2017-2018 Academic Catalog

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Academic Policies

  • Academic Integrity and Conduct
    • Academic Freedom
    • The faculty of the College of Saint Elizabeth is committed to the goals, mission, and values of the institution with a special emphasis on quality teaching. The administration encourages diversity and creativity among the faculty and recognizes that each faculty member brings his or her own assets and expertise to the College of Saint Elizabeth. All constituencies of this institution expect (a) faculty members to grow and to improve during their period of service and (b) the College to encourage and support their efforts.

      The College of Saint Elizabeth recognizes that institutions of higher learning are conducted for the common good and not to further the interests of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the search for truth and its free exposition. Academic freedom is essential to those purposes and applies to both teaching and research. For that reason the College affords its faculty members the opportunity to earn tenure.

      Academic freedom in its teaching aspect is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher to freedom in teaching and of the student to freedom in learning. The teacher is entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing her or his area of competence, but should be careful while teaching not to introduce controversial matter which has no relation to the subject.

      The teacher is entitled to freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of his or her other academic duties. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. However, research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.

      The faculty of the College of Saint Elizabeth recognizes that the principle of academic freedom carries with it certain duties as well as rights. The college teacher is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and a member of an educational institution. When speaking or writing as a citizen, the faculty member should be free from institutional censorship or discipline; however, her or his special position in the community imposes special obligations. As a person of learning associated with an educational community, she or he should remember that the public may judge the profession and institution by her or his actions and remarks. Hence, the faculty member should at all times be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinions of others, and make every effort to indicate that she or he is not an institutional spokesperson.

      Faculty are to maintain reasonable adherence to course descriptions published in college catalogs and other official publications and participate in a continuing review of such course descriptions to keep them current.

    • Acceptable Use of Technology
    • The College provides technology resources to fulfill its mission as a liberal arts institution, to support our educational and community values, and to support its programs and initiatives. Access to the College's technological resources is a privilege extended to authorized users, and thus carries with it an associated expectation of responsible use.

      The College's Acceptable Use Policy provides guidelines for appropriate use of technological resources, and is available by contacting Instructional Technology, the Office of Information Systems (973-290-4477), or the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration (973-290-4498).

      This policy also can be found on the College's website at https://www.cse.edu/it/policy/.

      By accessing the College's technology resources, users agree to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.

    • Academic Integrity Policy
    • Academic integrity is a demonstration of respect for the scholarship and the intellectual and creative efforts of others. Membership in the academic community of the College of Saint Elizabeth implies a high regard for human dignity and the expectation that ethical conduct be understood and practiced. We recognize that every individual has the right to the fruits of her/his own labor and is entitled to the appropriate acknowledgement of that labor. Consequently, academic integrity is a vital part of the relationship among the College's faculty, administrators, staff and students.

      Each member of the academic community must recognize her/his individual responsibility to uphold academic integrity. The College will not accept academic dishonesty, which includes but is not limited to plagiarism, cheating in any form, theft of educational materials, the falsification of data, and illegal production of computer and audio/video software. Penalties will be imposed for violations of academic integrity.

    • Violations of Academic Integrity and Sanctions
    • Violations of Academic Integrity as applied to students include, but are not limited to the following:

      • Plagiarizing, which is the use of the work of another person or group without giving the author(s) credit. Plagiarism includes: using all or part of another student's paper, journal, lab report, computer program or file; buying a paper, or trading goods or services for a paper; and using ideas, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or pages from an article, essay, book, newspaper, magazine, or any other reference source without properly citing that source, either deliberately or through neglect.
      • Cheating on tests which includes copying answers from another student or using impermissible information on an examination.
      • Forging the name of a student or member of the faculty, administration, or staff on exams, projects, or college documents.
      • Sabotaging the work of another student by deliberately destroying, harming or altering material or projects.
      • Falsifying data which includes describing experiments that did not take place, presenting results that were deliberately altered, and/or citing data or references that do not exist.
      • Removing books, journals, periodicals, and other library resources without authorization is a form of stealing, and it is illegal.
      • Violating copyright laws and/or using the work of others via computer or other technological means without express permission and/or clear attribution demonstrates disrespect for the creative work and personal expression of others. Although electronic and/or magnetic information is easily produced, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, trade secret violations, and copyright violations are illegal (1987 EDUCOM and AADAPSO and copyright laws). Most computer and audio/video software are protected by copyright laws. It is incumbent upon the user to be familiar with the license agreement between the editor or publisher and the purchaser.

      The following practices are illegal and/or violations of College policy:

      • Making, receiving or using unauthorized copies of computer or audio/video software
      • Removing institutional copies of computer or audio/video software from the library, laboratories, or offices without permission from Instructional Technology
      • Copying all or part of another's computer program, assignment, file, database or audio/video material
      • Using a computer to obtain illegal access to another computer
      • Altering educational versions of software in a manner that violates an existing license or agreement

      First-time violations of academic integrity may be dealt with on a one-to one basis by the instructor of the course in which the offense occurred. In such instances the instructor will report the episode and its resolution to the Retention Coordinator.

      Subsequent violations of academic integrity will be addressed in accordance with the following guidelines:

      Level One Violations

      In cases where a faculty member has reason to believe that a violation of academic integrity might have resulted from a student's ignorance or inexperience, the faculty member may use her/his discretion in adopting an appropriate course of action.

      Examples of Level One Violations:

      • Improper footnoting and/or use of sources
      • Quoting a long passage directly without citation
      • Paraphrasing without proper attribution

      Recommended Sanction(s):

      • Redoing the assignment
      • Receiving no credit for the assignment

      Level Two Violations

      In cases where a faculty member believes that a student's violation of academic integrity was deliberate, an institution-wide consistency of penalty must be maintained.

      Examples of Level Two Violations:

      • Cheating on a test, mid-term, or final examination
      • Using impermissible material during an examination
      • Submitting another's work as one's own on an assignment, paper, test, lab report, or project of any kind
      • Repeated occurrences of a Level One Violation

      Recommended Sanction(s):

      • Failing the assignment or examination

      Level Three Violations

      In cases involving repeated occurrences of a Level II violation, very serious misconduct, and/or illegal conduct, an institution-wide consistency of penalty must also be maintained.

      Examples of Level Three Violations:

      • Theft of an examination or another student's project
      • Forgery of any kind
      • Having a substitute take an examination
      • Sabotaging another's work
      • Repeated occurrences of a Level Two Violation

      Recommended Sanction(s):

      • A failing grade in the course
      • Suspension or dismissal, as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Academic Standing and Classification
    • Academic Standards and Continuous Enrollment for Graduate Students
    • Students accepted to a graduate degree program are expected to work with continuity and to register in that program until all requirements are completed. Students are reminded that an interruption of studies will affect their ability to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements.

      Students who have taken all of their courses but have not finished their culminating experiences, theses, or dissertations will be required to pay a course fee equal to one credit of tuition each semester to maintain a continuous enrollment status through the completion of all coursework.

      Students who fail to remain continuously enrolled will be withdrawn from their program of study after two semesters. Withdrawn students will be required to reapply to their program of study and will be bound by all policies and stipulations related to readmission (see Requirements for Good Academic Standing.)

    • Full-Time, Part-Time and Acceleration
    • Undergraduate:

      Twelve credits constitutes full-time status.

      Students registering for more than 16 credits must get approval from the appropriate Dean and may incur overload charges, even when a Program may require that a student take more than 16 credits per semester in order to complete the degree in eight semesters.

      Graduate:

      A student who is taking nine or more credits in a semester is considered full-time. A student taking six to eight credits is half-time. A student enrolled in fewer than six credits is part-time.

    • Leave of Absence from the College
    • Undergraduate:

      A student with a serious and acceptable reason may apply for a leave of absence through the Retention Coordinator.

      A student receiving financial aid or College scholarships who intends to take a leave of absence must check with the Financial Aid Office. An approved leave of absence may affect the student's financial aid and/or scholarship funding.

      If registered for courses, a student requesting a leave of absence must also follow the course withdrawal procedures. Application for a leave of absence from the College does not guarantee approval for course withdrawal from the current semester.

      Graduate:

      Students accepted to a degree Program are expected to work with continuity and to register in that Program until all requirements are completed. Program Directors will consider student-initiated petitions for a leave of absence from studies for up to two semesters. Requests for a leave must be documented. Students are reminded that an interruption of studies may affect their ability to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements. Students who request a leave for more than one full year will be required to reapply to their Program and will be bound by all policies and stipulations related to readmission (see Requirements for Good Academic Standing).

    • Matriculation
      • A matriculated student is one who has been accepted by the College and is working toward a degree.
      • A non-matriculated student is one who is taking courses, but is not working towards a degree.
    • Probation/Dismissal
    • Undergraduate:

      The records of students matriculated in the traditional undergraduate program and in the Continuing Studies program are reviewed by the Committee on Admissions and Student Academic Standing (CASAS) for academic performance at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

      Students in the traditional undergraduate program will be placed on academic probation under the following circumstances:

      • if the grade point average for the semester is below 1.8 in the first year or 2.0 in any semester thereafter;
      • if a first-time, first-year student receives NC in two or more courses;
      • the cumulative grade point average is below 2.0;
      • if the student fails any course specifically required in the major Program; or
      • if the student has failed to complete academic skills requirements and the writing requirements by the completion of her 63rd earned credit.

      Students in the Continuing Studies program will be placed on academic probation under the following circumstances:

      • if the grade point average for the semester is below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters that the student is enrolled;
      • if the cumulative grade point average is below 2.0; or
      • if the student has failed to complete academic skills requirements and the writing requirements prior to the fourth semester at the College. Students will not be allowed to take college credited courses until the academic skills requirements are completed.

      Undergraduate students will be issued a warning if a student:

      • receives a grade of D in two courses in a semester

      Students in the Continuing Studies program will be issued a warning if a student:

      • a grade of C-, D or F in any major course that requires a C for graduation;
      • earns a semester grade point average below 2.0; or
      • is not making satisfactory academic progress toward the degree.

      Ordinarily, students are placed on probation for one semester. A student who has been placed on probation for failing a course required in the major program must successfully complete that course during the next semester it is offered. The student will be continued on probation until the requirement is met.

      If marked improvement is not made during the semester on probation, a student may be placed on probation for a second semester. Usually, if the student has not met satisfactory academic standards after two semesters of probation, she/he will be dismissed from the College. The College reserves the right to terminate a student at the end of any semester for poor academic performance without granting a probationary period.

      Students who have been dismissed from the College for academic reasons may appeal the decision to CASAS if they feel that their performance was affected by extenuating circumstances. This appeal should be made in writing and submitted to the Chair of CASAS within one week after the dismissal notice is sent.

      If a student has been dismissed from the College for academic reasons, she/he may apply for readmission after one year. The applicant seeking readmission must document a successful academic experience at another accredited college or university, or a successful work experience. CASAS evaluates this document and other supporting material prior to making a decision on the reapplication.

      Graduate:

      Students who fail to maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in their course work are automatically subject to probation for two semesters and suspension from the degree program if a 3.00 cumulative grade point average is not achieved in the third semester. A student on probation should meet with the program director to discuss the conditions of probation. Failure to meet the conditions and standards of probation will result in suspension. While on academic probation, the student's credit load may be restricted.

      A student will receive an academic warning when she/he receives her/his first "C/C+" grade. A second "C/C+" grade will place the student in academic jeopardy. A student who obtains three "C+/C" grades, or one "F" in program course work, for whatever reason, will be suspended from the graduate program.

      A student who is suspended from an academic program for any reason must wait one full calendar year past the semester of suspension before reapplying to a graduate program. The program faculty may deny a student re-admission for any cause.

    • Requirements for Good Academic Standing
    • Graduate Students:

      Satisfactory academic progress includes the achievement of the required cumulative grade point average and the accumulation of sufficient credits within a stipulated time frame. A student must be in good academic standing with a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in order to apply for admission to degree candidacy.

    • Time Limitation for Graduate Degrees
    • Ordinarily, students are expected to enroll continuously until the program is completed. A student who does not earn any graduate credit toward the degree during two consecutive semesters will be required to reapply for admission to the graduate program; no fee is required for readmission. Students in good academic standing are readmitted under the catalog in effect at the time of re-entry.

      The length of time given to a student to complete a degree is calculated from the date the student becomes matriculated in the graduate program.

      A full-time student must successfully complete a degree within three calendar years; a half-time student pursuing a degree must successfully complete a degree in six calendar years. Less than half-time will be evaluated using similar criteria.

      A full-time student in the 60-credit mental health specialty in counseling psychology must successfully complete a degree in five years; a half-time student in this program must complete a degree in seven-and-a-half years. Less than half-time students will be evaluated using similar criteria. However, a written petition for extension with full documentation of extraordinary cause, such as the granting of a leave of absence for medical or other good reason, must be made to the director of the program in which the student is enrolled.

      Time spent in the armed forces is excluded from the time period. However, a student should apply for a leave of absence while in the armed forces.

      A student will not be allowed to continue pursuing a degree beyond the stipulated time frame unless the student has received approval to do so. To petition for an extension of time, a student must submit a formal written request to the director of her/his graduate program, accompanied by a degree completion plan. A student approved for an extension will be placed on probation each semester until the degree has been completed. Approval for a time extension does not guarantee approval for additional financial aid.

    • Undergraduate Class Standing
      • First-year (Freshman): 0-30 credits
      • Sophomore: 31-63 credits
      • Junior: 64-95 credits
      • Senior: 96+ credits
  • Advising
    • Undergraduate
      • All students are assigned an academic advisor when they enroll at the College.
      • The advisor's role is to discuss the requirements of a given program and to recommend the selection of courses that best fit a student's needs based on degree requirements.
      • Double majors will be assigned two academic advisors, one from each major program. Even though only the advisor in the primary major will be able to approve students' registration in Self-Service, students are responsible for meeting with both advisors in preparation for registration each semester.
      • First-year students in the traditional undergraduate college are assigned an advisor who has been specifically trained to work with new students in assisting them to make a successful transition into college.
      • Students are required to meet with their advisor(s) prior to registration or if they need to adjust their schedule, but are encouraged to meet with them as often as needed.
      • It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the degree requirements and to follow the catalog in effect when she/he entered the College.
    • Graduate
      • Each graduate student must seek academic advisement and receive scheduling approval from their graduate advisor before registering for courses. Students are expected to arrange advising appointments well in advance of registration deadlines. Students should develop a plan of study for two semesters or more and review it when they meet with their advisors. Two-year tentative course schedules are available from the program.
  • Courses, Credits, and Registration
    • Academic Renewal for Undergraduates
    • Students who have been away from the College for three or more years and who wish to begin with a new GPA may apply for Academic Renewal. Academic Renewal excludes from the GPA all grades from the first semester of enrollment to the final semester of enrollment prior to readmission. Generally, students cannot renew more than 72 credits.

      To begin the process of renewal, students must first enroll in a minimum of six credits at the College and earn a minimum GPA of 2.0. Application for Renewal must be made by the third semester of enrollment.

      If renewal is granted, all courses and grades will remain on the transcript with a statement granting Academic Renewal. The credits on the transcript will be counted toward the degree, but the grades will not be used in calculating the student's GPA. Academic Renewal can be granted only once and cannot be reversed

    • Add/Drop
    • Students may add/drop courses up until the last day of the add/drop period for any given session. Consult the academic calendar for specific dates.

      Students should complete the add/drop form, have their Academic Advisor sign it, and submit it to the Registrar's Office for processing.

      Courses dropped during the add/drop period will not appear on the student's transcript.

    • Approval for Study at another College/University
    • Once matriculated into a program, students are expected to complete all coursework at the College. If a course must be taken at another regionally accredited college or online through another institution, students must obtain the approval of their academic advisor(s) in advance.

      Students must fill out and submit an Approval for Study at Another College/University form.

      Students must provide their advisor(s) with a catalog description, course number, and number of credits for the course they intend to take. The advisor(s) will determine and record the equivalent CSE course and sign the form. Students then submit the completed form to the Registrar's Office. Submitting this form assures students that the course will be accepted at CSE when transcripts are presented showing a grade of C or better.

      When the course is completed, students are responsible for having an official transcript sent to the Registrar's Office from the institution where the course was taken. If a transcript is not received, it will be assumed the course was not completed with a transferable grade. Courses in which the grade earned is below a "C" or a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) will not be accepted in transfer.

      The name and credits for courses taken at other institutions either in person or online will be recorded on the student's transcript. The grade is not listed and will not be counted in the student's grade point average.

    • Articulation Agreements
    • The College of Saint Elizabeth has articulation agreements with many two and four-year colleges and with several graduate programs at other institutions. The College of Saint Elizabeth has worked with these institutions to provide the best possible interface of courses for students transferring. Certain courses taken at these institutions may be used in place of specific major requirements at the College.

      The College also participates with N.J. Transfer to assist students in New Jersey community colleges to make decisions about transferring to other institutions.

    • Audit
    • Undergraduate:

      • Students may register to audit a course during the regular registration period on a space-available basis.
      • Changes in status from audit-to-credit or credit-to-audit must be made no later than the last day to add/drop.
      • Students who audit a class are not required to take tests or complete course assignments.
      • The extent to which an auditor may take part in a course's activities or receive extra help is determined by the instructor.
      • The charge to audit a course is one third of the regular tuition. All other fees are applicable.
      • The student's transcript will show a grade of "AU". The grade is not calculated in the grade point average nor is it counted towards degree requirements or progress.

      Graduate:

      • Students who hold a bachelor's degree may register to audit a course during the regular registration period on a space available basis.
      • Changes in status from audit to credit or credit to audit must be made no later than the last day to add/drop.
      • Students who audit a class are not required to take tests or complete course assignments.
      • The extent to which an auditor may take part in a course's activities or receive extra help is determined by the instructor.
      • The fee for auditing courses is one third of the cost of tuition.
      • The student's transcript will show a grade of "AU". The grade is not calculated in the grade point average nor is it counted towards degree requirements or progress.
    • Cancellation of Courses
    • The College of Saint Elizabeth reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or change the meeting times, faculty, or room assignments of any course.

      Students must follow the usual add/drop procedure to add another course or section to replace a canceled course or section.

    • Class Attendance
      • Since faculty members are responsible for maintaining academic standards in their classes, individual instructors determine attendance policies which are appropriate for their specific courses.
      • Faculty members will distribute a written attendance policy in effect for that course.
      • Students are responsible to know and understand the attendance policies for the courses they are registered in.
      • Non-attendance or oral notification in a course – or in the case of online courses, failure to log on and to participate – does not constitute an official withdrawal from the course. Students should follow the policies for dropping or withdrawing from a course.
      • Students who are not registered for a course are not permitted to sit in that course. Please check Self Service (www.cse.edu/selfservice) to verify enrollment in classes.
    • Course Levels and Numbering System
      • Courses numbered below 100 indicate pre-baccalaureate level courses (institutional credits). These do not count towards the degree.
      • Courses numbered 100 indicate introductory undergraduate level courses.
      • Courses numbered 200 indicate intermediate undergraduate level courses.
      • Courses numbered 300 and 400 indicate more advanced undergraduate level courses.
      • Courses numbered 500-700 are graduate level courses. Credits earned to fulfill the baccalaureate degree may not be applied toward the master's degree, except as part of an approved combined degree program at the College of Saint Elizabeth or as otherwise stipulated in the Undergraduate Catalog.
      • Courses numbered 500 indicate graduate level courses that undergraduate students can take.
      • Courses numbered 600 and 700 indicate graduate level courses. Undergraduate students who have been accepted into an approved Combined Degree Program at CSE may take graduate classes in accordance with their program. Other undergraduate students may take graduate classes after obtaining approval from the Committee on Admissions and Student Academic Standing (CASAS)
    • Credit-by-Examination
    • The College of Saint Elizabeth recognizes four standardized testing programs:

      • Excelsior Examinations (Formerly Regents)
      • College Level Examination Program (CLEP – Subject Examinations)
      • Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP)
      • Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES)

      In most programs, a maximum of 30 credits will be accepted toward degree completion through the combined options of testing, that is, Excelsior Examinations (formerly Regents), CLEP, DANTES, and TECEP.

      Students in Business Administration can apply a maximum of 15 credits by examination toward the major, including no more than one 300 or 400-level course. Generally, credits are awarded for courses completed prior to matriculation in the College.

      Students interested in receiving transfer credit for successful participation in standardized testing programs should submit official, original credentials for evaluation to the Dean of the appropriate School.

    • Credit Hour Policy
    • The College of Saint Elizabeth follows the U.S. Department of Education definition of a credit hour as a measure of the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

      "50 minutes* of classroom or direct faculty instruction each week for 15 weeks in one semester (or the equivalent attained by scheduling more minutes of instruction per week for fewer weeks in the semester) complemented by at least 100 minutes each week of laboratory or outside assignments (or the equivalent thereof for semesters of different length) OR at least an equivalent amount of work for courses with alternative formats including online, hybrid, internships, laboratories, studios, short-term study abroad courses, practicums, clinicals and tutorials.

      In summary, ONE credit hour is awarded on the basis of one of three sets of criteria.

      • For traditional in-class courses: The completion of one credit hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two credit hours of out-of-class student work each week for one semester (15 weeks); or
      • For online, hybrid, and accelerated courses: The completion of an equivalent amount of faculty instruction and student work, as stipulated above in criterion (1), that may occur over a different amount of time; or
      • For other academic activities: The completion of an institutionally sanctioned academic activity (e.g., tutorial, externship, practicum, internship, independent study, studio work, laboratory work, fieldwork, and pre-dissertation/thesis work) that is equivalent to the amount of work stipulated in criterion (1), that may occur over a different amount of time.

      Proposals for new courses are prepared by faculty and presented to the Academic Life Committee for review. The Committee determines if the proposed credit hour allotment aligns with the College's definition and with commonly accepted standards of higher education.

      The College course syllabus template, used for all courses that are offered, requires faculty to delineate how each course meets the credit hour standards.

      *This rule refers to a 50-minute "Carnegie hour" so the requirement is for 12.5 clock hours (750 minutes) of direct instruction or a total of 37.5 clock hours (2,250 minutes) of total student work for one semester credit. This policy conforms to the NJ Commission on Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education and Middle States Commission on Higher Education credit hour policies.

    • Cross Registration with Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison Campus)
      • This option is available to full-time matriculated students who are in good academic standing.
      • Cross registration is available only during the fall and spring semesters (not summers or intersessions).
      • Cross registration is for undergraduate courses only.
      • Information regarding course information can be found on the websites of both institutions (www.drew.edu or www.fdu.edu).
      • Students must complete a cross registration form (for Drew; for FDU), signed by their academic advisor, and then submit that form to the College of Saint Elizabeth Registrar's Office for processing.
      • Courses completed via cross registration at Drew or Fairleigh Dickinson will appear on the College of Saint Elizabeth transcript and are not considered transfer courses.
    • Enrollment in Accelerated 7-Week Sessions (Session A and Session B)
      • Most courses in 7-week sessions meet once a week and/or online and are specifically designed for students in the Continuing Studies Program. Traditional undergraduate students who have 96+ credits and need a specific course to graduate may obtain permission to take a 7-week course and should discuss this option with their academic advisor
      • Traditional undergraduate students will generally only be permitted to take one accelerated courses each semester.
      • Traditional undergraduate students meeting the above criteria must have an override registration form signed by their academic advisor(s) and approved by the appropriate Dean.
      • Traditional undergraduate students do not need override permission to take one or two-credit courses offered in the 7-week format.
    • Full Faith and Credit Transfer Policy
      • Students who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from approved transfer programs from county colleges in New Jersey or from Thomas A. Edison College can transfer all credits (including grades of "D") into the College of Saint Elizabeth. These students are granted junior class standing.
      • This policy also applies to nursing students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from County College of Morris, Middlesex County College, and Raritan Valley Community College.
    • Medical Excuse Policy
    • Health Services does not provide verification of illness or written excuses for minor illnesses or injuries that result in absence from classes.

      Students who will miss class because of routine illnesses should correspond directly with the faculty as soon as possible regarding their circumstances. (Ideally before they miss a class, exam, lab, assignment, etc.)

      In the case of significant, prolonged illness lasting at least four or more days or hospitalization, Health Services will notify (with the student's written consent) the Retention Coordinator who in turn will notify student's professors.

      This verification of significant illness will be provided only for serious illnesses for which the Health Services clinicians have provided services or for which the appropriate written medical documentation from outside clinicians is provided to Health Services

    • Portfolio Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA)
      • PELA is an option for earning College credit that recognizes learning and growth that occur outside of the classroom. It allows students to identify and demonstrate previously acquired knowledge and skills.
      • Portfolios are compilations of data from the student's personal history (experiential learning, formal training and testing) with documentation that displays theoretical knowledge. Matriculated students in good academic standing may submit portfolios prior to reaching senior class standing.
      • One portfolio is submitted for each course. Appropriate faculty members at the College review the contents of the portfolio and decide to award credit or not. Students may be awarded up to 24 credits via portfolio assessment. These are counted as transfer credits without grades.
      • A fee is charged for a portfolio evaluation
    • Readmission for Graduate Students
    • Former matriculated or certificate students who wish to return after having withdrawn from the College in good standing, must reapply to the their program of study. The catalog which is current at the time of readmission will be in effect, and the director of the student's graduate program will evaluate previously earned academic credits for their relevancy and applicability to the current curriculum.

    • Repeating a Course
    • Undergraduate:

      • A grade of C- or lower in a required course (academic skills, major courses and CSE110 and CSE120) means the course must be repeated.
      • Other courses with a C- may be repeated.
      • A course retaken to improve a grade will result in only the higher grade being calculated in the grade point average. Brackets [ ] on the academic transcript will signify that the course has been repeated.
      • The lower grade will remain on the academic transcript but will not be included in the grade point average or in the earned credit total.
      • Students are charged for repeated courses at the current tuition rate.

      Graduate:

      • A student cannot repeat non-failed courses (i.e., courses with grades of C or better).
      • Students are charged for repeated courses at the current tuition rate.
    • Scheduling of Graduate Courses
    • Graduate classes are usually scheduled during the week in the late afternoons and in the evenings. Some Saturday courses may be scheduled. Graduate courses offered during the summer semesters may be scheduled during daytime or evening.

      If a course reaches maximum enrollment, preference will be given to matriculated students, then to non-matriculated students, and finally to auditors.

    • Transferring Credits
    • Undergraduate:

      • Students requesting the award of transfer credits must submit an official transcript from the previous institution.
      • Acceptance of course credits earned elsewhere is at the sole discretion of the College of Saint Elizabeth.
      • Transfer courses need a minimum grade of "C" or a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for acceptance by the College of Saint Elizabeth, unless the course falls under the "full faith and credit" policy.
      • A maximum of 90 credits will be accepted in transfer; however, the final 30 credits of the degree requirement must be completed at the College of Saint Elizabeth. In addition, at least half of the requirements for the major must be completed at the College of Saint Elizabeth.
      • Transfer credits will appear on the College of Saint Elizabeth transcript; however, transfer grades will not be reflected nor will they be used in the calculation of the student's College of Saint Elizabeth grade point average.
      • Credits accepted in transfer become part of the student's permanent College of Saint Elizabeth record; as such they cannot be replaced by new transfer courses.

      Graduate:

      • Students requesting the award of transfer credits must submit an official transcript from the previous institution.
      • Acceptance of course credits earned elsewhere is at the sole discretion of the College of Saint Elizabeth.
    • Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses
      • Undergraduate students aside from those who are in an approved Combined Degree Program may petition CASAS (Committee on Admission and Student Academic Standing) to enroll in graduate level courses (600 level).
      • Students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
      • Students must have 64 or more earned credits.
      • Undergraduate students may take a maximum of 6 credits of graduate level work (600 level courses).
      • Courses should count as elective credit for the undergraduate degree.
      • Undergraduate students will be placed on a waiting list until graduate students register.
      • Upon graduating with a CSE Bachelor's degree, students who apply and are accepted into a CSE graduate program can transfer the previously earned graduate credits to a CSE graduate program with Graduate Program Director's approval.
      • Students must complete and submit a CASAS Approval Form.
    • Unofficial Withdrawal
    • Unofficial withdrawal from the College occurs when a matriculated student does not return or stops attending classes during the semester at some point before the last day to withdraw. The last date of class attendance will be determined by the faculty member's attendance records. If the student can be reached, she/he is advised to complete the appropriate paperwork.

      Students who stop attending after the withdrawal date will remain registered in their classes and receive grades of F. After the semester ends, these students will be considered withdrawn by the College.

      Withdrawal from the College does not guarantee approval for course withdrawal from the current semester. In the case of withdrawals, tuition refunds will be prorated according to the schedule printed in the refund policies sections of the catalog.

      The College reserves the right to require withdrawal at any time of students whose conduct or influence is deemed undesirable by the College community.

      Non-payment of tuition and/or non-attendance in a course do not constitute acceptable withdrawal from the College.

    • Withdrawal from the College
    • A matriculated or certificate student who wishes to withdraw from the College must notify the director of her/his graduate program in writing. If enrolled in classes, the student should follow the course withdrawal procedure, mindful of the published deadline for course withdrawal.

      Absence from class, instructor notification, or non-payment of tuition and/or fees do not constitute appropriate notification of withdrawal from a course and/or the College.

      A matriculated student who has not earned any credits toward the degree in a one-year period is, however, considered to have voluntarily withdrawn from the program.

      Students who cannot continue their studies are advised to officially notify the College of their intent not to continue. However, should the student withdraw unofficially, academic penalties may be imposed.

      In cases of unofficial withdrawal, the withdrawal date is the last recorded date of attendance as determined and documented by the College. That date must be determined no later than 30 days after either (a) the date of termination or (b) the end of the semester or summer term. Furthermore, that date will be finalized as the earlier date of these options.

    • Withdrawing from a Course
    • Undergraduate:

      • Students may withdraw from a course after the add/drop period is over. Please consult the academic calendar for specific dates.
      • Students should complete the withdrawal form, have their academic advisor(s) sign it, have the instructor of the course confirm their last date of attendance, and submit it to the Registrar's Office for processing. Please note that a withdrawal form will not be processed unless the last date of attendance has been confirmed.
      • Courses dropped during the withdrawal period will appear on the student's transcript with a grade of "W".
      • Withdrawing from classes may affect Financial Aid and/or Residence Life status.

      Graduate:

      • Students may withdraw from a course after the add/drop period is over. Consult the academic calendar for specific dates.
      • Students should complete the withdrawal form, have their Academic Advisor sign it, and have the course instructor confirm their last date of attendance and sign the form. Students are responsible for submitting the completed form to the Registrar's Office for processing.

        Please note that a withdrawal form will not be processed unless the last date of attendance has been confirmed.
      • Courses dropped during the withdrawal period will appear on the student's transcript with a grade of "W".
  • Deadline to Apply for Graduation is September 30
  • Degrees and Graduation
    • Candidacy for Degree Status
    • Undergraduate:

      Students are recommended to the Board of Trustees as degree candidates. All students who anticipate receiving degrees must apply for candidacy status. Diplomas are issued three times a year, in August, December and May.

      The due date for filing the Graduation Application is September 30. Applications should be submitted directly to the Registrar's Office.

      Late submissions will not be accepted and can hinder progress towards graduation.

      The Undergraduate Application for Graduation is reviewed by the Registrar's Office. After an audit of the student's academic record is completed, the student will be advised of outstanding credits needed for degree completion.

      Graduate:

      The deadline for applying for graduation is September 30 of each year. Students for whom a December, May, or August graduation date is possible will be notified by CSE email and will be required to complete and submit an Application for Graduation to the Registrar's Office.

      Final approvals will be secured through review of the student's record by the director of the student's graduate program. The student will be billed the graduation fee, along with appropriate tuition and fees for the last semester.

    • Combined Degree Programs
      • B.S. Business Administration/M.S. Management
      • B.S./B.A. with a minor in Business Administration/M.S. Management
      • B.S. Foods and Nutrition/M.S. Nutrition
      • B.A. Justice Studies/M.A. Justice Administration and Public Service
      • B.A. Psychology/M.A. Counseling Psychology
      • B.A. Education/M.A. Education
      • B.A. Religious Studies/M.A. Theology

      Combined degree programs at CSE allow highly motivated, eligible undergraduate CSE students to begin earning a master's degree while completing their undergraduate degree. Eligible students can take graduate level courses (see specific program description for number of graduate courses that can be taken as an undergraduate) which will be double-counted. The graduate courses can be applied as free electives toward completion of the undergraduate program. When the undergraduate program is completed, those credits will be transferred onto the graduate record.

      Students in the combined degree program will be classified as undergraduate students until completion of the bachelor's degree.

      Eligible students will:

      • Have earned Junior status (63 or more credits)
      • Have the required cumulative GPA for the program to which they are applying
      • Complete and submit a Combined Degree Application to the appropriate graduate program director
      • Be provisionally accepted into the graduate program after they are approved by the program director
      • Be matriculated into the graduate program after graduating with a CSE bachelor's degree and being accepted by the program director. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 when they complete the bachelor's program to continue with graduate studies.
    • Degree Requirements
    • Undergraduate:

      • Demonstrate competency in the basic academic skills of writing, reading, and mathematics
      • Fulfill the requirements of their major(s)
      • Pass the Capstone Experience Requirement in their major(s)
      • Complete the College's General Education curriculum
      • Successfully complete 120 credits* of academic work applied to the degree
      • Attain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average

      * The requirement of 120 credits for graduation applies to students who entered CSE in Fall 2012 or later. Those who entered before Fall 2012 need to complete a minimum of 128 credits.

      Graduate:

      • The College of Saint Elizabeth confers graduate degrees upon students who successfully complete all course work with a grade point average of 3.00, fulfill the credit requirements of the specific program, and, where required, successfully complete and present a culminating/capstone project.

        Culminating/capstone projects may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the development of a professional portfolio, the completion of a thesis or action research project, a professional work sample, and/or an internship experience.
      • Additional information and specific guidelines are available from the director of the graduate program.
    • Graduation
    • Undergraduate:

      The College Commencement is held once a year, in May. Undergraduate students who have completed their degree requirements are invited to participate in this ceremony. Students must complete an Application for Undergraduate Degree by the due dates.

      Students who have completed a degree the preceding August or December can participate in the May ceremony. All records for students completing degrees in August and December will carry the actual date of the degree completion. Students who have uncompleted academic requirements cannot participate in the graduation ceremony. Students with outstanding financial obligations can participate in the graduation ceremony but will not receive a diploma.

      Graduate:

      Degrees are conferred in May at a formal commencement ceremony which is conducted only once each year for those who have completed all degree requirements the previous summer or fall, or who complete requirements at the conclusion of that spring semester. However, the College provides the opportunity for students who have completed degree requirements and who do not wish to participate in the May Commencement to receive their diplomas at the conclusion of each academic term: fall, spring, or summer.

      Students who complete degree requirements in the fall will have their diplomas dated January of the following year. Students who complete degree requirements at the end of spring will have their diplomas dated that May. Students who complete degree requirements in the summer will have their diplomas dated September of that year.

      Grades are available through Self-Service, but a hard copy can be requested from the Registrar's Office at (973) 290-4441.

    • Second Baccalaureate Degree
    • To earn a second baccalaureate degree, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

      • Students must be accepted by the College of Saint Elizabeth in accordance with the current admission policies and procedures. Applicants will be considered transfer students.
      • Students must complete a minimum of 32 credits at the College of Saint Elizabeth beyond the first degree, with a minimum of 24 credits in the new major.
      • Students must complete Element III of the CSE Essentials Program. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average for the additional work, unless the major requires a higher average
    • Undergraduate Degrees Conferred
    • The College of Saint Elizabeth confers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

  • Financial Aid
    • Financial Aid Eligibility
    • Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress could adversely affect financial aid eligibility. Please contact the Financial Aid Department for current details or visit https://www.cse.edu/financialaid.

  • Grading
    • Academic Non-Grade Appeal Process for Students
    • Undergraduate and Graduate students have the right to appeal for cause any decision affecting their progress toward their degrees.

      • Students dissatisfied with academic programmatic decisions have 30 calendar days following the disclosure of those decisions within which to file a complaint. Undergraduate students need to file their complaints with the relevant Program Chair. Graduate students need to file their complaints with their Graduate Program Director.
      • If the matter remains unresolved after meeting with the Program Chair/Graduate Program Director, students should then proceed to the next level of Program Chair for graduate student complaints or on to the appropriate Dean if the matter remains unresolved.
      • If there is still no resolution after a meeting with the Dean, the student may file an appeal utilizing the Academic Non-Grade Appeal Form with the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) within 7 calendar days of that meeting.
      • The VPAA will review all documents deemed necessary and schedule a meeting with all parties in a timely fashion, typically within 30 calendar days of the receipt of the written appeal. The student may attend the meeting and present her/his case directly if she/he chooses to do so. No legal counsel for any party will attend the meeting.
      • The VPAA will then communicate his/her decision, along with its rationale, in writing to the student in a timely manner, typically within 30 calendar days of the meeting. If the student's appeal is denied, there will be no further avenue of appeal available to the student. All documentation of the appeal process will be kept in file in the office of the VPAA.
      • In any case where a decision or action by the VPAA is the subject of the appeal, the Vice President for Student Life will substitute for the VPAA in the appeal process described above.
    • Academic Review Board: Grievances and Grade Appeals
    • The Academic Review Board (ARB) provides undergraduate and graduate students with a means of resolving serious academic disputes that cannot be settled directly with the faculty involved, or by the Program Chairperson/Graduate Program Director, or the appropriate academic Dean. Grade appeals will not be heard by the ARB unless they are based on misapplication or arbitrary application of the professor's grading policy or unusual circumstances.

      The ARB has established the following arbitration process to settle disputes fairly and to the satisfaction of all parties involved.

      To prepare for a grade appeal, students are encouraged to review the Student Request for Grade Appeal form and the Student Grade Appeal Flowchart for guiding the appeal process.

      1. Before a grade appeal is referred to the ARB, students must first inform the professor about the disputed grade, and submit a Student Request for Grade Appeal form to the professor, with a copy of this form to the Student Support Specialist in your School within 14 calendar days of the grade being posted by the Registrar.

      2. The student must then set up a meeting with the professor within the first week of the beginning of the next semester.

      3. If the meeting with the professor does not resolve the dispute, the professor will initiate the Grade Appeal Tracking Report and forward it to the next level within 24 hours. If the appeal remains unresolved, the designated representative of the college at each subsequent level will forward the report to the next level.

        Graduate students in Theology, Psychology and Education, will arrange a meeting with the Director of the Graduate Program and provide her/him with the relevant documents and the Student Request for Grade Appeal form. If there is no resolution, the Director of the Graduate Program will notify the Program Chair within 24 hours.

      4. Students in academic programs other than Theology, Psychology and Education will arrange a meeting with the Program Chair and provide her/him with the relevant documents.

      5. The Program Chair will arrange and meet with the parties involved within three (3) calendar days of receiving notification of the grade appeal. If there is no resolution, the Program Chair will notify the School within 24 hours, providing her/him with the relevant documents.

      6. The Academic Dean will arrange a meeting and meet with the parties within seven (7) calendar days of receiving the relevant documents to attempt to reach a satisfactory resolution.

      7. If the matter remains unresolved after the Academic Dean’s intervention, the Academic Dean will inform the Chairperson of the Academic Life Committee within seven (7) calendar days and provide her/him with the relevant documents.

      8. The Chairperson of the Academic Life Committee will notify both parties (faculty and student) in writing that the grievance has been received.

      9. The Academic Life Committee Chairperson will initiate the mechanism for the selection of the Academic Life Committee members who will serve on the ARB. This five-member board will consist of three faculty members and two student representatives, who will be selected by the two parties involved in the grievance, with each party selecting one faculty member and one student member. The third faculty member will be a member of the Academic Life Committee designated by the Academic Life Committee Chairperson and will serve as the Chairperson of ARB. If either party fails to select members for the ARB, the Chairperson of the ARB will select the members.

        During the summer, faculty and students will be on call to serve on the ARB. Preference will be given to Academic Life Committee members, but if necessary, non-Academic Life Committee members will be asked to serve during the summer. This list will be drafted during the spring semester by the Chairperson of the Academic Life Committee.

      10. The Chairperson of the Academic Life Committee will consult with those involved to determine the hearing date(s). Members of the ARB will meet prior to the hearing to establish procedures for the review and to select a chairperson and determine a timetable for the completion of the Board's work.

      11. The ARB will then convene a hearing with both parties. Board members must keep the proceedings and all other matters related to the hearing in the strictest confidence. Counsel for the parties or the College will not attend the hearing.

      12. The ARB will listen to the statements of the parties involved in the grievance, ask questions, review appropriate materials, deliberate, and recommend in writing a resolution to the grievance. This recommendation must be determined within 30 calendar days of when the Academic Life Committee Chairperson was informed of the grievance.

      13. The Chairperson of the ARB will sign the proposed resolution and forward to the Vice President of Academic Affairs within seven (7) calendar days. She/he will accept or reject the recommendation and notify the parties of the decision in writing. Only the Vice President for Academic Affairs may change grades. A record of the hearing will be maintained in strict confidentiality in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

    • Final Assessment of Learning
    • Undergraduate:

      • A final exam or other assessment of learning is included at the end of each semester in each course for which credit is given.
      • The final exam schedule for traditional undergraduate students is arranged by the Registrar's Office.
      • If a student has a conflict in her/his exam schedule, she/he should contact the Director of Student Services who will work with the faculty involved to resolve the issue.
      • Exams cannot be given in advance so that student may leave the College before the close of the semester.
      • Students may not miss a final exam without prior approval from the Dean of the School which houses the affected course. If an emergency arises that prevents the student from taking the final exam, the Dean's office should be contacted as soon as possible. The student must then take the final exam within one month after the close of the semester.
      • In the event of snow, exams will be given on the scheduled snow dates.

      Graduate:

      If circumstances prevent a student from taking the final examination in a course or from participating in another form of final assessment, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor prior to the scheduled assessment. If a final exam is not given, it is expected that the class will meet during the exam week.

    • Grade Changes
    • Once a final course grade has been submitted to the Registrar, a faculty member can change it only in the event of a clerical, calculation, evaluative, or administrative error with respect to work completed during the academic term in which the student was enrolled in the course. Grade changes should occur no later than four weeks after the start of the following semester. The Change of Grade Form is available on the Registrar's Google Site, and it requires the signatures of the Instructor, the Program Chair, and the appropriate Dean.

      Except when a grade of "I" or "DE" is awarded in accordance with the policies governing those grades, student grades may not be changed for work submitted after the conclusion of the academic term in which it was assigned.

      A final grade may be changed to "I" only with the signatures of the Program Chairperson and the appropriate Dean.

      Students may appeal their grades only on the basis of work completed and submitted during the academic term in which it was assigned.

      Student inquiries regarding grades must be made as soon as possible after the grade is received. Grade appeals must be made within 30 days of the end of the semester. For more information on grade appeals, see Academic Review Board procedures.

    • Grading Policies
    • Undergraduate:

      • Academic standing and eligibility for graduation are dependent upon both quality and quantity of work. The grade point average is a numerical index of the ratio of the number of quality points earned to the number of credits received.
      • A minimum grade of "C" is required for all courses in the major, for academic skills courses, for successful completion of, CSE 110, CSE 120, and for courses listed as a prerequisites for other courses.
      • A minimum grade of "D" is acceptable for courses meeting other general education requirements and any related requirements for a major.
      • Grades are available via Self Service (www.cse.edu) approximately 10 days after the close of the semester. Students on a Stop List from the Business Office will not be able to access their unofficial transcripts on Self Service, but they can call the Registrar's Office for a copy of their grade report.

      Graduate:

      • Academic standing and eligibility for graduation are dependent upon both quality and quantity of work. The grade point average is a numerical index of the ratio of the number of quality points earned to the number of credits received.
      • Grades are available via Self Service (www.cse.edu) approximately 10 days after the close of the semester. Students on a Stop List from the Business Office will not be able to access their unofficial transcripts on Self Service, but they can call the Registrar's Office for a copy of their grade report.
      • A graduate student is expected to achieve grades of A or B to remain in satisfactory academic standing.
      • Three C+/C grades or one grade of "F" in course work will be grounds for dismissal.
      • The student is responsible for reporting to the Registrar's Office any error on their academic record within 30 days after the grades have been posted via Self Service. The College will not be liable for unreported errors on student records.
    • Grading Scale
    • Undergraduate:

      GRADE QUALITY POINTS

      A 4.00

      A- 3.67

      B+ 3.33

      B 3.00

      B- 2.67

      C+ 2.33

      C 2.00

      C- 1.67

      D 1.00

      F 0.00

      FI - Failure due to Incomplete 0.00

      I - Incomplete 0.00

      P – Pass * 0.00

      DE – Deferred * 0.00

      W - Withdrawn 0.00

      AU - Audit 0.00

      PE – Permanent Excuse * 0.00

      TE – Temporary Excuse * 0.00

      NC – No Credit?* 0.00

      • * Pass, grade of 3.0 or higher — used only in the Dietetic Internship Program and for the Portfolio.
      • * Deferred — The "DE" (Deferred) grade is used only for courses requiring a project that might extend into a second consecutive term. The "DE" is a temporary grade that implies satisfactory performance. It may appear no more than two consecutive academic terms on the student's transcript. The "DE" grade will be removed when the instructor submits final grade. A final grade is awarded only after the student has completed all course requirements. A "DE" grade on a student's academic record will automatically prevent the student from graduating.
      • * Permanent excuse due to illness or injury
        (Fitness Courses only)
      • * Temporary excuse due to illness or injury
        (Fitness Courses only)
      • * NC: No Credit – Given in lieu of a grade of F during the first semester only to first-time, non-transfer students matriculated in the traditional undergraduate college.

      Graduate:

      • * Pass, grade of 3.0 or higher. Used only in the Dietetic Internship Program and for the Portfolio.
      • ** Deferred — The "DE" (Deferred) grade is used only for courses requiring a project that might extend into a second consecutive term (e.g., 691 Practicum, 695 Professional Portfolio, 699 Culminating Project). The "DE" is a temporary grade that implies satisfactory performance.
      • It may appear no more than two consecutive academic terms on the student's transcript. The "DE" grade will be removed when the instructor submits final grade. A final grade is awarded only after the student has completed all course requirements. A "DE" grade on a student's academic record will automatically prevent the student from graduating.
    • Incomplete Grades
    • Undergraduate:

      The grade of "I" may be granted only if a student petitions the instructor(s) for that grade prior to the end of the academic term in which she/he is enrolled in the affected course. A grade of "Incomplete" may be given if the student's already-completed work is of passing grade quality but remaining coursework is unfinished because of illness or other serious cause, and only if the faculty member and the student agree. An "Incomplete" in any course becomes a failure and is recorded as a grade of "FI" (Failure Resulting from an Incomplete) if course requirements are not completed within four weeks following the end of a semester (fall, spring, or summer) or two weeks following the end of an accelerated session or winter intersession. For first-time freshmen in the Women's College, an incomplete grade becomes an NC during their first semester at CSE if the work for the course is not completed in the appropriate time frame.

      Requests for extensions must be submitted to the appropriate Program Chair prior to the end of the incomplete period. Requests for an Incomplete Extension form can be obtained on the Registrar's Google site. Incomplete Extension Forms showing the signatures of the Student, the Instructor, and the Program Chair are submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

      Graduate:

      The grade of "I" may be granted only if a student petitions the instructor for that grade prior to the end of the academic term in which she/he is enrolled in the affected course. A grade of "Incomplete" may be given if the student's already completed work is of passing grade quality but remaining coursework is unfinished because of illness or other serious cause, and only if the faculty member and the student agree. An "Incomplete" in any course becomes a failure and is recorded as a grade of "FI" (Failure Resulting from an Incomplete) if course requirements are not completed within four weeks following the end of a semester (fall, spring, or summer) or two weeks following the end of an accelerated session or winter intersession.

      Requests for extensions must be submitted to the instructor of the course and the Director of the Graduate Program prior to the end of the incomplete period. Requests for an Incomplete Extension form can be obtained in the Registrar's Office. The student is responsible for making satisfactory arrangements with the instructor for the completion of the course requirements. The student earning an incomplete grade is expected to complete the course requirements as soon as possible.

      Under no circumstances will any student carrying more than one Incomplete grade be permitted to begin additional course work

    • Mid-Term Advisory Grades for Undergraduates
    • First-time, full-time students matriculated in the traditional undergraduate college and students on probation are given advisory grades at the mid-point of the fall semester as a way to monitor their performance in their courses. These are not considered official grades and do not become a part of student transcripts.

    • Pass/Fail for Undergraduates
    • Full-time students with senior or junior standing may take one course each semester on a pass/fail basis. Sophomores may take one course a year as pass/fail.

      Matriculated part-time students with sophomore standing (31-63 credits) may take one course as pass/fail throughout the duration of their sophomore standing. Part-time students with junior standing (64-95 credits) may take two courses as pass/fail throughout the duration of their junior standing, with no more than one pass/fail course per semester. Part-time students with senior standing (96 or more credits) may take two courses as pass/fail throughout the duration of their senior standing, with no more than one pass/fail course per semester.

      To register for a course on a pass/fail basis, students must have no grade below "C" in the preceding year (the last two major semesters excluding summer sessions). Courses used to fulfill general education requirements, courses being taken to fulfill minor requirements, and courses required for the major may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

      Students may register for one course on a pass/fail grade basis in the Registrar's Office on the dates specified in the College calendar. Once a student has designated a course pass/fail, she/he cannot change that decision. The instructor will not be notified of a student's choosing the pass/fail option. The instructor will assign a letter grade, which will then be translated to a pass/fail grade by the Registrar's Office.

  • Honors
    • Academic Honors Program for Undergraduates
    • The Honors Program is designed for a highly select group of students whose high school record, rank in class and SAT scores indicate superior scholastic aptitude or who in their college work demonstrate unusual proficiency and scholarly interests through a superior grade point average.

      Students accepted in the Honors Program are encouraged to devise their own curricula in consultation with the academic deans and other advisors. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for their major, First Year Seminar, English Composition, fitness/Wellness, and Foreign Language, students must fulfill the following:

      • Cumulative Average of 3.5 or Higher
      • Four Honors Designated courses
      • Two Honors Seminars
      • Independent Research Project

      Please contact the Director of the Honors Program for more information.

    • Dean's List for Undergraduates
    • Full-Time Matriculated Students

      • The Dean's List for full-time matriculated students is issued at the close of the fall and spring semesters.
      • Students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits excluding Pass/Fail courses and courses taken as Audit.
      • Minimum semester grade point average for eligibility is 3.5.
      • Students with grades of I (Incomplete), NC (No Credit), or F (Failure) are not eligible.

      Part-Time Matriculated Students

      • The Dean's List for part-time matriculated students is issued at the end of the summer sessions.
      • Part-time students must accumulate 15 credits (excluding pass/fail courses and courses taken as Audit) during the academic year beginning with the fall semester and ending with the summer sessions.
      • Eligible students must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average.
      • The credit and grade point calculation will include any additional eligible credits taken during the semester in which the 15th credit is earned.
      • Students with grades of I (Incomplete) and/or F (Failure) are not eligible.
    • Graduation Honors for Undergraduates
      • Graduation honors are based on the cumulative grade point average at the completion of all degree requirements.
      • Degrees awarded with Honor – cumulative GPA 3.5 – 3.69
      • Degrees awarded with High Honor – cumulative GPA 3.7 – 3.84
      • Degrees awarded with Highest Honor – cumulative GPA 3.85 – 4.0
    • Program Honors for Undergraduates
      • Awarded to graduating students who have attained a minimum of a 3.7 grade point average in all major courses and who have passed the capstone experience with honor.
      • This honor is calculated by the Registrar's Office after all degree work is completed and capstone experience results are submitted
    • Special Achievement Awards
      • The Sister Anna Concilio O'Neill Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in mathematics.
      • The Sister Hildegarde Marie Mahoney Award is bestowed annually for general excellence.
      • The Sister Elizabeth Ann Maloney Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in Campus Ministry.
      • The Sister Anna Catherine Lawlor Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in biology.
      • The Sister Therese Aquinas Roche Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in philosophy.
      • The Florence J. Morris Memorial Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in accounting by a Continuing Studies student.
      • The Continuing Studies Scholastic Achievement Award is bestowed on a Continuing Studies student who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average, completed a minimum of 56 credits at the College of Saint Elizabeth, and attained a minimum grade point average of 3.50.
      • The Sister Jacqueline Burns Award is bestowed annually on a student whose leadership has enriched and advanced the multicultural and international life of the community at the College.
      • The Sister Marian José Smith Award is bestowed annually for excellence in chemistry.
      • The John J. Riordan Award is bestowed annually on an undergraduate and/or graduate student who has the potential to make an impact in his/her field or discipline.
      • The Sister Anne Gertrude Coleman Award is bestowed annually for excellence in English Studies.
      • The Sister Anita Richard Heilenday Woman of Promise Award is bestowed annually on a traditional undergraduate student who exemplifies the mission and values of the College and the Foods and Nutrition Program.
  • Internships
    • Internships
    • An internship is a short-term, professional-level work experience with an employer in a student's field of interest. It emphasizes learning rather than earning on the job. An internship should enhance a student's interpersonal, communication, technical, and field-specific skills, and allow a student to gain a greater understanding of the future career she/he is pursuing while helping to prepare her/him for entry-level employment. Ordinarily, in order to earn one internship credit a student is expected to participate in 30 hours of activity approved and monitored by her/his program(s).

      Students may apply no more than six internship credits toward the degree. Many programs require an internship, but all students are encouraged to complete at least one internship as part of the degree. All of the procedures of the College and the Program must be observed as students prepare for internships. Students should consult the Academic Internship Handbook (available on the Academic Internship Google Site) for a complete discussion of procedures and deadlines as well as copies of all necessary forms.

      As students prepare to register for their internship experience, they must seek the assistance of the Internship Coordinator for the Area which houses the program in which they will be earning credit. The Internship Coordinator will guide and support students as they prepare for their internship experiences

  • Majors and Minors for Undergraduate Students
    • Acceptance into the Major
    • Some majors have accreditation standards that require that students meet acceptance criteria. Students will be advised of this during the admission process. Otherwise, students select their major(s) by informing their academic advisors who then notify the Registrar.

      Transfer students in the traditional undergraduate college, including those pursuing a second degree, apply to the program of their intended major during their first semester at the College; formal action by the program is taken at the completion of that semester.

      All other undergraduate students must apply for acceptance into the program of their intended major. Ordinarily, application to and formal acceptance by the major program occur in the second semester of the sophomore year, or for Continuing Studies students at approximately 48 credits.

      Major/minor forms are available in the Registrar's Office. Students should declare and/or change their major prior to registration for an upcoming semester.

    • Double Major
    • All elementary education majors must complete a double major. These students complete a major in elementary education and a second major chosen from an area of the liberal arts and sciences.

      Other students in good academic standing may also pursue a double major. Students must work with an advisor in each major to develop a plan of study.

      The dual degree plan must be approved by the appropriate Dean(s) and retained by both advisors. The plan must identify the primary major. After the approval, students are expected to complete the major requirements of both programs and to continue to work with an advisor in each major.

      All drop/add forms, withdrawal forms, and approval for study forms must be signed by an advisor from each major. When students register online for upcoming terms, the primary advisor will have access to approve or deny courses; however, both advisors must be consulted to ensure that the correct curricula are followed.

      The College cannot guarantee that students can complete a double major within a four-year time period.

    • Independent Study
    • Independent study is defined as a plan of academic study provided by an individual faculty member for a single student. An independent study enables the student to pursue an advanced topic or area of study not addressed in existing courses. The independent study should encourage student initiative and depth of critical thinking and/or creativity. An Independent Study form must be completed by the student, and all required signatures must be secured before the registration can be processed.

      Ordinarily, independent study is limited to junior and senior students who are not on academic probation. A maximum of six credits of independent study may be applied toward graduation.

    • Majors
    • A major consists of a concentration of courses in a given subject area of at least 28 credits. Students completing a degree must select at least one major, but with approval, they may be able to pursue a double major. All elementary education majors must pursue two majors. Course requirements for each major are listed under each program in the College catalog. Students in some majors are required to select a specific concentration within the major.

      Students must follow the major requirements listed in the College catalog in effect when they entered the College, unless programmatic changes preclude doing so. In such cases, changes will require the approval of the program chairperson. Some programs have very specific requirements for acceptance. These are listed under the individual program information.

      At least one-half of the major must be completed at the College of Saint Elizabeth. A minimum grade of C is required of all requirements in the major. Related requirements do not require a grade of C.

      A student may apply a maximum of two courses to both the major and minor Students must complete a capstone experience for each major.

      Students are responsible for understanding all major and degree requirements, and they must regularly consult with their academic advisors to ensure progress toward their degrees.

    • Minors
    • A minor consists of a concentration of courses in a given subject area, usually 18 to 24 credits. Students often complete a minor because it complements their major field of study. Others choose a minor simply because of their interest in a particular field of study. Minors are available in most academic programs. Students may complete a maximum of two minors.

      To declare a minor, the student must complete and submit the Major/Minor form to the Registrar's Office. This form will serve to notify a program of the student's intent. Interested students should declare a minor as early as possible. However, minors must be declared no later than the end of the drop/add period of the junior year, thus ensuring enough time to complete the requirements for the minor.

      Students must adhere to the minor requirements in effect during the catalog year in which they declare a minor unless programmatic changes preclude the completion of that set of requirements. In such cases, the change(s) made will require the approval of the Chairperson of the minor Program(s).

      At least one half of the minor must be completed in residence at the College of Saint Elizabeth. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses applied to the minor. A student may apply a maximum of two courses to both her major and minor in cases where this is possible. Related courses required by the student's major may be counted toward the minor.

      Academic advisors in major programs will serve as advisors for the minor as well. However, advisors and/or students should feel free to call upon the minor program(s) for informal advising.

      Students should be aware that their choice of a minor may be limited by the requirements of their major area of study, limited space availability in certain courses, and/or complexities in scheduling.

  • Student Records and Transcripts
    • Change of Student Name/Address
      • Name changes require legal documentation (e.g., copy of marriage certificate, etc.).
      • Individuals will be notified via CSE email when the name has been changed in the system.
      • Change of Name/Address Form
    • Educational Records / FERPA
    • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 1974)

      In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 1974) the College of Saint Elizabeth lists the following categories of information, which are considered directory information: student's name, address, telephone, email address, enrollment status, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.

      The College of Saint Elizabeth may release this information to inquirers (e.g., prospective employers, graduate schools, or in news releases). Students who do not wish to release any or all of the above information must submit a request in writing to the Registrar's Office through the FERPA Authorization to Release Information form. This request will be in effect until the student separates from the College.

    • Records Retention Schedule
    • Request for Transcripts
      • Transcript requests must be made in writing to the Registrar's Office.
      • There is a $5.00 fee per transcript. There is a $10.00 fee per transcript for 24-hour turn-around service.
      • Transcripts cannot be issued to students whose financial obligations to the College of Saint Elizabeth have not been met.
      • Transcripts submitted to the College from other institutions are not permitted to be released to a third a party.
      • Unofficial transcripts are available via Self-Service.
    • Solomon Amendment
    • The Solomon Amendment became effective on October 23, 1998. Under the Solomon Amendment institutions are required to fulfill military requests for student recruiting information. Failure to comply may result in the loss of various forms of federal funding and Federal Student Aid.

      Student recruiting information includes, but is not limited to student name, address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, class, major, degree(s) received, and educational institutions attended.

      Under FERPA, students may request that directory information be withheld. This protection will be honored under the Solomon Amendment. Any student who wishes to have directory information withheld should request a "no release" as described above.