200 │COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY 2017-2018 │ACADEMIC POLICY
For transfer of credit from a non-accredited institution to be considered, the institution must be approved by the examination
of institutional evidence that courses meet the standard of academic rigor set by CIU. A copy of the transfer policy is
available from the Office of the University Registrar.
Students who wish to take online or summer courses from another institution and apply them to their CIU program should
consult with their faculty advisor. Courses taken without prior approval may not be applicable as transfer credit to the
student’s CIU program.
Graduate-level students seeking to transfer credit from another institution after matriculation must seek prior permission
through academic petition. (For CBS students, transferred courses may be applied to the free elective category of a degree
only if a comparable course is offered at CIU at the graduate level. Coursework taken from another school may be credited
up to 2/3 of a graduate-level degree in CBS if not used previously for the award of the same degree or its equivalent.)
If a student elects to withdraw from a course after the add/drop deadline, he or she must obtain a “Course Withdrawal” form
(or a “Withdrawal from the University” form to withdraw from all courses) from the Office of the University Registrar, complete
the requested information, and obtain all required signatures before submitting the completed form to the Office of the
University Registrar for processing
Failure to attend classes does not constitute withdrawal; failure to follow withdrawal procedures will result in an “F” grade
for the course. Deadlines for adding, dropping, and withdrawing from courses comply with federal regulations. (See the
published by the University Registrar.) Students withdrawing from individual courses or from the
University after the published deadline for withdrawing without grade penalty will receive a “WF” (equivalent to the grade of
an “F”) on their transcript for any withdrawn courses, except for a granted administrative/medical/military withdrawal (see
below). Any tuition refund will comply with the published tuition refund schedule. All course withdrawals are included in pace
of completion calculations required for “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP) and may affect financial aid eligibility.
An Administrative Withdrawal with grade penalty is initiated by the administration and given for expulsions due to disciplinary
reasons at any time during the academic term. A failing grade will appear on the transcript.
An Administrative Withdrawal without grade penalty is initiated by officials of the University for compelling reasons, such as
registration in violation of University regulations, failure to comply with academic requirements, failure to pay University
tuition or fees, disciplinary suspension, non-attendance, or other such reasons deemed appropriate by the proper
administrative officer. A “W” will appear on the transcript. The Administrative Withdrawal without grade penalty is available
at any time during the academic semester between the last date of withdrawal without grade penalty until the final day of
the semester. The Administrative Withdrawal without grade penalty may be granted by the academic dean upon submission
of a written report by the student, faculty member, or the dean of student life. Any tuition refund will comply with the published
tuition refund schedule.
A Medical Withdrawal without grade penalty is initiated at any time during the academic term by the student, confirmed by
the attending physician, licensed counselor, or psychiatric professional through a signed and dated letter, and processed
by the Office of the University Registrar. A “W” will be entered on the transcript. A Medical Withdrawal withdraws a student
from all courses, though it may be course-specific when the student is unable to fulfill or compensate for unique course
requirements directly affected by the type of illness or injury. Any tuition refund will comply with the published tuition refund
Military Withdrawal is available only to students who are active-duty service members or activated reserve-component
members of the U.S. armed services (not a contractor or civilian working for the military), and/or are spouses of active-duty
members or activated reserve-component members and are ordered to relocate, and, as a result, are unable to meet class
attendance and other participation requirements, including web-based activities.
Students and/or spouses should contact the Office of the University Registrar and present a copy of the military orders with
formal correspondence on unit letterhead signed by the commander requesting military withdrawal from CIU due to orders.
The formal correspondence should include unit commander contact information and verification of duration and location of