Policies and Procedures

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs serves as the official university distribution point for all academic policies and procedures.  Memoranda, forms, policy statements and other communications are used to distribute all policies and other information that must reach administrators, faculty and staff, and students across the University.  For more information about any of the policies listed below, please contact the Provost's Office.


Effective Date: Fall 2011

Category: Catalog Term

Subject: All BOG Students

Policy Statement/LanguageBOG students who interrupt their residency on campus for five or more years must reapply and be readmitted to under the catalog in force at the time or their readmittance.


Effective Date: Fall 2010

Category: ADA Compliance

Subject: All  Students

Policy Statement/LanguagePetitions by students based on circumstances that could constitute a request for an academic adjustment or modification on the basis of a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 will be referred to and processed by the Abilities Office for Disability Services.


Effective Date: Fall 2010

Category: Graduation Requirements

Subject: Undergraduate Students

Policy Statement/LanguageEffective Fall 2010, all undergraduate students who enroll fall 2010 or thereafter and who graduate in Spring 2015 or thereafter will be required to complete a Senior Thesis (project/ research  paper) as defined by the student’s program of study to satisfy one of the culminating university requirements for graduation.


Effective Date: Spring 2010

Category: Graduation Requirements

Subject: All Students

Policy Statement/LanguageThe mathematics placement examinations are removed from the list of graduation requirements.


Effective Date: Fall 2009

Category: Admission Requirements

SubjectBoard of Governors Program

Policy Statement/LanguageAll students, including Board of Governors students, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to be admitted to Chicago State University.


Effective Date: Fall 2008

Category: Graduation Requirements

SubjectExamination Policy

Policy Statement/LanguageStudents are no longer required to take and pass the state and federal constitution examinations as part of their graduation requirements. Effective Date: Fall 2008

Category: General Education

SubjectInterdisciplinary course

Policy Statement/LanguageStudents whose majors are in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete one interdisciplinary course.


Effective Date: Fall 2008

Category: General Education

SubjectPre- baccalaureate degrees

Policy Statement/LanguageAny student who transfers to CSU with an Associate or Arts or an Associate of Science Degree will be deemed to have completed ALL University general education requirements including those University requirements which exceed the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum.  This policy will not override the requirements of any College, Department, Program or Major.

Any student who transfers to CSU WITHOUT an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree, but with 75 or more credit hours and has completed the Illinois GECC requirements BEFORE transferring, will be deemed to have completed all University general education requirements including those University requirements which exceed the Ilinois General Education Core Curriculum.  This policy will not override the requirements any College, Department, Program or Major.

Any student who transfers to Chicago State University with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree will not be required to take proficiency examinations in English, Mathematics, or Reading.  However, if individual courses in specific majors require a passing score on a proficiency examination as a prerequisite, all students, including transfer students, must satisfy the prerequisite by taking the proficiency examination.


Effective Date: Fall 2008

Category: General Education

SubjectException to Foreign Language

Policy Statement/LanguageBoard of Governors students may substitute a computer science or technology course related to the student's concentration and a speech course to satisfy the 6-hour foreign language requirement.


Effective Date: Fall 2008

CategoryDegree Requirements

SubjectException for Military Personnel

Policy Statement/LanguageActive duty Military Personnel may complete the 30 hour residency requirement at any time during their academic program, if all such courses counted toward the completion of the 30 hours be upper division level.


Effective Date: Fall 2007

CategoryGeneral Education

SubjectCritical Thinking Course

Policy Statement/LanguageAll CSU students are required to complete a Critical Thinking course and a Diversity course.  These courses are embedded in the curriculum, so that a course may be used to fulfill BOTh a general education social sciences course requirement, for example, AND the diversity requirement.


Effective Date: Fall 2007

Category: General Education

SubjectForeign Language Policy

Policy Statement/LanguageAll students entering fall of 2002 or later must demonstrate a level of proficiency in a single language other than English in order to be eligible for graduation.  Returning students who have been out for two or more long terms are also subject to the language requirement.  Please view the attached document for additional means by which this requirements may be satisfied.


Effective Date: Fall 2006

CategoryAdmission Requirements

SubjectNo individual grades of D

Policy Statement/LanguageNo individual grades of D will be accepted in transfer.  Grades of D earned by students who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree will be accepted as part of the degree. ( Individual departments or majors, however, may not accept D's for courses required for the major.)