Academic Grievance Policy & Procedure
Student academic problems are to be handled initially between the student and the faculty member teaching the course involved. Students with academic grievances may use the Academic Grievance Policy and Procedure below.
Scope and Purpose
The purpose of this policy and procedure is to provide Champlain College students the opportunity for additional review of the facts pertaining to an academic decision affecting the student. Procedures are designed to provide objective and fair treatment (as provided specifically in the procedures) of both students and faculty and to resolve disputes in a timely manner.
An academic grievance is a claim that a specific academic decision or action that affects the student’s academic record or status has violated published policies or procedures or has been applied in a way that prejudicially treats the student on the basis of any non-academic status or characteristic. The assignment of grades is not generally considered a justifiable grievance under this policy unless the previously described factors can be shown to have adversely impacted that grade or evaluation. Only the Provost (chief academic officer) has the right to file an administrative grade change should a grievance involving a grade be accepted.
- Informal Resolution
- A student who believes that he or she has been aggrieved must first attempt to seek an informal resolution with the other party involved in the dispute, e.g., a grade dispute with the instructor
- All disputes that are not resolved directly between the parties involved are then brought to the appropriate Dean’s office, whereupon the Dean or his or her designee will seek to reach an informal resolution through mediation between the parties
- If the mediation at the Dean’s level fails, then the student may choose to initiate the formal resolution process within the timelines established by this procedure
- Formal Resolution
- Student grievances must be specified in writing to the Dean or his or her designee, along with supporting evidence that clearly identifies the cause of the grievance in relation to the definition of academic grievance included in this policy
- The second party to the dispute must also provide the Dean with a written account of the matter in dispute
- The Dean will convene an Academic Grievance Committee composed of three faculty members and two students from within the division, but exclusive of those associated with the student, department or program involved in the dispute. Members of this committee shall receive all submitted documents. In the Core Division, the committee should exclude faculty who are currently teaching the student, those who are currently partnering with the faculty member named in the grievance, and those who were teaching partners for the course in question
- The Academic Grievance Committee must set a date for convening a meeting to hear the case as expeditiously as possible within the timelines established by procedure
- Each party to the dispute must attend the hearing
- During the hearing, the student will make a presentation regarding his or her position, after which the second party will make a presentation regarding his or her position. Each side is permitted to bring one support person to the hearing with advance notice to the Dean
- At the conclusion of the hearing, members of the committee will reach a decision, by majority vote, as to how it believes the case should be resolved
- The committee’s decision will be sent to the Dean of the division in the form of a recommendation
- The Dean then informs the student in writing of the decision, which may be based upon the committee’s recommendation or upon the Dean’s modification of it. If the Dean recommends a grade change, the decision shall be sent to the Provost for implementation (as only the Provost has the authority to file an administrative grade change should a grievance involving a grade be accepted).
- The Dean’s decision can be appealed to the Provost by the student or the instructor, but only on the grounds of procedural violation. If an appeal is filed, the Provost may sustain or deny the appeal, may remand the matter for reconsideration by the Dean and/or rehearing by the Academic Grievance Committee, or may take other steps as the Provost deems appropriate.
- The formal appeals process must be initiated by submitting written notification to the Dean no later than the end of the semester following the decision under dispute
- The Dean must convene the Academic Grievance Committee within ten academic working days of receipt of the grievance, or as soon as practicable thereafter given the availability of Committee members
- The Academic Grievance Committee must hold the hearing and communicate its recommendation to the Dean within 15 academic working days of receipt of the grievance, or as soon as practicable thereafter given the availability of Committee members
- The Dean must communicate the decision to the student within ten academic working days of receipt of the Academic Grievance Committee’s recommendation
- If the student or instructor wishes to appeal on procedural grounds to the Provost, notification must be made in writing within five academic working days of the Dean’s written notification of decision
- The grievance shall be resolved no later than the last day of final examinations in the semester following the decision under dispute
Academic Honors and Awards
Trustee Scholar: A designation awarded to students who attend Champlain College full-time and maintain a 4.0 average for two consecutive semesters.
President’s List: A designation awarded to students who attend Champlain College full-time and achieve a semester average of 4.0.
Dean’s List: A designation awarded to students who attend Champlain College full-time and achieve a semester average of 3.50 or better.
Graduation Honors: Cum laude distinctions are given to graduating undergraduate students with the following cumulative grade point averages:
|Summa Cum Laude:
|Magna Cum Laude:
Divisional Honors: Divisional honors are awarded to the student in each division with the highest cumulative grade point average.
In addition to skills and knowledge, Champlain College aims to teach students appropriate ethical and professional standards of conduct. The Academic Honesty Policy exists to inform students and faculty of their obligations in upholding the highest standards of professional and ethical integrity. All student academic work is subject to the Academic Honesty Policy.
It is the student’s responsibility to understand and comply with College-wide policy as well as any assigned work-including examinations, tests, quizzes, term papers, reports, themes and other exercises-every student shall conform to a strict standard of academic honesty.
Any attempt to deceive a faculty member or to help another student to do so will be considered a violation of this standard.
Instructor’s Intended Purpose
The student’s work must match the instructor’s intended purpose for an assignment. While the instructor will establish the intent of an assignment, each student must clarify outstanding questions of that intent for a given assignment. It is the responsibility of the student to understand and follow the intent articulated by the instructor. For example:
- If an assignment is intended to be strictly confined to work generated solely by the student, e.g. a research paper or individual presentation, then expropriation presented as the student’s own work is a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
- The student is expected to follow accepted academic protocol, as defined by the instructor, in citation referencing.
- If an assignment is intended for the student to carry out an original empirical study, then falsification or fabrication of data or presentation of data collected by someone else is a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
- If an assignment is intended to involve the participation of multiple students, the student will be expected to follow the parameters established by the instructor regarding individual versus group contributions to any work products. It is the responsibility of each student in the group to understand and follow the intent articulated by the instructor. Work which strays from that intent or is done by another individual or individuals in the group and claimed as a particular student’s own work or contribution to group work is a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
- If an assignment consists of building upon or mimicking a work, then the student will be expected to follow the parameters established by the instructor for that assignment. While it is expected that the student will clearly isolate the work he or she did from what already existed, this is up to the discretion of the instructor.
- If an assignment consists of a pastiche of other copyrighted works, where the student exercises their fair-use rights, the instructor may allow the student to use expropriated and appropriated work for credit.
- If an assignment is to participate in an online discussion, allowing someone else to log in to your account and to post to the discussion is a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
The student may not give or get any unauthorized assistance in the preparation of any work. Group-work contexts often need extra clarification. For example, sharing work without explicit authorization to do so is a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy. Students in doubt about the instructor’s expectations should seek clarification, or assume that the work must be completed individually.
The student must clearly establish authorship of a work. Referenced work must be clearly documented, cited, and attributed, regardless of media or distribution. Adequate documentation must articulate the resources, and even sources of inspiration, directly employed in the creation of a work. Even in the case of work licensed as public domain or Copyright, (See: http://creativecommons.org/) both Faculty and the student must provide attribution of that work in order to uphold the standards of intent and authorship. Professional and Academic practice provides guidance about how to properly cite, reference, and attribute the intellectual property of others. For general examples, see Section 1.6.
Online submission of, or placing one’s name on, an exam, assignment, or any course document is a statement of academic honor that the student has not received or given inappropriate assistance in completing it and that the student has complied with the Academic Honesty Policy in that work.
In essence, the Academic Honesty Policy poses the following questions to all students:
- Who authored the work?
- Has the student given or accepted unauthorized assistance in the preparation of the work?
- Has the student successfully isolated his or her own authorship in the work?
- Has the student clearly documented his or her own authorship?
- Has the student met the instructor’s intended purpose for the assignment?
On each assignment, students are expected to isolate their authorship. This means that the Faculty member can precisely identify the student’s work. Documentation should embrace direct references, indirect references and background resources as required by the instructor. The Academic Honesty Policy requires the student to declare and document authorship.
Any violation of the Academic Honesty Policy, as determined by the instructor, will result in sanctions. The instructor may impose a sanction on the student that varies depending upon the instructor’s evaluation of the nature and gravity of the offense.
Possible sanctions include but are not limited to, the following:
- Requiring the student to redo the assignment;
- Requiring the student to complete another assignment;
- Assigning a grade of zero to the assignment;
- Assigning a final grade of “F” for the course.
A student may appeal these decisions according to the Academic Grievance Procedure. This policy is not exclusive, and in addition to course-based penalties, students may be subject to additional sanctions under the College’s Conduct Review Process for conduct that violates both this policy and the standard described in section 2 of the College’s Standard of Conduct. The College may choose to use one, either or both processes to address such conduct, at its discretion.
Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal
The College will place on probation any matriculated student who, after attempting 12 or more credits, fails to achieve either a cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.0 or a term GPA of 2.0. The College may dismiss any matriculated student who fails to achieve a CGPA of 1.80 after attempting 12 credits or who fails to achieve a CGPA of 2.0 after attempting 30 credits.
A student who is eligible for dismissal will receive a dismissal letter from his or her program Dean. Students are permitted to appeal the dismissal in writing within the time limit stated in the letter.
Academically dismissed students wishing to take courses as non-degree students may do so only with permission of their Program Dean.
Under certain circumstances, unsatisfactory course grades may be coded so that they do not adversely impact the student’s CGPA. The following conditions apply to the Academic Renewal policy as a whole:
- Academic Renewal will be granted only once
- All courses and grades will appear on the student’s transcript with the addition of a code indicating Academic Renewal where appropriate
- Academic Renewal will not be used to alter a student’s record for financial aid qualifications, scholarships or other purposes not outlined below
- Only the Registrar’s Office staff, in consultation with division Deans, as appropriate, will make the change to the student’s record
Students who are returning to Champlain may be eligible to have course grades eliminated from their CGPA calculation using the following criteria:
- The student has not attended Champlain College during the past three years and has been readmitted to a degree program
- All courses in which a student earned less than a “C-” will no longer be used to calculate either the student’s overall CGPA or the credits earned toward graduation
Current students who have chosen to change majors may be eligible to have course grades eliminated from their CGPA calculation. The following conditions must apply:
- The student must request that Academic Renewal be applied at the time of the change of major. (Changing from an associate’s program to a bachelor’s program does not constitute a change of major.)
- The student must retain grades from any course in which they earned a “C-” or better
- The student must retain any course or specific elective type that is required in the new major (exclusive of technical and business focus electives)
- All courses not retained in the above points 2 and 3 will no longer be used in the calculation of the student’s overall CGPA or graduation credits
- The student must stay enrolled in the new major. If the student elects to change back to the original major, the Academic Renewal will be reversed
Students are expected to attend all their classes. Not doing so may jeopardize their academic success. If illness, accident or similar circumstances make it impossible for a student to attend classes, the student should notify the appropriate faculty member(s). Instructors provide each student with a written class-attendance policy approved by the appropriate division Dean at the beginning of the semester. A student’s lack of attendance does not result in an automatic withdrawal from a course. Students must officially withdraw using the Voluntary Course Withdrawal policy described below.
Champlain College permits the auditing of courses, at a reduced rate, for individuals who wish to participate in courses simply for their own enrichment. Students auditing a course may attend all class sessions and participate in class discussions.
Academic work will be neither reviewed nor graded by the faculty. No credit will be issued for any course taken as an audit. Graduate courses, Core courses, and other courses designated by academic divisions may not be taken as audits.
Audits will be permitted only on a space-available basis. Audit registration begins one week prior to the start of the course. A student may change a course from audit to credit or credit to audit only during the first 10 days of the semester. Once courses have begun, no refunds are issued for credit-to-audit changes. Additional charges will be applied for changes from audit to credit.
To be eligible for a professional certificate, the student must meet the following requirements:
- Satisfactorily complete all requirements for the certificate selected
- Earn at least two-thirds of the certificate’s credits at Champlain College
- Achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in courses required for the certificate at Champlain College. Because of limited course offerings and course sequencing, students pursuing both a certificate program and a bachelor’s degree program are not guaranteed to complete both on the same timeline.
Change of Major
Requests for change of major should start with the student’s current faculty advisor. Final approval of change of major requests rests with the division Dean responsible for the new program or that Dean’s designee.
Changes in Courses or Schedules (Add/Drop Period)
Schedule changes from one section to another of the same course may be made during the first five days of each semester. After the first five days, written permission from the faculty member and appropriate division Dean is required for changing sections. A new course may be added to a student’s schedule only during the first five days of each semester. Courses dropped from a student’s schedule during the first five days of each semester will not be recorded on the academic transcript. Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor before adjusting their schedule.
Each instructor is responsible for maintaining an in-person and/or online classroom environment that facilitates effective teaching, learning and safety. The classroom environment should be such that it prepares students for behavior that is expected in the professional and corporate environments in which they are preparing to live and work.
Inappropriate classroom conduct which disrupts in-person or online classroom or laboratory activities is a violation of the Champlain College Standard of Conduct. Examples of disruptive conduct include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Tardiness, leaving and returning during class, or leaving class early without permission from the professor;
- Any unauthorized use of electronic devices such as cellular phones, pagers and music devices in the classroom or laboratory;
- Personal conversations during class;
- Abusive language or epithets directed towards other persons;
- Posting inappropriate online posts;
- Refusing to comply with the directions of the instructor.
Disruptive and disrespectful behavior on the part of any student will not be tolerated. The instructor has the responsibility to determine appropriate standards of behavior in the class as long as the requirement does not infringe upon the individual’s rights. Science laboratory classrooms that may introduce a safety hazard to the student under certain circumstances may inherently require strict regulation of safety protocol in addition to normal rules of behavior.
An instructor may require that a student leave the classroom or laboratory - in- person or online space - if the student is disruptive and does not heed a verbal or written first warning. In an online class, an instructor may use their discretion to delete inappropriate posts. Return of the student to the classroom or laboratory may require a written pledge by the student to abide by the rules of expected classroom decorum or safety.
Continued inappropriate conduct or safety violations will be grounds for expulsion from the course in question for the remainder of the semester. Should a faculty member determine that a disruptive student should be dismissed from a class for the remainder of the semester with a failing grade, there shall be a written statement to the student, citing the student’s right of appeal under the standard grade change procedure or the Academic Grievance Procedure and with copies to the Registrar, the student’s Faculty Advisor, the student’s Dean and the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Further action may also be taken by the Conduct Review Board under the College’s Conduct Review process.
Commencement Ceremony - May Participation
Bachelor’s and associate’s degree candidates who have completed all of their degree requirements will receive their diplomas and have any appropriate academic honors announced at the Commencement ceremony. Bachelor’s degree students within 7 credits of meeting all requirements and associate’s degree students within 4 credits of meeting all requirements are eligible to take part in the ceremony as non-graduating participants. All participating undergraduates must also have an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. It should be noted that whereas both graduates and non-graduating participants are listed by name and hometown in the graduation program, non-graduating participants are ineligible to receive their diploma, to have academic honors designated in the program, to have academic honors announced during the event, or to have their name listed in local media until they have successfully completed their remaining academic requirements.
Diplomas will be printed with the graduating student’s legal name or a derivative thereof. Honorifics, titles and previously earned degrees will not be permitted. On the graduation application, each student has the opportunity to write his/her name as he/she would like it to appear on the diploma. The College reserves the right to approve all diploma name requests.
The Core curriculum is an intentionally integrative general education curriculum, and traditional undergraduate students are required to take a pair of courses each semester. A student who wishes to withdraw from one of the two Core courses during that time when a student may withdraw without penalty will be required to sign a statement indicating that s/he is aware that, in order to remain on track in the Core, s/he will have to make up the Core course(s) during the summer at his/her own expense. Non-attendance is not a valid reason to request withdrawal from one of the required Core courses.
- In a given semester, a student must take both Core courses appropriate to that semester (e.g., COR 110 and COR 115 are co-requisite courses for first- year, first-semester students)
- All Core curriculum courses in a given year must be completed with a passing grade before a student may enroll in any of the Core courses in any of the subsequent years. COR 110, COR 115, COR 120 and COR 125 are prerequisites for any second-year Core course; four 200-level Core courses are prerequisites for any third-year Core course; and all the third-year Core courses are prerequisites for the fourth-year college capstone course unless an exception is granted by the Dean of the Core Division. (Most often, exceptions are granted in the case of illness or an unusual study abroad situation.)
- In the first year, a student must pass COR 110 before taking COR 120 and must pass COR 115 before taking COR 125.
- Makeup courses at the 200 level will be available only in the summer session. All traditional students must take (or receive approved transfer credit) for two Fall 200-level Core courses and two Spring 200-level Core courses. Students who fail a 200-level Core course must successfully complete an appropriate 200-level Core course during the appropriate Champlain summer session before going on to the third-year Core courses. The course does NOT have to be the identical course as the course the student failed, but it must be from the same semester. Each summer, the Core Division will offer two Fall semester 200-level Core courses in the first summer session and two Spring semester 200-level Core courses in the second summer session.
- In the third year, course pairs (COR 310/COR 320 and the two COR 330 courses) may be taken in either semester to accommodate study abroad demands
- All students matriculated in undergraduate degree programs must be enrolled in the Core courses sequenced for their catalog year each term that they are at Champlain College. Students who intend to transfer are not exempted from this requirement, but are encouraged to consult with the Dean of the Core Division to discuss how to maximize transfer credits awarded by the receiving institution.
Course Load and Credit Hours
To be considered full-time, a student must enroll in courses totaling at least 12 credit hours per 15-week semester. Students making changes that affect their full-time status should first check with the Financial Aid Office to determine the effect of such changes on aid eligibility.
Normally, one unit of credit is based on 15 hours of classroom instruction and 30 hours of homework per semester. To be considered full-time, a student must enroll in courses totaling at least 12 credit hours per 15-week semester.
Approval will be required for students who wish to take more than 18 credits during the fall or spring semester. If the number of credits desired is 18-20, and the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is at least 3.0, students should consult with the Registrar’s Office to request permission. Students with a CGPA of less than 3.0, or with a desired number of credits greater than 20, must obtain the written permission of the Dean of their professional program.
Approval will be required for students who wish to take more than two courses or 7 credits (whichever is greater) in a single summer session. Students who have a CGPA of 3.0 or higher should consult with the Registrar’s Office to request approval. Students who have a CGPA of less than 3.0 or who want to take more than 9 credits in a single session must obtain the written permission of the Dean of their professional program.
Course Waivers and Course Substitutions
Substitutions for required courses must be authorized by the Dean of the student’s professional program. Students may consult with the Registrar’s Office if they are unsure who should approve a course waiver. In all cases of waiver or substitution, the appropriate divisional representative will notify the Registrar’s Office at the time of the decision. The Registrar’s Office will then make the appropriate changes to the student’s record.
Champlain College offers examinations in mathematics that can result in waiver of a course requirement. When a course is waived, the course requirement is considered met, but credits are not awarded. Additional information can be obtained from academic specialists or faculty advisors.
Course Withdrawal - Involuntary
In addition to the voluntary course withdrawals, there are instances in which a student may be involuntarily withdrawn by the instructor. These include, but are not limited to, violations of the College’s Standard of Conduct, disciplinary problems, or damaging the College’s relationships with internships or project sites. A grade of “W,” “WP” or “WF” is recorded, as determined by the date of the withdrawal and the student’s academic status at the time, or by the circumstances of the withdrawal.
Course Withdrawal - Voluntary
It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from a course. Students enrolled through the traditional college wishing to withdraw from a course must complete a Course Withdrawal form. This form is available online or from the Registrar’s Office, the Student Life Office, the Office of Student Accounts, and academic division offices. The form must be signed by both the student and the faculty member. The withdrawal becomes effective the date the form is received by the Registrar’s Office. Failure to formally withdraw may result in failing grades, reduction in financial aid and academic dismissal from the College. Deadlines for withdrawing without academic penalty are strictly enforced. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for specific dates.
When students withdraw without academic penalty, a grade of “W: Withdrawn” will be recorded on the transcript. Students continue to have the opportunity to withdraw prior to the last day of exams. In such cases, students will receive either a “WF: Withdrawn Failing” or a “WP: Withdrawn Passing,” as determined by the student’s grade at the time of the withdrawal. A “WP” has no effect on the student’s GPA. The grade of “WF” is calculated as an “F,” however, and thus lowers the GPA. Therefore, the timing of when a student submits the required course withdrawal paperwork is vital. Please refer to the chart below for details. For additional information, contact the Registrar’s Office.
Course Withdrawal without Academic Penalty
|withdraw by end of 9th week
|withdraw by end of 6th week
|withdraw by end of 5th week
|withdraw by middle of 4th week
|withdraw by middle of 3rd week
Credit by Exam
Champlain accepts credit from the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Minimum scores on the CLEP exam will follow the guidelines established by the College Board and the American Council on Education. An Advanced Placement test score of 4 is required for consideration. In addition, the following policies apply to credits awarded by exam:
- Credits are considered external and cannot be applied toward the credit minimum to be taken at Champlain College.
- The student is responsible for having test scores forwarded to Champlain College.
CLEP and AP credit is considered introductory credit in each academic area. Consequently, credit will not ordinarily be granted in an academic area in which the student is earning or has already earned credit on a more advanced level.
- Substitution of credits earned by exam for degree requirements is allowed at the discretion of the College.
- Division Deans will determine the appropriate exam and amount of credit (3 or 6 credits) for each exam.
- Any exceptions to the College’s credit by exam policies must be approved by the appropriate division Dean and by the Provost. In those areas where College Board exams are not available, credit may be available by institutional examination. Credit by institutional exam must be approved by a faculty member in the discipline, by the appropriate division Dean and by the Provost. Institutional exams are available only to students who are matriculated in a program. Information about the availability of institutional examinations is available from the division Dean.
Credit for Work Experience
Credit for work experience can, in some cases, be arranged through the External Degree Program at one of the Vermont State Colleges; students interested in seeking credit for work experience should schedule an appointment with the appropriate division Dean.
All arrangements to take courses at any institutions with cross-registration agreements require permission of the Dean of a student’s professional program.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
A student’s CGPA is calculated by multiplying the credit hours for each course by the grade point per credit hour of that course as determined by the final grade. For example, a 3-credit-hour course in which a student receives a “B” (3.0 grade points per credit hour) will equal 9.0 grade points for that course. The cumulative grade point average will then equal the total grade points divided by the total number of credit hours. Grades earned in transferred courses are not used in CGPA calculations.
The College reserves the right to adjust the curriculum and course content whenever such adjustments are academically appropriate and approved by the administration. The curriculum requirements in effect during the catalog year in which the student enters will remain in effect for that student unless the student wishes to pursue a more recent set of requirements.
Degree Requirements - Associate’s of Science in Radiography
To be eligible for the associate’s degree, you must be a student in the College’s Radiography program and meet the following requirements:
- Earn at least 60 credit hours, 30 of which must be earned at Champlain College
- Achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in courses completed at Champlain College
- Apply for graduation by completing an application for graduation form by November 1 for May graduates, June 1 for August graduates or August 1 for December graduates. Applications are available on the College Web site, in the Registrar’s Office or in the Student Life Office.
Degree Requirements - Bachelor’s
To be eligible for a bachelor’s degree from Champlain College, a traditional undergraduate student must meet the following requirements:
- Matriculate into a Champlain College traditional baccalaureate major and satisfactorily complete all its specific requirements
- Earn at least 120 credit hours, 45 of which must be earned at Champlain College. In addition, of the last 60 credits required for the bachelor’s degree, 30 must be earned at Champlain College. Individual programs may require specific courses to be completed here as described in the Transfer/Advanced Standing section that follows
- Achieve an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0 in courses completed at Champlain College
- Satisfactorily complete all LEAD requirements
- Apply for graduation by submitting an application for graduation form by November 1 for May graduates, June 1 for August graduates and October 1 for December graduates. Application forms are available on the College Web site, in the Registrar’s Office or in the Student Life Office.
Pursuing a double major requires careful planning and sequencing of courses; the effort will very likely require more than four years to complete. Students who wish to pursue a double major must first consult with the Dean of their professional program to obtain approval. They must fulfill all the requirements of both programs, and there must be a difference of at least 24 credits between the two programs. Upon completion, one bachelor’s degree will be granted, and the transcript will list both majors.
Combined Bachelors-Masters (CBM) Programs
Selected Champlain College graduate programs offer a Combined Bachelors- Masters Program (CBM) as described in Champlain College’s course catalog. This program option is designed for exceptional undergraduate students to begin earning up to twelve graduate level credits while completing their undergraduate degree at Champlain.
Students who are accepted into a CBM Program must continue to be enrolled as undergraduate students until the completion of their Bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree, participating students are then formally matriculated into their chosen graduate program. All graduate courses taken as part of an approved CBM program will be transferred into the selected graduate program at that time.
- The application form for a CBM Program should be completed no less than 4 months before the anticipated enrollment in the student’s first graduate course.
- Students applying for admission into a CBM program should show exceptional academic performance in their undergraduate studies. Typically, students should have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in their field of study.
- All applicants will be personally interviewed (face-to-face or via synchronous technology) by both their undergraduate program advisor AND the director of the program to which they are applying.
- Depending on the specific CBM Program, an application may require additional materials and/or documents such as: letter(s) of recommendation, portfolio of previous work, transcript(s) from previous college(s), a written statement of purpose or standardized graduate entrance examinations (GRE, GMAT, LSAT etc).
- Applicants to all CBM programs will be notified of their acceptance within four weeks of their completed application.
- Once accepted into a CBM Program students are responsible for following all program requirements and guidelines including any specific directions given by director of their CBM graduate program.
- In order to maintain active status in a CBM Program, students must meet academic standards that include:
- A minimum term CGPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate courses which have been attempted.
- A minimum term CGPA of 3.0 in all graduate courses which have been attempted.
Note: Specific CBM Program standards may vary and, when established, these standards take precedence over college standards above.
- Should a student fail to meet the academic requirements of the CBM program, the graduate program director will determine whether that student will be withdrawn from the CBM Program or placed on academic probation for continued participation in the CBM Program. Probationary status would allow continuation in the program subject to specific academic performance conditions.
- Graduate courses taken while a student is an undergraduate and which are taken as part of an approved CBM program may “double count” by using those courses to fulfill undergraduate course requirements and, upon graduation, transferring those graduate courses into the designated CBM graduate program.
- Graduate courses attempted while a student is an undergraduate as part of an approved CBM program must receive a grade of “C” or better in order to transfer into the designated graduate program. Graduate courses taken as part of the CBM Program and receiving a grade of below “C” must be repeated.
- Undergraduate courses, unless supplemented with specific activities that increase the academic rigor to graduate level, may not be used to waive graduate program requirements as part of a CBM/4+1 Program.
- Unless (1) otherwise stated in program requirements of a specific CBM Program or (2) exercised with permission of a student’s undergraduate and CBM program advisors, a maximum of twelve credit hours may be used (“double counted”) for both undergraduate and graduate credit.
- Students may complete courses beyond the twelve credit hours of graduate courses eligible for “double counting” but such credits may not be used for credit in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Using such courses for graduate credit, once matriculated into the selected graduate program, is acceptable.
- Students enrolled in any CBM program must follow their personal educational plan as outlined collaboratively by their CBM Program Director and undergraduate program advisor. Failure to follow the prescribed educational plan may result in dismissal from the CBM program.
- Students may withdraw from their CBM Program at any time.
- Students who withdraw or are dismissed from their CBM Program will not formally receive graduate credit for graduate courses taken as part of their undergraduate program requirements. While courses will be recognized internally by Champlain as having met graduate level requirements the transfer of those credits to any other institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Graduate Program Matriculation
- Upon completion of their undergraduate degree, students enrolled in a CBM Program must matriculate into their selected graduate program immediately. Upon matriculation into their graduate program, students will be given the full time-to-completion for their graduate program that is allowed traditionally accepted students.
- Students who withdraw or are involuntarily withdrawn from a CBM Program for any reason and who later wish to enter the Graduate Program associated from the CBM Program in which they were enrolled must apply for admission into that Graduate Program.
Specializations and Minors
Specialization - Is considered part of a student’s major.
- It provides an opportunity for more depth within the discipline itself or within a component of the discipline that provides the student with a “specialization” in that discipline.
- Specializations may be 12-18 credit hours and are limited to those students in a given major with that option.
- No more than one required major course (3 credits) can also be counted toward a specialization.
Minor - Is a career enhancement for students, different from a student’s major or discipline. Some programs require that students select a minor.
- Any minor is open to any student
- Minors will be 15-21 credit hours.
- Students in 15 credit minors are required to complete 9 unique credits
- Students in 18 credit minors are required to complete 12 unique credits
- Students in 21 credit minors are required to complete 15 unique credits.
Process for Choosing Specializations or Minors
- Specialization - Many programs require or offer as an option a specialization. Students should meet with their faculty advisor to discuss the selection of a specialization. Students should also check with their faculty advisor regarding the timing of this decision. Some programs require the selection be made at the end of the first year and others at the end of the second year. The faculty advisor will inform the Registrar’s Office of the student’s choice.
- Minor - After discussions with advisors, students may wish to select a minor from those available across all academic units. Students wishing to select a minor should go to the Registrar’s Office webpage to fill out the “Minor Selection Form” located under the heading “Adding a Minor.” It should be understood that the selection of a minor may extend the time needed to fulfill all course requirements, unless the minor is required.
Extended Campus Closure
Class During an Extended Campus Closure:
Champlain College is taking precautionary measures to ensure that your classes can continue in a “virtual environment” even during an extended emergency such as severe weather, contagious disease, physical infrastructure failure, campus closure, or similar incident. Your classes will continue, either online through Canvas, a College-provided learning management system, or through some other process.
In the event of such an emergency, students are expected to continue instructor-designated class activities, as directed by the instructor. Due to the nature of the “virtual environment,” learning activities may differ slightly from those in the on-campus version of your courses. In order for this emergency preparedness plan to be effective, you are asked to do the following:
- Ensure that you will have a computer and broadband Internet access at the location (home or other) in which you will reside during an extended campus closure.
- Prepare yourself with the basic skills of logging into Canvas, finding your courses and entering them.
- Participate in a “warm up” online activity in the “virtual environment” when directed to do so by your instructor.
During an Emergency
- Test your broadband Internet access immediately upon arriving at your chosen residence during the campus closure.
- Log into Canvas and enter your courses.
- Check for emergency information on Champlain College’s main website (www.Champlain.edu), which will indicate the semester week and day when Champlain classes will resume online.
- Enter each of your classes and go to the appropriate week of the class where you will receive directions from your instructor.
Student requests for grade changes must be submitted to the faculty no later than the last day of exams one semester after the semester in which the grade was earned. All grade changes must be approved by the Dean responsible for the course.
Grades – Midsemester
In conjunction with frequent evaluations, mid-semester grades help students understand their level of progress. Faculty members submit mid-semester grades for each student to the Registrar’s Office for all 15-week courses. These grades are internal and do not appear on student transcripts.
|Grade Equivalent Standard
|C- or better
|A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-
|Passing but D+, D, D-
|Not passing F
Grades - Semester
At the end of each semester, faculty members submit to the registrar a final grade for each student. Some majors have minimum grade requirements for specific courses which are higher than the lowest acceptable grade in the scheme below. See individual academic programs for information.
|per Credit Hour
|Withdrawn before the ninth week of a traditional-length course
|Withdrawn/failing after the middle of the ninth week of a traditional-length course
|Withdrawn/passing after the Middle of the ninth week of a traditional-length course
|No grade or credit earned
At the discretion of the instructor, an interim grade of incomplete may be assigned for a course in which the student has met the following criteria:
- Been unable to complete course requirements before the end of the term because of illness or serious circumstance beyond the student’s control
- Completed a major portion of the course with a passing grade
- Obtained agreement from the instructor and arranged for resolution of the incomplete grade
The following procedures apply:
- The request must be made by, or on behalf of, the student before the last day of final exam week
- If an incomplete is granted, the faculty member will outline the remaining coursework and the timeline for completion, which cannot be later than the end of the eighth week after the last day of final exams in the semester in which the incomplete was given, except by permission of the Dean responsible for the course.
- When the required work is complete, the earned grade will permanently replace the “I” grade on the transcript. If the work is not completed within the established time frame, a grade of “F” will appear on the student’s record
- The student is responsible for making sure that the faculty member receives all required coursework according to the established timeline
Independent study is defined as a course of study designed by a student to meet specific academic needs, taken outside regular classroom hours and supervised by one or more cooperating instructors. Regular college credit is given, and regular tuition is charged.
An independent study course may be undertaken under the following conditions:
- Elective credits only will be given, with the number of credits (not to exceed 3) determined by the appropriate division Dean.
- The student must propose the course to the supervising instructor at least five weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the work will be completed.
- The student and faculty member will jointly develop a formal proposal, which must include:
- Reason(s) for requesting independent study in lieu of existing elective course(s)
- Course title, suggested level (100, 200, etc.) and description
- Names of instructor(s) who have agreed to supervise
- Number of credits to be granted, including a description of how the credit hour policies will be met
- Learning outcomes to be pursued
- Method of measuring achievement of learning outcomes
- Grade calculation
- An instructor who has been asked to supervise such a study project must submit the project for approval to the division Dean not later than three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. At least five days prior to the beginning of the semester, the division Dean must notify the instructor, the student, the Provost and the Registrar’s Office, in writing, of his or her approval or reasons for rejection. A student who fails to complete an independent study course within a semester may be granted a period of time in which to finish comparable to that extended to those taking traditional courses.
Champlain College grants credit for military education following the guidelines issued by the American Council on Education.
In order to change your name in our Student Information System, you must present legal documentation of the name change in the form of a court document, driver’s license, Social Security card, or other acceptable legal document to our Enrollment Service Center.
Enrollment in CPS Division Online Courses - Undergraduate
(This policy does not apply to Summer Session)
Undergraduate online courses offered through the College’s Division of Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) are designed to address the specific educational needs of adult students. Students who are enrolled through the traditional Admission Office of the College are not permitted to register for online courses, with these exceptions:
- Students who are 23 or older
- Education majors who are in their final semester and are student teaching
- Students in internships at such a distance from the College that they are prevented from taking courses on campus, with permission of the Academic Dean of Continuing Professional Studies and the Dean of their professional program
- Students participating in a study abroad/Champlain Abroad semester, with permission of the Academic Dean of Continuing Professional Studies and the Dean of the student’s professional program
Exception requests will not be considered to accommodate more convenient course, commuting and/or employment schedules.
Reenrollment and Readmission to Champlain College
Students who have missed more than two consecutive semesters (not including summer) or who have been academically dismissed are required to submit a formal application for readmission. Students who left while on academic probation must contact the Dean to request re-enrollment. Students in good standing who have missed two or fewer consecutive full semesters (not including summer) may reenroll by contacting the Registrar’s Office. With the approval of both the program director and the Dean, a student in good academic standing may withdraw from the program for up to one year and then reenroll without needing to re-apply to the college. In such circumstances, the student’s academic requirements are those required for the original catalog year under which the student began his or her studies.
Students may retake a course up to two times, for a total of three attempts, in order to pass the course or improve their grade in the course. Course withdrawals are counted as attempts. Students may not repeat the course simply to improve a grade if a more advanced course in the sequence has already been completed. Credit for the course will be granted only once (unless otherwise specified), and the highest grade received will be counted toward the CGPA. All grades received for a course will remain on the transcript, even though only the highest will be used in the calculation of the CGPA.
A transcript is an official copy of a student’s permanent record with the College and cannot be changed. Transcripts are issued by the Registrar’s Office only at the written request of the student or alumnus. Written requests can be made in person, via fax or via postal mail. Requests will be honored as quickly as possible in the order of application. However, during especially busy periods (Commencement, registration, etc.) there will be delays in processing, so transcripts should be requested well in advance. Five copies of a student’s transcript will be provided free of charge. A fee of $5 will be charged for each subsequent copy.
Official transripts (those with the College seal) are sent only to a college or university, a state or federal agency, or an employer. Only under special circumstances will an official transcript be sent directly to the student. Unofficial transcripts for a student’s personal use do not bear the official seal of Champlain College and may be sent directly to students. Note: transcripts will be sent only when a student’s account is paid in full.
All transfer applicants are required to submit official transcripts of their high school and college records. The acceptance of transfer credits is at the sole discretion of Champlain College.
A student who transfers from another college may be awarded transfer credit of up to one-third of the total credit hours toward a professional certificate, up to 30 hours toward an associate’s degree, and up to 75 hours toward a bachelor’s degree, provided that similar required or elective courses are offered at Champlain College. Judgment of similarity is based on criteria provided by the appropriate academic division Dean or Champlain College, and judgments are made at the College’s discretion. Credit hours for transferred courses are given full value, but grades are not transferred to a student’s permanent Champlain College record and do not become part of a student’s cumulative grade point average at Champlain College. In order to be considered for transfer credit, a course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
Transfer to Other Institutions
Credit for courses taken at Champlain College is generally transferable to other institutions of higher education. However, because the decision of whether to grant credit for any particular course is made by the receiving institution and not by Champlain College, students should consult with officials at the receiving institution concerning the transferability of credits earned at Champlain College.
Withdrawal from College
Any student withdrawing from the College begins that process by obtaining a College Withdrawal Form from the Student Life Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Student Accounts, or the academic division offices. The counseling staff is available to provide support to students who need to leave the College due to medical or mental health issues. As part of the withdrawal process, the student will receive a statement setting forth the financial implications of his or her withdrawal. The withdrawal date recorded on the student’s official College record will be determined by the registrar when the withdrawal form is completed. It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from the College. A student who withdraws from the College without following this procedure jeopardizes his or her opportunity to receive any refund.
The College reserves the right to withdraw any student for academic, safety or disciplinary reasons. Any student who stops attending all his or her classes may be withdrawn from the College with or without the student’s consent. If a student wishes to contest the College’s initiation of an involuntary withdrawal that is for more than a temporary period, the College will provide a hearing and appeal opportunity to the student under the procedures specified in the College’s Conduct Review process. The student should inform the administrative office initiating the withdrawal of his or her intent to contest such initiation within 5 working days of the student’s receiving notice. The College will consider waiver of this deadline in cases where the student was incapacitated; requests for waiver should be submitted to the same administrative office.