Academic Affairs Policies

Academic Freedom Policy

Purpose of the Policy

Appendix P of the HSU Faculty Handbook includes notes on Academic Freedom jointly developed by the American Association of University Professors and the American Association of Colleges, but does not state that those notes constitute the University’s official policy of Academic Freedom. The WASC Senior College and University Commission Criteria for Review CFR1.3 states “The institution publicly states its commitment to academic freedom for faculty, staff, and students, and acts accordingly.

Fall 2020 Grading Policy

Purpose of the Policy

At its regular meeting on September 1, 2020, the University Senate of Humboldt State University recommended to the President a temporary change of grade mode deadline during the Fall 2020 term in credit/no credit optional courses to the last Friday of instruction. Further, the University Senate recommended a temporary change in the add/drop deadline during the Fall 2020 term to the first Monday of the third week of instruction (September 14, 2020). The University Senate policy historically makes such recommendations (such as the one made in 2015).

Policy on Certificates

Purpose of the Policy

A certificate program is a coherent grouping of courses from one or more disciplines that provides a set of learning experiences, often, but not always, related to a specific career area. Alternatively, a certificate program may provide a multidisciplinary focus on a specific topic or area. A certificate program differs substantially in focus from a degree program, although certain common courses may be applied to both degree and certificate courses of study.

Policy on Second Majors

Students may declare and complete a second major only if they meet the following criteria:

1)     Must declare second major before earning 90 units.

2)   Demonstrate that they can graduate with both majors completed in fewer than 140 total units.

Students who choose to complete a second major and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and college dean. 

Policy on Changes in Majors

Students are not permitted to change majors after they have earned 90 units, unless the new major can be completed in less than 140 total units.  

Students who choose to change majors and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and dean.   

PASSED – April 27, 2010 – Academic Senate
APPROVED – May 10, 2010 – President Richmond
EDITED – April 2, 2019 - Academic Senate
APPROVED – June 10, 2019 – President Rossbacher

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS POLICY ON SUPPORT FOR NON-CITIZEN FACULTY - VISA ACQUISITION

ADMINISTRATIVE MEMORANDUM

VPAA 18-02

March 12,2019

Replaces VPAA 17-01

SUBJECT: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS POLICY ON SUPPORT FOR NON-CITIZEN FACULTY - VISA ACQUISITION

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