Enrollment and Registration
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Registration Policy for Traditional Students
Under the Hiram Semester Plan each 15-week fall and spring semester is divided into two sessions, one session comprised of 12 weeks and one session of 3 weeks. Each session, 12-week and 3-week, is an integral component of the 30-week academic calendar year. All students must register for classes during the scheduled registration period each semester. Prior to this official registration, students must meet with their faculty advisors during the scheduled conference period for Advisor Conferences to plan their academic work for the succeeding term. Students have the first two weeks of the 12 week session to add/drop a course and the first three days of the 3 week session to add/drop a course without receiving a grade of W (withdrawal) or paying an add/drop fee. Students must obtain the instructor's signature of the course they wish to add during the first two weeks of the 12 week session for a 12 week course and during the first three days of the 3 week session for a 3 week course. Faculty are not expected to adjust course expectations for students who add a course after the beginning of a session nor, in all cases admit them to the course. Students are responsible for completing all course requirements. A student must be registered for a course through the Registrar's Office to earn academic credit. After registration, any changes in schedule must be made in accordance with the College's add/drop policy.
All students are required to engage in one three- or four-hour course or an approved equivalent course block during the 3-week session in each semester that they are enrolled at Hiram College. Graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for graduation at the end of the final 12-week session of their senior year are not required to register for course work in the subsequent 3-week session. Only those students registered for a minimum of three credit hours of approved course work may reside in the residence halls during 3-week sessions. Requests for an exception to this policy must be made to the Office of Residential, Citizenship, and Commuter Education. Furthermore, students must receive written permission by the Associate Dean of the College on an add slip to register for more than four semester hours during the 3-week session.
Traditional Students Registering for Weekend College (WEC) Courses
During the 12-week session traditional students with junior or senior standing and a minimum 2.0 GPA may take one WEC course on a space available basis and with permission of the Dean of the Weekend College. Students wishing to take WEC courses must go to the WEC office (H205) and complete an interest form. When registration for Weekend College students is complete, traditional students will be notified if they have been accepted in the course they requested. If so, they must return to the WEC office to complete the registration process. Currently there is no on-line registration for WEC courses. Except in very unusual circumstances, it is the College's policy that traditional students may not take a three-week course in the Weekend College.
Course Withdrawal Policy: 12-week session
A student may withdraw from a course within the first two weeks of each 12-week session. The student's transcript would not reflect their enrollment in this case. After the first two weeks of the session, the student is financially responsible for the course; the course hours will count in the total hours for the semester to determine the tuition charge. If a student withdraws from a course between the beginning of the third week and the end of the tenth week, the student's transcript would reflect a grade of "W" (withdrawal) for the course. If the student withdraws from a course after the end of the tenth week of the term, a grade of F will appear on the student's transcript for the course.
Course Withdrawal Policy: 3-week session
A student may withdraw from a course within the first three days of the 3-week session. The student's transcript will not reflect enrollment in this case. After the first three days, the student is financially responsible for the course; the course hours will count in the total hours for the semester to determine the tuition charge. If a student withdraws from a course between the beginning of the fourth day and the end of the twelfth day, the student's transcript would reflect a grade of "W" (withdrawal) for the course. If a student withdraws from a course after the twelfth day, a grade of "F" will appear on the student's transcript for the course.
Courses numbered 100-199 are normally freshman-level courses; courses numbered 200-299 are normally first year and sophomore-level courses; courses numbered 300-399 are normally sophomore-through senior-level courses; courses numbered 400-499 are normally junior- and senior-level courses.
Courses numbered 280, 380, and 480 are seminars offered for small group study in all departments. Courses numbered 281 and 481 are offered for independent study and research respectively in every department and center. The 281 Independent Study may be taken with the permission of the instructor. The 481 independent research requires department chair or center approval. Only 8 hours of 281 may be taken in any one department or center without the approval of the department or center. Courses numbered 298 and 498 are the two components of the Internship Program. Each department has Field Experiences (298) and Internships (498). Both field experiences and internships are jointly supervised by Hiram College faculty and onsite instructors. Courses numbered at the 600 level are one-hour courses from academic departments. The number of hours for which courses numbered 280, 380, 480, 281, 481, 298, and 498 may be taken are determined by the instructor and/or the department; they are not to exceed 4 semester hours.
Pass/No Credit Regulations
Courses taken to fulfill requirements for graduation within a student's major, minor, or core curriculum requirements cannot be taken Pass/No Credit. Pass/No Credit (P/NC) credit may be earned in two ways:
- Some courses are only offered on a pass/no credit basis. For a course to be offered P/NC, a faculty member's request must be approved by the faculty, and the course must be so designated on the course schedule;
- Students may elect, at the time of registration, to take a regularly graded course on a Pass/No Credit basis. Students must complete an add slip and a pass/no credit registration form in the Registrar's Office. Students may change the grade mode of a course from a letter grade to P/NC, or vice-versa, ONLY during the first two weeks of the twelve week session or during the first three days of a three week session. Absolutely no changes from a Pass/No Credit to a letter grade or vice-versa will be permitted after these deadlines.
If the course is taken P/NC, the faculty submits a P or NC; the grade of P is recorded if the student receives a C- or better in the course, and the student is awarded credit hours which will be counted in the hours earned towards graduation. However, there will be no effect on a student's grade-point average.
If a student receives a grade of NC for a course, no hours will be awarded.
If available, letter grades are revealed only to other colleges and universities in the event they should require them for the transfer of credit or admission, or to prospective employers, and then only at the request of the student. Students are permitted to know the letter grade for courses taken P/NC and should contact the faculty member of the course for this information. Students preparing to attend professional or graduate schools are reminded that excessive use of the P/NC option may endanger admission or the granting of graduate fellowships.
Students may elect to take only one P/NC course per semester. Study Abroad trips cannot be taken Pass/No Credit. Students, with the exception of transfer students, may take a maximum of twenty semester hours under the Pass/No Credit option. Transfer students may take a maximum of 1/6 of their Hiram course work under the P/NC option.
Auditing of Courses
Hiram College courses may be audited with the permission of the instructor and are subject to class size or space restrictions. Students must formally register for the course either on-line or with an add slip, and complete an audit registration form in the Registrar's Office. It is important to note that audited courses do not provide credits toward graduation. An audit fee is charged per credit hour; the student is subject to all the general college policies on withdrawal and refunds. Students may change the grade mode of a course from a letter grade to an audit, or vice-versa, ONLY during the first two weeks of the twelve week session or during the first three days of a three week session. Absolutely no changes from an audit to a letter grade or vice-versa will be permitted after these deadlines. Students are expected to fulfill regular attendance expectations and perform any additional tasks stipulated by the professor. If these conditions are satisfactorily met, the audited course will be recorded on the student's official transcript with the mark of AU (Audit). If these conditions are not met, the student will receive a mark of ANC (Audit No Credit).
Non-Degree Hiram College Students
Non-degree seeking students at Hiram College are eligible to enroll in any of the courses offered if they have met the prerequisites.