Jul 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures

Attendance Policy

The academic program of Muskingum University operates on the assumption that learning is advanced by regular attendance at class and laboratory.

It is the responsibility of the student to arrange to make up, at the convenience of the instructor, class assignments or previously scheduled quizzes and/or exams missed due to absence. Timely (at least one week in advance) notice to professors when absence will be unavoidable is expected. No instructor may deny a student the opportunity to make up coursework missed because of bona fide medical, personal or family emergency, or, when timely notice is received, because of previously scheduled participation in institutionally sanctioned activities.

Individual faculty members determine their own class attendance policy in accordance with the preceding paragraph. At the beginning of each semester, the faculty member is responsible for informing students of his/her attendance policy or expectations and of the consequences or penalties for excessive non-sanctioned absences. The faculty member must define “excessive.”

Commencement Policy

Seniors planning to graduate must apply no later than 8 weeks prior to the date of Commencement. Students who fail to apply by this deadline may incur additional fees and/or may not be permitted to participate in commencement exercises. The Application to Graduate is found on Muskie Link.

Students must have all coursework fully planned by the time of commencement. If a student has additional coursework to complete (up to 12 hours) after commencement, they may petition the Provost or the VPGCS, as appropriate, to participate in commencement ceremonies. Petitions must be submitted to the Provost or VPGCS, as appropriate, at least 4 weeks prior to commencement and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*Adult undergraduate degree completers should refer to the MAP Guidebook.

Course Repeat Policy

A student may repeat a course once if the original grade is a C- or lower and provided it is repeated at the next offering, or provided that no more than one intervening course has been taken in the discipline offering the course. A course may be repeated only one time. When a course is repeated, both grades remain on the record but only the most recent grade is used in computing the grade point average unless the most recent grade is I, WIP, or W. While the grade for a repeated course erases the GPA calculation that may have been the basis for decisions about academic standing such as probation, dismissal, or Dean’s List, those decisions are not affected by the recalculation. Students cannot receive credit twice for any course repeated to replace a grade.

Course Withdrawals

Students may withdraw from full semester courses through the 60th day of the semester, and from partial semester offerings until the course is three-fourths completed. Withdrawals are not permitted after the specified time.

The process for course withdrawal is initiated in the Registrar’s office.

*Adult undergraduate degree completers should refer to the MAP Guidebook.

Auditing Courses

Auditing is subject to space availability. For full-time traditional students, there is no charge to audit, but permission must be received from the Registrar, the faculty advisor, and the course instructor. The decision to audit a class must be on file with the Registrar by the end of the add/drop period and cannot be changed. Non-attendance results in a grade of W. Those over 62 years of age may audit a course under the same regulations. Part-time students are charged a fee to audit.

*Adult undergraduate degree completers should refer to the MAP Guidebook.

**Graduate students should refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Catalog of Entry

Undergraduate students who complete graduation requirements in four years are under the catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment. Students may elect to meet the graduation requirements of a later catalog, subject to guidelines of professionally-accredited disciplines.

Students who do not meet graduation requirements within seven calendar years of first enrollment must meet the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of graduation or of a catalog published no more than four years earlier than the time of graduation.

Full Time Status

The minimum semester load for a full-time student is 12 semester hours; the maximum load is 20 hours. Students with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA must petition the Provost to register for more than 17 hours no later than the second week of classes. Full-time status is determined at the end of the add/drop period, after which time course withdrawals have no effect on full-time status with regard to charges for tuition and fees. Full-time status is required, however, for participation in a sport. Other areas of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities may also be impacted.

*Adult undergraduate degree completers should refer to the MAP Guidebook.

Grade Point Average

Your semester grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned (grade equivalent quality points times credit hours for the course) that semester by the total amount of graded credit hours attempted that semester. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0. P/NP (Pass/No Pass) courses are not factored in the GPA. The following marks do not receive grade points and do not have an effect on the GPA: I, WIP, S, U, W, L, and NR.

To calculate your cumulative GPA, total the graded credit hours and then the grade points from all semesters. Divide the total grade points by the total credit hours.

Students who have been readmitted to Muskingum after seven calendar years from their previous enrollment may choose not to carry the cumulative GPA from the prior enrollment.

Grading Policy

Grades are assigned on a scale ranging from A, excellent, to F, failing. The grades’ equivalent quality points are: A, 4.00; A-, 3.67; B+, 3.33; B, 3.00; B-, 2.67; C+, 2.33; C, 2.00; C-, 1.67; D+, 1.33; D, 1.00; D-, 0.67; and F, 0.00. Other grades are WIP, for work in progress; I, incomplete; S, satisfactory (C- or above); U, unsatisfactory (D+ or below); W, withdrawn; L, audit; and NR, not reported.

The grade of work in progress (WIP) is given in a course where work has been recognized as requiring research, study or participation beyond the normal limits of a semester. It may be used for departmental senior studies (400-level courses), for courses involving outside observation hours or for students in the PLUS learning disabilities program.

An Incomplete (I) indicates that unusual personal or technical circumstances, including illness and family emergencies, have prevented the student from completing course requirements.

Except in extraordinary circumstances failure to complete the required work by the last day of the immediately subsequent semester reduces the WIP or I to an F. No student is awarded a degree with a record which includes a WIP or an I.

*Graduate students should refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Student Responsibility

The student is responsible for meeting all appropriate course, major, and graduation requirements as stated in this catalog. Although a student and an advisor are partners, the student needs to be knowledgeable about academic requirements and take the initiative in planning his or her own program, in setting goals, and in monitoring progress toward completing such goals.

Course Level Definitions

The University Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Program Committee have developed these guidelines to assist faculty members in determining the appropriate level for courses.   Bloom’s taxonomy was used as a reference for structuring the guidelines, with lower-level courses introducing foundational knowledge and comprehension and upper-level courses stressing greater levels of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.   Departments should select course level based on the best fit with one or more of the attributes listed at the selected level.  


  • Introduction to the field or discipline 

  • Basic concepts covered 

  • Terminology of a discipline 

  • Foundational or survey courses 

  • Operates largely at the “knowledge” and “comprehension” levels. 


  • Intermediate level 

  • Surveys may be devoted to particular areas or fields within the discipline 

  • Greater depth in the field of study 

  • Courses solidify abilities at the knowledge and comprehension levels. 


  • Taken by majors or minors and upper division students 

  • Content is based on demonstrated success in lower-level courses 

  • Greater depth in study of sub-fields  

  • Application of knowledge to new problems or situations  


  • Taken by upper-level students and senior capstone sequences 

  • Integration and synthesis of prior learning  

  • Requires independent level of functioning  

  • May have a research-focus 

  • May be seminar style with emphasis on discussion and analysis  

  • Skills applied through internship and clinical courses   

500-level ( Graduate) 

  • Introduction to professions 

  • Integrate foundational concepts into higher level analysis and application 

  • May be taken by undergraduates in accelerated graduate programs  

600-level (Graduate) 

  • Professional competencies  

  • High levels of analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and ethical practice 

700-level (Graduate) 

  • Initial knowledge-base and preparation for becoming leaders and experts in their respective fields 

  • Use and application of the upper levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy  

  • Application of knowledge, skills, and  dispositions in field-related professional experiences 

800-level (Graduate) 

  • Advanced knowledge-base and preparation for serving as leaders and experts in their respective fields 

  • Application of high-level conceptual and technical skills for the design and implementation of research and the creation of new knowledge 

900-level (Graduate) 

  • Discipline specific competencies required for the completion of the doctoral degree 

  • Demonstration of one’s knowledge base in the respective area of concentration and the skills needed for writing the dissertation 

MAP Course Withdraw

MAP students who wish to drop a class may do so before or during the add/drop period. Those who drop classes prior to the end of the add/drop period recieve a full refund for all dropped classes. Students who drop all classes prior to or during the add/drop period will not be enrolled in the term. Any financial aid for which the student may have been eligible is returned to the respective program. For students who drop some, but not all, classes prior to or durring the add/drop period, the enrollment status and subsequent financial aid eligibility are effective as of the end of the add/drop period. 

MAP students who wish to withdraw from a class may do so any time prior to the last day of class. Students who withdraw from some or all classes after the end of the add/drop period are responsible for paying all tuition and fees for the courses. Students who withdraw from all courses within a given term are not necessarily considered by Muskingum University to be withdrawn from the program. Federal financial aid guidelines, however, consider such students to be. withdrawn from the institution.

Financial aid awarded to MAP students who withdraw from all classes after the end of the add/drop period, but prior to the completion of 60% of the season, will have their federal financial aid adjusted in accordance with federal regulations. Adjustments to financial aid are not required for students who withdraw after the end of the add/drop period from some, but not all, classes within the term. In all cases, MAP students are responsible for paying any balance due to the University.