Terminology


STUDY LOAD – The recommended study load is 15 to 18 semester hours. Written approval from the department chairperson and the college dean is required if a student wishes to register for 19-21 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters. A student who enrolls in 22 or more semester hours will need approval from the department chairperson, college dean, and the provost and VP for Academic Affairs. The maximum study load for the summer term(s) (11) hours. This is information includes credit taken for classes on campus through SOCHE Consortium cross-registration or as a transient student at another institution. 


FULL-TIME STUDENT – A student registered for twelve (12) or more credit hours, including the summer term. (The same criteria apply to students receiving veteran's benefits, federal financial aid programs, and/or athletic eligibility.)


PART-TIME STUDENT – Any student registered for less than twelve (12) credit hours.


OVERLOAD –To register for courses beyond the normal study load (18 credit hours fall and spring / 11 for summer), you must receive permission from your advisor, department chairperson, and dean — an approved overload (up to 21 credit hours/up to 12 for summer). Approval for more than 21 credit hours for fall or spring / 12 for summer for graduating seniors may be granted by the provost. 


DAY CLASSES – Monday through Friday classes, starting times between 8:00 a.m. and 4:59 p.m., course sections numbered 01-39. Restricted to off-campus course enrollment are sections 40-49.


EVENING CLASSES – Monday through Friday classes, starting times of 5:00 p.m. or later, course sections numbered 50-69.


WEEKEND CLASSES – Saturday classes, course sections 70-79.


CSU-DAYTON EVENING CLASSES – Monday through Friday classes, starting times of 5 p.m. or later, course sections numbered 90-99.


CSU-DAYTON WEEKEND – Saturday classes, course sections numbered 80-89.


DAY STUDENT – A student with nine or more credit hours defined as day classes.


EVENING STUDENT – A student with nine or more credit hours defined as evening classes.


CSU-DAYTON STUDENT – A student with half or more credit hours defined as CSU-West Evening or CSU-West Weekend.


TRANSIENT STUDENT – Students, in good academic standing (minimum GPA requirement is 2.00), may request transient status to attend another college during the summer. Credits earned with a grade of "C" or better will be accepted as transfer credit. Students admitted to another institution as a transient will not be charged an admission fee.


HOURS ATTEMPTED – Total hours for courses in which students earned a grade of A, B, C, D, F, U, S, CR, NC, W, Z, I, or P.


HOURS EARNED – Total hours for courses in which students earned a grade of A, B, C, D, S, CR, or P.


QUALITY HOURS – Total hours for courses in which students earned a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or Z. Quality hours are used to calculate grade point average. A minimum of 124 quality hours with grades A, B, C, or D is required for graduation.


REPEATED COURSE – The first grade will be excluded from calculating the cumulative GPA, but all subsequent grades will be included in calculating the GPA. Excluded courses cannot be used toward graduation requirements.


REPEATABLE COURSES – as indicated in the University Catalog course descriptions, may be taken as many times as desired. Each grade is included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA and quality hours will be counted toward graduation requirements as appropriate.


STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS – GRADE CHANGES may be made up to two years after a course has been completed, except "I" grades which must be changed by the deadline established in the subsequent semester.


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS must be completed within eight years. Students who take longer than eight years to complete a degree are subject to subsequent changes in degree requirements.


STUDENT CLASSIFICATION

Refers to a student’s grade level.

FRESHMAN:

A student who has earned 29 credit hours or less.

SOPHOMORE:

A student who has earned between 20 and 59 hours.

JUNIOR:

A student who has earned between 60 and 89 hours.

SENIOR:

A student who has earned 90 or more hours.


DEAN'S LIST – Semester recognition for full-time students earning grade point averages of 3.20 or above.


HONORS CONVOCATION – Full-time students (12 or more hours per semester) with grades of A, B, or C are eligible, grades of D, F, or Z make the student ineligible for Honors at Convocation. Withdrawals that result in fewer than 12 quality hours per semester make the student ineligible for Honors at Convocation.

Transfer students are eligible for Honors if they have earned at least 50 semester hours at CSU and their transfer credits meet the required honor's standards above.


COLLEGE HONORS – Awarded at Honors Convocation to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to 4.00.


CLASS HONORS – Awarded at Honors Convocation to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20-3.49.


GOLD CORD HONORS – Awarded to graduating seniors at Honors Convocation with 3.50-4.00 cumulative GPA (grade of D or F makes the student ineligible).


CUM LAUDE – Honor awarded at Commencement to graduating seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20-3.59.


MAGNA CUM LAUDE
Honor awarded at Commencement to graduating seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.60-3.79.


SUMMA CUM LAUDE – Honor awarded at commencement to graduating seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.80-4.00.


GOOD STANDING – A student with a grade point average above the required minimums.


PLACED ON PROBATION – A student with a grade point average below the required minimums.


CONTINUED ON PROBATION – Students with a semester grade point average of 2.00 but whose cumulative grade point average is less than the required minimums. Students with more than 60 quality hours and GPA less than 2.00, students with between 41-60 quality hours and GPA less than 1.9, students with between 21-40 quality hours and GPA less than 1.8, students with between 1-20 quality hours, and GPA less than 1.7.


ACADEMICALLY SUSPENDED – Students with a semester grade point average of less than 2.00 and a cumulative grade point average less than the required minimum will be Academically Suspended, after being placed on Probation.  Students granted re-admission to the University, are readmitted on probation with the requirement that they must maintain a 2.00-semester GPA or better until their cumulative GPA meets the required minimum or they will be Academically Suspended again.


"I" GRADE – Incomplete grades assigned by the instructor (Fall 1989 through 1990 this grade was also assigned to students with outstanding account balances due). This grade can be removed six weeks after the beginning of the next semester ("I" grades received in Spring and/or Summer must be made up by the sixth week of the next semester of attendance up to one year. Once an "I" grade has been changed to an "F", grade, no further changes are permitted.


FINANCIAL POLICIES AND NOTES


REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL CERTIFIED BY THE OFFICE OF CASH MANAGEMENT – Valid Central State University Student ID required for all Cash Management transactions. All registrations must be certified each semester by the Office of Cash Management before the Student ID can be validated. All incomplete registrations must be canceled by the student before the end of the 100 percent refund period to avoid charges for the semester.


FEES & EXPENSES – Fees for enrollment in classes at Central State University are established by the CSU Board of Trustees and are subject to change or adjustment at any time as conditions or circumstances make changes necessary.

Fees are assessed on the basis of enrollment status (full-time or part-time) and on the basis of residency (Ohio resident or out-of-state). A set fee is charged for Ohio-resident, full-time students and covers the Instructional Fee, General Fee, Athletic Fee, Student Union Fee, Yearbook Fee (Fall, Winter & Spring only), and Health Services Fee and Insurance. A Non-resident Surcharge is assessed for full-time students who are not residents of the State of Ohio as defined by law and policy. The fees for full-time students are assessed for students enrolled for 12 to 18 credit hours. Overload Fees are assessed per credit hour for students enrolled in more than 18 credit hours per semester.


PAYMENT OF FEES – Central State University does not accept personal checks for the payment of fees and room deposits. Amounts due may be paid by cash, certified check, bank cashier's check, money order, travelers check, Visa, Discover Card, or Master Card.

DEFERRED FEE PAYMENT PLAN – Qualified students for the Deferred Fee Payment Plan will be assessed a fee in the amount of $75.00 if there is a balance at the conclusion of registration. Also, interest equal to five percent (5%) will be assessed to any unpaid amount sixty (60) days following registration. Thereafter, the interest of two percent (2%) will be assessed monthly to any unpaid balance.

LATE REGISTRATION FEE – Late Registration Fees will be assessed for registrations occurring during the Late Registration Period. Normally, the Late Registration Period begins on the first day of classes for the term. The dates for the Late Registration Period are published in the Academic Calendar.