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Below is a list of frequently asked about academic policies. A complete list of University-wide policies can be found on the policy library.
If you’re enrolled in a course and want to cancel it, you must do so in writing. It is not enough to stop submitting assignments for an ODL course, as this results in a grade of F or N being assigned by the instructor. To cancel a course you need to download and fill out the Registration and Cancel/Add form or use the copy provided in the welcome packet ODL mailed to you.
Please keep in mind that:
- Cancellation deadlines differ based on which section you have registered.
- If you cancel before the set deadline, the course will be removed from your transcript. If you cancel later than the deadline, the course will remain on your transcript with W (for Withdrawal) in place of a grade.
- If the final deadline is passed, you will need to petition for a late cancellation with your college's Scholastic Committee.
- Refunds depend on the deadline by which you cancel your registration. For questions about refunds, contact the One Stop Student Services Center.
Closed Courses and Late Registration
Please note that late registration is not available for closed extended-term Online and Distance Learning courses; simply register for the next month's section. For semester-based ODL courses, registration closes at the end of the first week of classes.
It is University policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, or systemic) that may affect their ability to participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Resource Center to have a confidential discussion of their individual needs for accommodations: Disability Resource Center, McNamara Alumni Center, Suite #180, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; (612) 626-1333 Voice or TTY; firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-mail Account Policy
All registered students receive a University of Minnesota e-mail/Internet account. This account is the University’s official means of communicating with you and also enables you to access many University resources, including your student records, UM Pay (the online tuition payment system), online course(s), Gmail, grades and transcripts, and more.
To initiate your e-mail account follow the on-screen instructions. If you need assistance, please call 612-301-4357.
Grade Base, Changes in
You may change your A-F or S/N grade base early in your term in person at the One Stop Student Services Centers, or by mail or fax, or by using the e-mail form. After the deadline for your term, students admitted to a degree program at the University of Minnesota should contact their college’s advising office for forms and procedures.
Contact the CCE Information Center for the required forms and procedures if:
- You are admitted to a College of Continuing Education degree or certificate program; or
- You are not admitted to any program and are only taking courses.
The University does not send notices of course grades to students. Grading procedures and requirements for courses are determined by the instructor and outlined in the specific course.
Holds on a student record must be cleared before registering. Check for notice of any hold, including the name of the department or office where it may be cleared.
"Incomplete," Requesting an
If you cannot complete a course on time, you can ask your instructor before the term ends for an incomplete. An incomplete (I) is a temporary grade that will automatically change to an F or N after a year if you do not complete the course work.
- Use the ODL Incomplete Agreement form.
- If you are using financial aid, talk to One Stop Student Services before requesting an incomplete, as it could affect your financial aid.
Instructors, Contacting Former ODL
Sometimes students have concerns about their course grades long after their term is finished. If you contact the Continuing Education office about an Online and Distance Learning course grade within one year after your term is finished, the staff will make reasonable efforts to put you in touch with the instructor to discuss your concerns. If it has been longer, Continuing Education makes no assurances that your instructor will still be available to discuss your grade.
The University of Minnesota Regents Policy on Student Conduct defines scholastic dishonesty as "plagiarizing; cheating on assignments or examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using test materials without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsements; or altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record; or fabricating or falsifying of data, research procedures, or data analysis."
Transcripts and Records
In accordance with Regents policy, state, and federal law, information about a student generally may not be released to a third party without the student’s permission. (Exceptions under the law include state and federal educational and financial institutions.)