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Academic Catalog

A student’s program is governed by the catalog under which the student was admitted. Should a student break matriculation

for two consecutive regular terms (or two consecutive Summer sessions for


. students), the catalog in effect at the time

of readmission to Columbia International University must be used to satisfy the requirements for the degree. Students may

request a degree change by submitting a Degree Change Application form.

Academic Credit

An academic unit of credit at CIU is based on the following criteria: 1) a defined academic plan for the student or course

that is outlined in a written syllabus including learning resources and activities, learning outcomes or competencies, and the

means to assess these outcomes, 2) instruction and learning activities in which a credit unit (semester hour) includes at

least 45 class hours of such instruction and activities (a class hour is the equivalent of 50 minutes of study either inside or

outside the classroom), 3) provision and supervision of the course by a qualified and CIU-approved instructor, 4) submission

of a grade to the Office of the University Registrar by the faculty member to verify learning outcomes and the completion of

studies, and 5) regular review of every course, regardless of delivery mode, by the faculty in periodic program reviews.

Academic Dean’s List

Any full-time undergraduate student (12 credits or more) who completes a semester of study with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA

during a semester will be identified and honored as a student on the Academic Dean’s List. Any undergraduate student who

completes a degree program maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and has completed a minimum of 48 credit

hours in residence will qualify for graduating with scholastic honors. Grades from a student’s last semester in the student’s

degree program are not included in the determination of scholastic honors.

Academic Load

At the undergraduate level, students registered for at least 12 credits within a term are considered full time; those registered

for 8 to 11 credits are considered three-quarters time; and those registered for 6-7 credits are considered half time. At the

graduate level, students registered for at least 9 semester hours within a term are considered full time; those registered for

6 hours are considered three-quarters time; and those registered for 4.5 hours are considered half time. Full-time student

status in the Doctor of Ministry, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Philosophy programs is defined as 3 semester credit

hours within any of the three terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Academic Petitions

Students seeking exceptions to program requirements or academic policies may submit an academic petition. Graduate-

level students seeking to transfer credit from another institution after matriculation must seek prior permission through an

academic petition. Courses taken without prior approval through petition may, in some cases, not be applicable as transfer

credit to the student’s CIU program. For details regarding academic petitions contact the Office of the University Registrar.


Each student is assigned a faculty advisor according to the student’s program. Academic advising is intended to foster

developmental relationships between faculty members and individual students as a context for helping students progress

toward the academic, spiritual, and vocational goals of their program. Undergraduate students meet with their academic

advisors during two to three chapel periods each semester, during pre-registration periods, and when counsel is desired.

The advisor approves the courses the student selects and keeps a record of the student’s progress. Students are

encouraged to contact their academic advisors whenever they desire academic or spiritual advice.


Students are expected to attend all class sessions for all registered courses. Student attendance in online courses will be

defined as active participation in the course as described in the course syllabus. Professors will provide their specific

attendance policies, including penalties for absences, within their course syllabi. Students will receive a failing grade for any

course in which they have missed more than 25 percent of the class sessions in any case. If a student is a military veteran

and receiving government benefits, he or she is responsible for following the attendance regulations established by the

Veterans Administration.

Failure to attend a course or complete online course activities does not constitute withdrawal from the course. (See

“Withdrawal” below.) Initial attendance in all registered courses must be confirmed prior to the release of financial aid. Initial

attendance in an online course is established based on the completion of any course activity (e.g. forum post, submission

of assignment, or appropriate communication with instructor). In the event that federal funds must be returned, last date of

attendance will be established based on a student’s last access of the course website, last assignment submitted, or last

contact with the instructor.