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Regulations

The rules and regulations of the University of Kansas pertaining to academic work are published in the University Senate Rules and Regulations, the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, and the University of Kansas Senate Code. Copies of these documents are on file with University Governance, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 33, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-5169, or online in the University of Kansas Policy Library.

See your school's Regulations page for specific rules and regulations: CLAS, Arts, Allied Health, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Welfare.

View Graduate Studies admission and degree requirements and regulations.

Consult College Student Academic Services or the dean’s office of your school for more information.

  • Absences

    There is no system of permissible absences in any of the schools at KU. Students are expected to attend all meetings of their classes. However, students may be exempt from required class activities at times of mandated religious observances (University Senate Rules and Regulations, Article 2.1.4).

    The Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Education; Engineering; and Music stipulate that a student with excessive absences may be withdrawn from the course by the dean.

    Visit the University Policy Library for changes to this policy.

  • Academic forgiveness

    Academic forgiveness is the suspension of University Senate Rules and Regulations, Article 2.4.2.1, to discount the course work of past academic semesters. For more information, visit the KU Policy Library.

    The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy do not participate in academic forgiveness.

  • Academic integrity

    Academic integrity is a central value in higher education. It rests on two principles: first, that academic work is represented truthfully as to its source and its accuracy; and second, that academic results are obtained by fair and authorized means. Academic misconduct occurs when either of these principles is violated.

    Examples of student academic misconduct include giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on examinations or in the preparation of notebooks, themes, reports, or other assignments; knowingly misrepresenting the source of any academic work; changing grades without authorization; using university approvals without authorization; forging signatures; falsifying research results; plagiarizing another’s work; violating regulations or ethical codes for the treatment of human and animal subjects; or otherwise acting dishonestly in research. Students who are found guilty of academic misconduct are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, including suspension or dismissal. Instructors also are expected to abide by the principles of academic integrity and may be sanctioned for academic misconduct.

    It is the responsibility of each member of the university community to understand and adhere to principles of academic integrity.

  • Academic transcripts

    The academic transcript lists all KU courses attempted and completed and other academic information. You may order academic transcripts online.

    Current KU Medical Center students or alumni of KUMC programs order transcripts from the Office of the Registrar, KU Medical Center, 3013 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

  • Adding courses or changing sections

    Procedures and deadlines for adding a course or changing sections are available at Changing your Schedule each term.

    KU Medical Center policies may differ. Students should see KUMC's procedures for adding courses or changing sections.

  • Application for graduation

    Undergraduates must apply online to graduate. Sign on to Enroll & Pay and navigate to Apply for Graduation. If you have questions, contact the Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, 785-864-4423, kuregistrar@ku.edu. For spring semester graduation, students should apply for graduation by March 1. The deadline for summer graduation is July 15. The deadline for fall graduation is November 1. Individual schools may set earlier dates. You cannot graduate unless you have completed the AFG by the deadline. Undergraduates must have finished at least 75 hours of course work to apply for graduation. To change your AFG to a different semester, contact your school or college.

    KU Medical Center students apply through Enroll & Pay. KUMC deadlines are April 15 for spring semester, July 15 for summer, and December 1 for fall. KUMC students must reapply to change the AFG to a different semester. View the KUMC AFG policy.

  • Auditing a course

    Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, Article V, Section 5.5.1-2, state, “The regulation of the auditing or visitation of classes shall be the responsibility of the faculties of the several KU schools. Such regulation shall provide for approval of the instructor of the class involved.” See the University of Kansas Policy Library. No university credit is awarded for auditing a course.

    Individuals may enroll in KU Medical Center undergraduate or graduate-level courses for their own enjoyment and not for credit toward a degree as auditing students.  The university issues a grade of NE (Not Evaluated) for all courses takes that semester.  Those courses cannot be used toward a degree or transferred to another university. See the KUMC policy Auditing Courses.

  • Change of grade

    Changes of grade are allowed only if the original grade resulted from an error or if the currently recorded grade is I or P. This does not include a change to W, WP, or WF. The faculty member in charge of the course must request the change of grade in writing or online. For more information, visit the KU Policy Library.

    Grade appeals

    A student may appeal a final course grade if he or she believes the grading procedure announced by the instructor has been improperly applied. The appeal must be submitted according to procedures established by the department or school offering the course and should be directed first to the department. If these procedures fail to resolve the dispute, the student may submit a final appeal to the University Judicial Board. See the University Senate Rules and Regulations, Article II, Sections 2.3.5 and 6.4.4.

  • Change of school

    To change from one school to another, you must submit a Change of School form in the dean’s office of the school you plan to enter or in College Student Academic Services if you plan to enter the College. Follow the deadlines on the form. For many schools, admission is competitive. See your school’s requirements for admission and the school's Regulations page in the online catalog: CLAS, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music, Nursing, Social Welfare.

  • Classification of students

    Undergraduates are assigned to a particular class level on the basis of the following credit hour requirements:

    • First-year — 0-29 credit hours
    • Sophomore — 30-59 credit hours
    • Junior — 60-89 credit hours
    • Senior — 90 or more credit hours
  • Code of conduct

    The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities is available in the KU Policy Library. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 133, Lawrence, KS, 66045-7518. 785-864-4060.

    View KU Medical Center's statement on students' Rights and Responsibilities.

  • Course numbering system

    The course numbering system can be useful as a general guide to students in planning a course of study.

    • 000-099 Noncredit courses or those credit courses for which records are kept but which do not count toward graduation.
    • 100-299 Courses for first- and second-year students.
    • 300-499 Courses for juniors and seniors.
    • 500-699 Courses for juniors and seniors, also taken by some graduate students with fewer than 30 hours of graduate credit.
    • 700-799 Courses for graduate students with fewer than 30 hours of graduate credit, also taken by some undergraduates.
    • 800-899 Courses for graduate students with fewer than 30 hours of graduate credit (not normally open to undergraduates).
    • 900-999 Courses for graduate students with 30 or more hours of graduate credit (not normally open to undergraduates).

    Courses that contain a mixture of undergraduate and graduate students should set requirements for graduate credit beyond or different from the requirements for undergraduate credit. No course, regardless of its number, can give graduate credit unless it has been approved for graduate credit by the appropriate Graduate Division and is taught by a person holding a current appointment to the Graduate Faculty.

  • Credit by examination

    KU offers its own program of examinations for advanced credit. Applications are available online. For more information, visit the KU Policy Library.

    Warning: Some medical schools do not accept credit by examination.

  • Credit/no credit

    A Credit/No Credit option is available to all degree-seeking undergraduates. You may enroll in one course a semester under the option, if the course is not in your major or minor. For more information, visit the KU Policy Library.

    See your school's Regulations page for specific rules and regulations: CLAS, Arts, Allied Health, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Welfare.

    Warning: Certain undesirable consequences may result from exercising the option. Some schools, scholarship committees, and honorary societies do not accept this grading system and convert grades of No Credit to F when computing grade-point averages.

  • Diplomas

    Degrees are awarded 3 times a year to students who have completed applications for graduation on time and have met all requirements as of the last day of final examinations for each of the 3 terms: fall semester, spring semester, and summer session.

    A diploma normally is issued for each degree earned. Only 1 B.A. degree may be awarded to a student by a school or the College. Only 1 B.G.S. degree may be awarded to a student in the College. In the College, the combination of a B.A. degree and B.G.S. degree may be awarded only in rare situations. Almost all other combinations of 2 like or unlike degrees may be awarded if all degree requirements have been met. Normally, 30 credit hours of additional course work are required to earn a second bachelor’s degree.

    The diploma reflects only the honors earned at the time degree requirements were met.

    Diplomas generally list majors approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. Additional majors earned after a degree has been awarded are reflected on the transcript. To receive a diploma reflecting the additional major, the graduate may order a replacement diploma by signing on to the Enroll & Pay system and navigating to Diploma Delivery Request.

    You must present photo identification to pick up your diploma. Diplomas that have not been picked up after a year are discarded.

  • Email

    KU uses email for official communication with students. Each student must use a KU-provided account while enrolled at KU. These addresses are used for university business and official communications to students, including enrollment information, grade reports, and financial statements. Students are expected to check their email regularly for university communications. KU encourages students to maintain separate email accounts and addresses with an Internet Service Provider for personal communication, but students may use the KU account for incidental personal communication as long as it does not interfere with KU operations or generate incremental identifiable costs.

    At their discretion, students may also routinely forward email from the KU account to a personal account. They should keep in mind that KU email is encrypted during storage and transmission and may be more secure than in another email system.

    KU email may not be used for commercial purposes, for personal financial gain, to distribute chain mail, to support partisan political candidates or party fund raising, or to support outside organizations not otherwise authorized to use university facilities.

    KU does not routinely monitor or screen email. However, complete confidentiality or privacy of email cannot be guaranteed. For further information, see the Lawrence campus electronic mail policy or the KU Medical Center student email policy.

    KU accounts remain the property of the state of Kansas. KU routinely disables them 90 days after graduation or other severance from the university.

    The Kyou portal offers Lawrence and Edwards Campus students up-to-date information and resources. It provides access to such academic services as course schedules, grades, enrollment, financial aid, and library services. The myKUMC student portal gives KU Medical Center students access to announcements, grades, schedules, and resources.

  • Full-time student status

    Undergraduates who wish to be certified as full-time students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester (6 hours in summer). Excluded are credit by examination, Independent Study courses offered through Continuing Education, and academic work done to make up incomplete work for prior terms.

  • Grades and grade-point averages

    The letters A, B, C, D, S (satisfactory), and Credit indicate passing work. The letters F and U (unsatisfactory) and No Credit indicate that the quality of work was such that, to obtain credit, the student must repeat regular course work. P represents satisfactory progress (an interim grade pending completion of a subsequent term’s course work). See the KU Policy Library for more information.

  • Graduation with distinction and highest distinction

    Schools award undergraduate graduation with distinction or graduation with highest distinction. No more than the upper 10 percent of the graduating class may graduate with distinction. No more than 3 percent of the graduating class may graduate with highest distinction.

    See your school's Regulations page for specific rules and regulations: CLASAllied Health, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Welfare.

  • Honor roll (dean’s list)

    Most schools recognize undergraduate students on the honor roll or dean’s list in fall and spring. An Honor Roll notation appears on the transcript.

    See your school's Regulations page for specific rules and regulations: CLASAllied Health, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Welfare.

  • Honors programs

    The University Honors Program provides opportunities for outstanding and creative undergraduates in all schools at KU. Honors courses are open to qualified students in any KU school. See Honors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the online catalog.

    The Schools of Engineering and Nursing offer school honors programs for their students.

  • Incompletes

    The letters W and I may be given. The letter I indicates incomplete work that may be completed without re-enrollment in the course. The letter W indicates withdrawal for which no credit or grade point is assigned.

    The letter I should not be used when a definite grade can be assigned for the work done. It is not given for any course except to indicate that some part of the work has, for reasons beyond the student’s control, not been done, while the rest has been satisfactorily completed. At the time an I is reported on the electronic roster, the character and amount of work needed, as well as the date required for completion and lapse grade if further work is not completed by this date, should be indicated.

    A student who has an I posted for a course must make up the work by the date determined by the instructor, in consultation with the student, which may not exceed 1 calendar year, or the last day of the term of graduation, whichever comes first. An I not removed according to this rule is automatically converted to a grade of F or U, or the lapse grade assigned by the course instructor, and appears on the student’s record.

    Extensions to the time limit may be granted by the dean’s representative upon submission of a petition from the student containing the endorsement of the course instructor who assigned the I grade, or the department chair if the instructor is unavailable. After the I grade is converted to a grade of F or U, the grade may only be changed in accordance with USRR Article II, Section 3.

    See the KU Policy Library for more information.

  • Distance education

    The University of Kansas offers approximately 150 courses each semester that are available through distance delivery. Some of these courses support online graduate programs, and others are open to undergraduate degree and nondegree-seeking students. The following programs and courses have recently been offered online. For more information about specific online course options, please contact your academic department of study. Similar to regular courses, the availability of online courses varies by semester and year.

    Online or hybrid graduate programs

    • Master of Social Work hybrid course option
    • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Master of Science in Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Transition Education and Services

    Individual courses

    • AAAS 104 Introduction to African American Studies
    • AAAS 105 Introduction to African History
    • AAAS 106 The Black Experience in the Americas
    • AAAS 306 The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
    • AAAS 349 Islam
    • AAAS 510 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • AAAS 511 The Civil Rights Movement
    • AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference: Langston Hughes
    • AAAS 811 The Civil Rights Movement
    • ABSC 342 Adult Development and Aging
    • ABSC 405 Children and Media
    • ABSC 626 Psychology of Adolescence
    • AMS 696/ENGL 575 Literature of the American South
    • ANTH 100 General Anthropology
    • ANTH 104 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology
    • ANTH 293 Myth, Legend, and Folk Belief in East Asia
    • ASTR 394 Quest for Extraterrestrial Life
    • ATMO 105 Introductory Meteorology
    • ATMO 220 Unusual Weather
    • ATMO 321/GEOG 321 Climate and Climate Change
    • BIOL 100 Principles of Biology
    • BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology
    • BIOL 435 Neurobiology
    • BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures
    • BUS 101 Business Majors, Careers, and Professional Skills
    • C&T 359 Basic Processes of Reading
    • C&T 430 Teaching Literature for Young Adults
    • C&T 448 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum
    • C&T 709 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
    • C&T 730/C&T 830 Understanding Talent
    • C&T 731/C&T 831 Teaching for Talent Development
    • C&T 732 Teaching for Talent in General Education Settings
    • CLSX 148 Greek and Roman Mythology
    • COMS 730 Communication Challenges in Distributed Organizations
    • COMS 930 Organizational Rhetoric
    • EALC 520 Entrepreneurship in East Asia
    • EALC 589 Japan Since 1945
    • EALC 747 Teaching about East Asia
    • ECON 104 Introductory Economics
    • ELPS 450 Foundations of Education
    • ELPS 770 History and Philosophy of Education
    • ELPS 775 Education and Culture in America
    • ENGL 101 Composition
    • ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Environmental Literature
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Plains Literature
    • ENGL 209 Introduction to Fiction
    • ENGL 210 Introduction to Poetry
    • ENGL 211 Introduction to the Drama
    • ENGL 320 American Literature I
    • ENGL 322 American Literature II
    • ENGL 324 Contemporary Authors: Toni Morrison
    • ENGL 332 Shakespeare
    • ENGL 351 Fiction Writing I
    • ENGL 353 Screenwriting I
    • ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing
    • ENGL 466 Literature for Children
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Willa Cather
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Langston Hughes
    • ENGL 506 Science Fiction
    • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature: Kansas Literature
    • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South
    • ENGL 690 Studies in: Science Fiction Novels
    • EURS 511 Berlin in German Culture
    • EURS 580 Directed Study: Masterpieces of World Literature — Reading Nobel Prize Winners
    • GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography
    • GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography
    • GEOL 105 History of the Earth
    • GEOL 351 Environmental Geology
    • GEOL 751 Physical and Transport Hydrogeology
    • GEOL 753 Chemical and Microbial Hydrology
    • HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
    • HA 267 Art and Culture of Japan
    • HA 535 Impressionism
    • HIST 128 History of the United States Through the Civil War
    • HIST 129 History of the United States After the Civil War
    • HIST 510 History of Medicine
    • HIST 620 History of Kansas
    • HIST 747 East Asian History and Culture for Teachers
    • HSES 244 The History and Foundations of Physical Education
    • HSES 252 The Coaching of Basketball
    • HSES 260 Personal and Community Health
    • HSES 330 Principles of Health and Nutrition
    • HSES 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • HSES 482 Drugs in Society
    • HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality
    • HWC 204 Western Civilization I
    • IST 205 Survey of Information Systems
    • ITAL 335 Italy and the Italians
    • JOUR 310 Visual Communication
    • LAA 302 Special Topics: Kaqchikel Maya Language
    • MATH 101 Algebra
    • MATH 105 Introduction to Topics in Mathematics
    • MATH 115 Calculus I
    • MATH 116 Calculus II
    • MATH 365 Elementary Statistics
    • MEMT 791 Music Education/Music Therapy Techniques: Mainstreaming/Inclusion in Music Education
    • MEMT 816 Current Trends in Music Education
    • MEMT 830 Leadership and Program Development in Music Education
    • MEMT 835 Practical Applications of Advanced Methodology in the Music Classroom
    • MEMT 845 Curriculum Development in Music Education
    • MGMT 743 Legal Environment for Employees
    • MUSC 136/MUSC 336 Masterworks of Music
    • MUSC 298 Introduction to Jazz
    • PHCH 726 Molecular Cell Biology
    • PHCH 744 Organic Chemistry for Pharmacists
    • PHCH 851 Solid-State Formulation and Stability
    • PHCH 863 Pharmaceutical Equilibria
    • PHCH 868 Pharmaceutical Analysis
    • PHCH 871 Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
    • PHCH 921 Chemical Kinetics
    • PHCH 973 Mechanisms of Drug Deterioration and Stablization
    • PHCH 975 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
    • PHIL 310 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    • PHIL 384 Ancient Philosophy
    • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
    • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics
    • POLS 320 Introduction to Public Policy
    • POLS 330 Introduction to Public Administration
    • PORT 300 Brazilian Civilization
    • PORT 348 Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture in Business
    • PRE 305 Development and Learning of the Young Child
    • PRE 306 Development and Learning of the Adolescent
    • PRE 598 Educational Psychology
    • PRE 715 Understanding Research in Education
    • PSYC 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology
    • PSYC 104 General Psychology
    • PSYC 200 Research Methods
    • PSYC 333 Child Development
    • PSYC 360 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 502 Human Sexuality
    • PSYC 566 Psychology and the Law
    • PSYC 642 The Psychology of Families
    • PUAD 694/PUAD 854 Innovation and Organizational Change
    • PUAD 839 Professional Development Seminar
    • PUAD 845 Organizational Analysis
    • PUAD 852 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
    • PUAD 853 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
    • REL 107 Living Religions of the West
    • REL 124 Understanding the Bible
    • REL 475 Loving Relationships
    • SLAV 508 South Slavic Literature and Civilization
    • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology
    • SOC 130 Comparative Societies
    • SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values
    • SOC 220 Sociology of Families
    • SOC 352 Sociology of Sex Roles
    • SOC 523 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
    • SPAN 100 Spanish Reading Course
    • SPAN 322 Spanish Grammar: Form and Meaning in Context
    • SPAN 424 Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar
    • SPED 742 Methods and Assessment for Life Skills and Community Based Curricula
    • SPED 261 Families and Professional Partnerships
    • SPED 362/SPED 752 Introduction to the Discipline of Early Childhood Education
    • SPED 663/SPED 753 Assessment in Early Education
    • SPED 664/SPED 734 Inclusive Methods for Infants and Toddlers
    • SPED 707 Adolescents with Disabilities in the Middle/Secondary General Classroom
    • SPED 725 Intro to Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities
    • SPED 730 Characteristics of Mild to Moderate Disabilities
    • SPED 743 Methods: Functional Behavior Assessment, Positive Behavior Support, and Classroom Management
    • SPED 761 Foundations of PBS
    • SPED 762 Functional Assessment Methods for PBS
    • SPED 763 Development and Implementation of PBS Plans
    • SPED 764 Intervention Strategies for PBS (Part I)
    • SPED 765 Intervention Strategies for PBS (Part II)
    • SPED 766 Redesigning Environmental Systems
    • SPED 767 Creating Positive Lifestyles through PBS
    • SPED 798 Family Involvement and Student Involvement in Transition
    • SPED 798 Interagency Collaboration
    • SPED 798 Introduction to Transition Education and Services
    • SPED 798 Preparing Students for Employment and Postsecondary Education
    • SPED 798 Transition Assessment
    • SPED 856 Transition Education and Services from Childhood through Adulthood
    • SPED 857 Vocational Training and Employment
    • SPED 858 Assessment for Transition Planning
    • SPED 859 Interagency Services for Transition to Adulthood
    • SPLH 261 Survey of Communication Disorders
    • SPLH 764 Seminar in: Communication in Autism
    • SW 310 Managing Stress: Principles and Techniques for Coping, Prevention, and Wellness
    • SW 710 Social Work Practice I
    • SW 711 Social Work Practice II
    • SW 713 Community and Organizational Practice
    • SW 720 Social Policy and Program Analysis
    • SW 730 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    • SW 810 Clinical Social Work Practice
    • SW 811 Topics in Advanced Clinical Social Work
    • SW 842 Using Outcomes for Administrative and Advocacy Practice

    Independent Study

    Independent study has 2 definitions at KU:

    1. Research experience or directed readings independently pursued through an academic department.
    2. Self-paced credit courses managed through the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning.

    Contact your academic department to discuss independent study opportunities to investigate a special research problem or directed readings in an area not covered by regular courses. The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning coordinates Independent Study courses similar to courses taught face-to-face. For-credit Independent Study courses are available in online and media-supplemented versions. Request an Independent Study catalog by contacting 785-864-5823, enroll@ku.edu.

    Independent Study distance education courses are subject to the following requirements:

    Graduate credit

    No graduate credit is given for Independent Study courses outside of those approved and offered by KU under these distance-education guidelines: Distance-learning courses (Internet, interactive television, video, continuing education, and others) may be offered for graduate credit only if they are assigned a line number and taught by a member of the KU Graduate Faculty who is approved by the dean of the school or college offering the course and confirmed by the dean of Graduate Studies.

    Nondegree-seeking graduate students

    A student who has a baccalaureate degree and wishes to take graduate courses but not to earn a graduate degree may enroll as a nondegree-seeking student in Independent Study courses. Many of these courses may be approved for graduate credit. A student admitted for graduate work under nondegree status who subsequently decides to seek a graduate degree may apply for admission as a regular student. Once admitted, the major department must make a recommendation concerning which, if any, of the Independent Study courses already completed may count toward an advanced degree. Transferred credit and graduate Independent Study credit including distance-learning courses together may not exceed 6 hours (8 hours if the student holds a baccalaureate degree from KU), and they must not be the last hours required for the degree. Enrollment in approved distance-learning courses offered through KU cannot be used to fulfill the doctoral residence requirement. For maximum combined distance-learning courses and transferred credits, see Transfer of Credit in Regulations.

    International students

    Most international students are limited by federal regulations to taking one 3-hour Independent Study course each semester to count toward full-time enrollment. For details, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, 785-864-3617, isss@ku.edu.

  • Junior/Senior-level requirement

    A minimum of 45 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above is required for graduation from all KU undergraduate schools.

  • Maximum and minimum semester enrollment

    No student may enroll for more than 20 hours a semester except by permission of the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. Schools may adopt more restrictive policies. See the KU Policy Library, USRR 2.7.1, for more information.

    See your school's Regulations page for specific rules and regulations: CLASArchitecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music.

    Applied English Center. No student may enroll in more than 16 hours a semester, or more than 10 hours in the summer, without the permission of AEC counselors. Students co-enrolled in Applied English Center courses and courses in another KU program are subject to these limits on total credit hours, as well as students enrolled exclusively in AEC courses.

    University Special Student. The maximum enrollment is 6 hours. Exceptions may be approved by the assistant registrar, 151 Strong Hall.

  • Maximum community college credit allowed

    No more than the equivalent of the first 2 years of undergraduate work (64 hours) in any curriculum may be transferred from a community college. Transfer credit information is available from the Office of Admissions.

  • Nondegree-seeking students

    Nondegree students are not admitted to the Schools of Business and Pharmacy. See the Office of Admissions for information about nondegree-seeking undergraduate applications.

    International students interested in non-degree admission should contact the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions for information about requirements and immigration implications.

  • Nonresidence study before the last 30 hours

    Before the last 30 hours required for the degree, undergraduate students may, under certain conditions, take courses at other institutions and transfer the credit to KU. Before enrolling in a nonresidence course, check on how your courses will transfer to KU or complete KU’s standard form, Request for Tentative Evaluation of Transfer Credit, in your dean’s office or in College Student Academic Services for students in the College. After completing the course work, you must request that an official transcript be sent to the Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576. For transcripts to be official, they must be mailed from the college or university directly to KU. Faxed transcripts are not accepted for posting of transfer credit. Nonresidence credit includes all credits from another college or university taken after initial enrollment at KU, military service courses, and other undergraduate course work not formally offered in the Schedule of Classes.

  • Prerequisites and corequisites

    Students may be excluded from a course on the basis of inadequate academic preparation.

    See your school's Regulations page for specific rules and regulations: CLASArchitecture, BusinessEngineering, Journalism, Pharmacy.

    See the KU Policy Library, FSRR 5.4.3, for more information.

  • Probation and dismissal

    The College and schools set minimum academic grade standards that include academic dismissal. Unless formally readmitted, a student who is dismissed for poor scholarship is not eligible to continue to enroll at KU. A student who has been dismissed may apply for readmission to his or her original school at KU. Contact the appropriate school for current information.

    A student who has been dismissed from one school at KU may apply for admission to a different KU school. Minimum grade-point average requirements for admission and readmission vary.

    Applications for readmission are available in the KU Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, 785-864-3911, adm@ku.edu.

    International students are readmitted through the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., 785-864-2616, issapps@ku.edu.

    Students may be dismissed for academic misconduct.

    See your school's Regulations page for specific rules and regulations: CLAS, Arts, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Welfare.

  • Repetition of courses

    If a student takes a course at KU, receives a D or F in the course, enrolls in and repeats the course at KU, the new grade may be used in place of the original grade in calculating the grade-point average. For more information, visit the KU Policy Library.

    Students who receive a grade of Incomplete in a course should not re-enroll in that course.

  • Required work in residence

    No baccalaureate degree is granted to a student who has not completed at least 30 semester credit hours of residence courses at KU. No exceptions are granted. Furthermore, to earn a baccalaureate degree from KU, you must complete the last 30 hours of credit for the degree by resident study. You may petition your dean for a waiver.

  • Residence credit

    Residence credit includes all KU course work offered in the Schedule of Classes. Independent Study courses taken through Continuing Education count as residence credit. College-level course work includes only courses numbered 100 and above.

  • Student academic concerns (grievances)

    An undergraduate student who has difficulties with a course, a complaint, or a grievance about a particular instructor is urged to discuss the problem in a timely fashion with the instructor. If the student feels awkward or uncomfortable doing this, he or she should see the chair of the instructor’s department, or if necessary, the dean’s office. The chair or dean brings the matter to the instructor’s attention, preserving the student’s anonymity, if so requested. The University Ombuds Office, 785-864-7261, and the Academic Achievement and Access Center, 785-864-4064, also offer confidential assistance with academic concerns.

  • Student academic creations (intellectual property)

    All enrolled students are subject to the Board of Regents and KU Intellectual Property Policies. The ownership of student works submitted in fulfillment of academic requirements remains with the creator(s). By enrolling in the institution, the student gives it a nonexclusive royalty-free license to mark on, modify, retain the work as required by the process of instruction, or otherwise handle the work as set out in the institution’s Intellectual Property Policy or in the course syllabus. The institution does not have the right to use the work in any other manner without the written consent of the creator(s).

  • Student responsibility

    Each student is responsible for conforming with the regulations in this catalog and any others that may be required. Advisers and personnel are available to provide guidance, but each student is responsible for selecting courses that fulfill requirements for the degree sought. Each senior must file an Application for Graduation by the school or department AFG deadline. The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities is available in the KU Policy Library.

  • Study time

    The faculty assumes that students will spend 2 hours a week studying for each hour in class.

  • Transfer of credit

    A transfer student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in residence at KU before receiving a bachelor’s degree. See your school's Regulations page for specific information about transfer of credit: CLAS, Arts, Allied Health, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Welfare.

    Evaluation of undergraduate credit

    KU is flexible in accepting transfer credit if the courses to be transferred were of an academic nature and were taken at colleges and universities that are regionally accredited. International colleges and universities must be officially recognized by the Ministry of Education in their countries for students to receive transfer credit. Courses that are vocational, technical, remedial, or medical (except KU Medical Center programs) do not transfer.

    CredTran is a transfer course equivalency system that lists more than 2,200 colleges and universities from which KU has accepted transfer courses in the past. If your school or course is not listed, your evaluation will be completed when you are admitted to KU.

    Program sheets for many KU programs are prepared for each Kansas community college and the Metropolitan Community College district of Kansas City, Missouri. A student from one of these community colleges should consult a program sheet to determine how courses will transfer to KU. These sheets are available from community college counselors or online.

    KU adheres to the Board of Regents articulation agreement between Regents’ institutions and Kansas community colleges.

    Submit applications for admission with the appropriate transcripts to the Office of Admissions. International students should submit applications and transcripts to the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions. An official evaluation of how courses transfer is made after the student is admitted.

    For transcripts to be official, they must be mailed from the college or university directly to KU. Faxed transcripts cannot be used to evaluate transfer credit.

    Policy on undergraduate transfer credit

    All transferred courses are recorded on the student’s academic record. Where necessary, course titles are changed to agree with KU course titles. Transfer courses do not appear in detail on the academic transcript. Courses completed at other institutions are applied toward graduation requirements in accordance with the policies of the schools.

    The Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations provide that, to be accepted, the courses must be from an institution accredited by the North Central Association or another regional accrediting agency of similar standing. For credit from a U.S. institution that is not accredited by an acceptable regional agency, the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations allow acceptance based on the practices of the leading university in the state where the institution is located.

  • Nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action policy

    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

    Equal Opportunity Office, KU Medical Center, 1054 Wescoe, Mail Stop 2014, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-5000, 913-588-7963 (TDD).

    KU is committed to taking specific, result-oriented steps to increase the number of historically underrepresented person and increase overall diversity. The university also is committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of education and employment. Full texts of university policies on nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action, sexual harassment, and racial and ethnic harassment are available in the University of Kansas Policy Library.

    KU course catalogs are available in alternate format upon request. Contact Disability Resources, 785-864-2620 (v/TTY), achieve@ku.edu, in Lawrence; or at KU Medical Center, contact Carol Wagner, 913-588-7813 (V) or 913-588-7963 (TDD), cwagner@kumc.edu.

  • Diversity of the student body

    The University of Kansas values diversity in its student body and believes that the intentional creation of a diverse learning environment is essential to achieving the university’s educational mission. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected.

    To build a diverse community, the university considers, in addition to academic credentials, the following criteria for student admission decisions, scholarship recognition, and program participation. While each factor is significant, no one factor will be considered determinative in the decision process:

    • Bilingual or multilingual abilities
    • Cultural background
    • Ethnicity
    • Evidence of commitment to diversity
    • Evidence of leadership skills
    • First-generation college student
    • Geographic diversity
    • Financial, social, family, physical, or educational hardships
    • Previous career before pursuing higher education
    • Race
    • Service to community
    • Socio-economic status
    • Urban/rural background
    • Other unique contributions

    This policy was approved by Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway on April 9, 2004, and applies to all University of Kansas campuses.

  • Withdrawal from a course (dropping a course)

    Complete information about withdrawing from a course is available online. Select Changing your Schedule for current procedures. The Office of the University Registrar, Student Records Center, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 151, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4423, kuregistrar@ku.edu, also can provide current information.

    KU Medical Center's course withdrawal policy is online.

  • Students whose first language Is not English

    The Applied English Center determines the English proficiency level of all non-native speakers of English and specifies which Applied English Center courses, if any, these students must take to be eligible to enroll in regular KU courses. This requirement applies to all international students, residents, or citizens of the United States, regardless of whether they have attended or graduated from accredited Kansas or other U.S. high schools.

    Enrollment of international students, including transfer students, in academic courses is restricted until English language proficiency is verified. All students from abroad, including students from English-speaking countries, must visit KU’s Applied English Center for verification of English language skills before enrollment.

    All undergraduates must enroll in the appropriate English course in the first semester at KU. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in appropriate English courses, whether these are Applied English Center or Department of English courses, until they have met English proficiency requirements through the Applied English Center and completed all courses in the Department of English required by their degree programs.

  • Withdrawal from the university (dropping all courses)

    Complete information about withdrawing from all courses is available online. Select Withdraw from KU for current procedures. The Office of the University Registrar, Student Records Center, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 151, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4423, kuregistrar@ku.edu, also can provide current information.

    KU Medical Center's withdrawal policy is online. KUMC students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

    The Academic Achievement and Access Center and the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center also offer help with the withdrawal decision and process.

  • Enrollment

    See the Enrollment Guide for complete enrollment information.

    Information on enrollment at KU Medical Center is available online.

    New undergraduate student enrollment

    Immediately before the beginning of classes each term, an enrollment session is scheduled for new students. New students admitted for summer or fall term have an additional option of enrolling in fall courses during one of several summer orientation sessions. Invitations to orientation are sent automatically to newly admitted and readmitted students who applied for the spring, summer, or fall terms (except nondegree-seeking students).

    New international freshmen and transfer students must attend International Student Orientation, which includes advising and enrollment sessions.

    Readmitted undergraduate student enrollment

    Readmitted students may attend a special abbreviated orientation session, may enroll during continuing enrollment, or may attend the enrollment sessions immediately before the start of the semester. Readmitted students whose readmission applications are completed by a designated date also may enroll during continuing enrollment, after meeting with an adviser. All students must preregister for orientation and enrollment sessions.

    Readmitted international students must must complete the required check-in processes before enrollment.

    Continuing undergraduate enrollment

    This enrollment allows students who are currently enrolled during one term to enroll for the next term. Spring-enrolled students enroll in April for the following summer session or fall semester or both. Fall-enrolled students enroll in October or November for the following spring semester.

    Late undergraduate enrollment

    Late enrollment begins at 12 a.m. on the first instructional day of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The process followed varies based on the instructional day in which you are enrolling. For more information see the Enrollment Guide.

    Information on late enrollment at KU Medical Center is available online.

    Seniors and graduate study (coenrollment)

    Seniors at KU who will complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree in a given semester, and who have strong academic records (grade-point average higher than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), may apply to Graduate Studies for contingent admission as degree-seeking students and request the permission of the appropriate Graduate Division to coenroll for the final undergraduate semester. Seniors requesting the privilege of coenrollment must make formal application through the appropriate Graduate Division for admission. See the KU Policy Library.

    To meet the criteria of coenrollment, the student must earn undergraduate credit for at least one class during the coenrollment semester. Continuing Education courses may be used to satisfy this requirement. Graduate courses completed beyond the initial semester of coenrollment revert to undergraduate status if coenrolled students fail to complete their undergraduate degrees in the specified semester.

    Students have separate appointment times to enroll for each career and must enroll only in courses that count correctly toward the career in which they are enrolling during each appointment time. When enrollment is complete for each career, students must check the grading option for each course to ensure the class will be counted correctly.

    Undergraduate student enrollment in upper-level graduate courses

    Well-qualified undergraduate students may be permitted to enroll in 800- or 900-level courses for undergraduate credit with the approval of the instructor, the student’s adviser, and the Graduate Division. The student must bring a Count Towards Degree form signed by the instructor, a letter of explanation and recommendation from the adviser, and current academic record to the Graduate Division for approval. If approved, the Graduate Division signs the Count Towards Degree form, which the student must present to the staff in the Student Records Center to enroll in the courses. Courses taken for undergraduate credit may not be transferred to graduate credit. See the KU Policy Library.

  • Posthumous degrees

    View current policies on posthumous degrees.

  • Grievances

    An undergraduate student who has difficulties with a course, a complaint, or a grievance about a particular instructor is urged to discuss the problem in a timely fashion with the instructor. If the student feels awkward or uncomfortable doing this, he or she should see the chair of the instructor’s department, or if necessary, the dean’s office. The chair or dean brings the matter to the instructor’s attention, preserving the student’s anonymity, if so requested. The University Ombuds Office, 785-864-7261, and the Academic Achievement and Access Center, 785-864-4064, also offer confidential assistance with academic concerns.

  • Absences

    Leave of absence

    A leave of absence may be granted upon request.

    View the Graduate Studies policy on leaves of absence.

    View the KU Medical Center policy on leaves of absence.

  • Academic integrity

    Academic integrity is a central value in higher education. It rests on two principles: first, that academic work is represented truthfully as to its source and its accuracy; and second, that academic results are obtained by fair and authorized means. Academic misconduct occurs when either of these principles is violated.

    Examples of student academic misconduct include giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on examinations or in the preparation of notebooks, themes, reports, or other assignments; knowingly misrepresenting the source of any academic work; changing grades without authorization; using university approvals without authorization; forging signatures; falsifying research results; plagiarizing another’s work; violating regulations or ethical codes for the treatment of human and animal subjects; or otherwise acting dishonestly in research. Students who are found guilty of academic misconduct are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, including suspension or dismissal. Instructors also are expected to abide by the principles of academic integrity and may be sanctioned for academic misconduct.

    It is the responsibility of each member of the university community to understand and adhere to principles of academic integrity.

  • Academic transcripts

    The academic transcript lists all KU courses attempted and completed and other academic information. You may order academic transcripts online.

    Current KU Medical Center students or alumni of KUMC programs order transcripts from the Office of the Registrar, KU Medical Center, 3013 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

  • Adding courses or changing sections

    Procedures and deadlines for adding a course or changing sections are available at Changing your Schedule each term.

    KU Medical Center policies may differ. Students should see KUMC's procedures for adding courses or changing sections.

  • Auditing a course

    Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, Article V, Section 5.5.1-2, state, “The regulation of the auditing or visitation of classes shall be the responsibility of the faculties of the several KU schools. Such regulation shall provide for approval of the instructor of the class involved.” See the University of Kansas Policy Library. No university credit is awarded for auditing a course.

    Individuals may enroll in KU Medical Center undergraduate or graduate-level courses for their own enjoyment and not for credit toward a degree as auditing students.  The university issues a grade of NE (Not Evaluated) for all courses takes that semester.  Those courses cannot be used toward a degree or transferred to another university. See the KUMC policy Auditing Courses.

  • Code of conduct

    The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities is available in the KU Policy Library. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 133, Lawrence, KS, 66045-7518. 785-864-4060.

    View KU Medical Center's statement on students' Rights and Responsibilities.

  • Course numbering system

    The course numbering system can be useful as a general guide to students in planning a course of study.

    • 000-099 Noncredit courses or those credit courses for which records are kept but which do not count toward graduation.
    • 100-299 Courses for first- and second-year students.
    • 300-499 Courses for juniors and seniors.
    • 500-699 Courses for juniors and seniors, also taken by some graduate students with fewer than 30 hours of graduate credit.
    • 700-799 Courses for graduate students with fewer than 30 hours of graduate credit, also taken by some undergraduates.
    • 800-899 Courses for graduate students with fewer than 30 hours of graduate credit (not normally open to undergraduates).
    • 900-999 Courses for graduate students with 30 or more hours of graduate credit (not normally open to undergraduates).

    Courses that contain a mixture of undergraduate and graduate students should set requirements for graduate credit beyond or different from the requirements for undergraduate credit. No course, regardless of its number, can give graduate credit unless it has been approved for graduate credit by the appropriate Graduate Division and is taught by a person holding a current appointment to the Graduate Faculty.

  • Credit by examination

    Credit by examination is not accepted toward graduate degrees. View the Graduate Studies policy on graduate credit.

  • Credit/no credit

    The Credit/No Credit option is not authorized for graduate students’ enrollments, including, but not limited to, courses taken to fulfill the research skills requirements, undergraduate deficiencies, etc. View the Graduate Studies policy on grading.

  • Diplomas

    Degrees are awarded 3 times a year to students who have completed applications for graduation on time and have met all requirements as of the last day of final examinations for each of the 3 terms: fall semester, spring semester, and summer session.

    A diploma normally is issued for each degree earned. Only 1 B.A. degree may be awarded to a student by a school or the College. Only 1 B.G.S. degree may be awarded to a student in the College. In the College, the combination of a B.A. degree and B.G.S. degree may be awarded only in rare situations. Almost all other combinations of 2 like or unlike degrees may be awarded if all degree requirements have been met. Normally, 30 credit hours of additional course work are required to earn a second bachelor’s degree.

    The diploma reflects only the honors earned at the time degree requirements were met.

    Diplomas generally list majors approved by the Kansas Board of Regents. Additional majors earned after a degree has been awarded are reflected on the transcript. To receive a diploma reflecting the additional major, the graduate may order a replacement diploma by signing on to the Enroll & Pay system and navigating to Diploma Delivery Request.

    You must present photo identification to pick up your diploma. Diplomas that have not been picked up after a year are discarded.

  • Email

    KU uses email for official communication with students. Each student must use a KU-provided account while enrolled at KU. These addresses are used for university business and official communications to students, including enrollment information, grade reports, and financial statements. Students are expected to check their email regularly for university communications. KU encourages students to maintain separate email accounts and addresses with an Internet Service Provider for personal communication, but students may use the KU account for incidental personal communication as long as it does not interfere with KU operations or generate incremental identifiable costs.

    At their discretion, students may also routinely forward email from the KU account to a personal account. They should keep in mind that KU email is encrypted during storage and transmission and may be more secure than in another email system.

    KU email may not be used for commercial purposes, for personal financial gain, to distribute chain mail, to support partisan political candidates or party fund raising, or to support outside organizations not otherwise authorized to use university facilities.

    KU does not routinely monitor or screen email. However, complete confidentiality or privacy of email cannot be guaranteed. For further information, see the Lawrence campus electronic mail policy or the KU Medical Center student email policy.

    KU accounts remain the property of the state of Kansas. KU routinely disables them 90 days after graduation or other severance from the university.

    The Kyou portal offers Lawrence and Edwards Campus students up-to-date information and resources. It provides access to such academic services as course schedules, grades, enrollment, financial aid, and library services. The myKUMC student portal gives KU Medical Center students access to announcements, grades, schedules, and resources.

  • Grades and grade-point averages

    View the Graduate Studies policies on grading.

  • Incompletes

    The letters W and I may be given. The letter I indicates incomplete work that may be completed without re-enrollment in the course. The letter W indicates withdrawal for which no credit or grade point is assigned.

    The letter I should not be used when a definite grade can be assigned for the work done. It is not given for any course except to indicate that some part of the work has, for reasons beyond the student’s control, not been done, while the rest has been satisfactorily completed. At the time an I is reported on the electronic roster, the character and amount of work needed, as well as the date required for completion and lapse grade if further work is not completed by this date, should be indicated.

    A student who has an I posted for a course must make up the work by the date determined by the instructor, in consultation with the student, which may not exceed 1 calendar year, or the last day of the term of graduation, whichever comes first. An I not removed according to this rule is automatically converted to a grade of F or U, or the lapse grade assigned by the course instructor, and appears on the student’s record.

    Extensions to the time limit may be granted by the dean’s representative upon submission of a petition from the student containing the endorsement of the course instructor who assigned the I grade, or the department chair if the instructor is unavailable. After the I grade is converted to a grade of F or U, the grade may only be changed in accordance with USRR Article II, Section 3.

    See the KU Policy Library for more information.

  • Distance education

    The University of Kansas offers approximately 150 courses each semester that are available through distance delivery. Some of these courses support online graduate programs, and others are open to undergraduate degree and nondegree-seeking students. The following programs and courses have recently been offered online. For more information about specific online course options, please contact your academic department of study. Similar to regular courses, the availability of online courses varies by semester and year.

    Online or hybrid graduate programs

    • Master of Social Work hybrid course option
    • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Master of Science in Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Transition Education and Services

    Individual courses

    • AAAS 104 Introduction to African American Studies
    • AAAS 105 Introduction to African History
    • AAAS 106 The Black Experience in the Americas
    • AAAS 306 The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
    • AAAS 349 Islam
    • AAAS 510 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • AAAS 511 The Civil Rights Movement
    • AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference: Langston Hughes
    • AAAS 811 The Civil Rights Movement
    • ABSC 342 Adult Development and Aging
    • ABSC 405 Children and Media
    • ABSC 626 Psychology of Adolescence
    • AMS 696/ENGL 575 Literature of the American South
    • ANTH 100 General Anthropology
    • ANTH 104 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology
    • ANTH 293 Myth, Legend, and Folk Belief in East Asia
    • ASTR 394 Quest for Extraterrestrial Life
    • ATMO 105 Introductory Meteorology
    • ATMO 220 Unusual Weather
    • ATMO 321/GEOG 321 Climate and Climate Change
    • BIOL 100 Principles of Biology
    • BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology
    • BIOL 435 Neurobiology
    • BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures
    • BUS 101 Business Majors, Careers, and Professional Skills
    • C&T 359 Basic Processes of Reading
    • C&T 430 Teaching Literature for Young Adults
    • C&T 448 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum
    • C&T 709 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
    • C&T 730/C&T 830 Understanding Talent
    • C&T 731/C&T 831 Teaching for Talent Development
    • C&T 732 Teaching for Talent in General Education Settings
    • CLSX 148 Greek and Roman Mythology
    • COMS 730 Communication Challenges in Distributed Organizations
    • COMS 930 Organizational Rhetoric
    • EALC 520 Entrepreneurship in East Asia
    • EALC 589 Japan Since 1945
    • EALC 747 Teaching about East Asia
    • ECON 104 Introductory Economics
    • ELPS 450 Foundations of Education
    • ELPS 770 History and Philosophy of Education
    • ELPS 775 Education and Culture in America
    • ENGL 101 Composition
    • ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Environmental Literature
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Plains Literature
    • ENGL 209 Introduction to Fiction
    • ENGL 210 Introduction to Poetry
    • ENGL 211 Introduction to the Drama
    • ENGL 320 American Literature I
    • ENGL 322 American Literature II
    • ENGL 324 Contemporary Authors: Toni Morrison
    • ENGL 332 Shakespeare
    • ENGL 351 Fiction Writing I
    • ENGL 353 Screenwriting I
    • ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing
    • ENGL 466 Literature for Children
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Willa Cather
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Langston Hughes
    • ENGL 506 Science Fiction
    • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature: Kansas Literature
    • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South
    • ENGL 690 Studies in: Science Fiction Novels
    • EURS 511 Berlin in German Culture
    • EURS 580 Directed Study: Masterpieces of World Literature — Reading Nobel Prize Winners
    • GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography
    • GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography
    • GEOL 105 History of the Earth
    • GEOL 351 Environmental Geology
    • GEOL 751 Physical and Transport Hydrogeology
    • GEOL 753 Chemical and Microbial Hydrology
    • HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
    • HA 267 Art and Culture of Japan
    • HA 535 Impressionism
    • HIST 128 History of the United States Through the Civil War
    • HIST 129 History of the United States After the Civil War
    • HIST 510 History of Medicine
    • HIST 620 History of Kansas
    • HIST 747 East Asian History and Culture for Teachers
    • HSES 244 The History and Foundations of Physical Education
    • HSES 252 The Coaching of Basketball
    • HSES 260 Personal and Community Health
    • HSES 330 Principles of Health and Nutrition
    • HSES 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • HSES 482 Drugs in Society
    • HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality
    • HWC 204 Western Civilization I
    • IST 205 Survey of Information Systems
    • ITAL 335 Italy and the Italians
    • JOUR 310 Visual Communication
    • LAA 302 Special Topics: Kaqchikel Maya Language
    • MATH 101 Algebra
    • MATH 105 Introduction to Topics in Mathematics
    • MATH 115 Calculus I
    • MATH 116 Calculus II
    • MATH 365 Elementary Statistics
    • MEMT 791 Music Education/Music Therapy Techniques: Mainstreaming/Inclusion in Music Education
    • MEMT 816 Current Trends in Music Education
    • MEMT 830 Leadership and Program Development in Music Education
    • MEMT 835 Practical Applications of Advanced Methodology in the Music Classroom
    • MEMT 845 Curriculum Development in Music Education
    • MGMT 743 Legal Environment for Employees
    • MUSC 136/MUSC 336 Masterworks of Music
    • MUSC 298 Introduction to Jazz
    • PHCH 726 Molecular Cell Biology
    • PHCH 744 Organic Chemistry for Pharmacists
    • PHCH 851 Solid-State Formulation and Stability
    • PHCH 863 Pharmaceutical Equilibria
    • PHCH 868 Pharmaceutical Analysis
    • PHCH 871 Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
    • PHCH 921 Chemical Kinetics
    • PHCH 973 Mechanisms of Drug Deterioration and Stablization
    • PHCH 975 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
    • PHIL 310 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    • PHIL 384 Ancient Philosophy
    • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
    • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics
    • POLS 320 Introduction to Public Policy
    • POLS 330 Introduction to Public Administration
    • PORT 300 Brazilian Civilization
    • PORT 348 Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture in Business
    • PRE 305 Development and Learning of the Young Child
    • PRE 306 Development and Learning of the Adolescent
    • PRE 598 Educational Psychology
    • PRE 715 Understanding Research in Education
    • PSYC 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology
    • PSYC 104 General Psychology
    • PSYC 200 Research Methods
    • PSYC 333 Child Development
    • PSYC 360 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 502 Human Sexuality
    • PSYC 566 Psychology and the Law
    • PSYC 642 The Psychology of Families
    • PUAD 694/PUAD 854 Innovation and Organizational Change
    • PUAD 839 Professional Development Seminar
    • PUAD 845 Organizational Analysis
    • PUAD 852 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
    • PUAD 853 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
    • REL 107 Living Religions of the West
    • REL 124 Understanding the Bible
    • REL 475 Loving Relationships
    • SLAV 508 South Slavic Literature and Civilization
    • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology
    • SOC 130 Comparative Societies
    • SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values
    • SOC 220 Sociology of Families
    • SOC 352 Sociology of Sex Roles
    • SOC 523 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
    • SPAN 100 Spanish Reading Course
    • SPAN 322 Spanish Grammar: Form and Meaning in Context
    • SPAN 424 Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar
    • SPED 742 Methods and Assessment for Life Skills and Community Based Curricula
    • SPED 261 Families and Professional Partnerships
    • SPED 362/SPED 752 Introduction to the Discipline of Early Childhood Education
    • SPED 663/SPED 753 Assessment in Early Education
    • SPED 664/SPED 734 Inclusive Methods for Infants and Toddlers
    • SPED 707 Adolescents with Disabilities in the Middle/Secondary General Classroom
    • SPED 725 Intro to Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities
    • SPED 730 Characteristics of Mild to Moderate Disabilities
    • SPED 743 Methods: Functional Behavior Assessment, Positive Behavior Support, and Classroom Management
    • SPED 761 Foundations of PBS
    • SPED 762 Functional Assessment Methods for PBS
    • SPED 763 Development and Implementation of PBS Plans
    • SPED 764 Intervention Strategies for PBS (Part I)
    • SPED 765 Intervention Strategies for PBS (Part II)
    • SPED 766 Redesigning Environmental Systems
    • SPED 767 Creating Positive Lifestyles through PBS
    • SPED 798 Family Involvement and Student Involvement in Transition
    • SPED 798 Interagency Collaboration
    • SPED 798 Introduction to Transition Education and Services
    • SPED 798 Preparing Students for Employment and Postsecondary Education
    • SPED 798 Transition Assessment
    • SPED 856 Transition Education and Services from Childhood through Adulthood
    • SPED 857 Vocational Training and Employment
    • SPED 858 Assessment for Transition Planning
    • SPED 859 Interagency Services for Transition to Adulthood
    • SPLH 261 Survey of Communication Disorders
    • SPLH 764 Seminar in: Communication in Autism
    • SW 310 Managing Stress: Principles and Techniques for Coping, Prevention, and Wellness
    • SW 710 Social Work Practice I
    • SW 711 Social Work Practice II
    • SW 713 Community and Organizational Practice
    • SW 720 Social Policy and Program Analysis
    • SW 730 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    • SW 810 Clinical Social Work Practice
    • SW 811 Topics in Advanced Clinical Social Work
    • SW 842 Using Outcomes for Administrative and Advocacy Practice

    Independent Study

    Independent study has 2 definitions at KU:

    1. Research experience or directed readings independently pursued through an academic department.
    2. Self-paced credit courses managed through the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning.

    Contact your academic department to discuss independent study opportunities to investigate a special research problem or directed readings in an area not covered by regular courses. The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning coordinates Independent Study courses similar to courses taught face-to-face. For-credit Independent Study courses are available in online and media-supplemented versions. Request an Independent Study catalog by contacting 785-864-5823, enroll@ku.edu.

    Independent Study distance education courses are subject to the following requirements:

    Graduate credit

    No graduate credit is given for Independent Study courses outside of those approved and offered by KU under these distance-education guidelines: Distance-learning courses (Internet, interactive television, video, continuing education, and others) may be offered for graduate credit only if they are assigned a line number and taught by a member of the KU Graduate Faculty who is approved by the dean of the school or college offering the course and confirmed by the dean of Graduate Studies.

    Nondegree-seeking graduate students

    A student who has a baccalaureate degree and wishes to take graduate courses but not to earn a graduate degree may enroll as a nondegree-seeking student in Independent Study courses. Many of these courses may be approved for graduate credit. A student admitted for graduate work under nondegree status who subsequently decides to seek a graduate degree may apply for admission as a regular student. Once admitted, the major department must make a recommendation concerning which, if any, of the Independent Study courses already completed may count toward an advanced degree. Transferred credit and graduate Independent Study credit including distance-learning courses together may not exceed 6 hours (8 hours if the student holds a baccalaureate degree from KU), and they must not be the last hours required for the degree. Enrollment in approved distance-learning courses offered through KU cannot be used to fulfill the doctoral residence requirement. For maximum combined distance-learning courses and transferred credits, see Transfer of Credit in Regulations.

    International students

    Most international students are limited by federal regulations to taking one 3-hour Independent Study course each semester to count toward full-time enrollment. For details, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, 785-864-3617, isss@ku.edu.

  • Nondegree-seeking students

    View the Graduate Studies policies for nondegree-seeking students.

  • Probation and dismissal

    View the Graduate Studies policies on probation and dismissal.

  • Residence credit

    Residence credit includes all KU course work offered in the Schedule of Classes. Independent Study courses taken through Continuing Education count as residence credit. College-level course work includes only courses numbered 100 and above.

  • Student academic concerns (grievances)

    View the Graduate Studies policy on grievances.

  • Student academic creations (intellectual property)

    All enrolled students are subject to the Board of Regents and KU Intellectual Property Policies. The ownership of student works submitted in fulfillment of academic requirements remains with the creator(s). By enrolling in the institution, the student gives it a nonexclusive royalty-free license to mark on, modify, retain the work as required by the process of instruction, or otherwise handle the work as set out in the institution’s Intellectual Property Policy or in the course syllabus. The institution does not have the right to use the work in any other manner without the written consent of the creator(s).

  • Student responsibility

    All graduate students are responsible for informing themselves of requirements and policies of the Office of Graduate Studies. See the Graduate Studies website for the most up-to-date requirements and policies. They are also expected to be familiar with the regulations and requirements of their Graduate Divisions and departments and of their graduate programs. Members of the Graduate Faculty and of the staffs of the Graduate Divisions are ready to answer questions and offer counsel.

    It is each graduate student’s responsibility to know and observe all regulations and procedures relating to the graduate degree program the student is pursuing. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception be granted because students plead ignorance of, or contend that they were not informed of, requirements, regulations, procedures, and deadlines. Responsibility for following all policies and meeting all requirements and deadlines rests with the student.

  • Transfer of credit

    View the Graduate Studies policy on graduate credit, including transfer credit.

  • Nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action policy

    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

    Equal Opportunity Office, KU Medical Center, 1054 Wescoe, Mail Stop 2014, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-5000, 913-588-7963 (TDD).

    KU is committed to taking specific, result-oriented steps to increase the number of historically underrepresented person and increase overall diversity. The university also is committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of education and employment. Full texts of university policies on nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action, sexual harassment, and racial and ethnic harassment are available in the University of Kansas Policy Library.

    KU course catalogs are available in alternate format upon request. ContactDisability Resources, 785-864-2620 (v/TTY), achieve@ku.edu, in Lawrence; or at KU Medical Center, contact Carol Wagner, 913-588-7813 (V) or 913-588-7963 (TDD), cwagner@kumc.edu.

  • Diversity of the student body

    The University of Kansas values diversity in its student body and believes that the intentional creation of a diverse learning environment is essential to achieving the university’s educational mission. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected.

    To build a diverse community, the university considers, in addition to academic credentials, the following criteria for student admission decisions, scholarship recognition, and program participation. While each factor is significant, no one factor will be considered determinative in the decision process:

    • Bilingual or multilingual abilities
    • Cultural background
    • Ethnicity
    • Evidence of commitment to diversity
    • Evidence of leadership skills
    • First-generation college student
    • Geographic diversity
    • Financial, social, family, physical, or educational hardships
    • Previous career before pursuing higher education
    • Race
    • Service to community
    • Socio-economic status
    • Urban/rural background
    • Other unique contributions

    This policy was approved by Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway on April 9, 2004, and applies to all University of Kansas campuses.

  • Withdrawal from a course (dropping a course)

    Complete information about withdrawing from a course is available online. Select Changing your Schedule for current procedures. The Office of the University Registrar, Student Records Center, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 151, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4423, kuregistrar@ku.edu, also can provide current information.

    KU Medical Center's course withdrawal policy is online.

  • Students whose first language Is not English

    There are minimum English proficiency requirements for admission to graduate programs and for graduate teaching assistants. View the Graduate Studies policy on English proficiency.

  • Withdrawal from the university (dropping all courses)

    Complete information about withdrawing from a course is available online. Select Withdraw from KU for current procedures. The Office of the University Registrar, Student Records Center, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 151, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4423, kuregistrar@ku.edu, also can provide current information.

    KU Medical Center's withdrawal policy is online. KUMC students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

  • Enrollment

    View the Graduate Studies policies on enrollment.

  • Graduate credit

    View the Graduate Studies policy on graduate credit.

  • Language requirements (master?s degrees)

    There is no general language requirement for any of the master’s degrees, but some departments and programs have such a requirement. Applicants should consult their prospective departments.

  • Special conditions for specified types of research

    There are certain types of research or activities that may not be pursued unless specific prior approval and/or training has been obtained.

    KU Medical Center students should refer to KUMC Office of Compliance policies.

    The student’s responsibilities for such activities are as follows:

    1. Human Subjects Committee, Lawrence. KU requires prior review by the Human Subjects Committee Lawrence (HSCL) of all research projects involving human subjects. There are no exceptions. Although certain types of research may be exempt from record keeping, the committee decides which projects fall in the exempt class. It is the student’s responsibility to become acquainted with KU guidelines for research involving human subjects, to submit an application, and to observe the conditions of the committee-approved application. Normally these guidelines first are discussed with the student’s adviser, but students are encouraged to contact the HSCL co-coordinator, Mary Denning 785-864-7385, mdenning@ku.edu, for information, applications, and instructions at any time. Expedited projects may be approved within 1 week. Committee-reviewed projects may take 4 weeks. Delays may be avoided by contacting HSCL before submitting applications.
    2. Research or classroom activities involving ionizing radiation sources or class 2, 3, or 4 lasers. No student may handle sources or machines that emit ionizing radiation or class 2, 3, or 4 lasers unless that student has been appropriately trained and the Environment, Health, and Safety–Radiation Safety Service has verified, documented, and approved that training to be adequate for the proposed activities. Appropriate safety courses or training normally are available during each academic term. A source of ionizing radiation may be used only as specified in an approved permit issued by the EHS–Radiation Safety Service and/or the Laboratory Safety–Laser Safety Subcommittee. The student is responsible for knowing the conditions of the permit under which the activities will be carried out. Usually such activities will be discussed first with the research adviser or classroom instructor, but students may contact the EHS–Radiation Safety Service, 785-864-4089, at any time.
    3. Research or classroom activities involving biohazards or hazardous chemicals. No student may handle biohazards or hazardous chemicals unless that student has been appropriately trained by a qualified individual. (This may be an instructor, a research adviser or the Environment, Health, and Safety department.) Activities or projects involving the use of biohazards or hazardous chemicals require that the EHS department be notified. Some projects or activities may require an approved permit issued by the EHS department, the Laboratory Safety–Biosafety Subcommittee, or the Laboratory Safety–Chemical Safety Subcommittee. Recombinant DNA research must be approved by the Recombinant DNA committee. If the student’s activities potentially involve biohazards or hazardous chemicals, prior consultation with the instructor, research adviser, or the EHS department concerning safe use and disposal requirements is mandatory. Contact EHS at 785-864-4089.
    4. Research involving animals. All research involving animals requires prior approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and must be carried out by individuals appropriately trained as specified in federal regulations and approved by IACUC. The staff of the Animal Care Unit (ACU) conducts orientation and training sessions at the beginning of every semester and as needed. IACUC policy requires attendance at such a session before working with animals. Faculty members are advised of meeting times. Although the student’s adviser should be familiar with requirements, students may contact IACUC at 785-864-8841 in Lawrence, or 913-588-7015 at KU Medical Center, for information.
  • Leave of absence

    A leave of absence may be granted upon request.

    View the Graduate Studies policy on leaves of absence.

    View the KU Medical Center policy on leaves of absence.

  • University faculty and advanced degrees

    View the Graduate Studies policy on university faculty and advanced degrees.

  • Admission

    View the Graduate Studies policies on admission.

  • Doctoral degrees

    View the Graduate Studies policies for doctoral students.

  • Graduate assistantships

    View the Graduate Studies policies on graduate assistantships.

  • Graduate certificates

    View the Graduate Studies policies on graduate certificate programs.

  • Graduate faculty status

    View the Graduate Studies policy on graduate faculty appointments.

  • Master's degrees

    View the Graduate Studies policies for master's students.

  • Posthumous degrees

    View current policies on posthumous degrees.

  • Grievances

    View the Graduate Studies policy on grievances.

  • Research skills and responsible scholarship

    View the Graduate Studies policy on research skills and responsible scholarship.

    Responsible scholarship requirements were approved after this catalog was finalized. Contact your department or program for more information about this requirement for doctoral students.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.