University Academic Policies
To receive credit for courses taken at other institutions, matriculated students must obtain approval in advance from appropriate department chairs. Retroactive approval will not be given.
Off-campus course approval forms may be downloaded or are available in the Office of the University Registrar. Applications for approval of a course should be accompanied by the appropriate catalog description from that institution. After obtaining the appropriate signatures for approval of the course, the student must return the completed form to the Office of the University Registrar. The form will then be reviewed for course credit transferability.
Transcripts of these approved courses must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar within six (6) weeks after the completion of the course. It is the student's responsibility to have official transcripts sent directly by the institution to the Office of the University Registrar.
All approved courses transferred into Framingham State University after matriculation will be awarded Framingham course credit in an amount equal to the cumulative total number of semester hour credits transferred divided by 4 and rounded to the nearest whole number. For example, if students take three 3-credit courses, they will be awarded two (2) Framingham State University course credits.
Transfer credit is given only for courses in which the student received a grade of C- or better. Courses must extend for at least a three-week period and meet a minimum of forty-five hours. Although credit is awarded for all approved transfer courses, the grades will not be recorded on the student’s Framingham State University transcripts nor be counted in computing the quality point average.
Students may inquire further when seeking approval of courses to be taken at other institutions, and they will be notified of the total number of course credits they have earned from such courses whenever additional approved courses are transferred.
Any student who has separated from Framingham State University due to voluntary withdrawal in good standing with an overall grade point average at or above 1.70 and less than 2.00, or due to academic suspension/dismissal and had an overall grade point average below 2.00 at the time of separation is eligible to apply for readmission under the Fresh Start policy under certain conditions:
- The period of separation from the University must be at least two (2) consecutive semesters.
- The student supplies evidence of personal growth during the period of separation, in the form of two letters of recommendation.
The University offers 36 majors currently, several of which may not have been available when you last attended. We invite to browse through the current undergraduate programs as you consider returning to Framingham State to complete your bachelor's degree.
Applicants to Fresh Start will be reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee (ASC). Applications will be due August 1st for Fall semester and December 1st for Spring semester. When a student is accepted under the Fresh Start Policy, the previous Grade Point Average (GPA) will be cleared. Only courses taken after Fresh Start readmission will count toward the GPA. Previous courses in which a grade of C- (1.7) or better was earned will count as transfer credit toward graduation requirements but will not factor into the student’s GPA. Under the Fresh Start policy, students must complete at least eight (8) FSU courses, five (5) in the major, with an overall GPA of 2.00 in order to receive an undergraduate degree from FSU. The Fresh Start policy may be exercised only once. Once a student exercises the Fresh Start, it may not be rescinded. The student’s academic transcript will note the readmission status as Academic Fresh Start along with the semester the status commenced.
Infractions of the Policy on Academic Honesty include, but are not limited to:
- Plagiarism: claiming as one’s own work the published or unpublished literal or paraphrased work of another;
- Cheating on exams, tests, quizzes, assignments, and papers, including the distribution or acceptance of these materials and other sources of information without the permission of the instructor(s);
- Unauthorized collaboration with other individuals in the preparation of course assignments;
- Submitting without authorization the same assignment for credit in more than one course;
- Use of dishonest procedures in computer, laboratory, studio, or field work;
- Misuse of the University’s technical and educational facilities either maliciously or for personal gain;
- Falsification of forms used to document the academic record and to conduct the academic business of the University.
- The enlistment of another individual or entity to complete one’s course work.
- Upon notification to an Academic Dean of a violation, the Academic Dean will determine if the student has previous infractions.
- After a student’s second infraction at the University, the Academic Dean will notify the student that they must meet with the Academic Dean.
- After a student’s third infraction at the University, the student shall be notified of permanent dismissal from the University by the Office of Academic Affairs. This penalty of dismissal can be appealed. Such an appeal must be made in writing to the University Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs within five (5) business days of notification of the penalty.
In the case that APC is not in session - June 1st thru August 31st - at the time of the alleged infraction, the Academic Dean will report the alleged infraction to the Provost. The Provost will appoint a subcommittee consisting of an odd number of faculty, administration, and students, as appropriate. The Provost, or their designee, will be the non-voting facilitator of the hearing. The hearing and timeline will otherwise proceed as specified above.
Advanced Placement (AP) credit towards graduation will be awarded to candidates who obtain scores of three (3) or higher on the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Tests. Official score results must be forwarded directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please click here for the FSU AP Equivalencies.
Classroom instruction is a principal component of the educational process. Students and faculty have a mutual responsibility for contributing to the academic environment of the classroom. Consistent class attendance and participation in classroom activities are essential. It is expected that students will attend classes. Students should consult the course outline or syllabus to determine the relationships between attendance, including tardiness, and the goals, objectives, requirements, and grading of each course.
College Academic Program Sharing (CAPS) is a program for the sharing of academic facilities by the students attending Massachusetts State Universities (does not apply to the University of Massachusetts system or Community Colleges). Participating colleges include Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Salem State University, Westfield State University, and Worcester State University.
The primary purpose of the this program is to offer the opportunity to students registered at one state university to take up to thirty (30) semester hours of college credit at another state university without going through the formal registration procedures. Interested students must file a request form by June 1st for the fall semester and by December 30th for the spring semester. NOTE: Priority seating availability is given to matriculated students at the host institution.
Framingham State University supports the principles of freedom of expression for both faculty and students. In order to maintain these principles, all students and course instructors are entitled to a safe, positive, and constructive teaching and learning environment. Disruptive or dangerous behaviors in classrooms and other academic settings can disturb teaching and learning, and these behaviors will not be tolerated. Any individual who engages in disruptive or dangerous behaviors in classrooms may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Classroom Conduct Policy found in the University undergraduate catalog.
Consistent with the principles described in the FSU Student Code of Conduct:
“The University has the power and responsibility to take proper disciplinary action against students whose behavior threatens or disrupts the mission of the University. This is the general principle governing the jurisdiction of the disciplinary authorities of the University. It means that the disciplinary powers of the University extend to behavior that disrupts the educational process and other activities that are recognized as the lawful mission of the University. It also means that it extends to behavior that violates the peace and order of the University in such a manner that members of the University cannot go about their proper business secure in their persons and property.”
This policy applies to all learning environments and modalities including the traditional classroom, online courses, laboratory settings, practicum and internship assignments and University sponsored off-campus learning activities (“field trips”).
Examples of disruptive or dangerous language and/or behavior, consistent with those noted in the Student Code of Conduct, are listed below and may be addressed and restricted to the extent that the behavior interferes with the teaching and learning process. This is not an exhaustive list. Faculty are encouraged to include language about expectations for classroom conduct in their syllabi and may choose to use these examples at their discretion.
• The use of derogatory, vulgar, and insulting language directed at an individual or group.
• Unsolicited, disruptive talking, noises, or behaviors in class, such as crosstalk or carrying on side conversations.
• Engagement in unyielding argument or debate. Frequent interruptions of the course instructor or students.
• Making rude, disrespectful, or inappropriate comments in class.
• Disruptive or distracting use of mobile technology or laptops that is not related to a classroom or academic activity
• The failure to comply with a reasonable request made by a course instructor.
Examples of Disruptive Behaviors Associated with online/hybrid classes – consistent with the University’s Acceptable Use Policy
• Posting rude, disrespectful, offensive, or inappropriate comments, photos, or videos on discussion boards.
• Unauthorized sharing of information posted in a course discussion board
• Intentionally posting links to websites that are not relevant or helpful to the course materials.
• Any violation of the University’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Examples of Dangerous Behavior
• Violations of the FSU Student Code of Conduct that occur in the classroom or learning environment.
• Directly communicated threats of imminent harm.
• Self-injurious behavior during class.
• Physical assault that is threatened or in progress during class.
• Throwing objects or slamming doors during class.
For Dangerous Behavior, faculty should contact University Police. After notification of University Police, the faculty member should notify the department chair and academic dean and then follow the procedures outlined above for disruptive behavior.
Progressive Approach to Handling Disruptive Behaviors
A progressive approach to handling disruptive behavior gives the student the opportunity to modify their behavior. It also gives the student time to seek out appropriate assistance from the Center for Academic Success and Achievement, the Office of the Dean of Students, or the Counseling Center if applicable.
For Disruptive Behavior, course instructors should pursue the following steps:
For the first reported incident:
1. The faculty member reports the incident of disruptive behavior in their class to the department chair, using the Disruptive Classroom Behavior Reporting Form.
2. This form will be filed in the Office of Academic Affairs.
3. The faculty member, department chair, and academic dean should communicate regarding the incident within 24 hours and prior to the next class period whenever possible.
4. Next steps are identified through collaboration among the faculty member, department chair, and academic dean prior to the next class period whenever possible. Depending on the severity of disruption, intervention options, which may be used separately or in combination, include the following:
a) The department chair follows up with the student and discusses resources available for support. The faculty member has the option to attend this meeting.
b) If advised by the chair or dean, depending on the severity of the incident, the faculty member submits a report to the Student Assistance Team (SAT).
c) The faculty member contacts the Office of Community Standards to file a complaint or to consult and receive assistance.
d) The faculty member contacts the Title IX Coordinator for students if the case involves allegations of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and/or gender-based harassment.
e) The academic dean notifies the Provost as needed.
For any Subsequent Event in the Same Class:
1. The faculty member reports a second or subsequent occurrence with this student on the Disruptive Behavior Reporting Form. The form should be forwarded to the chair and the academic dean within 24 hours of the incident. This form will be filed in the Office of Academic Affairs.
2. The student may be asked not to return to class until the involved parties have a chance to consult.
3. Prior to the next class meeting, the academic dean will contact the faculty member and the department chair to obtain additional information and consult. The academic dean will communicate with all parties involved through the duration of the removal from class (if the incident is not resolved prior to the next class meeting). A determination should be made within three business days.
4. After the consultation, the academic dean will consult with the Dean of Students and other parties as appropriate and may pursue formal academic disciplinary action.
5. If formal academic disciplinary action is warranted, the academic dean will contact the student in order to address any allegations.
6. The academic dean will follow up with the faculty member and department chair to communicate next steps or final outcomes.
7. Once a decision has been made, the academic dean will inform appropriate parties of outcome if necessary and appropriate (e.g. Office of Financial Aid, Office of Student Accounts, Dean of Students, Registrar, University Police).
8. The student may appeal any formal academic disciplinary action to the Dean of Students and Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs.
Appeal of Formal Academic Disciplinary Action
The student has five business days to submit a written appeal of the formal academic disciplinary action to the review board, which consists of the Dean of Students and the Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs. The grounds for the appeal are limited to:
• A claim of a procedural error within the investigation and resolution process that would substantially change the outcome; or
• A consideration of new evidence that was not known at the time of the investigation that would substantially change the outcome.
All appeal decisions are final.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is open to both incoming and enrolled students under the following conditions:
- Incoming first term freshmen may register for either the general battery exams (English Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science and Social Sciences-History) or subject matter exams.
- Transfer and enrolled students may register for any general exam, provided they have not earned, or are not in the process of earning credit in a specific discipline covered by the general exam in question. Such students may also register for subject matter exams, provided they have not earned, or are not in the process of earning credit in a course which covers an equivalent area of study.
- Students attempting to "earn" credit via CLEP exams must achieve a score greater than 50 (effective Summer 2001). Scores achieved less than 50 will not be acceptable for transfer credit. (Prior to Summer 2001 - a score in the 50th percentile or higher must have been earned.)
In the University catalog, under each course number and title, is a brief description of its content, followed by a statement on prerequisites, if any, explaining the requirements for admission to the course. Courses appropriate for general education are identified by (GenEd Goal), following the course title.
The numbers to the right of the decimal point indicate the course level:
- 000-099 Non-credit courses.
- 100-199 Courses that are introductory in nature, assuming no prior college-level exposure to the discipline.
- 200-299 Courses appropriate for students with prior exposure to the college regimen or to the discipline, some with prerequisites.
- 300-399 Upper-level courses that build on previous exposure to the discipline, most with prerequisites.
- 400-499 Senior-level courses, most with prerequisites, including independent studies, internships, seminars, directed studies, and practicum.
- 600-699 Courses for public service undergraduate credit (not for degree programs - Exceptions may be made by the Major Department Chair).
- 700(00)-799(99) Courses for public service and professional development graduate credit (not for degree programs).
- 800-899 Courses for graduate program credit but taught as duel level with the appropriate undergraduate course number assigned. For students enrolled in Master’s or Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification programs only. Undergraduate students cannot enroll in graduate level courses.
- 900-999 Courses assigned as graduate level courses. For students enrolled in Master’s or Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification programs only. Undergraduate students cannot enroll in graduate level courses.
The primary purpose of the Pass/Fail Option is to afford students an opportunity to explore course work in areas outside of their regular degree requirements without the direct application of the normal letter grade scale to their grade point average (GPA). A course selected under the provisions of the Pass/Fail Option, as outlined below, is assigned a grade of Pass (P) if the student earns a final grade of D- or above. The student is assigned a Fail (F) if the student earns an F for the course.
Matriculated undergraduate students are permitted to take up to four (4) courses on a Pass/Fail basis during their entire degree program, subject to the following conditions:
- Only one (1) course may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis during enrollment in any fall, wintersession, spring, or summer term (in addition to those courses which are graded Pass/Fail for all students in that course);
- Excluded as Pass/Fail Option courses are those in the following categories:
- Courses in the student’s academic major/concentration, including major-related, or in a minor. Once all major/concentration or minor requirements have been met, students may elect to take a course within the major department on a Pass-Fail basis;
- Courses used to satisfy the general education common core writing and math requirements;
- Prerequisite courses in which a minimum grade is required for advancing into a requisite course that is required for major/concentration or minor requirements;
- A student may not choose the Pass/Fail Option when repeating a course;
- Timeframe for requesting the Pass/Fail Option:
- A student must declare whether a course is Pass-Fail by the last day of the course withdrawal period of the term. The student requesting to take a course on a Pass-Fail basis will be notified by the Office of the University Registrar within one (1) business day regarding eligibility;
- A student who initially selects the Pass-Fail Option may switch to the graded option on or before the final day for course withdrawal. The request to do so must be submitted in writing to the Office of the University Registrar;
- A student who has fewer than three (3) course-credits of grades computed in the grade point average for any semester is not eligible for the President’s List or the Dean’s List honors. A Pass for the Pass/Fail course is not computed in the Grade Point Average;
- If the student changes or declares a major or minor that requires a course or courses previously taken on a Pass/Fail basis, the student’s records will be amended by the Office of the University Registrar to convert the Pass-Fail to the actual grade submitted by the course instructor(s);
- The instructor of the course is not informed that the student has filed a Pass-Fail Option for the course. When the instructor submits a letter grade for the student, the Office of the University Registrar will convert it to a Pass (P) or Fail (F) grade. A course selected under the provisions of the Pass/Fail Option is assigned a grade of Pass (P) if the student earns a final grade of D- or above. The student is assigned a Fail (F) if the student earns a grade of F for the course;
- A Pass grade grants the student course credit but does not count in computing the student’s GPA. A Fail grade counts as a course attempted with zero (0) points.
Please note that courses taken as Pass/Fail during Spring 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Course Pass/Fail Policy are not considered part of the four courses a student can take as Pass/Fail during their career at the University.
It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and have met prerequisites prior to attempting any course. Course prerequisites may be found in the University catalog as part of the course description.
The only courses that may be repeated are courses in which a student receives a grade of “B-” (2.70) or lower. Students who wish to repeat courses in which they received a grade of C, C+, or B-, will not be permitted to enroll in the course until the first day of the semester, dependent upon seat availability. All grades, including those earned in repeated courses, will remain on the academic transcript. Students must bear in mind that the same course has to be repeated and that only the most recent grade, whether higher or lower than the original grade earned, will be the grade calculated in the GPA. Continuing courses in which “F” grades have been received must be repeated successfully before the student may take advanced work except when departmental policy permits otherwise. Only grades from Framingham State University courses can be used to recalculate the GPA when repeating courses and students are reminded that only Framingham State University grades are used in determining the GPA. Transfer coursework does not replace grades earned at the University.
Effective beginning Fall 2020:Dean’s List
A matriculated undergraduate student carrying a minimum of three (3) course-credits in a fall or spring term earns a place on this honor roll (published after the end of every fall and spring semester) for each semester in which the student earns a GPA of 3.30 to 3.74. A student is eligible for Dean’s List if one of the four courses has “P/F” status.
A matriculated undergraduate student carrying a minimum of three (3) course-credits in a fall or spring term earns a place on this honor roll (published after the end of every fall and spring semester) for each semester in which the student earns a GPA of 3.75 to 4.00. A student is eligible for President’s List if one of the four courses has “P/F” status.
Additional Eligibility Limitations
A student obtaining either an “IC” grade or an extension for an “N” grade is not initially eligible for the Dean’s/President’s List but may petition in writing to the Office of the University Registrar to have their eligibility for the Dean’s/President’s List reviewed once the final grade has been submitted. Petitions must occur by the end of the semester that the grade was submitted.
Students will meet the General Education Requirements as stated in the University catalog during the year they entered the University. Those students who matriculated prior to the Fall 1997 semester will follow the "Group" general education (Gen.Ed.) requirements while those students matriculating into the University for the Fall 1997 to Fall 2012 semester will be required to follow the "Goal" Gen.Ed. requirements. Students matriculating Fall 2013 and later will be required to follow the "Domain" General Education model.
The general education requirement is intended to provide breadth in the baccalaureate degree program to foster student learning beyond a single, narrow discipline or field. General education is designed to facilitate the increase of knowledge, an appreciation for learning in a broad context, the ability to relate new information to what one has previously learned, the capacity to judge information rather than to simply accept it, and the facility to use what one learns in a realistic and logical manner. In addition, the general education requirement is designed to help students to acquire the ability:
- To communicate (write, speak, and listen) clearly and effectively,
- to think critically, quantitatively, and creatively, and
- to locate and to process information
For more information on the Domain General Education requirements, view the current Undergraduate Catalog.
Students have the right to discuss and review their academic performance with their instructors. Faculty have the right to establish grading standards. Faculty also have the responsibility to define general grading criteria in a course syllabus, communicate those criteria to students, and evaluate students based on those criteria.
Students may appeal final course grades (herein, grade) based on evidence of arbitrariness, prejudice, and/or error. Appeals must be based on concerns related to process and not on differences in judgment or opinion related to academic performance. The burden of proof rests on the student to demonstrate that the grade satisfies the criteria for appeal.
An arbitrary grade is considered to be one that is:
- A substantial departure from reasonable academic practice, such as arbitrarily assigning grades or determining a priori that a specified percentage of the class will receive a specific grade. To fairly represent a student’s true achievement, it is understood that failing grades on assessments should receive their true percentile value rather than 0%.
- A grade assigned to a student on the basis of criteria that are a substantial, unreasonable, and unannounced departure from the instructor’s previously articulated standards.
- A grade resulting from an instructor adding items not listed on the syllabus, except for extra credit.
A prejudicial grade is one that is:
- Motivated by ill will and/or not indicative of the student’s academic performance.
- Assigned to a student by resorting to unreasonable standards different from those which were applied to other students in that section of the course.
The instructor made a mistake in calculating the grade.
Grade Appeal Process
Step One: Informal Appeal to the Instructor
If a student feels that they received a grade that is eligible for appeal, they should first contact the course instructor within two weeks of receipt of the grade. The student and instructor will have an informal discussion regarding the grade. If the issue is not resolved, the student moves on to Step Two.
If the course instructor is no longer teaching at the University or is otherwise unavailable, the student’s initial grade complaint should go to the department chair.
Step Two: Formal Appeal to the Instructor
Within two weeks of the informal appeal decision, the student submits a formal appeal to the course instructor along with supporting documentation outlining why the grade is being appealed. The student must provide evidence that the grade satisfies the criteria for appeal. The course instructor will inform the student of the results of a further consideration of the grade in writing within two weeks of receipt of the formal complaint.
Step Three: Appeal to the Department Chair
If, after hearing back from the instructor, the student still believes that the grade is eligible for appeal, the student should meet with the chair of the department in which the course was offered within two weeks after receipt of the appeal decision from the course instructor. The student will share the written appeal and documentation with the chair. The chair may meet also with the course instructor. The chair may not change the grade, but the course instructor may choose to do so after their discussion with the chair. The course instructor will notify the student and chair in writing within two weeks of their decision, after meeting with the chair.
Step Four: Appeal to the Academic Dean
If, after being informed of the course instructor's decision, the student still believes that the grade is eligible for appeal, the student may take up the matter with the academic dean of the college in which the course was offered (home department) within two weeks of receipt of the course instructor’s decision. The student will share the written appeal and documentation with the academic dean. After reviewing the student’s appeal and the course instructor’s response(s), the academic dean will discuss the matter with the student, the course instructor and/or the department chair. The academic dean may also invite the course instructor to submit a statement. The academic dean may also decide to hold a meeting at which both the student and course instructor may respond to the other's written statements and to any questions that the academic dean wishes to pose to them. If the academic dean determines that there is no merit to the appeal, the dean shall inform the student that the grade will stand. This ends the appeal process.
Step Five: Appeal to the Academic Policies Committee (APC)
If the academic dean determines that there may be merit to the appeal, they will refer the case to the Academic Policies Committee (APC). The Chair of APC will appoint a subcommittee consisting of three faculty members. No more than one member of this subcommittee shall be from the same department as the course instructor of the course in question. This hearing body will review the substance of the case and make recommendations regarding whether a grade change would be appropriate. The hearing body will have the authority, after a thorough review of all relevant assignments and related materials, to uphold the grade assigned by the instructor, to assign an appropriate grade, or to allow the student to accept a pass in the course rather than a letter grade. The decision of the subcommittee is final.
Note: In all meetings with the course instructor, department chair, or academic dean that are part of this appeals process, the student may bring a support person of their choice except for legal counsel.
Note: If the department chair, academic dean, and/or the APC subcommittee determine that the grade appeal is based on a complaint involving sexual harassment or bias or harassment or bias based on protected categories, the deadline to file the formal appeal and other subsequent deadlines will not apply. These cases will be referred to the Title IX officer by the chair, dean, or the APC subcommittee before proceeding further. Once this officer has acted on the validity of the complaint, the matter will be referred back to the appropriate parties for adjudication.
Only the undergraduate coursework taken post-matriculation at Framingham State University through the Day School or Continuing Education (including intersession and summer terms) will be used in determining the grade point average (GPA) of any student.
The number of grade points that a student receives in a course is determined by the letter grade (see section on Grading System for explanation of grade points). The grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of course-credits attempted at the University, by semester or overall total. The grade point average (GPA) for each semester and overall is presented in three digits, one before and two after the decimal point.
In the case of suspended/dismissed students, undergraduate coursework taken through Continuing Education will be evaluated for posting at the time of readmission to the University. Courses that are academically inappropriate for Day School programs are automatically inhibited and are not calculated in the GPA. Therefore, to receive credit for 600-level courses, students must obtain prior written approval from their major department chairs. Failure to do so will result in denial of course credit toward the degree, as 600-level courses are not automatically applied to the baccalaureate degree.
Students must have achieved a minimum final overall grade point average of 2.00 in order to graduate. Effective Fall 2007, completion of a baccalaureate degree at Framingham State University requires that all students achieve a minimum 2.00 grade point average in their major requirements, including major-related courses taken for fulfillment of major requirements as well as University residency requirements. Effective Fall 2018, completion of a minor requires that all students achieve a minimum 2.00 grade point average in their minor requirements as well as University residency requirements.
Framingham State University uses the following marking system:
Grade Grade Points
AU = (Audit-no credit) A student may audit courses with the consent of the instructor. Such course enrollment will be officially reported on the student’s transcript pending approval by the instructor, but the student will not receive any credit. An auditor may not participate actively in course work. A special approval form for this status must be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar and returned completed by the end of the fifth academic day.
P/F = (Pass/Fail) Matriculated undergraduate students attending either the Day School or Evening School (CE) are permitted to take up to two (2) fall or spring courses on a Pass-Fail basis, subject to the following conditions:
- Only students who have successfully completed 16 course-credits or more are eligible to take a course on a Pass/Fail basis;
- Only one (1) course may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis in any semester;
- No course may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis if it is part of the general education requirements, or a major requirement including major-related, or if the course is within the major department;
- A student may not choose the Pass/Fail option when repeating a course;
- A student must declare whether a course is Pass/Fail by the last day of the Course Add/Drop period. The student requesting to take a course on a Pass/Fail basis will be notified by the Office of the University Registrar before the end of that business day. If the request is approved, the student may not change status. A student is eligible for Dean’s List if one of four courses has P/F status;
- A Pass grade grants the student course credit but does not count in computing the student’s GPA. A Failed grade counts as a course attempted with zero points;
- At the completion of the course when the grade is turned in by the instructor, the University Registrar will convert the letter grade and record only “P” (Pass) or “F” (Fail) on the permanent academic record. The original letter grade is kept by the University Registrar and may be released only with the written permission of the student;
- Pass/Fail will be interpreted in accordance with the present grading system. “F” will be fail and all other grades will be pass.
S/U = (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) This grade is used only for student teaching experience.
W = Withdrawal from a Course. Indicates withdrawal from a semester course in the third through the tenth week of the semester, or for a quarter course, no later than the end of the fourth full week of the quarter.
WX = Withdrawal from the University after the Course Add/Drop period but before the end of the tenth week of the semester. The student has officially withdrawn from the University and no longer attends classes.
MG = Missing Grade. Final grade not yet submitted by the faculty.
NG = Non-Graded course.
IR/IC = (Incomplete Requested/Incomplete Contract Submitted) This is a temporary grade designation that has no impact on the student’s grade point average.
Beginning with the Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremony, all students must complete all degree requirements in order to participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony.
Appeals of this requirement with regards to participation in the Spring Commencement ceremony may be made only on one of the following bases:
1. The student has no more than one (1) course remaining to complete degree requirements, has a minimum grade point average of 2.00, and has a highly extenuating, documented circumstance that would support a hardship exception to the requirement.
2. The student has no more than one (1) course remaining to complete degree requirements, has a minimum grade point average of 2.50, and can document that this coursework will likely be completed no later than August 31st following the spring commencement in which the student wishes to participate.
Students wishing to appeal on one of these bases must do so in writing. The appeal must be accompanied by a printout of the student’s degree audit and other appropriate documentation and submitted to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development no later than May 1st. Decisions on such appeals will be made within one week of their submittal and are final.
Participation in the Commencement ceremony does not constitute conferral of the degree. Similarly, inclusion of a student’s name on such publications as the Commencement program does not confirm eligibility for the degree.
For more information about, please visit Commencement.
Graduation Rate Information: As part of the Student Right to Know Act, the University is required to publish the graduation rate for students. The rate is based on a cohort of first-time full-time students in a given fall semester (part-time students, transfer, or re-admits are not included as part of the cohort) and is determined on how many of the students in the cohort completed the baccalaureate after six (6) years.
- For the Fall 1998 Cohort, the graduation rate is 44%
- For the Fall 1999 Cohort, the graduation rate is 42%
- For the Fall 2000 Cohort, the graduation rate is 50%
- For the Fall 2001 Cohort, the graduation rate is 43%
- For the Fall 2002 Cohort, the graduation rate is 49%
- For the Fall 2003 Cohort, the graduation rate is 52%
- For the Fall 2004 Cohort, the graduation rate is 51%
- For the Fall 2005 Cohort, the graduation rate is 52%
- For the Fall 2006 Cohort, the graduation rate is 52%
- For the Fall 2007 Cohort, the graduation rate is 50%
- For the Fall 2008 Cohort, the graduation rate is 51%
- For the Fall 2009 Cohort, the graduation rate is 56%
- For the Fall 2010 Cohort, the graduation rate is 55%
- For the Fall 2011 Cohort, the graduation rate is 54%
- For the Fall 2012 Cohort, the graduation rate is 56%
- For the Fall 2013 Cohort, the graduation rate is 61%
- For the Fall 2014 Cohort, the graduation rate is ##%
Independent Studies allow students the opportunity to study an area in greater depth than the content of existing course offerings. A Directed or Independent Study may also be offered when a course existing in the University Catalog is not offered during the semesters the student is enrolled at the University. To enroll in a Directed of Independent Study, a student:
- Must be a matriculated undergraduate student in a declared major (undeclared students are not eligible).
- Must have a minimum of 16 course-credits completed.
- Must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.00 in the major.
- May enroll in only on Directed or Independent Study in a given semester.
- May enroll in no more than three Directed or Independent Studies within undergraduate degree requirements.
- May be subject to stricter guidelines in the major department. Check appropriate course description for the major in question for additional criteria.
- May be granted exceptions by department chairs in special circumstances.
Re-Tests for Math Placement will be given during the semester. Please contact CASA in Peirce Hall for exact dates and times.
All charges must be paid, or arrangements for payment made with the Student Accounts Office by the indicated due date on the billing statement. Failure to comply will result in removal from classes, as well as from room placement in the residence halls. Vacated places in classes and rooms will then be made available to students on waiting lists. To be enrolled, it will be necessary for the student to re-register for classes through the Course Add/Drop period at the beginning of the semester and to reapply for resident hall living.
Students may register for a maximum of four (4) course-credits during the advanced registration period - this includes MATH 095 General Mathematics (a non-credit course). Additional courses may be added, if available, during the Course Add/Drop Period at the start of the semester. Students may take up to five (5) course-credits only with the written consent of the advisor and the major department chair. This process is intended to assure all students a fair opportunity to secure regular course loads. The minimum academic load for full time attendance per semester is three (3) course-credits.
- Effective Fall 1996: Withdrawal from a course after the Course Add/Drop Period.
The new conditions for withdrawing from a course after the Course Add/Drop period apply to courses taken during the Fall 1996 semester and after. Students who withdraw between the third and ninth week (extended beyond the previous eighth week) of a regular semester (or for a quarter course, no later than the fourth full week of the quarter) will incur no academic penalty as far as the grade point average is concerned but will have a notation of "W" on the permanent records (instead of the previous "WP" or "WF"). See the 1997-98 College catalog, page 12, for additional information.
- Enrolling in a Continuing Education Division Course as part of the Full-Time Academic Load. In the event that students desire to take a course in the Continuing Education Division because one of an equivalent type is not available in the Day Division, they may take the Continuing Education course and count it as part of their full-time academic load. If this is done, the student must pay the full cost of the Continuing Education course in addition to the Day Division program charges.
- Academic Work through FSU Continuing Education. Effective Summer 1991: Courses toward degree completion taken by Day Division students through FSU Continuing Education, will be posted to the student's Day Division permanent academic record. Course Approval Forms are no longer needed for FSU courses, exemptions are as follows:
- Courses deemed academically inappropriate for Day Division programs (by the Department offering the courses) will not be posted to the student's Day Division permanent record.
- Students suspended from the Day Division, and are recommended to take Continuing Education Division courses as a non-matriculated student may continue to do so. Such courses will not be posted to the student's Day Division permanent record until the individual has applied and been accepted for readmission to the University.
Students are not permitted to register for their junior year without having declared a major. Students may not revert to Undeclared status once junior standing has been attained. An exception is permitted for transfer students admitted to junior standing as Undeclared. Such students may delay declaration of a major for one semester.
Individuals who are age 60 or older and interested in enrolling in a course or courses at Framingham State University through the Day Division may do so by requesting "Senior Citizen" status. A Senior Citizen may take a course for Audit or for Grade (credit).
You have the opportunity to enroll in courses on a space available basis by completing the Certificate of Tuition Waiver/Senior Citizen Course Enrollment Request form before the start of each semester or during the Course Add/Drop period occurring the first six (6) class days of each semester. Individuals will also need to submit a Proof of Tuition Residency Form when first submitting the Certificate of Tuition Waiver. These completed forms are due in the Office of the University Registrar prior to the start of the semester.
The Senior Citizen Enrollment Request is a Day Division procedure. Another registration option is to take courses through the Division of Graduate & Continuing Education (McCarthy Center Room 515).
Senior Citizen Course Enrollment Request Form
This form requires biographical information and the number of courses you are interested in taking. The form must be completed by you and signed by the Registrar (or designee). During the following business day, a Framingham State University ID# will be created for you and listed on the form if you do not have an ID # already. You may request a photocopy of the finalized request form from the Office of the Registrar for the purpose of obtaining a College ID and a Commuter Parking Sticker.
Certificate of Tuition Waiver Form:
This form is to be completed each semester for the purpose of maintaining "Senior Citizen" status (more specifically to receive approval to audit courses in accordance with the Board of Higher Education Tuition Guidelines - A required Audit fee of $130.00 per course). Proof of age is required. A photocopy of a valid driver’s license or a birth certificate is acceptable.
Proof of Residency Form:
This form is for the purpose of determining eligibility for in-state tuition rates. The Tuition Residency Form must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar before paying for the course(s). This form no longer requires notarization.
Course Audit form:
If you have not submitted your request for courses prior to the first day of classes, you must complete a Course Audit form during the Course Add/Drop period. The Course Audit form must be filled out by you and signed by the instructor(s) of the course(s) you wish to take. When you are filling out the form, please list your social security number in the box identified as "student ID". In the other boxes provided, clearly print your name (Last, First, Middle Initial), print "NON" as the major, and "Fall" & the year or "Spring" & the year for the semester. On the right half of the form marked "PERMISSION TO AUDIT A COURSE," you will need to print the course number, the course section, and the course title for the course you are intending to add. Note: All courses have a section letter. If you do not include the section letter, the form will not be processed by the Office of the Registrar. On the blank line above the words "PROFESSOR’S SIGNATURE" is the area that the course instructor will need to sign if she or he is allowing you into the course.
Look through the Day Division’s current semester's Master Schedule of Courses along with the Course Change Sheet (pink) for the courses being offered. Although you may think that a course is CLOSED, it is up to the discretion of the instructor as to whether there are seats available in the course. Be advised students are adding and/or dropping courses, which may result in seats becoming available. Again, it is completely up to the instructor of the course whether or not you can Add into a course.
Inside the cover of the Day Division’s Master Schedule of Courses is a list of faculty office locations. A map of the College campus is provided in the back of the booklet. Please note that some of the courses listed in the booklet have several meeting times for an individual section. This means that the course section really meets at all of the times listed but the location may differ.
Completed Course Audit Forms must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar (Dwight Hall 220) before you may be considered as enrolled in the course(s).
Paying Fees for the Course(s) if taking the course(s) for credit (NOT for Audit)
If you are requesting to enroll into a course or courses for "Grade" (credit) or for "Audit" (no credit), you will be required to pay the various fees the College charges per course. First, make sure you have the Senior Citizen Course Enrollment Request form signed by the Registrar (or designee) and the Proof of Residency form completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
Next, you will need to go to the Student Accounts Office located in Dwight Hall, Room 104, to pay the fees for the course(s). They will stamp the blue application form "Paid in Full." (Senior citizens may take a course for Audit at $130.00 per course but must provide photo identification with date of birth to be photocopied.) The Student Accounts Office will retain the Senior Citizen Course Enrollment Request form. You may request a photocopy of the application form, with a College ID# assigned to you, the following business day from the Office of the Registrar.
The above process must take place during the Course Add/Drop period, the first six (6) class days of the semester. For you to be considered enrolled as a "Senior Citizen," all of the paperwork must be received in the Office of the Registrar along with payment submitted to the Student Accounts Office, no later than the last day of the Course Add/Drop period (See Academic Calendar for exact date). THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.
Please note that if you are enrolling in three (3) courses (full-time status) you will be required to provide
Medical/Immunization History to the Office of Health Services and also provide Health Insurance Information.
See University Police (located in the McCarthy Center) for information regarding availability of parking stickers. Remember to ask for a map that illustrates student-designated parking lots. If you park in an unauthorized space, you will likely be ticketed and/or towed.
Photo ID's may be obtained at the ID Office (McCarthy Center). After you have completed the Senior Citizen Course Enrollment process and have been assigned a Framingham State University student ID#, you will need to request a copy of the Senior Citizen Course Enrollment Request Form to bring with you to the ID Office.
The University maintains some biographical data on all of it’s students. If there are changes in your biographical data (name, marital status, address (either permanent or local), next of kin, parent's address, etc.), please notify the Office of the University Registrar by completing the Biographical Data Change Form as soon as possible, so University records may be kept up to date.
VA PENDING PAYMENT COMPLIANCE POLICY
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), Framingham State University has adopted the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. Framingham State University will not:
- Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
- Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.
However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:
- Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
- Provide written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.
Categorical Tuition Waiver for Veterans and Active Duty Members
To be eligible for a Categorical Tuition Waiver, a student must:
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year;
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- Be in compliance with applicable Selective Service Registration laws;
- Not be in default of any federal or state student loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid;
- Present documentation of categorical tuition waiver eligibility to the appropriate to the Office of the University Registrar;
- Enroll in at least three undergraduate course-credits per semester in a state-supported undergraduate degree or certificate program; and
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with federal and institutional standards.
Be a member of an eligible category as defined below:
Veteran: As provided in M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7(43), shall mean:
(1) any person whose last discharge or release was under honorable conditions, and who served for not less than 180 days active service;
(2) Any person whose last discharge or release was under honorable conditions and who served in the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard, or air force of the United States, or on full time national guard duty under Titles 10 or 32 of the United States Code or under sections 38, 40 and 41 of chapter 33 for not less than 90 days active service, at least 1 day of which was for wartime service, including: Spanish War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Lebanese peace keeping force, Grenada rescue mission, the Panamanian intervention force, or the Persian Gulf. For purposes of the categorical tuition waivers, “veteran” shall also include any individual who served for not less than ninety days at least one of which was served in theatre for "Operation Restore Hope" and whose last discharge or release was under honorable conditions.
Armed Forces: An active member of the Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force or Coast Guard stationed and residing in Massachusetts.
Unlike the G.I. Bill®, the Categorical Tuition Waiver does not expire. Assistance can continue as long as the student meets the eligibility criteria. Specific definitions of "veteran" in each category can be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar. Those who are eligible must complete and submit a Certificate of Tuition Waiver Form, along with a copy of their separation from service (DD214) and proof of Massachusetts residency, prior to the billing deadline. Certificates must be submitted prior to billing each semester. Veterans whose certificates are not on file prior to receiving bills must pay tuition. A refund will be processed upon receipt and approval of the certificate.
Massachusetts National Guard Tuition Waiver and Federal Tuition Assistance Program
The Massachusetts National Guard Education Assistance Program provides a 100% tuition and fee waiver for active members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard attending a state university or community college program. Assistance can continue as long as you are good academic standing and until you have reached 130 semester hours.
To apply, you must request a Certificate of Eligibility (TAGMA Form 621-3) every 30 credits from the Massachusetts National Guard Education Office by calling that office at 508-968-5889.
VALOR Act and Academic Credit Evaluation Policy
As per the Valor Act of 2012 (Massachusetts), undergraduate admissions applicants may submit their military transcript via the American Council on Education (ACE) for consideration of academic credit in accordance with University's policy with transfer credit. Framingham State will also review for consideration of academic credit the DANTES DSST exams. This information needs to be provided during the application process to the University. Questions regarding the possible transferability of military credits should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar by email (email@example.com) or by phone (508-626-4545).
Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146) changed the amount of tuition and fee charges which can be reported to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Effective July 1, 2015, public institutions of higher education must charge qualifying veterans and dependents tuition and fees at the rate for in-state residents. Any institution not meeting this requirement will be disapproved by VA for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Montgomery GI Bill®.
Individuals qualifying for in-state tuition under Public Law 113-146 are:
- A Veteran receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence).
- A spouse or child using transferred benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence).
- A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence).
Isakson and Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (Public Law 116-315, which modifies 38 U.S.C. 3679(c).
The amendment requires that for all courses, semesters, or terms beginning after August 1, 2021, public institutions of higher education must charge qualifying veterans, dependents, and eligible individuals tuition and fees at the rate for in-state residents.
Section 1010 (Effective: August 1, 2021). Verification of enrollment to receive Post-9/11 Educational Assistance benefits creates a dual certification for the receipt of Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits. The school will certify the student’s enrollment after the add-drop date, and then each month thereafter, the student would be required to electronically verify with VA their continued enrollment in that school. If a student fails to certify for two consecutive months, VA will withhold monthly housing allowance payments until the student certifies.
‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official United States Government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."
Voter registration forms will be available at the Office of the University Registrar. For students from other states who desire to vote in a state other than Massachusetts, the Federal mail-in affidavit for voter registration or mail-in form supplied by that state may be used. Forms for this purpose are now available in the Office of the University Registrar or the student may contact the appropriate state election official to receive the state form or call or write the Massachusetts Elections Division, Room 1705, McCormack Building, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, (617) 7272828 or 1-800462-8683.