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    College of Charleston
   
 
  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog (As of 08-20-17)

Academic Regulations



Academic Policies

Note 1: In order to receive any correspondence from the Graduate School, students must have their current address on file with the Graduate School Office. Students may update their addresses on MyCharleston.

Note 2: All Graduate School business will be conducted via e-mail only through a student’s CofC Cmail e-mail address. Students should set up a Cmail account upon acceptance to the Graduate School.

Note 3: Policies and calendars apply to all students, regardless of the mode of delivery of a course.

Degree Requirements

Cumulative GPA

Students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 in order to earn a credential (degree or certificate).

Graduate Residence Requirement

Each graduate degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours for completion.  Exceptions are permitted only for previously approved concurrent graduate programs or for combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs at the College of Charleston.

At least one-third of the credit hours required for a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree must be earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree. Students seeking a graduate degree from the University of Charleston, South Carolina at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum of one-third of the credits required for the degree through instruction delivered by the University of Charleston, South Carolina at the College of Charleston.  Individual graduate programs may require more than one-third of required credit hours to be completed through instruction delivered by the University of Charleston, South Carolina at the College of Charleston. See specific Program Requirements  for additional information.

Joint Program Residency Requirement

To receive an academic award in an approved joint program, students must earn one-third or more of the credits through each institution’s own direct instruction.

Founding Documents Requirement

As required by South Carolina statute (Sect. 59-29-120 and Sect. 59-29-130), all credential-seeking (degree or certificate) students must complete instruction in the essentials of the Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, and the Constitution and achieve satisfactory performance on an accompanying examination. The form and content of the instruction as well as the examination are developed and approved by the faculty of the College of Charleston. This requirement must only be satisfied once at the College of Charleston. Satisfactory performance on the examination is required for graduation regardless of the credential awarded.

Catalog Year Policy

Students must fulfill the program requirements, and must abide by the academic regulations in effect at the time of their matriculation in the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina. Matriculation is defined as the first term of credential-seeking (degree or certificate) enrollment or first term of readmission into a graduate program. This catalog year remains fixed during the period of time a student is continuously enrolled. Students must fulfill the program requirements in the catalog at the time of program declaration. Requirements for concentrations associated with a program are attached to the catalog year of that program. If students are enrolled in multiple programs, they must fulfill the program requirements consistent with the catalog year declared for each program. Continuously enrolled students have the option to update their catalog year to the current year for each program.

Students can submit a request to update their catalog year to the current term for a program of study by contacting the Graduate School Office, but should consult with their program director before doing so.

Time Limit Requirements

Each master’s degree and graduate certificate program limits the time in which candidates may earn their degree. The time begins with the semester of a student’s initial enrollment as credential-seeking at The Graduate of School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina. All work credited toward the M.Ed. and M.A.T. degrees in education must be completed within six academic years. Marine biology candidates have four academic years to complete their degree. All other master’s degree candidates must complete their degree within five academic years. Students in the statistics and operations research graduate certificates have three academic years to complete their programs. All other certificate students must complete their programs within five academic years. Students who interrupt their studies, except for those with an approved Leave of Absence, are bound by the original time period.

It is the expectation of the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C., that graduate degrees and certificate programs will be completed within the announced time limits.  In rare cases, extensions beyond the stated time period may be requested and should include a detailed explanation supporting the extension and a proposed timeline for completion.  Extensions must be approved in writing by the program director and the dean of the Graduate School.

Concentration Policy

Some graduate degree programs offer enhancements to a student’s program of study in the form of discipline concentrations. A concentration consists of 18 credit hours or more. Emphasis areas that consist of fewer than 18 credit hours will not be listed on a student’s transcript.

Cohort Instructional Models

At the College of Charleston, some graduate programs have adopted variations on a cohort-based instructional model.  In cohort-based programs, students typically are admitted once a year in a specific academic term and take most or all of the same courses with the members of their cohort.  Students in cohort groups may also be asked to complete many or all of the same co-curricular activities (e.g., field experiences).  It is expected that all students in a cohort will proceed through the program together. 

In rare cases, a cohort-based graduate program may choose to permit leaves of absence or recommend admission or readmission for a graduate student who will not join an entering student cohort or rejoin her or his former student cohort.  Such exceptions to the cohort instructional model of a specific graduate program are not guaranteed.

The College of Charleston Board of Trustees may choose to adopt special tuition and fees for membership in certain cohort-based graduate programs.

Cohort-based graduate programs may choose to publish additional and approved procedures or other details regarding admissions to or the management of their graduate cohorts.

Thesis Requirements

A thesis is a permanent record of information gained through extensive study and research. It is the culmination of the student’s efforts, coupled with those of his or her advisor and thesis committee.

The thesis reflects upon the credibility of all parties involved: the student, the advisor and committee, the School in which the student is enrolled, and the College of Charleston.

Because a thesis is a public document, archived in the College of Charleston library and available to the public as well as to scholars worldwide, a high degree of consistency is necessary. Thesis regulations common to all programs include margins, fonts and disposition of copies. These common requirements can be found in the Graduate School’s thesis manual. Documentation, length and other matters that are discipline-dependent will differ from field to field and will be found in individual master’s program thesis guides.

Degree Works Degree Audit

Degree Works is an online degree audit application and academic advisement tool that provides a clear and convenient method to track degree progress. It is intended to assist students in reaching their academic goals and better understand degree requirements. Degree Works is designed to aid and facilitate academic advising, but is not intended to replace face-to-face advising sessions, the Graduate Catalog, or the Graduate School.

Students and their advisors have access to Degree Works via their MyCharleston portal account.

  • Current Students:  Degree Works is located on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.
  • Faculty/Staff:  Degree Works is located on the Advising tab in MyCharleston.

The degree audit is an unofficial check of the requirements to be completed and the requirements remaining. While unofficial, it should be an accurate reflection of progress in meeting degree requirements. If a student believes there is an error with the degree audit, it is the student’s responsibility to print/screenshot a copy of the audit and contact the Graduate School and the Program Director. Students make seek instruction from Program Directors if assistance is needed.

Curriculum Substitutions or Exceptions

Students are responsible for knowing and understanding academic policy, program requirements, and degree requirements. Only under extraordinary circumstances will faculty permit substitutions or exceptions to the curriculum published in the catalog. Exceptions cannot be made for a department/program’s curriculum rules, and waivers cannot be made for GPA requirements, for program or degree minimum credit hour requirements, or for academic regulations published in the catalog.

Students requesting a substitution or exception should consult with the program director and chair of the department(s). Program directors may submit a request for a substitution or exception consistent with the Guidelines for Evaluating Curriculum Exception Requests by initiating a “petition for exception” in Degree Works. The petition will be reviewed and approved or denied and the student notified of the decision via the College-issued email account. All curriculum substitutions or exceptions are recorded in the student’s permanent record along with the name of the approving authority. In cases where a petition is denied and a student wishes to appeal, materials will be forwarded to the Provost’s Office. The Associate Provost for Curriculum, acting on behalf of the Provost, will review the petition and appeal and render a final decision.

Program directors proposing substitutions should ensure that substituted courses are equivalent of the requirement in course content and rigor. An exception will not be made for something which can be achieved with a catalog year update.

Application for Graduation/Completion of Degree Requirements

Candidates for a graduate degree or certificate must submit an Application for Graduation by the dates communicated and advertised by the Graduate School Office. If a candidate fails to complete his or her degree requirements, the graduation application must be canceled at least two weeks before the end of the semester. The application must be resubmitted in the semester the requirements are completed. Students must also pay a graduation fee at the time of submission or resubmission of the application. Fees may be paid via eBill in MyCharleston or at the Treasurer’s Office. Students must be enrolled either in courses or at least one hour of continuous enrollment in the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Degree Conferral Dates

There are three degree conferral dates (when degrees are awarded/posted):

  1. Fall is in December
  2. Spring is in May
  3. Summer is in August (regardless of the summer session in which requirements are completed).

The exact dates vary but coincide with the end of each term.

In the Classroom

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar at the College of Charleston is approved by Academic Affairs and the Office of the President. The academic year will be based on three major terms, fall, spring and summer. Fall and spring will each have 14 weeks of class time and a final examination period. Each fall and spring term will also be divided evenly into two express sessions, Express I and Express II. The summer term is divided into four parts of term entitled Maymester, Extended Summer, Summer I, and Summer II. Each full term or part of term class will have meeting times configured and assigned for a minimum of 700 minutes per credit hour. The Academic Calendar is published on the Registrar’s Office website as soon as it is approved.

The Academic Calendar can be found online at http://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php.

Class Attendance

Because class attendance is crucial for any course, students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory meetings of each course in which they enroll. Instructors maintain the authority to determine how absences will be addressed, which should be detailed in their attendance policies. Participation in college-sponsored activities, where students are official representatives of the College of Charleston, may result in absence(s). Instructors will recognize absences in which students are official representatives of the College of Charleston (such as intercollegiate academic or athletic team competition, or academic program sanctioned research presentation or artistic performance) as excused.

During the first week of classes, instructors will announce and distribute their attendance policies, including criteria to be used in determining excused absences. Instructors determine whether absences are excused or unexcused for the purposes of participation grades, in-class assignments, and laboratories. Regarding formal graded work (such as exams, presentations, papers), instructors will make “reasonable accommodations” when a student misses class for an event at which s/he is an official representative of the College of Charleston. Examples of reasonable accommodations might include: rescheduling an exam, altering presentation times, or flexibility in assignment submission dates. Students are required to submit documentation of their College representation-related commitment from the appropriate College authority at least one week prior to the scheduled absence in order to be eligible for reasonable accommodations by the instructor. Regardless of any accommodation granted, students are responsible for satisfying all academic objectives, requirements, and prerequisites as defined by the instructor and the College.

Instructors ascertain whether both excused and unexcused absences count in determining the basis for a grade of “WA,” which stands for “withdrawn excessive absences” and is equivalent to a failing grade. If attendance is used for grading purposes, the instructor is responsible for keeping accurate attendance records. If a student has more than the maximum allowed absences as defined in the course syllabus, the professor may assign a “WA.” Instructors are required to submit an electronic “WA” form (located in MyCharleston faculty tab) to the Registrar on or before the last meeting day of the class. The Registrar will then send an email notification to the student. The student is responsible for keeping personal addresses and contact information current through the Office of the Registrar. All students, whether absent or not, are responsible for all information disseminated in the course.

Attendance Verification

Only students officially registered (graded or auditing) for a course may attend class. During the two weeks following the drop/add deadline, faculty will verify student enrollments in every course, including individual enrollments (e.g. independent study, internship, tutorial, bachelor’s essay). Any student appearing on the class roll but determined not to have attended the class even once will be removed. A student attending class but not appearing on the official class roll must be added to the class no later than the close of Attendance Verification as listed on the Academic Calendar. Additions to the Grade Roll forms can be found under the Faculty Tab in MyCharleston. Additions to the roll after the deadline will require the permission of the Provost.

Semester Hours (Credit Hours)

The credit that a student earns by the satisfactory completion of work in any academic course is measured in units called semester credit hours. A credit hour is defined by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education as a unit of measure representing an hour (50 minutes) of instruction over a 14-week period in a semester. One credit of lecture is equivalent to 50 minutes of instructional class time. One credit of lab is equivalent to 180 minutes of instructional class time. Four credit lecture/lab courses are equivalent to 330 minutes of instructional class time (150 minutes lecture/180 minutes lab).

Enrollment Status

Pursuant to 34(CFR 668.2(b), Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to enrollment status, the institution may define full time status for graduate programs. All other enrollment statuses are calculated based on this value. For purposes of compliance with these federal regulations, the College of Charleston has established the following graduate level requirements effective with the 2014 fall semester:

Full-Time = 6 or more credit hours
Three-Quarter Time = 4-5 credit hours
Half-Time = 3 credit hours
Less Than Half Time = 1-2 credit hours

Graduate students must be enrolled in 3 or more graduate credit hours to be considered for federal student aid and to qualify for in-school deferment on prior loans. Graduate students must plan their graduate enrollment accordingly.

Continuous Enrollment

A student who is in the process of completing a research or thesis project or is using library and laboratory facilities and consulting with College of Charleston faculty must maintain continuous enrollment in the program. Continuous enrollment can be maintained by enrollment in a minimum of one hour of graduate credit per semester, excluding Maymester and summer school. The continuous enrollment will entitle the graduate student to a valid ID card, full access to the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, and such support from faculty and facilities of the Graduate School as the student’s program of study necessitates.

In order to be registered in continuous enrollment hours, a student must complete the proper form and submit it to the Graduate School Office. Continuous enrollment hours cannot be used to meet degree requirements and will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

The Grading System

Students may access their grades through http://my.cofc.edu. Students receive letter grades for every course in which they enroll. Each letter grade and its equivalent numerical quality point value are listed below. This grading system is determined by the level of the student - not the course.

Letter Grade Quality Points
A Superior 4.000
B+ Very Good 3.500
B Good 3.000
C+ Fair 2.500
C Acceptable 2.000
F Failure 0.000
XXF Failure Due to Academic Dishonesty 0.000
RA-RF Repeat; include GPA/exclude hours*  

The statute of limitations for grade changes is two calendar years from the original grade submission deadline. After this period of time has elapsed, no grade issued to a student may be changed. Requests for any change of grade should be initiated by the faculty member who assigned the grade. All requests must be adequately documented. Grades will not be changed for a student, once that student has graduated and the degree has been posted.  In cases of submitted grade dispute grievances that extend beyond the posting of the degree date, the Provost (or the Provost’s designee) may make exceptions to this policy.  The decision of the Provost is final.

 
Status Indicator
PR Presently Registered
TR Transfer Course
I Incomplete
W Withdrawn
AU Audit
P Passed
NP Not Passed
NG No grade required
NR No grade reported
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory

A “PR” indicates that no grade has been reported because the student has just registered for a future semester or the coursework is actually in progress.

The designation “I” indicates that only a small part of the semester’s work remains to be done, that the student is otherwise doing satisfactory work in the course, and that an extension of time is warranted to complete the course. The designation of “I” also signifies that an agreement has been established between professor and student as to the quantity of work remaining to be done, the deadlines established for its completion, and a schedule of meeting times. It is recommended that this agreement be made in writing with both professor and student having a copy. All work for completion of the course requirements must be submitted by the end of exams in the next major term (Fall or Spring). One additional extension may be granted to the student using the Course Completion Agreement form with signatures of approval by both the professor and the Dean of the Graduate School. If the student does not complete the work within the prescribed time period, the “I” is changed to an “F” and the student will be dismissed from the Graduate School and will not be allowed to reapply to his or her program or to enroll in any graduate coursework counting toward any graduate degree or graduate certificate at the College of Charleston for one calendar year.

A “W” is not a grade. A “W” indicates that a course was started but not completed.

A “P” carries only earned hours; does not carry quality hours or quality points.

An “AU” indicates that the student is auditing. Audited coursework carries attempted hours but no quality points, no quality hours, and no earned hours, and carries full fees and tuition. Please see the “Auditing Courses” section of the catalog.

The grade of “XXF” is intended to indicate that a student failed a course for academic dishonesty. For serious and intentional violations of the Honor Code, the faculty member for the course involved will be instructed by the Honor Board to assign the grade of “XXF.” The grade “XXF” shall be recorded on the student’s transcript with the notation “failure due to academic dishonesty.” A student may petition the Honor Board for removal of the “XXF” after two years. The implementation of the “XXF” grade strengthens the College’s commitment to academic integrity.

*RA-RF see the Course Repetition Policy

“NP” Grades

The grade of “NP” is recorded if a student does not pass (“P”) one of the following clinical practice courses:

Not passing (“NP”) will be recorded on the transcript, but will carry no grade points and will not be used in calculating the GPA.

Auditing Courses

Permission to audit a regular academic course must be received from the instructor teaching the course. This authorization will be given only if there is a seat available in the class. An audit must be declared no later than the end of the drop/add period; a student may switch from grade-to-audit status or audit-to-grade status only within the drop/add period.

An audit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record at the Graduate School. Faculty may set attendance and/or other requirements for audit students; an audit may be revoked if the student does not comply with these requirements. Auditing forms are available on the Graduate School’s website. Full tuition is charged for an audited course.

Grade Point Average

Satisfactory Graduate GPA

Degree-seeking and certificate graduate students of The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina are required to maintain a 3.000 grade point average (GPA) in their graduate coursework. In addition, some students may have specified GPAs for undergraduate coursework required by their graduate programs.

GPA Calculation

The GPA is calculated on the basis of all graduate coursework identified in a student’s program of study, as well as any additional coursework that is acceptable to the degree program. Decisions concerning an academic action such as probation, academic dismissal and graduation will be based on the courses and GPA as described above.

Transcripts

The transcript is the record of a student’s enrollment at College of Charleston, including all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed at the College.  Grades and coursework from previous institutions are not listed on the transcript.  Only the total number of hours for accepted transfer credits are displayed.

An official transcript represents the end-product of a student’s academic record and is designed for use by outside entities.  It is printed on security paper containing the Registrar’s signature and University Seal or delivered electronically with Registrar’s signature and University Seal through a secured site.

Official transcripts may be mailed, sent electronically (when available) or picked up at the College of Charleston.  Please visit http://registrar.cofc.edu/transcripts/official-transcripts.php for pricing and additional information on requesting an official transcript.

An unofficial transcript is intended for use by the student. Unofficial transcripts may be viewed by students through MyCharleston free of charge. 

  • Login to MyCharleston
  • Select either the Academic Services or the Alumni tab
  • Look for the Transcripts channel
  • Click the View Unofficial Academic Transcript link

Degree and Enrollment Certifications

Enrollment Verifications

Current students may obtain certification of enrollment (or proof of full-time enrollment) for insurance, scholarship and loan purposes by logging into MyCharleston and selecting “Enrollment Verification” from the Banner Self-Service menu. Enrollment verifications are available immediately following the drop-add deadlines for spring and fall terms. Questions about verifications should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

The process for obtaining proof of enrollment is as follows:

  1. Login to MyCharleston (my.cofc.edu).
  2. On the Academic Services tab, click on Banner Self-Service in the Banner Self-Service channel.  Click on the Student folder and then Student Records.  Choose Enrollment Verification.
  3. This will take you to the National Student Clearinghouse website. Please follow the instructions for obtaining your proof of enrollment.

Degree Verifications

The College of Charleston has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to act as our agent for providing Degree Verifications.  Degree Verifications can be ordered by visiting www.degreeverify.org.

Alumni should also note that awarded degree information is also reflected on an official transcript.  For information on ordering an official transcript, please visit our Official Transcripts site.

The Office of the Registrar at the College of Charleston does not generate customized letters verifying information otherwise available through National Student Clearinghouse or on an official transcript.  If you require additional information that is not available on your official transcript or from the National Student Clearinghouse, please contact the Office of the Registrar

Course Repetition Policy

A passed course (grade of “C” or better) may not be repeated for credit without express permission of the student’s program director and Dean of the Graduate School. And a passed course may be repeated only once, regardless of the outcome. A subsequent registration will result in a drop. Students may repeat any course they have previously failed. The grade for the repeated course, as well as the previous grade (whether passing or failing), will be computed into the student’s cumulative GPA and recorded on the student’s transcript. Repetition of passed courses will not increase earned hours, but students will receive quality hours and quality points in order to calculate the grade of the repeated course into the overall GPA. Repeated course grades are displayed on a student’s transcript with an “R” preceding the letter grade (e.g. RA, RB+, RB, RC+, RC, RF).

Scholarship students (academic and athletic), financial aid students, and veterans may repeat courses under this policy; however, they should check with the Departments of Financial Aid to see how this will affect their eligibility.

Registration through MyCharleston for repeated duplicate courses can only occur if the student completes a Graduate Repeat Course Override Request Form with the approval signature of the program director and submit it to the Graduate School Office. The form can be found on the Graduate School’s website and on the Academic Services tab of MyCharleston. The form will then be routed to the Registrar’s Office for final processing.

General Repeat Rules

  • Cross-Listed Courses: A student may not take cross-listed courses and receive credit for both courses.
  • Special Topics and Individual Enrollment Courses: A student in some cases may have limitations on the credits repeatable in specific special topics or individual enrollment courses. See individual department listings and course descriptions for further information.

Academic Probation

Graduate students at the Graduate School are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 on a scale of 4.000 in their programs. Degree-seeking candidates and graduate certificate students whose GPA falls below 3.000 will be placed on academic probation. Students who are on probation must raise their averages to a satisfactory level (3.000 or better) upon attempting three additional courses in their program or within 1.5 academic years, whichever comes first. During the probationary period, students must also demonstrate that they are making progress by maintaining or improving their grade point averages.

Students whose averages remain below a 3.000 after attempting three additional courses or within 1.5 academic years after being placed on probation will be dismissed from the Graduate School and will not be allowed to reapply to their programs or to enroll in any graduate coursework counting toward any graduate degree or graduate certificate at the College of Charleston for one calendar year.

Academic Dismissal

Students receiving three grades below the grade of “B” or one grade of “F” in their programs regardless of their grade point average will be withdrawn from the Graduate School and will not be allowed to reapply to their programs or to enroll in any graduate coursework counting toward any graduate degree or graduate certificate at the College of Charleston for one calendar year.

Because a grade of “NP” is considered to be a failing grade and unsatisfactory completion of a program requirement, should a student earn a grade of “U” in a thesis, research, or internship class, the student will be dismissed.

For M.A.T. students who earn a grade of “unsatisfactory” in Clinical Practice, a letter will be placed in the student’s file indicating whether the student can attempt the clinical internship a second time. If the student is not allowed to attempt clinical internship a second time, the student will be removed from the degree program and will not earn an M.A.T. from the College of Charleston. The student will also not receive a recommendation to the State Department of Education for certification.

Other criteria such as progress toward completing a thesis or requests for extensions of a program of study, etc., may be established by individual programs. Students who fail to meet the standards of their programs for satisfactory academic progress may be withdrawn from their programs.

Appeals

Students who have been removed from their graduate programs because of failure to resolve GPA or satisfactory progress issues may appeal these decisions in writing to the Dean of the Graduate School (or the Dean’s designee). Written appeals should contain all information pertinent to the issues with special circumstances clearly outlined. The necessary information on the appeal process can be found in the Student Handbook.

Withdrawing From Courses or Program

It is extremely important that any student withdrawing from a course either does so via MyCharleston during the regular withdrawal period or with a form from the Graduate School Office after the regular withdrawal period. Students who wish to withdraw from the Graduate School must complete a program withdrawal form as well as individual course withdrawal forms. These forms may be obtained from the Graduate School website.

Leave of Absence

In order to request a leave of absence, a student must fill out the appropriate form and submit it to the Graduate School for approval by the Dean of the Graduate School. Degree-seeking and certificate students may request a Leave of Absence for up to two complete major semesters.  A student who has requested and been approved for a Leave of Absence need not reapply for admission to the Graduate School unless the student does not re-enroll at the end of the approved absence. Those who do not apply for an official Leave of Absence, if absent for more than one semester, must reapply.  A Request for a Leave of Absence for medical reasons should contain medical documentation. The Graduate School will notify the student and the student’s Program Director regarding approval or disapproval of the requested Leave of Absence.

A Leave of Absence should be requested prior to the withdrawal deadline for the semester. If a student requests a Leave of Absence after the withdrawal deadline, a Request for Withdrawal After the Deadline Form should also be submitted. The student should drop any future courses that conflict with requested leave.

Students who request a Leave of Absence during the semester may be responsible for at least a portion of the tuition for the classes in which they are enrolled. Students should consult with the Treasurer’s Office regarding the withdrawal fee schedule and requests for refunds. The Graduate School will consult with the Dean of Students regarding requests for a Leave of Absence for psychological or behavioral health reasons. The Dean of Students may place a registration hold on the student and have certain conditions that must be met prior to the student’s return to classes.

Important note for financial aid recipients: Federal student loan recipients who cease half time enrollment status should inform the financial aid office at financialaid@cofc.edu and request information on student loan exit interview. Federal student loan recipients who are considering less than half time enrollment status for any reason are encouraged to visit with a financial aid counselor first to review the impact of this decision on their current or prior student loan repayment status.

Military Leave of Absence

The Graduate School will assist students who are members of the National Guard or Reserves ordered to serve in active military service, as well as military personnel currently on duty who are ordered away for an extended tour.  The Graduate School will extend this policy to students who may need to withdraw from classes or from the College because their spouse is called for active military duty.  A statement regarding the necessity of such an action by the spouse will be required for the enrolled student’s record.  The College wants to offer every opportunity to these students to resume their academic pursuits.  If courses were underway at the time of the call-up, then the College would like students to be able to complete them if enough of the coursework has been completed to make this feasible.  Our sincere intention is to ensure that active military duty in no way impedes the student’s academic record or costs the student financially.

Students who are called for active military service must provide a copy of their orders to the Graduate School and complete the Request for Military Leave of Absence form. Once a copy of the orders is received, the Graduate School office will:

  1. Process an immediate withdrawal from all classes for the current semester if the student indicates this course of action on the Military Leave of Absence form
  2. Grant an automatic Leave of Absence for the student
    1. Students who are in good academic standing will automatically be granted a Leave of Absence for up to three years - the time spent in military service will not count toward the student’s degree time limit requirement.
    2. Students who are on probation will automatically be granted a Leave of Absence for up to one year, but must meet with the their program directors about their academic status and their academic plans upon return from active duty.
  3. Notify the Treasurer of withdrawal because of military service. The Treasurer, based on the LOA and supporting documents, will credit the student account for the full amount of tuition and fees if the student withdraws from coursework. This may result in a credit balance, or for those students who have not paid the account in full, it may result in an offset to the balance owed. Any credit balance will be refunded in accordance with financial aid policies where applicable.
  4. Notify the Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs of withdrawal because of military service.

Non-Payment of Fees - Academic Year (Fall and Spring)

Students who have been dropped more than once from their classes for non-payment of fees after bills are due will have a hold placed on their account by the Treasurer’s Office. At this point, the student must go to the Treasurer’s Office to settle the bill before being put back in classes. Once the bill has been paid and the hold removed, the student must bring the receipt to the Graduate School Office in order to be re-enrolled.

Non-Payment of Fees - Summer School

Students will be dropped from their enrolled courses for non-payment of fees during summer terms. Students who have enrolled in summer classes, but who fail to attend, will be assessed a non-refundable $250 fee per course for failure to officially drop or withdraw from a course.