Effective Date: 05/02/2014
13.1 Curriculum Changes
The President shall have power, on appropriate recommendation, to authorize changes in details of the course offerings of the institution and their organization as curricula. This information will be available on the Michigan Technological University web site.
Addition or deletion of academic programs, departments or degrees will be referred to the Board for action. The naming of academic units is at the discretion of the President.
- 03/05/2004: Changed an annual report of course offering changes shall be made to the Board in December to the information will be available on the MTU web site
- 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 17.1. Renumbered only.
- 05/02/2014: Naming of academic units at President's discretion.
Effective Date: 10/16/2015
13.2 Academic Requirements
13.2.1 Unit of Credit
Academic advancement by the student is measured in terms of semester hour credits.
13.2.2 Grading System
The system of grades to be awarded by the University shall be established by the President. The President shall advise the Board when the current grading system is modified.
13.2.3 Grade Point Requirement for Graduation
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in the designated major department are required for graduation in a baccalaureate or associate degree program. The President may establish minimum grade point average requirements greater than 2.00 for minor or certificates. The President shall advise the Board when any new minimum minor or certificate grade point average requirements are established.
13.2.4 Additional Baccalaureate Degrees
A student enrolled at Michigan Technological University and pursuing a Baccalaureate degree can earn an additional Baccalaureate degree or degrees at the same time if they:
- Satisfy the degree requirements for each Baccalaureate program.
- Earn at least 32 of the credit hours required for each additional degree through Michigan Tech without having applied those credits to any other baccalaureate or minor degree program. The academic unit offering the additional degree can allow course substitutions provided that the 32 credit hour minimum is maintained.
An enrolled student who already has earned a Baccalaureate degree (either from Michigan Tech or from a regionally accredited institution of higher education) can obtain an additional baccalaureate degree from Michigan Tech if they:
- Satisfy the degree requirements for the additional Baccalaureate program.
- Earn at least 32 of the credit hours required for the additional degree through Michigan Tech without having applied those credits to any other baccalaureate or minor degree program. The academic unit offering the additional degree can allow course substitutions provided that the 32 credit hour minimum is maintained.
13.2.5 Academic Distinction
The words "Cum Laude", "Magna Cum Laude", and "Summa Cum Laude" are inscribed on the diplomas of all students, who earn associate or bachelor's degrees, whose cumulative grade point averages for all courses carried at Michigan Technological University are 3.50 to 3.69, 3.70 to 3.89 and 3.90 or higher, respectively.
13.2.6 Scholastic Standards
The academic progress of degree-seeking undergraduate students is monitored, and those having academic difficulty may be asked to withdraw from specific courses, or may be placed on academic probation, or may be dismissed academically.
- Required Course Withdrawal
The Dean of Students may, on the recommendation of the department head or chair, require students to withdraw from any course or courses in which their preparation, progress, effort, or conduct is deemed unsatisfactory.
- Academic Probation
Students who are not making satisfactory progress toward a degree are placed on academic probation. Academic probation is a strong warning to students that their scholastic performance is less than that expected by the University. Notices of academic probation are sent to students at the same time grades are sent at the end of the semester. Failure to improve after receiving a probation notice will result in academic dismissal from the University (see below).
- A student who is seeking the baccalaureate degree or associate degree is placed on
academic probation when any one of the following is true:
- the University cumulative GPA is below 2.00.
- the GPA for the most recent semester is below 2.00.
- the cumulative departmental GPA is below 2.00, based on at least 16 credits.
- A student on academic probation will be removed from probation when all of the following
- the University cumulative GPA is 2.00 or greater.
- the GPA for the most recent semester is 2.00 or greater.
- the cumulative departmental GPA is 2.00 or greater, based on at least 16 credits.
- Academic Suspension and Dismissal
A student is placed on academic suspension if the cumulative GPA is below 2.0 after a semester of academic probation or if the student is not restored to good academic standing after two semesters of probation regardless of the cumulative GPA. A student is also placed on academic suspension if the term GPA is 0.0 when a student attempts 12 or more credits. A suspended student will have the right to appeal. Students will be informed of their suspension and given information on the appeal process after grades are processed each term. More detailed information about the appeal process can be found on the Dean of Students website.
A student who receives a notice of academic suspension will not be permitted to enroll at the University for a specified period of time. Upon receiving a first notice of academic suspension, a student must sit out for at least one semester, plus a summer. That is, a student suspended at the end of a fall semester may not re-enroll until the following fall, and a student suspended at the end of a spring semester may not re-enroll until the following spring. A student who is suspended at the end of summer term will be permitted to request reinstatement the following spring. Upon receiving a second notice of academic suspension, a student must sit out two semesters, plus a summer. Upon reinstatement after a second suspension, failure to achieve good academic standing or show substantial academic progress within one semester will result in academic dismissal. Students may appeal an academic dismissal. However, if no appeal is submitted or the appeal is denied, there is no opportunity for reinstatement after academic dismissal.
A student suspended for unsatisfactory academic progress may apply for reinstatements through a written request to the Dean of Students, after a period of nonenrollment. A student who is reinstated after academic suspension will be reinstated on academic probation, and shall be considered as having enrolled under the catalog and curriculum in effect at the time or re-enrollment.
Upon reinstatement, failure to achieve good academic standing or show substantial academic progress by the end of one semester will result in a second suspension. Upon reinstatement after a second suspension, failure to achieve good academic standing or show substantial academic progress within one semester will result in academic dismissal. There is no opportunity for reinstatement after academic dismissal.
- 05/23/1986: revised grading system and Academic Distinction
- 03/23/1990: revised grading system
- 05/18/1990: revised scholastic standards
- 09/23/1994: revised W grade
- 03/17/1995: adopted AB, BC, CD grading system
- 01/26/1996: revised to include all associate and baccalaureate degree programs
- 07/07/1999: revised academic distinction and scholastic standards and revised P grade and adopted Q grade
- 12/15/2000: changed quarter to semester
- 10/03/2002: Revised 3 and 4 to include academic suspension in section 17.2.8 Scholastic Standards
- 10/07/2004: Rescinded policies 17.2.2, 17.2.3, and 17.2.4 replaced 17.2.2 with a policy that the President will establish the system of grades and will advise the Board when the system is modified; and changed policy 17.2.5 to the minimum GPA of 2.0 in designated major department for graduation in baccalaureate or associate degree program and the President may establish minimum GPA for minors or certificates
- 07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 17.2. Renumbered only.
- 08/07/2014: Revised item 184.108.40.206 Academic Suspension and Dismissal to suspend a student who earns a 0.0 GPA in one term while carrying 12 or more credits.
- 10/16/2015: Changed item 13.2.4. from 25 percent of credits required to 32 credits and added regionally accredited institution of higher education.