2014-2015 University Bulletin

This Bulletin includes a description of undergraduate and graduate policies and programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for 2014-2015. 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

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.

2014-2015 Calendar

Fall Semester - 2014

Date Weekday Event
August 25MondayClasses Begin 8:00 a.m.
August 31SundayLast day a student may enroll
August 31SundayLast day Registrar’s Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
September 1MondayLabor Day Holiday
September 2TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
September 22MondayLast day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
September 22MondayLast day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
October 20MondayMid Semester
November 17MondayLast day a student may drop a course. Instructor’s approval is required. A grade of EX or F will be assigned.
November 17MondayLast day a student may withdraw from school. Instructors’ and Dean’s approvals are required. Grades of EX or F will be assigned for each course.
November 22SaturdayFall Break (Thanksgiving holiday) Begins 5:00 p.m.
December 1MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
December 13SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.
December 15MondayFinal Examinations Begin
December 20SaturdayFall Semester Closes, end of day
December 20Saturday Fall Commencement

Winter Intersession - 2015

Date Weekday Event
January 5MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 5MondayLast day to add a Winter Intersession course
January 7WednesdayLast day to drop a Winter Intersession course without receiving a grade
January 7WednesdayLast day to place a Winter Intersession course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
January 14WednesdayLast day to drop a Winter Intersession with a grade of EX or F
January 17SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.

Spring Semester - 2015

Date Weekday Event
January 19MondayMartin Luther King Holiday
January 20TuesdayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
January 26MondayLast day Registrar's Office will automatically move students from the wait list to open sections
January 26MondayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit)
February 16MondayLast day to drop a course or withdraw from school without receiving a grade
February 16MondayLast day any student may place a course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
March 21SaturdaySpring Recess Begins, 5:00 p.m.
March 30MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
April 20MondayLast day student may drop a course. Instructor's approval is required. A grade of EX or F will be assigned.
April 20MondayLast day a student may withdraw from school. Instructors' and Deans' approvals are required. Grades of EX or F will be assigned for each course.
May 9SaturdayClasses End, 5:00 p.m.
May 11MondayFinal Examinations Begin
May 16SaturdaySpring Semester Closes, end of day
May16SaturdaySpring Commencement
May 17SundaySpring Commencement

Summer Sessions - 2015

Summer Session I (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 18MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 20WednesdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session I
May 20WednesdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 23SaturdayLast day to drop a Session I course without receiving a grade
May 25MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 26TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 8MondayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session I course with a grade
June 13SaturdaySession Closes, End of Day

Summer Session II (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 15Monday8:00 a.m.
June 17WednesdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session II
June 17WednesdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
June 20SaturdayLast day to drop a Session II course without receiving a grade
June 20SaturdayLast day a student may place a Session II course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 3FridayIndependence Day Holiday
July 6MondayClasses Resume
July 6MondayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session II course with a grade
July 11SaturdaySession Closes, End of Day

Summer Session III (4 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
July 13MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
July 15WednesdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session III
July 15WednesdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
July 18SaturdayLast day to drop a Session III course without receiving a grade
July 18SaturdayLast day a student may place a Session III course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
August 1SaturdayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session III course with a grade
August 8SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

Final examinations are held during the last class meeting of Summer Sessions I, II, and III.

Summer Session IV (8 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 18MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 21ThursdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session IV
May 21ThursdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 25MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 26TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 1MondayLast day to drop a Session IV course without receiving a grade
June 1MondayLast day a student may place a Session IV course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
June 29MondayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session IV course with a grade
July 3FridayIndependence Day Holiday
July 6MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 8WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
July 11SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

Summer Session V (8 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
June 15MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
June 18ThursdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session V
June 18ThursdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
June 27SaturdayLast day to drop a Session V course without receiving a grade
June 27ThursdayLast day to drop a Session V course without receiving a grade
July 3FridayIndependence Day Holiday
July 6MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 27MondayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session V course with a grade
August 5WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
August 8SaturdaySession Closes, end of day

Summer Session VI (12 Weeks)

Date Weekday Event
May 18MondayClasses Begin, 8:00 a.m.
May 23SaturdayLast day any student may enroll (enter a course for credit) for Session VI
May 23SaturdayLast day Registrar’s Office will move students automatically from the wait list to open sections
May 25MondayMemorial Day Holiday
May 26TuesdayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
June 8MondayLast day to drop a Session VI course without receiving a grade
June 8MondayLast day a student may place a Session VI course on Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis
July 3FridayIndependence Day Holiday
July 6MondayClasses Resume, 8:00 a.m.
July 21TuesdayLast day a student may drop or withdraw from a Session VI course with a grade
August 5WednesdayFinal Examinations Begin
August 8SaturdaySession Closes, end of day
August 8SaturdaySummer Commencement