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Academic Policies

This section represents a partial list of the academic policies of the university. Refer to the undergraduate bulletin for a comprehensive list of academic policies.

Absence from Class

Students are expected to attend all classes and to complete all assignments for courses in which they are enrolled. An absence does not relieve the student of the responsibility to complete all assignments. If an absence is associated with a university-sanctioned activity, the instructor will provide an opportunity for assignment make-up. However, it is the instructor’s decision to provide, or not to provide, make-up work related to absences for any other reason. A student not present for class during the entire initial week of a scheduled course may be removed from the course roster unless the student notifies the instructor by the end of the first week of an intention to attend the class. Questions regarding the removal process should be directed to the Registrar. Attendance is required at all class meetings of developmental courses.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is one of the most important qualities influencing the character and vitality of an educational institution. Academic misconduct or dishonesty is inconsistent with membership in an academic community and cannot be accepted. Violations of academic honesty represent a serious breach of discipline and may be considered grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal from the University. Academic dishonesty is defined to include those acts which would deceive, cheat, or defraud so as to promote or enhance one’s scholastic record. Knowingly or actively assisting any person in the commission of an above-mentioned act is also academic dishonesty. Students are responsible for upholding the principles of academic honesty in accordance with the “University Statement of Student Rights” found in the Code of Student Conduct. The University requires that all assignments submitted to faculty members by students be the work of the individual student submitting the work. An exception would be group projects assigned by the instructor. In this situation, the work must be that of the group. Academic dishonesty includes:

Plagiarism: In speaking or writing, plagiarism is the act of passing someone else’s work off as one’s own. In addition, plagiarism is defined as using the essential style and manner of expression of a source as if it were one’s own. If there is any doubt, the student should consult his/her instructor or any manual of term paper or report writing. Violations of academic honesty include:

  1. Presenting the exact words of a source without quotation marks;
  2. Using another student’s computer source code or algorithm or copying a laboratory report; or
  3. Presenting information, judgments, ideas, or facts summarized from a source without giving credit.

Cheating: Cheating includes using or relying on the work of someone else in an inappropriate manner. It includes, but is not limited to, those activities where a student:

  1. Obtains or attempts to obtain unauthorized knowledge of an examination’s contents prior to the time of that examination;
  2. Copies another student’s work or intentionally allows others to copy assignments, examinations, source codes or designs;
  3. Works in a group when she/he has been told to work individually;
  4. Uses unauthorized reference material during an examination; or
  5. Have someone else take an examination or takes the examination for another.

The “Protocol for Adjudicating Alleged Violations of Academic Honesty” and for appealing the results of a formal hearing are outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Academic Fresh Start

The Academic Fresh Start policy is an appeals procedure which allows a student returning to Southeast Missouri State University after a prolonged absence to request academic forgiveness of prior cumulative grade point average. The policy is designed for undergraduate students who have gained maturity outside higher education and have demonstrated acceptable academic performance following their return. The granting of an Academic Fresh Start is subject to specific conditions that are outlined in the undergraduate bulletin.

Academic Standing

Any time a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) is below 2.0, the student will be placed on academic probation and enrollment will be limited to 12 hours per semester. The student will remain on academic probation and are expected to earn a semester GPA of 2.0 in each subsequent semester until the cumulative GPA is at least 2.0. A student on probation who earns a semester GPA of less than 2.0 will be subject to academic suspension.

Students who are subject to academic suspension will have their records reviewed. All semesters of attendance, including transfer, are used in determining number of terms attended, for purposes of academic suspension review.  The following actions may be taken:

  1. If the cumulative gpa is at least 1.75 and the student has attended three or fewer terms (exclusive of Southeast dual credit enrollment), the student will be readmitted from academic suspension and expected to have a 2.0 cumulative gpa by the end of the fourth term at Southeast. 
  2. If the cumulative gpa is less than 2.0 and the student has attended four or more terms (exclusive of Southeast dual credit enrollment), the student will be academically suspended.
  3. If the cumulative gpa is below 1.75, regardless of terms attended, the student will be academically suspended.

A student who has been academically suspended may appeal in writing to the University Academic Appeals Committee. The appeal must be made by the date stated in the student’s notification of academic suspension. Notification of academic suspension will be sent to the student’s permanent address and/or Southeast email account.  Students with an out of country permanent address will have their notification sent to their Southeast email account.  Students are obligated to have a current permanent address on file with the Office of the Registrar.

Upon receipt of an appeal of academic suspension, the Committee may take the following actions:

  1. Specify conditions for the student’s readmission from academic suspension;
  2. Confirm the academic suspension of the student.

Students academically suspended at the end of a spring semester will not be allowed to enroll until the next spring semester; students academically suspended at the end of a fall semester will not be allowed to enroll until the next summer semester; students academically suspended at the end of a summer semester will not be allowed to enroll until the next spring semester.

Students who have been academically suspended more than once will be academically disqualified from attending the University for at least one semester.  They may petition the Committee for readmission to the University after a minimum one-semester absence. The Committee may take the following actions:

  1. Specify conditions for the readmission of the student;
  2. Deny readmission of the student to the University.

In order to enroll, students who have been suspended must inform the Office of the Registrar of their intention to return.