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Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar for the current academic year, as well as past and future years, may be found via the following link:  Academic Calendars

Registration in Courses

Students who have no prior attendance at The University must apply for admission and be admitted before being eligible to register for courses. See the Admissions section of this catalog or the admissions website at http://www.umt.edu/future.

Detailed instructions regarding registration and course offerings are available via the following links:

Registration Information: http://www.umt.edu/registrar/Registration/registrationinformation.aspx

Class Schedule by term: https://webprocess.umt.edu/cyberbear/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched

Students must complete course registration during the scheduled registration period or be subject to payment of a late registration fee, if allowed to register. Registration is not complete nor is any academic credit awarded until all course tuition and fees for the semester have been paid.

Readmission to the University After 24 Months of Non-attendance

If former students are planning to attend a summer session or an academic year semester but were not in attendance during the immediately preceding 24 months, then they must apply for readmission before being eligible to register for courses.  Students should reapply by July 1 for autumn semester attendance, and by November 1 for spring semester attendance. See the Admissions section of this catalog.

Missoula College (formerly College of Technology) students must reapply for readmission via the Missoula College Registrar’s Office (909 South Avenue).  See http://admissions.umt.edu/admissions/missoula-college.

Mountain Campus students (seeking baccalaureate or higher degrees) must apply for readmission via the Enrollment Services Office in the Emma Lommasson Center.  See: http://www.umt.edu/future

Some specific programs at the Missoula College require students who do not enroll for a semester or more (excluding summer) to apply for readmission into that program.

All students who are both in good standing and (i) currently enrolled or (ii) readmitted to the University may preregister for the subsequent semester, unless a registration hold exists on the student’s record.

Notice to Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may obtain assistance with the registration process and the relocation of classes (if needed) through Disability Services in Lommasson Center 154 (406) 243 2243 VOICE/TDD.

Adding and Dropping Courses or Changing Sections, Grading or Credit Status

When selecting and registering for their courses, students are expected to make informed choices and regard those choices as semester-long commitments and obligations.

Adding, Dropping and Other Course Changes – Summary Tables

Students who request to add, drop or change the grading option must have all registration holds cleared in order for the request to be honored.  The following information does NOT apply to the School of Law.  Law school students should see the School of Law website for information.

Autumn & Spring Semesters

Instructional Days

Day 1-7

Day 8-15

Day 16-45

Day 46 – Last Regular Class Day/ Friday Before Finals Week

After Last Regular Class Day

Add a Course

CyberBear

Course Add/Change Form with instructor signature

Course Add/Change Form with advisor* and instructor signature

Course Add/Change Form with advisor* and instructor signature

Only registration errors can be corrected; use the Course Add/ Change Form with advisor* and instructor signature 

Change a Section

CyberBear

Course Add/Change Form with both instructors’ signatures

Course Add/Change Form with both instructors’ signatures

 

Course Add/Change Form with both instructors’ signatures

 

Only registration errors can be corrected; use the Course Add/ Change Form with both instructors’ signatures

Drop a Course

CyberBear

CyberBear

Course Drop Form with advisor* and instructor signature

(W on transcript)

Course Drop Form with advisor*, instructor and Dean’s signature

(WP or WF on transcript)

Not permitted

Change to/from Audit

CyberBear

CyberBear

Not permitted

Not permitted

Not permitted

Change to/from CR/NCR grading, or change credits (for variable credit courses)

CyberBear

CyberBear

Course Add/Change Form with advisor* and instructor signature

Course Add/Change Form with advisor* and instructor signature

Not permitted

* Not required for Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate students

Winter Session

Instructional Days

Day 1

Day 2-3

Day 4-8

Day 9-13

Day 14 & Beyond

Add a Course

CyberBear

Course Add/Change Form with instructor signature

Course Add/Change Form with instructor signature

Course Add/Change Form with instructor signature

Only registration errors can be corrected; use the Course Add/Change Form with instructor signature

Change a Section

CyberBear

Course Add/Change Form with both instructors’ signatures

Course Add/Change Form with both instructors’ signatures

Course Add/Change Form with both instructors’ signatures

Only registration errors can be corrected; use the Course Add/Change Form with both instructors’ signatures

Drop a Course

CyberBear

Cyberbear

Course Drop Form with instructor signature

(W on transcript)

Course Drop Form with instructor and Dean’s signature

(WP or WF on transcript)

Not permitted

Change to/from Audit

CyberBear

Cyberbear

Not permitted

Not permitted

Not permitted

Change to/from CR/NCR grading, or change credits (for variable credit courses)

CyberBear

Cyberbear

Course Add/Change Form with instructor signature

Course Add/Change Form with instructor signature

Not permitted


Summer Semester: 5-week Sessions

Instructional Days

Day 1-2

Day 3-5

Day 6- 14

Day 15-23

Day 24 & Beyond

Add a Course

CyberBear

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Only registration errors can be corrected; use the Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Change a Section

CyberBear

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with both instructors’ signatures

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with both instructors’ signatures

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with both instructors’ signatures

Only registration errors can be corrected; use the Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with both instructors’ signatures

Drop a Course

CyberBear

CyberBear

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

(W on transcript)

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor and Dean’s signature

(WP or WF on transcript)

Not permitted

Change to/from Audit

CyberBear

CyberBear

Not permitted

Not permitted

Not permitted

Change to/from CR/NCR grading, or change credits (for variable credit courses)

CyberBear

CyberBear

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Not permitted

 Summer Semester: 10-week Session

Instructional Days

Day 1-5

Day 6-10

Day 11-29

Day 30-47

Day 48 & Beyond

Add a Course

CyberBear

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Only errors can be corrected; use the Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Change a Section

CyberBear

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with both instructors’ signatures

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with both instructors’ signatures

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with both instructors’ signatures

Only errors can be corrected; use the Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with both instructors’ signatures

Drop a Course

CyberBear

CyberBear

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor  signature

(W on transcript)

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor and Dean’s signature

(WP or WF on transcript)

Not permitted

Change to/from Audit

CyberBear

CyberBear

Not permitted

Not permitted

Not permitted

Change to/from CR/NCR grading, or change credits (for variable credit courses)

CyberBear

CyberBear

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Summer Override & Add/Drop Form with instructor signature

Not permitted

Special Sessions

Special Session courses vary from the sessions listed above.  For example, a course taught over a period of five weeks is considered a “special session” course if its start and end dates are different than the published regular term dates.   Please check with the Registrar’s Office for specific dates related to changing registration in a special session course.

Adding, Dropping and Other Course Changes – Detailed Information

Important Notice Regarding “Day of the Semester:” All guidelines and timelines that follow refer to the traditional autumn and spring semesters, which are generally 74-75 days in length. The timelines that apply to Summer Sessions and Winter Session are detailed in the tables above. See "Important Dates" links on the Registrar's Office Website at: http://www.umt.edu/registrar/calendar.aspx or on The School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) website for additional detailed information. Also, please see the Business Services/Student Accounts website for information regarding how fees are impacted by dropping/adding courses, as well as the refund schedule for a complete withdrawal from The University. http://www.umt.edu/bussrvcs/Students/default.aspx

Adding, Dropping or Other Course Changes – First Through Seventh (1 – 7) Instructional Day of the Semester

During this timeframe, students may use CyberBear to add courses, drop courses, change grading options, and/or change variable credits. Access to CyberBear for adding courses or changing sections ends at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on the seventh day of classes.

Adding, Dropping or Other Course Changes – Eighth Through Fifteenth (8 – 15) Instructional Day of the Semester

During this timeframe, with consent of the course instructor, students may add courses or change sections with a signed paper-Registration Override Form or an instructor-approved electronic override (via CyberBear). Fees are reassessed each night during this time period. Added courses and credits may result in additional fees.

Students may drop courses, change grading option (including audit), and/or change variable credits via CyberBear until 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on the fifteenth day.

Adding, Dropping or Other Course Changes – Sixteenth Through Forty fifth (16 – 45) Instructional Day of the Semester

During this timeframe, students must complete a paper Course Drop Form or Course Add/Change Form as well as obtain the signature of both the course instructor and student’s advisor to (i) drop/add a course and/or (ii) make changes of section, grading option, or credit.  The ability to change to or from audit is no longer available at this time.  Completed forms must be returned to the GrizCentral Registration Counter (or the Registrar's Office at the Missoula College Campus) no later than close of business on the forty-fifth instructional day of a semester.  If students have submitted Course Drop Forms but have not cleared all holds by this deadline, then they are required to also collect a signature from the Dean of the student’s major no later than the Last Regular Class Day.  A $10.00 processing fee is charged for each drop or add. Added courses and credits may result in additional fees. There are no refunds or reductions of fees for courses dropped after the 15th day (or equivalent), and a grade of W (withdrawn) is recorded for each dropped course.

Adding, Dropping, or Other Course Changes – Forty sixth Instructional Day of the Semester Through the Last Regular Class Day/Friday before Finals Week

During this timeframe, a Course Add/Change Form must be completed by the student and signed by the course instructor and the student’s advisor to add a course, change the grade option, or change variable credits. Changing to or from audit is not permitted during this time.  Not all requests for adds, changing grade options, or changing variable credits are approved.  Advisors have the right to indicate they do not recommend approval of the request.  However, it is the course instructor’s decision to approve or deny the request to add/change  a course.

Completed forms must be returned to the GrizCentral Registration Counter (or the Registrar's Office at the Missoula College Campus) no later than close of business on the Last Day of Regular Classes.  Students who request a change in grading option must also have cleared all holds by this deadline or the request cannot be honored. A $10.00 processing fee is charged for each add. Added courses and credits may result in additional fees.

During this timeframe, students may drop courses only by petition. Note that not all petitions are approved, and that documented justification is required. Some examples of documented circumstances that may merit approval are: accident or illness, family emergency, or other circumstances beyond the student's control. Instructors and advisors have the right to indicate they do not recommend the drop. However, it is the decision of the Dean of the student’s major to approve or deny the request to drop courses.

To petition to drop a course, a Course Drop Form must be completed, with the signature of the student’s advisor, the course instructor, and the Dean of the student’s major. Completed forms must be returned to the GrizCentral Registration Counter (or the Registrar's Office at the Missoula College Campus) no later than close of business on the Last Regular Class Day/Friday before Finals Week.  If students submit Course Drop Forms or request a change in grading option, then they must also have cleared all holds by this deadline; otherwise, the request cannot be honored. A $10.00 processing fee is charged for each drop. There are no refunds or reductions of fees for courses dropped, and the instructor assigns a grade of WP (withdrawn/passing) if a student's course work has been passing or WF (withdrawn/failing) if failing. These grades do not affect grade averages but they are recorded on a student's transcript. 

The opportunity to drop a course for the current term ends on the last day of instruction before scheduled final exams. Dropping a course taken in a previous term or altering grading option or audit status for such a course is not allowed. The only exceptions are for students who have received a grade of NF (never attended/fail).

Law School Students -  See the School of Law section of this catalog for links to the School of Law website, which will list the add and drop deadlines for law courses.

Class Attendance/Absence Policy

Students who are registered for a course but do not attend the first two class meetings may be required by the instructor to drop the course. This rule allows for early identification of class vacancies to permit other students to add classes. Students not allowed to remain must complete a drop form or drop the course on the Internet (http://cyberbear.umt.edu) to avoid receiving a failing grade. Students who know they will be absent should contact the instructor in advance.

Students are expected to attend all class meetings and complete all assignments for courses in which they are enrolled. Instructors may excuse brief and occasional absences for reasons of illness, injury, family emergency, religious observance or participation in a University sponsored activity. (University sponsored activities include for example, field trips, ASUM service, music or drama performances, and intercollegiate athletics.) Instructors shall excuse absences for reasons of military service or mandatory public service.

Instructors may establish absence policies to conform to the educational goals and requirements of their courses. Such policies will ordinarily be set out in the course syllabus. Customarily, course syllabi will describe the procedures for giving timely notice of absences, explain how work missed because of an excused absence may be made up, and stipulate any penalty to be assessed for absences.

The UM Faculty Senate encourages the faculty to accommodate students incurring an excused absence by allowing them to make up missed work when this can be done in a manner consistent with the educational goals of their courses. Students expecting to incur excused absences should consult with their instructors early in the term to be sure that they understand the absence policies for each of their courses.

Withdrawal from the University

Students who withdraw from the University (withdrawing from ALL classes) while a semester is in progress must complete withdrawal forms which are obtained from the Registration Counter in Griz Central (Lommasson Center) or the Registrar's Office in the College of Technology. Drop/add forms cannot be used to withdraw from school and students are not allowed to drop all their courses on the Internet. International students must first contact the Foreign Student Advisor before withdrawing as visa status will be affected. Medical withdrawals are granted only for a student's significant health problems and must be documented by a healthcare provider.

See the Expenses section of this catalog for fee information relating to withdrawal from The University.

If a student receiving financial aid withdraws they may have to repay aid received in the current semester and it may affect eligibility in the future semesters. If a student stops attending classes without formally withdrawing they too may have to repay aid received in the current semester and may be ineligible for aid in future terms. Students who reside in a University residence hall or in family housing must notify the Residence Life Office or the Family Housing Office of the withdrawal.

Students who purchase health insurance with registration will receive a refund and lose coverage if withdrawn during the first fifteen instructional days unless a student is granted a medical withdrawal. Withdrawal after the fifteenth day will not result in a refund but coverage will continue through the remainder of the semester.

When withdrawal forms are completed in Griz Central or the Registrar's Office in the College of Technology before the last two weeks of the semester, grades of W (withdrawal) are assigned. Beginning two weeks from the end of the term, students may not withdraw from the University except for very unusual circumstances. Such late withdrawals are to be approved by the student's academic dean before the end of the semester. However, in exceptional cases, a student's academic dean may approve retroactive withdrawal for the last semester in attendance, provided the request is approved before the end of the student's next semester of enrollment.

University Employee Registration

University employees who have applied and have been accepted for admission to the University may register with the approval of the employee's supervisor. Waivers of some fees are granted to some faculty and staff members who are at least three quarter time salaried employees on the date of registration. Additional information and the necessary forms are available in the Office of Human Resource Services in the Lommasson Center.

Grading System

The University uses two types of grading: traditional letter grades and credit/ no credit grades. At the option of the instructors some courses are offered only on the traditional letter grade basis or only on the credit/no credit basis. Other courses are open to either type of grading, at the option of the student. Courses offered on the A -F basis only or CR/NCR only will be indicated in the Class Schedule or via CyberBear. Grades preceded by an R indicate remedial courses.  Grades preceded by an  E  indicate academic forgiveness was granted.

The instructor has the first fifteen (15) class days of the semester to change the grading option for their course.  If a change does occur from the original published grading option, the students in the class and the Registrar's office must be notified of the change not later than the fifteenth (15) class day.

Traditional Letter Grading (A-F)

Traditional Letter Grades represent an assessment of the overall quality of work performed in a given course. A-Excellent; B-Good; C-Satisfactory; D-Poor, F-Failure. When assigning traditional letter grades, instructors may, at their discretion, utilize the symbols + or -. Use of the + or - will be limited to A-, B+, B-, C+, C-, D+, and D-. Other grade symbols used are: I-Incomplete; N-work on the course may be continued in later semesters (when work is completed, the final grade assigned applies to all semesters of the course); NF-no record of academic performance; W-withdrawal from a course or course dropped after the fifteenth instructional day; WP-course dropped after the forty-fifth instructional day with passing work; WF-course dropped after the forty-fifth instructional day with failing work; AUD-auditor registration. (AUD is recorded for all students who register in courses as auditors, intending to listen to the courses without earning credit or being graded. The same fees are assessed as when registering for credit. Any attendance or participation expectations are established by the instructor of the course. If attendance expectations are not met, the instructor may request a notation be placed on the student's academic record indicating attendance was not satisfactory.) Remedial courses do not count in credits earned, nor in grade point averages, nor do they count toward graduation.

Credit/No Credit Grading (CR/NCR)

Student Option: To encourage students to venture into courses where they might otherwise hesitate because of uncertainty regarding their aptitude or preparation, they may enroll in some courses on a credit/no credit basis. Freshmen and sophomores are discouraged from taking more than one course a semester on a credit/no credit basis.

No more than 18 CR credits may be counted toward graduation requirements at the baccalaureate level. Courses taken to satisfy General Education Requirements must be taken for traditional letter grade. Courses required for the student's major or minor must be taken for traditional letter grade.

A grade of CR is assigned for work deserving credit (A through D-) and a grade of NCR is assigned for work of failing quality (F). CR and NCR grades do not affect grade point averages. The grades of CR and NCR are not defined in terms of their relationship to traditional grades for graduate course work.

Election of the credit/no credit option must be indicated at registration time or within the first 15 class days on CyberBear.  Between the  16th day and the  last day of instruction before finals week, a student may request a change from credit/no credit enrollment to an enrollment under the A-F grade system, or the reverse, by means of a Course Add/Change Form; note that not all such requests are approved. See instructions above.

The University cautions students that many graduate and professional schools and some employers do not recognize non-traditional grades (i.e., those other than A through F) or may discriminate against students who use the credit/no credit option for many courses. Moreover, students are cautioned that some degree programs may have different requirements regarding CR/NCR credits, as stipulated in the catalog.

 Faculty Option

* A faculty member may elect to grade an entire class using the traditional letter grading option (A-F).

* A faculty member may elect to grade an entire class using the credit/no credit option (CR/NCR). This method of grading is used in courses where more precise grading is inappropriate.

* A faculty member may elect to grade an entire class with the open grade mode option which allows students to choose between traditional letter grading and credit/no credit grading.   When a course is offered with the open grade mode option, then the default grading at the time of registration defaults to traditional letter grading.   It is the student’s responsibility to make the change to credit/no credit grading if this is their preference.

* Faculty members must choose the grade mode option for their courses at the time when courses are being proposed for a particular semester or within the first 15 instructional days of the semester.

* Courses graded credit/no credit only and courses graded A-F only will be identified in the Class Schedule or via CyberBear.

 No Credit Grading in Composition (NC)

Students enrolled in WRIT 095D and WRIT 101 (formerly WTS100 and ENEX 101) and WTS 101 (COM 101) are graded by the traditional letter grades of A through F or are given NC for no credit. The NC grade is awarded when exceptional progress has occurred but the student needs to repeat the course. The NC grade does not affect grade point average.

Incomplete Grade Policy

It is assumed that students have the responsibility for completing the requirements of the courses in which they are enrolled within the time framework of the semester

A grade of Incomplete (I) may be given when, in the opinion of the instructor, there is a reasonable probability that students can complete the course without retaking it.

The incomplete is not an option to be exercised at the discretion of a student. In all cases it is given at the discretion of the instructor within the following guidelines:

  1. A mark of incomplete may be assigned students when:
    • The student has been in attendance and doing passing work up to three weeks before the end of the semester, and
    • For reasons beyond the student's control and which are acceptable to the instructor, the student has been unable to complete the requirements of the course on time. Negligence and indifference are not acceptable reasons.
  2. The instructor sets the conditions for the completion of the course work and notes these conditions on the final grade report.
  3. When a student has met the conditions for making up the incomplete, the instructor will assign a grade based upon an evaluation of the total work done by the student in the course.
  4. An incomplete which is not made up within one calendar year automatically will revert to the alternate grade which was assigned by the instructor at the time the incomplete was submitted.
  5. An incomplete remains on the permanent record and is accompanied by the final grade, for example, IA, IB, IC, etc.

Computation of Cumulative Grade Point Average

Quality points are assigned as follows: 4 quality points for each credit of A; 3.7 quality points for each credit of A-; 3.3 quality points for each credit of B+; 3 quality points for each credit of B; 2.7 quality points for each credit of B-; 2.3 quality points for each credit of C+; 2 quality points for each credit of C; 1.7 quality points for each credit of C-; 1.3 quality points for each credit of D+; 1 quality point for each credit of D; and 0.7 quality points for each credit of D-.

The cumulative grade average is computed by dividing the total quality points earned by the total number of credits attempted, excluding courses assigned W, WF, WP, CR, NC, NCR, I, AUD, or N grades and courses numbered under 100 (grade is preceded by an R). For repeated courses, excluding courses assigned W. WF, WP, CR, NC, NCR, I, AUD, or N grades, only the last grade earned will count toward the cumulative grade average. Grades for courses transferred from other colleges and universities are not included in the calculation of the grade average for graduation.

Undergraduate Academic Performance

The cumulative grade average is calculated by dividing the total quality points earned by the total number of credits attempted, excluding courses assigned W, WF, WP, CR, NC, NCR, I, AUD, or N grades and courses numbered under 100 (grade is preceded by an R). Grades for courses transferred from other colleges and universities are not included in the calculation of the grade average for graduation. However, for determination of graduation honors/high honors, grades for all work transferred to this Univerisity, including failing grades are factored into the calculation.

Undergraduate Academic Probation

An undergraduate student will be placed on academic probation if at the end of any semester his/her cumulative grade average drops below 2.00. The effect of the academic probation is to serve notice to the student that the quality of his/her work is below an acceptable level and that continuation of unsatisfactory work during their next semester of enrollment will result in academic suspension. Academic probation status is recorded on the student's academic transcript and semester grades (viewable on cyberbear.umt.edu.) Students placed on probation should contact their academic advisor immediately to seek assistance and direction.

Undergraduate Academic Suspension

An undergraduate student will be placed on academic suspension at the end of any semester if the student was on academic probation during his/her prior semester of attendance and the student's cumulative grade average remains below 2.00. Exceptions are made if the student earns at least a 2.00 grade average for the current semester without raising the cumulative grade average to the required minimum. In such cases, students remain on academic probation. A student placed on academic suspension may not re enroll at the University unless the student has been reinstated. Reinstatement will require, at minimum, one full semester of non-enrollment at any campus of the Montana university system. Academic suspensions are noted on final grades and transcripts on http://cyberbear.umt.edu. For more information go to the following URL: http://www.umt.edu/oss/for_faculty_staff/acadstand.php

Reinstatement

As noted above, an undergraduate student will be academically suspended at the end of a semester if placed on academic probation during the previous semester of attendance and the student's cumulative graduate point average (CGPA) remains below the 2.00 CGPA required for good academic standing.

Students who have been suspended for academic reasons and seek reinstatement must receive the approval of the academic dean of the school or college in which they intend to enroll. [If seeking reinstatement in the Missoula College, contact the Retention and Advising Coordinator at MC.] Typically, retroactive grade changes, dropped courses or withdrawals do not reverse the academic suspension status that is recorded on the transcript, unless there was an error or grading mistake.

Academic reinstatement is not automatic.The student must provide the reasons for previous poor academic performance along with a carefully prepared plan for improvement that is completed with the help of an academic advisor. A student denied reinstatement may appeal the denial in writing to the President of the University within ten days of receiving the notice of denial. The decision to deny reinstatement normally will not be reversed unless there is evidence the decision was made arbitrarily.

If a suspended and reinstated student has not attended UM for more than two years, the student must also complete an application for readmission through the Registrar's Office. The readmission form re-activates the student's record and, along with the reinstatement form, allows the student to register for courses.

Academic Forgiveness

Effective Autumn Semester 2011

  • A University of Montana – Missoula undergraduate, seeking their first undergraduate degree, who returns to the university after a minimum absence of three years and completes 30 credits of academic study with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is eligible for Academic Forgiveness.
  • Academic Forgiveness allows a student who has met the requirements in statement #1 to select a prior semester or semesters he/she wishes to have excluded from calculation in the cumulative GPA. The semester(s) chosen must have occurred prior to his/her return to the university.
  • Receiving Academic Forgiveness for a semester or semesters results in all credits and grades earned in the semester to be excluded from the student’s GPA calculation. A student will not be allowed to select specific grades and credits to retain while excluding others earned within the same semester. The excluded courses and grades will remain on the transcript; however, they may not be used to fulfill any university requirements.
  • Only University of Montana – Missoula grades and credits will be excluded.
  • All excluded courses are still counted as attempted courses in determining if a student is meeting the Pace standard of the financial aid satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy. If the terms being forgiven include courses a student previously passed the result could be that the student would now be out of compliance with the SAP policy and would have to do a financial aid appeal to have aid eligibility reinstated
  • A student will be granted Academic Forgiveness only one time.
  • Students who receive Academic Forgiveness will be bound by the University Catalog in effect at the time of their return to The University or any subsequent catalog in accordance with University policy.
  • Students wishing to apply for Academic Forgiveness will contact the Registrar’s Office for the appropriate form. The Registrar’s Office will be responsible for verifying eligibility and notifying the student of approval.
  • Other options exist for students who have not left the university, such as course repeat, withdrawals, and other mechanisms listed under academic policies in this catalog.

Students wishing to apply for Academic Forgiveness may obtain the form at the GrizCentral registration counter, or via the registrar’s website at http://www.umt.edu/registrar/

Academic Support Services

Many programs at The University of Montana-Missoula offer services to help students who are experiencing academic difficulty. Faculty academic advisors assist in academic planning and make appropriate referrals to other services as necessary. Students with declared majors are assigned a faculty advisor by the relevant Department Chair. Students who are Undeclared, pre-Nursing, or a pre-major in Psychology, Communication Studies, or Business are assigned a professional advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center located in the Lommasson Center.

Coursework is available to help students in specific areas. Developmental math and writing courses are delivered by the College of Technology, and include M 65 prealgebra, M 90 Introductory Algebra, M 95 Intermediate Algebra, and WRIT 95 Developmental Writing. Curriculum and Instruction 160 and AASC 101 focus on study skills, and Freshman Seminar UNC 101 and AASC 100 (Introduction to University Experience) provide an overview of university systems and processes. The Financial Aid Office, the Counseling Center, the Curry Health Center, the Career Services, and the Clinical Psychology Center provide one-to-one counseling to help with financial issues, personal concerns, and career and major choices.

Several tutoring programs are available to all students (http://www.umt.edu/tutoring). STUDY JAM provides early evening group study tables in the UC Commons for selected courses (e.g., Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Spanish, Economics, and Statistics). The Writing Center supports students in becoming more effective writers and provides tutoring at several locations across campus (www.umt.edu/writingcenter; 406-243-2266). The Math Learning Centers provide tutoring at all levels of math coursework in two drop-in math tutoring centers. Math PiLOT oversees the ALEKS online placement testing for math and advises students who may be struggling in a math course. College of Technology students may receive tutoring in math, writing and a variety of other subjects through the Academic Support Center. The Counseling Center offers workshops on a variety of topics designed to enhance student academic performance.

For students who qualify, TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program offering academic support services, including one-on-one academic advising, career search and counseling (using a national career database), mentoring for Native American students, a two-credit study skills class, and tutoring at no cost. To qualify, a student must meet one of the following criteria: first-generation (neither parent has completed a four-year college degree), financial need based on family income (usually met if receiving a Pell grant), or a documented disability. For more information, visit TRiO at Lommasson Center 154, call 406-243-5032, or log on to http://www.umt.edu/triosss/.

The Academic Support Center (ASC) on the College of Technology campus offers a variety of services to support and enhance students' academic success. Students can receive tutoring in math, writing and numerous other areas. Skills assessments, accommodated test services and make-up testing are also offered at the ASC. Working with the Retention Coordinator students can develop study skills, participate in academic coaching and other student support activities, as well as complete the reinstatement process activities if necessary. For information related to these services, contact the ASC at 243-7826 or the Retention Coordinator at 243-7878.

Plagiarism Warning

Plagiarism is the representing of another's work as one's own. It is a particularly intolerable offense in the academic community and is strictly forbidden. Students who plagiarize may fail the course and may be remanded to Academic Court for possible suspension or expulsion. (See Student Conduct Code that follows in this section of the catalog.)

Students must always be very careful to acknowledge any kind of borrowing that is included in their work. This means not only borrowed wording but also ideas. Acknowledgment of whatever is not one's own original work is the proper and honest use of sources. Failure to acknowledge whatever is not one's own original work is plagiarism.

Student Conduct Code

The Student Conduct Code, embodying the ideals of academic honesty, integrity, human rights and responsible citizenship, governs all student conduct at The University of Montana-Missoula. Student enrollment presupposes a commitment to the principles and policies embodied in this Code. The Student Conduct Code sets forth University jurisdiction, student rights, standards of academic and general student conduct, disciplinary sanctions for breach of the standards of student conduct and procedures to be followed in adjudicating charges of both academic and general misconduct. The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for procedural administration of the Student Conduct Code for all general conduct. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for all academic conduct. Copies of the Student Conduct Code can be obtained from the offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Residence Life, and Associated Students of The University of Montana-Missoula (ASUM). The Student Conduct Code also can be accessed from the internet at http://life.umt.edu/vpsa/student_conduct.php.

General Information

Maximum Credit Load

Generally, an undergraduate student should register for no more than 21 credits during a semester.  The credit load would include physical education activity courses, and also remedial courses (those numbered below 100), credits from which do not count toward a certificate or degree.

Permission to enroll for more than the maximum credit load given above may be approved by the student's faculty advisor.

Full-Time Student Defined

Undergraduate Students

    Full Time:             12 or more enrolled credits

   1/2 Time:                6 -11 enrolled credits

   <1/2 Time:          5 or fewer enrolled credits

   Not Enrolled:     0 enrolled credits (withdrawn/graduated, etc.)

Graduate Students

   *Full Time:             9 or more enrolled credits

   1/2 Time:                6 – 8 enrolled credits

   <1/2 Time:          5 or fewer enrolled credits.

   Not enrolled:     0 enrolled credits (withdrawn/graduated, etc.)

   *  One credit of PSYX 638 Clinical Psychology Internship per semester is equivalent to full-time enrollment for students in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program. 

In most baccalaureate programs a student must earn at least 15 credits per semester to graduate in a four year period. One and two year programs usually require enrollment in between 15 and 19 credits per semester.

Classification of Undergraduate Students

The undergraduate student is classified as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior based on the number of credits earned. The student who has earned fewer than 30 credits is a freshman. The student who has earned at least 30 credits but fewer than 60 is a sophomore, and the student who has earned at least 60 credits but fewer than 90 credits is a junior. The student who has earned 90 or more credits is classified a senior.

Dean's List (Honor Roll)

To qualify for the Dean's List, students must be undergraduates, must earn a semester grade average of 3.50 or higher, and receive grades of A or B in at least 9 credits. No grades of C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, NC or NCR are allowed.

Repeating a Course

Effective Autumn semester 2009, the following new course repeat fee structure was implemented:

  • 1st repeat - $25.00
  • 2nd repeat - $35.00
  • 3rd repeat - $50.00

The fee is assessed when a single course is repeated. The repeat fee is assessed for all students who repeat courses, not just those wanting to replace a grade for a course they took previously. Exemptions from the fee will be allowed for individuals with disabilities or financial hardship based upon recommendations from the Office of Disability Services or the Financial Aid Office.  

Initial grades will be marked as repeated and remain on the transcript, but they will not be used to in the GPA calculation.  Grades of AUD, I, N, NC, NCR, NP, NF, W, WP, or WF may not be used to replace grades. An F grade will be used to replace grades.  If the last grade received is an F, no credit is given for previous passing grades. All courses repeated remain on the permanent record but only the last grade received is used to determine credits earned. Only the last grade received is used in calculating the grade point average.

If students receiving federal financial aid repeat a course previously passed they can only receive financial aid to do so a second time. On a third attempt the course will not be counted in the enrollment status for determining aid eligibility.

If enrollment in a course is closed, a student who is repeating or auditing the course may be required by the instructor to drop the course. This rule grants enrollment preference to those students attempting to register for the course for the first time for credit. It is the responsibility of the student who is not allowed to remain in the course to formally drop the course to avoid a failing grade for that course.

Repeating a course in the School of Law is governed by a different policy. See the School of Law section of this catalog.

Credit By Examination

Under certain circumstances, a currently registered student may receive credit by examination for a course in which he or she has not been regularly enrolled. The student must have a minimum cumulative grade average of 2.00 and an entering freshman must present a high school scholastic record equivalent to a 2.00 grade average to be eligible to earn credit by examination in any course.

Each school or department may determine those courses, if any, for which credit may be earned by examination. The dean of the school or the chair of the department must approve any arrangements prior to testing for such credit. On the successful completion of an examination, the department notifies the Registrar's Office. There are no fees for this type of credit by examination and grading may be credit/no credit or traditional letter grade.

Additional information can be found in the catalog under the Admissions, General Information section or at: http://admissions.umt.edu/admissions/freshman/advanced-credits

Course Numbering System

  • 001-099 Courses below college level. Credit not allowed toward a degree.
  • 100-199 Primarily for freshmen.
  • 200-299 Primarily for sophomores.
  • 300-399 Primarily for juniors.
  • 400-499 Primarily for seniors.
  • 500-699 Primarily for graduate students.
  • Senior (5th year) courses in Pharmacy are numbered 500 to 599.
  • 800 cross-listed courses, used for secondary or other listing.

Undergraduates in Graduate Courses

Post-baccalaureates and seniors holding a 3.0 (or greater) grade point average may, with consent of instructor, enroll in 500-level courses for undergraduate credit. Variance from these requirements cannot be petitioned.

Credit

Credit is defined in terms of semester hours. In general, 1 semester hour credit is allowed for 1 hour of lecture each week of the semester, or an average of 2 hours of laboratory each week of the semester. 

In determining semester hour recommendations, evaluators use the following guidelines:

  1. One semester credit hour for each 15 hours of classroom contact plus 30 hours of outside preparation or the equivalent; or
  2. One semester credit hour for each 30 hours of laboratory work plus necessary outside preparation or its equivalent, normally expected to be 15 hours; or
  3. One semester credit hour for not less than 45 hours of shop instruction (contact hours) or the equivalent.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

"Pre-requisite" indicates that the course(s) or requirement(s) described must have been met/satisfactorily completed (grade of C- or better, unless otherwise specified in the course description in the catalog) before the student may take the course that requires the listed pre-requisite. Failure to complete satisfactorily the pre-requisite will result in the student being dropped from the course which requires the pre-requisite. If credit for a pre-requisite was earned via the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination Program, the AP score is recorded on a student's academic record with a grade of "CR* (prior to Autumn Semester 2012), or a score of AP3, AP4, or AP5 (Autumn Semester 2012 and thereafter). "Co-requisite" indicates the course or courses must be taken concurrently (in the same academic term) with the course described. In some cases a co-requisite may be completed prior to the semester in which the course that requires the co-requisite is taken.

Cross-listed and Equivalent Courses

Some courses are offered jointly by two or more departments. In such cases, the course description will provide information for registration. As of Autumn Semester 2013, a select group of cross-listed courses were being offered as part of a continuing pilot study authorized by the Office of The Commissioner of Higher Education and the faculty of the university.

In certain cases, a course description indicates credit is not allowed for a particular course and for another course offered by a different department. These courses are very similar in content, although offered separately, and credit is not allowed toward a degree for both courses.

Technical Courses

A few courses at the Missoula College are shown with a course number suffix of "T" and are primarily technical in nature. The courses will be required in a specific Certificate of Applied Science program or a specific Associated of Applied Science program or professional industry certificate offered by the College. Up to 15 credits of vocational-technical course work from regionally accredited schools are accepted as free elective in transfer toward an AA, AS, or baccalaureate program.  Up to 20 credits may transfer for students completing an AAS degree. Refer to vocational technical credits in the Admissions section or Credit Maximums section. 

Cancellation of Courses

The University reserves the right to cancel any course due to low enrollment.

Common Course Numbering - Montana University System

All universities, 4-year and 2-year colleges that are part of the Montana University System are now required to use the same course numbering for undergraduate courses. With common course numbering, transfer students can be reassured that they will receive credit for undergraduate courses taken at another Montana institution, as long as the admitting institution offers that same course. This transparency will make it easier for students to continue their higher education at any state-supported campus.

Effective Autumn Semester 2009, all units of the Montana University System (MUS) began to offer classes using new subject abbreviations and new numbers that are common across all MUS units. Subject areas and numbers continue to be renumbered as of the publication of this catalog. Information regarding Common Course Numbering at the University of Montana is available at : http://www.umt.edu/newnumber/

Final Examinations

Final examinations for the semester are scheduled in two-hour segments, one for each course. The segments should be considered as class meetings to be treated by the instructor as he or she thinks educationally appropriate. The time scheduled for final examinations is the only time period during which final examinations are to be given. If an instructor elects not to give a final examination during the designated week, under no circumstances are final examinations to be given during the week preceding the scheduled final examination days.

Students may seek relief from writing more than two examinations during the same day. Students who are scheduled for more than two examinations may contact the appropriate faculty to arrange an alternate testing time during the scheduled final examination period. If satisfactory arrangements cannot be made, the student should seek the assistance of his or her dean.

Transcript of Academic Record

A transcript of a student's academic record may be obtained from the Registrar's Office in the Lommasson Center or the Registrar's Office at the College of Technology upon the written and signed request of the student. In compliance with federal and state laws designed to protect student privacy, transcripts are not released without the student's authorizing signature.

Transcripts are usually available within two to five working days after receipt of the signed request. There is a charge of $3.00 for each official transcript. Payment must be received before transcripts are released. Transcripts and other services are withheld if the student owes a debt to the University. Special handling requests require extra fees. Students may order an academic transcript on-line for a small additional fee. Additional information regarding ordering options and fees may be viewed via the Registrar's Website.

A student who enrolled after summer semester 1991 may view his or her academic record via the Internet at http://cyberbear.umt.edu.