Undergraduate Catalog Policy
Senate Policy 419.1
Introduction and Rationale:
The wording that appears below is currently in the undergraduate catalog under
"Graduation Requirements." It is not currently a formal University policy, but it has been in
the catalog, with various modifications, since the late 1960s. The reasons for this proposal
- Formalizes the policy
- Clarifies and defines portions of the text
- Eases access for transfer students; transfer students will be able to develop a Michigan
Tech academic plan when they begin their studies at the community college, which is in
line with trending state polices related to transfer credit
- Allows students who return after being away for more than a year to follow the
requirements they started with (if approved by department and within 7 years), which
facilitates the path toward completion
- Allows the University to expire outdated undergraduate catalogs and degree
requirements; most universities in Michigan have similar policies with similar expiration
The Michigan Tech undergraduate catalog, including degree requirements, is updated
annually and expires after seven years. Students may not graduate using a catalog that is
more than seven years old.
- Students maintaining continuous enrollment at Michigan Tech may expect to graduate
under the degree requirements in effect at the time that they became a degree-seeking
student at Michigan Tech.
- Students changing majors will follow the degree requirements in effect at the time
change of major.
- Students adding a major or minor will follow the requirements for the additional
curriculum in effect at the time it is added.
- Students who have been absent from the University for three or more consecutive
semesters (including summer) will follow the degree requirements in effect at the time of
With approval from the academic department, students may follow the degree requirements
from an earlier catalog. The catalog selected must be within seven years prior to the
student’s graduation or the first term the student was enrolled as a degree-seeking student
at a regionally accredited institution, whichever is shortest.
Introduced to Senate: 23 March 2016
Approved by Senate: 06 April 2016
Approved by Administration: 15 April 2016