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Undergraduate Record 2017-2018

McIntire School of Commerce: Academic Rules, Regulations, and Information


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DISCLAIMER
The website of the 2017-2018 Record is under revision until September 1st. The information provided may change so please be sure to check with your School of Enrollment for verification of the information or check back after September 1st. If you have any questions please feel free to contact ureg@virginia.edu.


Admission Requirements

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Prior to enrolling in the McIntire School, a student must complete the following courses:

Commerce


Students transferring from other colleges and Universities should consult with the McIntire Office of Undergraduate Admission regarding appropriate transfer courses, generally an Introduction to Business or similar course.

Non-Commerce


AP credit for STAT1120 also accepted

Other English courses that will satisfy the Writing Requirement are ENWR 1505 and 1506; 1507 and 1508; ENWR 2520.

Note: English Composition, Humanities and Foreign Language requirements as defined in the Record, College of Arts and Sciences chapter, area requirements section. Three humanities credits are required prior to enrollment. Three additional humanities credits (which may include additional ENWR) will be required before graduation and may be taken either before or after entering the McIntire School.

Students planning to concentrate in Finance are encouraged to complete additional elective coursework in mathematics particularly if they received AP or transfer credit for the Math requirement.

Students planning to concentrate in IT or finance are encouraged to complete a computer programming course.


Academic Advising

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All new incoming students are assigned an Academic Advisor from the Office of Student Services and Academic Operations. These advisors support students’ navigation of the general Commerce curriculum including concentration and track requirements, course enrollment and selection, and final degree completion. Students meet with their advisors at least once per semester.


Academic Standing

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Academic Probation

A student will be placed on probation for the following fall/spring term if he or she:

  1. passes fewer than 12 credits; OR
  2. earns less than a 2.000 grade point average in any fall/spring semester; OR
  3. carries fewer than 15 credits of graded work per semester without permission.

A student on probation shall retain such status for one semester and must achieve a 2.0 semester grade point average to be removed from probation. Students are not removed from probation by attending summer school. Students placed on probation for work completed in the fall/spring semester preceding graduation will not be allowed to graduate. No student on probation may be a member of any organization that publicly represents the University.

Suspension

Suspension involves enforced withdrawal from the University and may be issued whenever a student:

  1. passes fewer than nine credits or earns less than a 1.800 grade point average in one semester; OR
  2. incurs probation for two consecutive semesters; OR
  3. incurs probation after a suspension.

Suspension normally lasts for one academic year; one full fall term and one full spring term must elapse before the student may request readmission to the University. Students under suspension may not apply transfer credits from other institutions toward their degree.

Readmission is not automatic and students are encouraged to meet with the Associate Dean for Student Services and Academic Operations of the McIntire School to determine appropriate goals to be achieved while suspended. Application for readmission is considered upon presentation of evidence that the difficulties that led to suspension have been overcome. The application for readmission is to be submitted to the Undergraduate Program Rules Committee through the Associate Dean by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. A second suspension is final; no student who is suspended a second time will be readmitted.


Appeals from Students

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Grade Appeals

Students who wish to appeal a Commerce grade must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor of the course. The appeal must be in writing and filed within 30 days of the first class day of the following semester. Absent a satisfactory outcome, the student should submit a written appeal to the Associate Dean of the B.S. in Commerce Degree Program, who will review the matter and consult with the Undergraduate Program Rules Committee. The final level of appeal is to the Dean of the McIntire School. Students who have questions about the grade appeal process or who wish to discuss any classroom issue may contact the Associate Dean for Student Services and Academic Operations of the McIntire School. Grades cannot be changed after a degree is conferred.

Request for Exception to the Academic Rules Committee - Petitions

Students may appeal/request exceptions to the stated rules and regulations of the Commerce School with regard to enrollment, grades, or general academic policies. Students who believe there is a valid reason for requesting an exception must petition the Undergraduate Program Rules Committee. Decisions of the petition(s) are subject to the discretion of the Academic Rules Committee.


Awards for Academic Excellence

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Dean’s List

Students who pass at least 15 credits of graded work in the semester with a GPA of 3.75 or above will be placed on the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students. Courses taken on a CR/NC basis may not be counted toward the 15-credit minimum. Any student receiving an F or NC during the semester is not eligible to be on the Dean’s List.

Diploma with Distinction

Diplomas inscribed with “distinction” are awarded to undergraduate Commerce students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher based on all graded coursework completed while enrolled in McIntire.


Curricular Requirements

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It is the philosophy of the McIntire School of Commerce that students should be broadly educated to deal with the complex issues of the business community and society at large. The school’s program is designed to increase students’ skills and build upon previous knowledge. In order to effectively achieve program goals, the school requires that students be enrolled full-time for two academic years and complete a minimum of 57 credits. Students are also required to complete all core, concentration, and elective Commerce courses at the McIntire School of Commerce (see Study Abroad section). In addition, students must earn a minimum of 60 credits at the University of Virginia. A degree program must be completed in four academic semesters excluding summer and J-Term. Exceptions to this policy must be submitted to, and approved by, the McIntire Undergraduate Rules Committee.

Students in the third-year curriculum are required to register for 15 graded credits. A student may register for three more credits than were passed the preceding semester, up to 21 total credits. During the third year a student must complete the following core curriculum in sequence during the fall and spring semesters:

Fall Semester


Spring Semester


Commerce Electives


Students are required to earn 3-6 credits in Commerce electives from among 3000- and 4000- level courses after enrollment in The McIntire School of Commerce.

Non-Commerce Electives


After enrollment, students may take any courses necessary to complete the 57-credit requirement.


Course Rules

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Attendance

Students are expected to attend all lectures and other prescribed activities of the courses for which they are registered. Although the course instructor sets course attendance requirements, any student who is absent from more than 50 percent of the lectures may automatically receive a grade of F in that course.

Consistent with the UVA Undergraduate Record, unless otherwise notified by the instructor, students enrolled in all Commerce School undergraduate classes are required to attend every scheduled class and to arrive on time prepared for the class. If you are unable to attend class for any reason, including illness, you must notify your instructor in advance of the class in order to be considered for an excused absence. If you believe that you have an illness or are developing an illness (i.e., have symptoms such as fever, aches, or a cough), you should request an excused absence from your instructor. In courses where class participation represents a portion of the course grade, the instructor has complete discretion to assign the class participation grade that s/he decides is appropriate in the event of an excused absence. Faculty may drop students from their class with notification who are not in attendance on the first day of the semester.

Audio and Video Taping and Distribution of Class Materials

The general policy of the McIntire School is to prohibit audio and video recording of classroom lectures and discussions. Audio and video recording are only allowed under special circumstances (e.g., students with documented disabilities) and only with the prior written permission of the instructor.

Any audio or video recording or all other class materials handed out in class or posted to websites such as Blackboard, or COLLAB may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, for compensation, or for any other purpose other than study by students enrolled in the class. Public distribution of such materials may constitute copyright infringement. Unauthorized use of class notes or recordings may subject an individual to University Honor, Judicial charges, and/or legal action.

Changes in Schedule

Typically students have 2 weeks to add and drop courses after the start of the semester. Add/drop/Withdrawal changes in students’ class schedules are made via SIS. Commerce students may withdraw from non-commerce courses though SIS based upon University deadlines and Commerce hour requirements.  Students may not withdraw from 3000 or 4000 level Commerce courses.

Course Completion

No 4000-level Commerce courses may be taken prior to satisfactory completion of all required third-year core courses except with instructor permission.  COMM 3410 may be taken prior to enrollment in the McIntire School or in the fourth year, and if taken at the University of Virginia will be included in the student’s 39 Commerce credits.  Any Global Commerce Immersion (GCI) concentration course taken prior to enrollment may count toward the concentration and Global Commerce Track but will not count toward the 39 Commerce credits after enrollment.   

Course Restrictions

Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis and any courses offered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies may be taken only on an overload basis (i.e., above the minimum semester graded course load requirements) and may not be used to satisfy any McIntire degree requirements.

Exclusion from Classes

Any student who is making no real progress in a course may, at any time during the semester, be excluded from the course (with a grade of F) by the Dean upon recommendation of the course instructor.

Repeating Courses

No course, once passed (D- or better), can be repeated to improve the recorded grade.


Degree Information

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Credit Requirements


Students must earn 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science in Commerce. Of these:

  1. 48 credits must be in Commerce courses 
  2. 57 credits must be in non-Commerce courses (including ECON 2010 and ECON 2020);
  3. 15 credits may be in either Commerce or non-Commerce courses.

Students must earn the following minimum credits after enrollment at McIntire:

  1. 57 total credits;
  2. 39 credits in Commerce, including:
    1. 24 credits of core courses;
    2. 9-12 credits of courses in a concentration;
    3. 3-6 elective credits 

A degree candidate needing 27 or fewer credits to meet degree requirements may carry as few as 12 graded credits per fall/spring semester for a total of 27 graded credits in the fourth year.  However, any student carrying fewer than 15 credits is not eligible for the Dean’s List.

Grade Requirements


Students must achieve at least a 2.000 grade point average for:

  1. all course work completed;
  2. all course work within the concentration;
  3. all Commerce courses;
  4. course work taken during the semester immediately preceding graduation. This semester must be completed in good academic standing (see Academic Standing).

Final Examinations

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Students are not permitted to take a final examination before its regularly scheduled time. When genuinely serious conditions exist, students, with consent of the course instructor and approval of Dean’s Office, may be allowed to postpone a final examination until later in the exam period or after the regular exam period. Customarily, McIntire has allowed students faced with exams in three consecutive periods to take one of them at an alternative time. Unexcused absence from a final examination results in an automatic F in the course. 


Grades

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Audit

Commerce courses may not be taken on an audit basis.

Credit/No Credit Grades

After enrollment in McIntire, both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students, may only take courses CR/NC on an overload basis (i.e., above the minimum semester graded course load requirements – 15 per semester 3rd year and 27 total 4th year for degree seeking students). CR/NC classes may not be used to satisfy any McIntire requirements except the 57 non-commerce requirement and the 120 total hours required for graduation. Commerce courses may not be taken on a CR/NC basis, except in the rare case when a commerce course section is offered only as a credit/no credit grade for all students enrolled in that section.

Grade Appeals

Students who wish to appeal a Commerce grade must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor of the course. The appeal must be in writing and filed within 30 days of the first class day of the following semester. Absent a satisfactory outcome, the student should submit a written appeal to the Associate Dean of the B.S. in Commerce Degree Program, who will review the matter and consult with the Undergraduate Program Rules Committee. The final level of appeal is to the Dean of the McIntire School. Students who have questions about the grade appeal process or who wish to discuss any classroom issue may contact the Associate Dean for Student Services of the McIntire School. Grades cannot be changed after a degree is conferred.

Grade Changes

No grade may be changed after it has been submitted to UREG (University Registrar) without the approval of the Dean. The Dean is not authorized by the faculty to change a grade submitted to UREG (University Registrar) except when an instructor certifies that, because of errors in calculation or transcription, an incorrect grade has been submitted. Instructors must submit grade change forms via the Student Information System (SIS). Grades cannot be changed after a degree is conferred, or more than one semester following the end of the course, which ever comes first.

Students who wish to appeal a Commerce grade must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor of the course. The appeal must be in writing and filed within 30 days of the first class day of the following semester. Absent a satisfactory outcome, the student should submit a written appeal to the Associate Dean of the B.S. in Commerce Degree Program, who will review the matter and consult with the Undergraduate Program Rules Committee. The final level of appeal is to the Dean of the McIntire School.

Incomplete

The symbol IN (incomplete) is used when additional course work is required or examinations need to be taken in order to fulfill the requirements of the course. A student may not request an IN in an attempt to raise his or her grade. An IN automatically becomes an F thirty days after the final examination date, unless work in the course is completed satisfactorily within that time or arrangements have been made with both the Associate Dean for Student Services and the instructor for work to be made up later.

Withdrawals

Typically students enrolled in the McIntire School of Commerce have 2 weeks to add and drop courses after the start of the semester. Students may not withdraw from 3000- and 4000-level Commerce courses. Withdrawal from 1000- and 2000-level Commerce courses is allowed based upon University deadlines (typically eight weeks from the first day of the semester) and hour requirements. Commerce students may withdraw from non-commerce courses through SIS based upon University deadlines and Commerce hour requirements. Add/Drop/Withdrawal changes in students’ class schedules are made via SIS.


Intra-University Transfers

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Transfer Back to the College

Students who have been accepted for transfer from the College to McIntire School of Commerce that wish to reverse the process and return to the College, may do so before the beginning of the semester. Once the semester starts, they remain enrolled as students in McIntire and apply as an Intra-University Transfer student. A student who completes one or more semesters at McIntire and then wishes to return to the College must apply as an Intra-University Transfer.


Leaving and Returning to the University

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Enforced Withdrawal

Students may be forced to withdraw from the University for habitual delinquency in class, habitual idleness, or any other fault that prevents the student from fulfilling the purpose implied by enrollment at the University. Students who are forced to withdraw during a given term will have the notation “Withdrawal Date: MM/DD/YYYY” entered on their permanent academic records following the semester in which the action occurred. A grade of W (withdrawal) will be entered for each course in which the student was registered. Students who have been forced to withdraw must apply for readmission to their dean’s office in the same manner as suspended students. A grade of W cannot be changed.

Leave of Absence

Upon successful completion of any semester in the McIntire School, a Commerce student may take a leave of absence for a one year or two years by meeting with the Associate Dean for Student Services and Academic Operations and filing a leave of absence request.  Students taking such leave may normally return only in the academic semester that follows the last completed semester (e.g., a student who takes a leave after the fall semester, third year, must enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester). In order to leave, withdraw, or transfer, students must complete the “Leaving the University” (Leaves, Withdrawals, and Transfers) form which can be found on the SIS Student Self Service page in a box on the lower right titled eForms.

Readmission depends upon a student’s status at the time of leaving the McIntire School. Students having at least a 2.000 average in the McIntire School, who are making satisfactory progress toward their degree, may return in the appropriate semester as stated above. Students with less than a 2.00 average or who have not been making satisfactory progress toward their degree (e.g., they have not completed or passed courses required at the level attained when they requested the leave of absence) may be required by the Associate Dean for Student Services and Academic Operations of the McIntire School to attend the University’s summer session to take prescribed courses before re-enrollment.

Any student who wishes to be readmitted after a leave of absence must submit a readmission request to the Associate Dean for Student Services and Academic Operations of the McIntire School by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. In addition, students should consult “Returning to the University” in the University Regulations—Academic section of this Record for policies that govern their readmission at the University. 

Medical Withdrawal

Applications for withdrawal for medical reasons must be made in writing to the student’s academic dean’s office and must be approved by the dean. A grade of W (withdrawal) will be entered for each course in which the student was registered. Subsequent medical review and recommendation from the Department of Student Health is required for readmission. A grade of W cannot be changed.

Readmission 

Students who wish to return to the University after a suspension, a withdrawal, or an unapproved absence from the University, must be formally readmitted to their last school of enrollment. Applications for readmission are not guaranteed. 

Applications must include a statement from the student that (1) addresses the student’s readiness to return to the University in light of any serious difficulties during his/her most recent enrollment (e.g. financial, medical, personal hardship), and (2) outlines the student’s academic plan for his/her remaining semesters.

Readmission depends upon a student’s status at the time of leaving the McIntire School. Students taking such leave may normally return only in the academic semester that follows the last completed semester (e.g., a student who takes a leave after the fall semester, third year, must enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester). Students having at least a 2.000 average in the McIntire School, who are making satisfactory progress toward their degree, may return in the appropriate semester as stated above. Students with less than a 2.00 average or who have not been making satisfactory progress toward their degree (e.g., they have not completed or passed courses required at the level attained when they requested the leave of absence) may be required by the Associate Dean for Student Services of the McIntire School to attend the University’s summer session to take prescribed courses before re-enrollment.  Applications for readmission must be approved by the student’s academic dean, the Department of Student Health (if applicable), the Office of Student Financial Services, and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Any student who wishes to be readmitted must submit a Returning to the University request to the Associate Dean for Student Services and Academic Operations of the McIntire School by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.  Students who have received a withdrawal notation on their transcript for two consecutive academic terms (not including Summers Session of J-Term), regardless of the lapse in time between the two terms, may not apply for readmission to the University for two years.  In addition, students should consult “Returning to the University” in the University Regulations—Academic section of this Record for policies that govern their readmission at the University.

Voluntary Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the University before the conclusion of a semester with the following conditions:

  1. Students under the age of 18 must give notice to their parents or legal guardians of their intention to withdraw. Evidence of this notice must be provided at the time of withdrawal.
  2. Applications for withdrawal must be made in writing to the student’s Academic Dean’s office and must be approved by the Dean.
  3. Undergraduate students may withdraw from the University before the conclusion of a semester, specifically up to the last day of the final examination period.
  4. Student may specify on the “Leaving the University” form whether their request to withdraw is for medical reasons. Students approved for withdrawal for medical reasons will need medical review from the Department of Student Health before they will be approved for readmission to the University; this medical review may take up to three weeks in addition to any deadline set by their school, so students should apply as early as possible when they wish to return to the University.
  5. Students who withdraw from the University voluntarily will have the notation “withdrew (date)” recorded on their permanent academic record. Students who withdraw will receive a grades of W in their courses. A grade of W cannot be changed.

In order to leave, withdraw, or transfer, please complete the “Leaving University” (Leaves, Withdrawals, and Transfers) form which can be found on the SIS Student Self Service page in a box on the lower right titled eForms. A student who withdraws for reasons of ill health must obtain medical clearance from the Department of Student Health prior to re-enrollment. A Commerce student who withdraws during the first semester in the McIntire School (fall semester, third year) will not be guaranteed readmission to the school.

Any Commerce student who subsequently wishes to return must submit a written request for readmission to the associate dean for student services of the McIntire School by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Commerce students may return only in the academic semester that follows the student’s last successfully completed academic semester. For example, a student who withdraws during the spring semester, third year, must re-enroll in third-year courses in a subsequent spring semester. In addition, students should consult “Returning to the University” in the University Regulations—Academic section of this Record for policies that govern their readmission to the University.


Majors and Minors

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Concentrations

Students may concentrate in two disciplines, in which case the requirements for both must be satisfied.  Generally, a single course may not be counted simultaneously for credit in dual concentrations.  However, students concentrating in finance and accounting may count COMM 3110 toward satisfying requirements for both concentrations.  However, the credits may not be double counted toward the 120 credit degree requirement.  The McIntire School of Commerce, due to resources, can guarantee the fulfillment of only one concentration, but will work to assist students wishing to pursue dual concentrations.  There is no triple concentration. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in all concentration courses.

Major/Minor

Commerce students may pursue one major and/or one minor in the College of Arts & Sciences or other UVA school outside of Commerce. Students may not declare two minors, but they may declare a major and a minor. Prior permission must be obtained from the Chair or Director of undergraduate programs of the department in which the student is seeking the major or minor. 

In pursuing the above, students do not receive two degrees from the University. They receive a B.S. in Commerce.  Concentration, major and/or minor status is reflected on student transcripts.

Students are responsible for completing the major or minor form from the appropriate department and for obtaining the signature of the chair or director of that program. Forms must be submitted to the Director of Student Information and Records of the McIntire School, who monitors the satisfactory completion of requirements.

Commerce courses may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one major or minor within the Commerce School.

Tracks

A track is a specialty area of study crossing over multiple disciplines. Courses taken to satisfy track requirements can also be used to satisfy concentration, minor, or major requirements. Commerce students may complete up to two tracks if course scheduling allows this flexibility. Due to resources, the McIntire School cannot guarantee the fulfillment of tracks. Students must maintain 2.0 grade point average in all track courses.


Study Abroad

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Commerce students are highly encouraged to study abroad while enrolled at the McIntire School of Commerce. Participation in a business study abroad program provides a unique opportunity to study global business practices, experience another culture, and develop your professional skillset. Commerce students wishing to study abroad should meet with McIntire Global Programs staff within Student Services and Academic Operations. to explore the various opportunities available. A wide range of semester programs exists that allow students to study abroad for a full semester and satisfy Commerce degree requirements. Students may satisfy ICE requirements by studying abroad on an approved Commerce program in the spring of third year. Students may also choose to study abroad for a semester during their fourth year or complete a short-term course led by a McIntire faculty member. The short-term Global Commerce Immersion (GCI) courses are offered in January, Spring Break, and May terms and may satifsy a concentration or track requirement for third and fourth year Commerce students.

For students who are studying abroad on a McIntire-approved semester program, the transfer credits from one study abroad semester will be included in the McIntire 57-credit residency requirement. However, students must fulfill the University’s residency requirement - students must earn a minimum of 60 credits at the University of Virginia. To study abroad in a Commerce course or program, students must be in academic good standing and have a cumulative GPA at U.Va. of no less than 3.000 at the point of application to study abroad.  Any Global Commerce Immersion (GCI) concentration course taken prior to enrollment may count toward the concentration and Global Commerce Track but will not count toward the 39 Commerce credits after enrollment. 


Transfer Credit

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Credit toward a degree is allowed for approved work completed in another college or university upon presentation of a satisfactory transcript of record. The School of Commerce grants transfer credit based on an analysis of the content, level, and comparability of the courses taken, the applicability of the courses to the student’s intended major and degree program, the quality of the student’s performance in the course, and the accreditation of the institution at which the course work was completed. However, no credit will be given for a required upper-level Commerce course unless the course is taken in the McIntire School or an approved McIntire study-abroad program. In no case will the total transfer credit granted toward a degree in the McIntire School of Commerce be more than 63 credits. Students must earn a minimum of 60 credits at the University of Virginia. No adjustment of transfer credit for prior course work will be made after the first semester in the school. (See Transfer Credit in the University Regulations section.) Students wishing to transfer credit for course work taken after enrollment in the school must receive prior approval from the Registrar. Students under suspension may not apply transfer credits from other institutions toward their degree. (See Suspension) In general, credit will not be granted for:

  1. work completed with grade lower than C;
  2. business courses beyond the elementary courses in accounting and principles of economics; or
  3. more than one credit of physical or health education courses.