- Academic Amnesty Policy
The University of Missouri‐Kansas City has an amnesty policy to enable those students who did not perform adequately during their enrollment within the University of Missouri System (UM System) to be given a second chance to pursue their academic goals.
- Academic Calendar Policy
The University operates on the semester system with the academic year divided into fall, spring and summer semesters. Fall semesters are 16 weeks long and start in August and end in December. Spring semesters are 16 weeks long and begin in January and end in May. Summer terms are 8 weeks long during the months of June and July. The 16 week semester is inclusive of the final exams week.
- Academic Credit Hour Equivalencies Policy
One academic credit hour delivered in the traditional didactic teaching/learning approach is equivalent to three hours of student work per week (1 hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student homework – Carnegie Unit), typically delivered over a 15 week academic semester. One academic credit hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction is equivalent to 50 minutes of clock time, over 15 weeks of instruction (excluding the final examination period), for a total of 750 minutes of direct faculty instruction over the semester. A 1 credit didactic, lecture class must meet 750 minutes during the semester, excluding the final examination period. Therefore, a 3 credit hour didactic, lecture class must meet 2250 minutes during the 15 weeks of instruction in a typical semester, excluding the final examination period.
- Academic Load Policy (UG)
The optimal full‐time course load for an undergraduate student is 15 credit hours. An undergraduate student who takes 15 credit hours each semester will be on track to complete their degree in 4 years. (120 credits / 4 years = 30 credits a year). The minimum enrollment required for full‐time status is 12 credit hours of coursework. For Summer sessions, six or more hours constitute full‐time enrollment. The designation of full‐time load is for academic purposes only and does not apply to assessment of fees.
- Administrative Drop Policy
In order to comply with federal regulations associated with eligibility rules for federal financial aid, UMKC instructors will utilize an Administrative Attendance Survey to confirm attendance for all students during the first three weeks of the term and administratively drop students who are not attending specific courses.
- Admission to Programs with Previous Degree
A student may not be admitted into a degree program in which they have already […]
- AP Research / AP Seminar Course Policy
Undergraduate students with a score of 4 or 5 in the AP Seminar course will earn 3 hours of credit for ANCH 198: AP Capstone Seminar, which will fulfill the Anchor I requirement. Undergraduate students with a score of 4 or 5 in the AP Research course will earn 3 hours of HONORS 100‐level Research Elective course credit.
- Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend and participate in classes.
- Auditing Courses Policy
A student must be admitted to the university and obtain the consent of the instructor in order to audit a course. Courses that ordinarily may not be audited are studio courses in art, performance courses in the Department of Communication Studies, continuing education courses, and laboratory courses in the sciences. Students do not receive credit when auditing a course, and audited courses do not count toward enrollment status requirements (full‐time, half‐time).
- Awarding Posthumous Degrees
The University may grant undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees posthumously. If an Academic Unit determines that a deceased student was academically eligible at the time and had completed sufficient coursework to earn a degree the Unit may recommend the awarding of a posthumous degree.
- Cancellation of Enrollment for Financial Delinquency
Classes are not automatically canceled for non‐payment. It is the responsibility of all students to withdraw from classes if they will not be attending the semester. If a student withdraws from classes, he or she may still owe the University full or partial fees in accordance with the UMKC fee refund policy. A minimum payment is required by the first payment deadline regardless of when a student registers in courses for a given semester. Pending financial aid and scholarships do not constitute a minimum payment of fees if an outstanding balance remains. If anticipated financial aid is not received or is not sufficient to cover charges, the student remains responsible for all or remaining charges incurred for the semester.
- Changes in Degree Requirements Policy
The University of Missouri reserves the right at all times to discontinue, modify or otherwise change its degree programs when it determines it is in the best interest of the University.
- Class Waitlist Policy
A class waitlist provides an option for students to indicate they want to enroll in a class that has reached its authorized capacity and is closed. A student on a waitlist is not officially enrolled in that course and thus is not eligible to receive a grade in that course.
- Classification of Students
Undergraduate students are classified by the number of semester hours completed at the beginning of each semester.
- Common Course Scheduling
The Common Course Scheduling policy has been implemented to ensure optimal room utilization and seat fill ratios and that academic units are providing an even distribution of class offerings to promote a student’s timely progress towards a degree. It should be noted that this policy applies to all scheduled classes regardless if the room is centrally scheduled by the Registration & Records office, Priority Scheduled in conjunction with the Academic Unit or if the class meets in a Unit owned space.
- Concurrent Enrollment Policy
Students may not earn and apply degree credit from another college or university at the same time as earning degree credit at
UMKC except with the prior approval of the UMKC academic unit involved. Notification of this exception when approved by the
academic unit must be forwarded to the UMKC Registration & Records Office.
- Constitution Requirement Policy
Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.”
- Course Evaluation SB389
Satisfaction of the reporting requirements for SB 389 related to course evaluation by students is accomplished in one of two ways: including the designated questions in the Academic Unit specific course evaluation or using the stand‐alone electronic SB389 course evaluation system as a supplement to the unit specific course evaluation. Deans of Academic Units are responsible for making sure the SB389 course evaluation questions are distributed, collected and the results submitted to the Registrar’s Office in a timely manner. They are also responsible for notifying students of the availability of this feedback mechanism when using the stand‐alone electronic system.
- Course Numbering & Reuse Policy
Courses are numbered according to the following plan:
000‐099 Remedial Courses (No college credit)
100‐299 Lower Level Undergraduate Courses
300‐499 Upper Level Undergraduate Courses (Some upper level courses may be taken for graduate credit) 500‐2999 Currently Not Used
3000‐4999 Dental Hygiene Undergraduate Courses 5000‐5999 Graduate Level Courses
6000‐6999 School of Dentistry Courses
7000‐7999 School of Pharmacy Courses
8000‐8999 School of Law Courses
9000‐9999 School of Medicine Courses
- Credit for Military Training
Students who have served in the armed forces may be eligible to receive college credit for courses completed through the military or occupational specialty training. The American Council of Education recommendations in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services generally serve as a basis for granting such credit.
- Credit for Prior Learning Policy
UMKC allows a maximum of 30 credit hours* for prior learning toward the completion of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree. Prior learning must be documented, evaluated, and appropriate to the level of degree awarded.
- Credit/No-Credit Option Policy
Sophomores, juniors and seniors in good standing may elect to take one course per semester on a credit/no credit (CR/NC) basis. The credit/no credit option may not be used for courses in the major nor the minor, nor for courses taken to fulfill the general degree requirements. Students may not elect this option when they are repeating a course.
- Dean’s List Policy
The Dean’s List is a unit-based student-centric recognition of excellent academic performance. Students must complete a minimum full-time program of 12 graded hours to qualify for the dean’s list. The credit/no credit option may not be used as part of the 12 graded hours. The permanent academic records for qualifying students are annotated to reflect this distinction. Official semester grades indicate students who are candidates for the Dean’s List.
- Declaration of Major Policy
Students may declare a plan of study (major and/or minor) and degree(s) at the time of admission. See the specific academic unit guidelines for admission requirements regarding declaration. If continuing students wish to change their plan of study or add additional plans, students must complete the Declaration of Major form from the UMKC’s Registration & Records Office and obtain signatures from the Academic Advising unit of the school or college.
- Electronic Grade Change Policy
Electronic grade changes can be completed by the instructor of record or by the Chair of the Department or the Dean of the Academic Unit via the online student information system. The deadline to initiate an electronic grade change must occur within one calendar year after a term has ended.
- Exit Exams Policy
The University of Missouri Board of Curators, the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Missouri statute 173.030.1(9)(e) RSMo, and the Higher Learning Commission require the university to assess the effectiveness of the general education program and all academic programs. With the exceptions noted below, all undergraduate, degree‐seeking students must take a test of general education achievement prior to being granted a baccalaureate degree. Students in specified degree programs must also complete a Major Field Test prior to graduation.
- Final Exam Policy
It is expected that every faculty member meet their classes during the scheduled final exam period in the scheduled room(s) for the final examination or other approved instructional activity.
- Grade Appeal Policy
Students are responsible for meeting the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. The establishment of the criteria for grades and the evaluation of student academic performance are the responsibilities of the instructor.
- Grading Policy
The +/‐ grading scale and grade point system is used by all faculty, in all undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
- Incomplete Grades Policy
An instructor may assign the grade of I (incomplete) to students who have been unable to complete the work of the course because of illness or serious reasons beyond their control. An incomplete grade is appropriate only when enough work in the course has been completed for students to finish the remaining work without re‐enrolling in the course or attending additional classes. The work must be completed within one calendar year or the incomplete grade will automatically lapse to an F. Students should not re‐ enroll in a class for which they earned an incomplete. Students may not earn a degree or graduate with a UMKC incomplete on their transcript.
- Junior‐Senior Hours Policy
Undergraduate degree‐seeking students are required to earn credit in at least 36 credit hours of coursework numbered 300 and above at UMKC. In the case of transfer credit, the coursework must be numbered as junior‐senior level work by the transferring institution. For additional restrictions, please also see the Residence Requirements Policy.
- Late/Retroactive Withdrawal Policy
A student may petition for Late/Retroactive Withdrawal from a course(s)or from the university (all courses taken during that semester), if circumstances of a serious and compelling nature prevented the completion of coursework and extenuating circumstances prevented withdrawal by the deadline on the Academic Calendar. In filing a Petition for Late/Retroactive Withdrawal, withdrawal from all courses taken during the term in question is normally expected since ‘extenuating circumstances’ are not course‐specific.
- Latin Honors Policy
Students are eligible to be awarded their degrees with Latin honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude) as determined by each of the academic units (College/School) using fixed overall GPA requirements. These fixed GPA requirements will be reviewed annually by each academic unit (College/School) and changes in requirements will be submitted in writing to the Registrar by February 1 each year for inclusion in the next academic catalog.
- Leave of Absence Policy
UMKC’s Leave of Absence Policy provides a means for students to take an approved leave of absence from a degree program without being required to go through the re-admission process upon return to the University. Students who are approved for a leave of absence will be allowed to register for classes during the “priority registration time period” for the next semester they return from their approved leave of absence period. Students who are enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the School of Graduate Studies and the Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance must adhere to their school’s leave of absence policies and procedures as these schools may have more stringent requirements or additional procedures.
- Math Placement Policy (ALEKS)
In order to qualify to take MATH 110, MATH 120, MATH 125, MATH 206, MATH 210, MATH 216, MATH 244 or STAT 235 at the University of Missouri‐Kansas City, students must have one of the following:
a minimum ALEKS Math Placement score (see http://www.umkc.edu/mathplacement/prerequisite.cfm)
credit for the prerequisite course taken at UMKC, or credit for a course transferred to UMKC as equivalent to the prerequisite course; in either case, a sufficiently high grade must have been obtained in the prerequisite (see the catalog descriptions for each course for specific prerequisite requirements).
AP/IB credit for a prerequisite cours
- Minimum Hours Policy
The general minimum UMKC requirement in semester hours of acceptable college work for an undergraduate degree is 120 semester hours (150 for a double degree or a second degree). However, a number of undergraduate and first professional degrees have higher minimum requirements as indicated in the specific school’s section of this catalog. A minimum of 30 hours must be earned at UMKC, regardless of the number and level of hours earned at another institution.
- Minor Policy
A minor is an academic program of at least 18 credits (9 at the junior/senior level) that supplements a major degree program. Students cannot be awarded a minor in the same academic discipline as their major or emphasis area.
- Multiple Major-Multiple Degree Policy
A multiple (double or triple) major may be earned when a student completes two or more full majors, generally within the 120 hours required for a single degree. The specific major requirements of each major must be fulfilled. The diploma will indicate all majors. If the two or more degree programs are administered by different academic units, the major requirements of each academic program must be fulfilled. The general education requirements must be fulfilled as specified by the department or academic unit responsible for the primary major only. The double or multiple major is only available in B.A./B.A. or B.S./B.S. combinations.
- NR Grades Policy
If a student appears on a grade roster and stops attending class within the semester following the administrative drop timeline (first three weeks of class), a grade of NR (Not Reported) will be assigned to the student in lieu of an F. NR’s calculate in a student’s GPA just like an F.
UMKC complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which governs the release of student academic records. Student academic records are considered confidential between the student and the University, and will not be released to a third party without the written consent of the student except as provided within FERPA and UMKC policy.
- Registration Policy
Eligible students may register during the registration period that is announced in Pathway and via UMKC e‐mail. Students who are not registered will not receive academic credit and cannot attend classes. All registration and changes in registration must be processed by the UMKC Registration and Records Office either in person or using an approved electronic format such as Pathway.
- Repeated Courses & GPA Adjustment Policy
When undergraduate students repeat courses, they can request to have only the grade for the final attempt used in calculating their GPA. The Repeated Courses & GPA Adjustment Policy will not automatically be applied to a student’s GPA. After completing a retaken course, a student must submit a request for GPA Adjustment Form to his/her academic advisor. The recalculation of a student’s GPA is reflected only in the calculation of that student’s current cumulative GPA and will not retroactively affect calculations for dean’s list, graduation and honors, eligibility for financial aid and veterans’ benefits and scholarships, athletic eligibility, discounts for insurance, or any other area.
- Time Limit on Degree Credit Policy
Credit over 15 years old at the time of application for graduation may not be applicable to a degree. Such credit may be subject to validation, at the discretion of the school/ department involved, before it can be used to satisfy degree requirements.
- Transcripts Policy
Official transcripts are issued only to other educational institutions, employers, state departments of education and similar agencies. Transcripts are issued at the written request or authorization of students. Students may secure a transcript of their UMKC permanent academic records from the UMKC Registration & Records Office. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” are not considered official by UMKC. Partial transcripts of permanent academic records which contain only a portion of the courses completed at UMKC are not issued. No transcript may be issued to or for students who are indebted to the University until the debt has been cleared.
- Transfer Credit Policy
Transfer credit is entered and reviewed on a course‐by‐course basis from the sending institution. If the course has been previously evaluated by an Academic Unit, the course equivalency is stored in the transfer credit database and credit is assigned based on those prior decisions. If the transcript is for a new course, new institution, or out‐of‐state institution, equivalencies for general education courses are determined by the Transfer Credit Coordinator in the Registration and Records Office. If the course is college level and an exact equivalency is unknown, elective credit is assigned and review of the course is completed by the Academic Unit to determine degree applicability. If the Transfer Credit Coordinator is unable to determine if a course should receive elective credit, the process for an Academic Unit evaluation is initiated by sending a course description (and syllabus, if available) to the Academic Unit for review. The transfer credit database is updated with the Academic Unit evaluation to ensure consistency in credit assignment going forward for that course.
- Undergraduate Academic Probation Policy
Undergraduate degree‐seeking students’ academic status is assessed at the end of every term, whether the student is full‐time or part‐time for that term.
- Undergraduate Course Adds
Eligible students may register during the registration period that is announced in Pathway and via UMKC e-mail.
- Undergraduate Course Drops
Eligible students may register during the registration period that is announced in Pathway and via UMKC e-mail. Students who are not registered will not receive academic credit and cannot attend classes. All registration and changes in registration must be processed by the UMKC Registration and Records Office either in person or using an approved electronic format such as Pathway.
- Undergraduate Course Withdrawals
Eligible students may withdraw from their classes during the withdraw schedule period that is provided in the Academic Calendar.
- Undergraduate GPA Policy
The following minimum grade‐point average policy applies to all undergraduate students:
*Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their coursework at the University of Missouri.
*Academic units may impose additional grade‐point requirements.
*In general, the UM GPA is calculated by dividing the total grade points earned in courses on any UM campus by the total number of graded semester hours attempted. If a course attempted within UM is repeated, the previous hours and grade point remain in the student’s GPA. Courses taken credit/no credit, courses earning grades of S, P, I or AT, and courses transferred from non‐University of Missouri institutions are not included in the UM GPA calculations.
- Undergraduate Official Withdrawals
Official withdrawals may be done by mail when a student is unable to appear in person (for example, if you are out of town or suffering from an illness or accident) or if the Registration & Records Office is closed or Pathway is down (for example, during a power outage) andyou wish to receive a refund. The postmark on the envelope is used as the refund date.
- Undergraduate Residence Requirements Policy
Candidates seeking undergraduate degrees from UMKC must meet the following minimum residence requirements.
- Writing Intensive Course Policy
Writing Intensive courses at UMKC are undergraduate courses of at least 3 credit hours, at the junior or senior level, generally designated by WI or WL following the course number. Students must complete the RooWriter Writing Assessment before being allowed to register for Writing Intensive classes. For more information about the RooWriter, go to the RooWriter website at https://net3.umkc.edu/intapps/roowriter/.