University of Colorado Colorado Springs: College of Business


College of Business Academic Policies

Academic Policies

It is your responsibility to know and follow all Academic Policies as established by the University and the College of Business.  The Academic Policies are set forth in the University's Academic Catalog, but are also available in the Schedule of Courses for any given semester and online.

Below is a listing of the current academic policies within the College of Business:

Administrative Drop

Attendance Policy

Grading Policies

Honor Code and Academic Dishonesty

Independent Study


Online Courses and Programs


Probation and Suspension

Transfer Credit


Administrative Drop

Through the semester census date, individual faculty, program directors or the dean may initiate the process to drop students who do not have the proper course prerequisites and/or class standing for courses. Students who fail to meet written class attendance policies may be administratively dropped. Students who do not attend the first class without receiving prior permission from the instructor may also be dropped.


Attendance Policy
It is the expectation of the College of Business and Administration that students will attend all classes.  However, classroom attendance policy is left to the discretion of the faculty member. Students are responsible for knowing the attendance policies of individual instructors. Business faculty may drop students who do not attend the first class (without prior permission from the instructor). This policy allows the adding of wait-listed students who attend the first class. Students registering after the first class meeting should obtain approval from the instructor prior to enrolling and are responsible for all assignments, notes, materials, etc. given during missed instructional time.


Grading Policies

Audit/No Credit
The College will not approve business courses taken as audit or for no credit.

Failed Courses
Although failed courses may be repeated, the earned F will remain on the student's transcript and will be included in his/her grade point average.

Grade Appeals
Final grades as reported by faculty are to be considered permanent and final. While it is the sole prerogative of the faculty to award grades, it is also a student's right to appeal a course grade that he or she feels was awarded in error or unfairly.

In any appeal, it is understood that the burden of proof justifying a change of grade is upon the student. Each step in the appeal process should be completed in a timely manner. The academic year consists of three semesters, summer, fall and spring. A student should initiate a grade appeal no more than one semester after the initial grade was assigned.  For each course, a student may appeal only once.  It is the student's responsibility to produce all materials that have been returned to the class relevant to the determination of the grade. It is the faculty member's responsibility to produce all materials relevant to the grade which have not been returned to the student. In the event that group project materials were part of the student's grade, it is the student's responsibility to produce all those materials that were returned to the group that are relevant to the grade. At all stages of this process, the faculty of record shall be kept informed of the appeal and be provided with copies of all written records. Furthermore, the faculty shall be notified of any proposed grade change.

Step I The student must first appeal directly to the course instructor. It is expected that most disagreements will be resolved at this level. In extraordinary circumstances (absence or death of the faculty member or in instances involving formal complaints of harassment or discrimination in the award of a grade) this step can be bypassed and the student can move on to Step II.

Step II If a student cannot resolve the disagreement with the course instructor, then he or she may appeal to the department chair. In the event that the course instructor is the Department Chair, the Associate Dean  will act as the Department Chair. The department chair has the discretion to handle the issue verbally or to ask the student to put the complaint/issue into writing including why the grade was unfair or in error.  If the department chair asks for the issue in writing, the time limit will be two weeks for the student to do so. If the appeal is found to be justified, a recommendation will be made to the course faculty member to change the grade.

Step III The student may appeal the Department Chair's finding to the Dean's level (Associate Dean) of the College of Business. The Dean may consult or refer appeal to the Graduate or Undergraduate Team, whichever is appropriate. At the Dean's level, all appeals must be in writing.  In cases where formal allegations of harassment or discrimination accompany the appeal, the Dean will consult the Director of Affirmative Action.  The decision of the Dean is final, and the dean has the authority to change the grade.

Incomplete Grades
In special circumstances, a student may be awarded an incomplete grade (I).  Incomplete grades (I) are only appropriate for students who have completed a substantial portion of the semester but then become ill, or encounter other documentable extenuating circumstances beyond their control, preventing them from completing their course work.

Instructors have the sole discretion to award an incomplete grade. The purpose of an incomplete grade is to allow students to make up missing work or exams. To resolve an incomplete grade, the student must meet with their instructor to develop a plan for completion and must submit the specified work by the deadline established. Students may not attend any part of the course a second time in an effort to complete a pending incomplete without re-enrolling. If a student elects to re-enroll before resolving the incomplete, the most recent grade, in addition to the (I), will remain on the student's permanent academic record. In all cases where an incomplete is not remedied within one calendar year, the (I) grade will automatically convert to an F on the student's permanent academic record. Students are responsible to ensure that all incomplete grades are resolved at least four weeks prior to their scheduled graduation date.

Pass/Fail Course Registration
With the exception of BUAD 3010, 3020, 3030, internships numbered 4960 and 6960, and certain experimental courses, students in the College of Business and Administration may not use courses taken on a pass/fail basis to satisfy required courses. Only open electives may be taken on a pass/fail basis and applied towards the undergraduate degree. No pass/fail courses may be taken and applied toward the Graduate degree program. Pass/fail determination must be made within the first two weeks of the semester and is irreversible


Honor Code and Academic Dishonesty

The students of the College of Business conceived an Honor Code that has been accepted and endorsed by the College.  Students strive to build successful futures with PRIDE:

  • Professional and Academic Accountability
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Demonstrate Courage
  • Excellence


Additionally, the College of Business follows and enforces the Student Conduct rules and policies that are set forth by the university to include the enforcement of academic dishonesty issues. 

Students caught engaging in academic dishonesty may receive a zero on the assignment in question, a “F” in the class , or be suspended from the College of Business and/or university for any violation. If a student is issued a penalty for an academic dishonesty issue, the student is allowed to appeal the penalty decision.   Following is the appeal process:  Student Appeal Process for Academic Misconduct.


Independent Study
Junior, senior and graduate business students desiring to explore business topics beyond regular business course coverage may take variable credit independent study courses (1-3 semester hours) under the direction of a full-time member of the faculty who approves the project. The student must also have the prior approval of the dean. Information and request forms are available in the College of Business  undergraduate offices.  The College of Business and Administration does not grant credit for work experience or cooperative education programs. Tutoring of lower division courses is considered a form of work experience, and is not accepted for academic credit. A maximum of 6 hours of pre-approved independent study credit may be applied to the undergraduate business.


The College of Business and Administration offers the opportunity for business students to obtain internships both for credit and not for credit. Information on business internships is available by contacting the Director of Internship and Placement.

Online Courses and Program
The online program at UCCS follows the same format as our on campus classes - each course is offered in the "regular" 16 week semester -  the courses are not correspondence courses.  Students ernolled int he online program or in any online course are required to meet and follow all College of business rules and polcies that are inplace for the College to include classroom attendance, honor code enforcement, student code of conduct and classroom behavior guideles


A business student can request a modification or exception to the academic program requirements or policies that are in place for the College of Business.  The process to request a modification or an exception is done via a College of Business Petition Form (available from the business advisor in the Student Success Center ).  The forms must be typed and must be accompanied by documentation to warrant a modification or exception.  Once a petition is received by the appropriate advisor, the petition is then reviewed by the Undergraduate Team.  The team is comprised of representatives from each department in business, the undergraduate program director, the associate dean for academic programs, and the undergraduate business advisors. Once a petition has been reviewed the student will be notified about the status of the petition.

 Probation and Suspension

Any College of Business and Administration student who has attempted 12 or more hours at any CU campus, and/or has attempted 12 or more hours of College of Business coursework, shall be immediately placed on probation when their University of Colorado cumulative GPA, Business GPA and/or Semester Term GPA falls below a 2.0.

Students may remain on probation so long as they achieve a minimum CU and Business GPA of 2.25 each semester and obtain no grades below a C-.

During their entire academic career in the College of Business and Administration a student may be on probation for a maximum of four semesters; probationary terms are not necessarily consecutive (summer shall be considered a semester only if any course work is attempted). Students on probation will have their registration blocked for subsequent semesters until grades are posted and minimum standards (2.25 term GPA and no grade below a C-)) are achieved.

  • Failure to meet probationary provisions will result in Indefinite Suspension.
  • A student may be removed from probation when the cumulative University of Colorado GPA and the Business GPA have been raised to 2.0 or above.

Students placed on Indefinite Suspension are not eligible to enroll in College of Business and Administration courses at any University of Colorado campus for one calendar year from the time of their indefinite suspension.

A student who has been under indefinite suspension for one calendar year may apply for readmission to the College of Business and Administration by the College of Business Petition Process. If readmitted, that readmission will be on a probationary status. After being readmitted under such probationary status, students who fail to comply with the requirements of their probation will be subject to Permanent Suspension.

Any student who is placed on suspension more than once will be placed on Permanent Suspension from the College of Business and Administration and may not attend any campus of the University of Colorado as a business student.

Students who have been on Indefinite Suspension at any time by the College of Business and Administration will automatically be placed on Permanent Suspension if their cumulative CU or Business GPA again falls below 2.0.

All suspended College of Business and Administration students who transfer into another degree program will not be eligible to enroll in ANY courses offered by the College of Business and Administration and will be subject to administrative drops. Suspended students who transfer into another degree program of the University are rarely readmitted to the College of Business and Administration, and then only by special consideration through petition to the College.

 Transfer Credit
The College of Business and Administration reserves the right to disallow any credit it determines not to be appropriate. Only credit from regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer to the undergraduate degree program.

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