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Pass/Fail and Transfer Credit Policies

Pass/Fail and Transfer Credit Policies
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Students studying abroad on any study abroad program other than Faculty-Led should be aware that both Stetson’s Pass/Fail as well as Transfer Credit policies apply to these programs. 

Students should consult with the most recent Academic Catalog for the applicable policies available on the Registrar’s Website

Listed below are the current Pass/Fail and Transfer policies, subject to change.

Pass/Fail Option

Most Stetson University courses award grades at the end of the course. Some courses are offered  regularly that are credited on a Pass/Fail basis. In addition, students may elect to take as Pass/Fail two courses that normally award a grade. A student choosing to exercise this option must do so through completion of a Pass/Fail form in the Office of the Registrar by the deadline for dropping a course without academic penalty
(see academic calendar for the specific date for each semester). No changes to the Pass/Fail election may be made after this established deadline.

The Pass/Fail option may not be used for major, minor, or Foundation courses, or for Junior  Seminars. In addition, the Pass/Fail option may be restricted in specific courses, as determined by a College/School or University curriculum committee.

For students majoring in the School of Business Administration, the Pass/Fail option may be used only during the junior or senior year and may be used only for courses
that are beyond all School of Business  Administration requirements and offered outside the School of Business  Administration.

Transfer Credit Policies

• No transfer credit shall be given for courses taken at another institution during a term in which a degree­ seeking student is enrolled at Stetson (waived for Executive Passport Business Degree Completion Program at Celebration).

• For traditional undergraduate degrees, Stetson University accepts credits from regionally accredited institutions.

• Transfer credits are awarded only for courses 1) which are equivalent  to a Stetson offering and 2) in which the student has earned a grade of C (not  C-) or better.

• A maximum of 64 credits may be transferred from other institutions or awarded on d1e basis of college courses or examinations.

• Students with transfer credits must complete all University requirements for their degrees and must earn
  at least one half of the credits required in their major and minor  (if applicable) in courses taken at Stetson.

• Once 64 credits have been earned in courses generally accepted in a bachelor's degree program, permission of the Dean is required to transfer credit from a primarily lower -division, two-year community or junior college.

• Depending on the specific Stetson University degree program, transfer credits may be used to fulfill requirements in General Education, electives, or the major.

• Academic departments and Deans will determine whether credits are applicable for specific degree programs.

• Courses completed at the 100/200 level elsewhere may not be used to complete advanced requirements (300/400 level) at Stetson.

• Students who have completed their high school degrees through dual enrollment are considered "first time in college" students and are subject to those expectations.

• Students who are "first time in college" or transfer to Stetson with fewer thru1 24 credits must complete a First-Year Seminar.

• All students, regardless of transferred credits, must complete a Writing/Writing-Intensive course and a Junior Seminar at Stetson.

• Courses taken through Stetson's Study Abroad Faculty-Led programs are treated as if they were taken at Stetson; they are not counted as transfer courses. Credits and grades transfer and do impact GPA.

• Transfer rules apply to any Study Abroad course(s) taken through Stetson Exchange and non-Stetson programs.

• A student desiring to transfer in more than 10 credits of summer school credit toward a degree at Stetson University in any year must have received permission from the appropriate academic Dean

College/School Transfer Policies
Beyond the University policies, each College or School has specific guidelines for transfer credit:

• The College of Arts &Sciences allows a maximum of 3 transferred courses (up to 12 credits) to be used for the 10-12 courses required for a major. This limit does not apply to courses listed as collateral requirements for the major. No more than 3 transferred courses (up to 12 credits) from a single discipline may be used to meet General Education requirements. Once a student begins study in the College, it is expected that Stetson courses will be used to complete General Education. At most, one transfer course may be used to meet General Education requirements after matriculation. To complete the Modern Language category in General Education, the student must successfullycomplete a language course at Stetson at the 102 or higher level.

•  The School of Business Administration allows a maximum of 2 transferred courses (up to 8 credits)  to be used to meet major requirements.

• The School of Music allows transfer credit for coursework required in the major (the music core or courses unique to a particular curriculum offered  by the School of Music) based upon placement  examination upon entry, portfolio review, and/ or interview with  the Dean of the School.

Specific information relating to Study Abroad processes:

1. Courses taken through Stetson’s faculty-led Study Abroad program are treated as if they were taken at Stetson; they are not counted as transfer courses. Credits and grades transfer and do impact GPA.

2. Academic term courses which have a study abroad component will not receive additional credit for the study abroad component.

3. Transfer rules apply to any Study Abroad course(s) taken through non-Stetson programs (see above and always refer to Academic Catalog for the latest University policies.)
a. Foreign grades for Exchange partners are converted by WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning staff using standards in the field of international transcript evaluation from the foreign country/educational system. Grades from the Exchange program are applied to students’ ongoing GPA as transfer credit. The grades do not factor into the student’s ongoing GPA but are calculated into the cumulative GPA at graduation, if student is eligible for academic honors based on Stetson’s GPA. 
4. Grades issued by another U.S. institution of record for a foreign partner or affiliate will be evaluated using the standard transfer evaluation process for grades from that institution.

5. If a student attends a program without a U.S. institution of record the student must provide, at their own cost, an official translation and a course-by-course evaluation/transcript which has been reviewed and approved by one of the following two evaluation services:

World Education Services
22 Prince Street
PMB #101
New York, NY 10012

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173

6. Earning of academic credit for courses abroad for all programs, excluding faculty-led Stetson courses, is approved by the Academic Advisor and/or Chair of the relevant Department, not by the WORLD: David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning, and is the sole responsibility of the student to secure in writing before departing for the study abroad program.  Students should be aware that the earning of the credit must, however, align with University policy on transfer credit.