ACADEMIC – Pertaining to University courses, faculty work and organization.
ACADEMIC HONESTY – Students are expected to be honest and adhere to the University’s policy on academic honesty and plagiarism which is detailed in this handbook. Any work submitted by students must be their own work or be marked in accordance with the handbook guidelines for citing material and information that is not that of the student.
ACADEMIC PROGRESS – Students will be considered in good standing and making academic progress if they maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA (full-time students are to complete 24 hours, three-quarters time students are to complete 18 hours, and half-time students must complete a maximum of 12 hours per year).
ACADEMIC YEAR – This is the period of the annual session, exclusive of summer school. It is divided into two semesters and extends from late August through the middle of May.
ACCREDITED – Certified as fulfilling standards or requirements; courses recognized and accepted by other collegiate institutions.
ACCOMMODATIONS – Students needing accommodations (i.e., note-taker, interpreter, special seating arrangements, extended test time, etc.) may notify the Director of Special Services in the Arts and Science Center.
ACTIVITIES, EXTRA-CURRICULAR – Activities that are part of student life generally considered to benefit students but which are not part of the curriculum.
ADMINISTRATION – Offices, such as the president or vice president, which direct University affairs.
ADMISSION – Acceptance of a candidate for enrollment in the college.
ADVISOR – A faculty or staff member appointed to assist students in the academic or career area.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION – Program ensuring fair and equal recruitment, employment and advancement for all members of the campus community.
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT – A supervisory faculty member who oversees the operations of an academic division of the University.
ASSOCIATE DEGREE – A two-year degree awarded upon completion of a prescribed program of study.
AUDIT – To audit a class means to enroll for informational instruction only. Students attend class or classes without having to participate and without credit.
BRANCH COLLEGE – Division of a college or university located away from the main campus, generally offering occupational and transfer programs.
CATALOG – An official college publication detailing University policies.
CERTIFICATE – A document indicating satisfactory fulfillment of the requirements of a particular program of study.
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP) – A method of gaining credit by examination. Further information may be obtained at the Testing Center (IC 208).
COUNSELING SERVICES – The provision of guidance and counseling ranging from personal to academic matters; also serves as a referral agent.
COURSE – Organized subject matter in which instruction is offered within a semester and for which credit toward graduation or certification is usually given.
COURSE CREDIT – The semester hour is the unit of credit and is defined as the amount of credit given for one hour a week for 16 weeks or its equivalent. A class meeting three hours a week, therefore, counts three semester hours credit to a course. In general, three hours of carefully planned and supervised laboratory work are equivalent to one hour of lecture.
COURSE LOAD – The number of semester hours the student is permitted to schedule in a given semester, usually 12-18 hours during the fall and spring semester and 6-12 during the summer sessions. Any student wishing to take more than 18 hours during the fall or spring semesters or more than 12 hours in the summer must receive approval for an overload from the Vice President for Student Affairs.
CURRICULUM – A body of courses required for a degree or constituting a major field of study.
DEAN’S HONOR LIST – Students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours at ENMU-Roswell whose end-of-semester GPA is 3.25 or better will be listed on the Dean’s Honor List. This list is prepared for the fall and spring semesters only.
DEGREE PLAN – A guide of the courses students should take to best achieve their educational and vocational plans. This plan should be worked out with an advisor early in the student’s freshman year.
DIVERSITY – ENMU-Roswell recognizes the importance of contributions from diverse cultures and encourages their study in relation to courses offered.
DIVISION – An instructional department within a college.
ELECTIVE – Any course that a student is allowed to select that is not required in the curriculum is referred to as an elective.
EXPLANATION OF COURSE OFFERINGS – Courses are designated by a name and number along with a descriptive title. The name used designates the department in which the course is offered. The first digit designates the academic level of the course. A first digit of 1 designates a freshman course, and a first digit of 2 designates a sophomore course. The remaining digits are the distinguishing numbers of the particular course. Thus, English 102 is a freshman course.
FACULTY – The personnel comprising the University teaching staff.
FEES – Charges other than tuition.
FINANCIAL AID – This is the University department responsible for administering and supervising student scholarships, loans, grants and work study programs.
FRESHMAN – A student with 29 or fewer semester hours of credit at the beginning of the semester.
FULL-TIME STUDENT – Students who register for 12 or more credit hours per semester are considered to be full-time students. The normal semester load for full-time students is 12-18 credit hours; however, some programs require more.
GRADE POINT – The numerical value assigned to each grade students receive in a course to provide a more exact determination of scholarship. Every credit hour of “A” carries four grade points; “B,” 3 grade points; “C,” 2 grade points; “D,” 1 grade point; “F,” zero grade points.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) – This average is found by dividing the number of hours attempted into the grade points received. Example: A student who enrolled in 15 hours and received 32 grade points would have a grade point average of 2.1 (A grade of “W” or “I” will not be used in computing Grade Point Average).
HOLD – A restriction on the release of a student’s records or registration due to many possible causes, including an overdue balance, failure to comply with financial aid regulations, probation or suspension, behavior, unpaid parking tickets, etc.
HUMANITIES – Cultural subjects, such as art and theater.
I.D. CARD – Official personal identification, entitling access to student benefits.
“I” (INCOMPLETE) – The “I” grade is given for passing work which could not be completed due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. The following regulations apply to “I” grades:
- In no cases is an “I” to be used by faculty to avoid the assignment of “D” or “F” grades for marginal or failing work.
- Change of an “I” is accomplished by the instructor submitting a change of grade form to the Registrar when the work has been completed. An “F” grade may be given for inadequate work or work not completed in a timely fashion.
- A student cannot change an “I” by re-enrolling in the course. Repeating a course will give the student a new grade, but will not remove the “I” from the previous registration.
- An “I” grade will not replace an “F” grade for grade point average determination.
- Students can remove an “I” by completing their course work in a manner acceptable to their instructor before the end of the next regular semester.
MAJOR – The specific subject area to which students devote most of their studying in college.
MINOR – A student’s secondary subject choice. It normally consists of 18 or more semester hours in a specific area for a bachelor’s degree.
NON-CREDIT COURSES – A course for which no college credit is given.
NON-RESIDENT STUDENT – Generally a student registering in college before living in the state 12 months; or a student under 18 who lives away from home and whose family lives in another state (regardless of how long the student has lived in the state); or a student under 18 whose family has not lived in New Mexico for 12 months prior to registration; or an alien without permanent residence, visa, or citizenship declaration papers.
PART-TIME STUDENT – A student enrolled in fewer than 12 semester hours in the fall and spring; fewer than 6 in the summer.
PLAGIARISM – To steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own. (Please refer to the section of this handbook on academic honesty.)
PREREQUISITE – A registration requirement in a particular course that must be completed successfully prior to registration in a class or program.
PROBATION – The status imposed upon a student because of low grades or improper conduct, usually defined by a specific time limit.
RESIDENT STUDENT – Generally a student under 18 whose family has lived in the state for 12 months preceding registration or a student over 18 who has lived in the state 12 months prior to registration is a resident student.
REQUIRED COURSE – One which must be taken in order to fulfill program requirements.
REGISTRATION – The official process of enrolling in specific classes each semester.
SCHEDULE – A published announcement of course offerings for one semester.
SCHOLARSHIP – Monies awarded for high performance or demonstrated need.
SEMESTER – A 16-week course of study during the fall and spring semesters. An 8-week course of study during the summer.
SUSPEND – To require a student to leave the University with or without possible reinstatement due to poor academic performance or improper conduct.
TERM PAPER – A written paper usually requiring original investigation.
TRANSCRIPT – A record of student’s course work and grades maintained by the Office of Admissions and Records.
TUITION – A fixed amount charged to each student for academic instruction.
VICE PRESIDENT – A supervisory, administrative officer of the college community.