University Regulations

Academic Standing Rules for Undergraduate Students

All undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 to remain in good standing.

Students will be placed on probation the first time that their cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 if their semester GPA is at least 1.00. Students who earn a semester GPA below 1.00, regardless of their cumulative GPA, will be reviewed by their college to determine whether probation or academic dismissal is the most appropriate academic standing.

Students who have earned 60 or fewer semester credits and who fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 after a semester on probation will be reviewed by their college for continued probation or academic dismissal. Evidence of substantial academic improvement is required for continued probation.

Students who have earned more than 60 semester credits and who fail to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 after a semester on probation will be automatically dismissed.

Academic Probation is a designation on a student's record that serves as an academic warning.  Students on academic probation are not restricted by the university from participating in extra-curricular activities, competing on athletic teams, or registering for courses.  Some students, however, may need to see an academic advisor prior to registration.  Though participation in these activities is not restricted by the university, individual departments, programs, or organizations may require additional standards.

Students should direct inquiries regarding academic standing actions to their academic advising office.

Reassessment Eligibility and Process

The Academic Reassessment Policy is designed to facilitate the return to good academic standing of students who have accumulated poor grades in the early stages of their education at Cleveland State University.

A student is eligible for academic reassessment, after an absence of at least one calendar year, if (1) the student returns to Cleveland State University with no more that 90 semester credits earned and a cumulative CSU grade-point average of less than 2.00 and (2) the student successfully completes at least 16 semester credits with a CSU grade-point average of no less than 2.00 following the return. If a student's academic record indicates more than one absence of at least one academic year, no fewer than 16 semester credits must be successfully completed following the most recent absence in order for academic reassessment to be granted. An absence is defined as a period of time in which no enrollment activity, i.e., attempted or earned academic credit, is posted to a student's record.

If a currently enrolled, undergraduate degree-seeking student determines that academic reassessment is a viable option, the student must complete a Request for Academic Reassessment (http://www.csuohio.edu/enrollmentservices/registrar/forms/reassessment.pdf), obtain the written approval of an academic adviser and submit the form to Campus411 prior to the end of the fifth week of the semester or summer immediately following the successful completion of at least 16 credits with a CSU grade-point average of no less than 2.0. A Request for Academic Reassessment will not be considered if it is received after the stated submission deadline.

If, upon return to Cleveland State University, a student fails to complete 16 semester credits with a CSU grade-point average of at least 2.0 and is ineligible for academic reassessment, the student will be subject to the university's academic policy.

Result

Once a Request for Academic Reassessment is submitted and approved, all courses completed prior to the student's most recent absence of at least one calendar year from the university with any grade equivalent to a D or below that affects the grade-point average will be reassessed. Reassessment means the Office of the University Registrar will insert a notation on the official academic record to indicate that the course has been reassessed, is not included in the cumulative credit totals and grade-point average, and is not applicable toward graduation requirements. Academic Reassessment will only be granted once.

Return to top

Academic Honors

President's List

An undergraduate student taking 15 credits or more during a semester who has earned a grade-point average of 3.9 or above during that semester is placed on the President's List for outstanding academic achievement. The President's List is calculated on credits earned in course work for which grades of A through F are given. Credit earned in a course for which the grade of Satisfactory is achieved will not be counted as part of the 15 semester-credit minimum.

Return to Academic Honors menu | Return to top

Dean's List

A full-time student (12 credits or more per semester) or a part-time student completing a 12-hour step, who has earned a grade-point average of 3.25 or better, is placed on the Dean's List for excellent academic performance. The Dean's List is calculated on credits earned in course work for which grades of A through F are given. Credit earned in a course for which the grade of Satisfactory is achieved will not be counted as part of the 12 semester-credit minimum for full-time status.

Return to Academic Honors menu | Return to top

University Valedictorian

For each commencement, a Valedictorian will be selected from the graduating class by a committee comprised of representatives from each college. The Valedictorian will be a student demonstrating outstanding academic qualifications and achievements or contributions in the university or wider community. The successful candidate will deliver the valedictory speech at the commencement ceremony.

Candidates must have completed a minimum of 60 credits in-residence at Cleveland State University and attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8 to be considered for Valedictorian selection.    

Candidates seeking Valedictorian candidacy may petition their major department, presenting a summary of their qualifications and achievements. All nominations must be finalized by the middle of the spring (for spring graduates) and fall (for summer and fall graduates) semesters.

Return to Academic Honors menu | Return to top

Graduation Honors

Students who have earned cumulative grade-point averages, calculated to two decimal places unrounded, between 3.30 and 4.00, graduate with the following honors:

3.30-3.59 Cum Laude
3.60-3.79 Magna Cum Laude
3.80-4.00 Summa Cum Laude

Graduation Honors for Transfer Students

If a student has transferred to Cleveland State University, graduation honors will be based on the average for Cleveland State University work or the average for all college work, whichever is lower. In determining the grade average for graduation honors, the Cleveland State University method of computing grade-point averages will be used.

Return to Academic Honors menu | Return to top

Credit Hour, GPA, and Degree Applications
 

Introduction

The faculty of each college determines the minimum credit hours and cumulative GPA a student in that college must earn in order to graduate. In no case shall a student graduate with fewer than 120 semester credit hours or a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00.

If a student receives an Incomplete (I) or (X) grade during her or his final semester, the date of graduation will be the end of the semester in which the instructor submits the grade change to the Office of the University Registrar.

Return to Credit Hour menu | Return to top

Residence Requirements

To earn a bachelor's degree at Cleveland State University, there is a residence requirement which is: the last 30 credit hours, and 24 credits of upper-division course work, must be earned in residence at Cleveland State. The smaller of 16 credits or 50 percent of the departmental credits comprising a major must be earned in residence at Cleveland State. The smaller of nine credits or 50 percent of the departmental credits comprising a minor must be earned in residence at Cleveland State University.

Residency is defined as credit earned at Cleveland State or through an approved program such as the National Student Exchange or Study Abroad Programs that are led by CSU faculty or by faculty from the Northeast Ohio Universities Modern and Classical Languages Consortium (Kent State University, Cleveland State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University).

Return to Credit Hour menu | Return to top

Application for Graduation

A student intending to graduate can obtain a graduation application form from her or his academic advising office and must submit it to the Office of the University Registrar by the appropriate deadlines. Please visit www.csuohio.edu/enrollmentservices/registrar/graduation.html for the most current listing of submission deadlines.

The university does not determine or pre-suppose a student's intent to graduate. The student is required to formally record their intent to graduate by submitting an application for graduation. The student must satisfy all completion requirements. If completion requirements have not been met at the end of the graduating semester, the student will be advised accordingly in writing by the Office of the University Registrar. The student is responsible for notifying the Office of the University Registrar once requirements have been met. The student must also ensure that any administrative or other requirements are met before notifying the Office of the University Registrar. These requirements include, but are not limited to, payment of tuition fees, grade changes and course substitutions.

In order to preserve the integrity of the student's academic record and the credibility of a degree awarded by Cleveland State University, the Office of the University Registrar will not confer degrees retroactively unless there is clear evidence of extraordinary circumstances as deemed by the dean of the college. Authority to approve Retroactive Graduation for undergraduate students lies with the University Registrar.

Return to Credit Hour menu | Return to top

Second Degree

A student may earn two different baccalaureate degrees in the same college or one degree from each of two colleges. In either case, the student must complete all the requirements for both degrees. The student may receive each degree by applying and paying the fee for each.

A student who has received a bachelor's degree from another accredited college or university may earn a bachelor's degree at Cleveland State University by fulfilling all college and major-field requirements and the 30-credit residence requirement.

Return to Credit Hour menu | Return to top

Presence at Commencement

All eligible degree candidates are encouraged to attend the appropriate commencement ceremony. In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, a student must have completed or be currently attending all courses necessary to satisfy degree requirements. A student who completes her or his degree requirements during the summer is eligible to participate in the subsequent fall commencement ceremony.

Cleveland State University is unable to send letters to foreign embassies asking that citizens of their country be provided with visas so that they may attend commencement ceremonies at Cleveland State. We encourage such citizens to use the mechanisms already available to them in their countries to request a visa to visit the United States.

Return to Credit Hour menu | Return to top

Catalog Rights

Degree candidates are responsible for meeting university graduation requirements stated in the Cleveland State University Catalog for the academic year in which they are admitted to Cleveland State University. These graduation requirements are known as catalog rights. Colleges reserve the right to alter the content of courses, add and delete courses, and change required curricula. It is the student's responsibility to remain informed about such changes through regular interaction with their adviser in monitoring progress towards graduation. No university official can relieve students of this responsibility.

Students who interrupt their enrollment in the university for one full academic year or longer, consecutively, including summer, must meet the university graduation requirements of the catalog in effect when they return.

In all instances, students who return to Cleveland State University after enrolling at another college or university (except with transient or cross-registration permission) must follow the university graduation requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of their readmission.

Students transferring from Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College or Lorain County Community College have special catalog rights.

Return to top

 

engaged learning
General Information
Regulations Contents
Mailing Address
Office of Undergraduate Studies
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 107A
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
This site contains files that require the free Adobe Reader to view.