Academic Affairs for CCPS Undergraduate Programs

Transcripts of Credit
Class Attendance
Grading System
Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory
Scholastic Probation and Suspension
Credit by Proficiency Examination
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Directed Study
Selected Topics and Mini-Courses
Online Courses
Recognition of Honors
Honors at Graduation
Dean's List
Summer Session
Winter Term and May Term

Transcripts of Credit

Transcripts of credit will be issued by the office of the registrar to all present and former students subject to certain conditions. In order to assure the student that records are confidential, Drury University issues official transcripts only upon written authorization of the student. Financial obligations to the university must be satisfied.

The university will issue one free transcript for each student upon graduation. Additional transcripts will be issued for a charge of $6 each, payable in advance. Quantity discounts are available to students ordering five or more transcripts at one time.

Class Attendance

There is no class-cut system at Drury. Students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled. There is no university-wide policy defining conditions under which an instructor should or should not excuse an absence. The instructors are responsible for the maintenance of standards and quality of work in their classes. An absence is an individual matter between student and instructor. Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and for work missed during an absence for any cause.

Grading System

A grade indicates a level of performance as demonstrated by the student and evaluated by the instructor. Grading symbols are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, I, S, U, (IP).

A grade of “A” involves a level of performance that is completely excellent in the factors indicated in the definition of “B”.

A grade of “B” indicates a higher level of performance than the satisfactory standard defined for a grade of “C.”It involves excellence in some aspect of work, such as completeness, accuracy, detail of knowledge, or effective independent work.

A grade of “C”represents a satisfactory level of performance which can be expected of any Drury student who gives a reasonable amount of time, effort and attention to the work of the course. Such satisfactory performance should include familiarity with the concept of the course as shown by an acceptable mastery of the information, concepts of skills involved and regular participation in the work of the class.

A grade of “D” indicates below-standard performance; it is acceptable toward graduation only if offset by superior work
in other courses.

A grade of “S” (satisfactory) indicates the attainment of a “C” level or better.

A grade of “ F ” or “ U ” indicates an unacceptable level of performance.

A grade of “I” is given for incomplete work only if illness or other unavoidable causes prevent the student from completing the course. The student is responsible for contacting the instructor and determining what must be done to remove the “I” grade. Coursework must be completed and the “I” grade replaced with a letter grade within six weeks after the beginning of the semester immediately following the semester in which the “I” was received. The instructor granting the incomplete, or the department chair in his or her absence, is required to report to the registrar a grade for the permanent record at the end of that period. A grade of “I” not removed within the time period allowed will automatically be changed to an “F.” A specified extension of time for removal of the incomplete grade may be granted by the dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Until the grade has been formally recorded, the course will not be considered as hours attempted and thus will not be part of the cumulative grade point average.

In specific courses which are so designated by the Continuing Studies Council, in-progress (IP) grades may be awarded. This grade will not affect the grade point average of the student and will be replaced by an appropriate letter grade when the work is completed.

“DR” indicates dropped (and “W” withdrawn) before the end of the sixth week of the term; “DP” or “DF” (or “WP” or “WF”) indicate passing or failing at the time the course is dropped after the sixth week of the term. A course cannot be dropped the last two weeks of classes.

“DP” indicates passing at the time the course was officially dropped and does not affect the GPA.

“DF” indicates failing at the time the course was officially dropped and is included in the GPA calculation.

“WP” indicates passing at the time of official withdrawal from university and does not affect the GPA.

“WF” indicates failing at the time of official withdrawal from university and is included in the GPA calculation.

Any student who unofficially drops a course or unofficially withdraws from the university will receive an “F” in the course
or courses.

Grade point averages will be computed as follows: each hour of “A” counts as 4.0; each hour of “A-”counts 3.7; each hour of “B+” counts 3.3; each hour of “B” counts 3.0; each hour of “B-” counts 2.7; each hour of “C+” counts 2.3; each hour of “C” counts 2.0; each hour of “C-” counts 1.7; each hour of “D+” counts 1.3; each hour of “D” counts 1.0; each hour of “D-” counts .7 .

The grade point average is computed only on academic courses taken at Drury University. The computation is made by dividing the total number of credit points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted. Grades of “F”and “DF” are included when computing grade point averages with a value of zero points. The grade point average is computed for courses that are repeated within the same division of Drury University on the policy that the highest grade stands. Student grade reports are available through eRegistrar and hard copies are available upon request though the continuing studies office.

Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory

A student who is classified as a junior or senior may register for one course during a semester on a satisfactory or unsatisfactory basis, but must designate this option before the end of the second week of class. In order to receive a satisfactory grade, the student is expected to perform at “C” level or better. With the exception of teacher aiding, intern-
ships, selected May Term offerings, or selected topics offered as one hour mini-courses (see selected topics), only four undergraduate courses may be taken on a satisfactory or unsatisfactory basis. Courses in the student’s major area and courses taken to fulfill distribution requirements may not be taken on a satisfactory or unsatisfactory basis. A transfer student officially classified as a junior or senior by Drury University and in good academic standing may take a course on a satisfactory or unsatisfactory basis during the first semester at Drury. Satisfactory or unsatisfactory courses are not included
in the cumulative grade point average. A student receiving a grade of unsatisfactory will lose the credit toward graduation.

Scholastic Probation and Suspension

Drury students are expected to maintain the highest level of scholarship of which they are capable. Notification of probationary status serves as a warning that students are not making satisfactory progress toward the degree and that unless the quality of work improves they will be subject to suspension from the university.

Students place themselves on probation, and may be suspended or dismissed, when they fail to maintain a cumulative grade point average as set forth below:

Hours earned:

Cumulative GPA below which a student is placed on probation:

60 or above

Students on probation cannot carry an academic overload.

Students failing to remove themselves from scholastic probation within one semester in residence after being placed on scholastic probation may be suspended. Students showing satisfactory progress may be allowed to remain from semester to semester.

Students suspended from the university for academic reasons will not be eligible for readmission until at least one calendar year has passed. Readmission is not automatic. Applications for readmission must be submitted to the continuing studies office at least one month prior to the first day of the proposed term of re-admittance. Students readmitted after suspension will be admitted on probation and must show satisfactory progress by the end of their first semester in order to remain in the university.

Those students admitted as probationary students will not be permitted to carry an academic overload and must show significant progress toward the grade point average required for graduation.

Credit by Proficiency Examination

Superior students may, at any time, apply to the head of the department and the dean of the college of graduate and continuing studies to take a proficiency examination covering the subject matter of any course listed in the catalog and for which the student is not enrolled, provided he or she has not completed a more advanced course in that field. The student is required to make application for proficiency testing in the office of continuing studies and to register for the course before the examination is taken. The examination is open to a student enrolled in one or more courses for class work in the same semester. An examination fee of $5 is charged in addition to the usual tuition fees (see statement on transfer of credit for limitations on total hours of proficiency examination credit which are applicable toward the degree).

Directed Study

In an effort to allow students to graduate on time, and with the approval of the instructor, the advisor, the applicable department chair, and the dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, a student may register for directed study for courses in the catalog. This study will be pursued under the guidance of the instructor. The usual syllabus of the course will be followed and the standards will be the same as when the course is being offered as a class. Directed studies will be listed on the student’s transcript with the regular course title preceded by the designation “DS.” Such a course constitutes a regular part of the student’s academic load. Not more than 12 semester hours of directed study and/or research are applicable toward a degree.

Students may obtain assistance with an application for directed study from their academic advisor. Tuition and fees are the same as for any course completed in the classroom.

Only one directed study course is allowed in a semester and may not be completed during a semester when a student also is registered for a course in research.


The three primary goals of Drury’s internship program are to help the student clarify educational and career objectives; to expand the student’s understanding of classroom theory by applying their training in some practical way; and to introduce the student to the world of work in terms of responsibilities and employer-employee relationships.

In addition to completing the on-site internship, the student may be asked to reflect about the experience through reading about the chosen field or work, writing about the experience and discussing the experience with a faculty sponsor and with people working full-time in the field of the internship.

Juniors and seniors with a 2.5 or better grade point average are eligible for internships. Students must have completed coursework appropriate for the internship experience and must be able to demonstrate potential benefit from an internship plan. The student is required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework Form (available in MyDrury, on the Student tab under "Student Forms"), an Internship Agreement, and an Internship Learning Contract. The Learning Contract must be completed and signed by the site supervisor, student, and faculty sponsor. The Permission to Register for Special Coursework form must be signed by the advisor, faculty sponsor, department chair, Career Center staff member, and dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. All paperwork must be submitted to the Career Center prior to the beginning of the work experience. Evaluation will be performed by the faculty sponsor in consultation with the on-site supervisor and grading will be on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

In order to receive credit for the internship, the student must be registered for coursework (course numbers 397, 398, 497, 498, 697 or 698). Each course carries three or six semester hours credit and a maximum of six semester hours are applicable to the student’s degree. Student interns must work at least 135 hours during the full semester for each three credit hours of academic credit.


Many academic departments offer special projects of research or investigation beyond the regular catalog offerings. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study, which must be approved by a faculty member, the concerned department chair and the dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The faculty member will provide counsel throughout the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible.

Students may make application for research in the continuing studies office. Tuition and fees are the same as for regular course offerings and registration for research constitutes part of the student’s academic load. Only one research course is allowed in a semester and may not be completed during a semester when a student also is registered for directed study. A total of 12 semester hours of research and/or directed study is applicable toward a degree. A limit of six hours of research in two major areas is applicable toward a degree. Students must register for research (course numbers 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, or 492) to receive credit.

Selected Topics and Mini-Courses

Selected topics are courses of an experimental nature which provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from one to three hours. Selected topic courses do not meet graduation requirements unless so designated by the Academic Affairs Committee.

One credit hour selected topics courses are considered mini-courses (courses numbered 199). Mini-courses are graded on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis and only four hours of credit earned for completion of mini-courses are applicable toward degrees. Mini-courses cannot be used to satisfy general education and major requirements in a degree program. The credit earned from mini-courses is elective credit only to be used as hours toward the graduation requirement. Enrollment in mini-courses is open to all students, regardless of academic classification.

Online Courses

Drury University offers courses in a Web-based format for Continuing Studies students. Online courses are designed for students to complete assignments on a schedule established by the instructor. The virtual classrooms are ongoing with students expected to actively engage in online discussions on a regular basis.

Online classes require students to possess Internet proficiency and have access to the necessary computer hardware and software to participate in the class.

Online students should have:

• the self-discipline to learn without face-to-face interaction with the instructor and classmates,

• an interest in developing “virtual” partnerships with faculty members and classmates at a distance.

• willingness to dedicate the same amount of time and effort to an online course that would be given to an onsite course and

• the necessary time management skills that enable them to balance online courses with professional and personal responsibilities.

Please visit Online Education for complete information concerning guidelines, requirements, course offerings, registration procedures, textbook ordering, online orientation, and technical considerations for taking online classes.

Recognition of Honors

Only grades earned while in residence at Drury University are used in determining honors at graduation.

Honors at Graduation

Degrees with distinction: the degree of bachelor of science and bachelor of general studies is awarded with merit in three grades: with distinction, cum laude; with high distinction, magna cum laude; and with highest distinction, summa cum laude.

Candidates will be recommended for the degree cum laude if they have been in residence at least two years, have completed not less than 60 semester hours in Drury University and have attained a standing of 3.6 GPA during those years.

Candidates will be recommended for the degree magna cum laude if they have been residence at least two years, have completed not less than 60 semester hours in Drury University, and have attained a standing of 3.75 GPA during those years.

Candidates will be recommended for the degree summa cum laude if they have been in residence at least three years, have completed not less than 90 semester hours at Drury University and have attained a standing of 3.9 GPA during those years.

Departmental distinction: Students who have completed at least 15 hours of upper division work in one department at Drury with “A” and “ A-” grades will be awarded departmental distinction.

Candidates for associate degrees who distinguish themselves academically will be graduated with the notation “Graduation with Merit.” This notation will appear on the Drury transcript of Associate of Science degree recipients who have completed at least 30 hours at Drury University with a minimum grade point average of 3.75 or above on Drury work.

Dean's List

To be included in the dean’s list for a given semester, a student must maintain a grade point average for that semester of 3.6 in continuing studies with a course load of eight or more semester hours.

Summer Session

The university offers a limited program of courses in three summer terms. The summer session is designed for those who wish to accelerate their study, for teachers who desire additional training for their profession, and for those who may desire to take advantage of the opportunities for cultural and educational enrichment during the summer months. The maximum credit possible for summer is 13 semester hours.

Winter Term and May Term

The Winter term and the May term are shortened periods of special experiential study that supplement the educational experience of our regular Fall and Spring semesters. These terms are an important part of the university’s academic programs. It should be understood that activities and credits in the Winter and May terms are highly restricted because of the time frame.

Registration for either the May or Winter terms is limited to one course per term, 1-3 hours per term, four (4) if a lab component is required. Information regarding tuition charges for short terms is available in the Business Office.

The activities of the short terms typically include:

  1.  Online and Blended Courses
  2. International travel that provides students with experiences in a different culture as part of their total educational preparation.
  3. Domestic travel courses that broaden the student’s view of the United States.
  4. Special courses offered in conjunction with the travel course. An example is language study offered in the country where the language is spoken.
  5. Independent studies, practical and/or special internships that give students the opportunity for learning experiences outside the boundaries of the campus classroom.

Travel courses result in widely variable charges that are typically paid by the student well in advance of the experience. Visiting or unclassified students would pay trip charges plus tuition. There will be an additional charge for room and board during the short terms.