grades from other institutions are not accepted in transfer except as specified under Transfer of Credit in the  Admission section of this catalog.)

F Counted as a course attempted; does not constitute a passing grade nor does it satisfy major or institutional requirements.

S Available only in certain approved courses.

U Available only in certain approved courses.

W This grade is given under two conditions: 1) when a student withdraws from a course prior to the end of the regular withdrawal period; 2) when a student withdraws totally from the University after the initial drop period.

IN The grade of IN is recorded at the end of the semester when a student is granted an extension of time to complete course work which could not be completed for reasons beyond the student’s control. It is given solely at the discretion of the instructor and is not to be used to grant the student additional time to complete assigned course work due to poor time management. The student must be receiving a passing grade at the time an IN agreement is made, which may be no earlier than the end of the withdrawal period. The IN agreement consists of a plan for the   completion of the course work and must designate the student’s existing grade in the course and the work to be completed for the IN to be removed. It must be in writing, signed by the instructor and the student, and placed on file in the Department office. An incomplete course must be satisfactorily completed within the time frame stipulated by the instructor but no later than one calendar year from the date the IN was given. An incomplete not removed within one calendar year shall revert to the pre-assigned grade and be included in the computation of the student’s grade point average. Re-enrollment is not allowed while the IN is still outstanding. Adjunct faculty are not allowed to award grades of IN without approval from the Department Chair

IP A grade of IP may be given at the close of the term in certain approved courses. Students receiving an IP must register in the same course the next term, pay tuition and must complete the work during that term. Courses for which IP grades are accrued are identified in the Course Description section of this catalog.

Grade-Point Average Computation

Earned grade points are computed by multiplying the point value of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D+, D, D-, and F grades earned by the number of credit hours of the course(s) in which the student was enrolled. A student’s semester GPA is calculated by dividing total grade points by total credit hours attempted. A student’s cumulative GPA is calculated by dividing total grade points earned by total credit hours  attempted. A student’s cumulative GPA is calculated by dividing all grade points earned by all credit hours attempted. Earned grades of S, U, W, WN, IP, IN and NC are not computed in the grade-point average. For purposes of computing a student’s grade-point average only CSU-Pueblo hours are used.

Grade Change Policy/Academic Appeals

Students have the right to appeal any academic decision, including the assignment of final grades. A grade-change request should be extremely rare. It is not appropriate to change a grade because the student submitted additional work.

Before making an appeal, the student must discuss the situation with the instructor(s) involved in the decision. If a grade change is approved by the instructor(s) on the basis of this discussion, the instructor(s) will complete and submit a grade change form, which must be approved by the department chair and the dean.

If a grade change is not approved by the instructor(s), the student may appeal the instructor(s’) grading decision based upon one or more of the following four grounds. The burden of proof rests with the student to demonstrate that the grading decision was made on the basis of any of these following conditions:

  1. An instructor(s) made an error in calculating the original grade or a similar occurrence.
  2. A grading decision was made on some basis other than performance and other than as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
  3. A grading decision was based on standards unreasonably different from those that were  applied to other students.
  4. A grading decision was based on a substantial, unreasonable, or unannounced departure from previously articulated standards.

The student must submit a written grade appeal to the department chairperson. The written document must set forth the basis for the appeal, identifying at least one of the four categories set forth above. The request must be submitted, or postmarked if mailed, no later than 20 working days after the first day of classes of the next regular semester following the date the grade was recorded. If no appeal is received before the deadline, the grade will be considered final. It is strongly recommended that the student meet with the department chairperson within 10 working days after submission of the appeal to discuss the appeal process. The department chairperson, the dean, or any administrative official is prohibited from making a decision concerning the grade change appeal.

Within 20 working days of receipt of the written request for an appeal, the chairperson must provide a copy of the student’s appeal to the instructor(s) who assigned the grade, the dean, and the Academic Appeals Board unless the appeal has been withdrawn. The    instructor(s) must write a response to the Academic Appeals Board within 10 working days of receipt of the appeal. If the written request for an appeal is received prior to or during the summer session, when the instructor(s) who assigned the grade may not be available, the chairperson must provide copies to the faculty member and the Appeals Board no later than 20 working days from the beginning of the following fall semester.

The Academic Appeals Board will review the written appeal and response of the instructor(s). The Board  may elect to separately interview both the student and the instructor(s) before rendering a decision. The decision of the Academic Appeals Board will be based upon whether one or more of the conditions for an appeal set forth above have been met. At the conclusion of the deliberations, the Board will render one of the following decisions:

  1. The original grading decision is upheld.

  2. The Academic Appeals Board will re-evaluate the student’s achievement of the instructional objectives of the course and assign a grade accordingly.

The Academic Appeals Board decision is the final decision of the University. Within 20 working days of reaching the decision, the Academic Appeals Board will provide written summaries of the hearing and decision, together with a rationale for that decision, to the student, the instructor(s) who assigned the grade, and the academic department of the instructor(s). Should the appeal result in a grade change, the Chair of the Academic Appeals Board will submit a grade change form to the Records Office.

DEANS’ LIST

All undergraduate students, including those enrolled in continuing education classes and those enrolled in a second baccalaureate degree program, are eligible for the Deans’ List in a given semester provided they:

  • Achieve a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.500
  • Be degree-seeking
  • Earn at least 12 credit hours at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and 
  • Receive no grade of  “incomplete”

The Deans’ List is generated and published fall and spring semesters.

GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING

The academic standing of all students is reviewed two times each year, at the end of fall, and spring semester. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher to remain in Good Academic Standing.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

Students are placed on academic probation at the end of any semester (excluding summer) beyond their completion of the second semester of their freshman year in which their cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.000.

Academic Probation status is noted on the transcript. In addition, students receive a letter (Notification of Academic Probation Status) from the Student  Academic Services Office. At this point, students are strongly encouraged to develop an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) in collaboration with staff from the CSU-Pueblo Student Academic Services Office.

Students on Academic Probation will have two terms (excluding summer) to raise their grade-point average to a 2.000.

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION

Students who fail to clear Academic Probation after two regular terms (excluding summer) will be placed on Academic Suspension.

Students placed on Academic Suspension cannot re-enroll at the University for a period of two consecutive semesters (excluding summer) EXCEPT BY SPECIAL PERMISSION.

Students placed on Academic Suspension who successfully appeal their suspension can return to the University on a Conditional Reinstatement.

Students on Conditional Reinstatement status will remain under the guidelines of the catalog in effect at the time of their regular admission.

Students on Academic Suspension who stay away from the University more than two consecutive  semesters (excluding summer) following their notice of formal academic suspension must (a) be readmitted to the University, and (b) adhere to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time they are readmitted to the University. Please see the Catalog Requirement section for more information.

Appeal Process for Academic Suspension

Students who want to appeal their Academic Suspension are responsible for initiating the process by submitting an Appeal Letter. The Appeal Letter must address two issues: (1) why the Academic Suspension is being appealed, and (2) what the student will do to make an improvement in academic performance.

The deadlines for Appeal Letters requesting Conditional Reinstatement are:

  • Subsequent fall semester—the 2nd Monday in June
  • Subsequent spring semester—the 1st Wednesday of January

Failure to submit Appeal Letters within this prescribed time line will result in academic suspension for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer).

CLASS HOURS AND CREDIT HOURS

A class hour consists of 50 minutes. One class hour per week of lecture or discussion for a semester earns a maximum of one credit hour. Two or three class hours a week of laboratory activities for a semester earn a maximum of one credit hour. The number of credits awarded for a given course is determined by the number of lecture or laboratory hours spent each week in class and is authorized in accordance with guidelines of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

POLICY ON AWARD OF CREDIT

Instructional activity is broadly categorized into three categories: Type A, Type B and Type C by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) as published in its Policy for Reporting Full-time Equivalent Students.

1)     Type A Instruction

Type A instruction is defined as consisting of “those methods in which the consumption of faculty resources is reasonably concrete and measurable.” In these instances, the criteria are established in terms of a faculty Base Contact Hour. The Base Contact Hour is a minimum of 750 minutes (this translates into a 50 minute period for 15 times). Type A instructional activities are audit; private instruction; lecture; recitation, discussion, and seminar; laboratory (vocational and technical; academic and clinical); physical education and recreation activity courses; studio (art and music) and field instruction.
2) Type B Instruction

Type B instruction is defined as consisting of “those methods where the measurement of faculty resource consumption by students is less definitive and will vary depending on the activity. The activities occurring in these areas are, therefore, defined in a “contractual relationship” between faculty and students.” Examples of Type B instruction are independent study/special or independent project; Master’s thesis research project and practicum, student teaching, internship, and cooperative education.
3) Alternative Delivery Methods

These are courses delivered in non-traditional formats, including but not limited to, telecourses, self-paced instruction assisted by educational technologies, interactive video, telephone lines, computer based or computer assisted instruction, correspondence, videotapes or CD-Rom, Internet or Intranet, multimedia, etc... The credit hours for courses utilizing these alternative delivery methods shall be assigned based upon the equivalency or similarity of the course content’s scope and depth and the course’s evaluation methods to the same or similar courses currently offered at CSU-Pueblo. Lecture courses delivered on-campus and also delivered via interactive video to approved off-campus sites are subject to Type A contact hour requirements for the lecture course and shall be counted as Type A     Instruction.
4) Type C Instruction

These are activities that may generate credit, but the credit cannot be reported for FTE reimbursement. The activities involve relatively little faculty resource consumption or are considered as a student service. Included in Type C instruction is credit by exam and credit for prior learning of life experience.

COURSE LOADS AND OVERLOADS

Enrollment in more than 18 credit hours in a given semester is defined as an overload. Both resident and extended studies (continuing education) courses are counted in the credit-hour total.

Students who have earned 15 or more semester credit hours and have a grade-point average of 3.000 or greater are eligible to enroll for an overload.

Overloads must be authorized by student’s faculty advisor and department chair (or dean if the advisor is the department chair). Both signatures are required. Appeals may be made to the dean of the college of the student’s major. Under no circumstances may a student enroll for more than a total of 25 semester credit hours in a single semester.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

A student may earn a maximum of 30 hours of credit by examination towards the minimum semester hours required for graduation regardless of the source type, (i.e., CLEP/DANTES, International Baccalaureate, advanced placement, and/or in-house departmental exams). Types and methods of earning credit by examination are as follows:

1)      Advanced Placement

Colorado State University-Pueblo participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Under the program, outstanding secondary school students may take certain college-level courses in their own high schools. Students who have taken the Advanced Placement Examination and who have received scores of 3, 4, or 5 will be granted University credit as well as advanced placement.

CSU-Pueblo credit is awarded and posted on the transcript without a grade, is counted toward graduation, and may be used to fulfill specific requirements. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions.

2)

College Level Examination Program

Credit earned by the student on these exams will be accepted by CSU-Pueblo and posted on the transcript provided the student submits an official CLEP/DANTES score report and has scored at or above established benchmarks. If a student has already earned college credit in an academic course(s) before taking CLEP/DANTES exam, the latter credit will be considered duplicate and will not be awarded. Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

3)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Colorado State University-Pueblo recognizes and encourages high school students to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The University recognizes the IB program as a rigorous pre-university course of study for highly motivated secondary students. Students who successfully complete the IB program and examination(s) are eligible to receive credit and advanced placement standing at CSU-Pueblo.

To receive University credit, a student must take the IB exam(s) and request that the scores be sent to CSU-Pueblo Office of Admissions. Upon receipt of the scores, an evaluation for credit will be performed by the appropriate academic department. The student will be notified by mail of the evaluation results in approximately two to four weeks.

A score of 4 or better on the IB exam(s) will receive between 3 -10 credits for most examinations. The credit will be posted on the student’s permanent record/transcript. Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

4)

Credit by Examination (In-house subject area exams)

Departmental faculty shall identify those undergraduate courses, if any, for which students may earn credit by examination.

If a student is successful in challenging a course, the title of the course, credit hours and notation of credit by examination will be recorded on the student’s permanent record/transcript. (Unsuccessful attempts are not recorded on the transcript.) The credit hours earned by examination do NOT count in the student’s load for the semester or in the calculation of the student’s grade point average.

The non-refundable fee for credit earned by examination is $50 per course. Application forms for credit by examination are available from the Records Office.

A student may earn credit by examination in any of the approved courses subject to the following conditions:

  • The student has not previously earned credit in the course at CSU-Pueblo, has not previously failed a challenge exam for the course, or has not previously failed the course itself;

  • The student has approval of the appropriate department chair (with appeal rights to the dean) to take the challenge examination;

  • The student’s performance on the examination is at the level of B or better;

  • The student is currently enrolled at CSU-Pueblo and in good academic standing at the time the examination is administered;

  • The student does not use the challenged course to satisfy the residency requirement for graduation; and

  • The student satisfies any and all additional criteria as specified by the department.
5) 

General Education Test-Out Policy (In-House)

All courses satisfying general education requirements have a test-out procedure. The student does not receive a grade or credit for the course, nor does the test-out appear on the transcript.

Students wishing to test out of a course should contact the chair of the department offering the course. A student who successfully completes the test-out examination with a grade of B or better satisfies that particular general education requirement.

General education test-out examinations are free of charge.

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

Final examinations are not to be scheduled at times other than those published in the semester notes and on-line. In some courses a final examination may not be appropriate to the material; however, classes meet through the period scheduled for the final examination.

FACULTY RECORDS

All faculty members keep appropriate records (such as grade books or sheets) of each student’s progress in every course offered for University credit. Records are retained by the faculty member’s department for one year. They are treated in confidence by the faculty member and chair of the department.

REPEATING COURSES FOR ACADEMIC CREDIT

An undergraduate student who has received a low grade in a course at CSU-Pueblo can improve her/his cumulative grade point average by repeating that course at CSU-Pueblo and earning a higher grade. The first two times a course is taken, only the higher grade is computed into the student’s grade-point average and the credit hours will only count once provided the student has requested a recomputation of grade-point average from the Records Office. Both attempted courses and their assigned grades remain in the academic record.

If a student takes a course for a second time at CSU-Pueblo and earns an identical grade, the earlier of the two course grades will be recomputed.

If a student elects to take a course more than two times, the third grade and all grades earned thereafter will be computed in the grade-point average, but the additional credit hours will not count towards   graduation.
Students are discouraged from repeating those courses for which a grade of C or better has been earned.

Transcripts contain an appropriate entry indicating that the course has been repeated and the grade-point average has been recomputed.

If a student transfers a course to CSU-Pueblo from another institution and then repeats the course at CSU-Pueblo the credit and grade points from CSU-Pueblo will remain part of the cumulative hours and grade point average. In addition, if a student takes a course at CSU-Pueblo and then transfers the course from another institution, the credit and grade points from CSU-Pueblo will remain part of the cumulative hours and grade point average.

CSU-Pueblo course grades cannot be recomputed using transfer courses. Students should be aware that some academic departments place limitations on repetition of courses for majors and/or minors.

INDIVIDUAL COURSES WHICH MAY BE  REPEATABLE FOR CREDIT

Generally courses cannot receive duplicate credit. Some specified courses may be repeated for credit. These courses are designated by the word Repeatable in the Course Description section of this catalog. The number after the word Repeatable indicates the maximum number of credits that may be used toward degree requirements.

CLASS SCHEDULE CHANGES

Students are encouraged to secure advisor approval for all schedule changes. When students do not secure such approval, they assume full responsibility for their progress toward meeting degree requirements.

Students are responsible for processing schedule changes during the drop/add period. Under no circumstances shall the instructor assume this responsibility on behalf of the student.

Continuing students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the pre-registration process in order to obtain the class schedule which best meets their needs.

Adding Courses

Courses may be added to a student’s schedule during the drop/add period, as specified in the class schedules. Course additions may be processed through the Records Office or through the Web Registration System.

Addition of Independent Study and Continuing Education

A resident student may enroll in independent study and continuing education courses only if the addition of such courses will not cause his or her program to exceed the maximum load allowable.

Dropping Courses

Courses may be dropped from a student’s schedule through the drop/add period as specified in the Semester Notes and on-line without a record of the dropped course appearing on the student’s permanent record. Courses may be dropped officially through the Records Office or processed through the Web Registration System. Short or mini-courses may be dropped in the same manner before 15 percent of the course duration has passed. Please refer to the following table:

LENGTH

END

LAST

OF

OF 

DATE

CLASS

DROP

(W)

 

PERIOD

 

(Weeks)

(Days)

(Weeks)

15

11

9

14

11

8

13

10

8

12

9

7

11

8

7

10

8

6

9

7

5

8

6

5

7

5

4

6

5

4

5

4

3

4

3

2

3

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

0.6

      
WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE

Immediately following the end of the drop/add period, students may withdraw from a course according to the policies below.

When a student withdraws from a course before 60 percent of the course duration has passed, a grade of “W” (withdrawal) will be recorded on the academic record. After 60 percent of the course duration has passed, a student may not withdraw. Tuition and fees will not be adjusted for course withdrawals during this withdrawal period. Course withdrawals must be processed in the Records Office.

FACULTY INITIATED STUDENT WITHDRAWAL

Under certain specific circumstances, a faculty member may withdraw a student from a course. The circumstances are either A or B below.

(A)     Faculty may withdraw a student from a course for nonattendance if the student has never attended class through the end of the drop/add period. The course will be removed from the student’s transcript and no grade will be issued. Withdrawal forms must be received by the Records Office by 5:00 pm on the last day of the drop/add period.
(B) Faculty may withdraw a student for a designated number of absences or for any other reason as stated in the course syllabus with the student’s signature acknowledging the withdrawal on the course withdrawal form. In the event that faculty efforts to contact a student concerning the withdrawal are unsuccessful, the signature of the department chair (or Dean if the Department Chair is the teacher of the course) acknowledging the withdrawal may be substituted for the student signature. The student will receive a W for the course. Exceptions to the requirement of a student or department chair signature may be granted to programs by the Provost.

If a faculty member chooses to incorporate this policy, it must be stated in the course syllabus. The criteria to be met by the student which would trigger a Faculty Initiated Withdrawal of the student from the course must be stated in the policy. The criteria will also include the method by which the student will be informed by the faculty member of the impending withdrawal. As with the Student Initiated Withdrawal Policy, faculty may not initiate a student withdrawal after the official course withdrawal period has ended.

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY

Up until the drop/add period expires, students may cancel their course schedules without charge using our web registration system or at the Records Office.

After the end of the drop/add period, students who are planning to withdraw from all courses and leave the University for any reason must file a withdrawal form with the Student Academic Services Office (P-232) prior to departure. Total withdrawals will not be processed after the last scheduled class day of the semester. Students residing in the residence hall also must check out at the housing office. Unless the total withdrawal procedure is followed, students are not eligible for an adjustment (if appropriate) of tuition and fees and will receive failing grades in all courses.

Retroactive Withdrawal

Undergraduate students may request that all grades in previous semesters be retroactively removed and replaced by entries of W on the transcript if they have experienced, during that term, health and/or personal problems so severe that they could not reasonably have been expected to complete the semester satisfactorily. The requests must be submitted with documentation to the Associate Director of Records. Appropriate documentation should include direct information from a professional who can attest to the student’s claim of illness or legal issues and speak clearly to the difficulty that was encountered by the student. If a student chooses not to share such information, the Student Academic Appeals Board should decide the case based on the information available.

Retroactive withdrawal applies to every course for a particular term and not for selective courses during a term.

Military Withdrawal

If military obligations interrupt the academic work of a member of the armed forces registered for courses, the student may ask instructors for an early termination of his or her courses. Early terminations may include, but are not limited to: 1) a grade of W; 2) an incomplete (IN) grade, if there is any chance the student will be able to complete the course requirements; 3) an early final examination and course grade; 4) partial course credit; or 5) an opportunity to complete the class by independent study. It is the student’s  responsibility to make such a request in writing to the instructor. After the student and instructor have agreed on the terms of early termination, the agreement must be approved in writing by the department chair and the dean.

EXPERIENTIAL CREDIT COURSES

Through cooperative education, internships, field experiences and laboratory research, students in many degree programs have the opportunity to expand knowledge and apply theory in real-life situations. All experiential credit courses occur under the direction of an academic instructor and are included in the regular University curriculum. In some cases, such courses are required for majors. All such courses require registration, payment of tuition, carry credit, are listed in the catalog and include a planned program of activities outlined in the course syllabus. The grading system is the same as the system used for regular courses. Supervised work-experience courses are approved for inclusion in veteran’s class schedules under Veterans Administration Regulation 14265.

Credit for Life Experience

Some students may seek academic credit for previous out-of-school work experiences in which the job responsibilities were similar to experiences offered in University-sponsored internships and other programs. Credit for such experiences may be given if the following conditions are met:

  1. The experience must be directly similar to the content of internships, field courses and/or laboratory courses in the regular curriculum;
  2. The student must describe in writing the nature of the experience and what he or she learned through it;
  3. The experience and learning also must be documented by the student’s on-the-job supervisor. Documentation must include a detailed account of the nature, frequency and duration of the duties; and
  4. A paper integrating the experiences with subsequent or concurrent classroom instruction must be submitted and approved.

The maximum number of credit hours allowed for life experiences is six. Any amount over six must be approved and justified by the appropriate dean to the provost. Credit for life experiences is granted only for experience gained within 12-years from the date the degree is expected to be awarded. Credit for life experiences is subject to the approval of the department chair and the dean of the college in which credit is requested.

CHANGE OF MAJOR

All changes of major must be made through the Records Office with the approval of the appropriate advisor/chair.

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are enrolled unless excused by the instructor. No extensions of vacation periods are given to students regardless of the location of their homes. Non-attendance of classes caused by late registration is considered the same as absence. Students are not allowed to attend classes for which they are not properly enrolled unless permitted by the instructor.

The University does not have a policy permitting a specific number of cuts or absences from class. Each instructor establishes an attendance policy for his or her classes and must inform students in writing of the policy at the beginning of the term. However, the student’s grades shall not be affected negatively solely due to absence from class because of participation in University-sanctioned events. Such University-sanctioned activities may include, but are not limited to: intercollegiate competition, participation on the forensics team, and field trips. Class absence due to University-sanctioned participation does not in any way excuse students from completing class preparations, assignments, examinations, or projects.

Although students may drop classes on their own initiative within time lines established by policy, faculty members have the right to withdraw students for non-attendance.

TRANSCRIPTS OF CREDIT

Official transcripts are issued by the Records Office at the written and signed request of the student. There is a non-refundable fee for each official transcript. Check with the Records Office for current fees. Transcript fees must be prepaid before official  transcripts will be released. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, personal check, money order, VISA, MasterCard and Discover. Special fees are charged for special handling (overnight, FedEx, Priority).

All accounts with Colorado State University-Pueblo must be settled before an official transcript can be issued. Transcripts are processed as rapidly as possible and are usually issued within three working days from the date the signed request is received in the Records Office. Students should allow extra time for issuance near the end of semester. Due to the processing of grades, transcripts (official or unofficial) for enrolled students will not be released during the week of finals and the following week. Official transcripts on file from other institutions cannot be  relinquished. CSU-Pueblo does not accept e-mail or telephone transcript requests.

Faxing of Transcripts

A pre-paid $10 fee is required for an unofficial  transcript to be faxed to a destination within the United States; the charge is $15 for a transcript faxed outside the country. Since faxed transcripts are considered as working (unofficial) documents only, the fax will be followed up by an official (hard copy) version to follow by first class mail within three to four working days. In the event that the student is not eligible to receive an official transcript, i.e., outstanding accounts receivable balance, etc., only the (unofficial) faxed copy can be provided for the above fee. 

How to Order a Transcript

Signed transcript requests should include the following information:

  • Student’s full name (including maiden or other    name if applicable)
  • Student ID number
  • Date of birth
  • The last term the student was enrolled at CSU-Pueblo
  • Instructions on whether the current semester grades or degree conferral; are to be included (this is important when a transcript is ordered near the end of a term)
  • The complete name and address of the agency, school or individuals to whom transcripts are to be sent.
  • The student’s signature (this provides CSU-Pueblo with the necessary authorization to release the transcript to the designee.)

NOTES:

  • Transcripts do not include Upward Bound, GED, ACT, SAT, GRE or college class rank information.
  • If someone other than the individual named on the transcript has been authorized to pick up the document in person, they must provide a signed release from the person named on the transcript.

Payment of Transcripts

  • If payment is to be made by credit card, please provide type (VISA, MasterCard or Discover), credit card number, expiration date, name of card holder, address of card holder and daytime phone number.
  • If the order is for a faxed transcript, the following information is also needed:
    1. The fax number and name of the person to whose attention the transcript is to be sent.
    2. The name and address to which the subsequent official, hard copy transcript will be mailed.

GRADUATION PLANNING SHEETS

Graduation Planning Sheets for the summer session and fall semester are due no later than the third week of the spring semester prior to the graduating term.

Graduation Planning Sheets for the spring semester are due no later than the third week of the fall semester prior to the graduating term.

Students unable to complete degree requirements will be required to submit an amended Graduation Planning Sheet or a graduation update to the Records Office in order to establish a new tentative degree conferral date.

GRADUATION LIST

The official graduation list is prepared each term by the Records Office from the official Graduation Planning Sheets. Students will not be eligible to graduate unless their names appear on the list as approved by the Faculty Senate during the graduation term.

COMMENCEMENT

Commencement exercises take place once a year, at the end of spring semester. Students eligible to participate include those who completed graduation requirements in the preceding fall semester, as well as those who are scheduled to complete requirements in the spring semester or those who are scheduled to  complete requirements in the summer session following commencement. Candidates must appear in official academic regalia at commencement exercises.

Utilizing data from official deadlines, the information for the commencement program is finalized near mid March — changes, modifications, or updates received after that time may not be included.

The commencement program is not an official list of confirmed graduates or honors awarded. A final audit will determine degree conferral and academic accords

GRADUATION WITH HONORS

There are three levels of University (baccalaureate degree only) scholastic honors at graduation: summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude. A minimum of 60 semester credits must be earned at CSU-Pueblo for a student to be considered for these honors. Remedial courses, credit within Academic Renewal, and credit by examination cannot be included in the 60 semester credits.

To graduate summa cum laude, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.900 is required; for magna cum laude, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.750 is required; and, for cum laude, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.500 is required.

While honors will be listed in the commencement program for those who may reasonably anticipate them, the listing in the program is not a guarantee of receiving honors. The listing and reading of cum laude status for degree candidates are based on the grade point averages achieved at the beginning of the student’s final semester. The official honor awarded, based on the final grade point average and hours earned in residence, will be noted on the student’s diploma and transcript.

CLASS RANK

CSU-Pueblo does not maintain or provide class rank information.

DIPLOMAS

Diplomas are dated and awarded to graduating students each semester (fall, spring and summer) upon graduation clearance of each student. The spring commencement date and the last day of the summer and fall term are the dates recorded on diplomas and on the transcripts for all students fulfilling degree requirements within a degree granting period. The diploma is imprinted with the name of the degree awarded and the student’s major. Minors or emphases are not printed on the diploma. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately ten to twelve weeks after the end of the term in which the degree is conferred. Replacement diplomas may be issued upon a request from the original holder who certifies to the loss or damage of the original document. Please check with the Records Office for current diploma replacement fees.

PRIVACY RIGHTS OF STUDENTS/DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The University from time to time publishes several bulletins, lists, brochures, catalogs, directories, yearbooks, annuals, guidebooks, news releases, sports information, honor rolls, etc., containing information which specifically identifies students and information about them. The University is authorized to publish, and will publish such directory information, collectively or individually, unless a student, by the end of the second week of classes, notifies the student privacy office (Records Office, Administration Building, Room 202) in writing that the categories listed below (designated directory information) should not be released without prior written consent.

The following information is considered directory information:

  • Student name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Classification
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities  and sports
  • Weight and height of athletes
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees granted and dates conferred
  • Awards received
  • Full or part-time status
  • Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended

The University may, however, disclose personally identifiable information from the educational records of a student as provided in section 99.31 of the Student Right to Know Campus Security Act of 1990 without the written consent of the parent or the eligible student if the disclosure is:

1)     Other school officials such as administrators, supervisors, faculty, staff or on-campus law enforcement unit personnel within the educational institution who are determined to have legitimate educational interests;

2)

Officials of another school or school system in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, subject to the requirements set forth in section 99.34 of the Act; or

3)

Subject to the conditions set forth in 99.31-99.35 of the Act.


The University may also disclose personally identifiable information from the educational records of a student to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

REGISTRATION

Advisement

All students are required to consult an academic advisor before registering for classes each semester. The major area assigns academic advisors.

Undeclared academic advising for continuing and new transfer students will be handled by Student Academic Services, located in Psychology, Suite 232.

All first-year, first-time students are advised through First-Year Programs located in Psychology, Suite 232.

Registration Procedures

Details on registration procedures are published in the Semester Notes on the Web Registration System or on our website at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/records in advance of each registration period.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are assessed in accordance with approved policies. Instructions for payment and payment deadlines are stated in the Semester Notes on-line. For specific information about tuition and fees visit http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/SFS. Contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (719) 549-2234, Administration Building, Room 212 for more information.

Change of Address

Students should keep university authorities informed of their current address. A change in address should be reported immediately to the Records Office or changed on-line through PAWS.

Completion of Student Courses

The University holds students responsible for completing all courses for which they have enrolled unless they obtain approval for a change in registration or file an official withdrawal. Students not following proper course or university withdrawal procedures will receive failing grades.

Immunization Requirement

Colorado law requires all college students born since January 1, 1957, to be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella.


Proof of immunity consists of:

  • Measles - two doses of live measles vaccine administered after 12 months of age or a blood test showing immunity to measles.
  • Mumps - two doses of live mumps vaccine administered after 12 months of age or a blood test showing immunity to mumps.
  • Rubella - two doses of live rubella vaccine administered after 12 months of age or a blood test showing immunity to rubella.

Prior to registration please have verified immunization records sent to Student Health Services, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado 81001-4901 or fax records to (719) 549-2646.

Booster vaccinations are provided by Student Health Services if immunization records indicate that a booster is necessary. For further information, contact the Student Health Services Office at (719) 549-2830.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the baccalaureate degree must satisfy institutional and general education requirements, as well as specific requirements for a major. Students should plan to complete the basic competency requirements in the freshman year and should plan to complete the general education requirements in the freshman and sophomore years. Students must file an approved graduation planning sheet with the Records Office no later than the third week of the term prior to the graduating term.

INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL BACCALAUREATE DEGREES

  1. Students must successfully complete a  minimum of 120 semester hours of credit with an earned grade point average of 2.000 for all CSU-Pueblo hours attempted and included in the GPA computation. Courses numbered below the 100-level cannot be applied toward graduation; (i.e. ENG 099, MATH 098, 099, RDG 099).
  2. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in upper-division courses (numbered 300-499). Upper division credit may be earned only through a four-year institution.
  3. A minimum of 60 semester hours must be earned from a four-year institution.
  4. A minimum of 30 semester hours of credit (as stated in the program of the major) must be earned in residence (courses taken from Colorado State University-Pueblo) with a minimum grade point average of 2.000 for all resident hours attempted. (Both on-campus and continuing education for-credit courses are considered resident credit.)
  5. For degree purposes, CSU-Pueblo accepts a maximum of 60 semester hours from community or junior colleges.
  6. For degree purposes, CSU-Pueblo accepts a maximum of 90 semester hours from other four-year institutions.
     
  7. Of the last 30 semester credits earned immediately preceding graduation, no more than 15 may be completed at other colleges or universities.
  8. A maximum of 30 semester hours of correspondence credit may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree.
  9. A student may earn a maximum of 30 hours of credit by examination.
  10. Students must successfully complete the requirements for an approved major program. Some major programs may require completion of a minor or specific related courses outside the major field.
  11. Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in their major field of study. (Some majors and programs require higher GPA’s. Refer to specific program sections of this catalog for details.)
  12. Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in their minor field of study.
  13. Students must complete the Skills Component (English Composition I and II, and Mathematics) with a minimum overall GPA of 2.000.
  14. Students must satisfactorily complete all general education requirements as defined and explained in the General Education Requirements section of the Academic Policies chapter of this catalog.
  15. Candidates for the bachelor of arts degree must satisfy the foreign language requirement.
  16. Degree candidates must file a completed  Graduation Planning Sheet with the Records Office no later than the third week of the term prior to the graduating term (check on-line or with the Records Office for specific deadlines).
  17. Degrees are issued only at the close of each semester and summer session.
  18. Degrees will be granted only at the end of the semester during which the student completes all degree requirements.
  19. Additional majors or minors will not be awarded or posted to a transcript after a baccalaureate degree has been granted.
  20. Once a baccalaureate degree has been awarded, the student cannot repeat courses in order to improve the undergraduate grade point average.
  21. Students must meet all financial obligations to the institution.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A baccalaureate candidate must select a major and successfully complete all requirements prior to receiving a degree. The minimum number of required semester hours varies by major but must include a departmentally approved program of at least 30 semester hours of course work in the program of study.

Emphasis Area/Track

Certain programs of study may specify emphasis areas or tracks within majors. Only the official emphasis areas will be recorded on the transcript.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Minors consist of a sequence of courses in a specific academic discipline which are established by the department offering the minor. General education courses can apply towards the minor and major(s). Upon graduation, completed majors and minors are recorded on the transcript.

After a degree has been awarded, the Records Office does not change the transcript to add additional majors, emphasis areas or minors.

 
DOUBLE (SECOND) MAJOR

Students may choose to complete concurrently the requirements for two majors. Students seeking a double major must satisfy the requirements of both majors as stated by both departments involved under a single degree program. The single degree awarded is that degree appropriate for the first major. A single diploma is issued which displays both majors and both majors are recorded on the student’s academic transcript.

DOUBLE (CONCURRENT) DEGREES

Students may choose to complete concurrently the requirements for two degrees. The additional credits required for the second degree may be completed concurrently with the credits applying to the first degree and the two degrees may be granted simultaneously, providing all requirements are completed for both degrees. The total hour requirement is 150 earned hours. Simultaneous degrees require two separately completed degree planning sheets as well as the permission of the Provost. Successful completion of concurrent degrees will result in two diplomas and both degrees are recorded on the student’s academic transcript.

SECOND BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (DEGREE-PLUS)

A second baccalaureate degree may be granted in a major area other than that in which the first baccalaureate degree was granted provided the student has met all requirements for the second baccalaureate degree, including not fewer than 30 semester hours of Colorado State University-Pueblo (resident) credit beyond the first degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.000. The additional 30 hours of credit must have the approval of the department from which the second degree is to be earned. Students seeking a second degree are eligible for the Deans’ List.

Degree-plus students seeking a second baccalaureate degree are eligible for scholastic honors. To qualify for graduation with honors, a minimum of 60 semester credits must be completed with CSU-Pueblo after the first degree(s) are conferred. In determining the grade point average of a student, only grades earned after the first degree(s) are considered.

The general education and institutional requirements are considered complete if the student has earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and is accepted to the University as a degree-plus student. Prior credit earned will not be posted to the CSU-Pueblo transcript; however, each department may internally consider approving prior credit earned toward certain requirements.

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE: FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Students seeking the degree of bachelor of arts must complete one of the three options listed below:

1)     Completion of the second semester of a foreign language (course number 102).
  • Students may test out of the course.
  • Completion of a foreign language course above 102 with a grade of C or better will satisfy the requirement.
2)

Completion of FL 100, Introduction to Comparative Linguistics, and ANTHR/ENG 106, Language, Thought and Culture.

3) Completion of the first and second semester of American Sign Language.

International students for whom English is a second language may substitute two semesters of English courses (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102) for the foreign language requirement.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

Graduates of Colorado State University-Pueblo are lifelong learners who have developed the intellectual and ethical foundations necessary for an understanding of and respect for humanity as well as the   knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing society.

To help students achieve these goals, the skills component of the CSU-Pueblo general education program is designed to give students the written communication and quantitative reasoning skills necessary for success in their undergraduate studies and future careers. The knowledge component is designed to give students direct experience in the methods of thought and inquiry in three central areas of academic endeavor: the arts and humanities; the social sciences; and the natural and physical sciences.

Through their experiences in these areas, students develop and refine their ability to

  • Participate in a variety of types of critical inquiry and thought,
  • Communicate clearly and effectively,
     
  • Investigate and understand important social issues,
    Appreciate the arts and humanities,
  • Understand the histories, cultures and experiences of the diverse populations of the United States and the world, and
  • Understand the influence of science and technology on social institutions and personal relations.

Note: Courses listed below that are marked with an asterisk (*) are not in the statewide common core, meaning that they are not guaranteed in transfer to any other college or university in Colorado.

The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories:

Skills Component 9 credits
Knowledge Component 26 credits
TOTAL 35 credits

I.     SKILLS COMPONENT
To complete the Skills component, students must successfully complete courses in the following content areas with a minimum overall GPA of 2.000:

Written Communication (2 courses) 6 credits
Quantitative Reasoning (1 course) 3 credits
TOTAL 9 credits

A.     Written Communication
Take each of the following courses:
ENG 101 Composition I  3 credits
ENG 102 Composition II 3 credits

B.     Quantitative Reasoning
Take one of the following courses:
MATH  109 Mathematical Explorations 3 credits
MATH  121 College Algebra 4 credits
MATH  124 Pre-Calculus Math 5 credits
MATH 126 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5 credits
MATH 156 Introduction to Statistics  3 credits
MATH 221 Applied Calculus: An Intuitive Approach 4 credits
or any MATH course that includes one of these as a prerequisite.

II.     KNOWLEDGE COMPONENT

To complete the Knowledge component, students must successfully complete courses in the following content areas:

Humanities (3 courses) 9 credits
History (1 courses) 3 credits
Social Sciences (2 courses) 6 credits
Natural and Physical Sciences (2 courses with labs) 8 credits
TOTAL 26 credits

Students must take one course that is designated as cross-cultural. Courses taken to meet the Knowledge content area requirements may also be used to meet the cross-cultural requirement if they have a (CC) next to their listing.

Your major may recommend certain courses from this list. Refer to your major’s catalog description for more information.

Note:   Courses listed below that are marked with an asterisk (*) are not in the statewide common core, meaning that they are not guaranteed in transfer to any other college or university in Colorado. 

A.     Humanities
ART 100 Visual Dynamics (CC)
ART 211 History of Art I (CC)
ART 212 History of Art II (CC)
ENG 130 Introduction to Literature
ENG/CS 220 Survey of Chicano Literature (CC)
ENG 221 Masterpieces of Literature I
ENG 222 Masterpieces of Literature II
ENG 240 Survey of Ethnic Literature (CC)
FL    100*  Introduction to Comparative Linguistics (CC)
Foreign Language (FRN, GER, ITL, RUS, SPN)
  Courses: 101*, 102*, 201*, or 202* (CC)
MUS    118 Music Appreciation (CC)
PHIL  102   Philosophical Literature
PHIL  120 Non-Western World Religions (CC)
PHIL  201 Classics in Ethics
PHIL  204 Critical Reasoning
PHIL  205 Deductive Logic
SPCOM 103* Speaking and Listening
SPN 130 Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World (CC)
   
B.  History
HIST 101 World Civilization to 1100 (CC)
HIST 102 World Civilization from 1100 to 1800 (CC)
HIST 103 World Civilization since 1800 (CC)
HIST/CS 136 Southwest United States (CC)
HIST 201 US History I
HIST 202 History II

C.     Social Sciences
ANTHR  100  Cultural Anthropology (CC)
ANTHR/ ENG 106* Language, Thought and Culture (CC)
CS  101 Introduction to Chicano Studies (CC)
ECON  201  Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON  202  Principles of Microeconomics
GEOG  103*  World Regional Geography (CC)
MCCNM  101*  Media and Society
POLSC  101  American National Politics
POLSC  200  Understanding Human Conflict (CC)
PSYCH  100  General Psychology
PSYCH  151  Human Development
PSYCH  222  Understanding Animal Behavior
PSYCH/SOC/WS 231* Marriage, Family and Relationships
SOC  101  Introduction to Sociology
SOC  201  Social Problems

D.     Natural and Physical Sciences
BIOL  100/L Principles of Biology with Lab
BIOL  121/L  Environmental Conservation with Lab
BIOL  191/L*  College Biology I/Botany with Lab
BIOL  192/L  College Biology II/Zoology with Lab
BIOL  223/L  Human Physiology & Anatomy I with Lab
BIOL  224/L  Human Physiology & Anatomy II with Lab
CHEM  101/L  Chemistry and Society with Lab
CHEM  111/L  Principles of Chemistry with Lab
CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I with Lab
CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II with Lab
CHEM   160/L Introduction to Forensic Science with Lab
EXHP  162/L*  Personal Health with Lab
GEOL  101/L  Earth Science with Lab
MET  105*  It’s a Material World
PHYS  110/L  Astronomy with Lab
PHYS  140/L  Light, Energy and the Atom with Lab
PHYS  201/L  Principles of Physics I with Lab
PHYS  202/L  Principles of Physics II with Lab
PHYS  221/L  General Physics I with Lab
PHYS  222/L  General Physics II with Lab

III.     TRANSFER STUDENTS
Colorado State University-Pueblo may accept the general education requirements included in the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree from a regionally accredited two-year or four-year college as a substitute for CSU-Pueblo’s general education requirements. Transcripts will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Office of Admissions to determine if general education requirements are satisfied.

In addition, CSU-Pueblo accepts the Colorado Community College and Occupational Educational System General Education Core Transfer Program as a substitute for the University’s general education requirements for a student who is certified as having successfully completed the core curriculum.

Transfer students from Colorado four-year colleges or universities who have completed general education requirements with a minimum 2.30 grade point average will be considered to have fulfilled CSU-Pueblo’s general education requirements. However, only courses with grades of C- or better will be  accepted for credit in transfer. It is the student’s responsibility to document that the general education requirements were satisfied at the transfer institution.

IV.     READMIT STUDENTS

Students readmitted to CSU-Pueblo must fulfill the requirements in the general education program in effect at the time of readmission.

V.     COURSE SUBSTITUTIONS/WAIVERS

Substitutions and/or waivers for courses fulfilling general education requirements may be approved by the appropriate department chair or the Associate Director of Records.

ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Legislation enacted by the Colorado General Assembly requires that:

  1. Institutions of higher education be held accountable for demonstrable improvements in student knowledge, capacities and skills between entrance and graduation;
  2. Such demonstrable improvements be publicly announced and available;
  3. Institutions express clearly to students the expectations for student performance; and
  4. Such improvements be achieved efficiently through the use of student and institutional resources of time, effort and money.

Colorado State University-Pueblo, in response to the aforementioned requirement, has adopted an assessment plan which contains the following provisions:

  1. The basic educational goals for all undergraduates shall be communicated to students in the form of performance expectations for all students;
  2. Each department shall develop and publish specific curricular, co-curricular, and appropriate student performance expectations for students by major;
  3. Information on student improvement from entrance to graduation shall be collected, used, and publicly reported;
  4. Information on after-graduation performance of students shall be collected by means of surveys of graduates, employers, and graduate/professional schools;
  5.  Information on student and alumni satisfaction with their education shall be collected by means of surveys and interviews; and
  6. Information collected for the accountability report shall be reported annually to the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and used for the purposes of improving the quality of the educational experience at the University.

In recognition of the evolutionary nature of an accountability and assessment program, the University acknowledges that the provisions of the plan, as they are stated in this catalog, may change at any time during a student’s residence. The University will make reasonable efforts to inform students of any modifications to the plan.

Basic Educational Goals for all Undergraduates

The University requires all students to meet or exceed the following performance expectations:

1)       Fields of Study Goals
Major Field
Students shall demonstrate outcomes (proficiency) in the major by a variety of assessments specified by the faculty of the department offering the major. Faculty will determine and publish the expected outcomes for each major offered, and the students in the major will be provided with career planning in terms of the expected outcomes.
Minor Field
Students shall demonstrate outcomes in the minor by a variety of assessments specified by the faculty of the department offering the minor. Faculty will determine and publish the expected outcomes for each minor offered.
2)     Intellectual Skills Goals
Literacy Skills
Students shall demonstrate effective skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening (public and interpersonal communication), visualizing, computing, locating and documenting sources of information.
Quantitative Skills
Students shall demonstrate the ability to understand and interpret numerical and graphical data.
3)  Intellectual Capacities Goals
Problem Solving, Logical Inquiry and Critical Analysis
Students shall demonstrate the abilities of identifying, defining and solving complex problems through logical inquiry and creative exploration; engaging in critical analyses; testing hypotheses; and discriminating between observation and inference.

Assessment of Basic Educational Goals

To assess the extent to which students meet or exceed the above performance goals, the University requires that students who have completed at least 90 credit hours be subject to interviews, portfolio   maintenance, or standardized tests relative to the assessment of basic educational goals.

To assist students in preparing to meet the performance expectations stated in the basic educational goals provision of the accountability program, the faculty recommend that students:

  1. Meet the institutional requirements as early as possible, preferably in the freshman year; and
  2. Meet the general education requirements by the end of the sophomore year, to the extent allowed by the degree program.

Educational Goals for Majors and Minors

Individual departments expect students to meet or exceed performance expectations as stated in each college/school section of this catalog.

Departmental assessment plans differ in accordance with requirements of specific disciplines; however, each plan typically includes the following information:

  • Departmental Goals
  • Expected Student Outcomes
  • General Requirements
  • Specific Requirements for Majors
  • Co-curricular Requirements (if any)
  • Outcomes Assessment Activities

In consideration of the evolutionary nature of departmental assessment plans, departments reserve the right to modify assessment plans as appropriate and necessary. Students will be notified of any such changes.

Student Surveys

The University will conduct surveys during student attendance and for a period of five years after graduation to assess the level of educational satisfaction. Students are strongly encouraged to respond to these surveys and to provide other appropriate forms of feedback so that the University may use the results to continue to improve the quality of education at CSU-Pueblo

Dissemination of Results

Assessment results will be disseminated by the departmental faculty in accordance with the department assessment plan; other results will be available in the Office of the Provost.

Assessment program inquiries may be directed to the Director of Assessment in care of the Office of the Provost.

GRADUATION RATE

Under the Students Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, colleges and universities are required to publish the graduate rate of first-time undergraduate students. This graduation rate is defined as the percentage of first-time undergraduate students who complete their bachelor’s degree, at CSU-Pueblo, within six years of their initial enrollment. First-time undergraduate students are defined as full-time, degree seeking undergraduate students who enroll at Colorado State University-Pueblo with no previous college experience.

The University’s average graduation rate for the most recent 3-year average of entering cohorts is 30%, a rate comparable with graduation rates of other regional public institutions in Colorado.

STUDENT BILL OF RIGHTS—FOUR YEAR GRADUATION AGREEMENT

The Student Bill of Rights (also known as Colorado House Bill 01-1263) states that a student can sign a four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for the student to obtain a degree in four years. Colorado State University-Pueblo supports this timeline for graduation by publishing advising guidelines under which a student may expect to graduate in four years and also publishes curriculum check sheets defining the four-year course progression for each major. These check sheets and advising guidelines are available in each Department Office.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND INQUIRY

Colorado State University-Pueblo considers freedom of discussion, inquiry, and expression to be consonant with the history and traditions of our country and a cornerstone of education in a free society. CSU-Pueblo is committed not just to valuing and respecting diversity, but also to respect for diverse viewpoints. Any members of the campus community (students, faculty, or staff) who feel that they have been treated unfairly because of their views should contact the Director of AA/EEO, Student Judicial Affairs, and Campus Diversity. CSU-Pueblo encourages members of the University community to engage in discussion, to exchange ideas and opinions, and to speak, write, and publish freely in accordance with the guarantees and limitations of our state and national constitutions.

Faculty and students have not only a right, but also a responsibility, to examine critically the insights, understandings, values, issues, and concerns which have evolved in the various areas of human activity. Accordingly, University-registered student organizations may extend invitations for guest lecturers, exhibitors, performers, and exhibitions of works of art with no restrictions of form or content other than those imposed by law. It is understood that inviting a speaker, performer, or exhibit does not imply concurrence of the University or of the sponsoring organization with the opinions, beliefs, or values expressed.

In exercising their rights, members of the University community should understand that the public may judge the institution by their actions. Hence, they should at all times strive to be honest and accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, and show appropriate respect for the opinions of others.