ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

ACADEMIC POLICIES

Registration Information
All currently registered students who will continue their studies during the next regular semester are required to register during the first two weeks of registration. Procedures for registering are published in the class schedule each semester and can also be found on the Registrar's Office Web site. Class schedules are available at the Registrar's Office, Moot Hall, in April for the fall semester, in late October for spring, and in March for summer.

For links to up-to-date registration and course information, go to: www.buffalostate.edu/offices/registrar/index.htm.

To receive accurate information about registration eligibility and to maintain registration eligibility, students should remember the following:

  • Notify the Registrar's Office of any change of address.
  • Students subject to possible academic dismissal under probation regulations should register. Students clearly subject to dismissal should not begin a new semester or summer session until the appropriate dean has determined their status.
  • Academic advisement is mandatory for all matriculated students. Students must present proof of advisement before being allowed to register.
  • Students with outstanding financial obligations will not be allowed to register at any time.
  • Not attending the first class meeting does not withdraw a student from a class.

Course Load
The average course load for undergraduates is 15-16 credit hours a semester. Should a matriculated student desire to register for more than 19 credit hours, the approval of the appropriate academic adviser must be secured. Students in majors should consult with their faculty adviser, and undeclared students not affiliated with EOP, STAR, SSSP, or AIM should consult with the coordinator of the Academic Advisement Office, Twin Rise 100. The student’s academic adviser will review requests for overload.

Auditing Courses
Students may audit or take courses without earning credit, with the approval of the department chair and the instructor of the course. A person auditing a course will attend without formal recognition, will not be on the official class list in the Registrar’s Office, will not be required to meet the requirements of the course, and will not be charged tuition or fees for the course.

Exception: Auditing is not permitted in any study-abroad program.

Special audit: Persons more than 60 years of age may audit courses on a space-available basis. Arrangements can be made through the Admissions Office, Moot Hall, (716) 878-5511.

Adding or Dropping Courses
The drop/add period is designed to accommodate students who find it necessary to drop or add a course after the start of classes. Dropping a course at that time removes all record of the course from the student’s transcript. Dates and instructions for the drop/add period are published in the class schedule each semester.

For a link to up-to-date registration dates go to www.buffalostate.edu/ offices/registrar/.

By the end of the drop/add period, students should recognize that they have made a serious commitment to complete the courses for which they are registered.

Withdrawal from Courses
Instructors are required to notify students of their academic standing no later than the end of the ninth week of the semester, or after two-thirds of a summer session or intersemester. If a student does not officially withdraw from a course and stops attending, a grade of E will be recorded.

Students who wish to leave a course after the drop/add period and before the final withdrawal date (the end of the 10th week of the semester, or after two-thirds of a summer session or intersemester) may file withdrawal forms signed by the appropriate instructor or designee. Nonattendance at the first class meeting does not withdraw a student from a class.

Students withdrawing from some coursework may be eligible for a refund in accordance with the college refund schedule, which is published each term in the course schedule. Beyond the end of the refund schedule’s time limit, full charges are assessed. Student-teaching courses have different deadlines. Students should check with their departments.

Withdrawals remain on the transcript and are recorded as W's, but do not count in credit hours or GPAs. Withdrawal from a course may affect eligibility for financial aid in the current semester and in future semesters. For additional information about financial aid eligibility, refer to the financial aid section of this catalog, or online at www.buffalostate.edu/offices/finaid.