The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers equal educational opportunities to all persons in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Students may be admitted to the University in one of four ways: as a freshman, transfer student, special student, or as an early admission student. All applicants must submit a formal application for admission and other appropriate academic credentials, which include a final transcript and an immunization record, ACT or SAT scores. All requirements must be met before the University grants permanent admission status.
Any graduate of an accredited high school may be admitted unconditionally or conditionally to the University. The admissions credentials for an entering freshman must include the following:
- Formal application for admission including applicant’s social security number. (www.uapb.edu)
- Preliminary high school transcript (at least seven semesters completed).
- Final high school transcript with graduation date, GPA, and school seal.
- ACT or SAT test scores (The required test is the ACT. Students may substitute the SAT).
- Immunization Record required with proof of two dated MMR vaccinations.
- International students must have the concurrence of the University’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) charged with compliance of Immigration guidelines.
Before a student can register for classes, the applicant must meet all admission requirements. Admission to the University requires 22 Core Curriculum high school units, including the following:
A grade point average of 2.0 and above and a composite score of 19 and above are the general requirements for full admissions. Students with ACT composite scores of 15 to 18 may be granted conditional admission with the understanding that the student must maintain an average of 2.0 or better in order to continue studies at the University
Conditional admitted students will register with the Student Success Center for additional academic support.
General Education Development Test (GED)
The University can admit applicants meeting the requirements for the GED certificate on the basis of the certificate and ACT or SAT scores.
In accordance with Act 60 of 1989, 75th General Assembly for the State of Arkansas, the University developed revised criteria for early admission. High school students who have completed 17 units of high school core curriculum as recommended by the Arkansas State Department of Education, have a minimum grade point average of “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale), and are recommended by their high school principal or superintendent and counselor, may enroll at the University preceding high school graduation. Applicants who qualify for early admission and are under 18 years of age must present in writing parent’s or guardian’s permission to register.
Qualifying high school students may take advantage of this program in the following ways:
- Enroll in the summer session immediately following the junior year, then return to high school for the completion of the senior year;
- Enroll in a limited number of college level courses while completing the senior year of high school. College credits earned under the early admissions status may apply toward a degree at the University. Hours earned in early admission may or may not be transferable.
- Students will be classed as special students until completion of high school.
First-Time Freshmen Admissions Appeal Policy
First-time freshman admission appeal requests are submitted to the Office of Admissions and approved by the Admissions Appeals Committee prior to the first day of instruction each semester. Students who enroll following the approval of an appeak must complete a Student Success Plan in the Student Success Center and maintain a 2.0 GPA at UAPB.
Freshmen appeal requirements:
- Eligibility criteria for an appeal of GPA less than 2.0:
- High school GPA of 1.95 and ACT composite score of 19 or SAT of 1330 (old) or 980 (new)
- High school GPA of 1.99 and ACT composite of 18 or SAT of 1320 (old) or 940 (new)
- Eligibility criteria for an appeal with a 14 ACT composite score or SAT 990 (old) or 760 (new)
- Minimum GPA of 3.00 on the final high school transcript
- A letter of appeal clearly stating new and compelling information for admissions consideration, written and signed by the applicant
- Original transcripts from all colleges, if enrolled
- A list of college courses in progress, if enrolled
- Three letters of recommendation: one letter each from a high school administrator, a teacher, and a community member
- Demonstrate the ability to fund the cost of education at UAPB
- An interview with the Appeals Committee
- If admitted, students will take and pass the Accuplacer Placement Exam before enrollment in UAPB courses
Public School and University Concurrent Enrollment
In accordance with Act 1097 (Geniuses Eligible for College Credit) of 1991, 78th General Assembly for the State of Arkansas, the University has adopted the prescribed criteria for admission. Public school students who meet the prescribed outlined criteria, as adopted by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, and who are recommended by their school principal or superintendent and counselor, may enroll in university courses while in high school when combined enrollments do not exceed a normal load. Each student must meet the criteria stated below:
- Score 19 or above on the ACT, or the equivalent on the SAT in the subject area of the course(s); or a composite of 19 on the ACT or the equivalent on the SAT for other courses.
- High school GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the subject(s) in which the student plans to enroll. For ninth grade students, courses in the previous two school years shall be included;
- Courses will be limited to the State’s minimum core, and the institution’s General Education Requirements.
To be considered for either the early admissions or concurrent enrollment programs, a student must submit an application for admission, a transcript, and letters of recommendation from the school principal or superintendent and counselor verifying that the student meets all prescribed criteria. The University reserves the right to determine whether the applicant meets the University’s admissions criteria.
New Student Orientation
The University requires all freshmen and new students planning to enroll at the beginning of the academic year to be present at one of the Freshman Orientation Programs, held during the summer and prior to registration (see University Calendar). The purpose of the Orientation Program is to familiarize new students with the University environment and to assist in their adjusting to it.
Students that have previously attended UAPB and do not enroll for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer) are considered dormant. They will be required to reapply for admissions upon re-enrolling for subsequent terms. Students will be governed under the current catalog requirements for their chosen major at the time of readmission and re-enrollment.
Transfer Students and Policy
Students from other colleges or universities may transfer to the University and pursue a regular, full time program by meeting the following entrance requirements:
- Transfer applicants with more than 30 semester hours and with a 2.0 current GPA or better must submit an application and an official transcript from all institutions previously attended.
- Transfer applicants with less than 30 semester hours of college credit must submit an application, ACT or SAT scores, and the final high school and all college transcripts.
- Immunization record required with proof of two dated MMR vaccinations.
- Transfer applicants with less than a 2.0 average from colleges or universities may be admitted to the University on academic probation with the approval of the Admissions Appeals Committee. They must also submit an application, ACT or SAT scores, and all college transcripts. Transfer students asked to withdraw from other institutions for academic reasons will not be allowed to enroll at the University until they are eligible for re-enrollment at the institution previously attended, except with the approval of the Admissions Appeals Committee.
- Students from other colleges and universities who desire to attend the University during the summer only may be admitted by submitting an application for admission and a statement of good standing or current transcript from the institution where they are regularly enrolled. To qualify as a degree candidate, the student must fulfill all admissions requirements.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff records all courses and grades transferred from regionally accredited four-year colleges and/or universities as received. A maximum of 78 hours is accepted from regionally accredited two-year colleges.
Transfer credits are calculated in the hours attempted and earned. The University maintains a transfer grade point average and an institutional (UAPB) grade point average in calculating the overall cumulative grade point average. The cumulative grade point average is used for undergraduate honor distinctions upon graduation, athletic eligibility, and membership requirements for joining a sorority, fraternity and other social or service organizations.
Grades earned at UAPB may be used to replace a grade deficiency acquired at a former institution based upon similarity of course content and comparability. All attempts at the course will remain on the transcript, but only the highest grade will be used to calculate both credit and GPA. The first attempt(s) and the grade earned will be recorded on the transcript with a notation indicating “same as (Course name) and term repeated”.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff participates in the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) provided by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The ACTS system is a post-secondary education resource service that provides comparable course information to facilitate student transfer within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Comparable courses within ACTS are guaranteed to transfer for full credit to any Arkansas public institution. Students may use the ACTS database to obtain faculty-generated comparable course information for a number of courses offered at public institutions in Arkansas. Follow the instructions given.
- If the report lists a course, the course is guaranteed to transfer if UAPB has a comparable course.
- If the report states “No Comparable Course,” the course is not guaranteed to transfer. Contact the Registrar’s Office for further information as it is possible that the course will not transfer.
- Transferability of courses taken prior to January 1, 2007 is at the discretion of UAPB per the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
Any course taken for credit at another regionally accredited institution while a student is enrolled at UAPB must have prior written permission of the student’s advisor, department chair, and dean in order for that credit to be accepted toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. A student cannot transfer credit earned at a junior or community college beyond the sophomore year. An exception may be granted if a student lacked a subject in the freshman or sophomore year. Permission from the advisor, department chairperson and dean will be required.
The Request for Concurrent Enrollment or Transfer of College Credits form (AA Form 12) must be completed by academic departments and submitted to the Registrar’s Office for acceptance and awarding of credits. Concurrent transfer credits must not exceed university course load limitations in accordance with academic load standards per term.
Act 182 of 2009 was repealed and incorporated in Act 747 of 2011. Under Act 747, a student may complete a generic Associate of Arts degree, or a 60-semester credit hour state minimum core curriculum that will transfer fully to the bachelor’s degree. To facilitate transfer, the Academic Affairs Officers and ADHE agreed that the Associate of Arts degree and the 60-credit hour state minimum core would be the same curriculum. Associate (transfer) degrees earned prior to January 2010 do not come under the direction of ACT 182 of 2009 or ACT 747; therefore, institutional discretion will be used in considering the comprehensive transfer of these degrees. Guidelines for associate degrees that are fully transferable can be found at www.adhe.edu.
In accordance with ACT 747, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will not require additional general education and institutional required courses beyond the state minimum core. To compensate for the differential in the minimum hours (3 to 10 hours) required for degrees, the University will require junior/senior level electives at the discretion of the department in which the student is majoring and in consultation with the student. The electives must be entered on the student’s official degree plan at least two semesters prior to the anticipated date of graduation. Students may elect to take the lower level courses at their discretion.
Transferability, Equivalency, and Applicability
- Transferability refers to the conditions under which the University accepts credit from other post-secondary institutions for inclusion in the student’s record. The Office of Registrar is responsible for determining transferability.
- Equivalency entails equating transfer credit, both in hours and content, to University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff course requirements. Lower level equivalencies are generally determined by the Registrar’s Office, upper level equivalencies are generally determined by the departmental major.
- Applicability of credit toward a degree refers to the prerogative of the academic divisions to count specific credit toward the fulfillment of a student’s degree requirements. The student’s major department is responsible for determining applicability within University policies in conjunction with the Registrar’s Office.
Transfer credits are posted and equated by the Registrar’s Office in conjunction with academic departments. Generally, the Registrar’s Office equates by assigning course-to course equivalencies, general education equivalencies, and core/elective courses that are equivalent to UAPB courses. This initial equate is done to facilitate timely advisement and the applicability of transfer credits to the degree audit. This process helps to ensure that students do not repeat courses unnecessarily. Departments also submit transfer equivalencies on substitution forms to the Registrar’s Office. For courses that cross academic disciplines, both departmental approvals are required to award the course equivalent substitution. It is important to note that UAPB will give no more credit for a transfer course than is given at UAPB for the equivalent course. All work transferred from two-year institutions is considered lower division. However, some two-year college courses may meet the intent of specific upper division courses at UAPB.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is committed to providing an admission opportunity for non-traditional applicants by easing an admission requirement for those who are at least 25 years old and have never enrolled in higher education. Admission criteria for non-traditional students who have never attended college are as follows:
- Be 25 years of age or older
- Have graduated from high school or satisfactorily completed a GED
- Have not taken the ACT/SAT or have scores beyond the statute of limitation according to the Educational Testing Service
For full admission to UAPB, a non-traditional applicant must:
- Submit the online undergraduate application to UAPB
- Submit the $25 non-refundable application fee
- Submit a high school transcript or GED Certificate to the Office of Admissions
- Receive suitable Accuplacer Exam scores for placement in English, math, and reading courses (Applicants may contact the Office of Admissions for current cut-off score requirements.)
Admitted non-traditional students are required to register with the Student Success Center for academic support.
Transient and Special Student Status
The University defines a transient or special student as one who wishes to take courses for credit but does not intend to pursue a degree. The University can admit the student in two ways: having completed high school or holding a GED certificate. Initial admission under this status does not require taking the ACT. If the student wishes to accumulate more than 21 credits as a transient or special student or wishes to convert to a regular student before accumulating 21 credits, then the student must submit the ACT score.
In addition, in order to convert to regular student status, a special student must satisfy all entrance requirements for a freshman or a transfer student. Student participation in concurrent high school and early enrollment programs are considered special until completion of high school graduation.
The University will consider citizens of foreign countries for admission if they submit simultaneously an application ninety (90) days prior to the date applicants desire to enter and the following documents:
- Certified official copies of all academic records, with English translation.
- Test scores made on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or equivalent tests): A TOEFL minimum score of 525 is required for admission;
- Certified documents (i.e., Affidavits of Support, Financial Statement(s) from bank(s) or other financial institution(s), Personal Bank Statement, and HLS Form I-134 providing evidence of financial capability); and
- Required Immunization Records (i.e., TB test screening, MMR shot records) must be submitted.
The University takes no action on an application from a foreign student until the applicant meets all of the above requirements and has met with the University Principal Designated School Official (PDSO). This school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
Admissions and Classification Tests
The University requires freshmen to take the American College Test (ACT) or College Board SAT prior to enrollment and to have the Student Profile Report on file with the Office of Admissions. The test is administered several times during the year at specified places throughout Arkansas and the nation. For students unable to take the ACT during their senior year in high school, the University will administer the test prior to the registration period. Students are advised, however, to take this test during their junior and senior years in high school.
Communication concerning admission should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Mail Slot 4892, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.
Prospective students should send applications and transcripts to reach the Admissions Office at least one month prior to registration for the semester in which the student expects to enroll. Otherwise, the applicant may be unable to register for the term desired. An official of the student’s last institution attended, i.e., counselor, principal, registrar, etc., should submit official transcripts by mail or electronically through eScript-SAFE or Speede to the Office of Admissions. The student must make the request for the transcript.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is committed to ensuring that each student has an opportunity to be academically successful, develop personally and professionally, and graduate prepared for a career or professional/ graduate school admission.
UAPB admits applicants using requirements in two categories that assist students with their ability to benefit from and be successful with the college experience.
An entering freshman (first-time full or part-time) is admitted unconditionally if he/she:
- Has completed 22 units of the core curriculum with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 grading scale; and
- Has taken the required test, ACT or SAT, and earned a composite score of 19 or above on ACT or SAT score of 1350 or above.
Entering freshmen not meeting the above criteria are admitted to the University conditionally. This includes students receiving a GED or graduating from a home schooling program after May 1, 1997.
Specific criteria for conditional admission includes the following:
- ACT composite score of 15-18; and
- Fewer than the required 22 high school core curriculum units.
Students admitted on condition are required to register with the Student Success Center and complete an Individualized Student Success Plan which requires them to: (a) Attend student success workshops and Freshman Orientation, (b) Work with a faculty/staff mentor or advisor, (c) Attend tutoring sessions in developmental math, English, and/or reading, and (d) Complete all remedial or developmental courses during first 30 semester hours.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Completed online Application for Admission (www.uapb.edu)
- ACT or SAT Scores (UAPB Federal School Code: 001086)
- Official final high school transcript or GED Certificate
- Current Immunization Record
- The Office of Admissions will notify applicants of their admission status to the University.
- Students who do not have a score of 19 or better on the ACT sub tests of reading, math and/or English will be assigned to developmental courses as necessary.
- Basic Academic Services will evaluate transcripts of students to determine if they have successfully completed a minimum of twelve (12) core credit hours and necessary developmental courses with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher prior to completing 30 semester credit hours (sophomore classification).
- Students failing to successfully meet these requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher will be placed on jeopardy or probation or recommended for academic suspension as outlined in the university catalogue.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. Full participation is encouraged for members of under- represented groups (including people of color; different races; religious and national origins; persons with disabilities; Vietnam Veterans; and women). An Affirmative Action Officer has been designated to coordinate efforts to comply with all laws and regulations applicable to qualified handicapped individuals, as required by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The student is urged to review policies and degree requirements each registration period with an academic advisor. Academic advisors endeavor to provide such assistance in a timely and accurate manner, but meeting requirements for graduation is the responsibility of the student. Effective Fall 2014, advisors must authorize the removal of an advisement flag permitting students to register prior to each term.
The University uses the semester system. One credit hour is equivalent to one fifty-minute lecture each week of a semester or two to three class periods spent in a laboratory or activity. The student receives credit for a class only if officially registered for it. Official registration means that the student has successfully completed all steps in the registration process.
Generally, a student is limited to a maximum of 18 semester hours per semester. A student desiring to take more than 18 semester hours must get written permission from his academic advisor, chairperson, dean and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. With the proper approvals, sophomores, juniors and seniors with an overall academic average of 3.50 or above may be permitted to take up to 21 hours. Undergraduates must be enrolled for at least 12 semester hours to be considered full-time. Enrollment in six semester hours is considered full time for each summer session. Overload permission is required for students taking more than seven (7) semester hours during summer term.
An auditor is a student attending class as a non-participant. Auditors are not required to submit papers, take examinations or meet other requirements for credit audited. Auditors pay the regular student fee.
Students registering for “AUDIT” must indicate their intent during the registration period. Audit flags are entered by the registration input operator. The symbol and grade used for a course being audited is “X”. Auditors pay the regular student tuition and fees. An audit status cannot be changed after the close of registration without approval from the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Academic Integrity Policy
As an institution of higher education, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff upholds academic integrity as the guiding principle in an individual, or in a collective body of work to represent one’s own intellect and creativity. Academic integrity and intellectual honesty are reflected in publishing and disseminating any body of work as it relates to the individualized efforts of students, faculty, and/or staff as demonstrated in scholarly works, creative activities, research, professional and community service in keeping with the mission of the University.
This document includes the guiding principle that governs any work occurring online, face-to-face in the classroom, in publications, or through any other media for academic progress. Moreover, this document contains the syllabus statement and guidelines for reporting infractions and compliance as an ongoing commitment to the University’s stance on academic integrity.
- Academic Dishonesty, relating to students, is the act of engaging in misconduct during completion of any assignments, showing inadequate acknowledgement of source materials for term papers and publishing or disseminating other materials that show evidence of plagiarism.
- Academic Integrity is the moral code or ethical policy of academia. It is being responsible for producing an original work, maintaining academic values void of cheating, or plagiarizing. Use of the work of others is acceptable only if it is properly documented.
- Plagiarism is the act of representing or replicating another person’s work as your own or replicating your own previously published work (self-plagiarism).
- Sanctions are imposed penalties for violations of academic integrity.
Academic Syllabus Statement: All members of the University community must promote academic integrity and share in the responsibility of maintaining such in all activities. Each student must follow his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all work submitted. To ensure that students are aware of the academic standards of the University the following statement shall be included in all course syllabi:
Academic integrity is the foundation of higher education and is a central component of a student’s education. Thus, all members of the university community must promote academic integrity and share in the responsibility of maintaining integrity in all activities. Each student must follow his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Cheating or representing another person’s work as one’s own is always unethical. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic integrity and penalties, please refer to The ROAR.
Academic integrity is the foundation of a successful academic career and it is a prerequisite for any student who wants to receive a quality education that will serve as a basis for professional and personal success after graduation. In order for the University to succeed in its educational mission students, faculty, and staff must adhere to the highest standards of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility in all of their dealings with each other. This concept demands that any student work presented truly represents the student’s own honest effort and is the product of his/her own intellect and abilities. Students and faculty, alike, are required to avoid any acts which may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process, including the awarding of grades. These acts include, but are not limited to:
- Submitting as one’s own work the words, ideas, or arguments of another person without appropriate attribution and documentation according to the style sheet used in the discipline.
- Submitting substantially the same course work to one instructor which has already been submitted to an instructor for credit in another class (self-plagiarism) with noted exceptions allowed in some areas.
- Using any materials, devices, or sources of information not authorized by the instructor during an examination, project, or assignment.
- Copying from another student’s paper during an examination or allowing another person to copy from you.
- Collaborating during an examination with any person by giving or receiving information without specific permission from the instructor.
- Collaborating on homework, take-home examinations, or out of class assignments when students have been told to work independently by their instructor.
- Submitting altered, fabricated, or falsified data as experimental data from laboratory projects, survey research, or other field research.
- Falsifying or inventing the sources or facts in a research paper or other assignment.
- Altering the answers, markings, comments, or grades on a paper or test in an effort to change the grade earned on a test or assignment.
- Sabotaging another student’s work.
- Altering grades or any other official records of the University without following established procedures.
- Falsifying or committing forgery on any university form or document, including materials intended to document excused absences.
- Doing course work for another student or getting another person to do course work for you. This includes the copying of homework assignments, taking examinations for someone else or allowing someone else to take examinations for you, and the purchase of another person’s work to submit as your own.
- Stealing, buying, or otherwise illicitly obtaining information about a not-yet-administered examination.
Penalties for actions which violate Academic Integrity
Students who violate University rules on academic integrity will be subject to disciplinary sanctions (see below). Egregious violations may result in dismissal from the University for one academic year or permanently. Since all violations of academic integrity harm the individual, all students, and the integrity of the University, policies on academic integrity will be strictly enforced.
Violations include, but are not limited to:
- Submitting as one’s own work the words, ideas, or arguments of another person without appropriate attribution and documentation according to the style sheet used in the discipline: “F” on assignment.
- Submitting substantially the same course work to one instructor which has already been submitted to an instructor for credit in another class (self-plagiarism) with noted exceptions allowed in some areas: “F” on assignment.
- Using any materials, devices, or sources of information not authorized by the instructor during an examination, project, or assignment: “F” on assignment.
- Copying from another student’s paper during an examination or allowing another person to copy from you: “F” on examination.
- Collaborating during an examination with any person by giving or receiving information without specific permission from the instructor: “F” on examination.
- Collaborating on homework, take-home examinations, or out of class assignments when students have been told to work independently by their instructor: “F” on work.
- Submitting altered, fabricated, or falsified data as experimental data from laboratory projects, survey research, or other field research: “F” on assignment.
- Falsifying or inventing the sources or facts in a research paper or other assignment: “F” on assignment.
- Altering the answers, markings, comments, or grades on a paper or test in an effort to change the grade earned on a test or assignment: “F” on assignment.
- Sabotaging another student’s work: academic suspension.
- Altering grades or any other official records of the university without following established procedures: academic suspension.
- Falsifying or committing forgery on any university form or document, including materials intended to document excused absences: academic suspension.
- Doing course work for another student or getting another person to do course work for you. This includes the copying of homework assignments, taking examinations for someone else or allowing someone else to take examinations for you, and the purchase of another person’s work to submit as your own: academic suspension.
- Stealing, buying, or otherwise illicitly obtaining information about a not-yet-administered examination: academic suspension.
Reporting Violations of Academic Integrity
Any instructor that alleges a student has committed a violation of academic integrity has the responsibility of documenting, reporting and proposing sanctions.
Administration by Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
The Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will have the administrative authority and responsibility for the administration of student discipline for academic violations. The Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will work with faculty members, administrators, Dean of School, and Academic Integrity Review Committee.
When a violation of academic integrity is suspected:
- The instructor has the responsibility of informing the student of the charge or allegation of violating academic integrity standards and of proposed sanctions as appropriate for the alleged violation. The instructor will inform the student of his/her right to appeal all decisions. The specification of what occurred to bring the allegation must be submitted in writing to the student. After reviewing the allegation and proposed sanction with the student, the instructor will give the student one week to affirm or deny charges and specifications.
- If the student does not affirm the allegation or submit a written request for appeal within one week, the silence will be interpreted as affirmative, and the prescribed sanction will be applied.
- If the student affirms the allegation and proposed sanction, the signed document is forwarded to the following persons for their signature: Chairperson of the department where the violation occurred, the Dean of the student’s academic school, the Academic Integrity Review Committee Chairperson and the Provost/ Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
- If the student denies the allegations, the instructor will submit the documents to the following persons for
their signature: Chairperson of the department where the violation occurred, the Dean of the student’s and faculty member’s school, the Academic Integrity Review Committee Chairperson and the Provost/ Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for an independent review and due process procedures.
Proposed Sanctions and Procedures
With all imposed sanctions, the student will be given due process as defined by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The student will be advised of his/her rights to an academic hearing by the Academic Integrity Review Committee.
The Chain of Command for Appeals:*
- Department or Division Chairperson where violation occurred
- Dean of School where violation occurred
- Academic Integrity Review Committee
- Provost/ Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
*The Dean of the school in which the student is enrolled and the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will be copied on all correspondence.
Procedural Steps for Progressive Violations:
- For the first violation, the student will be given an “F” for the assignment and given a written warning that is placed in the student’s file but will not be indicated on his/her record. The student will be required to complete training related to academic integrity. Workshops on Academic Integrity will be offered by the John Brown Watson Memorial Library and information is taught in University courses.
- For the second violation, the student will receive an “F” for the course and a letter will be placed in the student’s academic file.
- For a third violation or first critical violation, the student will be suspended from the University for one academic year, given an “XF” on his/her transcript, and a letter will be placed in the student’s academic file. The student may appeal to have the “XF” removed after one year of successful course work after readmission to the University and without any reports of new academic violations.
- For a fourth violation or second critical violation, the student will be expelled from the University for repeated violations of academic integrity. The student will be given an “XF” on his/her transcript and a letter will be placed in the student’s academic file noting the offenses.
The student academic appeal procedure as outlined in the student handbook, The ROAR, will be followed.
These academic sanctions are in addition to any legal penalties associated with the infractions.
Participation in Commencement Exercises
Participation in commencement exercises denotes completion of all requirements for the degree being awarded. An exception to this policy may be granted if the student meets the following conditions:
- enrolled in all remaining required courses by the last day to add/drop a course for that semester;
- have the minimum cumulative GPA required for the respective major;
- have satisfied the senior comprehensive exam/portfolio requirement; and
- have exited or are on track to exit University College (predicated on courses currently enrolled).
A student who fails or withdraws from one required course (a lecture with a concurrently required lab constitutes one course for the purpose of this policy) during that last semester may be allowed to participate in Commencement.
Grades from institutions other than the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff may not be available in time to confirm participation eligibility. Students approved to enroll at another institution must submit an official transcript to the Registrar’s Office at least five business days prior to Commencement. CLEP scores must be received in the Registrar’s Office at least five business days prior to Commencement.
Disclaimer: Participation in Commencement Exercises is not a conferral of degree. The degree will be conferred at the conferment following the completion of all requirements
Although the total number of semester hours required for graduation varies with departmental and school curricula, the minimum requirements for graduation are 120 semester hours (excluding developmental courses), completion of general education requirements, a grade of “C” or better in each major course and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
Before graduating from the University, each undergraduate student must satisfy the English Proficiency requirement in one of three ways: the Common Exam administered in English Composition I (ENGL*1311); the English Proficiency Exam; or completion of the English Seminar course (ENGL*3302) with a minimum grade of C. The Common Exam is only applicable to students taking ENGL*1311 at UAPB, Fall 2000 and beyond.
Prior to graduation, all students must officially exit University College and satisfy the comprehensive assessment requirement in their major field of study.
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A second degree meets the requirements of a double degree, except that requirements for the second major are completed in a subsequent semester following the conferral of the first degree. A second degree is earned when:
- The student, on readmission to the university following the first degree, completes the remaining discipline-specific credit hours that lead to the completion of the degree, with no mandatory minimum credit hours required.
- The student may be required to take additional General Education or Institutional courses contingent on program specific requirements.
- The second major must have a different AHECB degree code. An option, or track, within the same degree code does not constitute another major or double major. For example, BS Business Administration: Management and BS Business Administration: Finance, are options within the same degree program. Also, BA Social Sciences: History and BA Social Sciences: Sociology, are options within the same degree program.
Students are classified according to the number of semester hours successfully completed.
A student who wishes to enroll in courses offered by another institution at the same time he is enrolled at the University must get permission to do so from the dean of his school. In no case will the University permit a student to enroll in more than the normal number of credits allowed per term by the University.
Freshman courses are indicated by the numbers 1000-1999; sophomore courses: 2000-2999; junior courses: 3000-3999; senior courses: 4000-4999; Masters courses: 5000-5999; and P.h.D., courses: 6000-6999.
Credit Hours - Non-Traditional Options
The University in consultation with the departmental chair will award credit up to a maximum of 30 semester hours for non-traditional learning programs.
The sources of non-traditional credits are (1) College Level Examination Program (CLEP); (2) Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES); (3) Military Credit; (4) Correspondence Credit; (5) Advanced Placement Test; (6) Service Members Opportunity College (SOC); (7) International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
Credit by College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) consists of general examinations and subject examinations. There are five general examinations: Composition and Literature, World Languages, History and Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics, and Business. If a student is approved to CLEP and achieves the minimum test score as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for one or more of the 33 CLEP tests, appropriate departmental faculty, chairs, and/or their respective deans will review the score(s) to recommend courses for which students may receive credit, based on current departmental course offerings, requirements, and/or other standards. Students must score a minimum of 50 for acceptance of CLEP credits with exceptions as noted by ACE and understand that credit is not automatic, as each test score must be reviewed within the context of current departmental requirements and standards as noted previously.
The University normally does not accept CLEP credit for English Composition I, English Composition II or Advanced Composition; however, faculty-at their discretion-will review CLEP “Composition and Literature” test scores for which both multiple choice scores and essay test scores have been submitted. Students may use CLEP credits to fulfill course requirements in the general education curriculum and elective categories. CLEP scores are to be sent directly to the Office of Academic Records.
As of Fall 2004, CLEP credits do not count as a part of a student’s academic load for a particular term. Correspondence and Distance Education courses are included in an academic load and need prior approval consistent with the policy on concurrent enrollment and overloads.
Other information and testing sites are available in the Office of Academic Records.
Credit by the International Baccalaureate Program
The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) is a rigorous two-year high school curriculum offered throughout the world, including the United States. IB students, while attending high school, may pursue college-level studies and receive credit for final examinations upon entering the University. Minimum scores are established by appropriate departments for the subject areas to be considered. Approval for course credit is granted by the appropriate academic departments after review of official IB transcripts, which are to be sent directly to the Office of Academic Records.
The University confers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students should file a formal application for graduation in the Academic Records Office and pay the graduation fee at the cashier’s office.
Double Major and Double Degree
If a student completes one set of general education and university requirements in addition to two complete sets of primary discipline-specific requirements each of which can lead to a different bachelor’s degree, the student will earn one of the following degrees: one bachelor’s degree with two majors (double major) or two separate bachelor’s degrees (double degree or second degree). Which of these is awarded depends on the following conditions: the degree name (BA vs. BS); the school(s) within which the degrees were completed (within the same school or different schools); program degree codes/disciplines; and whether or not the requirements for the two majors are completed in the same semester of the conference of the degree(s).
A double major is earned when:
- The student completes two sets of primary discipline-specific requirements that lead to the same degree name, BS or BA, within the same school. The degree programs must have different degree codes. For example, a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Biology or a BA in Criminal Justice and a BA in Social Science.
- Requirements for both majors are completed within the same semester in which the degree is conferred.
A double degree is earned when:
- The student completes two sets of primary discipline-specific requirements that lead to differently-named degrees, BA and BS. For example, a student completes a BA in Criminal Justice and a BS in Psychology.
- The degree programs are in different schools. For example, a BS in Biology and a BS in Human Sciences.
- Requirements for both programs are completed within the same semester in which the degrees are conferred.
Grade Point Averages
- Term: To compute term grade point average, divide the total points by the total credits attempted. Credits completed mean the total credits earned and failed. Do not include “W” grades.
- Cumulative: To compute the cumulative grade point average, divide the total points by the total credits attempted.
- For the purposes of ranking, and to determine the student’s cumulative grade point average, the University computes all transfer credits as pass or fail.
A student enrolled in Developmental Education Courses shall be eligible to earn grades of A, B, C, D or F. Students who receive “D” or “F” in developmental education courses shall be required to repeat these courses. The hours and credits earned in developmental courses shall be included in the computation of the semester grade point average. However, the hours and quality points for developmental courses shall not be applicable toward meeting requirements for a degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
||Points Per Hour
||Poor (but passing)
||Unofficial Withdrawal – –Failure
||Audit (carries no credit)
||Repeat (carries no credit)
All grades, once reported, remain a matter of permanent record and cannot be changed, except in the case of a clerical error. Any appeal or question concerning an assigned grade must be made in writing within one semester after the grade is awarded.
Grade changes must be approved by the department chairperson and the academic dean under whose jurisdiction the course was taught. Faculty (no forms are given to students) may obtain forms for securing approval of grade changes from Academic Records/Registrar’s Office.
Schedule Changes (Dropping and Adding)
Students may add, drop, or change course sections by following the official procedure, which requires that they obtain and return the necessary forms to their academic department or the Registrar’s Office for processing during registration periods. Students desiring to enroll in a closed course must obtain the approval of their Chairperson or academic advisor, the Instructor of the course, and the Chairperson of the department offering the course. A closed course petition card should be used to process this request and can only be entered by the Registrar’s Office. Schedule changes may be made via Web-Advisor anytime during the registration period.
After the close of registration, only drops are permissible (within the established term deadline dates as outlined in the academic calendar) and cannot be done via Web-Advisor. An official drop slip must be completed and signed by the Instructor and the Departmental Chairperson or Academic Advisor. For students enrolled in on-line courses only, instructions for dropping courses are on the University’s website. Courses dropped after the close of registration must be processed by the Registrar’s Office and will be recorded as “W” on an academic transcript. Failure to complete this procedure may result in a grade of “F” or “UF’ being entered on the student’s transcript.
The following statements apply to each student enrolled at UAPB.
- Attendance is the responsibility of the student. Students are expected to regularly attend all classes in which they are enrolled.
- Instructors will provide each student with the attendance expectation in writing, either in the course syllabus or in a separate handout, and verbally explain them to students the first day of class.
- The student is responsible for informing instructors in advance when an absence will occur. If this is not possible, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor as soon as possible.
- For school-sanctioned events such as field trips, band, choir, athletics and similar events, the coordinator of the event should send a letter to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs seeking approval for the respective students to be absent from classes for the event. The letter should identify the type of event for which excused absences are being requested and include a listing of all student participants. Following approval, the list and the letter of request with the Vice Chancellor’s approval should be presented by all student participants to their respective instructors. The Coordinator of the event will submit a copy of the approved letter and the list of student participants to the Dean of Students’ Office where it will be kept on record.
- The Dean of Students will notify instructors when a student is absent three days or longer due to an illness or other issue. This courtesy memo does not alter the institution’s attendance expectation, but rather, it is documentation of the absence.
- Class participation may be used, at the instructor’s discretion, as a factor in determining a student’s final grade for the course.
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education defines an enrollment verification census period. This period begins on the first day of class and extends for five class periods during the summer sessions and eleven class periods during the fall and spring semesters. Students who do not attend class at least one time during the first 11 days of the fall and spring semesters, or the first 5 days of a summer session, will be administratively dropped from the course for non-attendance and may not be allowed reenrollment.
Withdrawal from the University
Students, who complete the registration process and decide to voluntarily withdraw from the University, must complete the following steps prior to exiting the University within seven days prior to final examinations:
- Secure official withdrawal forms from the Office of Enrollment Management.
- Obtain signature of their academic advisor or chairperson.
- Obtain signature from the Office of Student Financial Services.
- Obtain signature of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
- Return official withdrawal forms to the Office of Academic Records.
NOTE: International students must also secure clearance from the UAPB Designated School Official after signature from Student Financial Services.
- Students enrolled in online courses only or those away from campus must submit a letter requesting withdrawal from the University. The specific instructions are on the University’s website. The withdrawal notification must be submitted to the Office of Academic Records by letter or by fax.
- Students, who fail to withdraw officially and receive failing grades (UF/F) in all courses, may jeopardize their future eligibility to receive financial aid. Students will be charged fees and tuition in accordance with the fee schedule in effect at the time of withdrawal.
- It is advisable that students receiving financial assistance check with Student Financial Services prior to dropping below full-time status or withdrawing from the University. Again, failure to do so may jeopardize eligibility for future financial aid.
Students may request their transcript in one of three ways:
Electronically: For convenience, students may request transcripts on-line (www.uapb.edu) and pay with a credit card or debit card. Look for the ‘transcript request’ link on the homepage and follow the instructions. The fee is $6.25 per copy.
Written Request: Students must submit a written request containing their social security number OR UAPB ID#; date of birth; year of graduation OR last term of attendance; any former names used; and the address of the recipient. The fee is $4.00 per copy. Requests should be mailed to Academic Records, Mail Slot 4983, 1200 North University Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71601. Make all personal checks, money orders and cashier’s checks payable to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
In Person: Students may request a transcript in person between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by visiting Academic Records, Administration Building - Room 109. The fee is $4.00 per copy. The processing fee for emergency (same day) transcripts is $8.00 per copy. Photo bearing identification is required for a student requesting a transcript in person.
Please allow up to 2 or 3 business days for processing. During peak periods in the office, the processing time may be longer. Transcripts will not be issued without the written or electronic consent of the student. Transcripts are not processed for students with delinquent accounts or University holds.
A student’s grade should represent the instructor’s good faith judgment of the student’s performance in the course based on the informed use of appropriate measurement and evaluation instruments. If a student disagrees with a grade he/she has received, the following procedure should be followed until the problem is resolved.
These steps must be followed in order and appropriate documentation of each step (including notation of the date, time, location, length, content and final outcome of the discussion) must be provided in order to proceed to the next step.
- The student should discuss the disputed grade with the instructor of the course. This should normally take place during the instructor’s posted office hours.
- If the dispute is not resolved in step one, the student should request a meeting with the chairperson of the department offering the course. The instructor of the course will also attend the meeting.
- If the dispute is not resolved in step two, the student should request a meeting with the dean of the school offering the course. The instructor of the course and the instructor’s chairperson will also be present.
- If the dispute is not resolved in step three, the student should request a meeting with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The instructor of the course, the instructor’s chairperson, and the dean of the school offering the course will also be present. The decision of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is final and no further appeal is possible.
Other Academic Grievances
A student may have a grievance against an instructor which goes beyond a dispute over the grades received in a course. Such grievances might involve allegations that the instructor is harassing students, practicing extortion, not meeting his/her classes or is generally incompetent. For such non-grade oriented grievances, the following procedure should be followed until the problem is resolved. These steps must be followed in order and appropriate documentation of each step (including notation of the date, time, location, length, content and final outcome of the discussion) must be provided in order to proceed to the next step.
- The student should make the grievance known to his/her Instructor.
- If the grievance is not resolved in step one, the student should request a meeting with the chairperson of the department offering the course. The instructor will not be present at this meeting, but a follow up meeting will be scheduled with the instructor and the chairperson.
- If the grievance is not resolved in step two, the student should request a meeting with the dean of the school offering the course. The chairperson and instructor of the course will also be present at this meeting.
- If the grievance is not resolved in step three, the student should request a meeting with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The dean of the school offering the course will also be present at this meeting. The dean of the school offering the course will schedule a follow up meeting with the instructor, the instructor’s chairperson, and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
- If the grievance is not resolved in step four, the student should request a meeting with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will schedule a follow up meeting with the instructor, the instructor’s chairperson, the instructor’s dean and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
- The decision of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is final.
Honors recognition provides lasting evidence of the high standard that the individual has achieved. Honors are represented by trophies, certificates, written mention in the program of the honors assembly and in many ways that give tangible, non-monetary recognition to the recipients.
Students receiving bachelor degrees with high scholastic averages may graduate with the following citations:
(Summa Cum Laude)
(Magna Cum Laude)
The University uses the student’s total academic record in computing the grade point average for honors and ranking. This also includes post-baccalaureate credits for students seeking second degrees.
Other Academic Honors
Students in good standing with the University may be recognized for Academic Honors. Academic Honors are calculated each term based on full-time enrollment. The minimum term grade point average for honors is 3.25.
Policy on Developmental Education Course Grades and Calculation of G.P.A
“Developmental course grades are not included in the calculation of G.P.A. for the Chancellor’s List, Dean’s List or Honor Roll. Any student making a grade of “D”, “F”, or “I” is not included on the Chancellor’s List, Dean’s List, or Honor Roll.” A grade of “D” in a major course is not accepted in meeting degree requirements.
Honors are not recognized for non-degree seeking or special students.
Incomplete Grade (“I”)
- Incomplete grades indicate that the student has not met specific requirements in a course and not that the student needs to repeat the entire course.
- The instructor will report an “I” only for a student who is passing, who can complete the assignments without additional instruction, and who can present a valid reason for not completing the work during the semester.
- The student must petition the instructor, in writing, for an incomplete grade, “I”, on or before the day of the final examination. The student must fulfill necessary requirements of the course by the end of the semester immediately following the semester in which the “I” was incurred.
- The instructor must complete AA Form 11B (Report of “I” grade) and file a copy in the department chairperson’s office along with a copy of the student’s petition. This form must include the signature of the instructor, the specific requirements to be completed, and a pre-calculated grade in the event that the student does not fulfill the necessary assignments for the completion of the course.
- The instructor, or the departmental chairperson, in the absence of the instructor, is responsible for reporting the final grade change to the Office of Academic Records. The instructor should secure an “Incomplete” grade report form from the departmental chairperson or the Office of Academic Records and submit it personally to Academic Records. Students are not permitted to have access to Change of Grade forms. If the grade is not changed by the instructor by the end of the following term in which the “I” was incurred, the departmental chairperson will submit the Change of Grade form with the pre-calculated grade as indicated on the accompanying AA form 11B to Academic Records.
NOTE: A student SHOULD NOT re-register for a course in which a grade of “I” was earned.
In the event of documented extenuating circumstances as defined by federal law (including, but not limited to, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Subchapter 2 of Chapter 126 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended in 2008) that prevents a student from meeting the specific requirements for a course, a student may petition for a grade of “I”, whether or not the student is passing the course. Documentation of the extenuating circumstances must be submitted for verification and approval to the Dean of Students. Final approval of the “I” grade due to extenuating circumstances resides with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
In the event of documented extenuating circumstances, as defined by federal law noted above, that prevent a student from meeting the requirements for a course in which a grade of “I” was received, a student may petition the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to extend the “I” grade for an additional semester. Additional extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in compliance with federal law while maintaining the academic integrity of the student’s degree program. Documentation of the extenuating circumstances must be submitted for verification and approval to the Dean of Students before a petition for an extension of the “I” grade will be considered.
Academic Jeopardy, Suspension, and Readmission
To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average. Students are in academic jeopardy when their cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00, but above the average commensurate with the ‘hours attempted range’ as specified in Table 1.
|0 - 16
|17 - 32
|33 - 48
|49 - 64
|65 - 80
|81 - 96
|97 and above
The University places students on academic probation when their cumulative grade point average falls below the average commensurate with the ‘hours attempted range’ as specified in Table 2. The course load for students on academic probation may not exceed 13 credit hours.
The University places students on academic suspension when their cumulative grade point average falls below the average commensurate with the ‘hours attempted range’ as specified in Table 2 for two consecutive semesters. The period of academic suspension is one semester. Students are not eligible to transfer credits taken during a Fall or Spring term at another institution back to UAPB while on academic suspension.
|0 - 16
||1.50 - 2.00
|17 - 32
||1.60 - 2.00
|33 - 48
||1.70 - 2.00
|49 - 64
||1.80 - 2.00
|65 - 80
||1.90 - 2.00
|81 - 96
||1.90 - 2.00
|97 and above
Students placed on academic probation for the prior term (regardless of the recalculated GPA illustrated on the transcript due to repeated courses not passed) and that earned less than a term GPA of 1.50 in the subsequent term will be placed on academic suspension.
Students appealing academic suspension must meet with the Student Academic Appeals Committee for review and reconsideration of enrollment. Students placed on academic suspension are informed of appeal dates and location prior to registration. If denied by the committee, students may petition to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for final disposition.
Students, who have finished their first period of academic suspension, will be required to report to the Student Success Center prior to registering. These students will be on academic probation and limited to a maximum academic load of 13 credit hours.
Students must earn a minimum term GPA of 2.00 during the readmitted semester. If the minimum term GPA is not achieved, they are subject to a second academic suspension for one year.
In accordance with Act 1000 of 1991, 78th General Assembly for the State of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has adopted a policy on Academic Clemency. Academic Clemency provides a second chance for students who performed poorly in their early academic career(s) and who wish to return to college after having gained an appreciation for higher education. In order to qualify for Academic Clemency a student must meet and accept the conditions outlined below:
- The student must not have been enrolled in any institution (college or university) for a period of at least five years prior to applying for Academic Clemency at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
- The student has to file an application requesting Academic Clemency with the Office of Academic Records prior to the student being admitted or readmitted to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
- In order for Academic clemency to be granted after the minimum period non-enrollment, the student must be enrolled full-time during two consecutive semesters (summer sessions not included). If the student withdraws from the University the first semester after an application for clemency is filed, the student may return the second semester and still be considered for Academic Clemency; however, the student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 and a minimum of twelve semester credits. No further consideration will be given after this time.
- Academic Clemency will be granted only after the student has performed as outlined in item 3. The Registrar will review the application and render an appropriate decision. Questionable applications will be referred to the Student Appeals Committee for a decision.
- A student must be seeking the initial undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s) from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
- The student forfeits all grades and credits (including transfer) earned prior to the minimum period of non-enrollment, and such credits will not be considered from this point forward at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
- Academic Clemency is permanent, not reversible and may be exercised only once in the student’s academic career at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
- Courses on which Academic Clemency is granted will remain on the permanent record transcript, but will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. The notation “Academic Clemency Granted (Date)” will be placed on the permanent academic transcript to identify courses excluded from computing the grade point average.
- In regard to athletic eligibility, all terms (including the terms in which Academic Clemency was declared) will be used to determine eligibility status.
- In regard to financial aid history, accumulated terms and award limits include all terms of enrollment, including any semester in which Academic Clemency was declared.
- The Registrar must explain the University’s Grade Renewal Policy (repeat policy) to all applicants. Grade renewal may be more effective for a student with both passing and failing grades.
- This Academic Clemency policy applies ONLY to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and may not be honored by other colleges and universities for students transferring.
- A student who declares ACADEMIC CLEMENCY will be subject to all University policies.
The application form is available from the Office of Academic Records/Registrar.
Students who have finished their first period of academic suspension are required to appear before the Appeals Committee prior to registering. These students will be on academic probation and limited to a maximum of 13 credit hours. Students must make a minimum term GPA of 2.00 during the readmitted semester. If the minimum GPA is not achieved, they are subject to a second suspension for one year.
The limit of the late registration period is one week following regular registration and two days after regular summer registration. In addition to paying a late registration fee, a student entering late might be required to carry a reduced class load. Late registration does not excuse a student from assignments given prior to registration.
Major and Minor
A student must earn a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours in upper level courses to major in any field; for an offered minor, eighteen (18) hours; science minors require twenty-four (24) hours. These requirements do not include General Education courses. The minimum requirement for a baccalaureate degree is one hundred twenty (120) hours.
Unless otherwise specified, this policy does not require a student to have a major and a minor, a combined major/minor, or a double major. A double major may be recorded on the student’s permanent record, but only one diploma is issued and one degree conferred. At the time of making application for the degree, the student must decide the designated major.
When a student repeats a course, the highest grade earned in the course will be used when computing the student’s average. A student can only repeat a course in which the final grade is “D” or less. Exception: Courses with approved statute of limitations, whether by grade or term limits, are excluded.
NOTE: A student MUST re-register for the exact course to earn repeat credit. Courses used as substitutions (i.e. Special Projects, Special Problems, Independent Study, or other valid substitutions) may satisfy course requirements, but are not commensurate with course repeat or grade forgiveness credit.
For the granting of any degree the minimum residence requirement is one academic year (30 hours) or its equivalent. The last 30 hours must be taken on the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff campus.
- A student wishing to make a schedule change must get approval from the academic advisor and the departmental chairperson.
- A student dropping a course must secure approval from the instructor, department chairperson and the academic advisor.
- A student may withdraw from one or more courses without academic penalty in accordance to the Academic Calendar and receive a grade of “W.”
International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Policy
Students will have an opportunity to receive at least three (3) semester credits- per course-for having successfully completed one or more International Baccalaureate Diploma Program courses and final exams. However, credit will not be awarded automatically. Specific credit will be awarded within existing departmental and/or university guidelines. Departmental faculty will review an individual’s requests (to include transcripts and/or other documentation, when requested) before determining if credit(s) should be awarded.
Procedures and Additional Information:
*1. “Some students are enrolled in International Baccalaureate programs in their high schools. The IB program is similar to Advanced Placement (AP) in that students can earn college credits for work done while still enrolled in high school. IB scores are reported on a scale of 1 to 7. Many IB classes have a SL (Standard Level) and a HL (Higher Level) option. Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay tests are given letter grades from A (Excellent) to E (Elementary).
*2. Students seeking credit for IB course examinations must request that a final, official IB transcript of IB course grades and/ or diploma results be sent by mail to the Office of Academic Records, Administration Building, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 1200 North University Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.
*3. UAPB faculty will evaluate scores from individuals appropriately. The topics studied in IB courses can vary considerably from school to school and from student to student. Not every IB student will receive the same credits for similar classes. The specific credits will vary according to the student’s curriculum.
*4. Approval has been granted by the UAPB Division of Academic Affairs and appropriate academic departments to award credit in the following courses. The minimum scores were established by the departments in which credits will be awarded”.
Departments/Units, IB Test Titles, Required IB Course Grades, UAPB Courses and Credits Awarded
||Required IB Course Grades
||UAPB Courses and Credits Awarded
|Art and Design
3 Credits: ART 1310 Basic Drawing, OR
ART 1320 Freehand Drawing & Sketching, OR
ART 1315 Two Dimensional (2-D) Drawing, OR ART 2300 Color and Design
||5 SL/ 5 HL
||3 Credits: Biological Sciences Lecture &
1 Credit: Biological Sciences Laboratory
|Chemistry and Physics
3 Credits: Principles of Chemistry CHEM 1310 &
1 Credit: Principles of Chemistry Lab CHEM 1110
1 Credits: General Chemistry I Lab CHEM 1130
3 Credits: General Chemistry I CHEM 1330 &
3 Credits: General Chemistry I CHEM 1330 &
1 Credits: General Chemistry I Lab CHEM 1130
3 Credits: General Chemistry II CHEM 1340 &
1 Credits: General Chemistry II Lab CHEM 1140
3 Credits: General Physics I PHYS 2310 &
1 Credits: General Physics I Lab PHYS 1110
3 Credits: General Physics I PHYS 1310 &
1 Credits: General Physics I Lab PHYS 1110
3 Credits: General Physics II PHYS 1320 &
1 Credits: General Physics II Lab PHYS 1120
Department of English, Theatre & Mass Communications
||Required IB Course Grades
||UAPB Courses and Credits Awarded
||3 Credits: ENGL 2300 Intro to Literature OR
ENGL 2360 World Lit. I OR ENGL 2361 World LIt. II OR ENGL 1311 English Composition I
6 Credits: ENGL 2300 Intro to Literature OR ENGL 2360 World Lit. I OR ENGL 2361 World LIt. II OR ENGL 1311 English Composition I OR ENGL 1321 English Composition II
||3 Credits: ENGL 1311 English Composition I
6 Credits: ENGL 1311 English Composition I AND ENGL 1321 English Composition II
Modern Foreign Languages
||3 Credits: MDFL 2310 Elementary French I
5 SL OR
|6 Credits: MDFL 2310 Elementary French I
AND MDFL 2320 Elementary French II
9 Credits: MDFL 2310 Elementary French I AND
MDFL 2320 Elementary French II AND MDFL 3310 Intermediate French I
6 SL OR
Additional credit is determined on an individual basis by the appropriate Foreign Language Faculty
||3 Credits: MDFL 2311 Elementary Spanish I
5 SL OR
6 Credits: MDFL 2311 Elementary Spanish I AND
MDFL 2321 Elementary Spanish II
9 Credits: MDFL 2311 Elementary Spanish I AND
MDFL 2321 Elementary Spanish II AND MDFL 3311 Intermediate Spanish I
6 SL OR
Additional credit is determined on an individual basis by the appropriate Foreign Language Faculty
||4 SL OR 4 HL
Credit is determined on an individual basis by the appropriate Foreign Language Faculty
4 SL OR 4bHL
3 Credits: HUMN 2340 Effective Thinking/Logic
4 SL/ 4 HL
|3 Credits: THTR 2324 Theatre Appreciation
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES: Geography, History, Political Sciences. Psychology, Sociology
||Required IB Course Grade
||UAPB Courses and Credits Awarded
||4 SL /4 HL
||3 Credits: Geography Elective
||4 SL/4 HL
||3 Credits: HIST 1340, Western Civilization II
General elective credit hours: To be determined by faculty.
||International Relations (PSCI 4315)
Political Science Elective
||4 SL /4 HL
PSYC 3303: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 2302: Developmental Psychology
PSYC 4309: Health Psychology
PSYC 4301: Experimental Psychology (Introduction to Experimental Research Methodology)
||4 SL/4 HL
For the standard or higher level IB degree, the following “core” areas may receive UAPB credit, dependent on which courses were included in the IB program. For example, the core may be eligible for credit if they were to include the following sub-areas:
PSYC 4302: Physiological Psychology
PSYC 3306: Sensation and Perception
PSYC 3308: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 3301: Psychology of Learning
PSYC 3310: Social Psychology
PSYC 4313: Advanced Social Psychology
The core area transfer credit determination cannot be determined without further information as to what is included in the core curriculum. All courses must be passed at a “C” or better.
||Environmental Systems & Societies
SOCI 2310 (Intro to Sociology)
|*These policy statements are based on the IB policies of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.