General Regulations

Courses

 

Course Numbering

Each course bears a distinguishing number that identifies it within the department or academic unit and indicates, broadly, the expected level of students taking the course. To understand the course level, refer to the following guidelines:

Course Numbers

Explanation

1-999

Courses that do not count toward the minimum requirements for any degree.

Lower Division:

1000-1999

Courses open to undergraduate students, primarily focused toward freshmen; courses count toward the minimum for given degrees.

2000-2999

Courses open to undergraduate students, primarily focused toward sophomores; courses count toward the minimum for given degrees

Upper Division:

3000-3999

Courses open to undergraduate students, primarily focused toward junior; courses count toward the minimum for given degrees.

4000-4999

Courses open to undergraduate and graduate students, primarily focused toward seniors; courses count toward the minimum for given undergraduate degrees; depending on the specific program, courses may count for a given graduate degree.

Graduate:

5000-5999

Graduate courses; also open to post-baccalaureate educator certification candidates and undergraduate seniors with permission from the Dean of the Graduate School. Courses count toward the minimum for given graduate degrees.

6000-6999

Graduate courses open to master’s degree and doctoral students. Courses count toward the minimum for given graduate degrees.

7000-7999

Graduate courses open to doctoral students and master’s degree students with special permission. Courses count toward the minimum for specific graduate degrees.

Optometry:

8000-8999

Courses open to optometry degree seeking students.

Credit Hours

The university credit unit is the semester hour, which represents a subject pursued one period weekly for one semester of approximately 16 weeks or for a total of approximately 16 periods for one term. Generally, a course valued at three semester hours meets for three periods weekly for one semester, a two­credit course two periods a week for a semester, and so on. Normally, the lecture or recitation period is 50 minutes long and the laboratory period one hour and 50 minutes.

The number of credit hours is listed as units in the online Schedule of Courses. If the credit is variable (to be determined in consultation with the instructor) it is shown by minimum and maximum units, such as Research 1 – 3 units. In the Bulletin, credit hours are included in parentheses after each course title e.g., Research (2-8).

 

Examinations

Examinations may be given only at regular class meeting times or as designated by the Senate Committee on Curriculum and Instruction.

Final Examinations.

The period designated for final examinations is an important component of the academic term. It provides faculty with a final opportunity to evaluate student learning and attainment of course objectives. Faculty members are encouraged to meet with students during the final examination period.

A faculty member who gives an in-class final examination may give this examination only on the day and at the time designated in the official final examination schedule. A majority vote of the students to the contrary does not change this policy.

A student may submit a written request for a change in the scheduled time of the final examination for a limited number of documented hardship reasons. These reasons include, but are not limited to, being scheduled to take more than two examinations on the same day, illness, military obligations, and religious practices. Except for emergencies, this request should be presented directly to the instructor at least two weeks before classes conclude. If the request is denied, the student may request additional consideration from the chairperson/area coordinator/program director and, if denied, to the dean of the college sponsoring the course.

 

Repeating Courses.

Students may not repeat for grade point average or credit hour purposes courses in which grades of A, A­ B+, B, B­, C+, or C­ have been earned. Subsequent grades in such a course that is repeated will not be included in the GPA calculations. The course hours will be counted only once in calculating hours toward a degree.

Enrollment and Graduation Policies

Course Schedules

The Schedule of Courses contains the specific courses offered each semester with their meeting times and locations. This schedule is available online

Course schedules are generally published in mid-March for the fall semester, mid-October for the spring semester, and mid-January for the summer semester.

The university reserves the right to cancel without notice any course listed in the Bulletin or the Schedule of Courses for any semester or to withdraw any course that that does not have adequate enrollment.

Prerequisites for a Course

Students are expected to review all courses when registering for them to assure that they meet all prerequisites. When the prerequisites include courses, a minimum grade of C- is required to meet the prerequisite. Only the department offering the course with the prerequisite can make an exception to this requirement. A course with an "academic standing" prerequisite--for example, "senior standing"-- requires that students have the class standing stated, in the example, only seniors can take that class.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend class regularly, and, in accordance with the UMSL Bylaws, faculty may establish penalties for excessive absences. Students absent for more than three successive classes may be reported to the dean. Students should tell their dean's office of an extended absence. An absence known in advance should be reported to the instructors of courses that will be missed. Makeup of examinations or work missed is allowed at the instructor's discretion. Students excused from class for valid reasons by their deans shall be permitted, if possible, to make up work missed; the dean must have notified the instructor in writing.

Section Changing

Section changing is normally completed during the first week of a regular semester, the first  four days of an eight-week session and the first three days of a four-week session. Approvals may not be necessary during this time. However, after the first week of a regular semester, the first four days of an eight-week session, and the first three days of a four-week session, a section change form must be obtained from the department or dean's office. The signature of both instructors is required. The form is to be submitted to the Registration Office, 351 Millennium Student Center.

Registration

Newly admitted/re-admitted students are eligible to register after the close of the pre-registration period. Enrollment dates, Semester Calendars, and courses offerings can be found online at the Registration website.

Registering for Classes: Former Students

Former UMSL students who have not been enrolled for a year must submit a reenrollment application available in the Admission's Office.

Registering for Classes: Currently Enrolled Students

Currently enrolled students are given the opportunity to preregister, by appointment, before new or returning students. Pre-registration appointment times are sent to students’ university email and can also be found by logging into MyView.

Auditor

Students may enroll as auditors in any course with the prior consent of the instructor and dean of the college in which the auditors desire to be registered. They may be dropped from the course when, in the judgment of the instructor and dean, their record justifies such action. Auditors are charged full fees and receive no academic credit.

Registration Cancellation

Students who have enrolled and paid their fees but do not wish to attend the university may cancel their registration any time before the first day of the semester. Cancellations may be processed at the Office of the Registrar or by logging into MyView and dropping all classes. The refund schedule for cancellation of registration after class work begins can be found on the Cashier's Office website.

Fee Assessment

Fees for coursework vary due to the student’s residency standing, undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate status, credit hours, and the applicability of any course fees charged to specific courses or programs.  Detailed Information on tuition and fee rates and residency status can be found on the Cashier’s website.

Financial Responsibility

A Financial Responsibility agreement will be presented to all students once per academic year. The agreement explains the billing methods, payment options and all policies related to student accounts. It is the responsibility of the student that fees and other financial obligations are paid as they become due regardless of who is making the payments. Students who need assistance in meeting financial obligations to the university should contact the Financial Aid Office in a timely manner. Students are expected to adhere to important dates and policies that impact fees. Due dates and fee reassessment dates are posted on the Cashier’s website and through links on the eBill website. The non-payment of any financial obligation may result in additional collection fees, the inability to register and the withholding of student records.

Billing

The Cashier’s Office bills you by posting a monthly student account billing statement on eBill around the 10th of any month in which there's a new charge or credit on your account. The Cashier's Office will send you and your authorized payer (if any) a billing notification email reminder to check your statement and pay any balance due. The mail.umsl.edu email address will be used for students and the authorized payers email address will be used for authorized payers.

Payment of Fees

Payments are due on the first day of each month. The minimum payment can be found at the top of the monthly billing statement or by checking the percentage due as shown in the billing schedules on the Cashier’s website. If a student chooses to make the minimum payment or a partial payment, a finance charge of 1% will be assessed on the unpaid billed balance. The monthly 1% finance charge can be avoided by paying the balance in full. A $10 late payment fee will be charged to student accounts which have been billed and not paid by the due date.

All fees, fines, bookstore charges, etc. must be paid by the last day of the term. After the term ends, unpaid accounts will be turned over to an outside collection agency. Collection agency fees of up to 50% of the unpaid account balance will be added to the student's account. Student accounts must be paid in full before a student will be permitted to register for upcoming semesters or receive transcripts or a diploma.

Payment Options

Online – Log on to the MyView student system to make payment using a personal checking or savings account or a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card.(2.75% service fee applied to credit card payments).

Mail – Send your check or money order to the Cashier’s Office at: University of Missouri - St. Louis 285 Millennium Student Center (MC 212) One University Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63121-4400. Include student name and student number on the check or money order.

In person – Visit the Cashier’s Office on the second floor of the Millennium Student Center in room 285. Payment in cash, check, money order or pin based MasterCard or VISA debit are accepted at the cashier stations. Credit card payments cannot be processed at the cashier stations, but are accepted online from http://ebill.umsl.edu.

Self Service Kiosks – Payment from a personal checking or savings account or by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card can be made at any of the four kiosks located in the MSC. (2.75% service fee applied to credit card payments).

Payment Drop Box – A secure payment drop box is situated just outside the Cashier’s Office, room 285 of the Millennium Student Center. Only check or money order payments, please.

Any communications concerning disputed debts, including instruments tendered as full satisfaction of debt, must be sent to Account Disputes, 1 University Blvd., 289 Millennium Student Center, St. Louis, MO 63121-4400.

Any check presented to the university for payment that is returned unpaid will be assessed a $20.00 returned check fee in addition to any fees that the bank may charge.

ERDPP – Employer Reimbursement Deferred Payment Program. Many companies offer tuition reimbursement to their employees. While the student is ultimately responsible for the payment of their tuition and fees, the Cashier’s Office offers the ERDPP program to allow a student to take advantage of this employer benefit by deferring payment of all, or a portion, of their tuition and related costs. There is a $50.00 application fee each semester.

Financial Aid – If you have applied for financial aid in advance and have received an award letter, your letter describes how much of your award will be paid towards your student fees. If your financial aid does not cover all the fees, then you must pay the remainder of your student fees yourself by the due date. Financial aid that has not yet been disbursed will appear on your monthly billing statement as “Anticipated Aid”. Your statement will reflect Anticipated Aid as being deducted from your Account Balance giving you an Adjusted Amount Due. Your Minimum Payment is a percentage of the Adjusted Amount Due. Students should pay either the Adjusted Amount Due or the Minimum Payment by the due date to avoid a $10 late payment fee.

Third Party Sponsor – When an organization makes a commitment to pay your educational expenses, they are considered a Third Party Sponsor. If you are expecting a third party sponsor to pay your tuition and fees, you will need to have your sponsor submit a letter of authorization to the Cashier's Office. Once the sponsor’s letter is received, a credit for the amount the sponsor has indicated will be applied to your student account. An invoice for this amount will then be sent to your sponsor. You are responsible for paying any charges not covered by your sponsor on time, to avoid finance and late charges or other penalties. If your sponsor ends up not paying for the charges they authorized, the responsibility of paying those charges defaults back to you.

Refunds

A credit balance is the result of an overpayment on a student's account from Financial Aid, loans or payments received. Credit balance refunds will be processed when a credit actually exists on the student's account. Anticipated Financial Aid must be received and posted to the student's account in order for a credit to exist and for a refund to be processed. 

When financial aid funds are received by the University, the funds are applied to the students account. During the Fall and Spring semesters, financial aid funds are applied to student accounts no sooner than ten days prior to the start of classes. During the Summer semester, financial aid funds are applied to student accounts no sooner than the day the student is actually taking the course(s) that have the hours required to receive the aid. If the student has a credit balance after financial aid funds have paid all account charges in full, the student is now eligible for a refund.

Parent-Plus Loan Refund -  If you have any funds available after what is owed directly to the University, the refund may be released to the parent at the address listed on the PLUS Loan Application.  Refunds from proceeds of PLUS will be issued to the student only if the parent requests that on the PLUS application.

Credit Card Refund - If a credit card payment has been made towards your student account in the past 120 days, any refund due to you will be returned to that credit card. 

Drop/Withdrawal Refund – Students who are leaving school or dropping classes are responsible for canceling their registration and verifying that their classes have been dropped. Any refunding of fees will be made according to the reassessment schedule available on the Cashier’s website. Fees reassessed may include Tuition and Course/Supplemental fees (if applicable). The Spring and Fall reassessment schedules only apply to regular 16 week session courses. The Summer reassessment schedules only apply to regular 4 week, 8 week and 12 week session courses. Fee reassessment for courses not in regular sessions will be based on the course’s total number of calendar days (weekends and holidays included) and the number of calendar days that the student was enrolled in the course. If the meeting dates for your course are different from the regular session meeting dates, please contact the Cashier's Office as your fee reassessment for withdrawal or dropping may differ from the regular reassessment.

The refund process requires two to four weeks processing time after withdrawal or dropped classes. When a student completely withdraws from a semester and was receiving federal financial aid, the University and/or the student may be required to return some of the financial aid, awarded to the student.

Charges that students accrue prior to a refund being issued will be deducted from the refund amount. Charges that are accrued after a refund is issued will be billed to the student on the monthly billing statement. As student accounts go into credit balance, the Cashier’s office processes refunds to students by checks through the mail and by direct deposit to students personal checking or savings accounts. Students should allow 7-10 business days from the day that the refund is processed to receive a refund check in the mail. For students that have direct deposit, please allow 3-5 business days from the day that the refund is processed to receive the refund in your bank account.

Cancellation of Registration Due to Nonpayment of Fees

The university will attempt to notify any student whose registration is about to be administratively canceled for nonpayment of fees prior to taking this action.

On or before the last day on which a student may enroll in a course, a cancelled student’s space in a course will be given to other students on that course’s wait lists. The canceled student will be placed at the end of the course wait list.

Any student who has been administratively canceled for nonpayment of assessed fees may not enroll in a class unless the required fees have been paid.

Cancelled students who re-register on or after the first day of the semester will be assessed an additional nonrefundable late registration charge.

Fees May Change Without Notice

The university reserves the right to modify by increase or decrease the fees charged for attendance and other services at the university, including but not limited to tuition or educational fees, at any time when in the discretion of the governing board the same is in the best interest of the University, provided that no increases can or will be effective unless approved by the governing board not less than thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the academic term (semester, etc.) to which the fees are applicable, with all modification of fees to be effective irrespective as to whether fees have or have not been paid by or on behalf of a student prior to the effective date of the modification.

By registering for a class at any University of Missouri campus, students agree to abide by the Code of Student Conduct below. For more information about student conduct contact Student Conduct and Community Standards in the Office of Student Affair (301 Woods Hall; 314-516-5211).

Code of Student Conduct

200.010 Standard of Conduct Amended March 20, 1981; August 3, 1990; May 19, 1994; May 24, 2001; July 27, 2012
A student enrolling in the University assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution and voluntarily enters into a community of high achieving scholars. Consequently, students assume new privileges along with new responsibilities in accordance with the University's mission and expectations.

These expectations have been established in order to protect a specialized environment conducive to learning which fosters integrity, academic success, personal and professional growth, and responsible citizenship.

  1. Jurisdiction of the University of Missouri generally shall be limited to conduct which occurs on the University of Missouri premises or at University-sponsored or University-supervised functions. However, nothing restrains the administration of the University of Missouri from taking appropriate action, including, but not limited to, the imposition of sanctions under Section 200.020(C), against students for conduct on or off University premises in order to protect the physical safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  2. Conduct for which students are subject to sanctions falls into the following categories:
    1. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage. The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer.
      1. The term cheating includes but is not limited to: (i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (ii) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (iii) acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; or (iv) knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to another student on quizzes, tests, or examinations.
      2. The term plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (i) use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference; (ii) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; or (iii) unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.
      3. The term sabotage includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized interference with, modification of, or destruction of the work or intellectual property of another member of the University community.
    2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records or identification, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University.
    3. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, conduct proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions on or off campus.
    4. Physical abuse, threats of violence, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
    5. Nonconsensual sexual behavior including but not limited to rape; sexual assault; nonconsensual sexual touching of the genitals, breast or anus of another person or the touching of another with one's own genitals whether directly or through the clothing; or exposing one's genitals to another under circumstances in which he or she should reasonably know that his or her conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm, or sexual harassment.
    6. Stalking another by following or engaging in a course of conduct with no legitimate purpose that puts another person reasonably in fear for his or her safety or would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed.
    7. Harassment by engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that serves no legitimate purpose that would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated, or emotionally distressed.
    8. Invasion of privacy by photographing or recording (using electronic or other means) another person in a state of full or partial nudity in a place where one would have a reasonable expectation of privacy without that person's consent, and distributing or transmitting that image without that person's consent.
    9. Participating in attempted or actual theft of, damage to, or possession without permission of property of the University or of a member of the University community or of a campus visitor.
    10. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University facilities or unauthorized entry to or use of University facilities.
    11. Violation of University policies, rules or regulations or of campus regulations including, but not limited to, those governing residence in University-provided housing, or the use of University facilities, or the time, place and manner of public expression.
    12. Manufacture, use, possession, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance without proper prescription or required license or as expressly permitted by law or University regulations, including operating a vehicle on University property, or on streets or roadways adjacent to and abutting a campus, under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance as prohibited by law of the state of Missouri.
    13. Disruptive or disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression.
    14. Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties.
    15. The illegal or unauthorized possession or use of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or hazardous chemicals.
    16. Misuse in accordance with University policy of computing resources, including but not limited to:
      1. Actual or attempted theft or other abuse.
      2. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
      3. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
      4. Unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password.
      5. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or University official.
      6. Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the University computing system.
      7. Knowingly causing a computer virus to become installed in a computer system or file.

Student Disciplinary Matters

200.020 RULES OF PROCEDURES IN STUDENT CONDUCT MATTERS
Bd. Min. 11-8-68, Amended Bd. Min. 3-20-81; Bd. Min. 12-8-89, Amended 5-19-94; Bd. Min. 5-24-01; Bd. Min. 7-27-12.

  1. Preamble. The following rules of procedure in student conduct matters are hereby adopted in order to insure insofar as possible and practicable (a) that the requirements of procedural due process in student conduct proceedings will be fulfilled by the University, (b) that the immediate effectiveness of Section 10.030, which is Article V of the Bylaws of the Board of Curators relating to student conduct and sanctions may be secured for all students in the University of Missouri, and (c) that procedures shall be definite and determinable within the University of Missouri.
  2. Definitions. As used in these rules, the following definitions shall apply:
    1. Primary Administrative Officers. As used in these procedures, the Chief Student Affairs Administrator on each campus is the Primary Administrative Officer except in cases of academic dishonesty, where the Chief Academic Administrator is the Primary Administrative Officer. Each Primary Administrative Officer may appoint designee(s) who are responsible for the administration of these conduct procedures, provided all such appointments must be in writing, filed with the Chancellor of the campus, and the office of General Counsel. The Primary Administrator's Office will certify in writing that the given designee has been trained in the administration of student conduct matters.
    2. Student Panel. A panel of students appointed by the Chancellor, from which shall be selected by the Chair, upon the request of a student charged before the Student Conduct Committee, not more than three students to serve with the Student Conduct Committee.
    3. Student. A person having once been admitted to the University who has not completed a course of study and who intends to or does continue a course of study in or through one of the campuses of the University. For the purpose of these rules, student status continues whether or not the University's academic programs are in session.
    4. Student Conduct Committee. As used in these procedures, "Student Conduct Committee," hereinafter referred to as the Committee, is that body on each campus which is authorized to conduct hearings and to make dispositions under these procedures or a Hearing Panel of such body as herein defined.
  3. Sanctions.
    1. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Conduct Code; more than one of the sanctions may be imposed for any single violation:
      1. Warning. A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
      2. Probation. A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
      3. Loss of Privileges. Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
      4. Restitution. Compensation for loss, damage, or injury to the University or University property. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
      5. Discretionary Sanctions. Work assignments, service to the University, or other related discretionary assignments.
      6. Residence Hall Suspension. Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
      7. Residence Hall Expulsion. Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
      8. University Dismissal. An involuntary separation of the student from the institution for misconduct apart from academic requirements. It does not imply or state a minimum separation time.
      9. University Suspension. Separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
      10. University Expulsion. Permanent separation of the student from the University.
    2. Temporary Suspension. The Chancellor or Designee may at any time temporarily suspend or deny readmission to a student from the University pending formal procedures when the Chancellor or Designee finds and believes from available information that the presence of a student on campus would seriously disrupt the University or constitute a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of members of the University community. The appropriate procedure to determine the future status of the student will be initiated within seven calendar days.
  4. Records Retention. Student conduct records shall be maintained for five years after University action is completed.
  5. Policy and Procedures.
    1. Preliminary Procedures. The Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) shall investigate any reported student misconduct before initiating formal conduct procedures and give the student the opportunity to present a personal version of the incident or occurrence. The Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) may discuss with any student such alleged misconduct and the student shall attend such consultation as requested by the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s). The Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s), in making an investigation and disposition, may utilize student courts and boards and/or divisional deans to make recommendations.
    2. Informal Dispositions. The Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) shall have the authority to make a determination and to impose appropriate sanctions and shall fix a reasonable time within which the student shall accept or reject a proposed informal disposition. A failure of the student either to accept or reject within the time fixed may be deemed by the University to be an acceptance of the determination, provided the student has received written notice of the proposed determination and the result of the student's failure to formally reject and, in such event, the proposed disposition shall become final upon expiration of such time. If the student rejects informal disposition it must be in writing and shall be forwarded to the Committee. The Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) may refer cases to the Committee without first offering informal disposition.
    3. Formal Procedure and Disposition.
      1. Student Conduct Committee:
        1. The Committee shall be appointed by the Chancellor and shall have the authority to impose appropriate sanctions upon any student or students appearing before it.
        2. The Committee, when appropriate or convenient, may be divided by the Chair of the Committee into Hearing Panels, each panel to be composed of at least five Committee members, which may include a maximum of two students, present at the hearing, including a designated chair. A Hearing Panel has the authority of the whole Committee in those cases assigned to it. The Chair of the Committee or of a Hearing Panel shall count as one member of the Committee or Hearing Panel and have the same rights as other members.
        3. Each Chancellor shall appoint a panel of students, to be known as the Student Panel. Upon written request of a student charged before the Committee, made at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the hearing, the Chair of the Committee or Hearing Panel shall appoint from the Student Panel not more than three students to sit with the Committee or two students to sit with the Hearing Panel (as stated in 3.a.(2)) for that particular case. When students from the Student Panel serve at the request of a student charged, they shall have the same rights as other members of the Committee or Hearing Panel.
      2. General Statement of Procedures. A student charged with a breach of the Student Conduct Code is entitled to a written notice and a formal hearing unless the matter is disposed of under the rules for informal disposition. Student conduct proceedings are not to be construed as judicial trials and need not wait for legal action before proceeding; but care shall be taken to comply as fully as possible with the spirit and intent of the procedural safeguards set forth herein. The Office of the General Counsel shall be legal adviser to the Committee and the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s).
      3. Notice. The Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) shall initiate student conduct proceedings by arranging with the Chair to call a meeting of the Committee and by giving written notice by certified mail or personal delivery to the student charged with misconduct. The notice shall set forth the date, time, and place of the alleged violation and the date, time, and place of the hearing before the Committee. Notice by certified mail may be addressed to the last address currently on record with the University. Failure by the student to have a current correct local address on record with the University shall not be construed to invalidate such notice. The notice shall be given at least seven (7) consecutive days prior to the hearing, unless a shorter time be fixed by the Chair for good cause. Any request for continuance shall be made in writing to the Chair, who shall have the authority to continue the hearing if the request is timely and made for good cause. The Chair shall notify the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) and the student of the new date for the hearing. If the student fails to appear at the scheduled time, the Committee may hear and determine the matter.
    4. Right to Petition for Review: (other than University expulsion, University dismissal, or University suspension).
      1. In all cases where the sanction imposed by the Committee is other than University expulsion, University dismissal, or University suspension, the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s), the charged student or the alleged victim, (referred to hereafter as the “complainant”) in the case of nonconsensual sexual behavior may petition the Chancellor or Designee in writing for a review of the decision within five (5) calendar days after written notification. A copy of the Petition for Review must also be served upon the nonappealing party or parties within such time. The Petition for Review must state the grounds or reasons for review in detail, and the nonappealing party or parties may answer the petition within five (5) calendar days.
      2. The Chancellor or Designee may grant or refuse the right of review. In all cases where the Petition for Review is refused, the action of the Committee shall be final. If the Chancellor or Designee reviews the decision, the action of the Chancellor shall be final unless it is to remand the matter for further proceedings.
    5. Right of Appeal (University expulsion, University dismissal, or University suspension only).
      1. When a charged student is expelled, dismissed, or suspended from the University by the Committee, the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s), the charged student or the complainant in the case of nonconsensual sexual behavior may appeal such decision to the Chancellor or Designee by filing written notice of appeal stating the grounds or reasons for appeal in detail with the Chancellor within ten (10) calendar days after notification of the decision of the Committee. A copy of the Notice of Appeal will contemporaneously be given by the charged student to the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) and complainant or by the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) to the charged student and complainant, or by the complainant to the charged student and Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s). The appealing party may file a written memorandum for consideration by the Chancellor with the Notice of Appeal, and the Chancellor may request a reply to such memorandum by the appropriate party.
      2. The Chancellor or Designee shall review the record of the case and the appeal documents and may affirm, reverse, or remand the case for further proceedings and shall notify each party in writing of the decision on the appeal. The action of the Chancellor shall be final unless it is to remand the matter for further proceedings.
    6. Status During Appeal. In cases of suspension, dismissal, or expulsion where a Notice of Appeal is filed within the required time, a student may petition the Chancellor in writing for permission to attend classes pending final determination of appeal. The Chancellor may permit a student to continue in school under such conditions as may be designated pending completion of appellate procedures, provided such continuance will not seriously disrupt the University or constitute a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of members of the University community. In such event, however, any final sanctions imposed shall be effective from the date of the action of the Committee.
    7. Student Honor System. Forums under the student honor systems established for investigating facts, holding hearings, and recommending and imposing sanctions are authorized when the student honor code or other regulations containing well defined jurisdictional statements and satisfying the requirements of Section 10.030, which is Article V of the Bylaws of the Board of Curators, have been reduced to writing and have been approved by the Chancellor and the Board of Curators and notice thereof in writing has been furnished to students subject thereto. Though the student honor system has jurisdiction, together with procedures set forth therein, instead of the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s), the standard of conduct called for in any such student honor system shall be deemed to contain at a minimum the same standards set forth in Section 200.010, entitled Standards of Conduct. Procedures shall satisfy the requirements of the Board of Curators' Bylaws, Section 10.030, which is Article V, and shall contain procedures herein before stated insofar as appropriate and adaptable to the particular situation and shall be approved by the Chancellor and the General Counsel. Students subject to student honor systems shall have the rights of appeal as set forth in Section 200.020 E.6 and 7.
  6. Hearing Procedures.
    1. Conduct of Hearing. The Chair shall preside at the hearing, call the hearing to order, call the roll of the Committee in attendance, ascertain the presence or absence of the student charged with misconduct, read the notice of hearing and charges and verify the receipt of notices of charges by the student, report any continuances requested or granted, establish the presence of any adviser or counselor of the student, and call to the attention of the student charged and the adviser any special or extraordinary procedures to be employed during the hearing and permit the student to make suggestions regarding or objections to any procedures for the Conduct Committee to consider.

      In cases where the misconduct charged is nonconsensual sexual behavior, the complainant will be afforded the same rights in the hearing as the accused student as described below.  In such cases, questions between the accused student and the complainant will be made through the Chair.
      1. Opening Statements.
        1. The Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) shall make opening remarks outlining the general nature of the case and testify to any facts the investigation has revealed.
        2. The student charged may make a statement to the Committee about the charge at this time or at the conclusion of the University's presentation. In cases of nonconsensual sexual behavior the complainant may likewise make a statement to the Committee at either time.
      2. University Evidence.
        1. University witnesses are to be called and identified or written reports of evidence introduced as appropriate.
        2. The Committee may question witnesses at any time.
        3. The student charged or, with permission of the Committee, the adviser or counselor may question witnesses or examine evidence at the conclusion of the University's presentation. In cases of nonconsensual sexual behavior the complainant may also question witnesses or examine evidence at the conclusion of the University’s presentation and the student charged’s questions.  In such cases, questions between the charged student and the complainant will be made through the Chair.
      3. Charged Student Evidence.
        1. If the student charged has not elected to make a statement earlier under a.(2) above, the student shall have the opportunity to make a statement to the Committee about the charge.
        2. The student may present evidence through witnesses or in the form of written memoranda.
        3. The Committee may question the student or witnesses at any time. The Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) may question the student or witnesses. In cases of nonconsensual sexual behavior the complainant may question witnesses.  In such cases, questions between the complainant and the charged student will be made through the Chair.
      4. Complainant’s Evidence (in cases of nonconsensual sexual behavior)
        1. If the complainant has not elected to make a statement earlier under a.(2) above, the complainant shall have the opportunity to make a statement to the Committee about the charge.
        2. The complainant may present evidence through witnesses or in the form of written memoranda.
        3. The Committee may question the complainant or witnesses at any time. The charged student may question witnesses. Questions between the charged student and the complainant will be made through the Chair.
      5. Rebuttal Evidence. The Committee may permit the University or the charged student, or in cases of nonconsensual sexual behavior, the complainant to offer a rebuttal of the other's presentation(s).
      6. Rights of Student Conduct Committee. The Committee shall have the right to:
        1. Hear together cases involving more than one student which arise out of the same transaction or occurrence, but in that event shall make separate findings and determinations for each student;
        2. Permit a stipulation of facts by the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) and the student involved;
        3. Permit the incorporation in the record by reference of any documentation, produced and desired in the record by the University or the student charged;
        4. Question witnesses or challenge other evidence introduced by either the University or the student at any time;
        5. Hear from the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) about dispositions made in similar cases and any dispositions offered to the student appearing before the Committee;
        6. Call additional witnesses or require additional investigation;
        7. Dismiss any action at any time or permit informal disposition as otherwise provided;
        8. Permit or require at any time amendment of the Notice of Hearing to include new or additional matters which may come to the attention of the Committee before final determination of the case; provided, however, that in such event the Committee shall grant to the student or Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) such time as the Committee may determine reasonable under the circumstances to answer or explain such additional matters;
        9. Dismiss any person from the hearing who interferes with or obstructs the hearing or fails to abide by the rulings of the Chair of the Committee;
        10. Suspend summarily students from the University who, during the hearing, obstruct or interfere with the course of the hearing or fail to abide by the ruling of the Chair of the Committee on any procedural question or request of the Chair for order.
    2. Rights of Students Charged Upon Hearing and of Complainants in the Case of Nonconsensual Sexual Behavior. A student appearing before a Committee shall have the right to:
      1. Be present at the hearing;
      2. Have an adviser or counselor and to consult with such adviser or counselor during the hearing;
      3. Hear or examine evidence presented to the Committee;
      4. Question witnesses present and testifying;
      5. Present evidence by witnesses or affidavit;
      6. Make any statement to the Committee in mitigation or explanation of the conduct in question;
      7. Be informed in writing of the findings of the Committee and any sanctions it imposes; and
      8. Request review or appeal to the Chancellor as herein provided.
    3. Determination by the Student Conduct Committee. The Committee shall then make its findings and determinations based on the preponderance of the evidence in executive session out of the presence of the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) and the student charged. Separate findings are to be made:
      1. As to the conduct of the student, and
      2. On the sanctions, if any, to be imposed. No sanctions shall be imposed on the student unless a majority of the Committee present is convinced by the preponderance of the evidence that the student has committed the violation charged.
    4. Official Report of Findings and Determinations. The Committee shall promptly consider the case on the merits and make its findings and determination and transmit them to the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) and the student charged forthwith.
    5. Other Procedural Questions. Procedural questions which arise during the hearing not covered by these general rules shall be determined by the Chair, whose ruling shall be final unless the Chair shall present the question to the Committee at the request of a member of the Committee, in which event the ruling of the Committee by majority vote shall be final.
    6. General Rules of Decorum. The following general rules of decorum shall be adhered to:
      1. All requests to address the Committee shall be addressed to the Chair.
      2. The Chair will rule on all requests and points of order and may consult with Committee's legal adviser prior to any ruling. The Chair's ruling shall be final and all participants shall abide thereby, unless the Chair shall present the question to the Committee at the request of a member of the Committee, in which event the ruling of the Committee by majority vote shall be final.
      3. Rules of common courtesy and decency shall be observed at all times.
      4. An adviser or counselor may be permitted to address the Committee at the discretion of the Committee. An adviser or counselor may request clarification of a procedural matter or object on the basis of procedure at any time by addressing the Chair after recognition.
    7. Record of Hearing. An audio, video, digital, or stenographic record of the hearing shall be maintained. The notice, exhibits, hearing record, and the findings and determination of the Committee shall become the "Record of the Case" and shall be filed in the Office of the Primary Administrative Officer/Designee(s) and for the purpose of review or appeal be accessible at reasonable times and places to both the University and the student(s) entitled to review or appeal.
    8. Crimes of Violence and Non-Forcible Sex Offences. In cases of alleged crimes of violence and non-forcible sex offences:
      1. The alleged victim is entitled to have an adviser or counselor present during his or her participation in the hearing.
      2. The alleged victim and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a crime of violence or non-forcible sexual assault.

Policy on Hazing

Hazing, defined by the Fraternity Executive Association and accepted by the University of Missouri‑St. Louis, is any intentional action taken or situation created, whether on or off university premises, that produces mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. This includes but is not limited to: paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shocks, wearing apparel publicly which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, involuntary labor, or any activity not consistent with the University of Missouri Board of Curators Standard of Student Conduct. The University of Missouri‑St. Louis does not condone or tolerate hazing of any type by an organization, or by an individual against another individual.

The Office of Student Activities will investigate any incident in which a charge of hazing has been made. University recognition may be temporarily withdrawn pending hearings and due process procedures.

Should it be determined that a student organization or any of its members is guilty of hazing as previously defined, sanctions may include but are not limited to:

  1. Automatic and indefinite suspension of campus recognition or registration with an accompanying loss of all campus privileges (i.e. use of facilities, student services, etc.);
  2. Disciplinary action against those members involved in the incident(s) including suspension or expulsion from the university.

Implementation: Each organizational president (or equivalent officer) is required to read and sign the university's Policy on Hazing at the first regular meeting at which he or she presides. This policy, signed by the incoming president (or equivalent officer), must accompany any notification of a change in officers submitted to the Office of Student Activities. Failure to do so will result in the automatic imposition of inactive status on the organization with an accompanying loss of all university privileges until such time as the signed policy is submitted.

The following equal opportunity policies have been established by the University of Missouri Board of Curators to govern the academic and administrative functions of the four campuses and are available on the UM System website.

320.010 EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY POLICY

600.020 SEX DISCRIMINATION, SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT IN EDUCATION/EMPLOYMENT POLICY

240.040 POLICY RELATED TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

330.070 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ON COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Should a student feel that the campus has not followed these policies, they have access to the University of Missouri Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students.

Students may contact the Student Advocate in Academic Affairs to lodge complaints or seek information about these procedures.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is a serious offense that may lead to probation, suspension, or expulsion. One form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism--the use of an author's ideas, statements, or approaches without crediting the source. Academic dishonesty also includes such acts as cheating by copying information from another student's examination, take-home test, or laboratory manual. The code of student conduct is in this Bulletin and is also available in the UMSL Student Planner.

Honor Statement

The University of Missouri-St. Louis encourages students to pursue excellence within a respectful and collegial environment and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions. For that reason the university requires students to reject any type of dishonest behavior.

Honesty precludes seeking, providing, or receiving any form of unauthorized assistance on tests or any type of assignment. It requires giving credit through appropriate citation to the author of materials used in written or oral assignments.

The full Student Standard of Conduct is available on the Web and in the student planner. By registering for a class at UMSL, students agree to follow this standard of integrity.

These statements are set forth as guidelines and procedures to implement the University of Missouri policy on student records developed from the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

The University of Missouri­St. Louis, as charged in the act, will annually inform its eligible students by including in the Student Planner, the Schedule of Courses, and the UMSL Bulletin the following information:

  1. "Education Records" are those records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by the university. Those records, made available under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, are student financial aid, the student's cumulative advisement file, student health records, disciplinary records, admissions file, and academic record. Confidential letters and statements of recommendation that were placed in student credential folders at the Office of Career Placement Services after January 1, 1975, are also made available, if the student has not waived the right to view these recommendations.

The University of Missouri­St. Louis "Education Records" do not include:

Records of instructional, supervisor, and administrative personnel and educational personnel ancillary thereto which are in the sole possession of the maker thereof and which are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a substitute.

Records of the University of Missouri Police Department created for a law enforcement purpose and maintained by the police department.

In the case of persons who are employed by the university but who are not in attendance at the university, records made and maintained in the normal course of business that related exclusively to such persons and that person's capacity as an employee where the records are not available for any other purpose.

All records on any university student that are created and maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional acting in his professional or paraprofessional capacity, or assisting in that capacity, and created, maintained, or used only in connection with the provision of treatment to the student, and are not available to anyone other than persons providing such treatment, provided, however, that such records can be personally reviewed by a physician or other appropriate professional of the student's choice. 

  1. The University of Missouri-St. Louis recognizes "Directory Information/Public Information" to mean a student's name, address, telephone listing, e-mail, enrollment status, current level, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. All students must inform the Office of the Registrar before the end of the two­week period following the first day of classes if the information designated as directory information should not be released without the student’s prior consent. The student privacy form is available on-line. Students may also change their privacy settings by logging in to MyView. The information listed above will become directory information or public information as of the first day of classes following the end of the two­week period in a regular semester and the first day of classes following the end of the one­week period during the summer session.
  2. University of Missouri-St. Louis students have access to the educational records identified in Paragraph 1 above. In accordance with Public Law 93­380 as amended, the University of Missouri­St. Louis will not make available to students the following materials:

Financial records of the parents of students or any information contained therein.

Confidential letters and statements of recommendation placed in the education records prior to January 1, 1975, if such letters or statements are not used for the purpose other than those for which they were specifically intended.

Confidential recommendations respecting admission to the university, application for employment and receipt of honor, or honorary recognition, where the student has signed a waiver of the student's rights of access as provided in 6.0404, the University Policy on Student Records.

  1. The Director of Financial Aid, the appropriate academic dean, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs: Health, Wellness, & Counseling Services, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the Director of Career Placement Services, the Director of Admissions, and the Registrar are the officials responsible for the maintenance of each type of record listed in Paragraph 1.
  2. Any student may, upon request, review his or her records and, if inaccurate information is included, may request the expunging of such information from the file. Such inaccurate information will then be expunged upon authorization of the official responsible for the file.
  3. Students desiring to challenge the content of their record may request an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of the educational record in order to ensure that the record is not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student, to provide an opportunity for the correction or deletion of any such inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate data contained therein, and to insert into such records a written explanation respecting the content of such records.
  4. The university official charged with custody of the records will attempt to settle informally any disputes with any student regarding the content of the university’s educational records through informal meetings and discussions with the student.
  5. Upon request of the student or the university official charged with custody of the records of the student, a formal hearing shall be conducted as follows:
    1. The request for a hearing shall be submitted in writing to the chancellor, who will appoint a hearing officer or a hearing committee to conduct the hearing.
    2. The hearing shall be conducted and decided within a reasonable period of time following the request for a hearing. The parties will be entitled to written notice 10 days prior to the time and place of the hearing.
    3. The hearing shall be conducted and the decision rendered by an appointed hearing official or officials who shall not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing.
    4. The student shall be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the hearing.
    5. The decision shall be rendered in writing within a reasonable period of time after the conclusion of the hearing.

Either party may appeal the decision of the hearing official or officials to the campus chancellor. Appeal of the chancellor's decision is to the president. Appeal of the president's decision is to the Board of Curators.

  1. The University of Missouri-St. Louis will not mail grade reports to parents unless the student has completed the necessary authorization in the registrar’s office.
  2. The University of Missouri­St. Louis may permit access to or release of the educational records without the written consent of the student to the parents of a dependent student as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
  3. If any material or document in the educational record of a student includes information on more than one student, the student may inspect and review only such part of such material or document as relates to him or her or to be informed of the specific information contained in such part of such material.