2013-2014 University Bulletin

This Bulletin includes a description of undergraduate and graduate policies and programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for 2013-2014. All statements in this publication concerning regulations, fees, curricula, or other matters are subject to change without notice. They are not to be regarded as offers to contract.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. This accreditation applies to all baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. Our next scheduled comprehensive evaluation will be in 2018-2019.

 

The policies of the University of Missouri-St. Louis comply with the provisions under those laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, handicap, or veteran status in any program or activity of the University.

Bulletins for the past five years are posted in the archives section of this site.  Older versions are available in campus advising offices and Academic Affairs. Program requirements are also available to students through Degree Audit Reports (DARS), which are available online or from an academic adviser, who will assist in the interpretation of the audit.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is one of four campuses that constitute the University of Missouri. Established in Columbia in 1839 on the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, the University of Missouri became a land-grant institution upon passage of the Morrill Act by Congress in 1862.

When the University of Missouri System was organized in 1963, the St. Louis campus was the only one that started as an entirely new university. The University of Missouri-St. Louis began as a consequence of the national movement to create public universities in metropolitan centers. UMSL was designed to educate the area’s professionals through research, coursework, and hands-on experiences in the region’s businesses, schools, hospitals, agencies, and the arts.

According to the campus’s history, The Emerging University: The University of Missouri-St Louis, 1963-1983, faculty were hired from prestigious universities with a vision of creating a university where graduates would be able to confront urban issues through research, critical thinking, and creativity. More than traditional workforce development, these leaders’ vision for UMSL was to educate students for lifelong learning, which would produce good citizens and effective leaders in the region’s organizations. That legacy continues because those early leaders created a culture of faculty excellence that persists today.

Since the doors of the old Administration Building opened on a golf course almost 50 years ago, UMSL has grown to encompass 350 acres of beautifully landscaped rolling hills. The campus is now St. Louis's largest university in the number of students and is the third largest in the state.

Out of pride in the successes of our students, faculty, and staff and our culture of quality improvement, the campus posts on the Web recent highlights on the UMSL home page, detailed information on the About UMSL site, and student achievement data on the College Portrait.

Mission

Vision

The University Missouri-St. Louis will be known as a premier metropolitan public research university and as a university of choice for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Mission

The University of Missouri-St. Louis provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body. Outstanding faculty and staff, innovative research, and creative partnerships foster synergies that advance the welfare of our students and other stakeholders and benefit the global society.

Faculty Senate and University Assembly

The Faculty Senate has primary responsibility for making educational policy decisions to create a rigorous, innovative, student-oriented environment for learning, research, and community service. The Senate and University Assembly together and through their committees advise the chancellor and other senior administrators on matters related to students, faculty and staff.

The Faculty Senate has 40 faculty members, 30 representing departments and 10 elected at large. In addition, three administrators are non-voting members. The voting members of the University Assembly consist of the elected members of the Senate; the president; the chancellor; the vice chancellor for academic affairs; the dean of the graduate school; the vice provost for student affairs; the dean of continuing education; student representatives equal in number to one-third of the faculty members of the assembly; and three staff members, including the president of the Staff Association. Non-voting members consist of vice chancellors and vice provosts not already included, deans of all colleges, the dean of libraries, and the president of the Student Government Association. The Faculty Senate meets monthly between September and May and the Assembly meets in alternate months during the year. Information about the Faculty Senate and University Assembly are available on the Senate’s Web site.

 

Staff Association

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Staff Association is a body formed to consider, to recommend, and to take such other actions as are properly related to the common concerns and best interest of those personnel at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Staff Association fosters a spirit of unity and cooperation among all employees of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, to consider methods and means by which employment conditions may be improved and the operating efficiency of the University of Missouri-St. Louis increased; to receive and consider matters concerning working conditions of membership; to make such recommendations that it deems appropriate, and to provide a means of communicating problems of mutual concern between the Staff Association and the University of Missouri-St. Louis administration. Representatives of the Staff Association serve as voting members of University Assembly committees.

 

Student Government Association

 

Student Government Association (SGA) of the University of Missouri St. Louis, housed in 366 Millennium Student Center, 314-516-¬5105, is the student governance body at UMSL. SGA is comprised of elected student representatives and a general assembly which includes representatives from all recognized student organizations. The purpose of the SGA is to represent student concerns at every level of governance within the university. This is done by ensuring adequate and capable student representation within the University Assembly, the policy making and governance body of the university.

Faculty Senate and University Assembly

The Faculty Senate has primary responsibility for making educational policy decisions to create a rigorous, innovative, student-oriented environment for learning, research, and community service. The Senate and University Assembly together and through their committees advise the chancellor and other senior administrators on matters related to students, faculty and staff.

The Faculty Senate has 40 faculty members, 30 representing departments and 10 elected at large. In addition, three administrators are non-voting members. The voting members of the University Assembly consist of the elected members of the Senate; the president; the chancellor; the vice chancellor for academic affairs; the dean of the graduate school; the vice provost for student affairs; the dean of continuing education; student representatives equal in number to one-third of the faculty members of the assembly; and three staff members, including the president of the Staff Association. Non-voting members consist of vice chancellors and vice provosts not already included, deans of all colleges, the dean of libraries, and the president of the Student Government Association. The Faculty Senate meets monthly between September and May and the Assembly meets in alternate months during the year. Information about the Faculty Senate and University Assembly are available on the Senate's Web site.

 

Staff Association

The University of Missouri—St. Louis Staff Association is a body formed to consider, to recommend, and to take such other actions as are properly related to the common concerns and best interest of those personnel at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Staff Association fosters a spirit of unity and cooperation among all employees of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, to consider methods and means by which employment conditions may be improved and the operating efficiency of the University of Missouri-St. Louis increased; to receive and consider matters concerning working conditions of membership; to make such recommendations that it deems appropriate, and to provide a means of communicating problems of mutual concern between the Staff Association and the University of Missouri-St. Louis administration. Representatives of the Staff Association serve as voting members of University Assembly committees.

 

Student Government Association

 

The Student Government Association (SGA) of the University of Missouri St. Louis, housed in 366 Millennium Student Center, 314-516-¬5105, is the student governance body at UMSL. SGA is comprised of elected student representatives and a general assembly which includes representatives from all recognized student organizations. The purpose of the SGA is to represent student concerns at every level of governance within the university. This is done by ensuring adequate and capable student representation within the University Assembly, the policymaking and governance body of the university.

2013-2014 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester - 2013

Date Weekday Event
August 19MondayClasses Begin 8:00 a.m.
September 2MondayLabor Day Holiday
September 3TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
November 23SaturdayFall Break (Thanksgiving holiday) Begins 5:00 p.m.
December 2MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
December 7SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.
December 9MondayFinal Examinations Begin
December 14SaturdayFall Semester Closes, end of day
December 14Saturday Fall Commencement

 

Winter Intersession - 2014

Date Weekday Event
January 6MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 18SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.

 

Spring Semester - 2014

Date Weekday Event
January 20MondayMartin Luther King Holiday
January 21TuesdayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
March 22SaturdaySpring Recess Begins, 5:00 p.m.
March 31MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
May 10SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.
May 12MondayFinal Examinations Begin
May 17SaturdaySpring Semester Closes, end of day
May17SaturdaySpring Commencement
May 18SundaySpring Commencement

 

Summer Sessions - 2014

Summer Session I (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 19MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 26MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 27TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 14SaturdaySession Closes, End of Day

 

Summer Session 2 (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 16Monday8:00 a.m.
July 4FridayIndependence Day Holiday
July 7MondayClasses Resume
July 12SaturdaySession Closes, End of Day

 

Summer Session 3 (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
July 14MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
August 9SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

 

Final examinations are held during the last class meeting of Summer Sessions 1, 2, and 3.

 

Summer Session 4 (8 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 19MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 26MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 27TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 4FridayIndependence Day Holiday
July 7MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 9WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
July 12SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

 

Summer Session 5 (8 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 16MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
July 4FridayIndependence Day Holiday
July 7MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
August 6WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
August 9SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

 

Summer Session 6 (12 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 19MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 26MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 27TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 4FridayIndependence Day Holiday
July 7MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
August 6WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
August 9SaturdaySession Ends, end of day
August 9SaturdaySummer Commencement