Current University Catalog

2015-2016 University Catalog. Current Catalog. Course Descriptions. Class Listing.

2015-2016 Addendum: Policy Revisions

On behalf Academic Affairs, the Heidelberg faculty voted to approve and immediately implement revisions to the 2015-16 Undergraduate Catalog. These policy revisions are very important to your academic planning and should be reviewed while planning your next semester's courses. The new policies follow.

Major and Minor Grade Requirement
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.000 in all required major, track or concentration, and minor courses. In addition, students must earn no lower than a “C-“ (1.667) in any such course. Required allied courses listed within a major are not held to the minimum “C-” (1.667), unless specified by the department.

Major Grade Waiver
For those departments that will accept a single “D” (1.000) or “D+” (1.333) grade for a major or minor requirement, students have the right to request a grade waiver. A student may only be granted one grade waiver in each major and/or minor. A waived grade remains included in a student’s major GPA calculation. Students will contact the Department Chair or Director for departmental procedures and policies to submit a grade waiver petition. Once a decision has been rendered, the Department Chair or Director will notify the Registrar’s Office in writing.

What does this mean for you?

  • Students are permitted to earn a grade of "C-" or higher in the major/minor. The original published policy in the 2015-16 catalog permitted a "C" or better.
  • If a student earns a grade of "D+ or D" in a major or minor course, that student may petition the department chair to accept one grade waiver. The department will determine the outcome and some departments strictly state they do not permit grade waivers.
  • While students are now permitted to earn a "C-" the cumulative GPA in the major/minor must be a 2.0 or higher. "C-" grades will drag down the GPA; several "C-" grades are not advised.
  • Students should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor to discuss questions.

Career-Technical Credit (Admissions:Transfer Policy)

The Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Board of Education have developed pathways for students in adult career-technical educational programs to transfer completed technical courses (that adhere to recognized industry standards) without unnecessary duplication or institutional barriers. Therefore, Heidelberg University will rely on Career-Technical Assurance Guides as a foundation when reviewing credit earned at a career-technical educational facility. The Undergraduate Academic Policy Committee will assess each student’s certificate in partnership with the appropriate department(s) and may award up to 12 semester hours of credit. Students must provide a certificate or other approved verification. Credit may be awarded up to three years after a certificate was earned.

Incomplete Grade (Grading System)

If a student, through no personal fault, is unable to complete the course by the published end date, the student may request an incomplete grade (I). The instructor will outline all remaining work on the Incomplete Course Grade Agreement, which requires the signatures of the instructor and student. The Provost must approve all Incomplete Course Grade Agreements. A student receiving an Incomplete Grade must complete the work by the date stated on the Incomplete Course Grade Agreement, which can be no later than one year from the date of recording. A student cannot graduate until standard letter grades have been assigned for all courses. (See Incomplete Grade Clause for Graduating Students under Graduation/Commencement.)

Undergradaute Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid (section of policy included, refer to catalog for full policy)

Transfer credits: All transfer hours accepted by Heidelberg are counted in the maximum time frame measurement and therefore are included in attempted and earned hours. (refer to full transfer policy)


File Information

July 29, 2015
Office of the Registrar