College of Community and Public Affairs - Undergraduate

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Admission

The process for freshman and transfer students seeking admission to the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) is essentially the same as for other students applying for admission to the University.

Students who apply and are accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Human Development (fall and spring) will be enrolled directly into the major.

Students who are interested in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program and who are accepted (fall admission only) will fall under one of the following:

  • Transfer students accepted and entering directly into the BSW program are enrolled in the major. 
  • Traditional freshman applicants who are accepted and entering into the CCPA-Undeclared program will need to internally apply to the BSW program during the spring semester of their sophomore year if they wish to continue with their BSW. 
  • Students who have completed one or less than two years of coursework at an accredited college or university, but do not have a bachelor's degree in any field, who are accepted into the CCPA-Undeclared program will need to internally apply to the BSW program during the spring semester of their sophomore year if they wish to continue with their BSW.
Students applying to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program may find additional admission requirement information under the BSW Undergraduate Program section of this Bulletin and via the BSW admissions website.

Specific information may be found in the Admissions section of the University Bulletin.

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Undergraduate Academic Policies

The college generally follows the academic policies announced in this publication; however, students should be aware of the following policies pertinent to CCPA undergraduates only. Students are expected to be familiar with and to observe the regulations in this section.

All matriculated students follow the requirements for graduation listed in the Bulletin current at the time they are admitted to the degree program. However, students who interrupt enrollments for more than two consecutive semesters are governed by the Bulletin in effect when they are readmitted.

Upon the program advisor’s recommendation and an approved petition through the department chair or deans, students may elect a later Bulletin under which they fulfill these degree requirements; however, they may not use a combination of requirements from different Bulletins or elect an older Bulletin. When courses required in older Bulletins are no longer offered, or in other special cases, course substitution may be made with the approval of the department chairs, departmental advisors or deans. 

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Program Load and Planning

The term “full-time student” is applied to a person carrying 12 credits or more. The maximum number of credits a student may take, without the special approval of the advisor and department chair, is 18.

A student may drop below 12 credits without consent and be classified as a part-time student, but it is strongly recommended that they meet with their advisor to discuss potential impacts on financial aid and degree progression.

Departments may provide assistance in program planning for students.

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Grade Policies

Students taking CCPA undergraduate courses are graded in one of two ways:

  • Standard letter grades of A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C, C–, D, F; or
  • Pass/Fail grades of P or F with P defined as an equivalent of D or better. 

Courses under the normal grading system are taken for standard letter grades. However, undergraduates in CCPA may elect the pass/fail option for a total of four courses while a student at Binghamton University and receive a P (pass) or F (fail) rather than a traditional letter grade. Courses taken for a pass/fail option may not be used to complete major requirements or the General Education requirements. Mandatory pass/fail courses do not count as part of the four total courses. A course taken on the pass/fail option is calculated into the student’s grade-point average only if the student receives an F.

The grading option for a course may be changed (either from letter to pass/fail, or vice versa) at any time between the first day of classes until the course-withdraw deadline, usually during the ninth week of the semester during the fall and spring semesters. Students who have made the decision to change their grade option may do so via BU Brain by navigating to the Student tab and clicking Registration. 

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Repeating Courses

Students may retake courses required for the major in which they have received a passing grade of C or better by submitting a petition to the faculty member teaching the course and their CCPA undergraduate academic advisor. This provision allows a student to demonstrate mastery of a given subject matter upon which successful performance in later courses may depend. When a student repeats a course previously passed, both grades appear on the transcript, but only the first grade is counted in the grade-point average (GPA) calculations. The repeated course does not count toward hours attempted or hours completed. The transcript will bear a footnote reading "credit not applied toward degree" for the repeated courses. 

Students may retake courses required for the major in which they have received a failing grade. When a student repeats a course previously failed, both grades appear on the transcript, and both grades are counted in the GPA. 

If a student repeats a course, whether due to a failing grade or to receive a better grade, those credits will be counted as attempted for purposes of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and federal aid calculations to determine rate of completion and maximum timeframe rules. Please refer to the following website for additional information: https://www.binghamton.edu/financial-aid/academic-progress/. Students are encouraged to speak with their CCPA undergraduate academic advisor as they make their decision about repeating any failed course.   

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Notation of Incomplete

A notation of Incomplete, rather than a grade, may be reported by the instructor when a student has made substantial progress, but has not been able to complete a course. In addition, the student must have a valid reason, because of illness or other justifiable circumstances, for requesting an Incomplete. The questions of substantial progress, potential to pass the course, and a valid reason for the request are decided by the instructor. When requesting an Incomplete, the student must:

  • complete the Contract for Fulfilling an Incomplete form, which is signed by the student and the instructor;
  • specify in the contract how the course will be completed, by what date the work will be completed, and specifically list all outstanding assignments (tests, papers, presentations) to be completed;
  • submit the contract to the CCPA undergraduate academic advisor for the program, who ensures that the student is in compliance with department rules governing the number of Incomplete credits a student may carry at one time. A student may not carry more than eight credits of Incompletes at any time;
  • when necessary, include the signature of any additional instructor needed for successful completion of the course. This circumstance may occur when the original faculty member is on sabbatical or no longer teaching the course. A student must first obtain the secondary instructor’s signature before having the original instructor sign the form.

An Incomplete becomes an F at the end of the semester following that in which the Incomplete was granted, unless a Change of Grade Form is submitted by the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain that the coursework has been completed according to the contract, and the new grade is submitted by the instructor. An extension of the deadline must be approved by the CCPA undergraduate academic advisor on a Request for Extension of Incomplete Grade in an Undergraduate Course form, and is approved only in highly unusual circumstances.

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Grade Changes

No changes from one letter grade to another or extensions of an Incomplete are permitted after 12 months from the date of the last day of class in the semester in which a course was offered.

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Withdrawal from a Course

Students may withdraw from all but one course between the add/drop deadline and the course-withdraw deadline. Courses dropped during this period receive a notation of W. 

Students may be permitted to withdraw from courses after the withdraw deadline only if they cite extraordinary extenuating circumstances and successfully petition through BU Brain. Courses dropped late by petition result in a W notation on the student's transcript.

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University Withdrawal

Students who decide to withdraw from all courses for which they are registered at any time between the published first day of classes and the last day of classes and wish to remain in good standing must complete the Undergraduate Semester Withdrawal Form. Mere absence from class does not constitute withdrawal. A grade of W is assigned when the student has withdrawn from all courses and thus, from the University. Grades of W do not count in GPA calculation, but may impact financial aid eligibility.  

Prior to the Course Withdrawal Deadline: Students are permitted to withdraw from the University after consultation with the academic advising office of their college prior to the ninth week of classes. Medical withdrawals require additional approval from the Dean of Students.

After the Course Withdrawal Deadline: Students requesting to withdraw from the University after the ninth week of classes must consult with the academic advising office of their college for consideration of this request. If there is no previous withdrawal on the student’s record, the request will be approved. Students attempting a second (or more) semester withdrawal for non-medical reasons will have their cases reviewed on an individual basis by the academic advising office of their college. Any student approved for multiple withdrawals must consult the academic advising office of their college for readmission procedures. Medical withdrawals require additional approval from the Dean of Students.

For more information on this process, please see the Academic Policies and Procedures for All Students section (see subsection entitled Full University Withdrawal).

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Readmission (or Re-enrollment)

CCPA follows the same readmission policies as established for the University. 

Undergraduate students must apply for readmission through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.  The exception is for students who withdraw from all classes during a major (fall or spring) semester.  These students are able to return and can miss two consecutive semesters without having to re-enroll. 

For more information on this process, please see the Academic Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Students section under the subsection entitled General Readmission (or Re-enrollment) Policies.

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Academic Standing

The faculty in the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) expect academic excellence of our students.

Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to make satisfactory progress toward their degree. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA is required of all undergraduate students for graduation.

The GPA is calculated on a 4.0 system using the following grade-point equivalents:

A

=

4.0

 

C+

=

2.3

A–

=

3.7

 

C

=

2.0

B+

=

3.3

 

C–

=

1.7

B

=

3.0

 

D

=

1.0

B–

=

2.7

 

F

=

0.0

The assessment of satisfactory progress to degree will be conducted for students at the end of the fall and spring semesters. The failure to maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of a semester will result in the student’s academic probation. As such, an academic probation notation will be placed on the student’s internal (unofficial) academic transcript.

Students who do not achieve a minimum of a cumulative 2.0 GPA in a subsequent semester following academic probation may be subject to academic suspension from Binghamton University. An academic suspension notation will be placed on a student’s internal (unofficial) academic transcript. Students who receive academic suspension may be readmitted to the University after one year. Please note that students may be readmitted to the University after one semester upon the successful completion of 12 credits or more elsewhere, earning a grade of B or better in all courses taken at an accredited college or university.

Students who do not have the minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in the semester following academic suspension, or any subsequent semester, may be subject to permanent academic dismissal from the University. Please note that a student will not be suspended or dismissed if the student’s semester GPA is greater than a 2.0 GPA.

In cases where students demonstrate continuous unsatisfactory academic performance, including but not limited to, a consistent pattern of failing grades, multiple withdrawals and/or a low cumulative GPA, these circumstances may result in receiving a letter of academic warning. The letter of academic warning will indicate that academic probation will occur in the event that the student does not improve his/her academic performance in a subsequent semester. Those students who continue to demonstrate unsatisfactory academic performance in any subsequent semester may be subject to academic probation followed by academic suspension and ultimately academic dismissal from the University.

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Dean’s List

To qualify for the CCPA Dean’s List at the end of the fall or spring semesters, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours for a letter grade with a 3.75 or better semester GPA and have no missing or incomplete grades. Recognition is given for each semester in which students meet these criteria. The award is noted on the student’s academic transcript.

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Graduation with Honors

Students with outstanding academic records receive honors upon graduation. To qualify, students must meet the cumulative grade-point averages specified below, have at least 48 graded Binghamton University credits and have no missing grades or Incompletes. Honors are awarded as follows:

3.50-3.69 GPA: cum laude

3.70-3.84 GPA: magna cum laude

3.85-4.00 GPA: summa cum laude

The appropriate graduation honors are indicated on the diploma and on the final transcript.

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Academic Honesty

The Student Academic Honesty Code can be reviewed in the University Bulletin section on Academic Policies and Procedures for All Students. In the event a violation of the Academic Honesty Code is suspected, the College of Community and Public Affairs' procedures for resolving academic honesty cases will be followed. The CCPA Ethics and Integrity procedures can be viewed at https://www.binghamton.edu/ccpa/resources/academic-policies/.

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Academic Grievance Procedure

If a student has a complaint about a grade or other academic grievances, the student should first try to resolve any grievance with their instructor. If, after meeting with the course instructor, the student wishes to pursue further action, he or she should meet with their program department chair to discuss options. A copy of the CCPA Grievance Procedure is available from the CCPA Dean’s Office and may also be viewed at https://www.binghamton.edu/ccpa/resources/academic-policies/.

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Financial Aid

For information about financial aid, see the financial information section in the University Bulletin. Specific information about student eligibility for financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid and Student Records Office.

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Activities and Student Services

All CCPA students are eligible to receive the services provided for all students at Binghamton University and to participate in its various student activities. Students should be familiar with the Bulletin sections that deal with services for students and student activities.

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Awards and Prizes

See the Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships section of the University Bulletin.

Undergraduate Programs