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Language of Registration

PRIORITY REGISTRATION – The designated period during the semester for the currently enrolled student without registration holds to register through their Faculty Advisor.  Only the assigned Faculty Advisor will have access to register the student through WebAdvisor.  During Fall, students may register for Winter and Spring; during Spring, for Summer and Fall. 

OPEN REGISTRATION – The designated period for early registration after Priority Registration has closed.  Registration takes place using paper Reg Forms at Union Station. 

LATE REGISTRATION – Dates are published in the academic calendar allowing registration to continue briefly after the semester/term has started.  Registration takes place using paper Reg Forms at Union Station. 

OPEN CLASS – A course is open and registration allowed freely until the enrollment limit is reached.  A Closed Class automatically reopens if students drop the course below that limit. 

CLOSED CLASS – When the course’s enrollment limit has been reached, the course will be designated as closed.  The student is given a message at the registration terminal that the class is “Filled” when the maximum enrollment has been met; maximum is defined by instructional limitations, physical space, equipment available, etc. 

DIRECTED STUDY – A course found in the college catalogue that is not being offered at a time the student can enroll but whose availability is necessary for the student to graduate this semester or to progress in his/her major before the next semester can apply for a Directed Study.  The application form requires the signature of the instructor, their degree auditor (documenting need or alternatives), the instructor’s chair, and the instructor’s dean. 

INDEPENDENT STUDY – The highly motivated junior or senior (minimum GPA 2.75) may wish to develop, with the assistance of a faculty supervisor, a course that does not appear in the Catalogue.  Only one student may enroll; the independent study may not be repeated by another student in less than 4 years.  A student is not allowed to enroll in more than one independent study per semester and cannot apply more than 9 hours of independent study toward graduation.  A faculty member is not allowed to supervised more than 3 independent studies per Fall or Spring or one in each of the shorter terms. 

“INSTR. APPROVE” – This column on the REG FORM (right hand side) provides a place to sign a student in a class without having met the prerequisite.  Registration must then take place in the Academic Center. 

“PERMISSION REQUIRED” – as printed on the Schedule of Course Offerings denotes a special program admission process required for entry to the class, such as admission to the Teacher Education Program. 

REG COUNT (or Registration Count of Enrollment) – is viewed through WebAdvisor, “Search for Sections.”  It indicates maximum enrollment and seats available. 

REG FORM – The printed Registration Form is used outside Priority Registration to submit a student’s schedule of classes and is valid only for the designated student and for the designated term indicated at the top of the form.  Replacement forms must be obtained in the Academic Center or designated Director’s office.  The student’s signature must appear on the form to legally backup discrepancies.  Once registered, changes to the registration are processed by DROP (red printed) and ADD (black printed) forms.  The student is always asked to verify that the printout of his class schedule (available across from Union Station) agrees with the classes for which he wished to register. 

SPECIAL STUDY, or DEPARTMENT SPECIAL STUDY – A course not found in the Catalogue that is designed for more than one student; it may be taught no more than 4 times. The syllabus must be filed and approved by the Dean; the course must be published on the Schedule of Course Offerings.  This is a way to “test” the interest in a potential Catalogue course or to refine its syllabus before presentation to the Curriculum Committee, etc. 

ACADEMIC PROBATION – imposes the restriction of a maximum load of 14 semester hours on the student since he/she is now in his 2nd or 3rd consecutive semester of having a CUM GPA of less than 2.00. 

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION – requires a one-semester (Fall or Spring) absence from enrollment at Union University since he/she has less than a 2.00 CUM GPA for 4 consecutive semesters.  Credit earned at another institution during a period of suspension is not transferrable to Union.  There is no appeal to the one semester of suspension; no combination o short terms may be used instead.  Strongly encourage your advisees in academic difficulty to repeat grades of F and D since that is the most effective way of improving the CUM GPA.
Students who earn a 2.00 CUM (Cumulative, not semester) GPA are placed in Good Standing.  If the student has less than a 2.00 CUM GPA the next semester, the student is placed on Probation and progresses through the system as stated above if he/she does not earn the 2.00 CUM GPA.

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