The University reserves the right to make changes in curricula, degree requirements,
course offerings, and all academic regulations at any time, when in the
judgment of the faculty, the President, or the Board of Trustees, such
changes are for the best interest of the students and the University.
Registration at the University
assumes the student's acceptance of all published academic regulations, including
both those which appear in this catalog and all others found in any official
announcement such as The Master Schedule of Classes and The Student
Handbook. Official policies of the University listed below are published
in The Student Handbook, which is available through the Student
a) Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility
Time Period - Maximum/Minimum Period
b) Alcoholic Beverages Policy
c) Sexual Harassment Policy
d) Campus Solicitation Policy
e) Sexual Assault Policy
f) Student Rights to Freedom of Inquiry and Expression
A student may be expected to obtain
a degree in accordance with the requirements set forth in the regulations
in force at the time he/she is admitted to degree candidacy, or under subsequent
regulations published while he/she is enrolled as a degree candidate. However,
a student is restricted in his/her choice to the requirements of one specific
catalog. Students have a period of 6 years inclusive and continuous in which
to claim the rights of a specific catalog.
Students are advised that unforeseen
circumstances may interfere with the scheduling of any given course or degree
offering and will be required to take such developments into account as they
arise, even if doing so means a delay in the fulfillment of some of their
academic goals, or a modification of those goals. The program concerned will
work closely with students facing such problems in an effort to resolve them
with a minimum of difficulty.
Six years is regarded as the maximum
time allowed for graduate credits for degree candidates. In case more time
than 6 years is spent on the program, special arrangements may be made within
the College where the program is housed for the revalidation of over-age credits
in courses given by the institution. Any student who fails to complete his/her
program in the period allowed becomes subject to changes in degree requirements
adopted up to the date 6 years prior to his/her graduation. No program is
to be completed in less than a 12 month period.
Within the six-year limit, a student
who is absent from the University for no longer than three years, and who
returns to complete the program of study, shall have the right to continue
under the catalog in effect at the time of the student's original enrollment
as a degree-seeking student. Alternatively, the student may elect the degree
requirements under the catalog in effect at the time of return. If the period
of absence is longer than three years, the student will be subject to the
curricular requirements in force at the time of return. Under no circumstances
will students be allowed to appeal short-lived rules and regulations which
were adopted and abandoned during the period of their absence.
If drastic revisions of curricula
or program requirements have occurred during a student's absence (even if
for less than three years), or during the period between the student's original
enrollment as a degree-seeking student and the eventual movement to a different
degree program, a reasonable effort will be made by the academic dean to permit
the student to undertake transitional course work that is equivalent to the
educational experience intended under the catalog in force at the time of
the student's original enrollment as a degree-seeking student.
Students are expected to follow their
programs as outlined as closely as possible and pursue required courses in
the prescribed sequence. Failure to do so may lead to future scheduling difficulties
and students may find that the courses in which they wish to enroll are not
available to them. Students who enroll in courses for which prerequisites
or other defined requirements have not been met will be removed from these
Right of Petition. A student who wants relief
from any academic regulation of the University may submit the case for consideration
to the Committee on Petitions and Scholastic Standing in the college of the
student's major or the appropriate University-wide committee.
FINAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SATISFYING
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, AS OUTLINED IN THE UNIVERSITY CATALOG, RESTS WITH THE
Graduate courses will earn degree
credit completed at a grade level of C or better, but the student's average
on all courses attempted for graduate credit which are to be applied to degree
completion must be at least a B (3.0 on a 4-point system). A grade of C- is
not considered to be at the C level. Additionally, the student's grade point
average on all courses numbered 700 or above, that are to be applied to degree
completion, must be no less than 3.0. Grades earned on credits transferred
from other universities do not count in the grade point average. Grades earned
below the grade of C do not transfer to Coastal Carolina University.
An accumulation of grades of C+
or below on 12 credits of graduate course work taken at the University within
a 6 year period will disqualify a student for a graduate degree. This rule
applies only to courses taken for degree completion purposes; it applies even
to courses taken in two or more degree programs.
Students who receive grades below B
on 12 or more graduate credit hours, where these hours are being taken for
degree completion purposes, are consequently suspended from degree candidacy
status and are not permitted to enroll for further courses even as non-degree
students without the specific approval by the University. After a grade below
B is 6 years old, it will cease to be a disqualifying factor.
Infractions of academic discipline
at the University are dealt with in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct
and Academic Responsibility. Examples of such infractions include but are
not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and illegal use of old laboratory reports.
Further information is contained in The Student Handbook, Office of
Student Services or the Office of the Provost.
Every graduate student admitted
to a degree program is entitled to an adviser. Students admitted as non-degree
students, that is, those who do not seek degree admission or who have not
yet met all the conditions for degree candidacy, are not assigned to advisers.
They may, however, consult with the designated graduate administrator within
the college where their course work is offered about both specific and general
Appeals and Petitions
Appeals should be made within the
academic unit that directs the student's program. Appeals should be addressed
to the designated graduate administrator in the college where their course
work is housed. Only after the internal process for appeals and grievances
has been exhausted should a student take his/her case to the Dean of the College.
If the Dean cannot resolve the question being raised, he/she will refer it
to the Committee on Petitions and Scholastic Standing, or other similar committee,
in the college of the student's degree.
A student who wants relief from
any academic regulation of the University may submit the case for consideration
to the appropriate committee in the College of the student's major or the
appropriate University-wide committee. Petitions related to programs, regulations,
or other matters in the graduate program should be addressed to the Dean of
the College who will then refer it to the appropriate College committee. Petitions
requesting substantial deviation from established practice also should be
referred to the Dean of the College. Appeals, grievances, or petitions may
be related to academic matters only.
Appeals for Reinstatement
Appeals for reinstatement to degree
candidacy should be forwarded to the Dean of the College for review by the
college's appeals process. Appellants who have maintained a B average despite
their accumulation of lower grades may, if their appeals are supported by
their academic units/programs, be allowed to proceed toward their degrees
provided they receive no additional grades below B. Appellants who have not
maintained a B average should show extenuating circumstances and obtain the
support of their academic units/programs if they wish to be considered for
The University neither offers correspondence
courses for graduate credit nor accepts correspondence work as applicable
toward a graduate degree.
Courses Outside Major Program
Students wishing to enroll in courses
outside the area to which they have been admitted should do so only with the
express permission of their advisers, the dean of the course, and should seek
guidance from the dean of the college sponsoring the course regarding eligibility
An individual who has been denied
admission to a program may not continue to enroll in courses in that program
without special permission of the Dean of that college, even if admission
is sought through another program area at the institution.
Credit by Examination
No graduate credit is offered by
Under certain circumstances, a
student may elect pass-fail grading in a course whose content is outside the
major area. This option permits enrichment of the student's experience without
affecting grade average. A grade of either satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory
(U) will be awarded, and those courses completed with a satisfactory grade
may be counted toward total credit hours earned. Any student interested in
this option should consult his/her adviser and the Chair of the department
offering the course prior to registration. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading
is available only for courses specifically approved for such grading or individually
by prior authorization of the Dean of the course.
Prerequisite courses are listed
to inform students about the academic background recommended for satisfactory
course completion. If a student believes that he/she has the knowledge and/or
skills represented by a prerequisite course obtained via other courses or
methods, this should be discussed with the professor prior to registration
regarding special permission to enroll.
Regular graduate students of the
institution desiring to revalidate over-age courses must secure permission
of the Dean where the course is housed. The applicant must pay to the Bursar's
Office, in advance of the examination, a fee of $75.00 for each course revalidated.
The fee is not refundable once the student has presented himself/herself to
the instructor for the examination.
The University requires all students
born after December 31, 1956, to be immunized against, or provide proof of
immunity to, measles (rubeola) and German measles (rubella). Proof of immunity
and/or immunization requires documentation of one of the following:
- Two measles and one German
measles (MR or MMR) shot after 1967 (but not before first birthday), or
- Positive serum titers (blood
antibodies) to measles and German measles, or
- Physician-diagnosed measles
illness and either shots or positive serum titer for German measles. (A
diagnosis of German measles does not meet requirements.)
The minimum residence requirement
for the master's degree is two regular semesters or the equivalent in summer
sessions. Six semester hours of work in a 5-week summer session constitute
a full load; 9 to 12 semester hours constitute a full graduate load in a regular
The value of graduate study is
enhanced by the pursuit of a unified program, the intellectual stimulus derived
from contacts with fellow students, and close association with faculty. In
consequence, candidates for the master's degree who are not enrolled for a
full program of study during the regular academic year should meet residence
requirements by pursuing their studies on a full-time basis in the summer
Petitions Committee for Suspensions
A student who is suspended from
Coastal Carolina University or any other institution for any reason, academic
or non-academic, may not earn academic credit toward Coastal degree programs
during the period of suspension, whether enrolled in another college or university
by correspondence course of any origin.
The University's Petitions Committee
for Suspensions and the Director of Admissions of the University reserves
the right to place stipulations upon the readmission and/or reinstatement
of any student. A student unable to meet the prescribed readmission requirements
may appeal to the Provost for consideration of extenuating circumstances.
Change of Name or Address
It is the obligation of every student
to notify the Office of the Registrar of any change in name or address. Failure
to do so may cause serious delay in the handling of student records and in
notification of emergencies at home. Change of name may only be accomplished
by presenting proper legal documentation.
It is expected that every student
will discharge any indebtedness to the University as quickly as possible.
No diploma, certificate, grade report, or transcript will be issued to a student
or for a student who has not made satisfactory settlement with the Bursar
for all indebtedness to the University. An individual who has not officially
enrolled may be administratively removed and prohibited from attending classes
or taking final examinations after the due date of any unpaid obligations.
Students are academically and financially
responsible for their course registrations, to enroll in courses for which
they seek to earn credit, and to terminate enrollment in courses which they
do not intend to complete. Each student is responsible for having knowledge
of and observing all regulations and schedules published in the University
Catalog and the Master Schedule of Classes.
To be officially enrolled in the
University, a student must be academically eligible, complete the registration
process, and possess a receipt issued by the Bursar for payment of current
academic fees. Enrollment by proxy is not allowed unless permission has been
obtained in advance from the Office of the Registrar. Students will be removed
from any class for which prerequisites or other defined requirements have
not been met.
Students are expected to complete
registration (including the payment of all required fees) on the dates prescribed
in the University Academic Calendar. Those failing to do so will have all
course enrollments cancelled for non-payment.
Failure of a student to properly
register and appear on class rolls and failure to pay tuition disqualifies
the student from receiving credit for any course work, even if the student
attends class and takes exams and earns a grade with the permission of the
instructor. The University reserves the right to withdraw any course for cogent
reasons, such as in the case of inadequate enrollment.
Registration in any course may
be closed when the maximum enrollment has been reached. Students are responsible
for their own registration and its accuracy.
A student may enroll for a semester
load not to exceed twelve (12) graduate hours. A student is classified as
a full-time student for academic purposes with nine ( 9) or more hours during
a fall or spring term, six (6) hours during the entire summer session. A student
is classified as a part-time (half-time) student for academic purposes with
six (6) credit hours during a fall or spring term.
Course Loads for Graduate Assistants
Graduate assistant applicants must
be full-time students. Graduate assistants are required to carry a minimum
of six (6) hours and may carry up to twelve (12) hours combined during both
fall and spring terms. Assistants are expected to carry a minimum of three
(3) credit hours each summer session.
Repetition of Course Work
A student may repeat a course which
has been passed in order to raise the grade, only in the event that the degree
pursued requires a higher grade in the course. A student who repeats the course
will have both grades entered on the permanent academic record and computed
into the grade point average.
The Summer consists of terms normally totaling four-to-five weeks each.
Shorter sessions and workshops are also offered. Students regularly enrolled
in the University may take work applicable to the degree sought during
A maximum of two courses is permitted
during any regular term. (Two courses normally means a maximum of 7 credits.)
One course is the normal load for abbreviated terms. The University reserves
the right to withdraw any course for cogent reasons, such as in the case of
Additional courses may be offered
upon request by a sufficient number of students. A minimum of 8 enrolled students
is the usual requirement. Registration in any course may be closed when the
maximum enrollment has been reached.
Students seeking admission to the
University for the first time during a Summer term should refer to the Categories
of Admission section of this catalog.
Senior Privilege (Undergraduate
Enrollment in Graduate Courses)
Qualified undergraduate students
(it is normally expected that the student have a minimum grade point average
of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) may enroll for graduate course credit in courses numbered
500 through 699. Graduate credit may be earned by an undergraduate student
a) the student is classified as a senior and has earned a minimum of 90
b) prior to registration, the student has been accepted as
a prospective graduate student and has completed the
"Senior Privilege" form available from the Dean
of the College where the desired course is housed;
c) all required signatures on the Senior Privilege form have
been secured; and
d) the student is adequately prepared for graduate work in
the field concerned.
In no case may a student's enrollment
constitute more than a legal full-time academic load of 12 credits. Work taken
by undergraduate students at the graduate level may not be applied toward
an undergraduate degree. Any course authorizations should be obtained from
the respective department and College prior to registering for the course.
Changes of Enrollment
Adding a course, changing from
credit to audit or audit to credit, changing from one section to another,
and changing the number of credits in any variable credit course must be completed
by the last day to late register as published in the University Academic Calendar.
Electing or revoking the Pass-Fail
option must be completed no later than the last date for dropping a course
without receiving a grade of WF, as published in the University Academic
Calendar. This change must be recorded with the Office of the Registrar on
a Pass-Fail Option form bearing all required signatures. Students must consult
with their advisers concerning any change of enrollment.
Dropping a Course - Dropping courses during final exams is not permitted.
Courses dropped during the official
late registration period of a term/session will not be recorded on a student's
permanent record. A grade of W will be recorded on the permanent record
after the official late registration period and up to the last date to drop
without a grade of WF and will not enter into the computation of credits
attempted, grade point average, or any other total. The time allowed for dropping
any course with a grade of W will be equal to two-thirds of the total
number of class days from the beginning of the term/session. A grade of WF
will be recorded for any course dropped after the close of the prescribed
"drop with W" period and through the last day of class. A
WF is treated as an F in computing the student's grade point
average. A student who stops attending classes without officially dropping
will have the grade of F recorded for each course. This grade is included
in all calculations and totals. The University Academic Calendar lists the
prescribed deadline dates in each term/session. Students must consult with
their advisers concerning any change of enrollment.
Change of Major
Students who desire to change their
majors must request admittance into the desired major through the chair of
the new major. Students must: (a) obtain a Change of Major form from the Office
of the Dean of the current major; (b) have this form signed by the chair of
the academic department of the college in which they are currently enrolled
(for release) and then the chair of the academic department of the college
in which entry is desired (for acceptance). Upon acceptance into the new major,
the college of the new major will make the necessary computer entry to reflect
the new major and assign the new adviser. To be valid, a "Change of Major"
must not only follow the procedures indicated but must also be completed in
advance of registration in the major to which the change is desired.
Credits earned in one degree program
may not be applicable toward other degree programs. Verification of credits
applicable to the new major should be obtained in writing from the dean of
the college in which the new degree or major is offered.
Only under unavoidable and exceptional
circumstances will the faculty permit substitution for or exemption from the
prescribed curricula. When it becomes necessary to request a deviation from
the prescribed course of study, the student should consult the dean of the
major college before preparing a petition listing the substitutions or exemptions
sought and the reasons. General Petition forms are available from the offices
of the deans.
Withdrawal from the University or a course during final exams is not permitted.
All students, both full-time and part-time, desiring to withdraw from the
University or to discontinue enrollment in all courses should obtain
a University Semester Withdrawal form from the Office of the Registrar. An
exit interview will be conducted to assist the student in completing the withdrawal
form and to resolve any outstanding obligations. A student who leaves the
University without following this procedure may prejudice any further attempt
to re-enter the University and will receive a grade of F in all courses.
The date of withdrawal from the
University will be posted on student transcripts. Courses from which the student
withdraws during the late registration period will not be recorded on a student's
permanent record. Thereafter, through two-thirds of the total number of class
days from the beginning of the term/session, the grade of W will be
recorded on a student's transcript but will not be used in computing the grade
point average. Specific dates are listed in the University Academic Calendar.
Students withdrawing after the close of the prescribed "withdraw with
W" period and prior to the last day of class will receive a grade
of WF for each course in which they are enrolled. A WF is treated
as an F in computing the student's grade point average. Students who
stop attending classes without officially withdrawing will have the grade
of F recorded for each course. This grade is included in all calculations
Exceptions to the assignment of
a grade of WF are possible only for verifiable, documented reasons.
If a student must withdraw from the University for medical reasons or for
another acceptable major cause after the last day to receive a W, the
grade of W still may be assigned. A Request for Total Withdrawal From
Courses Due To Extenuating Circumstances form, available from the Office of
the Dean of the student's major, must be approved by the course instructor(s)
and the student's academic dean and returned to the Office of the Registrar
by the dean.
Students are obligated to attend
class regularly. Absences, excused or not, do not absolve a student from the
responsibility of completing all assigned work promptly. Students who miss
assignments, announced quizzes, or other coursework obligations due to excused
absences will be allowed to make up the work in a manner deemed appropriate
by the instructor. It will be the responsibility of the student to contact
the instructor and make arrangements at the convenience of the instructor.
The instructor is not obligated to allow a student to make up work missed
due to an unexcused absence.
Absences will be excused for:
a) incapacitating illness,
b) official representation of the University (excuses for
official representation of the University should be obtained
from the official supervising the activity),
c) death of a close relative, and
d) religious holidays.
The instructor will determine whether
other absences from class should be excused or unexcused. In the event of
an impasse between the student and the instructor, the department chair and/or
the dean of the college shall make the final decision as to whether an absence
is to be considered excused.
An instructor is permitted to impose
a penalty, including assigning the grade of F, for excused or unexcused
absences in excess of 25% of the regularly scheduled class meetings. An instructor
may require a more stringent class attendance policy. In such cases, the instructor
will make this additional attendance requirement known to his/her dean. All
instructors should state their class attendance and grading policy in the
course syllabus. Unsatisfactory class attendance may be considered adequate
reason by the professor for requesting the student to withdraw from a course.
Students who are auditing classes are expected to conform to the same attendance
requirements as students registered for credit.
Final examinations for Spring and
Fall are held over a five-day period at the close of each semester; Summer
term examinations are held at the close of each session. Examination schedules
are published as part of the Master Schedule of Classes. No final examination
may be held outside the stated time without special permission of the instructor's
In any course or laboratory which
meets three times per week, no quiz, test, or examination may be given during
the last two class meetings prior to the regularly scheduled examination period.
In any course or laboratory which meets once or twice a week, no quiz, test,
or examination may be given during the last class meeting prior to the regular
examination period. This provision applies to all examinations except laboratory
examinations. With the approval of the Dean, laboratory examinations may be
given during the last week of class. Self-paced courses are exempt from this
Re-examination for the purpose of
removing a grade of F or raising a grade is not permitted.
A student who is absent from any
final examination will be given the grade F in the course if an excuse
acceptable to the instructor has not been offered. If excused, the student
will be assigned a grade of Incomplete and may complete the course
through a Deferred Examination (see details in section below). The definition
and description of an Incomplete grade may be found in the Grading
System section of this catalog. If an instructor teaches more than one section
of the same course, a student may be transferred from one examination section
to another upon approval of the instructor. Any student with three examinations
scheduled on the same day may arrange for an Alternate Examination time with
the instructor of the second examination. The instructor of the second examination
will make the necessary arrangements upon the student's request.
A student who has received
an Incomplete in a course as a result of being excused
from an examination may be eligible for a deferred or special
final examination. For a deferred or special final examination,
the instructor and the student mutually agree on a date and
time for the exam. A deferred or special final examination
may be taken during the next regularly scheduled final examination
period for that course. The examination must be taken within
one major term from the time that the Incomplete was
The credit value of each course is usually determined by
the number of class meetings per week during one semester.
Two or three laboratory hours (one period) are equivalent
to one class meeting. The credits for each course are included
in each course description.
Students who are suspended from Coastal Carolina University
for any reason, academic or non-academic, may not earn academic
credit toward a Coastal Carolina University degree during
the period of suspension, whether by residence elsewhere or
by correspondence courses of any origin.
A student transferring to the University from another college or university
should, before enrolling in any course at the University,
have transcripts evaluated by the Office of Admissions. It
is only through such evaluation that a student will know which
transferred courses may be applicable toward Coastal degree
requirements. Students from regionally accredited colleges
and universities may transfer credit for academic courses
completed with grades of C (meaning C-, C or C+) or
above, but the University reserves the right to determine
what credit, if any, for courses taken elsewhere will be counted
toward its degrees.
The regional accrediting associations are: Middle
States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association
of Schools and Colleges, Northwest Association of Schools
and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,
and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Students
cannot receive degree credit for a course taken at Coastal
if they have received transfer credit for an equivalent course
taken previously at another institution. Similarly, transfer
credit will not be awarded if a Coastal equivalent, regardless
of the grade earned, appears on the Coastal academic record.
A student can never be awarded more transfer credit for a
course than the original institution awarded.
Credits earned at another institution while a student is
on suspension, academic or non-academic, from Coastal Carolina
University are not transferable and cannot be applied toward
a degree or used in improving the grade point average.
Evaluation of Transfer Credit
Up to 12 semester hours of credit with grades of B or above
(or equivalent grades if a different
system is used from other institutions of approved graduate
standing may be transferred for use with the following restrictions.
Credit must have been earned at an institution accredited,
at the time the course work was completed, by a regional accrediting
commission. The only exceptions to this standard are as follows:
transfer from foreign institutions, transfer of course work
completed at an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting
body, or the acceptance of credit for military education.
Graduate credit will not be accepted for portfolio-based experiential
learning which occurs prior to the student's matriculation
into a Coastal Carolina University graduate program and which
has not been under the supervision of the institution.
- The credit must be approved by the graduate administrator
and the Dean of the College where the student seeks to have
the credit applied.
- The credit must be dated within the six-year period allowed
for a degree. There is no revalidation mechanism for transfer
credit that does not fall within the time limit.
Transfer credit is evaluated and applied in one of three
ways at Coastal Carolina:
a) as parallel credit (the
course must have involved at least the same amount of class
time and have had the same content) or
b) as a departmental elective
(courses in the discipline must be offered at Coastal) or
c) as a general elective.
Grade point average (GPA) is calculated on the basis of
all work in the student's career at Coastal Carolina. Credits
earned at other institutions and transferred to Coastal may
be used to satisfy program requirements but will not be calculated
as a part of the GPA.
Credit for work completed at other
institutions by Coastal students will not be accepted for transfer if the
student has previously failed to earn the required grade in an equivalent
course at Coastal. Credit for other courses will be accepted only under the
conditions that (a) each course has been approved in advance by the dean or
the Provost and such approval is filed in writing with the Office of the Registrar,
(b) each course has been passed with a grade adequate for transfer purposes
(normally a C or above), and (c) each course was taken for "academic
credit". (Note: A grade of C means a C-, C or C+.)
Foreign Institution Credit
Foreign credits are evaluated by the International Programs Office in coordination
with the dean of the student's major and the dean of each course in review.
As with transfer hours from a U.S. institution, foreign credits may be
determined to be transferable, yet not be applicable toward satisfying
degree requirements. The department chair or dean determines whether specific
transferable hours will satisfy degree requirements. In addition to
an official translated copy of each transcript, please provide course
descriptions in English for each course to be given transfer consideration.
Enrollment in a course obligates the student not only for prompt completion
of all work assigned but also for punctual and regular attendance
and for participation in whatever class discussion may occur.
It is the student's responsibility to stay informed concerning
all assignments made. Absences, whether excused or unexcused,
do not absolve the student from this responsibility.
The grading system outlined below
has been in effect since the Fall Semester, 1978. Under this system, undergraduate
course credit will be granted only for earned grades of A, B +, B, C +,
C, D +, D or S. Each of the following symbols will become a permanent
part of the student's academic record when assigned. A, B+ and B, C+ and
C, D+ and D, and F carry the traditional academic connotations
of excellent, good, average, poor, and failing performance, respectively.
S and U indicate respectively, satisfactory (passing) and unsatisfactory
(failing) performance in courses carried under the Pass-Fail option. Courses
carried under the Pass-Fail option will not affect a student's grade point
W is assigned for withdrawal from a course after the official
late registration period and through two-thirds of the total number of
class days from the beginning of the term/session. Courses dropped during
the official late registration period (as published in the University
Academic Calendar) will not be recorded on a student's permanent record.
In exceptional cases, the grade W may be assigned for total
University Withdrawals after two-thirds of the total number of class
days of the term/session and requires the concurrence of the course instructor
and the dean of the student's major. A grade of W will not enter
into the grade point average computation but will be recorded on the student's
permanent record. WF is assigned for withdrawal from a course after
the last date to withdraw with a grade of W (as prescribed in the
University Academic Calendar) and is treated as an F in the grade
point average computation. I, Incomplete, is assigned at the discretion
of the instructor when, in the instructor's judgment, a student is unable
to complete some portion of the assigned work in a course because of an
unanticipated illness, accident, work-related responsibility, or family
hardship. The grade of I is not intended to give students additional
time to complete course assignments unless there is some indication that
the specified condition or event prevented the student from completing
course assignments on time. In those instances when the faculty member
agrees to assign the grade of I, the faculty member must prepare
with the student a completed Assignment of Incomplete Grade form stating
specific expectations that the student must meet before the I grade
is changed to a letter grade. Additional forms may be required by the
department. This Assignment of Incomplete Grade form must also include
a deadline for completion of the work. By arrangement with the instructor,
the student may have one major semester in which to complete the work
before a permanent grade is recorded. Copies of the completed form are
then distributed to the student, the Registrar, the department chair or
college dean, and the instructor at the time grades are reported. Re-enrolling
in the course will not make up an Incomplete. The grade I will
not affect the student's GPA during the one semester, or during the contractually
agreed upon time limit. After one semester (or the agreed upon limit),
a grade of I for which work has not been completed is permanently
changed to a grade of F. Work to be completed must be submitted
in sufficient time for the grade to be assigned and processed prior to
the conversion of the I to an F. The responsibility for
completing the requirements and assuring removal of an I rests
directly with the student. Suspension does not extend the time allowed
to make up an Incomplete. AUD indicates a course was carried
on an audit basis. A grade of AUD will not enter into the grade
point average computation.
Grades may be changed only by the
instructor of record or through an appeals process as specified in the
Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility. No grade may be changed
after one year from the completion of a course, except with the concurrence
of the Committee on Petitions and Scholastic Standing of the student's major
college. In the case of a deceased faculty member, or in extreme cases and
for cogent reasons, the Department Chair of the course may act in place of
the faculty member of record in consultation with the major dean and the Registrar.
Student petitions which involve changing a grade must be
approved by the faculty member who assigned the grade. Students
who wish to petition to the Committee on Petitions and Scholastic
Standing for a grade change must do so within three years
of the term in which the course ended (effective Summer I,
Grade Point Average
The grade point average is computed
on the basis of all hours attempted for credit, except for credit hours
carried under Pass-Fail or audit options. No course in which a grade of I,
S, U, AUD, or W was earned is considered in computing the GPA.
The grade points earned in any course carried with a passing grade (A,
B+, B, C+, C, D+, D) are computed by multiplying the number of credit
hours assigned to the course by the number of grade points assigned to the
Grade Per Credit Hour
The grade point average is determined
by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of
grade hours attempted. No grade points are assigned to the grades F, S,
U, WF, W, I, or AUD.
Following each major term of enrollment,
grades are available via the Internet or a special toll free telephone number.
No grades will be available, however, to students who have outstanding financial
obligations to the University.
Certification of enrollment is
based upon the total number of credit hours for which a student is registered
at the time of the certification. Beginning and ending dates reported in enrollment
certification conform to the official Coastal academic calendar dates for
the term requested.
A transcript of a student's record
carries the following information: a detailed statement of the Coastal Carolina
University scholastic record showing courses pursued with credits carried,
credits earned, grades, grade points, grade point average, grade point deficits,
academic status as appropriate, and an explanation of the grading system.
All failures, incomplete grades, and penalties such as suspensions are also
indicated. All requests for transcripts must be in written form. Any student
who needs a transcript or a certified copy of the end-of-semester grade report
must complete a Transcript Request form at the Office of the Registrar, or
send a signed and dated letter containing all pertinent identifying information
to the Office of the Registrar. In addition to the written consent, each transcript
request should include full name or names used, student number, dates of attendance,
location of attendance, and date of birth to ensure proper identification
of the record requested. Transcripts will not be issued to a student who is
indebted to Coastal Carolina University. Partial transcripts will not be issued.
Coastal Carolina University will
issue up to twelve (12) official transcripts per person per calendar year
at no charge. A non-refundable fee of $5.00 per copy must accompany subsequent
requests that are made within the same year. Coastal Carolina reserves the
right to alter this charge at any time.
NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT RIGHTS
UNDER FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their
education records. They are:
(1) The right to inspect and
review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University
receives a request for access.
Students should submit to the registrar,
dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written
requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University
official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time
and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained
by the University official to whom that request was submitted, that official
shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should
(2) The right to request the
amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are
inaccurate or misleading.
Students may ask the University
to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should
write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify
the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate
If the University decides not to
amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the
student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing
regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the
hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right
to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to
disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's
education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
Coastal Carolina University will
disclose information from a student's education records only with the written
consent of the student, except:
(a) To school officials with legitimate educational interests; a school
official is a person employed by the University in an administrative,
supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position
(including campus law enforcement and health staff); a person
or company with whom the University has contracted (such as
an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving
on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official
committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee,
or assisting another school official in performing his or
her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational
interest if the official needs to review an education record
in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
(b) To officials of other institutions in which the student
intends to enroll provided that the student has previously
requested a release of his/her record to the requesting institution;
(c) To authorized representatives of the U.S. Department of
Education, the Comptroller General of the United States, the
Attorney General of the United States, state/local educational
authorities, organizations conducting studies for or on behalf
of the University, and accrediting organizations;
(d) In connection with a student's application for, and receipt
of, financial aid;
(e) To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
(f) To parents of dependent students as defined by the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986, Section 152;
(g) To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency;
(h) To the alleged victim of any crime of violence of the
results of any disciplinary proceedings conducted by the University.
Coastal Carolina University has
designated the following items as Directory Information: a student's name,
mailing addresses (local, permanent, electronic), telephone numbers, photograph,
electronic image, semester/s of attendance, enrollment status (full- or part-time),
date of admission, date of graduation, college, major and minor fields of
study, whether or not currently enrolled, classification (freshman, etc.),
type of degree being pursued, degrees, honors, and awards received (including
scholarships and fellowships), the most recent educational institution attended,
weight and height of members of athletic teams, and whether the student has
participated in officially recognized activities and sports sponsored by the
The University may disclose any
of these items without prior written consent unless the student has submitted
a written request to the Office of the Registrar not to release directory
information pertaining to them. This request must be made at the time
of registration but no later than 14 days after the beginning of the term.
The University publishes a Student
Directory. Students who do not wish to have information printed in the Student
Directory should complete a Student Directory Privacy Request Form, available
in the Office of the Registrar. Student Directory Privacy Request Forms must
be completed no later than 14 days after the beginning of the term.
(4) The right to file a complaint
with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Coastal
Carolina University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington DC 20202-4605
Questions concerning this law and
the University's procedures concerning release of academic information may
be directed to the Office of the Registrar, Singleton Building, Room 108;
Appeals: An appropriate hearing board will provide
each student with an opportunity to challenge the content of University records,
to ensure that the records are accurate, and provide an opportunity for the
correction or deletion of any inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate
data contained therein. Hearing requests should be made to the Registrar.
The following standards regarding
scholastic eligibility, suspension, and probation are applicable to all students.
Administration of these regulations is the responsibility of the Provost.
Good Academic Standing
Any student whose Coastal Carolina
University cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above is considered to be in good academic
General Policies and Petition Procedures
With the exception that students
suspended for the first time are allowed to attempt Coastal's summer school,
students on suspension may not be admitted to, or continue in, any program
at Coastal for credit or grade point average purposes. Suspension does not
extend the time allowed to make up an Incomplete grade.
Credits earned at other institutions
of any origin while a student is on suspension from Coastal Carolina, may
not be applied toward a degree from Coastal or used for improving the grade
Students are reminded that these
rules are for suspension from Coastal Carolina. Some degree programs may impose
more stringent requirements for retention in the program.
Students suspended by this policy
have the right to petition the Coastal Carolina Petitions Committee for Suspensions
at any time to waive the application of the suspension rule. Requests for
petitions and information should be directed to the dean of the student's
All candidates for degree must
file formal applications during the academic term of graduation with the Dean
of the College where their degree program is housed. Degrees are awarded
three times a year, at the end of each semester and at the end of the summer
session. Commencement exercises are held twice a year, in December and in
May. Students must formally apply for graduation. Any application received
after the application deadline will be regarded automatically as having been
submitted for the following term. Diplomas will not be awarded retroactively
or issued to students who have indebtedness to the University.
The last 12 credits in the student’s
program must be Coastal Carolina courses completed “in residence” at Coastal
Carolina. All degree applicants are urged to confer with the chairs of their
respective departments about their programs and degree requirements prior
to the beginning of their last semester at the University.
“In residence" means that
the student was regularly enrolled in Coastal Carolina courses. "In residence"
requirements may not be met by courses for which credit is earned by exemption
or exam, courses taken by correspondence, credits earned through military
credentials, or courses for which transfer credit was awarded (except in the
case of credits earned through sanctioned Coastal academic exchange programs).
Courses taken under Pass-Fail option meet "in residence" requirements.
If the student has not earned the last 12 credits in residence, the student
is not eligible for graduation.
All candidates for degrees must
file a formal application by the date specified in the University Academic
Calendar which is during the first month of the term of graduation with the
deans of their respective majors. Applications may be obtained from the Office
of the Dean of the major or the Office of the Registrar. A graduation certification
form signed by the appropriate dean and the fee receipt must accompany the
graduation application when it is submitted by the appropriate dean to the
Office of the Registrar. Applications for summer graduation are to be submitted
by June 15.
Students attending the University in any non-degree candidate
admission category will not be considered for graduation. Students are responsible
for their own academic program and for meeting the requirements of their major
department. It is recommended that they meet with their faculty advisers at
least once each semester. In order to be eligible for graduation, students
must meet all course requirements, meet all "in residence" requirements,
meet all departmental or program requirements