The university has established the following Catalog rights and exclusions relating to degree requirements. While these Catalog rights establish specific degree requirements for students, the exclusions noted ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired by students will be current with the state of knowledge in their fields of study.
- Students’ academic requirements are based on the Catalog that is in force during their first semester of enrollment at Kent State University.
- Students may elect to complete an academic program (major, minor, certificate) under a more recent Catalog. When changing Catalog year, students must comply with all of the requirements relevant to their program in the newer Catalog.
- Students may declare a different Catalog for a minor, certificate or second major/degree. However, all enforced university-level academic policies and procedures are based on the students’ Catalog for their primary degree program.
- Catalog rights may be granted through inter-institutional curricular agreements. Such rights are subject to the same exclusions noted below.
- Students who transfer to another university and return to Kent State are readmitted under the Catalog-in-force at the time of readmission.
- Undergraduate students who do not satisfactorily complete 12 semester hours at Kent State in two calendar years must satisfy the requirements of the most recent Catalog. Transient work, Credit-By-Examination and coursework receiving grades of AU, F, NF, SF, IN, NR, W, U or Z will not count toward completing the 12 hours.
- Undergraduate students who do not complete degree requirements within six years are required to update to the current Catalog.
- Dismissed students are reinstated under the Catalog-in-force at the time of reinstatement.
- Changes in degree requirements will be made to keep programs in compliance with accreditation, certification or licensure standards. Implementation of these standards may require that students update to the current Catalog.
- Program changes may be required by financial urgency, unavailability of faculty or unavailability of other instructional resources. In these instances, the dean of the students’ college will identify available alternatives for the completion of degree requirements.
In rare instances an exception to the above policy may be granted by the college dean.