Registration and Academic Guide 2015-2016

Academic Honesty

The University encourages a mature attitude toward learning and sound academic morale, and discourages illegitimate aids in examinations, laboratory work, and homework assignments. Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty including the acquisition, without permission, of tests and other academic material belonging to a member of the University community, and the sale and/or distribution of such material are in violation of University policy and subject to disciplinary action.

"Cheating" includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff.

"Plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

A student who has been found to be in violation of academic misconduct may receive a failing grade in the course and any of the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the Board of Trustees policy of student responsibilities, including suspension or dismissal from the University.

Assigned/Early Registration Information

Dates for early registration are assigned according to hours earned prior to the beginning of the current term. Registration dates will be available on MyFSU about the fifth week of the semester.

Class Standing

Class standing criteria is as follows:

Freshman 0 to 25 semester credit hours earned
Sophomore 26 to 55 semester credit hours earned
Junior 56 to 85 semester credit hours earned
Senior 86 or more semester credit hours earned

Full-Time Enrollment Status
(All Semesters)

An undergraduate student enrolled in twelve (12) or more hours of credit is considered to be a full time student. Full-time status for a student in a professional or master's degree program requires a minimum of nine (9) hours of credit.


Each term, instructors inform students about their expectations regarding class attendance.

Developmental Courses

Ferris State University recognizes that students may enter the institution with insufficient basic skills in subjects such as English and Mathematics and will be required to enroll in developmental courses numbered below 100, to prepare them for success in college-level course work. Because these developmental courses are not college-level, they will not be counted toward graduation requirements for any degree program. These courses can be counted towared full time status for purposes such as financial aid.

Program Change

Students requesting a program change should go to the dean's office in which the program is offered. Requests for program changes after the fourth (4) day of a term are processed for the following term.