General Academic Regulations - part 2
Transfer Credit and Credit by Examination
Current CMU Students Transferring Credit to CMU
CMU strongly encourages CMU students to get prior written approval (from the Dean of the University and the Registrar) before enrolling for any courses at another institution and then attempting to transfer the credit to apply to any CMU degree program. This will ensure that the proposed transfer coursework will apply to their degree programs as they intend. If students take courses at another institution without advanced written CMU approval (from the Dean of the University and the Registrar), CMU accepts no responsibility for the applicability of these courses to the student’s degree program.
Students Transferring to Central Methodist University
CMU subscribes to the guidelines of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education of the State of Missouri. CMU welcomes students with coursework or associate’s degrees from other accredited colleges and pledges to seek harmonious solutions to any problems that transfer students may encounter. Transfer credit from an accredited institution may be used to satisfy any course requirements where the courses or course categories are generally equivalent to CMU requirements. Credit from non-regionally accredited institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. CMU will accept as general elective courses those courses meeting graduation requirements from the transferring accredited institution but not counting toward specific major or general education requirements at CMU. CMU computes cumulative grade point averages on the basis of all hours attempted at all colleges attended. Courses that cannot transfer are not used in GPA calculations. CMU does not accept for transfer those courses in which failing grades were received.
When CMU accepts associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning, we honor the means by which those institutions granted credit (including credit granted by internal testing-out procedures, Advanced Placement scores, International Baccalaureate scores, CLEP scores, etc.). [12/11]
General Education Requirements for Transfer Students with a Bachelor's Degree
Students with a CMU Degree. To be eligible for a second bachelor's degree, a student must complete at least 26 hours in addition to those counted for first degree. These hours must be earned in courses approved by the Dean of the University, must be taken at Central Methodist University, and must satisfy all specific course requirements for the second degree.
Students with a Bachelor's Degree from another accredited institution have met all General Education requirements but must satisfy any additional General Education requirements for each program and/or degree.
When CMU accepts associate's and bachelor's degrees from other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning, we honor the means by which those institutions granted credit (including credit granted by internal testing-out procedures, Advanced Placement scores, International Baccalaureate scores, CLEP scores, etc.). [12/11]
General Education Requirements for Transfer Students with an Associate's Degree
Students transferring to CMU with a post-1995 Associate of Arts degree and Associate of Arts in Teaching degree (and 60-89 hours of transfer credit) from a Missouri institution of higher education (or with a completed general education program consistent with the "42-hour General Education Curriculum" described in the Missouri State Transfer and Articulation Agreement) are required to complete an advanced writing course, foreign language (for students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree), analytical skills (for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree), and any specified courses for a specific degree (BSE, BAcc, etc.) as identified in the catalog or as designated in any subsequent catalog. Students are cautioned, however, that Associate of Arts coursework might not meet individual program requirements.
When CMU accepts bachelor's degrees from other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning, we honor the means by which those institutions granted credit (including credit granted by internal testing-out procedures, Advanced Placement scores, International Baccalaureate scores, CLEP scores, etc.). [12/11]
General Education Program Transfer Policies
CMU will accept transfer credit for courses generally equivalent to those in the General Education Program.
Earning Non-Transfer Academic Course Credit
CMU recognizes the need for students to earn credit in a variety of ways. The following information recognizes different ways in which CMU will accept credit other than transfer credit from other institutions of higher education. A maximum of 32 hours of such credit may be counted toward the hours required for graduation. Such non-transfer academic credit appears on the student's transcript as being non-transfer academic credit earned with "P" as the grade received.
- Credit by Institutional Examination: Students enrolled in the University may receive credit for 100-level courses if they earn at least a "C" on a comprehensive institutional examination approved by the appropriate Division Chair, Dean, and Registrar. CMU charges an examination fee for such institutional examinations. Consult with the appropriate Division Chair for additional information. Students may receive credit by institutional examination for courses beyond the 100 level only if the instructor agrees that the course can be adequately assessed by an examination the instructor provides and administers, and only with the approval of the Division Chair and the Dean. Students must complete the process of receiving credit for all prerequisite courses before taking the next course above the course taken by examination.
- CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) Credit: When approved by the appropriate Division Chair, Dean, and Registrar, CMU gives 100-level credit for subject examinations administered by the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).
- AP (Advanced Placement) Credit: CMU affirms the intellectual achievement of students who have participated in the Advanced Placement program. Students may apply for credit for Advanced Placement (AP) courses that they have successfully completed with an AP score of 3 (three) or higher; acceptance of any AP examination or examination score is subject to approval by appropriate Division Chair, Dean, and Registrar. Students must provide an official copy of the score report from AP, sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.
- IB (International Baccalaureate) Credit: CMU recognizes the high achievement and academic excellence of students who have participated in the International Baccalaureate degree program. IB's breadth of focus and commitment to scholarship are commensurate with the mission and educational goals of CMU. Usually, a score of 4 (four) or above on the Higher Level IB exam or a score of 5 (five) or above on the Standard Level IB exam will be assessed as equivalent credit for specific courses. Specific course equivalents will be designated in consultation with the appropriate Division Chair, Dean, and Registrar. Students must provide an official copy of the score report from IB, sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.
- DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support) Credit: CMU awards semester-hour credit recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) upon attainment of an acceptable passing score per section, or CMU awards credit as determined by the testing authority at the time the test was taken. Students must provide an official copy of the test results, sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. At the time of application, students must send an official record of test results to the Office of Admission. Acceptance of any DANTES credit score is subject to approval by the appropriate Division Chair, Dean, and Registrar.
- Military Credit: Military veterans may receive limited credit for military training as recommended in the Handbook of the American Council on Education. CMU will review all credit on an individual basis. Please consult CMU's Office of the Registrar for more information. Acceptance of any military credit is subject to approval by the appropriate Division Chair, Dean, and Registrar.
The student's permanent record is confidential, and, by the terms of the Family Education Rights of Privacy Act, transcripts of the student's record are not issued except upon receipt of a signed request from the student. A fee of $7.25 is charged for each transcript. Electronic PDF is available for $9.00. Priority mailing for official transcripts is available for an additional $20.00 per address and FAX service for unofficial transcripts costs an additional $7.50 per transcript.
Official transcripts are issued directly to other schools, employers, official governmental agencies, or other persons or organizations entitled to receive an official statement of the student's record. Unofficial transcripts are issued to the student or parents.
No transcripts will be issued for any student or former student who is not financially in good standing with the University. Transcripts will not be issued to current students during the last two weeks of the term, until grades for that term are recorded.
To have a transcript issued, complete the online request form. For further information call the Registrar's Office at 660-248-6208.
No student may withdraw from classes the last week of classes.
A student who wishes to withdraw from the University must obtain a withdrawal form from the regional site coordinator. It is the student's responsibility to see that this withdrawal form is completed and filed in the regional site coordinator. The completed withdrawal form—together with the student ID Card— is filed with the regional site coordinator. An honorable dismissal will be granted to all students who desire to withdraw from the University if they are in good academic standing, are not subject to discipline, have made satisfactory arrangements for settling their financial account, and file the completed withdrawal form. Students who withdraw from the University will receive grades for the courses in which they are registered according to the grading policies published in this catalog.
The University reserves the right to withdraw any student from one or more classes or from the University for academic misconduct, excessive absence, disruptive behavior, or other sufficient cause.
Withdrawal from CMU First Class (DUAL CREDIT)
A CMU First Class (dual credit) student who wishes to withdraw from the University must obtain a withdrawal form from the CMU First Class (dual credit) coordinator at the High School who will outline the proper procedure for withdrawal. It is the student's responsibility to see that this withdrawal form is completed, signed, and sent to the University.
Iowa Military Deployment Policy
Central Methodist University will offer the following options to a student who is a member or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the Iowa National Guard or U.S. forces who is ordered to state or federal military service or duty:
Withdraw the student's entire registration and receive a full refund of tuition and mandatory fees. The Office of the Registrar, in concert with the Business Office, will assure the timely processing of all withdrawal requests and refunds.
If requested by the student, make arrangements with the student's instructors to assist in the request to receive an Incomplete in accordance with institutional policy. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the Incomplete Policy found in the college catalog. If such arrangements are made, the student's registration and all applicable fees will be assessed for courses in full.
Students may withdraw from classes at any time during the term for medical reasons. Requests made after the last day to drop with a "W" must be approved by the Dean of the University. The Registrar will indicate the withdrawal by placing a "W" on the transcript. A student (or someone representing the student) must initiate the medical withdrawal process by notifying the Dean of the University or regional site coordinator who will outline the proper procedures for withdrawal. The student seeking a medical withdrawal must present a bona fide medical excuse signed by a physician. The regular refund schedule (see page 33) will apply to medical withdrawals.
Students who have been granted a medical withdrawal and wish to re-enter the University must follow the standard re-admission policies and must provide satisfactory evidence that their medical condition will no longer impede their academic performance.
Students who wish to file an academic grievance not involving a grade appeal should contact the instructor (if appropriate), followed by the Regional Site Coordinator (if necessary), and if a resolution has not been reached, the Office of the Vice President and Dean of the University (660-248-6211).
Students wishing to appeal a grade should consult the Grade Appeal policy.