Contact Information

Registrar

2 Convent Road
Santa Rita Hall, 2nd Floor
Morristown, NJ 07960-6989

Phone: (973) 290-4460
Fax: (973) 290-4499

Office Hours:

Spring 2014:
Mon-Thur 8:30am-6:00pm
Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Academic Policies

Academic Policies and Information

DEGREES CONFERRED AND REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

The College of Saint Elizabeth confers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

To receive one of these degrees, students must:

  • Demonstrate competency in the basic academic skills of writing, reading, and mathematics
  • Fulfill the requirements of their major(s)
  • Pass the Capstone Experience Requirement in their major(s)
  • Complete the College's General Education Curriculum

Requirements

  • Successfully complete 120 credits* of academic work applied to the degree
  • Attain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average

* The requirement of 120 credits for graduation applies only to students who entered CSE in Fall 2012 or later, while those who entered before Fall 2012 need to complete a minimum of 128 credits.

UNDERGRADUATE INFORMATION

Courses

•           Courses numbered below 100 indicate pre-baccalaureate level courses (institutional credits).  These do not count towards the degree.        

•           Courses numbered 100 indicate introductory undergraduate level courses.

•           Courses numbered 200 indicate intermediate undergraduate level courses.

•           Courses numbered 300 and 400 indicate more advanced undergraduate level courses.

•           Courses numbered 500 indicate graduate level courses that undergraduate students can take.

•           Courses numbered 600 indicate graduate level courses that undergraduate students can take after obtaining approval from the Committee on Admissions and Student Academic Standing (CASAS) unless they have been accepted into an approved Combined Degree Program at CSE.

Full-Time Program and Acceleration

•           12 credits constitute full-time status

•           Students registering for 16 or more credits must get approval from the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs.

•           Students in pre- professional programs, such as Education, may be required to take more than the ordinary course load of 16 credits per semester in order to complete their degree in eight semesters.

•           Qualified students who wish to complete their degree in less than eight semesters should work with their program chairperson and submit a plan to the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs.

Matriculation

•           A matriculated student is one who has been accepted by the College and is working toward a degree or certificate at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

•           A non-matriculated student is one who is taking courses, but is not working towards a bachelor’s degree or a certificate.

Class Standing

•           First-year 0-30 credits

•           Sophomore 31-63 credits

•           Junior 64-95 credits

•           Senior 96+ credits

 

Majors

A major consists of a concentration of courses in a given subject area of at least 32 credits.  Students completing a degree must select at least one major, but with approval, they may be able to pursue a double major.  All elementary education majors must be double majors.  Course requirements for each major are listed under each program in the College catalog.  Students in some majors are required to select a specific concentration within the major.

Students must follow the major requirements during the catalog year when they entered the College, unless programmatic changes preclude doing so.  In such cases, changes will require the approval of the program chairperson.  Some programs have very specific requirements for acceptance. These are listed under the individual program information. 

At least one-half of the major must be completed at the College of Saint Elizabeth.  A minimum grade of C is required of all requirements in the major.  Related requirements do not require a grade of C.

A student may apply a maximum of two courses to both the major and minor and two courses to both general education and their major’s related requirements.  Students must complete a capstone experience for each major.

Students must take responsibility for understanding all major and degree requirements, and they must regularly consult with their academic advisor when moving through the program.

Acceptance into the Major

Transfer students in the Continuing Studies program are accepted into the major upon matriculation.

Transfer students in the Women’s College, including those pursuing a second degree, apply to the program of their intended major during their first semester at the College; formal action by the program is taken at the completion of that semester.

All other undergraduate students must apply for acceptance into the program of their intended major.  Ordinarily, application to and formal acceptance by the major program occur in the second semester of the sophomore year, or for Continuing Studies students at approximately 48 credits. Declaration/ Change of Curriculum forms are available in the Registrar’s Office or on the Registrar’s web page at www.cse.edu. Students should declare or change their major prior to registration for an upcoming semester.

Double Major

All elementary education majors must complete a double major.  These students complete a major in elementary education and a second major chosen from an area of the liberal arts and sciences.  Other qualified students may also pursue a double major.  The student must develop a plan of study with the approval of each major advisor, and then submit this double-degree plan to the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs along with a signature from the advisor in each major program.  The plan must identify the primary major.  After the approval, the student is expected to complete the major requirements of both programs and work with an advisor in each major.  All forms, drop/add forms, withdrawal forms, and approval for study forms must be signed by an advisor from each major. If you register online for upcoming terms, the primary advisor will have access to approve or deny your courses; however, you still need to consult with both advisors to ensure you are following the correct curriculum. The College cannot guarantee that a student can complete a double major within a four-year time period.

Minors

A minor consists of a concentration of courses in a given subject area, usually 18 to 24 credits. Students often complete a minor because it complements their major field of study. Others choose a minor simply because of their interest in a particular field of study. Minors are available in most academic programs. Students may complete a maximum of two minors.

To declare a minor, the student must complete and submit the Declaration/Change of Curriculum form to the Registrar’s Office. This form will serve as the basis for notification to the major department(s) of the student’s intent. Interested students should declare a minor as early as possible. However, minors must be declared no later than the end of the drop/add period of their junior year, thus ensuring they have enough time to complete the requirements for the minor.

Students must adhere to the minor requirements during the catalog year in which they declare a minor unless programmatic changes preclude the completion of that set of requirements. In such cases, the change(s) made will require the approval of the minor program(s).

In order to be accepted into a minor, a student must be unconditionally accepted into a major and must have a minimal cumulative grade point average of 2.0. At least one half of the minor must be completed in residence at the College of Saint Elizabeth. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses applied to the minor. A student may apply a maximum of two courses to both her major and minor in cases where this is possible. Related courses required by the student’s major may be counted toward the minor. A student may apply a maximum of two courses to both general education and the minor.

The student’s academic advisor in his/her major program will serve as advisor for the minor. However, the major program(s) and/or the student should feel free to call upon the minor program(s) for informal advising.

Students should be aware that their choice of a minor may be restricted based on their major area of study, limited space availability in certain courses, and because of complexities in scheduling.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

The College of Saint Elizabeth confers a second baccalaureate degree on the following persons:

•           Students with baccalaureate degrees from other regionally accredited institutions who wish to enter the College of Saint Elizabeth to receive a second baccalaureate degree,

•           College of Saint Elizabeth graduates who desire to return to the College of Saint Elizabeth for an additional baccalaureate degree.

To earn a second baccalaureate degree a student must fulfill the following requirements:

•           Students must be accepted by the College of Saint Elizabeth in accordance with the current admission policies and procedures.  Applicants will be considered transfer students.

•           Students must be accepted into the major program.  This acceptance will be contingent upon the approval of the Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Programs and a plan for the completion of the second degree.  In consultation with the Assistant Dean, the major program determines the number of semester hours of major and related requirements to be completed for the second bachelor’s degree.

•           Students must complete a minimum of 32 credits at the College of Saint Elizabeth beyond the first degree, with a minimum of 24 credits in the new major.

•           Students must meet the requirement of having completed one three credit theology course. All other general education requirements will be met based on the requirements of the previous degree.

•           Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average for the additional work, unless the major requires a higher average.

•           Students must file an application for degree candidacy with the Dean prior to the anticipated completion of the degree.

This policy does not authorize the granting of two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously, since students are given the opportunity to elect dual majors.

Combined Degree Programs

B.S. Business Administration/M.S. Management

B.S./B.A. with a minor in Business Administration/

M.S. Management

B.S. Foods and Nutrition/M.S. Nutrition

B.A. Justice Studies/M.A. Justice Studies

Combined Degree Programs at CSE allow highly motivated eligible undergraduate CSE students to begin earning a Master’s degree while still undergraduate students. Eligible students can take graduate level courses (see specific program description for number of graduate courses that can be taken as an undergraduate) which will be double counted. The graduate courses can be applied as free electives toward completion of their undergraduate program. Upon graduation from their undergraduate program those credits will be transferred onto their graduate record.

Students in the Combined Degree Program will be classified as undergraduate students until completion of the Bachelor’s degree.

Eligible students will:

•           Have earned Junior status (63 or more credits)

•           Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00

•           Complete and submit a Combined Degree Application to the Admissions Office

•           Be provisionally accepted into the graduate program after they are approved by the Program Director

•           Be matriculated into the graduate program after graduating with a CSE Bachelor’s degree and being accepted by the Program Director.

 

Internships

An internship is a short-term, professional-level work experience with an employer in a student’s field of interest.  It emphasizes learning rather than earning on the job.  An internship should enhance a student’s interpersonal, communication, technical, and field-specific skills, and allow a student to gain a greater understanding of the future career she/he is pursuing.  Generally, in order to earn one internship credit a student is expected to participate in 30 hours of activity approved and monitored by his/her department(s).

Students eligible for an internship must have at least sophomore-year standing and a minimal cumulative GPA of 2.5.  A total of no more than six internship credits may be used toward the degree.  An Internship Application form must be submitted to and approved by the department chair of the student’s major.  A letter of agreement, including a job description, from the on-site employing supervisor must be signed prior to the start of the internship, including liability forms.

Each department must have evaluation methods that appropriately assess the internship experience for their students.  These may include-but are not limited to-a written paper or a portfolio of finished projects by the student.  An on-site supervisor report will also be required at the end of the internship period.

Independent Study

Independent study is defined as a plan of academic study provided by an individual faculty member for a single student. An independent study enables the student to pursue an advanced topic or area of study in a course that is not scheduled during the semester in which the independent study is requested. The independent study should encourage student initiative, depth of critical thinking and/or creativity.  An Independent Study form must be completed by the student and submitted to, and approved by, the program chairperson.

Independent study is limited to junior and senior students who are not on academic probation. In exceptional circumstances, an independent study may be granted when the above criteria are not met. A maximum of six credits of independent study may be applied to the credits required for graduation.

Transferring Credits

•           Students requesting the award of transfer credits must submit an official transcript from the previous institution.

•           Acceptance of course credits earned elsewhere is at the sole discretion of the College of Saint Elizabeth.

•           Transfer courses need a minimum grade of “C” or a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for acceptance by the College of Saint Elizabeth, unless the course falls under the “full faith and credit” policy.

•           A maximum of 90 credits will be accepted in transfer; however, the final 30 credits of the degree requirement must be completed at the College of Saint Elizabeth. In addition, at least half of the requirement for the major must be completed at the College of Saint Elizabeth.

•           Transfer credits will appear on the College of Saint Elizabeth transcript; however, transfer grades will not be reflected nor used in the calculation of the student’s College of Saint Elizabeth grade point average.

•           Credits accepted in transfer become part of the student’s permanent College of Saint Elizabeth record; as such they cannot be replaced by new transfer courses.

Articulation Agreements

  The College of Saint Elizabeth has articulation agreements with Assumption College, Berkeley College, Middlesex County College, County College of Morris, Raritan Valley Community College, Sussex County Community College and Union County College. This indicates that these colleges and the College of Saint Elizabeth have worked together to provide the best possible interface of courses for students transferring.  Certain courses taken at these institutions may be used in place of specific major requirements at the College. The College also participates with N.J. Transfer to assist students in New Jersey community colleges to make decisions about transferring to other institutions. 

Credit-by-Examination

The College of Saint Elizabeth recognizes four standardized testing programs:

1)         Excelsior Examinations (Formerly Regents).

2)         College Level Examination Program (CLEP – Subject Examinations),

3)         Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP), 

4)         Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES)

A maximum of 30 credits will be accepted toward degree completion through the combined options of testing, that is, Excelsior Examinations (formerly Regents),  CLEP, DANTES, and TECEP. 

The College will accept a maximum of 49 transfer credits toward degree completion for matriculated students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the College and whose previous nursing education was completed at a hospital school of nursing.  This maximum includes the combined options of testing. 

Students in Business Administration can apply a maximum of 15 credits by examination toward the major, including no more than one 300- or 400-level course.  Students pursuing the Computer Information Systems concentration can apply a maximum of nine credits toward this concentration.  Generally, credits are awarded for courses completed prior to matriculation in the College.

Students interested in receiving transfer credit for successful participation in standardized testing programs should submit official, original credentials for evaluation to the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs .

Approval for Study Off-Campus

Once matriculated into a program, it is expected that all coursework will be completed at the College.  If a course must be taken at another regionally accredited college, students must obtain in advance the approval of their academic advisor(s).  Students must provide their advisor(s) with a catalog description, course number, and credits for the course they intend to take.

When the course is completed, students are responsible for having an official transcript sent to the Registrar’s Office from the institution where the course was taken.  If a transcript is not received, it will be assumed the course was not completed with a transferable grade.  Courses in which the grade earned is below a “C” or a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) will not be accepted in transfer.

  Courses taken off campus will be recorded on the student’s transcript with the credits, the grade is not listed and will not be counted into the student’s grade point average.

Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio assessment is an option for earning College credit that recognizes learning and growth that occurs outside of the classroom. It allows students to identify and demonstrate previously acquired knowledge and skills.

Portfolios are compilations of data from the student’s personal history (experiential learning, formal training and testing) with documentation that displays theoretical knowledge. Portfolios can be submitted by matriculated students in good academic standing, prior to reaching senior class standing.

One portfolio is submitted for each course. Appropriate faculty members at the College review the contents of the portfolio and decide to award credit or not. Students may be awarded up to 24 credits via portfolio assessment. These are counted as transfer credits without grades.

A fee is charged for a portfolio evaluation.

Full Faith and Credit Transfer Policy

•           Students who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from approved transfer programs from county colleges in New Jersey or from Thomas A. Edison College can transfer all credits (including grades of “D”) into the College of Saint Elizabeth.  These students are granted junior class standing.

•           This policy also applies to nursing students who have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from County College of Morris, Middlesex County College, and Raritan Valley Community College.

Advising

•           All students are assigned an academic advisor when they enroll at the College.

•           The advisor’s role is to discuss the requirements of a given program and to recommend the selection of courses that best fit a student’s needs based on degree requirements.

•           Double majors will be assigned two academic advisors, one from each major department.

•           First-year students in the Women’s College are assigned an advisor who has been specifically trained to work with new students in assisting them make a successful transition into college.

•           Students are required to meet with their advisor(s) prior to registration or if they need to adjust their schedule, but are encouraged to meet with them as often as needed.

•           It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the degree requirements and to follow the catalog according to the year he/she entered the College.

 

Registration

•           Course schedules for upcoming semesters are available on Self Service (www.cse.edu) and are available approximately four weeks before the registration period begins.

•           Students select courses for an upcoming semester with guidance from their academic advisor(s).

•           Students on a Stop List will not be able to register for an upcoming semester. Students should check their status using Self Service (www.cse.edu) and contact the appropriate office prior to registration. This will ensure a smooth and stress free registration period.

•           Please check Self Service (www.cse.edu) to verify enrollment in classes.

Cross Registration with Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison Campus)

•           Available to full time, matriculated students who are in good academic standing.

•           Cross registration is only available during the fall and spring semesters.

•           Cross registration is for undergraduate courses only.

•           Information regarding course information can be found from the websites of both institutions (www.drew.edu or www.fdu.edu).

•           Students must complete a cross registration form (available on the Registrar’s home page at www.cse.edu), signed by their academic advisor then submit that form to the College of Saint Elizabeth Registrar’s Office for processing.

•           Courses completed via cross registration at Drew or Fairleigh Dickinson will appear on the College of Saint Elizabeth transcript and are not considered transfer courses.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students who are not in an approved Combined Degree Program may petition CASAS (Committee on Admission and Student Academic Standing) to enroll in graduate level courses (600 level).

•           Student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

•           Student must have 64 or more earned credits

•           Undergraduate students may take a maximum of 6 credits of graduate level work (600 level courses)

•           Courses should count as elective credit for the undergraduate degree

•           Undergraduate students will be placed on a waiting list until graduate students register

•           Upon graduating with a CSE Bachelor’s degree, courses can be transferred to a CSE graduate program with Program Chairperson/Course of Study Coordinator approval

•           Student must complete and submit a CASAS Approval Form which can be found on the Registrar’s webpage at www.cse.edu or at the Registrar’s Office.

 

Audit

•           Students may register to audit a course during the regular registration period on a space available basis.

•           Changes in status from audit to credit or credit to audit must be made no later than the last day to add/drop.

•           Students who audit a class are not required to take tests or complete course assignments.

•           The extent to which an auditor may take part in a course’s activities or receive extra help is determined by the instructor.

•           The charge to audit a course is one third of the regular tuition. All other fees are applicable.

•           The student’s transcript will show a grade of “AU” and is not calculated in the grade point average nor is it counted towards degree requirements or progress.

Enrollment in Accelerated 7-Week Sessions (Session A & Session B)

•           7-week sessions meet once a week for 3.5 hours and are specifically designed for students in the Continuing Studies Program. However, Women’s College students may seek approval from the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs to take these courses if they meet one or more of the following conditions:

•           Women’s College students who have 96+ credits and need a specific course to graduate and no other options are available

•           Women’s College students who have 96+ credits and are working in a job related to her career goals or are completing an internship that interferes with classes scheduled during the day.

•           Women’s College transfer students who need specific courses to facilitate progress toward a degree.

•           Women’s College students will generally only be permitted to take one accelerated courses each semester.

•           Women’s College students meeting the above criteria must have their registration form signed by their academic advisor(s) and approved by the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs.

Add/Drop

•           Students may add/drop courses up until the last day of the add/drop period for any given session. Please consult the academic calendar for specific dates.

•           Students should complete the add/drop/withdrawal form (available on the Registrar’s homepage at www.cse.edu), have their academic advisor(s) sign it, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

•           Courses dropped during the add/drop period will not appear on the student’s transcript.

Withdrawing from a Course

•           Students may withdraw from a course after the add/drop period is over. Please consult the academic calendar for specific dates.

•           Students should complete the add/drop/withdrawal form (available on the Registrar’s homepage at www.cse.edu), have their academic advisor(s) sign it, have the instructor of the course confirm their last date of attendance, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Please note that a withdrawal form will not be processed unless the last date of attendance has been confirmed. 

•           Courses dropped during the withdrawal period will appear on the student’s transcript with a grade of “W.”

Withdrawing from classes may affect your Financial Aid and/or Residence Life status

Class Attendance

•           Faculty members are responsible for maintaining academic standards in their classes therefore they determine attendance policies that are appropriate for their specific courses.

•           Faculty members will distribute a written attendance policy in effect for that course.

•           Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the attendance policies for the courses in which they are registered.

•           Non-attendance or verbal notification of a withdrawal from a course, in which a student is registered, does not constitute an official withdrawal from the course. Students should follow the policies for dropping or withdrawing from a course.

•           Students who are not registered for a course are not permitted to sit in that course. Please check Self Service (www.cse.edu) to verify enrollment in classes.

Medical Excuse Policy Policy

Health Services does not provide verification of illness or written excuses for minor illnesses or injuries that result in absence from classes. This is in agreement with the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Procedure

•           Routine illness – related absences:

            Students should correspond directly with the faculty as soon as possible regarding their circumstances. (Ideally before they miss a class, exam, lab, assignment, etc.)

•           Significant- prolonged absences due to illness and/or hospitalizations

            For significant, prolonged illness lasting at least 4 or more days or hospitalization, Health Services will notify (with the student’s written consent) the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students who will notify the appropriate Deans who in turn will notify student’s professors.

            This verification of significant illness will only be provided for serious illnesses for which the health service clinicians have provided services or for which the appropriate written medical documentation from outside clinicians is provided to Health Services.

•           Faculty

             If a faculty member has questions about a specific student, they can contact the CSE Health Service. The Health Service cannot release specific information concerning the nature of contact with a student regarding their illness or injury without the student’s written consent. Health Service’s staff must maintain confidentiality as per federal law.

 

Cancellation of Courses

•           The College of Saint Elizabeth reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or change the meeting times, faculty, or room assignments of any course.

•           Students must follow the usual add/drop procedure to add another course or section to replace a canceled course or section.

Final Exams

•           A final exam is given at the end of each semester in each course for which credit is given.

•           The final exam schedule for the Women’s College is arranged by the Registrar’s Office.

•           If a student has a conflict in her exam schedule, the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs arranges a special administration of the exam with the faculty member concerned.

•           Exams cannot be given in advance so that student may leave the College before the close of the semester.

•           Students may not miss a final exam without prior approval from the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs. If an emergency arises that prevents the student from taking the final exam, the Dean’s office should be contacted (973-290-4413) as soon as possible. The student must then take the final exam within one month after the close of the semester.

•           In the event of snow, exams will be given on the scheduled snow dates.

Grading Policies

•           Academic standing and eligibility for graduation are dependent upon both quality and quantity of work. The grade point average is a numerical index of the ratio of the number of quality points earned to the number of credits received.

•           A minimum grade of “C” is required for all courses in the major, for academic skills courses, for successful completion of ENG 111, ENG 115, and for courses listed as a prerequisite for other courses.

•           A minimum grade of “D” is acceptable for courses meeting the general education requirements and any related requirements within a major.

•           Grades are available via Self Service (www.cse.edu) approximately 10 days after the close of the semester. Students on a Stop List from the Bursar’s Office  will not be able to access their unofficial transcripts on Self Service but can call the Registrar’s Office for a copy of their grade report.

 

 

Undergraduate Grading Scale

        GRADE  QUALITY POINTS

            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                     1.00

            F                      0.00

            FI - Failure due to Incomplete            0.00

            I - Incomplete 0.00

            P – Pass *        0.00

            DE – Deferred *         0.00

            W - Withdrawn           0.00

            AU - Audit     0.00

            PE – Permanent Excuse *       0.00

            TE – Temporary Excuse *       0.00

            NC – No Credit?*      0.00

 

*  Pass, grade of 3.0 or higher — used only in the Dietetic Internship Program and for the Portfolio.

*  Deferred — The “DE” (Deferred) grade is used only for courses requiring a project that might extend into a second consecutive term.  The “DE” is a temporary grade that implies satisfactory performance.  It may appear no more than two consecutive academic terms on the student’s transcript.  The “DE” grade will be removed when the instructor submits final grade.  A final grade is awarded only after the student has completed all course requirements.  A “DE” grade on a student’s academic record will automatically prevent the student from graduating.

*  Permanent excuse due to illness or injury

(Physical Ed. Courses only)

*  Temporary excuse due to illness or injury

(Physical Ed. Courses only)

*  NC: No Credit — Given in lieu of a grade of failure during

the first semester only to first-time non-transfer students matriculated in the Women’s College.

Pass/Fail

Full-time students with senior or junior standing may take one course each semester on a pass/fail grade basis.  Sophomores may take one course a year as pass/fail.

Matriculated part-time students with sophomore standing (31-63 credits) may take one course as pass/fail throughout the duration of their sophomore standing.  Part-time students with junior standing (64-95 credits) may take two courses as pass/fail throughout the duration of their junior standing, with no more than one pass/fail course per semester.  Part-time students with senior standing (96 or more credits) may take two courses as pass/fail throughout the duration of their senior standing, with no more than one pass/fail course per semester.

To register for a course on a pass/fail basis, students must have no grade below “C” in the preceding year (the last two major semesters excluding summer sessions).  Courses used to fulfill general education cluster requirements, courses being taken to fulfill minor requirements, and courses required for the major may not be chosen on a pass/fail basis.

Students may register for one course on a pass/fail grade basis in the Registrar’s Office on the dates specified in the College calendar.  Once a student has designated a course pass/fail, she/he cannot change that decision.  The instructor will not be notified of a student’s choosing the pass/fail option.  The instructor will assign a letter grade, which will then be translated to a pass/fail grade by the Registrar’s Office.

Incomplete Grades

The grade of “I” may only be granted if a student petitions the instructor(s) for that grade prior to the end of the academic term of the affected course(s) in which she/he is enrolled.  A grade of “Incomplete” may be given if the student’s already completed work is of passing grade quality but remaining coursework is unfinished because of illness or other serious cause, and only if the faculty member and the student agree.  An “Incomplete” in any course becomes a failure and is recorded as a grade of “FI” (Failure Resulting from an Incomplete) if course requirements are not completed within four weeks following the end of a semester  (fall, spring, or summer) or two weeks following the end of an accelerated session or winter intersession. For first time freshmen in the Women’s College, an incomplete grade becomes an NC during their first semester at CSE if the work for the course is not completed in the appropriate time frame.

Requests for extensions must be submitted to the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs  prior to the end of the incomplete period. Requests for an Incomplete Extension form can be obtained in the Registrar’s Office.

Grade Changes

Once a final course grade has been submitted to the Registrar, a faculty member can change it only in the event of a clerical, calculation, evaluative, or administrative error with respect to work completed during the academic term in which the student was enrolled in the course. Grade changes should occur no later than four weeks after the start of the following semester. 

This change requires the chairperson’s signature.

Except when a grade of “I” or “DE” is awarded in accordance with the policies governing those grades, student grades may not be changed for work submitted after the conclusion of the academic term in which it was assigned.

A final grade may be changed to “I” only with the permission of the Dean of the Women’s College and Undergraduate Programs.

Students may appeal their grades only on the basis of work completed and submitted during the academic term in which it was assigned.

Student questions regarding grades must be made as soon as possible after the grade is received.  Grade appeals must be made within 30 days of the end of the semester.  For more information on grade appeals, see Academic Review Board procedures.

Mid-Term Advisory Grades

First-time, full-time students matriculated in the Women’s College and students on probation are given advisory grades at the mid-point of the fall semester, so that they can ascertain how well they are doing in their courses.  These are not considered official grades and do not become a part of the student’s transcript.

 

Probation/Dismissal

The records of students matriculated in the Women’s College and in the Continuing Studies program are reviewed by the Committee on Admissions and Student Academic Standing (CASAS) for academic performance at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Students in the Women’s College will be placed on academic probation under the following circumstances:

•           if the grade point average for the semester is below 1.8 in the first year or 2.0 in any semester thereafter;

•           if a first-time first-year student receives NC in two or more courses;

•           if the cumulative grade point average is below 2.0;

•           if the student fails in any course specifically required in the major department; or

•           if the student has failed to complete academic skills requirements and the writing requirements by the completion of their 63rd earned credit.

Students in the Continuing Studies program will be placed on academic probation under the following circumstances:

•           if the grade point average for the semester is below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters that the student is enrolled;

•           if the cumulative grade point average is below 2.0; or

•           if the student has failed to complete academic skills requirements and the writing requirements prior to the fourth semester at the College.  Students will not be allowed to take college credited courses until the academic skills requirements are completed. 

Undergraduate students will be issued a warning if a student:

•           receives a grade of D in two courses in a semester

Students in the Continuing Studies Program will be issued a warning if a student:

•           receives a grade of C-, D or F in any major course that requires a C for graduation;

•           earns a semester grade point average below 2.0; or

•           is not making satisfactory academic progress toward the degree.

Ordinarily, students are placed on probation for one semester.  A student who has been placed on probation for failing a course required in the major department must successfully complete that course during the following semester if it is offered.  If such a course is not offered, the student must take and successfully complete the course in question during the next semester in which it is offered, and she/he will be continued on probation until the requirement is met.

If marked improvement is not made during the semester on probation, a student may be placed on probation for a second semester.  Usually, if the student has not met satisfactory academic standards after two semesters of probation, she/he will be dismissed from the College.  The College reserves the right to terminate a student at the end of any semester for poor academic performance without granting a probationary period.

Students who have been dismissed from the College for academic reasons may appeal the decision to CASAS if they feel that their performance was affected by extenuating circumstances.  This appeal should be made in writing and submitted to the Assistant Dean of  Undergraduate Programs  within one week after the dismissal notice is sent.

If a student has been dismissed from the College for academic reasons, she/he may apply for readmission after one year.  The applicant seeking readmission must document a successful academic experience at another accredited college or university, or a successful work experience.  CASAS evaluates this document and other supporting material prior to making a decision on the reapplication.

Academic Honors

Dean’s List

Full-Time Matriculated Students

•           The Dean’s List for full-time matriculated students is issued at the close of the fall and spring semester.

•           Students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits (excluding Pass/Fail courses and courses taken as Audit).

•           Minimum semester grade point average for eligibility is 3.5

•           Students with grades of I (Incomplete), NC (No Credit), or

F (Failure) are not eligible.

Part-Time Matriculated Students

•           The Dean’s List for part-time matriculated students is issued at the end of the summer sessions.

•           Part-time students must accumulate 15 credits (excluding pass/fail courses and courses taken as Audit) during the academic year beginning with the fall semester and ending with the summer sessions.

•           Eligible students must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade

point average.

•           The credit and grade point calculation will include any

additional eligible credits taken during the semester in

which the 15th credit is earned.

•           Students with grades of I (Incomplete) and/or F (Failure) are not eligible.

Graduation Honors

•           Graduation honors are based on the cumulative grade point average at the completion of all degree requirements.

•           Degrees awarded with Honor – cumulative GPA 3.5 – 3.69

•           Degrees awarded with High Honor – cumulative GPA 3.7 – 3.84

•           Degrees awarded with Highest Honor – cumulative GPA 3.85 – 4.0

Departmental Honors

•           Awarded to graduating students who have attained a minimum of a 3.7 grade point average in all major courses and who have passed the capstone experience with honor.

•           This honor is calculated by the Registrar’s Office after all degree work is completed and capstone experience results are submitted

Repeating a Course

•           A grade of C- or lower in a required course (academic skills, major course and English Composition) must be repeated.

•           With the approval of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs other courses with a C- may be repeated.

•           A course retaken to improve a grade will result in only the higher grade being calculated in the grade point average. Brackets [ ] on the academic transcript will signify that the course has been repeated.

•           The lower grade will remain on the academic transcript but will not be included in the grade point average or in the earned credit total.

Academic Renewal

Students who have been away from the College for three or more years and who wish to begin with a new GPA may apply for Academic Renewal.  Academic Renewal excludes from the GPA all grades from the first semester of enrollment to the final semester of enrollment prior to readmission.  Generally, students cannot renew more than 72 credits.

To begin the process of renewal, students must first enroll in a minimum of six credits at the College and earn a minimum GPA of 2.0.  Application for Renewal must be made by the third semester of enrollment.

If renewal is granted, all courses and grades will remain on the transcript with a statement granting Academic Renewal.  The credits on the transcript will be counted toward the degree, but the grades will not be used in calculating the student’s GPA.  Academic Renewal can only be granted once and cannot be reversed.

Withdrawal From the College

A matriculated student who wishes to withdraw from the College must inform the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs  of his/her intent and observe the withdrawal procedures, which include the completion of a written withdrawal notice and an exit interview. 

Failure to comply with these procedures may result in failing grades for the semester, academic probation, and/or dismissal from the College.

Unofficial withdrawal from the College occurs when a matriculated student does not return or stops attending classes during the semester, before the last date to withdraw. If the student can be reached, she/he will be asked to complete the appropriate paper work. Students who stop attending after the withdrawal date will remain registered in their classes and receive grades of F. After the semester ends, these students will be withdrawn from the College.

If registered for courses, a student who is withdrawing from the College must also follow the course withdrawal procedure(s). Withdrawal from the College does not guarantee approval for course withdrawal from the current semester.   In the case of withdrawals, tuition refunds will be prorated according to the schedule printed in the refund policies section of the Catalog.

The College reserves the right to require withdrawal at any time of students whose conduct or influence is deemed undesirable by the College community. 

Non-payment of tuition and/or non-attendance in a course do not constitute acceptable withdrawal from the College.

An official withdrawal date is determined by the date the student indicates on the withdrawal form, which is confirmed by the faculty member’s signature. In the case of an unofficial withdrawal during the semester, the last date of class attendance is determined by the faculty member’s attendance records. In the case of an unofficial withdrawal from the College after a semester concludes, the date of withdrawal will be the last day of final examinations from the last semester attended.

Leave of Absence from the College

A student with a serious and acceptable reason may apply for a leave of absence through the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs.

A student receiving financial aid or College scholarships who intends to take a leave of absence must check with the Financial Aid Office.  An approved leave of absence may affect the student’s financial aid and/or scholarship funding.

If registered for courses, a student requesting a leave of absence must also follow the course withdrawal procedure(s).  Application for a leave of absence from the College does not guarantee approval for course withdrawal from the current semester.

Candidacy for Degree Status

Students are recommended to the Board of Trustees as degree candidates.  Students who anticipate receiving degrees must apply for candidacy status. Diplomas are issued three times a year, in August, December and May.  The due dates for filing an Application for Undergraduate Degree form with the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs are as follows:

August Diploma Application Due Date: July 15

December Diploma Application Due Date: October 1

May Diploma Application Due Date: January 15

Late submissions will not be accepted and can hinder your progress towards graduation.

An Application for Undergraduate Degree form is approved by the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs. After an audit of the student’s academic record is completed, the student will be advised of outstanding credits needed for degree completion.

Graduation

The College Commencement is held once a year, in May.  Undergraduate students who have completed their degree requirements are invited to participate in this ceremony.  Students must complete an Application for Undergraduate Degree by the due dates.

Students who have completed a degree the preceding August or December can participate in the May ceremony.  All records for students completing degrees in August and December will carry the actual date of the degree completion.  Students who have uncompleted academic requirements cannot participate in the graduation ceremony.  Students with outstanding financial obligations can participate in the graduation ceremony but will not receive a diploma.

Special Achievement Awards

•           The Sister Anna Concilio O’Neill Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in mathematics.

•           The Sister Hildegarde Marie Mahoney Award is bestowed annually for general excellence.

•           The Sister Elizabeth Ann Maloney Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in Campus Ministry.

•           The Sister Anna Catherine Lawlor Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in biology.

•           The Sister Therese Aquinas Roche Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in philosophy.

•           The Florence J. Morris Memorial Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in accounting by a Continuing Studies student.

•           The Continuing Studies Scholastic Achievement Award is bestowed on a Continuing Studies student who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average, completed a minimum of 56 credits at the College of Saint Elizabeth, and attained a minimum grade point average of 3.50.

•           The Sister Jacqueline Burns Award is bestowed annually on a student whose leadership has enriched and advanced the multicultural and international life of the community at the College.

•           The Sister Marian José Smith Award is bestowed annually for excellence in chemistry.

•           The John J. Riordan Award is bestowed annually on a student who has the potential to make an impact in his/her field or discipline.

•           The Sister Anne Gertrude Coleman Award is bestowed annually for excellence in English Studies.

Academic Integrity Policy

Academic integrity is a demonstration of respect for the scholarship and the intellectual and creative efforts of others.  Membership in the academic community of the College of Saint Elizabeth implies a high regard for human dignity and the expectation that ethical conduct be understood and practiced. We recognize that every individual has the right to the fruits of her/his own labor and is entitled to the appropriate acknowledgement of that labor.  Consequently, academic integrity is a vital part of the relationship among the College’s faculty, administrators, staff and students.

Recognizing a responsibility to educate the members of its community about academic integrity, the College conducts informational sessions about academic integrity for first-year and transfer students during their first semester on campus.  In turn, each member of the academic community must recognize her/his individual responsibility to uphold academic integrity.  The College will not accept academic dishonesty, which includes but is not limited to plagiarism, cheating in any form, theft of educational materials, the falsification of data, and illegal production of computer and audio/video software. Penalties will be imposed for violations of academic integrity.

 Violations of Academic Integrity

Violations of Academic Integrity as applied to students include, but are not limited to:

•           Plagiarism, which is the use of another person or group’s work without giving the author(s) credit.  Plagiarism includes: using all or part of another student’s paper, journal, lab report, computer program or file; buying a paper, or trading goods or services for a paper; and using ideas, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or pages from an article, essay, book, newspaper, magazine, or any other reference source without properly citing that source, either deliberately or through neglect.

•           Cheating on tests which includes copying answers from another student or using impermissible information on an examination.

•           Forging the name of a student or member of the faculty, administration, or staff on exams, projects, or college documents constitutes a violation of academic integrity.

•           Sabotaging the work of another student includes deliberately destroying, harming or altering material or projects. 

•           Falsification of data includes describing experiments that did not take place, presenting results that were deliberately altered, and citing data or references that do not exist.

•           Unauthorized removal of books, journals, periodicals, and other library resources is a form of stealing, and is illegal. Violating copyright laws and/or using the work of others via computer or other technological means without express permission and/or clear attribution demonstrates disrespect for the creative work and personal expression of others. Although electronic and/or magnetic information is easily produced, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, trade secret violations, and copyright violations are illegal (1987 EDUCOM and AADAPSO and copyright laws).  Most computer and audio/video software are protected by copyright laws. It is incumbent upon the user to be familiar with the license agreement between the editor or publisher and the purchaser.

 The following practices are illegal and/or violations of College policy:

•           Making, receiving or using unauthorized copies of computer or audio/video software

•           Removing institutional copies of computer or audio/video software from the library, laboratories, or offices without permission from the Academic Computer Services or the Audio/Video Center

•           Copying all or part of another’s computer program, assignment, file, database or audio/video material

•           Using a computer to obtain illegal access to another computer

•           Altering educational versions of software in a manner that violates an existing license or agreement. First-time violations of academic integrity may be dealt with on a one-to one basis by the instructor of the course in which the offense occurred.  In such instances the instructor will report the episode and its resolution to the Dean of the Women’s College and Undergraduate Studies. 

 

Subsequent violations of academic integrity will be addressed in accordance with the following guidelines:

Level One Violations

In cases where a faculty member has reason to believe that a violation of academic integrity might have resulted from a student’s ignorance or inexperience, the faculty member may use her/his discretion in adopting an appropriate course of action.

Examples of Level One Violations:

•           Improper footnoting and/or use of sources

•           Quoting a long passage directly without citation

•           Paraphrasing without proper attribution

Recommended Sanction(s):

•           Redoing the assignment

•           Receiving no credit for the assignment

Level Two Violations

In cases where a faculty member believes that a student’s violation of academic integrity was deliberate, an institution-wide consistency of penalty must be maintained.

Examples of Level Two Violations:

•           Cheating on a test, mid-term, or final examination

•           Using impermissible material during an examination

•           Submitting another’s work as one’s own on an assignment, paper, test, lab report, or project of any kind

•           Repeated occurrences of a Level One Violation

Recommended Sanction:

•           Failing the assignment or examination

Level Three Violations

In cases involving repeated occurrences of a Level Two Violation, very serious misconduct, and/or illegal conduct, an institution-wide consistency of penalty must also be maintained.

Examples of Level Three Violations:

•           Theft of an examination or another student’s project

•           Forgery of any kind

•           Having a substitute take an examination

•           Sabotaging another’s work

•           Repeated occurrences of a Level Two Violation

Recommended Sanction(s):

•           A failing grade in the course

•           Suspension or dismissal, as determined by the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs

Acceptable Use of Technology

The College provides technology resources to fulfill its mission as a liberal arts institution, to support our educational and community values, and to support its programs and initiatives. Access to the College’s technological resources is a privilege extended to authorized users, and thus carries with it an associated expectation of responsible use.  The College’s Acceptable Use Policy provides guidelines for appropriate use of technological resources, and is available by contacting Instructional Technology, the Office of Information Systems (973-290-4477), or the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration (973-290-4498). This policy also can be found on the College’s website at www.cse.edu/its/policy.html. By accessing the College’s technology resources, users agree to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.

Access to Records

Educational Records

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 1974) the College of Saint Elizabeth lists the following categories of information, which a reconsidered directory information: student’s name, address, telephone, e-mail address, enrollment status, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.  The College of Saint Elizabeth may release this information to inquirers (e.g. prospective employers, graduate schools, or in news releases).  Students who do not wish to release any or all of the above information must submit a request in writing to the Registrar’s Office (a Request to Prevent Disclosure Form can be found on the Registrar’s home page at www.cse.edu). This request will be in effect until the student leaves the College.

Solomon Amendment

The Solomon Amendment became effective on October 23, 1998. Under the Solomon Amendment institutions are required to fulfill military requests for student recruiting information. Failure to comply may result in the loss of various forms of federal funding and Federal Student Aid. Student recruiting information includes, but is not limited to: student name, address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, class, major, degree(s) received, and educational institutions attended. Under FERPA, students may request that directory information be withheld. This protection will be honored under the Solomon Amendment. Any student who wishes to have directory information withheld should request a “no release” as described above.

 

Request for Transcripts

•           Transcript requests must be made in writing to the Registrar’s Office. A request form can be found on the Registrar’s home page at www.cse.edu.

•           There is a $5.00 fee per transcript. There is a $10.00 fee per transcript for 24 hour turn around service.

•           Transcripts cannot be issued to students whose financial obligations to the College of Saint Elizabeth have not been met. 

•           Transcripts submitted to the College from other institutions are not permitted to be released to a third a party. 

•           Unofficial transcripts are available via Self Service on www.cse.edu.

Change of Student Name/Address

•           Name changes require legal documentation (ie: copy of marriage license, etc.).

•           We will notify you via your CSE e-mail account when your name has been changed in the system.

•           A change of Data Form is available at www.cse.edu on the Registrar’s homepage.

Graduate Information

Academic Standards

Standards for Academic Good Standing

Satisfactory academic progress includes the achievement of the required cumulative grade point average and the accumulation of sufficient credits within a stipulated time frame.  A student must be in good academic standing with a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in order to apply for admission to degree candidacy.

Students who fail to maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in their course work are automatically subject to probation for two semesters and suspension from the degree program if a 3.00 cumulative grade point average is not achieved in the third semester.  A student on probation should meet with the program director to discuss the conditions of probation.  Failure to meet the conditions and standards of probation will result in suspension.  While on academic probation, the student’s credit load may be restricted.

A student will receive an academic warning when they receive their first “C/C+” grade. A second “C/C+” grade will place the student in academic jeopardy.  A student who obtains three “C+/C” grades, or one “F” in program course work, for whatever reason, will be suspended from the graduate program.

A student who is suspended from an academic program for any reason must wait one full calendar year past the semester of suspension before re-applying to a graduate program.  The program faculty may deny student re-admission for any cause. 

 

Academic Standards and Continuous Enrollment

Continuous Enrollment

Students accepted to a graduate degree program are expected to work with continuity and to register in that program until all requirements are completed.  Students are reminded that an interruption of studies will affect their ability to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements. Students who have taken all of their courses but have not finished their culminating experiences, theses or dissertations will be required to pay a course fee equal to one credit of tuition each semester to maintain a continuous enrollment status through the completion of all coursework. Students who fail to remain continuously enrolled will be withdrawn from their program of study after two semesters.  Withdrawn students will be required to re-apply to their program of study and fall under all policies and stipulations related to re-admission (see Standards for Academic Good Standing.)  

Time Limitation for Degrees

Ordinarily, students are expected to enroll continuously until the program is completed.  A student who does not earn any graduate credit toward the degree during two consecutive semesters will be required to reapply for admission to the graduate program; no fee is required for readmission.  Students in good academic standing are readmitted under the Graduate Catalog in effect at the time of re-entry.

The length of time given to a student to complete a degree is calculated from the date the student becomes matriculated in the graduate program.

A full-time student must successfully complete a degree within three calendar years; a half-time student pursuing a degree must successfully complete a degree in 6 calendar years. Less than half-time will be evaluated using similar criteria. A full-time student in the 60-credit mental health specialty in counseling psychology must successfully complete a degree in 5 years; a half-time student in this program must complete a degree in 7-1/2 years. Less than half-time will be evaluated using similar criteria. However, a written petition for extension with full documentation of extraordinary cause, such as the granting of a leave of absence for medical or other good reason, must be made to the director of the program in which the student is enrolled. Time spent in the armed forces is excluded from the time period. However, a student should apply for a leave of absence while in the armed forces.

A student will not be allowed to continue pursuing a degree beyond the stipulated time frame unless the student has received approval to do so.  To petition for an extension of time, a student must submit a formal written request to her/his graduate course of study coordinator, accompanied by a degree completion plan.  A student approved for an extension will be placed on probation each semester until the degree has been completed.  Approval for a time extension does not guarantee approval for additional financial aid.

 

Leave of Absence Policy

Students accepted to a degree program are expected to work with continuity and to register in that program until all requirements are completed.  Program directors will consider student initiated petitions for a leave of absence from studies in all degree programs for up to two semesters.  Requests for a leave must be documented. Students are reminded that an interruption of studies may affect their ability to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their degree requirements. Students who request a leave for more than one full year will be required to re-apply to their program of study and fall under all policies and stipulations related to re-admission (see Standards for Academic Good Standing).

Withdrawal from the College

A matriculated or certification student who wishes to withdraw from the College must notify the graduate course of study coordinator in writing.  If enrolled in classes, the student should follow the course withdrawal procedure, mindful of the published deadline for course withdrawal. Absence from class, instructor notification, or non-payment of tuition or fees does not constitute appropriate notification of withdrawal from a course and/or the College. 

A matriculated student who has not earned any credits toward the degree in a one-year period is, however, considered to have voluntarily withdrawn from the program.

Students who cannot continue their studies are well advised to officially notify the College of their intent not to continue.  However, should the student unofficially withdraw, academic penalties may be imposed.  In cases of unofficial withdrawal, the withdrawal date is the last recorded date of attendance, as determined and documented by the College.  That date must be determined no later than 30 days after either (a) the date of termination; or (b) the end of the semester or summer term.  Furthermore, that date will be finalized as the earlier date of these options.

Readmission

Former matriculated or certification students who wish to return, after having withdrawn from the College in good standing, must reapply to the their program of study.  The Catalog which is current at the time of readmission will be in effect, and previously earned academic credits will be evaluated in terms of their recency and applicability to the current curriculum by the graduate course of study coordinator.

Academic Integrity Policy

Academic integrity is a demonstration of respect for the scholarship and the intellectual and creative efforts of others.  Membership in the academic community of the College of Saint Elizabeth implies a high regard for human dignity and the expectation that ethical conduct be understood and practiced. We recognize that every individual has the right to the fruits of her/his own labor and is entitled to the appropriate acknowledgement of that labor.  Consequently, academic integrity is a vital part of the relationship among the College’s faculty, administrators, staff and students.

 

Recognizing a responsibility to educate the members of its community about academic integrity, the College conducts informational sessions about academic integrity for first-year and transfer students during their first semester on campus.  In turn, each member of the academic community must recognize her/his individual responsibility to uphold academic integrity.  The College will not accept academic dishonesty, which includes but is not limited to plagiarism, cheating in any form, theft of educational materials, the falsification of data, and illegal production of computer and audio/video software. Penalties will be imposed for violations of academic integrity.

Violations of Academic Integrity

Violations of Academic Integrity as applied to students include, but are not limited to:

•           Plagiarism, which is the use of another person or group’s work without giving the author(s) credit.  Plagiarism includes: using all or part of another student’s paper, journal, lab report, computer program or file; buying a paper, or trading goods or services for a paper; and using ideas, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or pages from an article, essay, book, newspaper, magazine, or any other reference source without properly citing that source, either deliberately or through neglect.

•           Cheating on tests which includes copying answers from another student or using impermissible information on an examination.

•           Forging the name of a student or member of the faculty, administration, or staff on exams, projects, or college documents constitutes a violation of academic integrity.

•           Sabotaging the work of another student includes deliberately destroying, harming or altering material or projects. 

•           Falsification of data includes describing experiments that did not take place, presenting results that were deliberately altered, and citing data or references that do not exist.

•           Unauthorized removal of books, journals, periodicals, and other library resources is a form of stealing, and is illegal.

•           Violating copyright laws and/or using the work of others via computer or other technological means without express permission and/or clear attribution demonstrates disrespect for the creative work and personal expression of others. Although electronic and/or magnetic information is easily produced, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, trade secret violations, and copyright violations are illegal (1987 EDUCOM and AADAPSO and copyright laws).  Most computer and audio/video software are protected by copyright laws. It is incumbent upon the user to be familiar with the license agreement between the editor or publisher and the purchaser.

The following practices are illegal and/or violations of College policy:

•           Making, receiving or using unauthorized copies of computer or audio/video software

•           Removing institutional copies of computer or audio/video software from the library, laboratories, or offices without permission from the Academic Computer Services or the Audio/Video Center

•           Copying all or part of another’s computer program, assignment, file, database or audio/video material

•           Using a computer to obtain illegal access to another computer

 

•           Altering educational versions of software in a manner that violates an existing  license or agreement

First-time violations of academic integrity may be dealt with on a one-to one basis by the instructor of the course in which the offense occurred.  In such instances the instructor will report the episode and its resolution to the Dean of the Women’s College and Undergraduate Studies. 

Subsequent violations of academic integrity will be addressed in accordance with the following guidelines:

Level One Violations

In cases where a faculty member has reason to believe that a violation of academic integrity might have resulted from a student’s ignorance or inexperience, the faculty member may use her/his discretion in adopting an appropriate course of action.

Examples of Level One Violations:

•           Improper footnoting and/or use of sources

•           Quoting a long passage directly without citation

•           Paraphrasing without proper attribution

Recommended Sanction(s):

•           Redoing the assignment

•           Receiving no credit for the assignment

Level Two Violations

In cases where a faculty member believes that a student’s violation of academic integrity was deliberate, an institution-wide consistency of penalty must be maintained.

Examples of Level Two Violations:

•           Cheating on a test, mid-term, or final examination

•           Using impermissible material during an examination

•           Submitting another’s work as one’s own on an assignment, paper, test, lab report, or project of any kind

•           Repeated occurrences of a Level One Violation

Recommended Sanction(s):

•           Failing the assignment or examination

Level Three Violations

In cases involving repeated occurrences of a Level II violation, very serious misconduct, and/or illegal conduct, an institution-wide consistency of penalty must also be maintained.

Examples of Level Three Violations:

•           Theft of an examination or another student’s project

•           Forgery of any kind

•           Having a substitute take an examination

•           Sabotaging another’s work

•           Repeated occurrences of a Level Two Violation

Recommended Sanction(s):

•           A failing grade in the course

•           Suspension or dismissal, as determined by the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs

Financial Aid Eligibility

Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress could adversely affect financial aid eligibility.  Refer to the Financial Aid Section of this Graduate Catalog for current details.

 Registration, Scheduling, Grading, Records and Transcripts

Graduate Advisement

Each graduate student must seek academic advisement and receive scheduling approval from the graduate course of study coordinator before registering for courses.  Students are expected to arrange advising appointments well in advance of registration deadlines.  Students should develop a plan of study for two semesters or more and review it when they meet with their advisor. Two year tentative course schedules are available from the departments.

Classification

A student who is taking nine or more credits in a semester is considered full-time.  A student taking six to eight credits is half-time.  A student enrolled in less than six credits is part-time.

Course Numbering System

Courses numbered 500-700 are graduate level courses. Credits earned to fulfill the baccalaureate degree may not be applied toward the master’s degree, unless you are part of an approved combined degree program at The College of Saint Elizabeth.

Scheduling of Courses

Graduate classes are usually scheduled during the week in the late afternoons and in the evenings. Some Saturday courses may be scheduled.  Graduate courses offered during the summer semesters may be scheduled during the daytime or during the evening.

If a course reaches maximum enrollment, preference will be given to matriculated students, then to non-matriculated students, and to auditors last.

Registration

•           Course schedules for upcoming semesters are available on Self Service and are available approximately 4 weeks before registration begins.

•           Students select courses for an upcoming semester with guidance of their academic advisor(s).

•           A student may be denied registration if progress toward the completion of the degree becomes unsatisfactory.

•           Students on a Stop List will not be able to register for an upcoming semester. Students should check their status using Self Service and contact the appropriate office prior to registration. This will ensure a smooth and stress free registration period.

•           Check Self Service  to verify enrollment in classes.

 Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

•           Students who are within 16 or fewer credits of meeting their degree requirements may petition CASAS (Committee on Admissions and Student Academic Standing) for enrollment in a 600 level graduate course.

•           Students should complete an Approval Form (available on the Registrar’s home page), and submit to the Registrar’s Office who will then present it to CASAS for approval.

•           Credit will be awarded to the bachelor’s degree or the master’s degree, but not both, unless you have been accepted into an approved CSE Combined Degree Program.

Cancellation of Courses

•           The College of Saint Elizabeth reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or change the meeting times, faculty, or room assignments of any course.

•           Students must follow the usual add/drop procedure to add another course or section to replace a canceled course or section.

Add/Drop

•           Students may add/drop courses up until the last day of the add/drop period for any given session. Please consult the academic calendar for specific dates.

•           Students should complete the add/drop form (available on the Registrar’s homepage at www.cse.edu), have their academic advisor(s)  sign it, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

•           Courses dropped during the add/drop period will not appear on the student’s transcript.

Withdrawing from a Course

•           Students may withdraw from a course after the add/drop period is over. Please consult the academic calendar for specific dates.

•           Students should complete the add/drop/withdrawal form (available on the Registrar’s homepage at www.cse.edu), have their academic advisor(s) sign it, have the teacher of the course confirm their last date of attendance, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Please note that a withdrawal form will not be processed unless the last date of attendance has been confirmed. 

•           Courses dropped during the withdrawal period will  appear on the student’s transcript with a grade of “W”.

 

Auditing Courses

•           Students who hold a bachelor’s degree may register to audit a course during the regular registration period on a space available basis.

•           Changes in status from audit to credit or credit to audit must be made no later than the last day to add/drop.

•           Students who audit a class are not required to take tests or complete course assignments.

•           The extent to which an auditor may take part in a course’s activities or receive extra help is determined by the instructor.

•           The fee for auditing courses is the same as when taking courses for credit. 

•           The student’s transcript will show a grade of “AU” and is not calculated in the grade point average nor is it counted towards degree requirements or progress.

Class Attendance

•           Faculty members are responsible for maintaining academic standards in their classes; therefore, they determine attendance policies which are appropriate for their specific courses.

•           Faculty members will distribute a written attendance policy in effect for that course.

•           Students are responsible to know and understand the attendance policies for the courses they are registered in.

•           Non-attendance or verbal notification in a course, for which a student has registered, does not constitute an official withdrawal from the course. Students should follow the policies for dropping or withdrawing from a course.

•           Students who are not registered for a course are not permitted to sit in that course. Please check Self Service (www.cse.edu) to verify enrollment in classes.

Medical Excuse Policy

Policy

Health Services does not provide verification of illness or written excuses for minor illnesses or injuries that result in absence from classes. This is in agreement with the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Procedure

•           Routine illness – related absences:

            Students should correspond directly with the faculty as soon as possible regarding their circumstances. (Ideally before they miss a class, exam, lab, assignment, etc.)

•           Significant- prolonged absences due to illness

            and/or hospitalizations

            For significant, prolonged illness lasting at least 4 or more days or  hospitalization, Health Services will notify (with the student’s written consent) the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students who will notify the appropriate Deans who in turn will notify student’s professors.

            This verification of significant illness will only be provided for serious illnesses for which the health service clinicians have provided services or for which the appropriate written medical documentation from outside clinicians is provided to Health Services.

•           Faculty

             If a faculty member has questions about a specific student, they can contact the CSE Health Service. The Health Service cannot release specific information concerning the nature of contact with a student regarding their illness or injury without the student’s written consent. Health Service’s staff must maintain confidentiality as per federal law.

Final Exams

If circumstances prevent a student from taking the final examination in a course, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor and the program chair prior to the scheduled examination. If a final exam is not given, it is expected that the class will meet during the exam week.

Grading Regulations

•           Academic standing and eligibility for graduation are dependent upon both quality and quantity of work. The grade point average is a numerical index of the ratio of the number of quality points earned to the number of credits received.

•           Grades are available via Self Service (www.cse.edu) approximately 10 days after the close of the semester. Students on

a Stop List from the Business Office will not be able to access their unofficial transcripts on Self Service but can call the Registrar’s Office for a copy of their grade report.

•           A graduate student is expected to achieve grades of A or B to remain in satisfactory academic standing.

•           Three C+/C grades or one grade of “F” in course work will be grounds for dismissal.

•           The student is responsible for reporting to the Registrar’s Office any error on their academic record within 30 days after the grades have been posted via Self Service.  The College will not be liable for unreported errors on student records.

•           A 3.0 cumulative grade point average is required to graduate.

 

Graduate Grading Scale

 

 

 * Pass, grade of 3.0 or higher. Used only in the Dietetic Internship Program and for the Portfolio.

** Deferred — The “DE” (Deferred) grade is used only for courses requiring a project that might extend into a second consecutive term (i.e. 691 Practicum, 695 Professional Portfolio, 699 Culminating Project).  The “DE” is a temporary grade that implies satisfactory performance. 

It may appear no more than two consecutive academic terms on

the student’s transcript.  The “DE” grade will be removed when the instructor submits final grade.  A final grade is awarded only after

the student has completed all course requirements.  A “DE” grade

on a student’s academic record will automatically prevent the student from graduating.

Incomplete Grades

The grade of “I” may only be granted if a student petitions the instructor(s) for that grade prior to the end of the academic term of the affected course(s) in which she/he is enrolled.  A grade of “Incomplete” may be given if the student’s already completed work is of passing grade quality but remaining coursework is unfinished because of illness or other serious cause, and only if the faculty member and the student agree.  An “Incomplete” in any course becomes a failure and is recorded as a grade of “FI” (Failure Resulting from an Incomplete) if course requirements are not completed within four weeks following the end of a semester (fall, spring, or summer) or two weeks following the end of an accelerated session or winter intersession.

Requests for extensions must be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to the end of the incomplete period. Requests for an Incomplete Extension form can be obtained in the Registrar's Office. The student is responsible for making satisfactory arrangements with the instructor for the completion of the course requirements.  The student earning an incomplete grade is expected to complete the course requirements as soon as possible. 

Under no circumstances will any student carrying more

than one Incomplete grade be permitted to begin additional course work.

For policies specific to the Dietetic Internship, refer to the Dietetic Internship Handbook.

Repetition of a Course

A student cannot repeat non-failed courses (i.e. courses with grades of C or better).

Access to Records

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 1974)

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 1974) the College of Saint Elizabeth lists the following categories of information, which are considered directory information: student’s name, address, telephone, e-mail address, enrollment status, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.  The College of Saint Elizabeth may release this information to inquirers (ie: prospective employers, graduate schools, or in news releases). Students who do not wish to release any or all of the above information must submit a request

in writing to the Registrar’s Office (a Request to Prevent

Disclosure Form can be found on the Registrar’s home page at www.cse.edu). This request will be in effect until the student separates from the College.

Solomon Amendment

The Solomon Amendment became effective on October 23, 1998. Under the Solomon Amendment institutions are required to fulfill military requests for student recruiting information. Failure to comply may result in the loss of various forms of federal funding and Federal Student Aid. Student recruiting information includes, but is not limited to: student name, address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, class, major, degree(s) received, and educational institutions attended. Under FERPA, students may request that directory information be withheld. This protection will be honored under the Solomon Amendment. Any student who wishes to have directory information withheld should request a “no release” as described above.

Request for Transcripts

•           Transcript requests must be made in writing to the Registrar’s Office. A request form can be found on the Registrar’s home page at www.cse.edu.

•           There is a $5.00 fee per transcript. There is a $10.00 fee per transcript for 24 hour turn around service.

•           Transcripts can not be issued to students whose financial obligations to the College of Saint Elizabeth have not been met. 

•           Transcripts submitted to the College from other institutions are not permitted to be released to a third a party. 

•           Unofficial transcripts are available via Self Service.

 

Change of Student Name/Address

•           Name changes require legal documentation (ie: copy of marriage license, etc.).

•           We will notify you via your CSE e-mail account when your name has been changed in the system.

•           A change of Data Form is available at www.cse.edu on the Registrar’s homepage.

Withdrawal or Leave of Absence from the College 

a.         The student completes the appropriate form with the appropriate Graduate Program Chair or Course of Study Coordinator after withdrawing from courses (if currently enrolled).

b.         The Dean of Graduate Programs approves the withdrawal/LOA and arranges for notification to the Business Office, Financial Aid Office, the Registrar's Office, and other offices as needed.

Unofficial Withdrawal

Unofficial withdrawal from the College occurs when a matriculated student does not return or stops attending classes during the semester before the last day to withdraw without notifying anyone. The last date of class attendance will be determined by the faculty member’s attendance records.   If the student can be reached, he/she is advised to complete the appropriate paperwork.  Students who stop attending after the withdrawal date will remain registered in their classes and receive grades of F. After the semester ends, these students will be considered withdrawn by the College.

 Withdrawal from the College does not guarantee approval for course withdrawal from the current semester. In the case of withdrawals, tuition refunds will be prorated according to the schedule printed in the refund policies sections of the catalog.

The College reserves the right to require withdrawal at any time of students whose conduct or influence is deemed undesirable by the College community.

Non-payment of tuition and/or non-attendance in a course do not constitute acceptable withdrawal from the College.

Degree Requirements

Academic Standards for Degree Completion

The College of Saint Elizabeth confers graduate degrees upon students who successfully complete all course work with a grade point average of 3.00, fulfill the credit requirements of the specific program, and, where required, successfully complete and present a culminating/capstone project. Culminating/capstone projects may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the development of a professional portfolio, the completion of a thesis or action research project, a professional work sample, and/or an internship experience.

Additional information and specific guidelines are available from the graduate course of study coordinator.

 

Registration as a Degree Candidate

At the time of registration and enrollment for the last semester of course work toward a degree, the student initiates registration for graduation by submitting to the Registrar a Graduate Degree Candidate Form, available online, in Academic Areas and at the Graduate Program Office. Final approvals will be secured through reviews of the form by the graduate course of study coordinator and the Dean of Graduate Programs.  The student will be billed the graduation fee, along with appropriate tuition and fees for the last semester.

Awarding of Degrees

Degrees are conferred in May at a formal commencement ceremony which is conducted only once each year for those who have completed all degree requirements the previous summer or fall, or who complete requirements at the conclusion of that spring semester.  However, the College provides the opportunity for students who have completed degree requirements and who do not wish to participate in the May Commencement to receive their diplomas at the conclusion of each academic term: fall, spring, or summer.

Students who complete degree requirements in the fall will have their diplomas dated January of the following year; students who complete degree requirements at the end of spring will have their diplomas dated that May; and students who complete degree requirements in the summer will have their diplomas dated that September.

 

Grades/Numerical Values

Now that your grades are available through Self Service, we have moved towards a paperless environment. However, we will be happy to provide you with a hard copy of your grades if you request it.

Please contact the Registrar's Office at 973-290-4441 to request a copy of your grade report to be mailed to your home.

In order to calculate your GPA, you will need the credits earned per class.

  • You will first calculate Grade Points earned per course, by multiplying Credits X Numerical Value of the Grade Earned (this must be done for each individual course).
  • Add up all Grade Points and Credits separately.
  • Next, use the Grade Points you just calculated, and divide them by the Credits.

For example: to calculate your Major GPA, take each course you have completed within the department (i.e. If you are an English major with a Literature concentration, you will use all courses that are required to complete the major/concentration. Refer to the college catalog. )

ENG247 you received a B+

  • 3 Credits X 3.33 = 9.99 Grade Points

ENG201 you received an A-

  • 3 Credits X 3.67 = 11.01 Grade Points

ENG401 you received a C+

  • 3 Credits X 2.33 = 6.99

English Major GPA = 27.99 (Grade Points) divided by 9 (Credits) = 3.11

Should you need any further assistance in these calculations, please refer to your catalog or contact the Registrar's Office for assistance.

Grade Appeal Process and Procedures

The Academic Review Board (ARB) provides undergraduate and graduate students with a means of resolving serious academic disputes that cannot be settled directly with the faculty involved, or by the Course of Study Coordinator, Program Chairperson, or the Area Chair. Grade appeals will not be heard by the ARB unless they are based on misapplication or arbitrary application of the professor's grading policy or unusual circumstances.

The ARB has established the following arbitration process to settle disputes fairly and to the satisfaction of all parties involved.

To prepare for a grade appeal, students are encouraged to review the Student Request for Grade Appeal form and the Student Grade Appeal Flowchart for guiding the appeal process.

  1. Before a grade appeal is referred to the ARB, students must first inform the professor about the disputed grade, and submit a Student Request for Grade Appeal form to the professor, with a copy of this form to the Student Support Specialist in your major area within 14 calendar days of the grade being posted by the Registrar.

  2. The student must then set up a meeting with the professor within the first week of the beginning of the next semester.

  3. If the meeting with the professor does not resolve the dispute, the professor will initiate the Grade Appeal Tracking Report and forward it to the next level within 24 hours. If the appeal remains unresolved, the designated representative of the college at each subsequent level will forward the report to the next level.

    • Graduate students in Theology, Psychology and Education, will arrange a meeting with the Course of Study Coordinator and provide him or her with the relevant documents and the Student Request for Grade Appeal form. If there is no resolution, the Course of Study Coordinator will notify the Program Chair within 24 hours.

  4. Students in academic programs other than Theology, Psychology and Education will arrange a meeting with the Program Chair and provide the person with the relevant documents.

  5. The Program Chair will arrange and meet with the parties involved within three (3) calendar days of receiving notification of the grade appeal. If there is no resolution, the Program Chair will notify the Area Chair within 24 hours, providing the person with the relevant documents.

  6. The Area Chair will arrange a meeting and meet with the parties within seven (7) calendar days of receiving the relevant documents to attempt to reach a satisfactory resolution.

  7. If the matter remains unresolved after the Area Chair's intervention, the Area Chair will inform the Chairperson of the Academic Life Committee within seven (7) calendar days and provide the person with the relevant documents.

  8. The Chairperson of the Academic Life Committee will notify both parties (faculty and student) in writing that the grievance has been received.

  9. The Academic Life Committee Chairperson will initiate the mechanism for the selection of the Academic Life Committee members who will serve on the ARB. This five-member board will consist of three faculty members and two student representatives, who will be selected by the two parties involved in the grievance, with each party selecting one faculty member and one student member. The third faculty member will be a member of the Academic Life Committee designated by the Academic Life Committee Chairperson and will serve as the Chairperson of ARB. If either party fails to select members for the ARB, the Chairperson of the ARB will select the members.

    During the summer, faculty and students will be on call to serve on the ARB. Preference will be given to Academic Life Committee members, but if necessary, non-Academic Life Committee members will be asked to serve during the summer. This list will be drafted during the spring semester by the Chairperson of the Academic Life Committee.

  10. The Chairperson of the Academic Life Committee will consult with those involved to determine the hearing date(s). Members of the ARB will meet prior to the hearing to establish procedures for the review, and select a chairperson and determine a timetable for the completion of the Board's work.

  11. The ARB will then convene a hearing with both parties. Board members must keep the proceedings and all other matters related to the hearing in the strictest confidence. Counsel for the parties or the College will not attend the hearing.

  12. The ARB will listen to the statements of the parties involved in the grievance, ask questions, review appropriate materials, deliberate and recommend in writing a resolution to the grievance. This recommendation must be determined within 30 calendar days of when the Academic Life Committee Chairperson was informed of the grievance.

  13. The Chairperson of the ARB will sign the proposed resolution and forward to the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs within seven (7) calendar days. He or she will accept or reject the recommendation and, in writing, notify the parties of the decision. Only the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs may change grades. A record of the hearing will be maintained, in strict confidentiality, in the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs.

Graduate Student Non-Grade Appeal Process

Graduate students have the right to appeal for cause any decision affecting their progress toward their degrees.

  • Graduate students dissatisfied with Programmatic decisions have 30 calendar days following the disclosure of those decisions within which to file a complaint with their Course of Study Coordinator.
  • If the matter remains unresolved after meeting with the Course of Study Coordinator, students should then proceed to the next level of Program Chair, and, if the issue remains unresolved, to the appropriate Area Chair.
  • If there is still no resolution after meeting with the Area Chair, he/she may file an appeal utilizing the Graduate Student Non-Grade Related Appeal Form with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies within 7 calendar days of his/her last meeting with the Area Chair.
  • Upon receipt of the written appeal, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies will convene the Graduate Studies Hearing Committee.
  • The Graduate Studies Hearing Committee will review all documents deemed necessary and schedule a hearing in a timely fashion, typically within 30 calendar days of the receipt of the written appeal. The graduate student may attend the hearing and present his/her case directly if she/he chooses to do so. No legal counsel for any party will attend the hearing.
  • Following the hearing, the Graduate Studies Hearing Committee will deliberate in closed session and reach a decision based upon majority vote.
  • The Graduate Studies Hearing Committee will then communicate its decision, along with its rationale, in writing to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in a timely manner, typically within 30 calendar days of the hearing.
  • The Coordinator of Graduate Studies will, within 2 calendar days, communicate the decision and rationale to the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs for final review.
  • Within 10 calendar days of receiving the Graduate Studies Hearing Committee decision, the Vice President will inform the graduate student in writing of the status of the appeal. If the graduate student’s appeal is denied, there will be no further avenue of appeal available to the student.