The undergraduate studentís
classification is based on the total number of semester hours earned at
UH-Victoria and accepted in transfer from other colleges and universities,
regardless of whether or not the courses involved are applicable to the
studentís major or degree plan.
Students are expected to complete all lower-division course requirements prior
to reaching senior status.
|Sophomore 30-53 semester hours
||Junior 54-89 semester hours *
||Senior 90 or more semester hours
* A minimum of 54 semester hours in
nonremedial college level course work is required for unconditional admission to
The postbaccalaureate classification
describes a student who has a degree but who is not enrolled in a formal
graduate degree program. This classification accommodates students who are: 1)
awaiting admission to a graduate program; 2) seeking an additional baccalaureate
degree; and 3) taking courses with no degree objective. A postbaccalaureate
student may not receive graduate degree credit for courses completed while in
this classification but may petition for graduate degree credit after admission
to a graduate program as described in the ADMISSIONS section of this catalog.
The temporary graduate student has a bachelorís degree from an accredited
institution but is not enrolled in a graduate program. This classification
allows a student who intends to enroll in a graduate program to take up to 12
credit hours of graduate work before being admitted to the graduate program.
The graduate classification denotes the student who is formally admitted to a
Graduation with Honors
Subject to the approval of the
appropriate dean and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
students who complete their degree requirements with exceptionally high
scholastic averages will be eligible for baccalaureate degrees with honors. To
be graduated with honors, students must have completed at least 30 semester
hours at UH-Victoria and achieved a grade point average in accordance with the
3.50 - 3.67 Cum laude
3.68 - 3.84 Magna cum laude
3.85 - 4.0 Summa cum laude
For students with 45 semester hours or more at UH-Victoria, the grade point
average for honors is calculated only on courses taken at UH-Victoria. For
students with 30-44 semester hours at UH-Victoria, the grade point average for
honors is calculated on the basis of all upper-division courses completed, so
long as the grade point average at UH-Victoria is at least a 3.50. All college
courses attempted are included in the grade point average, including repeated
courses. For purposes of the commencement program, honors candidates are
identified by their grades through their second to last semester of coursework.
However, the degrees of all graduates who have earned honors will indicate that
they have received them. Postbaccalaureate students earning a second
baccalaureate degree may graduate with honors in accordance with the same
criteria used for students earning their first baccalaureate degree.
Course Load Status
The following table defines a studentís course load status by semester/term and
Semester or Term
Minimum Semester Hour Requirement for
Minimum Semester Hour Requirement for Half-Time Status
Fall or Spring Semester
UG & PB
UG & PB
UG & PB
The course load of a student enrolled in both a 5-week summer term and 10-week
summer session is computed by adding the semester hours for the 5-week term to
one-half of those taken over 10 weeks and using that total under 5-week term in
the table above. Certification of full-time equivalency by the dean is required
if the graduate student is registered for less than these specified full-time
Maximum Course Load
The following table defines the maximum course load in semester credit hours for
which a student may enroll without approval of the dean of the studentís major.
Fall or Spring Semester
Entire Summer **
* One-half of a studentís enrollment in 10-week classes should be added to any
5-week enrollment to determine the total load for the 5-week term.
** Only the senior student who is graduating in August may complete a maximum of
15 semester hours for the entire summer with a maximum of 9 semester hours in
one 5-week term.
P A student enrolled for 9 semester hours of student teaching may enroll for a
maximum of 13 semester hours.
Independent studies are intended to
supplement or extend regular coursework. Only demonstrably capable students with
a significant base of regular coursework in a field should seek to undertake an
independent study. Independent studies:
Must have the approval of the sponsoring faculty member and school dean.
Should not duplicate scheduled courses or serve as a substitute for regular
courses. School deans may approve exceptions if students are otherwise unable to
make reasonable progress toward a degree.
Should be completed in one semester or summer.
Must require at least the same total commitment of time and effort as a
Must require at least three scheduled conferences between the student and
sponsoring faculty member.
Must require, as appropriate, a written plan of study prepared by the student
or faculty member, including topic, purpose, proposed method of inquiry,
tentative description of scope and focus, and method of evaluating the learning
Must require at least one graded report, paper, examination, or some
combination of these.
A Excellent, superior achievement
B Good, exceeding all requirements
C Average, satisfactorily meeting all requirements
D Poor, passing
W Withdrawal from course
F Failing or withdrawal while doing failing work
Explanation of Grades
Passing grades awarded are A,B,C,D and S. No semester hours of credit are
awarded for the failing grades of F and U.
S and U -- The grades of S and U may be awarded in certain specified courses.
I -- The grade of I is a conditional and temporary grade given when a
student is passing a course but, for reasons beyond the studentís control, has
completed all but a relatively small part of the course requirements. It is the
responsibility of the student to initiate the change to a permanent grade. The
instructor of record is the only person who can make such a change except in
extraordinary cases. Effective Fall 2006, the grade of ďIĒ must be changed by
fulfillment of course requirements within one year of the date awarded or it
will be changed automatically to an ďFĒ or ďUĒ for courses with ďS/UĒ options,
unless the instructor authorizes an extension of one semester in writing to the
registrar. Any grade of I not made up by the date of graduation will be treated
as an F for determination of graduation requirements.
W -- The grade of W indicates (a) that the student was passing or (b)
that there were no evaluative data available at the time the student dropped the
course. The grade of W is assigned only in cases in which a course is dropped
after the date indicated in the Academic Calendar as the last day to drop a
course without receiving a grade, but before the last day to drop a course or
withdraw from the university.
Change of Final Grade
Final grades are not subject to change, except under the following conditions:
The instructorís written notification to the registrar of an error in
calculating or recording a final grade. Notification is submitted through the
A successful student grade appeal, in accordance with procedures described in
the Student Handbook.
Note that faculty members may, at their discretion, assign an incomplete, given
circumstances described above under that grade.
Grade Point Average
Four grade points are awarded for each semester hour in which the student
receives an A, three grade points for each semester hour of B, two grade points
for each semester hour of C, one grade point for each semester hour of D and no
grade point for an F. The grade point average is the quotient (calculated to
four decimal places and truncated to two places) obtained by dividing the total
number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours in which a student
is enrolled. Grades of A, B, C, D, S, and U are completion grades; grades of I
and W are not completion grades. Grades of S,U,I and W are not assigned grade
point values and are not used in the computation of the grade point average.
For graduation requirements and academic probation and suspension, only the last
completion grade recorded for repeated courses is used in computing the
cumulative grade point average for courses at UH-Victoria. However, all college
courses attempted are included in the grade point average, including repeated
courses, for undergraduate graduation with honors (see ďGraduation with
HonorsĒ). Any grade of I not made up by the date of graduation will be
treated as an F for determination of graduation requirements.
Dishonesty may take a variety of forms, ranging from breach of ethics to a
criminal offense. The faculty and administration of UH-Victoria view academic
dishonesty as a significant breach of ethical conduct which incurs various
disciplinary actions. Policies and procedures are outlined in the
Honesty policy in the UHV Student Handbook.
Academic Probation or Suspension - Undergraduate Students
student is expected to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average for hours
attempted at this institution, which is the minimum permitted for graduation. A
student is subject to scholastic action any semester or summer session in which
one or more semester hours is attempted. The combined summer terms are
considered a unit equivalent to a semester.
The university employs a cumulative grade point system for scholastic action.
The cumulative grade point average is based only upon the studentís work taken
at UH-Victoria for which the grade point values are assigned. For repeated
courses, only the semester hours and grades earned on the last enrollment will
be used for computation of the cumulative grade point average.
When a sophomore (30 to 53 semester hours) has earned a cumulative grade
point average below 1.7, the student is placed on probation at the close of the
fall, spring or summer session. If the student fails to meet the minimum
cumulative grade point average requirement in the next semester of attendance,
the student will be suspended.
When a junior (54 to 89 semester hours) has earned a cumulative grade point
average below 1.8, the student is placed on probation at the close of the fall,
spring or summer session. If the student fails to meet the minimum cumulative
grade point average requirement in the next semester of attendance, the student
will be suspended.
When a senior (90 or more semester hours) or postbaccalaureate student has
earned a cumulative grade point average below 1.9, the student is placed on
probation at the close of the fall, spring or summer session. If the student
fails to meet the minimum cumulative grade point average requirement in the next
semester of attendance, the student will be suspended.
A student on academic probation whose semester grade point average is 2.0 or
higher will not be suspended at the close of that semester even though the
cumulative grade point average remains below the required average for that
classification. The studentís status will remain ďacademic probation.íí
Credit awarded by examination and hours earned with a grade of S are counted
in determining classification but not in determining the grade point average.
instructor changes a studentís grade in a course from I (incomplete) to a
grade of completion (A, B, C, D, F, or S), the new grade will affect the
studentís status only for future semesters. That is, the new grade will not
change a studentís status retroactively but may remove a student from
probation or suspension for a semester (or semesters) after the grade has
Removal from Academic Probation
The student may be removed from probation at the close of a semester in which
the cumulative grade point average meets the required standard for that
Readmission from Academic Suspension
The period of suspension and the studentís subsequent readmission on academic
probation are based on the entire academic record at all colleges attended. The
first suspension is applicable, therefore, only to the student never previously
A first suspension applies to the fall or spring semester, plus any
intervening summer sessions, immediately following the suspension. A student
would be eligible to reenroll after the suspension period.
If suspended a second time, regardless of institution, the student may not
reenroll for a period of at least one year (12 months). Readmission from a
second suspension may be approved only by the dean of the studentís school. The
petition for readmission must be made in writing and supported by transcripts of
all college work.
If suspended a third time, regardless of institution, a student may not
reenroll at UH-Victoria, except by successful appeal to the Academic Council. An
appeal must be in writing and ordinarily will be considered only if the student
has been out of school for several years and/or is eligible to return to any
previous institution attended.
The Deanís List, a tabulation of the names of all undergraduate honor students,
is compiled each fall and spring semester.
To qualify for this recognition, the student must earn at least a 3.5 grade
point average on all work completed during the semester. A minimum of nine
semester hours, excluding courses in which grades of S were earned, is required
for consideration. Any student who earns a grade of I, D, F or U during the
semester is excluded from consideration for the list.
Students are expected to be diligent
in their studies and regular in class attendance. The university has no policy
allowing a certain number of excused absences or cuts. Instructors will announce
their attendance policies at the beginning of the course. A student whose
absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped from
the course with a grade of W or F. In the event a student may have unusual
absences, it is the studentís responsibility to contact instructors.
Absences caused by participation in a university-sponsored activity are
considered official if the sponsor of the activity has received approval from
the administration. The student must make up the work missed even though the
absences are official.
Drops and Withdrawals
To ensure that they do not incur
unnecessary penalties, students dropping courses or withdrawing from the
university should complete the requisite procedures (see ďStudent Drop or
WithdrawalĒ below). Students who stop attending a course without completing the
procedures should expect to receive an F.
The effective date recorded for termination of enrollment for all matters
relating to university records shall be the date the drop or withdrawal is
completed through VIP or online, or the date the drop/withdrawal form or written
request is received by the Office of Admissions and Records, regardless of the
date of last class attendance. Refunds for dropped courses are made according to
the refund regulation schedule in the BILLING AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION section
of this catalog.
Student Drop or Withdrawal
During periods of availability, a student may drop any or all courses using the
online enrollment services. After or between periods of online availability, to
drop a course or withdraw from all courses, students must submit the appropriate
drop/withdrawal forms available in the Office of Admissions and Records. Note:
If it is not possible to drop or withdraw in person, a written request may be
mailed to the Office of Admissions and Records, University of Houston-Victoria,
3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, TX 77901. Written requests to drop or withdraw may
also be faxed to (361) 570-4114; however, the University is not responsible for
requests arriving late, illegible, or incomplete. The date the drop is completed
through VIP/online or the date the drop/withdrawal form or written request is
received by the Office of Admissions and Records is the official date for all
matters relating to university business regardless of the date of last class
If enrollment is terminated on or before the last day to drop without
receiving a grade (a date listed in the Academic Calendar), no grade will be
assigned, and the course will not appear on the studentís permanent record.
If enrollment is terminated after the above date but before the last day to
drop or withdraw (a date also listed in the Academic Calendar), a grade of W or
F will be assigned by the instructor at the close of the semester, and the
course and grade will appear on the studentís permanent record. Students should
contact their instructor before dropping a course to verify the final grade they
Withdrawal from the university: In addition to completing the procedures
explained above, students who are dropping all courses must return all library
books and laboratory equipment and have the university record clear in every
respect. If a student is unable to come to the Office of Admissions and Records
at the time of withdrawal, the student may write to request that the withdrawal
be made. The recorded date for the withdrawal shall be the date the studentís
letter is received. If the withdrawal comes after the last date to withdraw
without receiving a grade, the student is responsible for contacting the instructor(s) to verify what the course grade(s) will be.
justifiable reasons, an instructor may drop a student from a course by
submitting an Instructorís Drop Report to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Reasons for dropping a student may include excessive absences, lack of
prerequisites or corequisites for the course, disruption of the academic
process, academic dishonesty, or inability of the student to complete the
withdrawal procedures. This can occur at any time prior to the last day to drop
a course or withdraw from the university as listed in the Academic Calendar.
This will result in a W or F, as appropriate. A student who is dropped may make
timely appeal through the dean of the school in which the course is taught.
In extraordinary cases in which a student is passing but could not initiate a
course drop prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from the
university, the instructor may, at his or her discretion, assign a grade of W on
the final grade sheet along with a note of explanation in the remarks column.
In addition to suspension for academic and/or disciplinary causes, a student may
be withdrawn by the university for Financial and/or medical reasons.
A student who is delinquent in financial obligations of any nature to the
university may be withdrawn from the university. The student may not be
reinstated at the university until all financial obligations are met.
A student may be withdrawn by the Associate Vice President for Enrollment
Management and Student Services for medical reasons. In such cases the
Coordinator of Student Relations will notify in writing the studentís dean of
the action taken and the effective date. The dean will be asked to notify the
studentís instructors of the action in order that they may take the
circumstances into account when awarding grades.
In accordance with the Texas Education Code 54.006 (f):
If a student withdraws from the University of Houston-Victoria because the
student is called to active military service, the following options apply:
(1) Upon the studentís request, the university will refund the tuition and fees
paid by the student for the semester in which the student withdraws;
(2) Upon the studentís request and as determined by the instructor, the
university will grant a student who, at the time of military deployment, is
passing a course or courses and has completed all but a relatively small part of
the course requirements:
(a) an incomplete grade in any or all courses;
(b) an appropriate final grade or credit in any or all courses.
Students or their representatives may request withdrawal and refund by
presenting evidence of the call to active military duty to the Registrarís
Office. Students receiving Title IV federal funds should contact the Financial
Graduation Under a Particular Catalog
A student normally is entitled to graduate under the degree provisions of the
catalog in effect at the time of the studentís first completed semester of
enrollment. These exceptions apply:
A catalog more than 10 years old shall not be used.
The program of the student who interrupts enrollment (for reasons other than
involuntary military service) for more than one calendar year shall be governed
by the catalog in effect at the time of the studentís reentrance to the
university. The student who interrupts enrollment for involuntary military
service must reenroll within one year from the date of separation from service
and no more than five years from the beginning of military service in order for
this provision to apply. For these purposes, enrollment shall be defined as
registration for and successful completion of at least one course during an
academic term. A student forced to withdraw for adequate cause before completion
of a course may petition for a waiver of this provision at the time of
The program of the student who changes a major from one school to another
within the university shall be governed by the degree requirements in effect at
the time the change of major becomes effective.
At the discretion of the dean, with the advice and consent of the Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs, the student will be required to comply with
all changes in the curriculum made subsequent to the year in which the student
is enrolled. Deletions and additions of courses will be of approximately equal
credit so that no student will have an overall appreciable increase of total
credits required for graduation.
Any student transferring directly to UH-Victoria from a junior college can
qualify to graduate under the UH-Victoria catalog in effect when the student
entered the junior college if the core curriculum provisions of the Coordinating
Board are followed, subject to the following limitation: if the student
interrupts studies for more than two consecutive semesters (not including summer
sessions) at the junior college or before transfer to UH-Victoria, the student
must qualify for graduation under the catalog in effect upon returning to the
junior college or upon matriculating at UH-Victoria.
The program of a student who completes upper level requirements for
graduation under a particular catalog will continue to be governed by that same
catalog for one year only, even if the student completes lower level
requirements more than one year after completing upper level requirements.
You are responsible for all requirements of the catalog under which you will
be graduated. During your first semester of attendance at the university, if
you are in the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Business
Administration, your degree plan counselor will initiate your degree plan.
If you are in the School of Education and Human Development you should
consult your faculty advisor. The degree plan counselor will work with you
and your faculty advisor to complete a plan for approval. You will sign the
plan. The advisor and appropriate school dean also sign when approving it,
and the Office of Admissions and Records validates the degree plan before it
becomes an official document. You will receive a copy when the process is
complete, ordinarily during the same semester in which the process began.
The original degree plan is kept on file in the Office of Admissions and
Records and you and the school of your major will each receive a copy. Since
the degree plan represents your commitment to complete the requirements and
the universityís commitment to hold you accountable for meeting those
requirements, it is a very important document. In order to change it in any
way, secure a substitution form from the Office of Admissions and Records or
the school office of your major. The academic advisor and school dean must
approve the change and the Office of Admissions and Records validate it
before it becomes official.
Please note that if you interrupt enrollment for more than one calendar
year, you will need a new degree plan upon your return to UHV.
Application For Graduation
UHV does not automatically award a degree when you complete your scholastic
requirements. To be considered as a candidate for a degree, you must submit
an application for graduation to the Office of Admissions and Records. You
can file an application either during the semester prior to, or during the
semester in which you plan to graduate. If you applied for graduation in any
past semester but were disapproved, you must re-file an application for
The deadlines to apply for graduation during the 2006-2007 academic year are as
Fall 2006 graduates:
Friday, September 22,
Spring 2007 graduates:
Friday, February 16, 2007
Summer 2007 graduates:
Friday, June 8, 2007
There are typically two commencement ceremonies per year, one for Spring
and one for Fall. At the present time, Summer semester graduates participate
during the Fall ceremony. You should contact The Victoria College Bookstore
to obtain information on caps, gowns, rings, and invitations.
You must be on track to complete all requirements toward your degree in the
semester for which you plan to participate in commencement. If all
requirements for graduation cannot be met during the current semester, you
may be denied participation in the commencement ceremony. For information
concerning eligibility to participate in one of the ceremonies, please
contact the Office of Admissions and Records, 361-570-4110 or
1-877-970-4848, ext. 110.
In accordance with established procedures, which are available from the
Registrar, the University of Houston-Victoria may award posthumous degrees on
Faculty advisors assist with developing the degree plan and are available to
assist with selecting courses each term but are not responsible for checking
to see that students have met the requirements. Students are responsible for
meeting the degree requirements specified in their catalog and degree plan.
Students should apply for graduation one semester prior to their intended
graduation date. The application will trigger a detailed review, revealing
any requirements left to complete.
Statute: Section 54.063 A teaching assistant or research assistant of any
institution of higher education and the spouse and children of such a
teaching assistant or research assistant are entitled to register in a state
institution of higher education by paying the tuition fees and other fees or
charges required for Texas residents under Section 54.051 of this code,
without regard to the length of time the assistant has resided in Texas, if
the assistant is employed at least one-half time in a teaching or research
assistant position which relates to the assistantís degree program under
rules and regulations established by the employer institution.
Graduate assistants employed at least half time by any public institution of
higher education in a degree program-related position, with an effective
date of employment on or before the official census date, of the relevant
term(s), may pay the same tuition while attending the employing institution
as a resident of Texas for themselves, their spouses, and their dependent
children, regardless of the length of residence in the state. The
institution which employs the students shall determine whether or not the
studentsí jobs relate to their degree programs. This provision applies to
eligible graduate assistants and their dependents no matter which Texas
public institution of higher education they may attend. It is the intent of
this rule that employment be for the duration of the period of enrollment
for which a waiver is awarded.
Graduate assistantships are awarded only to graduate students and must be
approved by the appropriate academic school. The work involved must be
relevant to the recipientís degree program and of value to the university.
Assistantships are ordinarily provided by the academic schools but may also
be provided by other administrative units, so long as the assistantship
meets the above criteria and is approved in writing by the dean of the