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Catalog

SUNY Cortland    
 
    
 
  Sep 25, 2017
 
2013-14 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Academic Policies



Policies

Non-matriculated Student Attendance

Students who hold a bachelor's degree and wish to attend graduate courses on a part-time, non-matriculated basis may do so. Non-degree status may be kept prior to matriculation, up to nine credit hours, when acceptance to a degree program must occur, or enrollment will cease. All prerequisites for these courses must be fulfilled.

Non-matriculated students are not assigned advisors and register just prior to the opening of the fall and spring semesters. Students who wish to become matriculated or pursue a degree, will need to apply formally for admission by the time they complete nine credit hours or three courses.

Full-time Graduate Status

Students qualify academically as full-time graduate students if they satisfy one of the following:

  1. They are registered for nine credit hours (see note below) or more of course work.
  2. They have been awarded a graduate assistantship and are registered for six credit hours or more.
  3. They are registered for and working full-time on a thesis or independent study. (See note below.)

Note: The full-time definition above does not apply to any student accounts or financial aid issues such as tuition/fee charges, federal financial aid (including student loans), state financial aid, veterans benefits or scholarships. The minimum full-time definition for all financial purposes is 12 credit hours per semester.

Maximum Credit Load

The recommended course load for graduate study is nine to 12 credit hours. Graduate students in good standing may consult with their advisors to register for up to 14 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters. For summer sessions, the maximum number of credit hours for each summer session is eight, for a total of 16 credit hours.

Students taking a three-credit hour short (intensive) course during one five-week term may not take a class that meets the full five-week term, but may register for another short course or, if the schedule permits, two short courses with exclusions made for physical education activities and clinics. None of the courses may overlap. Students taking one-week (intensive) courses are not eligible for financial aid.

Minimum Average Required for Master's Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study

The master's degree or certificate of advanced study is awarded to students who have an overall 3.0 grade point average. To enroll in the thesis project or comprehensive exam, a student must have achieved a 3.0 grade point average.

All students enrolled in a master's degree or certificate of advanced study program are required to maintain a minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average in graduate work. Students whose cumulative grade point average remains below 2.8 for two consecutive terms of enrollment may be dismissed from the College. At the end of the first semester during which the students' grade point average falls below 2.8, they are notified that they are in danger of dismissal. The associate dean (from the major school) will make notification of dismissal in writing. No grade below C- will be counted toward a master's degree or a certificate of advanced study.

Change of Major

Students who want to transfer from one degree program to another must have the approval of the department supervising the new degree program and the associate dean. Change of status forms are available in the department offices, on the Registrar's website under forms, and in the dean's office. The department in which the degree or certificate of advanced study is being pursued has the prerogative to accept or refuse courses completed as part of another curriculum.

Prerequisites

Students enrolled in courses at the graduate level are expected to have the appropriate preparation to enable them to participate fully in those courses. They are responsible for any prerequisites listed for the specific graduate courses.

Incomplete Grades

Incomplete (INC) is a temporary grade, issued solely at the discretion of the instructor, in two circumstances:

  1. when a student is unable to complete the course, or
  2. when an academic dishonesty charge has been brought against a student and the resolution of that charge is still pending.

In determining whether or not a student will be granted an Incomplete, the instructor may consider: extenuating circumstances that support the request, the course work the student has completed at the time of the request, and the availability of labs, studios, or other specialized resources relevant to the course.

Instructors may limit the granting of an Incomplete to students who have completed a majority of the assigned course work to date. Instructors also may require students to provide documentation to justify the granting of an Incomplete, and instructors may require students to have earned a passing grade in the course at the time the Incomplete is requested.

If an instructor chooses to issue an Incomplete, the work required for incomplete graduate courses (INC) must be completed within one year, and must be resolved by the end of the last day of classes of the identified semester. Instructors are free to set a deadline within that period. If no grade is issued by the end of the last day of classes of the identified semester within the year timeline, the Incomplete will revert to a failing grade of E or U, depending on the grade mode of the course.

Exceptions may be granted only upon written petition to the instructor and the associate dean. Factors to be considered include deadlines for making up other Incompletes and the student's schedule in the semester the Incomplete is to be made up. The associate dean consults with the instructor involved before granting an extension of time in which to make up the Incomplete.

If the last class requirement for a degree has a grade of INC (with all other graduation requirements having been met), then the date of the degree will be determined by the date that the INC grade is resolved. Resolution refers to the date on which the student submits the completed work as verified by campus date stamp or postmark. If the INC grade is resolved during the semester or summer session or within 15 business days of the last day of exams for the semester or summer session, then the date of degree conferral will be for that semester (May or December) or summer session (August).

Students do not re-register for the same class to make up an Incomplete.

Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office regarding the impact of Incomplete grades on their aid status.

Withdrawal

From a Course

College Policy: The letter X indicates official withdrawal from a College course without academic penalty. Grades of X will not be awarded for courses that are dropped during the official drop and add period — the first full week of the semester for semester courses — or before the second class meeting of modular or quarter courses.

Students are not allowed to withdraw from classes the last three weeks of semester courses — after Nov. 15 in the fall and April 15 in the spring. Due to fluctuating dates, withdrawal deadlines for Summer and Winter Sessions will be established prior to the term.

Note: A student who has been found in violation of the academic dishonesty code loses the opportunity to withdraw from the course in which the violation occurred.

Impact of X Grades on Financial Aid: Grades of X are considered attempted but not completed for the purpose of calculating Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid Eligibility. The policies regarding SAP for state and federal financial aid are detailed in this catalog. The most common financial aid impact from course withdrawal in a single semester is a loss of TAP eligibility for the following semester. However, a pattern of withdrawal and/or failure across more than one semester may result in the loss of all future aid eligibility, including student loans. It is strongly recommended that students consult with a financial aid advisor.

From the College

Students withdrawing from the College will be assigned a grade of W. It is the student's responsibility to clear all records and obligations to receive official separation. The official withdrawal form and procedures for filing may be obtained from the associate dean.

Students who decide not to return to Cortland are responsible for notifying their associate dean in writing to avoid tuition and fee liability problems and to release seats to fellow students. Nonattendance does not constitute a withdrawal. If the College is in session, the withdrawal form should be completed with the associate dean. Failure to do so will delay any refunds the student may be eligible to receive.

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence for a specific period of time may be granted to students in good academic standing, that is, not subject to academic dismissal. Students applying for a leave of absence must give a definite date for return to the College and must register within one academic year of the date of leaving the College. Students not returning to register within a specified time will be classified as official withdrawals. Application for a leave of absence must be made to the associate dean of the school in which the student is enrolled.

Retaking Courses

Students may retake a particular graduate course only once, and the cumulative average will reflect only the last grade received. The grade excluded from the cumulative totals will be annotated with an E on the transcript. The grade included in the cumulative totals will be annotated with an I. The retaken course, which is defined by the same title, course prefix and course number, must be repeated at SUNY Cortland under the same grading system in order to be eligible for this policy.

Pass/No Credit Option

Courses taken on a Pass/No Credit basis may not be applied to a SUNY Cortland graduate degree or certificate of advanced study program. Non-matriculated students may take graduate courses for which they are qualified on a Pass/No credit basis. However, courses taken on a Pass/No credit basis may not be later applied toward a SUNY Cortland degree or certificate program. Matriculated students may not take any course applicable to a Cortland degree or certificate program on a Pass/No Credit basis. Only work of C quality or better may receive a pass grade and students must complete all required work for the course.

Degree Candidacy

Not all degree programs require candidacy. For programs requiring candidacy, students must complete, at Cortland, six credit hours of graduate course work approved by the department in which the graduate-degree program is being pursued. If the grades are As, Bs or a 3.0 grade point average in these approved six hours of course work, students should file for candidacy for the graduate degree.

Application for Candidacy forms are available in the dean's office and on the registrar's website. More information on candidacy is available from the graduate coordinator of the degree program.

In programs where completion of the master's degree partly fulfills requirements for professional or permanent certification to teach in New York state, requirements for initial or provisional certification in the teaching area must be obtained before candidacy for the degree can be approved.

Transfer of Academic Credit

Graduate students may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate work from another regionally accredited institution. This approval will be dependent upon when the course was taken and the applicability toward the student's program.

Transfer credit completed prior to enrollment at SUNY Cortland, or after matriculation at SUNY Cortland, must be approved by the student's graduate coordinator or advisor and Associate Dean. Once enrolled in a SUNY Cortland program, students interested in taking courses elsewhere and transferring those to their SUNY Cortland degree are advised to seek permission prior to enrolling in such coursework.

Only courses with a grade of B (i.e., 3.0) or better will be transferrable. Transfer credit may be applied to the fulfillment of degree requirements, but is not computed in the grade point average.

Continuous Enrollment Policy for Culminating Activity

Students who do not complete a culminating activity such as a thesis, project or comprehensive examination by the end of the initial semester of registration for the experience but who are making satisfactory progress on the culminating activity will receive an incomplete and must register for XXX 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (prefix according to program) each subsequent semester until completion of the culminating activity. Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity will be a one-credit-hour course with an S, U grading mode. Repeatability of Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity and extensions of incompletes are governed by existing College policies regarding degree completion at the graduate level.

Completion of a Degree or Certificate Program

Students nearing completion of a graduate degree or certificate program must complete an Application for Graduation form online.

While the College has established three graduation dates for both undergraduate and graduate students in May, August and December, formal commencement ceremonies are conducted only in May. Students graduating in August or December of a given year are eligible to participate in Commencement held in May of that year.

The following deadlines are established for filing an application for graduation and payment of the teaching certificate fee of $50, payable to State Education Department:

 

Graduation Date
May
August
December

  Application Deadline
March 1
May 1
Oct. 1

Requirements for the Award of Master's Degrees or Certificates of Advanced Study

The following requirements have been established for the award of master's degrees and certificates of advanced study at State University of New York College at Cortland:

  1. The master's degree program shall include a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses approved by the department of specialization. The certificate of advanced study in American Civilization and Culture requires 18 credit hours of graduate course work. The certificate of advanced study for school building leader and/or school district leader requires 30 credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree, and the certificate of advanced study for school district business leader requires 36 credit hours beyond the master's degree.
  2. All degree requirements must be completed within five years of first enrollment in courses required for a degree program, even if such enrollment is on a non-matriculated basis.
  3. According to New York State Education Department regulations, all graduate degree requirements leading to the professional teaching certificate must be completed within five years of receipt of the initial teaching certificate.
  4. Possession of a valid teaching certificate on the date of degree conferral is required for those students in degree programs that required documentation of teacher certification as a requirement for admission. This includes the M.S.T. Health Education program Track A (certification in area other than health) and all M.S.Ed. programs, except for Second Language Education: Non-certification
  5. Those degree candidates in M.S.Ed. programs leading to initial or professional teaching certification who possess a teaching certificate issued by a state other than New York must show proof of completion of a workshop on the identification and Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (C.A.R.R.) and a workshop on Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE).
  6. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in graduate work.
  7. No grade below C- will be counted toward a master's degree or a certificate of advanced study.
  8. A minimum of nine credit hours in a degree program must be taken in courses at the 600 level.
  9. In the M.A.T. and M.S.T. degree programs leading to initial certification, two consecutive semesters or its equivalent of a foreign language must be completed to apply for certification.
  10. Every master's degree program at Cortland will include satisfactory completion of at least one of the following special requirements, in addition to regular classroom work. The major department will advise students regarding which of these options will be available.
    1. A comprehensive examination in the area of study. The examination may not be taken before candidacy for the degree is established. It may be repeated according to regulations established by individual departments, but shall not be taken more than three times.
    2. A thesis prepared under the supervision of the department of specialization and subject to the Standards of Graduate Study at SUNY Cortland, acceptable for a maximum of six credit hours of the required program. Formal approval of the thesis topic will not be granted until after candidacy for the degree is established. Theses will be submitted in proper form and prepared in accordance with A Guide for the Preparation of Theses, which is available from the the individual departments.
    3. A special project for up to six credit hours, as determined by the department of specialization. Formal approval of the plan for this special project may not be obtained until after candidacy for a degree is established.

Evaluation

Standards of Performance

Instructors are expected to inform students of course requirements and grading procedures by the end of the first full week of classes. To be included are policies on examinations and other evaluation procedures, exemptions from examinations and make-up examinations.

Examination Policy

Final examinations are required. However, in cases where the nature of the course makes such action undesirable or an adequate series of other evaluation procedures is substituted, a department chair may permit an exception from the policy. In certain cases an instructor may exempt students from final examinations if the students meet specified criteria filed beforehand with the department chair. Instructors are required to inform students during the first week of classes of their examination policies.

Final examinations or last examinations of the course are given during final examination week, except for examinations in quarter courses which end in the middle of the semester. No examinations, quizzes or tests of any type are permitted during the last week of classes prior to the published final examination week unless approved in advance by the appropriate department chair and associate dean.

Adjustments may be requested in the final examination schedule for students having two examinations scheduled at the same time, more than two examinations in any one day, or a verified illness or other emergency. Requests for adjustments follow procedures established and published by the registrar.

Missed Examinations

Students are responsible for arranging with their instructors for make-up examinations. Students who miss final examinations will receive a grade of E for those courses unless they are granted an excuse for their absence by the instructor and the associate dean.

Reporting of Grades

All grades — final and mid-semester estimates — may be accessed and reviewed on myRedDragon.

A change of grade due to instructor error or student appeal must be submitted by the end of the semester following the one in which the course was taken. Once a degree is conferred, the academic record is permanent and cannot be altered. Therefore, no further grade adjustments will be made.

Quality Points/Grade Point Average

The level of scholarship is determined by the following system of quality points per credit hour:

A+ = 4.3 B+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.3 D+ = 1.3 E = 0.0
A   = 4.0 B   = 3.0 C   = 2.0 D   = 1.0  
A-  = 3.7 B-  = 2.7 C-  = 1.7 D-  =  .7  

Grade point averages are determined by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours for which grades have been earned. For example, a grade of C in a three-credit-hour course is equivalent to six quality points. If a student completes 17 credit hours of course work and accumulates 38 quality points, the grade point average will be 2.235. Although it is possible to attain a 4.3 grade point average, the College considers the method a 4.0 grading system.

In courses where grades are listed as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory or Pass/No Credit, neither grade is used in determining the grade point average. A Satisfactory or Pass grade is credited toward graduation, however.

No grade below C- will be counted toward a master's degree or a certificate of advanced study; however, grades below C- may be assigned.

Guidelines

Fees and Assessments

All fees and assessments are due as indicated on tuition and fee statements. Other accrued debts or outstanding obligations, owed to the College or to any agency thereof, will place a hold on a student record and must be paid prior to registration. If the obligation is not met, access to registration will be denied, as well as the ability to receive an official College transcript or conferral of a degree or other College services. SUNY Cortland students who are not in good standing and owe outstanding tuition and fees will be removed from the College class rosters for failure to meet their financial obligations.

The College reserves the right to place a hold on a student's record or to charge a service fee in cases when students fail to meet certain administrative appointments important to the conduct of College business or to abide by publicly announced College deadlines.

Change of Name and Address

Students are responsible for informing the Registrar's Office promptly of any change of address. All students are required to provide the College with an accurate local address immediately upon change and confirm such at the beginning of each semester. Students may update their local address on myRedDragon.

Name changes will be recorded on request and upon receipt of evidence showing the name has officially changed, such as a court order, a marriage certificate or a dissolution decree reflecting the new name. Personal data forms are available in the Registrar's Office.

Academic Records

The Registrar's Office

  • is the custodian of the academic record of all Cortland students
  • is responsible for all registration activity
  • executes the official College drop and add period, the first full week of each semester
  • processes enrollment verifications
  • maintains Cortland's degree audit, Curriculum Advising and Program Planning (CAPP)
  • develops the comprehensive schedule of course offerings each semester
  • produces the official College transcript.

Grades are reported to the Registrar's Office, from which the official College transcript is issued. Effective since Fall 2008, all enrolled students (undergraduate and graduate) are charged a $5 per semester transcript fee. Any student enrolled at SUNY Cortland prior to Fall 2008 is "grandfathered" as a former student and receives unlimited official transcripts as a "lifetime service." Refer to the Registrar's website for detailed information on how to request an official College transcript. The College reserves the right to deny transcripts to any student who is delinquent in an obligation to the College.

College Credit Hour System

The basic unit of credit in College courses is the credit hour — one hour of credit for a 16-week semester. Students are expected to study a minimum of three hours per week outside of class for each credit hour.

Reporting Absences and Illness

If students are going to be absent from campus because of emergencies such as surgery, accidents involving lengthy absences from campus, or extenuating circumstances, they should notify the associate dean of the school in which they are enrolled. The associate deans will notify the instructors.

Classes and examinations are scheduled according to the academic calendar which is adopted by the College each year. The fall semester usually begins late in August and ends in the third week of December. The spring semester usually begins in mid- to late-January and ends in the third or fourth week of May.

Schedule Changes

Students wishing to make adjustments to their academic class schedule may do so during the official College drop/add period. For full semester courses, the drop/add period is the first week of the semester. Classes may be dropped and added without penalty during this period only. Quarter courses (second and fourth) have a designated two-day drop/add period in October and March, respectively. (Refer to the College calendar and the registrar's dates and deadlines for specific dates.)

Students who do not attend a class are not dropped automatically and will receive a grade of E.

All drop/add transactions made after the official drop/add period are subject to late fees. After the official drop/add period, students must withdraw from a class and must have the approval of the associate dean in addition to the instructor.

Religious Beliefs and Class Attendance

Section 224-a of the New York State Education Law reads as follows:

  1. No person shall be expelled from or be refused admission as a student to an institution of higher education for the reason that he is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to register or attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work requirements on a particular day or days.
  2. Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes on a particular day or days shall, because of such absence on the particular day or days, be excused from any examination or any study or work requirements.
  3. It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school, because of his or her religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said student such equivalent opportunity.
  4. If registration, classes, examinations, study or work requirements are held on Friday after four o'clock post meridian or on Saturday, similar or makeup classes, examinations, study or work requirements or opportunity to register shall be made available on other days, where it is possible and practicable to do so. No special fees shall be charged to the student for these classes, examinations, study or work requirements or registration held on other days.
  5. In effectuating the provisions of this section, it shall be the duty of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to exercise the fullest measure of good faith. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his or her availing himself or herself of the provisions of this section.
  6. 6-a. Any student who is aggrieved by the alleged failure of any faculty or administrative officials to comply in good faith with the provisions of this section shall be entitled to maintain an action or proceeding in the supreme court of the county in which such institution of higher education is located for the enforcement of his or her rights under this section.
    6-b. It shall be the responsibility of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to give written notice to students of their rights under this section, informing them that each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs must be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to such student such equivalent opportunity.
  7. As used in this section, the term "institution of higher education" shall mean any institution of higher education, recognized and approved by the regents of the university of the state of New York, which provides a course of study leading to the granting of a post-secondary degree or diploma. Such term shall not include any institution which is operated, supervised or controlled by a church or by a religious or denominational organization whose educational programs are principally designed for the purpose of training ministers or other religious functionaries or for the purpose of propagating religious doctrines. As used in this section, the term "religious belief " shall mean beliefs associated with any corporation organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes, which is not disqualified for tax exemption under section 501 of the United States Code.

Academic Integrity

The College is an academic community whose mission is to promote scholarship through the acquisition, preservation and transmission of knowledge. Fundamental to this goal is the institution's dedication to academic integrity. Providing an atmosphere that promotes honesty and the free exchange of ideas is the essence of academic integrity. In this setting all members of the institution have an obligation to uphold high intellectual and ethical standards.

SUNY Cortland's policy on academic integrity is published in the College Handbook and in the Code of Student Conduct and Related Policies.

The introduction to the policy reads, in part:

"... students must recognize that their role in their education is active; they are responsible for their own learning. Specifically, it is the responsibility of students to protect their own work from inappropriate use by other people by providing proper citation of ideas and research findings to the appropriate source. This includes the obligation to preserve all educational resources, thereby permitting full and equal access to knowledge."

The Buckley Amendment and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Notification of Rights under FERPA:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Complete details and updates are posted online at www2.cortland.edu/ferpa/.

These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access.
    A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The university official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.
    A student who wishes to ask the university to amend a record should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested, the university will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student's right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
    The university discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff ); a person or company with whom the university has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using university employees or officials, such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent; a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
    A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the university. Upon request, an institution may also disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901

Graduation

Graduation Procedure

To receive a degree and diploma from SUNY Cortland, all students must apply to graduate. Potential master's degree and certificate of advanced study recipients who have earned 18 credit hours are eligible to apply online. Degree and diploma information is distributed via email, and targeted message in my myRedDragon, to potential candidates for the master's degree or certificate of advanced study (who have earned 18 credit hours). All potential candidates apply on the Web using the online degree application by the end of the fall semester prior to the year in which the degree requirements will be completed. In order to apply for both the degree/diploma award and ceremony participation online, students must log in to their SUNY Cortland Web account, myRedDragon; they must select Academic Services and Registrar-related Functions and then select the Graduation and Commencement menu.

SUNY Cortland's Commencement Ceremony held only in May, honors students who complete their degree requirements within the calendar year. Students completing all degree requirements in the spring semester have a May degree conferral date; those completing during summer session have an August degree conferral date; and those completing in Fall have a December degree conferral date. Students who completed their degree requirements in the preceding December only, are also eligible to return to campus to participate if they have disclosed their intent with the Registrar's Office. Those filing after the deadline may jeopardize the chance of being listed in the Commencement program and may experience other delays in receiving certificates, diplomas and verifications of graduation. Information pertaining to the Commencement ceremony is available online at http://www.cortland.edu/commmencement/undergraduate  and is updated in the Summer or Fall prior to the ceremony.

Students are required to apply for their degree or advanced certificate prior to March 31. This applies to May, August and December candidates. Those filing after the deadline may jeopardize the chance of being listed in the Commencement program and may experience other delays in receiving certificates, diplomas and verifications of graduation.

Each year in early April a Grad FinaleTM occurs, offering a variety of services related to graduation.

Teaching Certification Application

Upon completion of all the degree requirements, including the two workshops, and any departmental requirements, students enrolled in a graduate program leading to teacher certification will be recommended by SUNY Cortland for certification to the New York State Education Department. Students must first submit the required Teacher Certification Authorization Recommendation Form. Students will apply online to NYSED's Office of Teaching Initiatives for the appropriate teaching certificate. Contact the Registrar's Office for information about the online teacher certification application.

Transcripts of Record

The Registrar's Office processes all requests for official College transcripts. Effective since Fall 2008, all enrolled students (undergraduate and graduate) are charged a $5 per semester transcript fee. Any student enrolled at SUNY Cortland prior to Fall 2008 is "grandfathered" as a former student and receives unlimited official transcripts as a "lifetime service." Refer to the registrar's website for detailed information on how to request an official College transcript.

The written request must include name, address, social security number, dates of attendance, any degrees received and all name changes, if applicable. Transcript service will not be provided if the student has any outstanding obligations to the College. Transcript requests will be returned to students who have a "Hold" on their record. Written requests can be forwarded to the Registrar's Office, SUNY Cortland, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, N.Y. 13045-0900. Transcript service is normally provided within two to three business days. Only complete transcripts are sent.

Eligibility for Participation in Student Teaching, Field Experiences, Internships

Eligibility for Early Field Experiences and Internships

To be eligible for early field experience or internships, graduate students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. No student may have Incompletes on their record and/or be on any form of probation, and no student may have any serious judicial record.

Certain departments and programs of study within the School of Education, School of Professional Studies and School of Arts and Sciences have additional eligibility requirements, which are fully explained under appropriate department sections of this catalog.

Eligibility to Student Teach

In order to student teach, all candidates must pass two distinct eligibility checks at designated points in time to ensure that they have satisfied all criteria for student teaching which have been established by the College and their respective departments and programs of study. These criteria fall into four general categories:

1. academic standing/grade point average
2. prerequisite course work
3. course work completion
4. judicial standing

College-wide eligibility criteria for student teaching require that graduate-level teacher candidates must be in good academic standing, have at least a 3.0 grade point average from the previous semester, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average overall. Any student who has an Incomplete on their records or who is on any form of academic or judicial probation will not be allowed to student teach.
Please note: Summer Sessions I and II and Winter Sessions immediately preceding student teaching cannot be used to help candidates meet grade point average requirements.

First Eligibility Check
In order to be considered for placement for student teaching, candidates must satisfy the criteria of the first eligibility check, which takes place at the time the candidate applies to student teach. Each prospective student teacher must meet all College and departmental criteria by the Friday of the third week of classes during the semester immediately preceding the semester in which student teaching will occur. These criteria include:

  1. successful completion of review by the Teacher Education Candidate Review Committee, and
  2. evidence that all prerequisite-requisite course work has been completed or is in progress.

During this time period, candidates with an Incomplete on their records may be placed to student teach at the discretion of their academic departments and the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office, but only if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Second Eligibility Check
The second eligibility check takes place as soon as final grades are first posted on the Web in the, fall or spring, semester immediately preceding the semester student teaching is scheduled to occur. The candidate's eligibility based on grade point average is determined at this point in time. Also, at this point in time all Incompletes must be changed to grades, and all prerequisite courses must be satisfactorily completed. Grade changes made after the initial posting cannot be used to help students meet grade point average requirements for student teaching during the semester immediately following. The names of teacher candidates who have become ineligible to student teach, due to an inadequate grade point average or the presence of an Incomplete for a course grade, should be forwarded to the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office by the department/program of study education coordinator by the Wednesday of the first full week of January or the Wednesday following May graduation.

There may be additional criteria for eligibility to student teach, depending on area of certification, department and specific program of study. Each candidate is advised to consult with their academic department. Both eligibility checks are conducted by the academic department of the candidate's major. The Field Experience and School Partnerships Office then forwards the names of teacher candidates for review by the Teacher Education Candidate Review Committee. There are no intermittent eligibility checks.

If, and only if, the program of study within the academic department of the candidate's major has a waiting list for student teaching, ineligible students

  1. who have attended both the orientation and final placement meetings on student teaching, and
  2. become eligible as of the original posting on the Web of final grades at the end of the semester immediately preceding the semester in which student teaching is to occur,

may be placed to student teach on a space-available basis at the discretion of the academic department and the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office. Every effort will be made to provide placements; the location and scheduling will depend on those available within the candidate's discipline and at the specific grade level(s) required by state mandates. If the academic department of the candidate's major does not maintain a waiting list for student teaching, candidates must reapply to student teach during the next semester.

Teacher candidates are required to complete both the Identification and Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (C.A.R.R.) and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshops prior to student teaching. Check the Teacher Education website for schedule information.

Housing and Transportation

Placements are often at some distance from campus and relocation from the Cortland area may be necessary during the student teaching or internship field experience. Therefore, students should exercise caution in signing leases for the academic year during which student teaching, internships, etc., will occur. Having a local lease will not aid a student in gaining a local placement. Additionally, other commitments, such as jobs, bear no influence on the location of placements. Arrangements for housing and transportation during all field experiences are the responsibility of the students.

Early Field Experience

All teacher candidates are minimally required to complete the NYSED-mandated 100 clock hours of early field experience prior to student teaching. The 100-hour fieldwork component is attached to specific courses. Certain programs require more than the mandated 100 hours of fieldwork. Placements are often a distance from campus; therefore, students are responsible for transportation. The Field Experience and School Partnerships Office must receive the required student application for an early field experience by the designated deadline. Every effort will be made to secure an appropriate placement. School districts reserve the right to permit candidate access to their academic buildings, classrooms and grounds.

Enrollment in Course Work

Students may not be enrolled in any course work unrelated to student teaching at SUNY Cortland or at any other institution while engaged in student teaching, except under exceptional circumstances.

Placements for Student Teaching and for Early Field Experiences

The Field Experience and School Partnerships Office staff will facilitate all student teaching and early field experience placements. The office will consider suggestions for placements from students. It is to be understood that the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office staff will make placements to the best of their ability and knowledge, such that the placements will not be affected by conflict of interest. Requests cannot be guaranteed. Students are not permitted to contact potential host teachers or building principals to request placements or in any way attempt to secure their own field experiences.

Every effort will be made to secure an appropriate placement. School districts reserve the right to permit candidate access to their academic buildings, classrooms and grounds.

Policy regarding student teaching placements where relatives are employed or attending school: When completing the application for student teaching, teacher candidates are required to disclose information to their department coordinator and the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office regarding relatives employed or attending school in any school district where placement could occur. The term "relative" includes parents, spouse, children, stepchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles and in-laws. Under most circumstances, teacher candidates will not be placed in districts where relatives are employed. Failure to provide this information may jeopardize continuation in that placement or the program.

Even after placements have been confirmed (contingent upon final eligibility to student teach), they may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances within the public schools, such as unexpected teacher retirements, unanticipated changes in teaching assignments, etc. Should confirmed placements be cancelled by the public schools, the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office will make every effort to locate an alternate placement, the location and scheduling of which will depend upon those placements which are available within the specific discipline and in accordance with all NYSED and SUNY regulations.

Credit for Student Teaching

Credit for student teaching cannot be transferred to SUNY Cortland from any other institution. All SUNY Cortland student teachers must be supervised by SUNY Cortland supervisors unless they are participating in a SUNY Cortland-approved student teaching experience abroad.

Cortland's Grading System

SUNY Cortland employs a plus and minus grading system ranging from A plus to D minus. The lowest grade for which college credit is awarded is a D minus. Failure of a course is indicated by the grade of E. The letter grades and notations listed below are used by the registrar.

Standard Letter Grades

 Grade of A  Superior performance for which quality points are awarded.
 Grade of B  Good performance for which quality points are awarded.
 Grade of C  Fair performance for which quality points are awarded.
 Grade of D  Minimally acceptable performance for which quality points are awarded.
 Grade of E  Failure of a course for which no quality points are awarded.

Completion Status

Applicable to certain courses that do not lend themselves to the use of a full range of standard grades to measure the student's achievement.

 Grade of H  Honors, for which no quality points are awarded.
 Grade of S  Satisfactory, for which no quality points are awarded.
 Grade of U  Unsatisfactory, for which no quality points are awarded.

Other Grades and Grade Notations

Incomplete Grade (INC):  Incomplete grade will automatically become a grade of E or U, depending on grade mode of the course. The work required to resolve incomplete graduate courses (INC) must be completed within one year, and must be resolved by the end of the last day of classes of the identified semester. No quality points are awarded.

Exceptions may be granted only upon written petition to the instructor and the associate dean in which the course is offered. Factors to be considered include deadlines for making up other Incompletes and the student's schedule in the semester the Incomplete is to be made up. The associate dean consults with the instructor involved before granting an extension of time in which to make up the Incomplete. The student does not re-register for the same class to make up an Incomplete. Refer to the "Incomplete Grades" segment of the academic policies listed above for greater detail in issuing an Incomplete grade.

Grade of P  Passing grade awarded for courses taken on a Pass/No credit basis, for which no quality points are awarded.
Grade of NC  No Credit awarded for courses taken on a Pass/No credit basis, for which no quality points are awarded.
Grade of LG  Late Grade for which no final grade was submitted by the instructor when the grade submission access closed and the end-of-term processes were run, or the official transcript was printed. No quality points are awarded.
Grade of X  Indicates official withdrawal from a College course without academic penalty. Such withdrawal must be approved by the instructor, advisor and the director, or assistant director of graduate studies in which the student is pursuing the major. No quality points are awarded.
Grade of F  Indicates a failing status at the mid-semester estimate submission.
Grade of N  Grade submitted for a student who registered for a course but never attended. If a student does not officially drop a course by the 12th week of the semester, the grade of N will be changed to a grade of NE, identifying failure due to nonattendance. No quality points are awarded.
Grade of W  Indicates official withdrawal from College.
Grade of WV  Indicates waiver (course requirements were met through Advanced Placement or Proficiency Examination). No credit is granted for such courses.
E/I Notation  Indicates that the annotated Cortland course has been repeated and has been excluded (E) from the grade point average calculation and cumulative totals. All grades remain on the transcript, but only the last grade is included (I) in the grade point average and cumulative totals. Students repeating courses must file a form with the registrar during the period in which the course is retaken at Cortland.

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