Academic Regulations: Fine, Performing and Communication Arts


Advising, Academic

Art: Fine Arts Courses, Multidisciplinary (FPC)

Attendance

Commencement

Dean's List

Exclusion

Graduation With Distinction

High School Preparation, Recommended

Probation, Academic

Program Load, Normal

Records, Retention of Student

For complete information regarding academic rules and regulations of the University, students should consult University Academic Offices, Services, and Regulations. The following additions and amendments apply to the College of Fine, Performing and Communi­cation Arts.

High School Preparation, Recommended

The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts strongly supports the University's recommendations concerning academic preparation. See High School Preparation, Recommended.

Attendance

Regular attendance and performance is necessary for success in college work. Each instructor, at the beginning of the course, will announce attendance requirements.

Program Load, Normal

The requirements for graduation are based upon an average pro­gram of fifteen credits per semester for eight semesters. The normal load shall not exceed eighteen credits.

Because two hours of outside preparation are normally expected for each class hour in each course, a fifteen credit program calls for approximately forty-five hours of class attendance and study per week. Students who undertake such a program should expect to give it their full time and energy. A few hours of employment a week may be safely added to this program by a capable student.

Records, Retention of Student

Term papers and examinations shall either be returned to the student or retained by the instructor for a minimum of six months. Thereafter they may be destroyed. Instructors shall retain grade books for at least five years following the end of a term, and instructors who leave the institution shall give grade books for courses conducted during the past five years to their department chairperson. Five years after the end of a course, grade books may be returned to the instructor or destroyed by the department.

Graduation With Distinction

Wayne State University bestows upon students completing the bac­calaureate degree three separate designations for scholastic excel­lence reflected in the cumulative grade point average: Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude. Graduation with Dis­tinction will be indicated on the student's diploma and on the tran­script.

Graduation with Distinction will recognize at each commencement the top twenty percent of students in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts who have earned the highest grade point average in the College with the following approximate distribution:

Top 5%: Summa Cum Laude
Next 5%: Magna Cum Laude
Next 10%: Cum Laude

The specific minimum grade point average for these distinctions will be determined each year in the following manner (except that it shall not be less than 3.0):

Based on the grade point average distributions of the previous year's senior class, the grade point average cut-offs for the College will be established for the current academic year.

The criteria for Graduation with Distinction include:

1. A minimum of sixty credits in residence at Wayne State University;

2. A minimum grade point average, as established above, on all work at Wayne State University completed by the end of the term of gradu­ation. (For notation in the Commencement Program, the grade point average on all work completed prior to the term of graduation will be used.)

Dean's List

The Dean's List of academically superior students is compiled each fall and winter term based on the following criteria: a 3.75 grade point average for students registered for full-time programs of twelve cred­its or more that contribute to the grade point base; and a 4.0 grade point average for students registered for between six and eleven credits. Students who receive marks of I WN or WF, or grades of N or U are not eligible. (For explanation of these marks and grades, see Records and Registration, Student.)

Probation, Academic

Low Grade Point Average

If a student's work averages below 2.0, the student will be placed on academic probation; see Probation, Undergraduate Academic. The student will be required to obtain permission from the University Advising Center before registering. Such permission will be granted only after an interview during which the student and advisor identify previous causes of failure and formulate a plan for future academic success.

Registration and Holds on Records

A student on academic probation has an academic probationary ‘hold' placed on his/her record, and must obtain a release of this hold each term before being permitted to register. To obtain this release, the student must see an academic advisor in the University Advising Center, as indicated above under ‘Low Grade Point Average.' The hold will not be released after the last day of the final registration period for the term in which the student intends to register.

Restriction

While on academic probation, a student may not represent the Col­lege in student activities.

Removal of Probation

Academic probation will be removed at the end of any term in which the student achieves an over-all average of 2.0 (C) or better for all degree work taken at the University.

Exclusion

Low Grade Point Average

A student on academic probation shall be allowed two subsequent terms for enrollment in probationary status. At the conclusion of the two terms, a student who has not achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 shall be excluded from the University. This exclusion may be reviewed by the Probation Committee of the Uni­versity Advising Center and the Dean upon the request of the stu­dent. A student excluded from the University may not apply for readmission for one calendar year.

Reinstatement

After one year of exclusion, the student may apply for reinstatement to the College. The reinstatement application must be returned to the University Advising Center at least two weeks prior to the first day of any registration period. The decision to reinstate the student will be based upon evidence presented by the student that circumstances have changed during the year and that the probability for success has increased.

Cheating and Plagiarism

The principle of honesty is recognized as fundamental to a scholarly community. Students are expected to honor this principle and instruc­tors are expected to take appropriate action when instances of aca­demic dishonesty are discovered. An instructor, on discovering such an instance, may give a failing grade on the assignment or for the course. Serious acts of dishonesty may lead to suspension or exclu­sion.

The instructor has the responsibility to notify the student of the alleged violation and the action being taken. Both the student and the instructor are entitled to academic due process in all such cases. Information on procedures is available through the Dean of Students Office.

Advising, Academic

The College provides comprehensive academic advising for each major in the department in which the major resides. In consultation with their academic advisor, students are expected to create an aca­demic plan of work and review their progress with the advisor on a regular basis. Freshmen and sophomores should meet with their academic advisor at least once each semester. Juniors and seniors should meet with their advisor at least once per year and should also be consulting with their faculty mentors. Students should always seek advising immediately if they are having difficulties in their academic work.

Commencement

All students must formally apply for degree certification by the dead­line established by the Office of the Registrar for the term of intended graduation.

Information concerning commencement announcements, caps and gowns, invitations, tickets, time and place, assembling and other rel­evant items will be provided to graduates by the Commencement Office prior to the event.