Academic Regulations


Appeal Procedure, Academic

Appeal Procedures, University

Attendance and Performance, Responsible

Auditing Courses

Conduct, Student Code of

Dual Enrollment

Dual Registration at the University of Michigan

Ethics, Student Academic

Examination, Credit by Special

Nepotism Policy, Academic

Obligations of Faculty and Students to the Instructional Process

Probation, Undergraduate Academic

Program Load, Normal

Repeating Courses — The mark of R

Rights and Responsibilities, Student

Senior Rule Graduate School Admission


Each student, except those in the annual Doctor of Medicine pro­gram, is required to register at the beginning of each term of atten­dance according to the procedure and schedule published in the official University Schedule of Classes (available on the web at Registration must be completed before the student may attend classes. For registration dates, the student should consult the Schedule of Classes.

Students wishing graduate credit must NOT register under ‘post-bachelor' status. This is an undergraduate classification in which graduate credit may NOT be earned.

Program Load, Normal

A full-time undergraduate student is one who is enrolled for twelve or more credits during a semester. The definition of a normal course load will vary depending upon the requirements of each program. In general, for completion of undergraduate degree requirements in four years, full-time students should average fifteen to eighteen credits each semester during the academic year. Undergraduate students may not elect more than eighteen credits per semester except by written consent of the Dean or advisor. Individual Schools and Col­leges may set credit restrictions below those specified here; for details see their respective sections of this bulletin.

Auditing Courses

To audit a course, a student must indicate that he/she wishes to audit the course rather than receive academic credit, at the time of regis­tration. Registration to audit a course is subject to the following regu­lations:

1. Students must pay the tuition assessment for the course, which is the same as if it were taken for academic credit;

2. A student is not permitted to take quizzes and examinations in audited courses;

3. A student may not normally change from audit status after register­ing for the course. In some cases, exceptions may be permitted during the term with the written recommendation of the instructor and the written approval of the Dean of the college/school in which the student is enrolled. The instructor's recommendation and Dean's approval must be included with the student's Drop/Add Form indicat­ing the desired change.

The Graduate School does not encourage students to audit gradu­ate-level courses.

Dual Enrollment

Undergraduate Election of a Graduate Course: Highly qualified undergraduate students may, under special circumstances, take a 7000-level course for undergraduate credit only. A written petition ini­tiated by the student's advisor must be approved by the graduate offi­cer of the School or College, the professor teaching the course, and the Dean of the Graduate School. The petition, with all required sig­natures, must be turned in at the time of registration.

Senior Rule Graduate School Admission 

In their last semester, undergraduate students with a 3.0 (or above) upper division grade point average who have completed all general education competencies (mathematics, basic composition, interme­diate composition, oral communication, critical thinking, and com­puter literacy), have the option of taking a limited number of graduate credits. Graduate credit is awarded only for those courses taken in excess of baccalaureate degree requirements. Undergraduate and graduate courses combined may not exceed sixteen credits for the final semester of baccalaureate degree course work. A Senior Rule student must register for at least one credit which is required for the undergraduate degree in order to be eligible for this status. Students who have completed all required courses for the baccalaureate degree may not obtain Senior Rule status. Completion of the Applica­tion for Graduate Admission form is required, and students are advised to consult their advisors and the Office of Graduate Enroll­ment Services. Application deadlines for Senior Rule admission are the same as for regular graduate admission. Students who qualify and are recommended by the Department or College will be admitted for one semester. Graduate admission will be regularized upon evi­dence that the student has completed all requirements for the bache­lor's degree.

The University permits a student to pay undergraduate fees for the graduate courses elected in a Senior Rule status. It is recommended that students elect only courses numbered 5000-6999 in their Senior Rule semester.

College of Nursing: Applicants must submit a graduate College of Nursing Application to the College's Office of Student Services, 225 Cohn, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202.

Dual Enrollment: Graduate students may register for undergraduate courses, however these courses will be recorded on the undergradu­ate transcript. All courses elected under this status will be assessed at the graduate rate. These courses cannot be used as graduate credit nor to meet requirements for any graduate degree.

Dual Registration at the University of Michigan

A student enrolled at either Wayne State University or the University of Michigan may elect a course or courses in the other institution if the course fits his/her program but is not available in his/her home institution. The student must have written approval of the department chairperson in his/her major area at the home college and the approval of his/her Dean. The election must also be approved by the department which offers the course. Students desiring to participate in Wayne State University - University of Michigan dual registration should obtain the necessary forms from the Office of the Registrar and pay the appropriate tuition at their home institution.

Repeating Courses — The mark of R


If an undergraduate student repeats a course and completes it with a grade of A, B, C, D, or E, the following rules will apply in posting the students cumulative record:

1. The grade, grade points and credits for an earlier attempt will be eliminated from the student's grade point average computation.

2. The grade, grade points and credits of only the latest repetition will be included in the student's grade point average computation.

3. An R on the student's academic record will replace the original grade in the course repeated under this rule. Thus, the indicator R will appear for all attempts in a course except the last.


If an undergraduate student repeats a course and completes it with a grade of A, A-minus, ANC, B-plus, B, B-minus, BNC, C-plus, C, C-minus, CNC, D-plus, D, D-minus, or E, the following rules will apply in posting the student's cumulative record:

1. The grade, grade points and credits for an earlier attempt will be eliminated from the student's grade point average computation.

2. The grade, grade points and credits of only the latest retake will be included in the student's grade point average computation.

3. The original grade in the course repeated under this rule will remain on the student's academic record. Earlier attempts will be flagged for exclusion in the g.p.a. calculation and the latest attempt will be flagged for inclusion in the g.p.a. calculation.


If an undergraduate student repeats a course and completes it with a grade of A, A-minus, ANC, B-plus, B, B-minus, BNC, C-plus, C, C-minus, CNC, D-plus, D, D-minus, or F, the following rules will apply in posting the student's cumulative record:

1. No student shall attempt to take a class more than four (4) times (for a definition of "attempt," see 5, below).

2. If a student anticipates an attempt to take a class for the third (3rd) time, he/she must meet with an academic advisor to receive permis­sion for this attempt.

3. If a student anticipates an attempt to take a class for the fourth (4th) time, he/she must obtain written permission from the chair (or his/her designee) of the department offering the course and the chair (or his/her designee) of the student's home department.

4. When a course is repeated, credit is only granted once. The last grade and credit hours for a repeated course are used in computing a student's grade point average and for awarding credit hours appli­cable for a degree even if lower than the previous grade. However, a grade of WP (Withdrawal/Passing, no credit) or WF (Withdrawal/Fail­ure, no credit) or I (Incomplete, no credit) will not replace a previous grade or credit hours for a course. All attempts to take a course will be recorded on a student's transcript, whatever the last grade and credit hours awarded may be.

5. Withdrawals, incompletes, as well as courses repeated in an effort to earn higher grades will count as attempts. If a student drops the class before a W would appear on the transcript, this is not counted as an attempt, i.e. the student does a drop or a drop/add to another course. If tuition has been assessed and the time for refunding tuition has passed but the time for having a W appear on the transcript has not, the tuition will not be refunded, but the registration will not count towards the allowed attempts.

6. Any student who has repeated three different courses must meet with an academic advisor for permission to repeat another course.

7. There shall be an appeals process to the dean's office of the col­leges offering the course and the student's home department.

After a degree has been granted, no grade computed in that degree may be changed.

If a post-bachelor status student repeats a course originally taken under regular undergraduate status, the repeat will in no way modify the earlier attempt. The second election, however, will be averaged in the grade point base.

School of Business Administration: No course in which a student has received a passing grade or mark may be repeated without the prior written approval of the Graduate Officer of the School of Business Administration.

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: No course may be repeated without the prior written consent of the advi­sor(s) delegated for each professional curriculum.

Examination, Credit by Special

Upon the recommendation of the Department Chairperson and with the written approval of the appropriate College or School office, a student may earn credit in a course in which he/she has not been regularly enrolled in this University, but which is offered by a Depart­ment, by passing a special examination. Credit by a special examina­tion is restricted as follows:

1. Not more than sixteen credits may be earned in any one subject.

2. Not more than thirty-two credits may be included in the minimum credits required for graduation.

3. Credit will be recorded with grade to indicate the level of perfor­mance in the examination but will not be considered in computing grade point average.

4. Credit will not be considered residence credit.

5. To be eligible to earn Credit by Special Examination, a student must have been regularly admitted or have attended with guest sta­tus, have enrolled for one semester and have completed at least one course.

Students who intend to transfer to other schools are cautioned that Credit by Special Examination at one institution is infrequently accepted for transfer credit by another institution.

For Special Examination fee, see Examination Fee for Credit by Examination.

Probation, Undergraduate Academic

An undergraduate student whose cumulative grade point average (g.p.a.) falls below 2.00 will be placed on Academic Probation. An ‘Academic Probation' status is placed on the student's record and the student shall be permitted to register only after consultation with, and approval has been granted by, a designated University advisor.

A student shall be given two subsequent terms for enrollment on pro­bationary status. At the conclusion of the two terms, a student who has not achieved a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 shall be excluded from his/her program. A student excluded from the Univer­sity may not apply for readmission or reinstatement for one calendar year.

Each School and College may establish more stringent Probation, Exclusion, and Appeal policies, and students should consult the appropriate Dean's Office. The Probation Committee of the Univer­sity Advising Center is responsible for monitoring the University Pro­bation and Exclusion Guidelines for Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the College of Fine, Performing and Commu­nication Arts. Students must consult with an academic advisor regarding appropriate deadlines for academic hold releases and/or reinstatement procedures.

Obligations of Faculty and Students to the Instructional Process

Since education is a cooperative effort between teacher and student, both parties must fulfill obligations if the integrity and efficacy of the instructional process are to be preserved.

Responsibilities of Faculty Members

1. To contribute to and remain abreast of the latest developments in their fields;

2. To continually pursue teaching excellence;

3. To treat all students with respect and fairness without regard to ancestry, race, religion, political belief, country of origin, sex, sexual preference, age, marital status, or handicap;

4. To encourage differing viewpoints and demonstrate integrity in evaluating their merit;

5. To attend regularly and punctually, adhere to the scheduled class and final examination times, and arrange for notification of absence and coverage of classes;

6. To establish and maintain appropriate office hours;

7. To present, early in the semester, the following course information:

a) course objectives and general outline;

b) classroom procedures to be followed, expectations concerning class attendance, and proposed dates of major evaluations (including examinations, papers, and other projects);

c) grading policy;

d) where appropriate, a schedule of class-related activities, including class meetings and laboratory sessions;

e) lists of texts and/or other materials needed for the course;

f) late enrollment, withdrawal, and other special policies.

8. To provide and adhere, within reasonable limits, to the written syl­labus of the course;

9. To know course matter thoroughly and prepare and present the material conscientiously;

10. To be informed of University services and recommend their use to students when advisable;

11. To follow these policies concerning written work and grades:

a) grade and return written work promptly;

b) submit final grades by the scheduled time;

c) retain written materials not returned within the semester (e.g., final examinations, major term papers) for one academic semester in accordance with unit policy and allow students to examine such materials;

12. To implement unit procedures for student evaluation of faculty teaching, with attention to preserving student anonymity;

13. To behave appropriately in dealing with students so as to main­tain a scholarly atmosphere

Responsibilities of Students

1. To inform themselves of and to fulfill all requirements of the Univer­sity and those of the College and Department from which they expect to receive their degree;

2. To fulfill conscientiously all assignments and requirements of their courses;

3. To attend classes regularly and punctually;

4. To maintain a scholarly, courteous demeanor in class;

5. To uphold academic honesty in all activities;

6. To notify the instructor as early as possible if prevented from keep­ing an appointment or carrying out an assignment;

7. To discuss with the instructor any class-related problem and follow established procedures in the resolution of these problems;

8. To adhere to the instructor's and general University policies on attendance, withdrawal, or other special procedures.

It is expected that faculty and students will fulfill their obligations to the instructional process. If, however, a complaint does arise, the parties should meet in an effort to resolve the matter. When such a discussion fails to resolve the problem or is inappropriate given the circumstances, the head of the academic unit should be contacted. If this contact fails to satisfy the complaint, the College's published pro­cedures should be followed. Although the University Ombudsperson is not a direct part of the appeal process, students and faculty may consult the Ombudsperson at any point during such proceedings.

Attendance Policy, Classroom, for Undergraduate Students

Attendance may form the basis for a portion of a course grade. In such cases, students must be provided with explicit written informa­tion concerning that fact no later than the end of the second week after the start of classes. Such information shall be specific with regard to the penalty incurred for each absence and the means, if any, to compensate for the absence. It should be recognized that there may be certain situations where the student may not be permit­ted to make up the absence(s).

It is recognized that students may be required to miss classes on occasion as a result of their participation in approved University activ­ities. Examples of such activities include formal participation on Uni­versity sports teams, debate teams, and performing arts groups. These activities are generally directed by a University official, such as a coach, and usually have a set schedule of events.

Students participating in approved University activities should consult with instructors prior to registration, but no later than the end of the second week after the start of classes, to determine the class atten­dance policy. At this time, the student should provide the instructor with a schedule of planned absences, preferably signed by the Uni­versity official directing the activity (e.g., Athletic or Program Director or his/her designee), in order to allow the instructor to evaluate and advise the student on the possible impact of the planned absences. In this case, the instructor will consider absences due to participation in approved University activities, as outlined above, to be excused absences, on par with those due to other unavoidable circumstances such as illness. For classes requiring mandatory attendance incom­patible with the number of planned absences, students will be advised to register, if possible, during a semester in which they will not be participating in the University activity (for example, during the off-season for a sports team or during the summer).

It is the student's responsibility to learn the course material. When classes are missed, for whatever reason, it is the student's obligation to obtain copies of the class materials and students are responsible for all materials covered in the lectures. An excused absence does not excuse the student from completing assigned work, including exams.

This policy shall be applicable to all courses within the University.

Conduct, Student Code of

High standards of student conduct play a major role in creating an environment of excellence and the Student Code of Conduct is used to maintain these standards. The code: 1) establishes the expecta­tions that students are accountable for their behavior; 2) describes acceptable student conduct, both academic and non-academic; 3) describes disciplinary policies and procedures; 4) specifies the rights of students and other parties; and 5) specifies prohibited conduct and sanctions to be imposed if such conduct occurs. Examples of prohib­ited conduct subject to the Student Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to, academic misbehavior, knowingly furnishing false information to the University, disorderly behavior, theft, damage of property, illegal drugs, weapons on campus, physical assault, unau­thorized entry, violation of criminal law, etc.

The University Student Conduct Officer, housed in the Dean of Students Office, monitors the student disciplinary process and is responsible for coordinating matters involving student discipline; describing the disciplinary procedures; and informing students and other parties of their rights. For the copies of Student Code of Con­duct, please refer to:­duct.pdf where the entire document is available for review.

Ethics, Student Academic

Academic Records: The submission of fraudulent academic records for admission or transfer of credit by a student may be cause for the student's dismissal.

Academic Work: Academic work submitted by a student for credit is assumed to be of his/her own creation, and if found not to be, will constitute cause for the student's dismissal

Rights and Responsibilities, Student

Upon the recommendation of the Student-Faculty Council, the Uni­versity (Faculty) Council, the President-Deans Conference and the President, the Board of Governors, in January, l967, approved a comprehensive statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities for the University. Copies of this document are available to students and faculty in the offices of the deans of each College and the Dean of Students Office.

Law School: The faculty of the Law School has approved a set of academic regulations specifically applicable to Law School students, copies of which are available to all students enrolled in the Law School.

Appeal Procedures, University

Students should first seek to settle grade disputes informally with the instructor. Each College and School has established formal grade appeal procedures. These procedures are available from the Dean's Office of the College or School. In most instances, formal grade appeals must be filed within thirty days of the time the student has or should have received his/her final grade. For detailed information visit to find grade appeal procedures for all colleges and schools.

Appeal Procedure, Academic

In matters where a College's signed final decision is based upon the evaluation of a student's academic performance, and when review procedures available to him/her within the College have been exhausted, the student may request the Provost to review that deci­sion on the record. A written Request for a Provost Review must be made by the student himself/herself, with a copy to the Dean of the College, postmarked within thirty calendar days of the postmark of the College's final decision, which is to be sent to the address pro­vided by the student in the College's review procedures. The Request for a Provost Review should outline any additional argu­ments the student wishes to be taken into consideration by the Pro­vost's review. The Provost's review of the College's decision will proceed as soon as practicable after notification by the student of his/her wish to seek review.

The student may also file with the Provost a Request for a Postpone­ment of the effect of the College's final decision. Such a Request must be postmarked within seven calendar days of the postmark of the College's final decision, and a copy must be sent to the Dean of the College. Upon receiving a Request for Postponement, the Pro­vost will immediately contact the Dean. Unless the College demon­strates clearly and convincingly that the injury to the College or to third persons that would result from such a postponement would out­weigh the injury to the student from denying the postponement, the effect of the decision rendered by the College must be postponed until the date that the Provost issues a decision regarding the under­lying Request for Provost Review. The Provost will inform the student and the Dean of her/his decision regarding the Request for Post­ponement within three school days after receiving the request. Exceptions to this procedure may be granted by the Provost upon a showing of good and sufficient cause.

Nepotism Policy, Academic

Faculty members are not to place themselves, or allow themselves to be placed, in situations amounting to ‘academic nepotism,' i.e., teaching or otherwise directing the credit study or research of a stu­dent who is also a close relative. Concomitantly, students are not to take courses from close relatives or engage in research for academic credit under the direction of close relatives. All such credit will be dis­allowed.