Academic Policies & Guidelines

Academic Integrity
Members of a university community, both faculty and students, bear a serious responsibility to uphold personal and professional integrity and to maintain complete honesty in all academic work. Violations of the code of academic integrity are not tolerated. Students who cheat or plagiarize or who otherwise take improper advantage of the work of others, face harsh penalties, including permanent dismissal. The academic integrity guidelines set forth student and faculty obligations, and the means of enforcing regulations and addressing grievances.

Academic Advising
Students are responsible for making appointments with their faculty advisors to select courses for the coming term and for bringing their registration forms to the Enrollment Services Office. Students should be aware that they bear full responsibility for satisfying degree requirements. Assistance with this responsibility is available from the faculty advisor, the registrar, and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Each student is assigned a faculty or academic advisor. The advisor usually teaches in the student’s field of interest and assists the student with course selection, degree planning, and related matters. Advisors are available throughout the term for conferences with students, and students are urged to meet with advisors frequently to discuss problems as they arise.

The Academic Development Center (ADC) coordinates the assignment of academic advisors. The ADC provides assistance in the form of academic counseling, study skills development, and peer tutoring services free of charge to any Pitt-Bradford student.

The Career Planning and Placement Center serves as a source of information for those students who face decisions on a major or a career.

Course Numbering System
     6000 - 6199 Developmental courses 
     0100 - 0199 Freshman-level courses
     0200 - 0299 Sophomore-level courses
     1300 - 1399 Junior-level courses
     1400 - 1499 Senior-level courses

Students are expected to satisfy the competency requirements in English Compostition and Mathematics prior to enrolling in more advanced courses.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, no person or organization other than those listed below has a right to review a student’s academic record or to receive a transcript without the written consent of the student. 

The following individuals and agencies may be furnished a student’s transcript without the written consent of the student:

  1. faculty and administrative officers of the issuing institution who have a legitimate need and interest in the student’s educational welfare;
  2. parents or legal guardians of the student, provided the parent or guardian can establish the student’s dependency as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, Section 152; 
  3. federal and state agencies listed in the Act; 
  4. the Veterans Administration.

Directory Information Statement
According to the guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the Registrar’s Office may release without written consent information identified as public or directory information, defined as follows:

  1. name, address, telephone, dates of attendance, class;
  2. previous institutions attended, major, minor, awards, degree(s) conferred (including dates and any graduation honors).

This information may be given to anyone who requests it unless the Registrar’s Office is informed in writing that this information is to remain confidential.

Patent Policy
A University student, during his or her period of enrollment, may be responsible for new discoveries and inventions that could have commercial value and contribute to scientific, technological, social, and cultural progress. Those accomplishments should be patented in the best interest of the student, the University, the public, and the government. The University’s policy on patent rights and technology transfer determines the rights and obligations of the student and the University in any technology the student may invent while enrolled in the University. Details of this University policy are available from the Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend classes as scheduled. Rules and penalties for absences are established by each faculty member.

Final Exam Policy

Students having more than two exams on one day (excluding evening classes) may petition their instructors for assistance in rescheduling one exam at a time mutually agreeable to student and instructor. If it is not possible to reach an agreement with one of the instructors, students should contact the appropriate division chair.

GRADING SYSTEM

Students may register for courses under three grading options: letter grades, pass for credit, or audit. The grading option must be selected during the registration period.

Letter Grades 
All courses required to satisfy associate and baccalaureate degree requirements — including all courses required for a major, a minor, or general education — must be taken for letter grades. Pitt-Bradford uses 13 earned letter grades. They are listed below with their equivalent quality point values.

A+ = 4.00
A = 4.00 superior achievement
A- = 3.75

B+ = 3.25
B = 3.00 meritorious achievement
B- = 2.75

C+ = 2.25
C = 2.00 adequate achievement
C- = 1.75

D+ = 1.25
D = 1.00 minimal achievement
D- = .75

F = 0.00 failure

Pass for Credit (S/N Grades) 
General elective courses and certain designated courses may be taken on a pass-for-credit basis. A student enrolled in a course on a pass-for-credit basis receives either a grade of S or N.

  • S equivalent of C or better
  • N no credit

Students must elect the S/N option by the fourth week of a term or the second week of a six-week summer session. For sessions which are shorter than six weeks, the decision has to be made in the first week. This decision may not be reversed, nor may a grade of one kind be replaced by a grade of the other kind for that course. Courses for which an S is received are counted towards graduation but are not computed in the QPA. No more than 12 credits with S grades may be counted toward graduation.

Audit
Any course offered by the University may be audited by any student who has been formally admitted to Pitt-Bradford. Audited courses appear on the transcript with a grade of N, but no credit is earned. Regular tuition rates apply to courses taken for audit. Students must elect the audit option at the time of registration. This decision may not be reversed.

Temporary Grades
Two temporary letter grades may be issued under appropriate circumstances.

     “G” - course work interrupted (for reasons beyond student’s control)
     “I” - research in progress (reserved for Directed Research and Internship)

It is expected that the student and instructor form a contract detailing how and when the course work is to be completed, as a temporary grade must be changed to a final letter grade within one year. If the necessary work is not completed by the date that was agreed upon, either the temporary grade will be changed to an “F,” or the instructor may change it to the grade which would have normally been assigned without the course work having been completed.

Quality Point Average (QPA)
The quality point average is an indicator of the level of academic achievement. It is used to determine academic standing and to establish eligibility for honors. The QPA is computed by dividing total quality points earned by total number of credits attempted. Total quality points are calculated by multiplying the number of credits each course carries by the numerical value of the grade earned for that course. For example, an A in a three-credit course is worth 12 quality points. The official QPA is determined in the Registrar’s Office.

Grade Reports
At the end of each term or session, a grade report is prepared by the Registrar’s Office and mailed to each student. This report shows the total credits carried, the grade received in each course, the total quality points earned that term, the quality point average (QPA) for that term, and the cumulative quality point average.

ACADEMIC HONORS

Dean’s List
Students who earn at least 12 credits in a term (excluding courses with 'S' grades), with no grade lower than a C and no temporary grades, and with a term QPA of at least 3.50 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List.

Graduation Honors
Those students of a graduating class who have attained an outstanding scholastic record may be graduated with honors. To qualify for honors, a student must have earned a minimum of 60 credits at Pitt-Bradford and attained a cumulative QPA of 3.25 for cum laude, 3.50 for magna cum laude, and 3.75 for summa cum laude.

Honors Convocation
At the annual University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Honors Convocation, a formal assembly in April, awards are presented to students with the highest scholastic records and academic achievement.

ACADEMIC PROBATION AND DISMISSAL

Good Standing. A student is in good academic standing so long as both the QPA in the previous term and the cumulative QPA are 2.0 or higher.
(Note: minimum QPA requirements for some programs may be higher than 2.0)

Satisfactory Academic Progress. A student placed on academic probation must maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree in order to avoid suspension. Satisfactory academic progress is defined as a 1.0 or higher for first term freshmen, and as a 2.0 or higher for all other students.

Academic Probation. If the QPA for a given term is below 2.0, or if the cumulative QPA is below 2.0, a student is placed on academic probation.

Suspension. Students who are on academic probation for two consecutive regular (fall or spring) terms are subject to suspension from the college.

First-year students (i.e., freshmen) who have completed only one term of full-time study, and who have failed to attain a quality point average of at least 1.0, are subject to suspension. Factors such as academic motivation and campus citizenship will be considered in making such decisions for suspension after only one term.

Students who are suspended for academic reasons are not eligible to enroll for the following regular (fall or spring) term, and are required to wait at least one full term before a reinstatement request will be considered. Students are either expected to take courses at another institution, or do summer work to qualify for reinstatement. These requirements will be waived only for truly extraordinary circumstances.

Summer Coursework. Students who have been suspended may be allowed, with the permission of the dean of academic affairs, to enroll in coursework at Pitt-Bradford during the summer sessions. A student who moves back to good academic standing through summer coursework must request reinstatement to resume studies on continued probation in the following fall term.

Reinstatement. Reinstatement after suspension is not automatic. A suspended student seeking to resume studies in a subsequent term, after one or more terms of non-attendance, must request reinstatement in a letter to the dean of academic affairs. If the request is approved, the reinstatement letter will stipulate the conditions which must be met the following term (e.g., a limited load, repeats of courses, or change of major). Reinstatement does not cancel the suspension; rather, the reinstated student continues on academic probation.

Dismissal. A student who has been reinstated after suspension, and subsequently fails to remain in good academic standing, is subject to dismissal. A student who is dismissed for academic reasons for a second time may not request reinstatement.

Graduation Application
An application for graduation must be filed with the Enrollment Services office prior to the anticipated graduation date. A $15 late fee will be assessed when a graduation application is submitted after the deadline.

 

Anticipated Date of Graduation Deadline for Application
April preceding November
June preceding February
August preceding February
December preceding March

Transcripts
Official transcripts of the student’s record are available upon request through the Enrollment Services office. The fee for each transcript is $3. No student will be issued an official transcript until he or she has satisfied all financial obligations to the University.