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Administrative policy and procedure regarding academic requirements, course specifications, and course offerings

  1. Policy. The university reserves the right to change academic requirements, course specifications, the time of meetings of a class, and to drop or add any course from the “Schedule of Classes.” These actions are normally taken when changes in certification or licensure standards mandate changes in academic requirements or in university programs, or when there is insufficient student demand or resources are unavailable; nevertheless, such changes should not be to the substantial disadvantage of a student during his/her continuous enrollment.
  2. Academic requirements.
    1. University orientation. Undergraduate students are required to complete the university orientation course. Adult students (twenty-one years or older at the time of admission) and transfer students entering with more than twenty-four semester hours (excluding post-secondary and dual-enrollment credit) are exempted from the requirement. Full-time students are expected to complete the university orientation course during their first full semester of enrollment. Part-time students are expected to complete the course before they attain sophomore standing. In addition to the course, all new undergraduate students are required to attend the university orientation program, which occurs just prior to the first week of class fall semester.
    2. Catalog in force.
      1. Student’s academic requirements are based on the catalog that is in force during the student’s first semester of enrollment in a degree or certificate program at Kent state university.
      2. 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.
      3. Students may declare a different catalog for a minor, certificate or second major/degree; however, students must comply with all of the requirements relevant to the additional program in the different catalog.
      4. Catalog rights may be granted through inter-institutional curricular agreements. Such rights are subject to the same exclusions noted in this rule.
      5. Regardless of their first term of enrollment, students are governed generally by the university academic, administrative and operational policies in the catalog currently in force.
      6. Students who transfer to another university and return to Kent state university are readmitted under the catalog in force at the time of readmission.
      7. Dismissed students are readmitted under the catalog in force at the time of reinstatement.
      8. Undergraduate students who interrupt their enrollment at the university for one full academic year or longer, consecutively, including summer, are updated to the catalog-in-force at the time of their most recent reenrollment. Transient work and alternative credit do not qualify as enrollment at Kent state university.
      9. Kent state will not permit reentry into programs that are no longer offered at the time of the students’ most recent readmission, reinstatement or reenrollment.
      10. Undergraduate students who are enrolled continuously in a degree or certificate program in a catalog older than six years may be required to update to a more recent catalog.
      11. Changes in degree requirements will be made to keep programs in compliance with accreditation, certification, or licensure or industry standards. Implementation of these standards may require that students update to a more recent catalog.
      12. 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 program requirements.
  3. Course specifications. Course specifications such as title, credit hours, prerequisites, status (e.g., Kent core), etc., are based on the term for which the student registered for the course. If the course is revised after the student completed it, the student does not gain or lose anything with that revision. In the event that a change in prerequisite, for instance, would substantially disadvantage a continuously-enrolled student by unreasonably adding one or more courses to that student’s degree requirements as specified in paragraph (B)(2) of this rule, dean’s offices may authorize course substitutions, waiver(s), or some other appropriate alternative.
Policy Effective Date: 
Sep. 08, 2015
Policy Prior Effective Dates: 
11/4/1977, 10/5/1979, 11/22/1982, 8/14/1985, 4/11/1990, 6/1/2007, 8/21/2012, 8/25/2014, 3/1/2015