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Scholastic Standards

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook contains helpful information related to academic standards and campus policies, campus programs, rules and regulations, activities, organizations, and services. It is an official document of the university and contains many of the details not found in this bulletin. All students are subject to the rules and standards as they are presented in the handbook.

Semester Credit

UW-Stout expresses credit in semester hours. One credit represents the satisfactory completion of the work of one meeting a week for a period of one semester. A course having five meetings a week will usually give five semester hours of credit. In order to receive a de­gree, you must not only gain the required number of credits in the program you are pursuing, but also must attain a certain standard of scholarship. (See also “Suspension and Probation.”)

Credit by Examination

You may be able to receive credit by demonstrating your competence through examination. External examinations include the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP). For further information on external examinations, contact the Counseling Center.

You may also receive credit through the “test out” procedures developed by various university academic departments. For more information, contact the appropriate school or department office.

If you test out of a course, you will be charged a testing fee.

Credit Registration and Overload Policy

A normal semester credit load is 16 or 17 credits. Register only for those classes you intend to complete. Do not register for classes which conflict with other class(es).

Undergraduate students, with the exception of graduating seniors, will be restricted to 18 credits during the early registration. Once registration is completed, students may add credits up to a maximum of 20 during the add/drop period. A fee will be charged for any credits beyond 18.

You may seek a waiver of the 20-credit limit by appealing to your program director. If the program director approves an overload permit, you must file it in the Registration and Records Office.

During summer session, you may enroll for a maximum of one credit per week. Again, if you want to seek a waiver to the credit limit, contact your program director.

Retroactive Credit for Foreign Language

Students who earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or better in foreign language courses would also receive credit for the lower level foreign language course or courses associated with that course.

Math and English Placement

Remedial Placement Students who are not transferring credits in math or English must take the regional math and English placement tests. These are given around the state during the spring semester. Make-up tests are given in the summer at announced times. Students who place into remedial math or English must successfully complete the course by the end of 30 credits or they will not be permitted to register.

English Placement Students who perform well on the placement tests may be placed in an advanced English class (ENGL-111 Freshman English – Honors).

Advanced Placement UW-Stout grants credit for scores of three or greater on the College Board Advanced Placement test. In addition, students can receive credit for a specific course. For more information about advanced placement examinations, call the Office of Admissions at 715/232-1411.

Add/Drop Policy

Even with careful planning, you may find you have to add or drop a class after the semester begins. To comply with accreditation and financial aid regulations, UW-Stout has a published add/drop policy.
The following serves as UW-Stout’s procedures for adding or dropping classes within the guidelines of the policy:

Students are expected to complete courses for which they register. Students who wish to adjust their class schedules may add or drop classes before the end of the second week of semester classes and before the end of the first week of quarter classes. Drops made during the first two weeks of a semester course or the first week of a quarter course will not appear on a student’s transcript. If students deem it necessary to reduce their program after the normal (two week) add/drop period, they should do so as early as possible. A mark of “WS” or “WU” is given by the instructor and recorded on the student transcript for a course dropped after the add-period of a semester or quarter course but before the midterm date. After the midterm date, any withdrawal from a course is recorded as an “F.” If extenuating circumstances warrant other consideration, an appeal may be made to the instructor of the course. Students who register for a course but do not attend the class and do not officially withdraw are given a mark of “F.” Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course, or who do not notify the instructor or department chairperson that they will be absent for special reasons, may at the instructor’s option, be dropped from the course if, and only if, other students are waiting to enroll at that time. Students should consult the current term “timetable” for the official drop dates.

Grade Point and Symbols

Grade Grade 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+ = 1.33
D = 1.00
D- = 0.67
F = 0.00
O = Outstanding (no grade points)
S = Satisfactory (no grade points)
U = Unsatisfactory (no grade points)
W = Withdrawal from school before midterm or grade assigned
I = Incomplete
CR = Credit (no grade points)
F = Fail
IP = In Progress (approved courses only)
AU = Audit - no credit awarded
NC = No Credit
WS = Withdrawal - Satisfactory Work
WU = Withdrawal - Unsatisfactory Work


Accommodating Religious Beliefs

UW-Stout honors individuals’ religious beliefs. If scheduling of tests or other mandatory activities interferes with students’ religious ob­servances, students may request alternative arrangements.

Within the first three weeks of class, students must notify their instructors if there will be days or dates when their religious activities will prevent them from participating in academic events. For sum­mer sessions or short courses, students must notify their instructors within the first week of class.

The university accepts, at face value, the sincerity of students’ religious beliefs. Information students provide about their religion will be kept confidential.

Once instructors know of students’ needs, they will be able to schedule make-up examinations or other course requirements, before or after the regularly scheduled examination or other requirement.

If students believe their religious beliefs have not been accommodated, they may file a grievance. For more information about the policy or the grievance procedure, contact the Dean of Students Office at extension 1181.

Procedure for Withdrawal from UW-Stout

Withdrawal should be undertaken only after serious consideration. If you intend to withdraw from the university, you must contact the Registration and Records Office and complete a withdrawal form. If you fail to withdraw officially from the university, you will receive a grade of “F” in all your courses. Withdrawals after the midpoint of a term or course will generally result in “F” grades. (See the grading policy on the Registration and Records website.)

Suspension and Probation

Grade point requirements for graduation vary by major. Minimum acceptable standards for retention are defined as follows:

  1. First semester freshmen students will be placed on probation if they achieve a grade point average less than 1.8 at the end of the semester. They will be suspended if their grade point average is less than 1.0 for the semester.

  2. Second semester freshmen will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade point average at the end of the semes­ter is less than 1.9. They will be suspended if their grade point average is less than 1.0 for the semester.

  3. Second semester sophomores or upper division students will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade point average at the end of the semester is less than 2.0. They will be suspended if their grade point average is less than 1.0 for the semester.

  4. Students with two consecutive terms of probationary-level work will be dismissed unless they have a semester grade point average of 2.5 or better.

  5. A student who has been declared academically ineligible to continue may request a hearing to appeal.

Requirements for Graduation

The semester credit hours required for graduation are stated under the program of study for each major. You are responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements for graduation. To fill the minimum residence requirement, you must earn 32 semester hours of credit (64 grade points) in residence at UW-Stout. One semester before graduation, you must file an Application for Degree card with the Registration and Records Office.

Graduating with Honors

Undergraduate honors are based upon scholarship. The following designations are used:

Cum Laude  »  3.5 – 3.699 grade point average
Magna Cum Laude  »  3.7 – 3.899 grade point average
Summa Cum Laude   »  3.9 – 4.00 grade point average

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 must have been earned in all credits from all institutions attended. For commencement purposes, the cumulative grade point average earned at the end of the semester preceding the commencement ceremony will determine recognition at the commencement ceremony. However, honors will be officially determined when all coursework has been completed. Honors will be listed in the student’s transcript and will appear on the diploma.

Chancellor’s Award

The Chancellor’s Award recognizes undergraduate students who receive a semester grade point average of 3.5 or greater on 12 or more credits. A special Four Star Recognition Award will be given to undergraduate students who attain a 4.0 average.