Academic Affairs

Policy Title Abstract
Grading System Georgia State shall use a grading system that extends to 4.30 for the grade of A+.
Academic CalendarAll University System of Georgia institutions follow a semester schedule, with the starting and end dates set by the system Chief Academic Officer.
Academic SupportPlease see the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
Annual Assessment of Student Learning OutcomesThe institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: educational programs, to include student learning outcomes; administrative support services; educational support services; research within its educational mission, if appropriate; community/public service within its educational mission, if appropriate.
Assessment of Undergraduate Majors and Oral, Writing, and Computing Competencies Academic departments have the responsibility for the assessment of the programs of their undergraduate majors and for the assurance of their competency in written and oral communication and computing competencies.
Assignment of Credit HoursAwarding of academic credit is the responsibility of each academic unit and should be based upon the successful completion of an approved instructional course, or by the accomplishment of specified learning outcomes, or by the demonstration of required competencies or proficiencies that is equivalent to an approved instructional course.
Authorization of Tuition Return to ProgramsGeorgia State University will consider applications to assist sponsoring units with the funding of unique and unconventional instructional situations.
Core Curriculum [University]Georgia State University requires all students seeking a baccalaureate degree to satisfactorily complete a basic core of general education subjects.
Core Curriculum for SystemEach institution´s core curriculum shall follow a common set of principles and framework.
Course SyllabusAll teaching faculty shall provide at or before the first meeting of a class, each term, a copy of a course syllabus to each student in their classes.
Courses Listed in University CatalogsCourse listings in the University catalogs shall clearly and concisely describe course content, state any prerequisites, list the number of laboratory hours (if any), and indicate the number of hours credit. Course descriptions should be brief but should include the basic information necessary for students to make informed selections of courses.
Coursework Course CreditPlease see the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
Creating New Degree Programs and MajorsNew degree programs or new major programs of academic work shall not be added to curricula of an institution unless recommended by the president of the institution concerned, the Chancellor, and the Committee on Academic Affairs and approved by the Board. Ph.D. programs shall be limited to research universities (BR Minutes, 1954-55, pp. 102-03; July, 1996, p. 17.
Declaring and Changing MajorsPlease see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Distribution of Official Georgia State Notifications to Students via E-mailMessages sent by Georgia State units to Georgia State-provided student e-mail addresses will constitute an official means of communication
Electronic Masters Theses and Doctoral DissertationsThe University requires all students who produce a master´s thesis or doctoral dissertation in fulfillment of his/her degree to upload the final version of these documents to ScholarWorks@Georgia State University as a condition of the award of the degree.
Faculty MembershipThe faculty will consist of the corps of instruction and the administrative officers.
Financial AidPlease see the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
GSU-62 RegistrationPursuant to the provisions of the Georgia Constitution, the University System of Georgia has established rules with respect to enrollment of persons 62 years of age or older in programs of the University System.
General Education Learning OutcomesThe University has developed specific student learning outcomes for the following general education areas: Written Communication, Mathematics, Institutional Foundations, Humanities/Fine Arts, Natural and Computational Sciences, Social Sciences, US Perspectives, Global Perspectives, and Critical Thinking.
Pass/Fail Grading OptionTo encourage undergraduate students to explore subjects outside their major, they may enroll in elective courses outside their major and opt to be graded on a pass/fail (satisfactory-unsatisfactory) basis.
Graduate Admissions RequirementsPlease see the Graduate Catalog.
Graduate Coursework Taken on a Noncredit BasisAcademic credit for coursework taken on a noncredit basis will be awarded only where there is documentation that the noncredit coursework is equivalent to a designated credit experience.
Graduate Student-Faculty RelationshipsThe relationship between faculty advisors of all types and graduate students should be founded on mutual respect and open communication and should be guided by norms of fairness and professionalism
Mandatory Student Fee ProposalsProposals submitted by an institution to increase mandatory student fees and proposals to create new mandatory student fees shall first be presented for advice and counsel to a committee at each institution composed of at least fifty percent (50%) students, except in special circumstances when a general purpose fee is instituted system-wide by the Board of Regents.
Out-of-State Tuition WaiverThe Regents´ requirements for resident status provides that an institution may award out-of-state tuition waivers and assess in-state tuition for certain non-Georgian residents under specific conditions.
Postdoctoral Research AppointeesThis policy defines terms and conditions related to postdoctoral research appointments at Georgia State University. Additionally, postdoctoral reserach appointees are subject to all other applicable GSU and University System of Georgia (USG) policies and procedures.
Posthumous Undergraduate DegreesPlease see the Undergraduate Catalog
Program-Specific Degree RequirementsPlease see the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
Registering for ClassesPlease see the Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs.
Student Advisement and DevelopmentPlease see the Undergraduate Catalog. Please see the Graduate Catalog.
Student AttendanceAll matters related to student absences, including making up work missed, are to be arranged between the student and the instructor before the semester begins or on the first week of classes. All instructors will, at the beginning of each semester, make a clear statement in the course syllabus for each of their classes, describing their policies for handling absences. Students are obligated to adhere to the requirements of each course and of each instructor. Instructors are encouraged to provide avenues for students to make up examinations and other work missed due to an excused absence.
Student Computer AccessAll students must have access to a computer, and any course offered at Georgia State University may require computer-based work. It is the responsibility of students to ensure their access to computers.
Study Abroad Program ApprovalAll faculty-led study abroad programs in which students will receive Georgia State academic credit for their experience abroad must be approved by the University.
Study Abroad Program ManagementThe policy details the protocols required for the management of Study Abroad programs, including information crisis management protocols.
Tuition, Fees, and WaiversPlease see the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
Undergraduate Admissions RequirementsPlease see the Undergraduate Catalog.
University-wide Degree Requirements and GraduationPlease see the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
Withdrawal From ClassesPlease see the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.