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    Eastern Illinois University
   
 
  Dec 16, 2017
 
 
    
2003-2005 EIU Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Regulations & Degree Requirements


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Course Definitions

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Graduate Courses
Courses numbered 4750 or higher are graduate courses for all post-baccalaureate students. These courses constitute “graduate credit” and are used to calculate the graduate GPA on the student’s transcript. There are restrictions on the number of hours of courses numbered 4750 to 4999 that graduate students may apply to degree or certificate programs. Students are advised to consult the sections of the Graduate Catalog that outline specific degree and certificate requirements for these restrictions.

Undergraduate Courses
All courses numbered below 4750 are undergraduate courses for all post-baccalaureate students. While such courses may be required to make up deficiencies, meet required prerequisites, meet the requirements for an additional baccalaureate degree, or fulfill teacher certification requirements, these courses are not available for graduate credit and will not be included in the calculation of the graduate GPA. Students are advised to consult the sections of this catalog titled “Academic Standing for Degree & Certificate Candidates” to review how undergraduate courses are recorded on transcripts.

Courses Numbered 4750 to 4999 for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Courses numbered 4750 to 4999 are available to junior and senior baccalaureate students and are counted as undergraduate credit when completed by undergraduates. Courses numbered 4750 to 4999 may be taken by EIU seniors for reserve graduate credit with approval of the Graduate School. The criteria and approvals required to exercise this study option are described in the section of the Graduate Catalog titled “Graduate Study Options for Seniors at EIU.” Undergraduates earning reserve graduate credit and graduate students enrolling in courses numbered 4750 to 4999 are required to achieve a level of understanding and performance above that expected of those enrolling for undergraduate credit.

Courses Numbered 5000 to 5499 for Undergraduate Students
Courses numbered 5000 to 5499 may be taken by EIU seniors only with approval of the Graduate School. The criteria and approvals required to exercise this study option are described in the section of the Graduate Catalog titled “Graduate Study Options for Seniors at EIU.”

Courses Numbered 5500 or Higher
Courses numbered 5500 or higher are available only to graduate students. Undergraduates, regardless of classification or GPA, may not enroll in any graduate courses, numbered 5500 or above. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.

Special and Distance Courses

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Special Courses for Graduate Credit
www.eiu.edu/~adulted/: This web site provides a list of course offerings. Students may access distance and special courses through the School of Continuing Education. The courses are numbered 4985 through 4999 and are offered off-campus or on-campus under the Special Courses provision during the summer term. Degree and certificate program candidates should review the section of the Graduate Catalog titled “Requirements for Degree and Certificate Programs” for restrictions on the number of hours of special courses that may be applied to a degree or certificate program.

Web Delivered Courses
School of Continuing Education: www.eiu.edu/~adulted/: Illinois Virtual Campus: www.ivc.illinois.edu/: Students may access web delivered courses through three resources. Students admitted to the university can access web delivered courses for a specific term through the PAWS (Student Web Services) system. Web delivered course offerings are also listed at the above web sites. Degree and certificate candidates should consult academic programs regarding web delivered courses that may be applied to a specific degree program.

Graduate Research

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Advancing scholarship through original research and creative activity are hallmarks of graduate education at Eastern Illinois University. Research and creative activity are reflected in requirements for graduate theses, research courses, independent study programs, and related research activities with graduate faculty members who mentor graduate candidates through the process of scholarly inquiry and expression in their academic disciplines. The following courses and programs are designed to promote and support graduate research.

Graduate Thesis
A thesis is a required component of some master’s and specialist’s degrees or options. The thesis is a scholarly contribution to knowledge in the candidate’s selected area of study. Thesis research is conducted by degree candidates in consultation with a thesis committee and under the direct supervision of the thesis director who must be a regular member of the graduate faculty.

The Thesis Committee:
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/faclist.html: This web site provides an updated member list of graduate faculty. Thesis committees are typically composed of three members of the graduate faculty including the thesis director who serves as chair. The number of committee members may vary. Degree candidates enrolled in degree programs or options which require a thesis should identify a prospective member of the graduate faculty who will serve as the thesis director. The candidate, in consultation with the director, should identify other qualified members of the graduate faculty who will serve on the candidate’s thesis committee. Members of the graduate faculty are listed in this catalog.

Thesis Format and Style:
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/thesismanual.pdf: This web site provides The Manual for Master’s and Specialist’s Thesis and the thesis deposit packet. All candidates completing a graduate thesis project should acquire a copy of the Manual which is also available in the Graduate School. The Manual provides basic guidelines of style and rigor required of the graduate thesis established by the Graduate School. Candidates are advised that programs may establish additional guidelines for completing a thesis and should consult with advisors regarding these requirements.

Completion of the Thesis: All candidates earning degrees in a degree program or options requiring a thesis must obtain a Thesis Deposit Packet from the Graduate School which includes the Removal of Deferred Credit Grade Form, Binding Request Form, Thesis Deposit Certificate, and the Thesis Reproduction Certificate. Completion of the thesis requires the following steps:

  • Removal of Deferred Credit Form: Thesis advisors should forward the Removal of Deferred Credit Form for a completed thesis to the Records Office by the Last Class Day published in the Class Schedule.
  • Binding Request Form and Binding Payment: Candidates complete the Binding Request Form and submit payment for the requested number of bound thesis copies to the Cashier’s Office. The Binding Request Receipt from the Cashier’s Office authorizes the Library to make the requested number of bound copies of the thesis. The student takes the Binding Request Receipt to the Library.
  • Deposit of the Thesis and Thesis Reproduction Certificates: Students provide the completed thesis, its abstract, and the Binding Request Receipt to the Periodicals Department of Booth Library. Upon submission of the completed thesis and thesis binding receipt, the Library will sign the Thesis Deposit Certificate. At this time the student will also provide the Library with two signed copies of the Thesis Reproduction Certificate.
  • Thesis Deposit Certificate: The student provides the Graduate School with the signed Thesis Deposit Certificate by the Last Class Day published in the Class Schedule.

Thesis Credit Hours: A maximum of six semester hours of thesis may be applied to a degree and a maximum of nine semester hours of credit in a combination of independent study, research, or thesis may be applied to a degree. Candidates typically register for thesis hours during the semesters or terms in which they pursue the thesis; however, candidates are advised to consult with programs regarding specific procedures for thesis registration. During the time that the thesis is in progress but not yet completed, the thesis director should submit a grade of “DC” or Deferred Credit. Upon completion of all requirements for the thesis and the deposit of the completed thesis in the library, the thesis director should request that the grades of “DC” be changed to grades of “CR” or “Credit.” If the candidate does not successfully complete all of the requirements for the thesis or if the thesis project is deemed of unacceptable quality by the thesis director, then the grades of “DC” should be changed to grades of “NC” or “No Credit.”

Graduate Independent Study
Graduate independent study is an advanced, individualized study of a topic or topics selected and self-directed by the graduate student under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty. Graduate independent study is a commitment of the student to a rigorous plan of investigation that adds value and focus in a unique area of interest to a degree program or to a post-baccalaureate area of development. Graduate independent study proposals are typically submitted by students who have completed a significant number of graduate courses and have developed the background needed to pursue a topic independently. Proposals for an independent study include a statement of the goals of the project and a description of the intended final product of the project. Proposals must be on file in the department and be approved by the faculty advisor and coordinator of graduate studies or department chair prior to registration for the course. Students should consult the Graduate Catalog for departmental requirements for independent study. A maximum of six (6) semester hours may be applied to a degree and a maximum of nine (9) semester hours in a combination of independent study, research, or thesis may be applied to a degree.

Graduate Research Courses
Graduate research courses may be a required component of some degree programs. Candidates should consult the Graduate Catalog for program requirements for graduate research courses. A maximum of six (6) semester hours may be applied to a degree and a maximum of nine (9) semester hours in a combination of independent study, research, or thesis may be applied to a degree.

Resources to Support Graduate Research/Creative Activity
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/compawardsstudents.htm: This web site provides application materials, guidelines, timelines, selection procedures, and award levels. The Graduate School sponsors a broad range of competitive awards programs to promote and support graduate research/creative activity. All candidates selected for any of the Graduate School research awards are required to present their proposal or completed projects during the Annual Graduate Student Exposition.

  • Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Awards Competition: This program provides financial support for outstanding graduate research and creative activity projects that include opportunities for graduate candidates to partner with external businesses, industries, or educational agencies to foster improvements and development of new creative ideas.
  • Williams Travel Awards Competition: Named in honor of a former Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Larry Williams, Williams Travel Awards provide travel support for graduate candidates who have papers or creative works accepted for presentation at regional, state, or national conferences.
  • EIU Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award and Award of Excellence Competition: The EIU Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award Competition provides recognition of the highest achievement in master’s degree research. The selected project becomes the University’s nomination for competition in the Midwest Association of Graduate School’s Distinguished Thesis Competition. The EIU Master’s Thesis Award of Excellence provides recognition of the second highest achievement in master’s degree research based on those candidates who are nominated for the EIU Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award Competition.
  • Graduate Exposition and Distinguished Graduate Students Awards Ceremony: Co-hosted by the Graduate Student Advisory Council and the Graduate School, the Graduate Exposition and Distinguished Graduate Students Awards Ceremony provide a forum during the spring term to showcase the research creative activity of graduate students. The Awards Ceremony provides formal recognition of the achievements of graduate students who have distinguished themselves through scholarship, research, or leadership.

Ethical Treatment of Human or Animal Subjects in Research

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Institutional policies require that all research conducted by faculty, staff, and students that involves human or animal subjects must be approved by the appropriate EIU compliance committee. Research involving living human subjects or data collected from living human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the EIU Institutional Review Board (IRB). Research involving the use of living animals must be reviewed and approved by the EIU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). It is the joint responsibility of the faculty sponsor and the graduate student conducting research involving human or animal subjects to obtain compliance committee approval prior to initiating the research. Contact the department Graduate Coordinator or the Compliance Coordinator in the Office of Grants and Research for information regarding protocol review forms and the protocol review process. Instructions, forms, and information are also available on the Office of Grants and Research website.

Applied Graduate Experiences

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Advancing professional achievement through applied learning is another hallmark of graduate education at Eastern. The applied experiences described below may be requirements or electives in many degree programs.

Graduate Internships
A graduate internship is a discipline-specific opportunity for a degree candidate to apply graduate knowledge and skills in professional practice at an on- or off-campus site under the supervision of qualified professionals.

Graduate students may be placed at internship sites only when the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University and the agency, specified by its legal name, have signed a written agreement. The agreement must be signed by the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs, the agency representative, and the program representative. An original copy of the agreement must be on file in the Vice President’s and agency’s offices, with copies of the agreement on file in the sponsoring department. An internship agreement requires the following information:

  • An outline of the responsibilities, commitments, and supervision requirements of both the University and the agency.
  • Specification of the intern’s duties, expectations, and required range of weekly contact hours; student performance evaluation procedures; completion of a final written student report of the internship
  • Specification of the qualifications of the on-site supervisor and supervisor evaluation procedures
  • Specification of the role of the on-campus liaison, required site visits, and internship site evaluation procedures
  • Time limits of the agreement and procedures for reviewing and up-dating the agreement to insure that the quality and nature of the experience are consistent with program goals, objectives, and standards.

Graduate internships require appropriate graduate study and preparation prior to internship placement in order to meet the expectations of the on-site agency. Internships are typically planned to be taken after the mid-point of the degree program is completed. A minimum of one week of full-time experience is required for each semester hour of credit. Full-time experience usually requires six clock hours each day, culminating in about 30 clock hours of experience each week. The Graduate School requires that a minimum of 21 semester hours be completed in courses exclusive of internship and other variable credit experiences as independent study, research, thesis, and special courses and workshops. Programs may restrict the number of semester hours of internship that may count toward the degree program.

Graduate Study Abroad
The study abroad curriculum includes both opportunities to experience the University’s courses at an international site or to engage in an exchange program for a full term or year of study abroad. Candidates should consult with program advisors regarding study abroad applications to degree programs and with the Office of International Programs to determine study abroad options.

Graduate Faculty Membership for Graduate Study

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www.eiu.edu/~graduate/faclist.html: This web site provides an updated list of regular, associate and adjunct graduate faculty members. The Council on Graduate Studies has established a policy that all courses in which students receive graduate credit are taught by members of the faculty who have been awarded regular, associate, or adjunct graduate faculty status. Regular members of the graduate faculty meet the criteria established by the Council and may teach graduate courses, advise degree-seeking candidates, serve as thesis study directors or as members of a committee for a degree candidate, and serve on university-level graduate committees. Associate members of the graduate faculty are EIU professors who do not meet the criteria for regular membership but who are appointed for a one-year term when regular members, due to sabbatical, leave, or other reasons, are not available to teach a specific graduate course. Adjunct members of the graduate faculty are professionals from outside of the University whose expertise is required to teach a specific graduate course. Adjunct members are appointed for one-year terms. Criteria for graduate faculty nomination and a list of Regular Members are available in the section of the Graduate Catalog titled “The Graduate Faculty of Eastern Illinois University.”

Oral English Proficiency
Eastern Illinois University has adopted a program of Oral English Proficiency Assessment for all instructional staff. Students who have difficulty understanding an instructor should, if possible, first consult with the instructor. In the event that the difficulties are not resolved, the student should address his/her concerns to the chair of the department in which the instructor is teaching. Subsequent appeals may also be possible through the dean and then to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Graduate Credit and Grading Policies

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Credit
The unit of measure is the semester hour. One semester hour approximates the effort expended in 50 minutes of class work and 100 minutes of study during each week of the semester. One semester hour also approximates the effort expended in at least a 50 minute laboratory or other scheduled class activity per week (for example, art studio). Laboratories or other scheduled class activities often require more scheduled instruction and fewer minutes of study outside the time scheduled; therefore, laboratories or other scheduled class activities may be scheduled for more instructional minutes for one semester hour of credit depending on the discipline and nature of the laboratory. Any exception to these policies requires approval of the Council on Graduate Studies; exceptions will appear in the course descriptions approved through the established curricular process.

Grades

Grades   Description Value
A   Excellent and Acceptable Credit 4
B   Good and Acceptable Credit 3
C   Limited for Graduate Level Credit 2
D   Unacceptable for Graduate Level Credit 1
F   Failing - No Credit 0
CR   Credit
NC   No Credit
I   Incomplete
DC   Deferred Credit
W   Withdrew– No Grade
WP   Withdrew– Passing
WF   Withdrew– Failing
X   No Grade Submitted
AU   Audit

Grades of A and B
Grades of A and B reflect the level of competence that is acceptable for graduate credit.

Grades of C
Grades of C are limited for graduate level credit. Grades of C may be used to fulfill the requirements for a degree program; however, a graduate candidate receiving more than nine semester hours of graduate level credit with a grade below a B is disqualified from degree candidacy. Disqualified candidates are automatically reclassified as non-degree post-baccalaureate students.

Grades of D or F
Both grades of D and F are unacceptable for graduate-level credit. Courses in which a graduate candidate earns a grade of D or F may not be used to fulfill any requirements for the degree program. A graduate candidate receiving more than nine semester hours of graduate-level credit with a grade below B is disqualified from degree candidacy. Disqualified candidates are automatically reclassified as non-degree post-baccalaureate students.

Credit/No Credit
Certain graduate courses such as thesis, independent study, field study, or internship, may be designated by a department or program as “credit/no credit.” Students who successfully fulfill the requirements for a course designated credit/no credit receive a “CR” on their transcript. Students who do not successfully fulfill the requirements receive an “NC” for the course. The credit/no credit designation is only available to those courses so designated.

Incomplete for Courses
The grade “I” or “incomplete” for graduate courses in which letter grades are earned is given only when, because of illness or other valid reason, a student’s progress in a course is delayed so that not all requirements for the course are fulfilled by the official closing date of the term. Procedures for assigning and removing incomplete grades are outlined below.

  • Assignment of Incomplete and Default Grades: Instructors who assign a grade of “I” are required to submit the Assignment of Incomplete/Alternate Grade Form to the Records Office. This form specifies a default grade for the incomplete work at the time that the grade of “I” is recorded. A grade of “F” shall be the default grade if the instructor fails to provide a default grade. The instructor also completes Step 1 of the Assignment and Removal of Incomplete Grade Procedures Form available at the Graduate School web site and provides a copy to the program chair or graduate coordinator.
  • Submission of a Completion Plan: The instructor and student complete Step 2 of the Assignment and Removal of Incomplete Grade Procedures Form and develop a completion plan. Copies are submitted to the program chair or graduate coordinator no later than the mid-term date published in the Class Schedule of the next term the student is in residence or no later than mid-term one calendar year from the end of the term in which the grade of “I” was received.
  • Decision on Completion of the Required Course Work: Students receiving a grade of “I” must execute the completion plan no later than the Last Class Day published in the Class Schedule of the next grading period in which the student is in residence but not later than the Last Class Day one calendar year from the end of the term in which the grade of “I” was received. The instructor completes Step 3 of the Assignment and Removal of Incomplete Grade Procedures Form and provides a copy to the program chair or coordinator. If the work is successfully completed, the instructor also submits a Grade Correction Form to the Records Office no later than four days prior to the official close of the term. Students who fail to implement the completion plan by the stated deadline will be issued the instructor supplied default grade or a grade of “F” if no default grade was issued. Instructors should notify students who fail to implement the completion plan that the default grade will be issued. Graduate students admitted on or after the Fall of 2003 may not be certified for degree completion if any grades of “I” remain on the transcript.

Deferred Credit
Graduate courses designated as credit/no credit such as field-experience, independent study, thesis, or research and requiring work of a continuing nature over several terms before the final project is completed my receive the grade “DC” or “Deferred Credit.” Deferred Credit designates that the student remained enrolled for credit throughout the term and that the project is continuing into another term. Upon completion of the final project, the instructor will file a Grade Correction Form with the Records Office no later than four days prior to the official close of the term published in the Class Schedule. If a Grade Correction Form is not submitted then any “DC” grades remaining on the transcript will be changed to “NC” at the time the degree is completed or within the six year time limit or approved time limit extension. Graduate students admitted on or after the Fall of 2003 may not be certified for degree completion if any grades of “DC” remain on the transcript.

No Grade Submitted
The designation of “X” indicates that a grade was not submitted to the Records Office for the course. Students should consult with the course instructor, program chair, or graduate coordinator regarding this designation.

Withdrawal with No Credit
Students withdrawing from a course or from the University within the first 10 class days of the semester receive no grade for the course. Students withdrawing from a course or from the University between the 11th day and the Friday of the 9th week of the term will receive the grade designation of “W” or “Withdraw” on the transcript.

Withdrawal Passing or Withdrawal Failing
Students who withdraw after the Friday of the 9th week of class but before the Friday of the 11th week of class will receive a “WP” or “Withdraw Passing” if the work in the course is passing. The “WF” or “Withdraw Failing” will be given if the work in the course is failing. Students may not initiate withdrawal from a course later than the Friday of the 11th week of the semester. Cutoff dates for intersession and summer terms are reduced proportionally. Specific withdrawal dates are listed in the Class Schedule published each term.

Late/Retroactive Withdrawals
A student may request a late/retroactive withdrawal through the course instructor when a documented illness or extraordinary circumstance prevents withdrawal from a course by the established deadlines. Failing a class is not an appropriate reason to seek a late/retroactive withdrawal. Students who are failing a course should follow the Repeating Courses policy stated in the catalog. The Registration Office will forward all appeals of the Registrars determination of Late/Retroactive Withdrawal to the Appeal Committee, whose decision is final.

Audit
With permission of the instructor, graduate candidates may enroll for a class as an auditor. Courses that are audited cannot be included as part of a degree program. Students must obtain an audit card from the Registration Office and return the completed card signed by the instructor of the class to the Registration Office. Deadlines to submit audit requests are listed in the Class Schedule published each semester. If the student satisfies the audit requirements established by the course instructor, then the “AU” designation will appear on the transcript. If the course instructor determines that the student’s performance did not meet the audit requirements, no grade entry will appear on the transcript. Courses taken under the audit category are considered part of the maximum load. Tuition and fees for auditing courses are the same as courses taken for credit.

Withdrawal from the University
A student who wishes to withdraw completely from the University before the end of a semester or summer term must drop all classes by PAWS (Student Web Services) or the touchtone telephone registration system. Students need to clear all obligations with the University, including the return of textbooks and library books, the return of departmental equipment loaned to the student, payment of all bills and fines, etc. After the student withdraws, the Registration Office notifies appropriate departments and agencies of the withdrawal. Policies governing withdrawal because of a call to active military duty are administered by the Dean, Enrollment Management. Requests for complete withdrawal for medical reasons are processed by the Medical Director, University Health Service. Given appropriate clinical circumstances, the Counseling Center will assist students in obtaining a medical withdrawal for psychological reasons. Policies governing grading upon withdrawal from the University are equivalent to those listed in the sections of this catalog titled “Withdrawal with No Credit” or “Withdrawal Passing or Withdrawal Failing.” Policies governing billing of tuition and fees are summarized in the “Refunds” “section of the Graduate Catalog.

Repeating Graduate Courses
Graduate students may repeat graduate courses in which a grade of D or F was received. Both the original grade and the repeated grade will be recorded on the transcript and will be included in the computation of the graduate GPA. If the grade earned for the repeated course is a C or better, the course and the semester hours may be applied to the degree or certificate program. If the grade for the repeated course is less than a C, neither the course nor the semester hours may be applied to the degree or certificate program. With prior approval of the academic program, graduate students may repeat any course numbered 4750 or above in which a grade of A, B, C, or CR was previously earned and which is not normally repeated. The repeated course and course grade will appear on the student’s transcript; however, the repeated course credit will not count toward degree requirements nor will the grade be included in the calculation of the graduate grade point average.

Previously Earned Credit

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Transfer Credit
Candidates may request that graduate courses completed at another institution be considered for transfer to a graduate degree program at Eastern Illinois University. All courses accepted for transfer credit must meet the criteria outlined below. Approval for transfer credit by Eastern Illinois University prior to completion of the courses in order to verify that the courses meet the transfer criteria is recommended but not required. If prior approval is not obtained, there is no guarantee that the transfer work will be accepted for application to a degree program. Approval Process: Approval for transfer credit is a four step process guided by the Graduate Transfer Credit Approval Form accessible at the web site listed above.

  • Candidates obtain written documentation from the Graduate School at the transfer institution that the course meets the criteria specified below.
  • The documentation is reviewed and approved by the appropriate EIU coordinator of graduate study or program chair.
  • The documentation is reviewed and approved by the certification officer in the Graduate School. Non-authorized verbal or written agreements of prior-approval between candidates and coordinators of graduate study, program chairs or program advisors are not recognized by the Graduate School.
  • Credit for the course is documented upon completion of the course by providing official transcripts to the Graduate School by the Last Class Day published in the Class Schedule.

Transfer Criteria: To be acceptable for transfer to Eastern Illinois University as graduate credit applicable to a degree program, transfer courses must meet the following criteria:

  • The courses must be earned from an accredited institution approved by Eastern Illinois University.
  • A copy of the “Transcript Guide” provided on the back of official transcripts, or an equivalent document, must be on file with the Graduate School to document that the course number is equivalent to graded graduate credit applicable to a degree program at the transfer institution
  • The course must be offered for graded credit equivalent to an “A” or “B” and not “CR” or “Credit”, “Pass” or any other form of non-graded credit.
  • The course must be approved by the program as acceptable for transfer to a degree program. Some EIU graduate programs publish lists of courses that are acceptable for transfer credit and restrict acceptance to specific institutions and courses.
  • The course must be approved by the certification officer in the Graduate School as acceptable for transfer to a degree program.

Transfer Credit Restrictions:

  • Courses taken prior to the receipt of a baccalaureate degree at another institution may not be counted toward a graduate degree program at EIU.
  • Courses taken to meet the requirements of a master’s degree at a transfer institution may not be counted toward another master’s degree program at EIU. Candidates should review the section of the catalog titled “Requirements for the Specialist’s Degree” and “Requirements for Graduate Certificate Programs” for information on previous graduate credit that may be applied to a specialist’s degree or graduate certificate program.
  • Correspondence courses may not be used for graduate credit in a degree program at EIU
  • Continuing pr
  • ofessional development units (CPDUs) that are offered to meet continuing education requirements and that are not applicable to degree programs at the transfer institution may not be used for graduate credit in a degree program at EIU
  • Transfer credit is subject to the six-year time limit on master’s and specialist’s degrees established by the Graduate School
  • The student must earn a grade of “B” or better to be accepted for credit.
  • A maximum of 11 semester hours of graduate course work may be considered for transfer to a degree program

Undergraduate Deficiencies
When undergraduate preparation is inadequate in the major field of study or when deficiencies in an area of concentration are identified by the program, students will be required to take additional undergraduate course work to achieve the required level of competence. Undergraduate deficiencies must be made up without credit toward the graduate degree or certificate program.

Academic Load

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Full-Time Enrollment Fall, Spring, and Summer
Graduate students are considered academically full-time during the fall, spring, and summer terms and meet the full-time enrollment requirements for student loan deferments and good student discounts when enrolled for nine semester hours of course work that may include any combination of undergraduate or graduate courses. All courses in which the student registers apply including graduate courses (4750 or higher), undergraduate courses (below 4750), audited courses, and continuing education courses.

Enrollment Requirements for International Graduate Students
The course load for international graduate students includes all courses in which the student registers. The course load will include graduate courses (courses numbered 4750 or higher), non-credit undergraduate courses, non-credit intensive English language courses, audited courses, and continuing education courses. International graduate students are considered academically full-time during the fall and spring semesters and meet full-time enrollment requirements to maintain F-1 immigration status when enrolled for nine semester hours. Summer enrollment is optional if the international candidate was full-time during the fall and spring terms and is returning for the next academic year.

Enrollment Limitation for Fall, Spring, and Summer
Graduate students may enroll for a maximum of 16 semester hours of graduate courses (courses numbered 4750 or higher) during the fall or spring term. Graduate students may enroll for a maximum of 13 semester hours of graduate courses (courses numbered 4750 or higher) during the summer term. Graduate credit on- and off-campus continuing education courses are included in the limitation. The enrollment limitation for graduate courses may not be waived or appealed.

Enrollment Limitations for Graduate Assistants
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/GAreg.html: This web site provides a copy of the Graduate Assistantship Regulations. Graduate assistants fulfill the terms of their assistantship contracts during the fall and spring terms when enrolled for nine semester hours of graduate courses (courses numbered 4750 or higher) or required prerequisites. Graduate assistants holding contracts that require 18 to 19 clock hours of service per week are limited to a maximum of 12 semester hours of graduate courses (courses numbered 4750 or higher) or required prerequisites. Graduate assistants are advised to consult the section of the Graduate Catalog titled “Graduate Assistantships” and to consult the Graduate Assistantship Regulations for a full review of policies governing assistantships. Graduate assistants fulfill the terms of their assistantship contracts during the summer term when enrolled for three semester hours of graduate courses (courses numbered 4750 or higher) or required prerequisites during the summer term; however, enrollment in nine semester hours is required to be certified as academically full-time for student loan deferments and good student discounts.

Grade Point Average Calculation

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Grade Point Average and Hours for Courses Numbered 4750 or Higher
Graduate courses for all graduate students are courses numbered 4750 or higher and both the semester and cumulative graduate grade point averages are calculated only for those courses. The graduate grade point average is used to determine academic standing for all graduate students including degree and certificate candidates and students enrolled in post baccalaureate options. The number of grade points for a grade in a given graduate course is found by multiplying the grade-point value by the number of semester hours which may be earned in the course. The graduate cumulative grade-point average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points which a student has earned in all courses numbered 4750 or higher which were taken for a grade at EIU (excluding courses in which a student has a grade of “I,” “DC” “CR,” “NC,” “W,” “WP,” “WF,” “AU,” or “X”) and dividing by the total number of semester hours. On the graduate transcript, the “Graduate Program Hours” refers to the number of semester hours for courses numbered 4750 or higher and the semester grade point average is calculated only for courses numbered 4750 or higher. At the end of the transcript, a summary that includes the graduate cumulative hours, grade points, and grade point average appears and includes only those courses numbered 4750 or higher.

Grade Point Average and Hours for Courses Below 4750
Graduate students may be required to enroll in courses numbered below 4750 to make up undergraduate deficiencies or prerequisites while pursuing a graduate degree, to complete requirements toward an additional bachelor’s degree, or to meet teacher certification requirements. All graduate students who complete courses numbered below 4750 will receive credit for the courses but the semester hours will not be counted toward the total number of graduate hours and the grades earned will not be used in the calculation of the graduate grade point average. On the graduate transcript, the grade points for courses below 4750 will appear in brackets. A separate grade point average will be calculated for courses below 4750 and will appear at the end of the transcript with a summary titled “Post Undergraduate Hours.” This summary includes the cumulative number of semester hours, grade points, and grade point average for courses below 4750. This grade point average for courses below 4750 is not used to determine graduate standing, but may be used by programs to determine the academic standing of post-baccalaureate options including a second bachelor’s degree program or teacher certification programs.

Academic Standing for Graduate Degree and Certificate Candidates

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Good Standing
Graduate students admitted to degree or certificate candidacy are required to be in good graduate standing. Good graduate standing is defined as maintaining a graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for all graduate course work.

Academic Warning
Graduate degree and certificate candidates are in academic warning when their cumulative GPA is below 3.00 but higher than 2.50. Candidates in academic warning are afforded the opportunity to raise the cumulative GPA to the required 3.00 during the next semester in which they are enrolled. It is the candidate’s responsibility to monitor academic standing. Candidates who fail to make the required progress toward good standing may be notified by the Graduate School when they are in academic warning.

Loss of Graduate Degree or Certificate Candidacy

  • GPA: If a degree or certificate candidate in academic warning fails to return the cumulative GPA to the required 3.00 level during the next term in which he/she is enrolled, degree and/or certificate candidacy may be lost and the student may be reclassified as a non-degree graduate student.
  • Grades Below B: A degree or certificate candidate receiving more than nine semester hours of graduate credit with a grade below B is disqualified from degree or certificate candidacy and is reclassified as a non-degree graduate student.
  • Other Reasons: Academic programs may rescind degree or certificate candidacy for other reasons not specified in this catalog.
  • Non-degree Requirements: Non-degree students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to continue to pursue graduate course work.

Restoration of Graduate Degree or Certificate Candidacy
Restoration of graduate degree or certificate candidacy requires a petition to the Council on Graduate Studies. A degree or certificate candidate who is reclassified as a non-degree student because of a low GPA, an excess number of credits below B, or for other reasons may continue to take graduate courses as long as a GPA of 2.50 or higher is maintained. Some programs have policies that restrict access to certain graduate courses for non-degree students; therefore, a student reclassified as non-degree may no longer have access to all graduate courses even though he/she maintains a GPA of 2.50 or higher. If the student restores the cumulative GPA to 3.00 or higher he/she may request reinstatement to degree or certificate candidacy. Similarly, students who have an excess number of credits below “B” or who have been reclassified for other reasons, but who maintain or restore the cumulative GPA to 3.00 or higher, may request reinstatement to degree or certificate candidacy. Degree and certificate candidacy reinstatement may be requested to the original program or to a new degree or certificate program. There is no guarantee that a student reclassified as non-degree can be reinstated as a degree or certificate candidate in the original program or in a new program. Students initiate reinstatement of candidacy through the Graduate School waiver and appeals process. Students should consult the section of the Graduate Catalog titled “Graduate Waiver and Appeals Process” for guidelines.

Academic Dismissal of Graduate Degree or Certificate Candidates
Graduate students admitted to degree or certificate candidacy who complete 12 or more semester hours are dismissed from the University if their graduate cumulative GPA falls below 2.50. Similarly, all degree or certificate candidates reclassified as non-degree students due to a low GPA or an excess number of grades below B are dismissed from the University when their graduate cumulative GPA falls below 2.50 after completion of 12 or more semester hours of graduate course work.

Academic Standing for Graduate Assistants
Graduate assistants must meet the GPA, enrollment and other requirements in order to continue assistantship eligibility. Graduate assistants are advised to consult the section of the Graduate Catalog titled “Graduate Assistantships” for detailed information regarding these requirements.

Academic Standing for Students Enrolled for an Additional Baccalaureate Degree

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Students admitted to the Graduate School to pursue an additional baccalaureate degree must meet two sets of criteria for academic standing. These include the criteria for graduate standing for courses numbered 4750 or higher and academic standing for courses numbered less than 4750.

  • Graduate Standing: Students pursuing an additional baccalaureate degree remain in good graduate standing by achieving a 2.50 or higher graduate cumulative GPA upon completion of 12 or more semester hours of courses numbered 4750 or higher. Students may be dismissed as non-degree graduate students when their cumulative graduate GPA falls below 2.50 after completion of 12 or more hours of coursework above 4750.
  • Good Standing for Courses Below 4750: In addition to retaining good graduate standing, post-baccalaureate students pursuing an additional baccalaureate degree must achieve the standards for good standing for a baccalaureate degree outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog for courses numbered less than 4750. Students enrolled for an additional baccalaureate degree are held to the conditions outlined for Academic Warning, Academic Probation, Academic Dismissal, and Reinstatement Following Academic Dismissal in the Undergraduate Catalog while completing the requirements for an additional baccalaureate degree.

Academic Standing for Students Enrolled for Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification

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Students admitted to the Graduate School to pursue post-baccalaureate teacher certification must meet two sets of standards for academic standing. These include the criteria for graduate standing for courses numbered 4750 or higher and academic standing for courses numbered less than 4750.

  • Graduate Standing: For students pursuing post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification, good graduate standing is defined by achieving a 3.00 cumulative GPA upon completion of 12 or more graduate hours. Graduate hours are courses numbered 4750 or higher. Non-degree post-baccalaureate students pursuing teacher certification may be dismissed from the teacher certification option when their cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.00 after completion of 12 or more hours.
  • Good Standing for Courses Below 4750: In addition to retaining good graduate standing, post-baccalaureate students pursuing teacher certification must achieve a 2.65 GPA for all courses numbered less than 4750. Students may be dismissed from the teacher certification option when the GPA for post undergraduate hours falls below 2.65.

Academic Standing for Non-Degree Graduate Students Pursuing Licensure, Professional Development, or Personal Goals

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Non-degree students pursuing licensure, professional development, or personal goals are required to achieve a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher for all graduate course work (courses numbered 4750 or higher) upon completion of 12 or more semester hours. Remaining in good standing is required to continue to pursue course work in the desired non-degree study option. Non-degree students may be dismissed from the University when their cumulative graduate GPA falls below 2.50 after completion of 12 or more semester hours of graduate course work.

Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates

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Regardless of the type of graduate degree or academic program, all graduate degree and certificate candidates must meet the following requirements. Candidates hold final responsibility for knowing and completing these requirements.

  • GPA: All candidates earning degrees or completing certificate programs must achieve and maintain a graduate cumulative 3.00 GPA (4.00 scale) for all courses numbered 4750 or higher taken for graduate credit at Eastern Illinois University and for all courses listed on the Graduate Study Plan. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
  • Study Plan: All candidates must have a Graduate Study Plan submitted from the academic program to the certification officer in the Graduate School for each degree or certificate program the candidate seeks to complete. The Graduate Study Plan and the Certificate Study Plan are an approved list of all courses and their recommended sequence that will fulfill requirements for degrees or certificates as specified in the regulations for degrees and certificates required by the Graduate School and the academic program. Upon achieving degree candidacy or certificate admission, candidates are required to consult with program advisors to develop a Graduate Study Plan or Certificate Study Plan. The coordinator of graduate study submits the Graduate or Certificate Study Plan electronically to the certification officer in the Graduate School no later than the mid-term date published in the Class Schedule during the final term of study. Coordinators must alert the certification officer to any changes to the study plan that are made after the mid-term deadline. Candidates may request printed copies of their study plans from the Coordinator.
  • Time Limitation: Degree and certificate candidates must fulfill all of the requirements for graduate degrees or certificates outlined on the study plan within six consecutive years. The six-year time limit ensures that the degree and/or certificate represent a well-sequenced, cohesive body of current knowledge that progresses over consecutive semesters of study. All course work listed on the candidate’s Graduate Study Plan or Certificate Study Plan, including transfer credit, field experience, independent study, research, thesis, and internships, must be completed within the six-year time limit. The earliest term in which a course listed on the Graduate or Certificate Study Plan was taken marks the beginning of the six year time period. Exceptions may be requested through the Graduate School Waiver and Appeals Process when progress toward completion of the degree or certificate is interrupted by obligations or circumstances which are beyond the control of the student.

Requirements for the Master’s Degree

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Masters’ degrees include the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Business Administration degree. All masters’ degrees must meet the requirements and restrictions outlined below and the requirements specified by the academic program in the “Academic Program Requirements” section of the catalog. Candidates hold final responsibility for knowing and completing these requirements.

Requirements

  • Total Semester Hours: A minimum of 32 semester hours of study is required for all non-thesis options. A minimum of 30 semester hours of study is required for all thesis options or the recital option for candidates in the Master of Arts in music program. Candidates are advised to review the Academic Program Requirements section of the catalog for minimum hours required by academic programs. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
  • Residency Semester Hours: A minimum of 21 semester hours of the 32 hour non-thesis option is required in residence. A minimum of 19 semester hours of the 30 hour thesis option is required in residence. Residence is defined as credit for courses taught by Eastern Illinois University faculty at on-campus or off-campus sites. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
  • 5000 Level Semester Hours: A minimum of 22 semester hours of the 32 hour non-thesis option must be in courses numbered 5000 or higher. A minimum of 20 semester hours of the 30 hour thesis option must be in courses numbered 5000 or higher.

Restrictions

  • Research, Internship and Special Course Restrictions: A minimum of 21 semesters hours of the 32 hour non-thesis option or the 30 hour thesis option must be completed in courses exclusive of independent study, research, thesis, internship, and special courses.
  • 4750-4999 Hour Restrictions: A maximum of 10 semester hours of courses numbered 4750 to 4999 may be applied to degree programs.
  • Research Hour Restrictions: A maximum of six semester hours of independent study may be applied to a degree. A maximum of six semester hours of research may be applied to a degree. A maximum of six semester hours of thesis may be applied to a degree. A maximum of nine semester hours in a combination of independent study, research, or thesis may be applied to a degree.
  • Non-degree Hour Restrictions: A maximum of 12 semester hours earned as a non-degree student may be applied to a degree. There is no guarantee that any credit earned as a non-degree student may later apply to a degree.

Requirements for a Second Master’s Degree

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The requirements for a second master’s degree include completion of the same requirements outlined for a master’s degree. These include the requirements for all degree candidates, the requirements specific to a master’s degree and the requirements specified by the academic program.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Education Degree

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The departments in the College of Education and Professional Studies have established special procedures to insure that students seeking initial, standard, or additional teacher certification while completing graduate degrees comply with established certification standards. Students are advised to consult with both the department chair in the specified department and the Teacher Certification Officer in the College of Education and Professional Studies to obtain information on admission, certification, and degree requirements. Similarly, students seeking special endorsements should initiate the endorsement application through the department chair in the specific department that offers the endorsement and the certification officer in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Requirements and restrictions for the Master of Science in Education Degree are listed below.

Requirements

  • Master’s Degree Requirements: All of the requirements specified for the Master’s Degree apply to the Master of Science in Education degree.
  • Education Semester Hours: A minimum of eight semester hours must be chosen from the following courses. Candidates must consult department advisors for department specific selection requirements.
    EDF 5500 - Curriculum Development. 3 sh
    EDF 5510 - Social Foundations for Educational Practice. 3 sh
    EDF 5530 - Philosophy for Educational Practice OR
    EDF 5535 - Philosophy of Education: Clinical. 2 sh
    EDF 5540 - History for Educational Practice. 2 sh
    EDF 5550 - Comparative and International Education. 3 sh
    EDP 5300 - Psychological Foundations for Educational Practice. 3 sh
  • Discipline Semester Hours: A minimum of 16 semester hours must be selected in the discipline. The courses in this group constitute an area of specialization. The courses may be taken in a single department or in more than one program; however, the unifying principle is the relationship to the candidate’s field of teaching specialization. Candidates must consult program advisors for program specific selection requirements.
  • Master’s Degree Restrictions: All of the restrictions specified for the Master’s Degree apply to the Master of Science in Education degree.

Requirements for the Specialist’s Degree

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All specialist’s degrees must meet the requirements and restrictions outlined below and the requirements specified by the academic program in the “Degree Requirements” section of the catalog. Candidates hold final responsibility for knowing and completing these requirements.

Requirements

  • Total Semester Hours: A minimum of 64 semester hours of study is required for all specialist’s degrees. Programs often establish minimum requirements of study above the minimum semester hour limits set by the Graduate School. Candidates are advised to review the Academic Program Requirements section of the catalog for minimum program requirements. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
  • New Semester Hours: Of the 64 semester hours, a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate course work must be new course work earned within the six-year time limit. The remaining 32 semester hours may be hours earned for a previous graduate degree and are not required to fall within the six-year time limit. See the section on “Previously Earned Graduate Credit” in the Graduate Catalog. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
  • Residency Semester Hours: A minimum of 21 semester hours of study in residence is required. Residence is defined as credit for courses taught by Eastern Illinois University faculty at on-campus or off-campus sites. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
  • 5000 Level Semester Hours: All course work for a specialist’s degree must be numbered 5000 or higher.

Restriction

  • Field Experience Restriction: A maximum of eight semester hours of field experience may be applied to a degree.

Requirements for Graduate Certificate Programs

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A non-degree certificate program is a specified series of credit courses which define a set of learning objectives and competencies essential to a defined area of study. Post-baccalaureate certificates verify an area of competency that enhances the knowledge base of degree seeking candidates or defines a specific area of competency for non-degree students. Post-master’s certificates verify an additional area of competency beyond that required for the graduate degree. Certificates are not degrees and certificate programs are not degree programs. Certificate programs are verified on university transcripts, but are not equivalent to external certification granted by state or national certification agencies, for example Illinois State Teacher Certification. State and national certification agencies establish requirements and certification reviews independent of those developed by the University. Multi-disciplinary certificate programs are typically administered by one specific department or school.

Requirements

  • Total Semester Hours: A minimum of 18 semester hours of study is required for all certificate programs. Certificate programs often establish minimum requirements of study above the minimum semester hour limits set by the Graduate School. Candidates are advised to review the Academic Program Requirements section for minimum program requirements. The 18 semester-hour minimum requirement for a certificate may not be waived or appealed.
  • Residency Semester Hours: A minimum of 9 semester hours in the certificate program is required in residence. Residence is defined as credit for courses taught by Eastern Illinois University faculty at on-campus or off-campus sites. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.
  • 5000 Level Semester Hours: A minimum of 9 semester hours in the certificate program must be in courses numbered 5000 or higher.

Restrictions

  • Research, Internship and Special Course Restrictions: A minimum of 9 semester hours must be completed in courses exclusive of independent study, research, thesis, and internship, and special courses or workshops.
  • 4750-4999 Hour Restrictions: A maximum of 6 semester hours of courses numbered 4750 to 4999 may be applied to certificate programs.
  • Research Hour Restrictions: A maximum of 3 semester hours of independent study, research, and thesis may be applied to a certificate program.
  • Non-Degree Hours: There is no restriction on the number of semester hours a non-degree student may apply to a certificate program. There is no guarantee that any credit earned as a non-degree student may later apply to a certificate program.

Graduation

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Comprehensive Knowledge and Examinations for Graduate Degree Candidates
Degree candidates are expected to achieve comprehensive knowledge in the area in which the degree is to be offered. Many programs require formal documentation of this achievement through the Certificate of Comprehensive Knowledge and/or completion of comprehensive examinations. Candidates should consult with graduate coordinators regarding the requirements for the certificate if it is part of the graduate degree program. Programs establish procedures that are used to examine the candidate’s comprehensive knowledge. Procedures may include written examinations, oral examinations, national or state examinations, or other assessments of knowledge. Upon the candidate’s successful completion of the required procedures, the coordinator of graduate study will electronically document achievement of the Certificate of Comprehensive Knowledge. Electronic documentation must be completed by the last class day published in the Class Schedule during the final term of study. Some programs also record completion of comprehensive examinations on the graduate transcript. Programs may designate completion of the examination as “pass” or “pass with distinction.”

Application and Re-Application for Graduation and/or Certificate Completion
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/howtoapplygraduation.htm: This web site provides a printable graduation application with instructions. All degree and certificate candidates must apply and pay the required fee for graduation or certificate completion. Students must apply and pay the fee for each degree or certificate completed. Students may apply any time prior to the 10th day of the term in which they plan to graduate or complete a certificate. This deadline is published in the Class Schedule each semester. Candidates who fail to apply by the published deadline are not eligible for graduation or certificate completion until the next semester or term. The application for graduation or certificate completion automatically initiates a graduate degree or graduate certificate audit by the certification officer in the Graduate School. Candidates will be alerted to any deficiencies that must be completed in order to meet the requirements for the degree or certificate. If candidates fail to complete the requirements for the degree or certificate or fail to complete any identified deficiencies; candidates will be required to re-apply for graduation or certificate completion in a subsequent term. There is no additional fee for the re-application. The re-application is available at the web site listed above.

Commencement
While degrees and certificates are granted at the close of the fall, spring, and summer terms, commencement exercises are scheduled only at the conclusion of the fall and spring terms. Students completing requirements during the summer term will automatically receive information regarding participation in the fall ceremony. Participation in commencement does not constitute completion of degree requirements. Degrees are conferred only when the certification officer determines that the student has met all of the requirements for the degree.

Transcripts
www.eiu.edu/~records/transcript/order.html: This web site provides a printable order form. The Records Office will make a transcript of the academic record of a student when requested to do so. Unless specific instructions are given to the contrary, it is understood that the Records Office has permission of the student to send his/her transcript to employing and certifying agencies, such as schools, boards of education, businesses, and the state department of education, when such an agency requests a transcript. All requests for transcripts must be in writing, either by letter or on the request form supplied by the Records Office or at the above web site. The time required for preparation and mailing of transcripts varies; during enrollment and at the end of grading periods there may be a delay of several days. A fee is charged for each transcript issued. Transcripts will be issued only for students whose records are clear.

Graduate Study Options for Seniors at EIU

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Reserve Graduate Credit
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/studyoptions.htm: This web site provides a printable form. The reserve graduate credit option is based on the understanding that seniors who have demonstrated a record of academic achievement have the ability to pursue graduate scholarship. Reserve graduate credit requires that students pursue a level of understanding and performance through independent reading, research, and investigation equivalent to that of graduates throughout the time that the course is in progress; therefore the reserve graduate credit option must be approved prior to enrollment. An EIU senior may apply for permission to take graduate courses numbered 4750 through 5499 for reserve graduate credit. Senior classification is defined as having completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate course work at the time of enrollment. Seniors must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to qualify for reserve graduate credit. Permission from the instructor of the course(s) and the Graduate Dean is required. The application form must be signed and on file in the Graduate School by the deadline to add courses as published in the Class Schedule. Reserve graduate credit is limited to a maximum of nine semester hours and cannot be used in any way for fulfilling the requirements for the undergraduate degree. Students enrolled in courses numbered 4750 through 4999 for reserve graduate credit are expected to meet the requirements for graduate credit. Undergraduates, regardless of classification or GPA, may not enroll in any graduate courses numbered 5500 or above. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.

Graduate Courses for Undergraduate Credit www.eiu.edu/~graduate/studyoptions.htm: This web site provides a printable form. The graduate course for undergraduate credit option is based on the understanding that, with appropriate advisement and planning, seniors who have demonstrated a record of academic achievement may enhance their undergraduate education with the addition of a more advanced course. An EIU senior may apply for permission to take graduate courses numbered 5000 through 5499 to apply toward an undergraduate degree. Senior classification is defined as having completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate course work at the time of enrollment. Seniors must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to qualify for enrollment in graduate courses. Permission from the instructor of the course(s) and the Graduate Dean is required. Applications granting permission to take graduate courses are available in the Graduate School or at the above named site and must be signed and on file in the Graduate School by the deadline to add courses as published in the Class Schedule. Undergraduates, regardless of classification or GPA, may not enroll in any graduate courses numbered 5500 or above. This requirement may not be waived or appealed.

Honors Students
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/Honorswaiver.htm: This web site provides a printable waiver form. An EIU honors student who has less than 90 semester hours of completed course work at the time he or she wishes to register may apply to waive the 90-semester hour policy. Waiver of the policy will allow the honors student to enroll for the desired graduate level courses. In order to be eligible for this waiver option, the student must verify his or her status as an honors student. In addition, the student must provide evidence that he or she is currently enrolled in a sufficient number of semester hours to meet the 90-semester hour regulations at the conclusion of the current term. The student must meet the 2.75 GPA criteria as this policy may not be waived or appealed. If the waiver is approved, but the honors student fails to complete a sufficient number of semester hours in the current term to meet the 90 semester hour regulation, the Graduate School will remove the student from the approved courses after the 10th day enrollment roster is provided.

Waiver, Appeals and Academic Integrity

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Waiver and Appeals Process
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/waiverandappeal.htm: This web site provides a printable waiver form. The Council on Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Dean of the Graduate School, establishes policies on graduate education to insure that graduate degree programs, graduate certificate programs, and graduate courses are rigorous and meet the highest standards of graduate scholarship. It is expected that all graduate students will remain in compliance with requirements for degrees, certificates, or post baccalaureate study options established by the Graduate School. It is the responsibility of the graduate student to understand and meet the established requirements and policies. On rare occasions, circumstances beyond the student’s control may warrant a variation from the established requirements. Any variation from the policies established by the Graduate School must be approved through the Graduate School waiver and appeals process. Students may obtain a Graduate Waiver Request form from the Graduate School, the graduate coordinator, or the above web site. The request must identify the policy to be waived, provide a rationale and supporting documentation explaining how the variation will not diminish the quality of graduate scholarship, and have the support of the program. All waivers must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School prior to initiating the policy variation. Students may appeal waivers denied by the Dean to the Council on Graduate Studies Waiver Appeals Subcommittee. The Waiver Appeals Subcommittee will review the documentation and recommend a decision on the appeal for a vote by the Council on Graduate Studies which will appear in the Council’s Minutes.

Policies That May Not Be Waived or Appealed
Certain policies on graduate education may not be waived or appealed. These include:

  • The 16 graduate semester hour load limit for courses numbered 4750 or higher for fall and spring
  • The 13 graduate semester hour load limit for courses numbered 4750 or higher for summer
  • The required 3.00 cumulative graduate GPA for graduate degree or graduate certificate completion
  • The minimum number of semester hours for a master’s degree or certificate program
  • The minimum number of semester hours of new course work for the specialist’s degree
  • The minimum number of semester hours required for certificate programs
  • The minimum number of semester hours in residency for all graduate degrees or certificate programs
  • The 3.00 cumulative GPA for assistantship eligibility
  • The restriction on undergraduate access to courses numbered 5500 or higher.

Grade Changes and Grade Appeals
The Grade Appeals Policy is based on the premise that only the instructor who gave a grade can change that grade. Prior to initiating a formal grade appeal, the student should discuss the grade issue with the faculty member to determine if the issue can be resolved without an appeal. If the informal discussion with the faculty member does not resolve the issue, the formal appeal of a grade must follow the procedure outlined in Internal Governing Policy 45. The basis for an appeal are as follows:

  • An obvious error in the calculation of the grade.
  • The assignment of a grade to a particular student by application of more exacting or demanding requirements than were applied to other graduate students in the course.
  • The assignment of a grade to a particular graduate student on some basis other than performance in the course.
  • The assignment of a grade by a substantial departure from the instructor’s previously announced standards.

Student Conduct Code
www.eiu.edu/~judicial: This web site provides the Student Conduct Code from the Judicial Affairs Office. As a community of scholars, Eastern Illinois University requires of its members a high level of ethical and academic integrity. The Student Conduct Code specifies student rights and responsibilities both academically and behaviorally. Each student is held accountable for adhering to the Code, which is published in the Student Handbook. Individual copies of The Student Conduct Code are also available at the Judicial Affairs Office. Questions concerning student rights and responsibilities may be directed to the Judicial Affairs Office located in the University Union (581-3827).

Academic Integrity
The following policies apply to suspected incidents of classroom cheating or plagiarism. The instructor who has witnessed academic dishonesty or who has other evidence that academic dishonesty has occurred will confront the student to inform him/her of the allegation. Time permitting; the instructor will contact the Judicial Affairs Office prior to talking with the student. If the student admits the violation, the instructor will assess an appropriate academic penalty and will inform the Judicial Affairs Office using a Notation of Academic Misconduct form. If the student disputes the allegation, or if a sanction greater than a failing grade for the course is warranted, a hearing will be provided by the Judicial Affairs Office in accordance with the provisions of the Student Conduct Code. If as a result of the hearing the student is found responsible for the violation, the instructor will assess an appropriate academic penalty. Other sanctions such as disciplinary probationary status or separation from the institution can be imposed by the University’s disciplinary system. Full conditions and explanations are cited in the Student Conduct Code. A student accused of academic dishonesty in a course may not drop the course until such time as disciplinary action, if any, is concluded. A grade (A, B, C, D, F, CR, NC, I, DC, W, WP, WF, X, AU) may be changed to reflect the disciplinary sanction, if any, imposed as a result of academic dishonesty. In the event that the alleged violation occurs at the end of a term, no grade shall be assigned pending conclusion of the disciplinary process. All students are governed by the Student Conduct Code.