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Students are responsible for registering properly. They should confirm the correctness of their enrollments and report any apparent error immediately to the Registrar's Office. Students must be present at the first meeting of every laboratory course (lecture and laboratory) to validate their registration. If students cannot attend the first meeting, they must notify the department beforehand if they intend to continue in that section. Otherwise, their names will be stricken from that class roll in both lecture and lab.
Unless stated otherwise in the Schedule of Classes, registration is not canceled for failure to attend lecture courses. Students are responsible for full tuition payment and grades received for all courses in which they are registered unless (1) they are canceled for nonpayment for courses in which they registered early; (2) they are canceled administratively by the university staff due to suspension or dismissal; (3) the section in which they are registered is canceled; or (4) they do not attend the first meeting (lecture or lab) of a laboratory course.
For planning purposes, applicants for admission are asked to indicate their preference for full- or part-time status and for day or evening classes. However, they may freely choose between evening and day sections of courses and may change their full- or part-time status.
Graduate students are urged to register each semester for only the number of hours they can successfully complete. A full-time academic load is nine semester hours. To be considered a full-time student, a graduate research or teaching assistant must register for a minimum of six hours. During the summer, a normal full-time academic load is nine semester hours for the entire term. Permission of the department chair is required to exceed the normal load.
Graduate students are expected to attend all class periods of courses for which they are registered and to meet all course requirements set by graduate faculty.
Students should consult the Schedule of Classes and 4GMU for information about their registration date and time.
Note: As of spring 1997, digitized photos (taken for the student ID card) are considered part of the public, or directory, information.
Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any category of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended. To withhold disclosure, students must present a photo ID in person at the Registrar's Office and complete the Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form.
George Mason University assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of a category of Directory Information indicates individual approval for disclosure.
Directory Information includes:
Students may inspect their education records and obtain more information about the Privacy Act at the Registrar's Office. They may also obtain copies of most parts of their records. Those desiring to do so should schedule an appointment with the Registrar.
* Students who withhold their name from Directory Information must conduct all university business in person with a photo ID. Such students are eligible to use telephone registration and other electronic systems such as MasonLink, which are protected by a personal identification number (PIN).
Refunds of tuition on and after the first day of classes are made according to the Tuition Liability Scale published in this catalog and the Schedule of Classes. Withdrawal after the last day for dropping a course (specified in the Academic Calendar) requires approval by the student's academic dean and is permitted only for nonacademic reasons that prevent course completion.
Schedule changes are made only during the Schedule Adjustment period, as listed in the Schedule of Classes.
The last day for adding a 14-week course is two calendar weeks after and including the first day of classes. The last day for dropping a 14-week course is five calendar weeks after and including the first day of classes.
After the date listed in the Schedule of Classes for adding and dropping courses, add actions require approval by the chair of the academic department offering the course. Late drop approval is granted only for nonacademic reasons by the student's academic dean. Normally this approval is given for all courses at once, constituting withdrawal from a semester (see procedure below).
All such transactions must be approved by the Office of Student Accounts and processed by the Office of the Registrar.
Upon withdrawal after the drop period, the following notation is made on the student's permanent record: "Withdrew voluntarily for nonacademic reasons."
Graduate students who are enrolled in one or more courses are considered in attendance until they formally withdraw by having an official withdrawal form approved by the dean of their college/school/institute.
Upon approval by the dean of their college/school/institute, graduate students may withdraw from all classes after the drop period without academic penalty, but only for nonacademic reasons that prevent completion of the courses. Graduate students who stop attending all classes after the drop period without the dean's approval to withdraw receive Fs in all courses.
Graduate students withdrawing before the final examinations in any semester or Summer Term forfeit credit for work done in that term.
The university may impose enforced withdrawal as a penalty for any fault that prevents the graduate student from fulfilling the purposes of enrollment.
To be eligible for enrollment, interested George Mason University students must be currently enrolled at George Mason University and must be admitted to a degree program. Nondegree students are not permitted to enroll in Consortium courses. Graduate students must be currently enrolled, in good academic standing, and in a degree-seeking status. Undergraduate students must be currently enrolled, in good academic standing, and have attained at least junior status.
George Mason University students may register for any course through the Consortium providing the courses are not available at George Mason University during the same semester and are not exempt from Consortium registration at the visited institution. Courses that are off-campus at George Washington and American universities are not open to Consortium registrants. Independent study projects, special institutes, or tutorials are also exempt from Consortium registration.
All course work attempted by a George Mason student must be authorized by the appropriate dean and chairman for the field of study in which the student is enrolled at George Mason. Course work is also subject to the requirements of the particular school in which the student is enrolled. The allowable number of credit hours to be taken through the Consortium during an academic career are limited by university policy.
Credits earned through the Consortium are considered resident credit. Grades for Consortium courses are sent to the George Mason Office of the Registrar, recorded, and calculated into the cumulative grade point average of the George Mason University student and become a permanent part of the student's official record.
Any academic courses that do not carry credit at the visited institution will not be counted for credit at George Mason University. Courses that do not carry credit at George Mason, but do receive credit at the host university, will not be given credit at George Mason University.
Registration for Air Force ROTC course work at the University of Maryland College Park is processed through the Office of the Consortium. Air Force ROTC courses will not be given hour credits at George Mason University.
Auditing courses through the Consortium is not permitted.
George Mason Consortium students pay the George Mason tuition rate to the George Mason Office of Student Accounts. Credits taken through the Consortium are counted toward full/part-time status at George Mason University for purposes of financial aid. Any additional fees are to be paid by the student to the visited institution.
Special inquiries and further information is available through the Office of the Registrar. Registration is processed through the Office of the Registrar by the Consortium coordinator. Schedules and catalogs of participating universities are located in the same office.
A graduate student who has passed a course with a grade of B or better is not permitted to repeat the course for credit. A graduate student may repeat a course in which a grade of C or below has been earned. Permission for repeating the course must be obtained from the department offering the course. Each department establishes procedures for granting permission for repeating a course.
When a course is repeated, all hours attempted are used in determination of termination or dismissal, the transcript shows both the original and repeat grades, and only one grade per course may be presented on the degree application.
Newly admitted graduate students must consult with their faculty adviser prior to registration.
Approval to register for reserve graduate credit (earned credit held in reserve to apply later toward a graduate degree) is normally given only to George Mason seniors within 15 hours of completion of undergraduate study. In addition, this privilege is normally extended only to seniors who have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at the university, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, have successfully completed all prerequisite courses and have a major in the department offering the courses. Permission must be obtained in writing prior to registration. Forms are available at the Office of the Registrar. Students are responsible for obtaining all signatures required.
Approval for reserve graduate credit does not imply approval for admission into a graduate program at the university or that credit so earned will be accepted at another graduate school. Credit for the same course is not given toward both graduate and undergraduate degrees.
University policy permits undergraduates to enroll in graduate courses numbered 500 to 599 and apply the credit earned toward an undergraduate degree. For details of requirements and procedures see Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates in the Admission section.