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General Graduate School Regulations
and Information

Student Responsibility
   Graduate students assume full responsibility for knowledge of all Graduate School and University rules, regulations and deadlines published in the Graduate Catalog and of all departmental and program requirements concerning their degree programs.

Administration of the
Advanced Degree Programs

Committees on Graduate Studies
Each graduate program is governed by a Committee on Graduate Studies. The committee is composed of all full members of the graduate faculty in that program. Graduate faculty from allied fields may serve on the committee, when appropriate. In an interdepartmental program, the Committee on Graduate Studies is appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Advisors
   Each graduate program has a Graduate Advisor. The Graduate Advisor represents the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Committee on Graduate Studies in matters pertaining to advising graduate students in their academic areas. The Graduate Advisor's functions include registering graduate students and acting upon requests for drops, adds, section changes and special examinations; keeping graduate student records; and advising graduate students about their degree plans and programs of work. The name, office location and telephone number of each Graduate Advisor is listed at the beginning of each departmental or program description in this catalog.

Observance of Religious Holy Days
   A student who misses an examination, work assignment or other project because of an observance of a religious holy day will be given the opportunity to complete work missed within a reasonable time, provided that the student has properly notified the instructor. To meet notification requirements, the student must notify each instructor in writing of classes scheduled on dates he/she will be absent in observance of a religious holy day. Notification must be made within the first 15 class days and either personally delivered, acknowledged and dated by the instructor or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested. The student may not be penalized for these excused absences, but the instructor may respond appropriately if the student fails to complete satisfactorily the missed assignment or examination within a reasonable time after the excused absence.
   A "religious holy day" means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20 of the Tax Code.

Course Grades
Grades of Scholarship
   Subject to the following conditions, graduate credit will be given for grades of A, B or C (as well as P) for work done at The University of Texas at Arlington:
1. The student must maintain a B average in all
    work in the major.
2. The student must maintain a B average in all
    work in the minor or minors.
3. The student must maintain a B average in all
    advanced work.

   With the exception of research, thesis and dissertation courses, only those courses so designated in this catalog are offered on a pass/fail (P/F) basis. The grade P is not included but the grade F is included in calculation of grade-point average.
   No student will be allowed to repeat a course in order to change a passing grade. A student may repeat a course only if that course is specifically designated in this catalog as one that can be repeated for credit. A student who fails to receive credit (grade of D or F) may repeat a course in order to obtain credit, in which case the grades for both courses will count in computing the student's average.
    Personal improvement courses, including but not limited to, individual or group music or art lessons and exercise and sports studies activities courses will not be used for the following: 1) to satisfy graduate degree requirements; 2) in computation of graduate grade-point averages or determination of academic probation or academic good standing in Graduate School; or 3) in calculation of grade-point averages for the purpose of admission to a Graduate Program or certification for graduation from a Graduate Program.
   For work completed at other institutions, graduate credit may be granted only for grades of A or B. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis, or for which a grade lower than B was assigned, may not be considered for transfer to a graduate degree program at The University of Texas at Arlington. Courses with grades of A or B from other institutions may be submitted for transfer according to the procedure described in this catalog under the section entitled "Transfer Credit." Grades received in transfer courses are not included in calculation of the graduate grade-point average.

Valid Grades and 'N' Designation
   Types of grades (Valid Grades) that may be assigned in a course are generally determined by policies outlined in the paragraphs above. However, Valid Grades for independent study, conference, seminar and readings courses vary widely among departments; therefore, a statement on Valid Grades and special grading policies, if any, is given at the beginning of the course descriptions for each program in this catalog. If students are uncertain about Valid Grades for a course in which they are registered, they should consult the instructor at the beginning of the semester for that information. The Valid Grades for a course are printed on the instructor's copy of the class roll issued at the beginning of the semester and on the form on which the instructor reports students' grades at the end of the semester.

 
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