Policy Updates

What's New With Academic Policies

University Readiness Standards and Placement Assessment (effective fall 2020)

Policy is revised for fall 2020 to:

  • Set new GED scores for English and reading readiness
  • Include high school GPA for English placement on the regional campuses
  • Clarify the requirement of the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs (effective fall 2020)

Policy is revised for fall 2020 to:

  • Replace specific GPA per credit hours with a minimum 3.000 overall GPA for eligibility for a combined degree program
  • Remove requirement that a letter grade must be earned in courses that will be doubled counted toward both degree programs
  • Remove categories of formal and informal combined degree programs
  • Align with the Ohio Department of Higher Education policy, which requires a minimum 150 unique credit hours
  • Combined degree programs with 141-149 unique credit hours are considered exceptions and must be approved by the ODHE

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Dual Degrees and Double Majors (effective fall 2020)

Policy is revised for fall 2020 to:

  • Redefine "double major”
  • Eliminate the 140-credit hour requirement for dual degrees
  • Eliminates additional 15 credit hours for concurrent or subsequent associate degrees
  • Provides more information on certain major/degree combinations that are not permitted
  • Restrict students on academic probation from declaring multiple majors
  • Include master's/doctoral degrees in the graduate dual degrees policy, as well returns graduate admission and plan deadlines to the prerogative of the colleges

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Catalog Rights and Exclusions (effective fall 2020)

Policy is revised for fall 2020 to:

  • Clarify how catalog year is assigned and the meaning of a catalog year
  • Add limitation that students cannot revert after updating catalog year
  • Replace term “in force” with “in effect"
  • Add disclaimer that colleges may approve appropriate substitutions or waivers if changes to courses substantially disadvantage enrolled students
  • Adds university’s rights to cancel courses and change the time, location or delivery of a scheduled course

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Remote Participation in a Thesis or Dissertation Defense (effective fall 2020)

Policy is new for fall 2020 to create consistent practices when a student and/or a committee member is not able to be physically present for the student’s defense of a thesis or dissertation.

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Thesis for the Master’s Degree (effective fall 2020)

Policy is revised for fall 2020 to:

  • Include procedures for convening a thesis committee and defense of a thesis
  • Remove graduate faculty status levels (e.g., A-1, F-3)
  • Eliminate summer registration requirement (unless student is defending or using university resources in the summer)
  • Add deadline for filing thesis
  • Remove university-wide deadline for thesis completion (deadline will now be determined by each college)

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Dissertation for the Doctoral Degree (effective fall 2020)

Policy is revised for fall 2020 to:

  • Clarify that a dissertation is required for the Ph.D. degree, rather than all doctoral degrees
  • Replace language regarding dissertation committees with more up-to-date information
  • Remove graduate faculty status levels (e.g., A-1, F-3)
  • Eliminate summer registration requirement (unless student is defending or using university resources in the summer)
  • Include disclaimer that credit hours earned in Dissertation II do not count toward the degree
  • Adds university-wide deadline for filing the dissertation

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Instructors in Courses Carrying Academic Credit (effective fall 2020)

Policy is revised for fall 2020 to:

  • Define the minimum instructor credentials required to teach courses at the different levels
  • Direct the bodies responsible for verifying and documenting instructional qualifications

View the Policy in the Policy Register (pending approval by the Board of Trustees in June 2020 and filing with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission)

Course Repeat (effective fall 2019)

Policy is revised for fall 2019 to:

  • Allow all repeated undergraduate courses to be eligible for GPA recalculation for graduation
  • Previously, only lower-division courses were eligible

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Grade Point Average (GPA) (effective fall 2019)

Policy is revised for fall 2019 to:

  • Establishe a policy on the calculation of the major, minor and certificate GPA for graduation
  • Clarify the calculation of the overall GPA for graduation
  • Require a minimum 2.000 major, minor or certificate GPA for graduation

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Honors at Graduation (effective fall 2019)

Policy is revised for fall 2019 to:

  • Change the name recognition for the bachelor's degree, from Institutional Honors to Latin Honors
  • Recognize high-achieving students who have earned the necessary credit hours for a Kent State degree, but who do not have the required 60 Kent State credit hours for eligibility of Latin honors
  • Decrease required Kent State credit hours, from 32 to 30, for eligibility of Graduation with Distinction for associate degree students

View the Policy in the University Catalog

Graduate Minors (effective fall 2019)
Academic Standing - Graduate Student (effective fall 2019)

Policy is revised for fall 2019 to:

  • Clarify the determination of a degree-seeking student
  • Update time limits for doctoral students
  • Include responsibility of communicating to students who are being place on probation or are being dismissed;
  • Identify the violation of professional standards as an academic dismissal
  • Address dismissal of students in multiple programs
  • Add a transcript notation for dismissal
  • Eliminate restrictions for reinstatement
  • Establish procedures and process for when students appeal a dismissal decision

View the Policy in the University Catalog

University Readiness Standards and Placement Assessment (effective fall 2019)

Policy is revised for fall 2019 to:

  • Update test scores to comply with state mandates
  • Eliminate the writing challenge for English placement
  • Include more options for waiving foreign language placement

View the Policy in the University Catalog