ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

The academic year is divided into two semesters (terms) of 15 weeks each and a summer term. New courses are begun each semester; hence, it is possible for students to enter the University at the beginning of any term.

SEMESTER HOURS OF CREDIT

Credit in courses is expressed in semester hours. Normally, a semester hour of credit represents one class hour of work per week for one semester, or an equivalent amount of work in other forms of instruction such as laboratory, studio, or field work. Most of the courses offered by the University meet three times per week for one semester and therefore carry three semester hours of credit.

NUMBERING OF COURSES

Each academic course is designated by numerals. Courses are numbered according to the following plan:

Freshman and Sophomore   1000-2999
Junior and Senior   3000-4999
Graduate   5000-8999
Courses numbered 0001 to 0999 are institutional credit courses.   

STUDENT ACADEMIC LOAD

The normal course load for students is fifteen semester hours credit in academic subjects (five three-hour courses). A student is considered to be carrying a full load if enrolled for twelve or more semester hours of academic credit. A student is considered to be registered for an overload if enrolled in more than eighteen course credit hours.

A student must have the approval of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to register for an overload. The following cases usually qualify: (1) Students on the Dean's List or President's List for the preceding term may register for as much as twenty-one hours credit. (2) A student enrolled in certain curricula which require an overload for a given semester may register for the specified hours of credit.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

Students who are enrolled for less than a full load are classified as part-time students. These students may be working toward college degrees or they may be taking courses for self improvement. Part-time students are required to satisfy the minimum academic standards.

AUDIT

A student must have permission from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to audit a course. Auditors are expected to attend classes, but they are not required to take examinations or meet course requirements. No credit is given for audits. In the event of overloaded classes, students enrolled for credit will be given preference. Fees for attending class on an audit basis are calculated on the same schedule as regular academic fees.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

Credit by examination is offered for a number of courses at the University, e.g. CLEP and Advanced Placement. Credit by examination is listed as such on the transcript along with the course number, title, and hours of credit; however, no grade is assigned and the credit is not included in computing the grade point average. Credit by examination is limited to ten hours in a discipline and thirty hours in the University. Credit by examination is usually earned at the time the student enters the University. See the Registrar for more information.

GRADING SYSTEM AND QUALITY POINTS

GRADE   Achievement Quality   Points
A  Superior   4
B   Above Average   3
C   Average   2
D   Poor   1
F   Failing   0
P   Pass   0
S   Satisfactory Performance   0
U   Unsatisfactory Performance   0
V   Audit   0
I   Incomplete   0
IP   In Progress (used only for Learning Support)   0
K   Credit by Exam   0
W   Withdrawn   0
WF   Withdrawn Failing   0
WM   Withdrawn for Military Purposes   0
NR   No grade reported by instructor   0

A grade of "I" indicates that the student was doing satisfactory work but, for non-academic reasons beyond his/her control, was unable to meet the full requirements of the course during the term scheduled. The individual faculty member assigning the "I" has the responsibility for documenting the work to be completed. This documentation is to be filed with the Academic Dean or Department Chair at the time grades are submitted. An incomplete grade must be removed before the end of the following term (including summer term); otherwise, the grade will be recorded as F.

Students who for non-academic reasons stop attending class prior to midterm should withdraw from the course. A grade of "I" cannot be assigned in this situation.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

The grade point average is the ratio of quality points earned to the number of credit hours for which the student is accountable. The grade point average will be calculated for each student at the end of each term and will be printed on the transcript as follows:

1. The Semester Grade Point Average is the ratio of quality points earned to credit hours attempted that semester in courses numbered 1000 or above.

2. The Cumulative/Institution Grade Point Average is the ratio of quality points earned to credit hours attempted in courses numbered 1000 or above for which a final grade has been earned. Normally, a course is counted only once for credit hours. For this type of course, the latest grade earned replaces all previous grades and determines the quality points assigned.

A grade of WF is treated as an F in calculating grade point averages.

POLICY ON REPEATING COURSES

Normally, a course is counted only one time for credit hours. If a student wants to repeat a course that falls into this category, he/she may do so with the understanding that the latest grade earned replaces all previous grades. The number of quality points awarded and credit hours earned is determined by this final grade.

CLASS RANK

Students are classified once each year, and class rank is based on semester hours of credit earned. Minimum semester hours of academic credit for the different class ranks are as follows:

  • Sophomore-30 hours
  • Junior-60 hours
  • Senior-90 hours

ACADEMIC STATUS: GOOD STANDING, WARNING, PROBATION, SUSPENSION

A grade point average of 2.00 (C average) is required for graduation from Georgia Southwestern State University. (Some curricula may require a higher average.) A student whose performance is below this level exhibits academic deficiencies. The University uses the cumulative/institution grade point average. This grade point average is used in determining academic standing. The following table shows the minimal cumulative/institution grade point average a student must achieve to make acceptable progress toward the 2.00 average and graduation.

Total Hours Earned
(including hours accepted in transfer)  
 Required Minimum Cumulative/Institution G.P.A.
0-15    1.50
16-30    1.65
31-60    1.75
61 and above    2.00

The grade point average is calculated each term and appears on the academic transcript to inform the student of his/her progress, along with the academic status of the student. The categories used by the University are Good Standing, Academic Warning, Academic Probation, Academic Suspension, Restricted Enrollment, and Learning Support.

Good Standing

A student will be placed in Good Standing if the cumulative/institution GPA is equal to or above the Required Minimum GPA for the total number of hours the student has earned.

Academic Warning

A student will be placed on Academic Warning at the end of any term in which the cumulative/institutional GPA falls below the required minimum for the total hours earned. The student will have only one semester in which to raise the GPA to the required minimum and return to Good Standing. If not, the student is placed on Academic Probation. Students on Academic Warning are encouraged to take advantage of supplemental instruction resources.

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on Academic Probation if the student fails to return to Good Standing at the end of the semester in which the academic standing of the student was Academic Warning. The student will have only one term to raise the GPA to the required minimum and return to Good Standing. If not, the student is placed on Academic Suspension. Students on Academic Probation are strongly encouraged to take advantage of Academic Assistance resources.

Academic Suspension

A student will be placed on Academic Suspension if the student fails to achieve Good Standing while on Probation. The student must stay out of school for one semester or choose to remain in school with Restricted Enrollment status (see below). To return to school, the student must write a letter of appeal to the Office of Academic Affairs. When the student returns, the academic status of the student is Academic Warning and the Warning-Probation-Suspension process starts over. That is, the student will have two semesters at most to raise the GPA to the Required Minimum and return to Good Standing, or the student will be suspended again. The maximum number of suspensions allowed is two. At the third suspension, the student will be suspended from GSW for a minimum of one calendar year.

Normally a student will not be reinstated after the third suspension. The student may, however, appeal this dismissal by stating his/her case in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Appeals relative to dismissal after the third suspension will be considered on a case by case basis with no guarantee of readmission.

A student on Academic Suspension will not be allowed to register for courses offered by the University, unless the student has been granted Restricted Enrollment Status.

Courses taken at other institutions while a student is on Academic Suspension from Georgia Southwestern will not be accepted in transfer.

Students returning to GSW after the first suspension are required to enroll in ACSK 1100, Academic Skills, during the first term of re-enrollment.

Restricted Enrollment

As an alternative to suspension, a student may request from the Associate Dean for Academic Services to remain in school with Restricted Enrollment status. This status means that the student will stay in school but may enroll primarily in repeat courses and ACSK 1100, Academic Skills, in order to improve the student's GPA to return to Good Standing. Restricted Enrollment is the only alternative available to students who are on suspension.

Not returning to Good Standing by the end of the Restricted Enrollment term will result in an additional suspension for the student, and the student will remain out of school for a minimum of one semester. The student accepting this status will be advised by his/her assigned academic advisor. A Restricted Enrollment Agreement will be signed by the student, the advisor, and the Associate Dean for Academic Services before the student is allowed to register. A student on Restricted Enrollment may drop or add courses only with the approval of the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Restricted Enrollment status is not available to Learning Support students or transient students.

Readmission after Suspension

A student on Academic Suspension who wishes to be readmitted to the University must write a letter to the Vice President for Academic Affairs requesting readmission. The letter must include all facts which the student wishes considered. Each request for readmission will be considered individually, and nothing in this section should be interpreted to mean that readmission is automatic.

Readmission may be denied if, in the professional judgment of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the student cannot perform satisfactory college level work.

Any student requesting readmission must complete a readmission form from the Registrar's Office. Students returning from the first suspension must take ACSK 1100, Academic Skills, during their first term of enrollment.

Learning Support Policies

A student who is taking one or more Learning Support courses will be given this status until the student exits all required Learning Support courses. The policies of the Board of Regents and the GSW Learning Support will have precedence over the policies of GSW concerning Academic Suspension. The Restricted Enrollment academic status is not applicable to Learning Support students.

ACADEMIC HONORS

President's List

During any semester, a student who completes a load of at least fifteen semester hours of credit and earns an average grade of 4.00 will be named to the President's List.

Dean's List

During any semester, a student who completes a load of at least fifteen semester hours of credit and earns an average grade of 3.50 through 3.99 will be named to the Dean's List.

Academic Achievement List

During any semester, a student is on the Academic Achievement List if he/she is in Academic Good Standing, has previously earned at least 15 hours of credit at Georgia Southwestern, is enrolled in 3 to 14 hours of credit, and earns a semester GPA of 3.5 or better.

GRADUATION WITH HONORS

In order to be eligible to graduate with honors from Georgia Southwestern State University, the following two requirements must be met:

A student must earn a total of at least 54 semester hours of academic credit at Georgia Southwestern State University.

The grade point for honors must be an average of the final grades earned on work completed at all accredited colleges and universities attended and must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Graduation cum laude requires a minimum grade point average of 3.50;
  • Graduation magna cum laude requires a minimum grade point average of 3.70;
  • Graduation summa cum laude requires a minimum grade point average of 3.90.

Only candidates for baccalaureate degrees are considered for academic honors at graduation.

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

A student who has three final examinations scheduled for the same day may request a change of date for one final through

the Office of Academic Affairs.

Times and dates for final examinations may not be changed to accommodate students' travel plans. Permission for a student to change his/her final exam time and/or date must be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs. The final examination schedule is available in the on-line schedule of classes on RAIN.

RE-EXAMINATIONS FOR SENIORS

A senior preparing for graduation within two (2) semesters who earns a final grade of F or D in a course may have the opportunity of one re-examination in that course. After reviewing the eligibility requirements for re-examination with the instructor of the course (based on the conditions listed below), the student must request permission for the re-examination in writing from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The instructor will be informed in writing whether permission has been granted. Conditions for re-examinations include the following:

a. The original course grade earned must not be the result of a violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity or the instructor's written policy on course attendance.
b. It must be mathematically possible to achieve the necessary passing grade in the course using the result of the re-examination.
c. The course must be a non-core course numbered 2000 or above which is necessary for graduation.
d. There must be no opportunity to repeat the course before the scheduled graduation.
e. Graded assignments for which a re-exam may occur include an examination, a project, a presentation, a paper, or another assignment as defined by course requirements. The assignment to be repeated will be determined by the instructor of the course.
f. A student cannot apply this re-examination policy in more than two courses.
g. The request for the re-examination must be made within thirty (30) days of the end of the term in which the grade was received.
h. Graduating seniors who fail the tests given by the Department of History and Political Science to meet the geography, U.S. history/Georgia history, and U.S. Constitution/Georgia Constitution requirements are entitled to a single retest in the deficient area during the term immediately preceding their graduation date. Retests are limited to two areas. Students in this situation should contact the secretary of the Department of History and Political Science.
i. According to the Board of Regents procedures, this policy does not apply to the Regents' Testing Program.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

A student with senior standing at Georgia Southwestern State University with an overall academic grade point average of 3.0 or higher may register for graduate courses during the final two terms of undergraduate work subject to the following regulations.

(1) No more than nine hours of graduate credit may be earned.
(2) The maximum course load when enrolled in one or more graduate courses is 15 hours per semester.
(3) Courses taken for graduate credit cannot be counted toward meeting undergraduate degree requirements.
(4) Permission to register for graduate courses must be granted first by the Director of Graduate Studies and then by the Vice President for Academic Affairs prior to registration.

Permission forms are available in the Registrar's Office.

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to attend all classes. If an absence is necessary, the student is responsible for reporting the reason to the instructor; in such cases, each instructor will take whatever action he or she deems necessary. Faculty members will make their absence policies clear to the students enrolled in their classes in writing and within the first week of the semester.

Penalties for excessive absences in each course are set at the beginning of each semester by the faculty member teaching that course. Students with excessive absences in a class may receive a grade of F for the course.

SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS

Adding or Dropping Courses

Following registration for the term, students may add or drop courses during the published add/drop period.

  • Students must discuss adding or dropping courses with their advisors.
  • Students who enter courses after the first day of class are responsible for making up missed assignments.
  • Students may add or drop a Learning Support course only with the approval of the Learning Support Coordinator. Students enrolled in both Learning Support classes and degree credit courses cannot drop the Learning Support courses without dropping the degree credit courses as well.
  • Students may not drop a Regents' remediation course without the approval of the Registrar or the Learning Support Coordinator.

After the published add/drop period, students may adjust their schedules only by "withdrawal." (See below.)

Students registered for courses that have the first class meeting after the designated add/drop period will be subject to the withdrawal from class policy or the withdrawal from the university policy below. Any orientation session for online or off-campus courses is considered the first class meeting for the course.

Withdrawal from a Course

After the add/drop period, a student must officially withdraw from a course by completing the "Withdrawal from Class" form available on RAIN or in the Registrar's Office. This form must be returned to the Registrar's Office upon completion. The student is fully responsible for collecting the appropriate signatures and submitting the completed form to the Registrar's office.

  • Withdrawal from class without penalty requires the student to complete the Withdrawal from Class form and return it to the Registrar's Office by the published no-penalty date of one week after midterm. A student following this procedure will receive a grade of W (Withdrawn).
  • Withdrawal from class without penalty will not be permitted after the published 'no penalty' date except for non-academic reasons. Documentation must be provided by the student to receive a W rather than a WF (Withdrawn Failing).
  • Students with Learning Support requirements who are enrolled in both Learning Support courses and degree credit courses may not withdraw from the required Learning Support courses with a "W" unless they also withdraw from the degree credit courses.

All withdrawals from class must be approved and completely processed before the last day of classes. A student who does not officially withdraw from a class will receive a grade of F in that course for the term.

Withdrawal from the University

Students withdrawing from all classes and exiting the University after the first day of classes must meet with the Director of Counseling Services to initiate the official "Withdrawal from the University" process.

  • Withdrawal from the University prior to the no-penalty date of one week after midterm will result in grades of W (withdrawn) for all courses.
  • Withdrawal from the University after the no-penalty date will result in grades of WF (withdrawn failing) except for documented non-academic reasons.

All withdrawals from the University must be approved and completely processed before the last day of classes. The student is fully responsible for supplying all pertinent documentation to the Director of Counseling Services.

Failure to withdraw from the University following the proper procedure will result in grades of F in all courses, and no refund will be given.

ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES

Students registered for fall or spring semesters, who attend none of the class meetings during the first week of classes and do not inform the instructor of their intentions to remain in the course or do not drop the course within the published period will be administratively withdrawn from the course. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to document such absences.

Instructors must take roll during the first week of classes, until they receive final rolls. The faculty member will inform the Registrar that the student is not attending classes by notation on the verification roll provided after the first week of class.

Students will be contacted in writing by the Registrar and informed that they will be administratively withdrawn if they do not contact that office by a specified date.

STUDENT ABSENCE POLICY FOR UNIVERSITY SANCTIONED EVENTS

Faculty members will set policies for absences from class and the effect absences may have on final grades. They will make their expectations concerning absences known to their students in writing during the first week of class.

However, a student who is absent from a class as a result of representing this institution at a University-sanctioned event will not be penalized for the absence. In these cases, the student will be given an opportunity to complete any work that may have been missed as a result of the absence. It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor in advance of an anticipated absence.

For an event to be sanctioned by the University, approval by the Office of Academic Affairs must be obtained in advance of the event.

Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

POLICY ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Georgia Southwestern State University are expected to conform to high standards of intellectual and academic integrity. The University assumes as a basic and minimum standard of conduct that students be honest and that they submit for credit only the product of their own efforts. Scholastic ideals and the need for fairness require that all dishonest work be rejected as a basis for academic credit. They also require that students refrain from all forms of dishonorable conduct in the course of their academic careers.

Dishonest work will be treated as a serious offense by the faculty and administration of Georgia Southwestern. Multiple infractions may be cause for permanent expulsion from the University. An instructor who receives dishonest work from a student has several options. At a minimum, the work should be rejected as a basis for academic credit. At the discretion of the instructor, the student may be given a score of zero on the assignment in question, may be required to rewrite the assignment, may be given a grade of F in the course, may not be recommended for admission to Teacher Education or the Nursing programs, or may be penalized in some intermediate way. A student found guilty of submitting dishonest work will have this information and the instructor's course of action placed on file in the Office of Academic Affairs so that if future instructors receive dishonest work from that same student, the student may be penalized by the institution, resulting in possible expulsion. Given the serious nature of infractions of this policy, students have a right to know what constitutes academic dishonesty and have a right to a fair and consistent procedure before severe penalties are imposed. The examples given below are intended to clarify the standards by which academic integrity is judged. They are meant to be illustrative and are not exhaustive. There may be cases which fall outside of these examples and which are deemed unacceptable by the academic community.

Definitions and Examples of Dishonest Behavior

Plagiarism

It is a violation of academic honesty to submit plagiarized work. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, asking someone to write part or all of an assignment, copying someone else's work (published or unpublished), inadequately documenting research, downloading material from electronic sources without appropriate documentation, or representing others' works or ideas as the student's own.

The student is responsible for understanding the legitimate and accurate use of sources, the appropriate ways of acknowledging and citing academic, scholarly or creative indebtedness, and the consequences of violating this responsibility.

Cheating on Examinations

It is a violation of academic integrity to cheat on an examination. Cheating on an examination includes, but is not limited to, giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after an in-class or out-of-class examination. Examples of unauthorized help include using unauthorized notes during an examination, viewing another student's exam, and allowing another student to view one's exam.

Unauthorized Collaboration

It is a violation of academic honesty to submit for credit work which is the result of unauthorized collaboration. It is also a violation to provide unauthorized collaboration. Unauthorized collaboration includes giving or receiving unauthorized help for work that is required to be the effort of a single student, such as the receiving or giving of unauthorized assistance in the preparation of any academic or clinical laboratory assignment.

Falsification

It is a violation of academic honesty to falsify information or misrepresent material in an academic work. This includes, but is not limited to, the falsification of citations of sources, the falsification of experimental or survey results, and the falsification of computer or other data.

Multiple Submissions

It is a violation of academic honesty to submit substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once without the explicit consent of the instructor(s) to whom the work is submitted for additional credit. If a work product is to be substantially revised or updated, the student must contact the instructor in advance to discuss necessary revisions. The faculty member may require a copy of the original document for comparison purposes.

Obligations to Report Suspected Violations

Members of the academic community (students, faculty, administration, and staff) are expected to report suspected violations of these standards of academic conduct to the appropriate authority: the instructor, department chair, academic dean, or Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Evidence and Burden of Proof

In determining whether or not academic dishonesty has occurred, the standard which should be used is that guilt must be proven by the instructor with a preponderance of evidence. That is, it should appear to a reasonable and impartial mind that it is more likely than not that academic dishonesty has occurred.

Procedures for Resolving Matters of Academic Dishonesty

When an instructor believes that academic dishonesty has occurred, the instructor will inform the student that academic dishonesty is believed to have taken place. The instructor will explain to the student what the penalties will be should the guilt be proven by a preponderance of evidence. If the student maintains that academic dishonesty did not take place, the student should discuss the matter with the instructor and present evidence (if possible) demonstrating that the work was done in an honest manner. Should the instructor and student not resolve the matter, then they will bring the matter to the Department Chair. If the matter is not resolved at this level, then the matter will be brought to the Academic Dean. If the matter is still unresolved, it will be brought to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The decision of the Vice President may be appealed to the President, who would then refer it to the Committee on Academic Grievance for its recommendation before rendering a decision. The President's decision is final and binding.

REGENTS' TESTING PROGRAM

Georgia Southwestern State University and all units of the University System of Georgia participate in the Regents' Testing Program. The policy of the Board of Regents concerning this examination of reading and writing competency is as follows:

An examination (the Regents' Test) to assess the competency level in reading and writing of all students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree in University System institutions shall be administered. The following statement shall be the policy of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on this examination.

The formulation and administration of the Regents' Test shall be as determined by the Chancellor.

Each institution of the University System of Georgia shall assure the other institutions, and the System as a whole, that students obtaining a degree from that institution possess certain minimum skills of reading and writing. The Regents' Testing Program has been developed to help in the attainment of this goal. The objectives of the Testing Program are (1) to provide System-wide information on the status of student competence in the areas of reading and writing; and (2) to provide a uniform means of identifying those students who fail to attain the minimum levels of competence in the areas of reading and writing.

Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree shall pass the Regents' Test as a requirement for graduation. Students must take the test in their first semester of enrollment after earning 30 credit hours if they have not taken it previously. (Institutions may not prohibit students who have earned at least 30 credit hours from taking the test for the first time.) At an institution's discretion, students may be permitted to take the test during a semester in which they are not enrolled.

Each institution shall provide an appropriate program of remediation and shall require students who have not passed both parts of the test by the time they have earned 45 credit hours to take the appropriate remedial course or courses each semester of enrollment until they have passed both parts.

Students with 30 or more semester credit hours transferring from outside of the University System of Georgia or from a University System program that does not require the Regents' Test should take the test during their first semester of enrollment in a program leading to the baccalaureate degree. Those who have not passed before their third semester of enrollment are subject to the remediation requirement.

A student holding a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education will not be required to complete the Regents' Test in order to receive a degree from a University System institution.

REGENTS’ TEST EXEMPTIONS

Upon admission to GSW, students with the appropriate minimum test scores listed below on nationally administered standardized tests will have satisfied the Regents Testing requirements.

In order to exempt the Regents’ Reading Test Requirement, students must have one of the following scores:

  • S.A.T. Verbal score of 510 or greater
  • A.C.T. Reading score of 23 or greater

In order to exempt the Regents’ Essay Test Requirement, students must have one of the following scores:

  • Advanced Placement English score of 3 or greater
  • International Baccalaureate higher-level English score of 4 or greater
  • S.A.T. II English Writing score of 650 or greater

Students are not permitted to re-test after the point of admission. If a student exempts one part of the Regents Test Requirements, the student must satisfy the remaining part. Students can review their status on the GSW transcript that is available on RAIN. Students who were admitted to GSW through an Institutional administration of the S.A.T. exam will not be eligible for this exemption.

If a student is unsure of which test administration they attended, they should contact the Registrar’s Office, located in Sanford Hall.

Transfer students entering GSW from a University System of Georgia Institution will have their Regents’ Test Requirements updated based on the information from the official transcript of the prior school.

Transfer students from private institutions or out-of-state schools will be required to produce one of the following types of documents in order to exempt Regents:

  • Official S.A.T. or A.C.T. scores
  • Official letter from the Registrar of the prior institution, including the school seal, verifying test scores were from a nationally administered test.

GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY POLICY FOR THE REGENTS' TESTING PROGRAM

1. Students who have earned 30 or fewer hours may attempt both sections of the Regents' Test. Students are encouraged to complete ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 early in their college curriculum and to attempt the Regents' Test as soon as possible.

2. Unless the requirement has been met previously, it is mandatory for students who have earned between 30 and 44 credits to attempt the section(s) of the test not completed the next time it is offered.

3. Students who have earned 45 or more credit hours and have not passed both sections of the test are required to schedule remediation each semester for the section(s) not passed. Students who are in this category but do not register for the appropriate remedial course(s) or do not successfully complete the course will not be allowed to test that term. When either the essay or reading section is passed, the students' records are updated accordingly and remediation for that section is no longer required.

4. Students transferring into Georgia Southwestern State University from within the University System who have credit for ENGL1101 and ENGL1102 should attempt the Regents' Test during their first term of enrollment at GSW. Those students within the University System who have 30 or more credits transferred must attempt the Regents' Test during their first term of attendance.

5. Students transferring into Georgia Southwestern State University with 30 or more credits from outside the University System or from a System program that does not require the Regents' Test will have two semesters to complete the requirements, after which time remediation will be required until both sections of the Regents' Test are passed. All transfer students in this category are urged to take the Regents' Test during their first term of enrollment at GSW.

6. Students who have earned 100 or more credit hours and have not passed both sections of the Regents' Test can enroll only in remediation classes until both sections of the Regents' Test have been passed.

7. Permission to attend another institution as a transient student will neither be authorized nor recognized if the transient term does not include Regents' remediation classes that would be required by Georgia Southwestern State University. Any exceptions to this procedure must be approved by the Regents' Testing Program Coordinator in the Registrar's Office prior to the transient term. Students desiring to attempt the Regents' Test on another campus while in transient status must obtain written permission from the Regents' Testing Program Coordinator in the Registrar's Office prior to taking the test.

8. Students who have been classified as non-native speakers of the English language by the Regents' Testing Program Coordinator are required to pass the alternative version of the Regent's Test.

9. The Regents' Test is a University System requirement. It is the student's responsibility to plan for the Regents' Test Program; to sign-up for the test; to take the test; to follow procedures outlined above for remediation and retesting if either section of the test is failed; and to enroll for only remediation classes after reaching 100 semester credit hours if either or both sections of the test have not been passed.

RAIN (Registration and Academic Information Network)

The Registration and Academic Information Network (RAIN) allows students to access their academic and financial records on-line. Students can view holds, midterm grades, final grades, academic transcripts, registration status, class schedules, curriculum sheets, as well as their Financial Aid status, Account Summaries and Fee Assessments. RAIN provides a convenient method for students and faculty to obtain information via the web. It is a secured site which is continually expanding to provide 24 hour access to all students. Information is routinely added to RAIN, including term-specific notices and deadlines. Students must access RAIN to receive grades for all courses since grade mailers are no longer produced. Instructions for access to RAIN can be found at www.gsw.edu or in the Registrar's Office.