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Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Policies

The faculty of the School of Business expect you to observe the ancient academic traditions — such as attending classes, meeting prerequisites, and promptly communicating with your instructor when you can't meet expectations. We take your investment of time in college, and your future in business seriously. The required courses, their content and structure, represent the tools you will need to succeed in the career you choose.

The following policies set the ground rules for success in your program. In addition to those that follow, you should familiarize yourself with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures found in the current Catalog and Student Handbook.

Class Attendance

Full attendance of classes is expected. If you are unable to attend during the first week of classes you must notify the instructor(s), in writing, of the reason for missing class and your intent to complete the course(s). Failure to attend classes during the first week of the semester, without prior notification, may result in an administrative drop by the course instructor. Failure to complete a formal course drop prior to the course drop deadlines will result in a failing grade in the course.

Having to work does not constitute a valid excuse for missing class, examinations and/or other deadlines. You should ensure that your work and class schedules do not conflict prior to the start of classes.

Class Conduct

Behavior which distracts the class from meeting course objectives (e.g., unsuitable talking, eating, drinking, late arrival) may result in an administrative drop by the instructor.

Closed Courses

Certain courses have enrollment limits to ensure the quality of the educational environment. First access to these courses is given to those close to completing their degree work.

Your best chance to gain entrance to a closed course is to sign up for the course waiting list. If a waiting list is not in effect for the course, check regularly at the Registrar's Office to see if any previously registered students have dropped the course. There are almost always some drops between registration and the beginning of the semester. Such openings are awarded on a first come - first served basis by the Registrar's Office.

Your next opportunity is to visit your desired class on the first day of its meeting. On the first day, when the course registration has reached the limit, faculty members may drop any enrolled student who has not made an appearance and who has failed to notify the instructor with an explanation in advance. Thus, you may gain entry at that time — again, on a first come - first served basis at the Registrar's Office.

Computer Usage

The time to acquaint yourself with a computer is now. The rapidly changing world demands that we process ever-greater amounts of information in less and less time. You will be well served in the job market if you have acquired word processing, spreadsheet, database and other computer software skills.

Many students prefer to purchase their own personal computer and printer. If you are considering this option it is recommended that you contact Computing and Information Technology (465-2309) for minimum recommended configurations.

Students can purchase software applications through the Phoenix Bookstore at significant discounts.

Drop Deadlines

You are responsible for knowing drop deadlines for all of your courses! If a course does not meet your needs, you should drop the course early so that other students may add it.

The following Accounting courses have a separate drop policy: 300, 301, 302, 312, 313, 314, 316, and BUS ADM 452. Students dropping any of these courses after the first two weeks of class or receiving an F in the course will be automatically placed on the waitlist (rather than given priority registration based on number of credits earned) for that course for subsequent semesters. Requests to be removed from the waitlist must be approved by the Department Chair.

Feedback in the form of grades on papers or examinations does not justify a late drop.

Entrance Requirements

Students can declare a Business Administration or Accounting major or minor at any time. Prior to doing so, however, students must read and accept an online honor code (pre-declaration form). Once the honor code is accepted, Declaration of Degree e-forms can be completed. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to proceed in the course progression for a Business Administration or Accounting major or minor.

Exit Requirement

Students intending to graduate with a Business Administration or Accounting major must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average to graduate.

Final Exams

The office of the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs determines the final examination schedule. You are responsible for knowing the final examination policies and dates as printed in the Schedule of Classes. While an instructor may (at his or her discretion) reschedule your final exam, you are not guaranteed such an opportunity.

"Gateway Course" Requirements

All students must have a minimum of 36 earned credits with a minimum 2.5 grade point average to enroll in the following "gateway courses":

  • ACCTG 305 - Legal Environment of Business
  • BUS ADM 322 - Introductory Marketing
  • BUS ADM 343 - Corporation Finance
  • BUS ADM 382 - Introductory Management

In addition, BUS ADM 322, BUS ADM 343 and BUS ADM 382 have other prerequisites. See the course descriptions in the University Catalog for information on specific course prerequisites.

Grades and Grade Appeals

You will receive a grade from the instructor of the course at the end of the respective semester. If you are dissatisfied with a course grade, you must first meet with the instructor to discuss and request a review of the grade. If you are dissatisfied with the review of the grade, you may appeal the review through the following individuals:

  • For Business Administration courses: (1) the Business Administration Chairperson; and (2) the Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies.
  • For Accounting courses: (1) the Accounting Chairperson; and (2) the Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies.

These individuals act in an advisory capacity to you and the instructor. Only the instructor has the authority to change grades.

Independent Study

Students interested in doing advanced study may do so via independent study. Independent studies provide the opportunity to develop your own course in an area not covered by current classes. Illustratively, students doing an independent study may expand their research skills, read primary literature and/or write major papers. Those interested in such an opportunity should talk with their advisor.

Late Policies

  • Exams: There will be no makeup exams if you miss the regularly scheduled time, unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. If circumstances do not allow this, you will be asked to provide proof of your reason for missing an exam. You are not guaranteed the opportunity to make-up the missed exam.
  • Projects: All projects and assignments must be delivered to the instructor on the specified day. The course instructor must approve any exceptions in advance.

All assignments must conform to the UW-Green Bay writing policy in the Student Handbook. These writing policies are not arbitrary. They represent common standards of literacy and written communication observed by institutions of higher education internationally.

Residency Requirements (Transfer Students)

All students must satisfy degree residency requirements including minimum credit residency requirements for the major and minor. Consult with your advisor and/or refer to your SIS advisement report to ensure completion of the residency requirements if you are intending to use transfer courses to satisfy any Business Administration or Accounting major or minor requirements.

  • Overall degree residency requirement: 30 credits must be earned at UWGB.
  • Residence in the major: 15 credits must be earned at UWGB and one-half of the upper level requirements for any major must be earned at UWGB.
  • Residence in the minor: 9 credits must be earned at UWGB and one-half of the upper level requirements for any minor must be earned at UWGB.

Writing Emphasis Courses

Several Business Administration and Accounting courses are designed to improve and reinforce your writing skills through regular opportunities to practice your skills on diverse projects. Courses which meet the writing emphasis requirements of the campus are designated with the letters "WE" throughout this publication. Since all UW-Green Bay students are required to complete at least four "WE" courses, you should consult with your faculty advisor to ensure that you will fulfill this requirement.