Academic Policies

Registration: General Information

Please consult the Office of the Registrar webpage regarding course schedule and registration information. Some courses listed in the Bulletin or CUNYfirst course catalog may not be offered every semester. All eligible students are notified in their CUNYfirst account regarding enrollment for fall, spring semesters and winter, summer sessions. Students are assigned a specific day and time on which to register. Students may not register before their appointed time.

Size of Program/Full-Time Status

The normal number of credits for a full-time student is 15. The maximum number of credits that a student may register for is 18. A student who wishes to register for more than 18 credits must secure written approval in advance of enrollment from the Committee on Academic Standards. Students on probation may register for a maximum of 12 credits and/or conditions stipulated by the Committee on Academic Standards.

Procedures for Change of Program and Course Withdrawals

Office of the Registrar

  • During the first week of classes, a student may withdraw from one or more courses, add courses or change from one section to another section of the same course.
  • During the second and third weeks, a student may withdraw from a course or courses by logging into their CUNYfirst account or stop by the Office of the Registrar during business hours.
  • Withdrawals during these first three weeks will not appear on the student's transcript but the student may be liable for tuition.
  • There is no fee for withdrawals only (although students may be liable for tuition); there is an $18.00 program change fee (and the possibility of additional tuition).
  • A student may withdraw from a course or courses from the fourth through the tenth week of classes by logging into their CUNYfirst account or stop by the Office of the Registrar during business hours. This action will be recorded on the student's record with a grade of "W," in accordance with CUNY's regulations.

Auditing of Courses

A student must pay the tuition and fees to audit any course, except for senior citizens, who do not pay tuition. Forms for permission to audit course(s) may be secured from the Office of the Registrar. Students must register for the course during the regular registration period, and will be given an "AUD" grade. This grade is irreversible.

Students who wish to register for course(s) at a non-CUNY institution must complete a non-CUNY permit form to attend another college.

CUNY ePermit and Concurrent Attendance at Another Institution (non-CUNY) :

A currently enrolled matriculated student may take courses at another accredited institution by filing an ePermit for CUNY institution or filing a paper permit for a non-CUNY institution. The Office of the Registrar may grant permission for dual attendance; however, the request must be processed prior to the registration period for both institutions. York College will not issue or approve retroactive permits. Each permit request is for a single course for a specific term. Courses taken on permit must be equivalent to a specific course and fulfill a specific degree requirement.

Who is eligible to apply for a permit?

  • Matriculated students currently in registered at York College.
  • Undergraduate students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher with the exception of ROTC freshmen.
  • Students without any stops or negative holds on their records.
  • Students with all York College's registration requirements including immunization completed.
  • Newly admitted, continuing Macaulay Honors College and CUNY BA students who have advisor approval.

Permit requests will not be approved for:

  • Non-degree students.
  • Newly admitted undergraduate or graduate students prior to completing their first term at York College with the exception of ROTC and CUNY BA students.
  • Courses with no course equivalency with the exception of courses for ROTC students.
  • Students who have completed 60 or more credits who request permits to a Community College.
  • Students whose schedules exceed the maximum credit load for each semester or session (credit load = courses at York + courses on permit).
  • Students who have an undeclared Major after completing 60 credits or more.

CUNY ePermit

A student may apply to take a course at another CUNY institution by using the ePermit system. The CUNY ePermit system is available on the CUNY portal.

Once a CUNY ePermit is approved:

A student granted approval to take a course(s) on permit will be contacted via e-mail by the Host College with a registration appointment time. Normal registration procedures should then be followed by the student as indicated by the Host institution.

**Note: ePermit approval only grants permission to take a course at another CUNY institution and does not enroll the student or guarantee a seat in a course.**

ePermit and Course Cancellation:

If a student enrolls in a course at the approved Host College and decides not to attend the course, it is the student's responsibility to cancel the course registration at both home and host institutions as well as cancelling the ePermit request. The student must notify the Home College of the cancellation before classes begin to avoid Tuition Liability and to prevent any academic consequences. Any student who drops a course at the Host College during the refund or withdrawal period will be held liable for tuition and fees according to the Host College's refund schedule.

Tuition for a CUNY ePermit:

All tuition and fees for an approved ePermit course must be paid at the Home College. Students eligible for financial aid are to apply through their Home College and are responsible for meeting any credit load requirements. Tuition is based on the number of credits for Host College course. Courses for which material fees are required are paid by the student to the Host College.

Financial Aid with ePermits:

If a student cancels the ePermit or fails to register for the requested course at the Host College for which the student expects to obtain financial aid, it is the student's responsibility to make certain that the credit load meets financial aid eligibility requirements. Questions concerning financial aid must be addressed to a financial aid counselor at Home College.

Course Grade for ePermits:

Courses will be transferred to the Home College and recorded with the grade assigned by the Host College. The grade will be included in the cumulative GPA. Only letter grades will be accepted for fulfilling General Education/Pathways requirements and Major/Minor requirements. Grades of "P" are not acceptable to fulfill degree requirements except for free electives. The number of credits transferred for each course will be equivalent to the value assigned by the Host College and not the Home College.

Concurrent Attendance at Another Institution (non-CUNY)

Students who wish to register for a course(s) at a non-CUNY institution must complete a Non-CUNY Permit form.

  • Students must complete the Non-CUNY Permit form which is available on the York College website and submit to the Registrar's Office for review.
  • The course evaluation section of the Non-CUNY Permit form must be completed and signed by the Department Chairperson for which the permit course resides.
  • If the Office of the Registrar approves the permit, the form will be signed and stamped with the College seal. A copy of the form will be given to the student for the Host College.
  • Students should keep a copy of the Non-CUNY Permit form for their records.
  • All tuition and fees must be paid at the Host College.

Course Grade for Permit (non-CUNY):

Only courses for which the student receives a grade of "C" or better will be transferred to the Home College and recorded on the student's transcript. Grades of "P" are not acceptable. The number of credits transferred for each course will be equivalent to the value assigned by the Host College and not the Home College.

NOTE: Courses taken at other CUNY campuses designated as Writing Intensive and Pathways designations will transfer with the Writing Intensive designation and Pathways designations to York College.

Independent Study Courses

Courses offered as Independent Studies are limited to York College degree students only. The number of Independent Study credits a student may register will be limited to three credits in any given semester, with the exception of the Political Science and Psychology programs, where six credits may be taken to satisfy the requirements of internship.

In special circumstances, permission for a waiver of this limitation may be granted by the department chairperson. Independent Studies courses may only be taken by students in good standing.

Pass/Fail Option

A student not on probation who has earned 30 or more credits may choose to take one pass/fail course per semester for a total of not more than six courses. Courses given on a pass/fail basis, such as Student Development 101-105, are not considered in the six-course total. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not constitute the student's General Education Requirements, Pathways General Education requirements, or major/ minor requirements. A student may exercise the pass/fail option any time during the first ten weeks of the semester and may elect to rescind the option up to the last day of classes (prior to final examinations).

The student must complete an application form available online and submit it for approval to the Office of the Registrar. A letter grade is submitted by the instructor and is converted to P or F. In the pass/fail option, a grade of D or better is passing and F is failing.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend each class session. There is no cut allowance. Students may be required at any time to account for undue irregularity in attendance by personal explanation to their instructor (and, for SEEK students, to their counselor).

Any student who has been excessively absent from a course and does not present adequate documentation to the instructor, may receive the grade of WU (unofficial withdrawal), which is computed as an F.

Students absent for illness for more than one week will be required to present to the instructor medical documentation of the illness, including an indication that they are well enough to return to their classes. Students absent for more than one week for reasons other than illness will also be required to furnish documentation of reasons.

Instructors will be required to complete Enrollment Verification Rosters for their courses indicating if students have never attended or attended the course. Any student noted as never attending will have a grade of WN processed to his/her record. The WN grade indicates non-attendance and is non-punitive. However, a student receiving a WN grade may still be liable for tuition and fees.

Classification and Change of Status

Change of Residency Status

Applications for change of status for continuing students from nonresident to resident tuition rate are available in the Office of the Registrar, and can be filed until the end of the respective semester. All incoming students must apply for resident tuition rate through the Office of Admissions.

Declaration or Change of Major/Minor

Students who have decided on a major, or have decided to change their major/minor, must file a Change of Major/Minor application with the Office of the Registrar. Students need to be aware that a change of major or minor may have an effect on financial aid eligibility (see the section on Satisfactory Academic Progress). Students should also be aware that the major requirements that are reflected in the Bulletin in effect at the time of declaration of the new major will apply. Deadline for Change of major applicationsmust be submitted to the Office of the Registrar no later than 21 days after the semester begins including weekends and holidays. Applications received after the 22nd day or after the deadline will become effective the following semester.

Second Degree

All applicants who are applying for a second degree follow the same application procedures as Transfer students. Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from York College, and wish to be accepted for a second baccalaureate degree must apply to the office of Admissions to complete a second degree application. If accepted, the student must complete a minimum of 40 credits at York College in order to earn the second degree.

General Education Requirements (Transfer Students)

Students with an A.A. or A.S. degree from a CUNY or SUNY community college, with the exception of students in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program, will have fulfilled the General Education Requirements but are required to complete the College Option. For some programs, students will be required to take more than the difference between the advanced credit granted and the required 120 credits to complete the requirements for the baccalaureate degree.

Students must complete the requirements for their major and the Liberal Arts requirement(s). For a Bachelor of Science degree 60 credits of Liberal Arts courses are required and for the Bachelor of Arts degree 90 credits of Liberal Arts courses are required.

Academic Classification of Students

Admission Code - identifies student status
1
Continuing (degree/non-degree)
-
2
Entering freshman or graduate (degree/non-degree)
-
3
New advanced standing transfer (undergraduate)
-
4
Readmitted
-
6
New CUNY permit-in/CUNY B.A.-in
-
7
Continuing CUNY Permit-in/CUNY B.A.-in
-
8
Non degree to degree (undergraduate/graduate)
-
9
Readmitted for graduation
-

Academic Level - the student's academic level is determined by the number of credits completed, as follows

-Lower freshman0 - 14.9
-Upper Freshman15 - 29.9
-Lower sophomore30 - 44.9
-Upper sophomore45 - 59.9
-Lower junior60 - 74.9
-Upper junior75 - 89.9
-Lower senior90 - 104.9
-Upper senior105 - 120+

Grading Policies

Grading

In courses which carry college credit (with the exceptions indicated) the student is assigned a final grade (unless the student has permission to take the course on a pass/fail basis). The table below indicates the index and the numerical values for assigning grades and computing Grade Point Averages (GPA).

Grade

Index Value

Numerical Value

A+4.097.0-100
A4.093.0-96.9
A-3.790.0-92.9
B+3.387.0-89.9
B3.083.0-86.9
B-2.780.0-82.9
C+2.377.0-79.9
C2.073.0-76.9
C-1.770.0-72.9
D+1.367.0-69.9
D1.060.0-66.9
F, FIN, WU, WF0.00-59
PEN - Grade Pending--
WA, W, WN, *WN, NC, P, R--

Dean's List

At the end of each Fall and Spring semester, students with excellent academic records are recognized with the Dean's List notation on the student transcript. The criteria for inclusion will be established as follows:

  1. 3.5 GPA.
  2. Full-time status is defined as 12 graded credits per academic semester.
  3. Bona fide part-time status is defined as 12 graded credits in an academic year (September to May).
  4. Computation of Dean's List nominees will be based on:
  1. The grades of A+ through F.
  2. NC, R, WU and INC are calculated as F grades for Dean's List.
  3. Administrative grades of PEN, W, WA, WN, and Z are excluded from calculations.
  4. Eligibility will be calculated when all grades have been processed by the Office of the Registrar, and
  5. Retroactive Dean's List is not awarded should a student receive a grade change after the fact.

Computation of Grade Point Average (GPA)

The scholastic index (GPA) is computed by multiplying the total number of credits earned by the index values of the grades and dividing the sum by the total number of credits attempted, including courses failed. For the purpose of computing academic index neither the credits nor the grades of W, WA, WN, Z, P, R, and NC are counted, while FIN and WU are counted as failures and attempted credits. An overall C (2.0) average is required for graduation, in addition to an overall C average in the major discipline for most majors. Please consult individual major program descriptions for details.

Example A: Sample Calculation of GPA

GradeIndex ValueTotal Credits Earned ForEach Letter GradeTotal Quality Points (QP) Earned Per Grade
A+4.0312.0
A4.0624.0
A-3.7622.2
B+3.31239.6
B3.01030.0
B-2.71540.5
C+2.3818.4
C2.01530.0
C-1.735.1
D+1.322.6
D1.066.0
F, FIN, WU, WF0.030.0
Totals89230.4

230.4 Total QP's divided by 89 total credits attempted with grades = 2.588 GPA

When calculating GPA, the GPA is never rounded up. The GPA is truncated after the one-thousandth decimal point.

Passing Grades

Passing grades range from A+ to D. The C-, D+ and D grades are not considered a passing grade in certain programs. Please consult individual Major Program descriptions for details. P is a passing grade but it does not affect the student's scholastic index.

Failing Grades

Failing grades are F, FIN, WF and WU. These grades are computed in the student's scholastic index. Failing grades are not removed from the student's record due to a subsequent successful completion of the course.

Effective September 1, 1990, in accordance with the resolution passed by the Board of Trustees of CUNY, an undergraduate student who earns an academic or administrative failing grade that is computed in the cumulative Grade Point Average may retake the course and upon successful completion of the course with a grade of C or better have the failing grade no longer computed into the GPA. This resolution applies to grades of C or better received for courses retaken in the Fall 1990 semester and thereafter replacing the index value of failing grades earned in courses taken in the Fall 1984 and thereafter.

The maximum number of failing credits that can legally be excluded from the computation of a student's GPA is limited to 16 for the duration of the student's undergraduate enrollment in CUNY. If a student transfers from one unit of CUNY to another, the number of failing credits replaced in the previous college(s) will be subtracted from the 16 to determine how many failing credits may be replaced during the subsequent enrollment. In order for a grade of C or better to replace a failing grade in the calculations of the cumulative GPA, repetition of the course must take place at the same unit of CUNY where the failing grade was originally received. If a student received two or more F's for the same course and subsequently earns a C or better, the initial F's will, subject to the 16-credit limit, not be included in the student's cumulative GPA, and the total number of credits of F not calculated in the GPA will be charged against the 16-credit limit.

Failing grades may not be partially deleted from the GPAs. So, for example, if a student has used 14 of the 16-credit limit, a grade of C or better only in a retaken 2 credit or two 1-credit courses may have the F grade deleted from the calculation of the GPA. A grade of C or better in a three or more credit course will not be eligible for this treatment. If a student does NOT wish to have a failing grade deleted from the cumulative GPA, he or she must inform the Office of the Registrar in writing any time after the second enrollment in the course. The student must be in attendance at the college when the request is made. The GPA calculated on the basis of this CUNY policy is to be used only for the purposes of retention at and eligibility for graduation from the College, including admission to and continuance in a major or concentration. All failing grades will be considered in the calculations for any honors.

INC Grade

A student who, because of extenuating circumstances, has not taken the final examination and/or completed the work for the course, and has a passing average may, at the discretion of the instructor, receive an INC grade. The student, in consultation with the instructor, has up to 10 weeks in the subsequent semester to complete the work and have the grade resolved even if not registered in the subsequent semester. Grade changes resolving INC grades must be received by the Office of the Registrar by the last day of the tenth week of classes of the subsequent semester. (See Academic Calendar for exact due date.) Grades received after the deadline will not be processed unless the student has obtained approval from the Committee on Academic Standards.

The grade of INC is not considered in computing the academic index. However, if a grade change is not received by the Office of the Registrar within the ten week time frame, the grade of INC is changed to FIN. This grade is considered an F grade when computing the academic index. When compiling the Dean's List, INC grades are calculated as F.

PEN Grade

This is a temporary grade assigned to a student and used to facilitate the implementation of the procedures for imposition of sanctions related to academic integrity.

P/NC Grade

Two symbols, P for pass and NC for no credit, are used as grades for all Student Development 101-105 courses. These grades are not considered in computing the academic index.

In addition, for the first 28 credits attempted by students, a failing grade in a non-remedial or non-developmental 100 level course will be converted to an NC grade. A student may receive an NC grade no more than twice for any particular course. A third failure to pass the course will be recorded as an F grade. The grade of NC is not removed from the student's record due to a subsequent successful completion of the course. Though the NC grade is not computed in the index for retention purposes, it is always computed as an F for graduation honors and Dean's List. Students should be aware that other colleges, universities, agencies and institutions may interpret the NC as a failure.

R Grade

The R grade is used to record a failure in a remedial or developmental course. It carries no grade point value in computing the index for retention purposes. The course must be repeated until the required level of proficiency is attained but a student may receive an R grade no more than twice for any particular course. A third failure to pass the course will be recorded as an F grade. The R grade is always regarded as an F for graduation honors and Dean's List. The R grade is not removed from the student's record due to a subsequent successful completion of the course. Students should be aware that other colleges, universities, agencies and institutions may regard the R as a failure.

W Grade

In the case of a withdrawal from a course, three symbols are used: W signifying official withdrawal by the student from a course without penalty, which is recorded on the student's record after the end of the 3rd week of classes. (See Procedures for Change of Program and Withdrawal from a Course.)

WN/WU Grade

WN signifying that a student never attended the course. When a student ceases to participate in a course but has not withdrawn officially, the student shall be deemed to have withdrawn unofficially and is assigned a grade of WU by the professor.

In computing the academic index, W and WN are not counted, but a WU grade counts as a failure.

WA Grade

The WA grade is a grade assigned by administrative action. WA grades cannot be assigned by an instructor. It is assigned when the student is administratively suspended from classes. It has no index value and, therefore, is not considered when computing the GPA.

Z Grade

The Z grade is an administrative grade, which cannot be assigned by an instructor. It is assigned when no grade has been submitted by the instructor. It has no index value and, therefore, is not considered when computing the GPA.

Repeated Courses

Credit is not granted for repeated courses that have been passed. However, grades in repeated courses are computed in the student's index. It should be noted that a student may audit a course as described in the procedure for auditing of courses previously indicated.

Make-Up Examination(s)

Make-up examinations are final examinations taken at a time other than the formally scheduled time. Only students with a bona fide reason to take a make-up examination will be permitted to do so. Such permission may be granted only by the department chairperson or representative, and not by the instructor.

A student who missed the final examination and has received permission to take a "make-up final" must do so within one semester even if not in attendance, but early enough to enable the instructor to submit a grade by the last day of classes.

There is a $15.00 fee for the first examination, $5.00 for each additional examination.

Cumulative Point Value (CPV) and Academic Deficits

To determine the cumulative point value or deviation value the grade C is used as the reference grade. The Cumulative Point Value is computed similarly to the Grade Point Average, but using the values A+ = +2, A = +2, A- = +1.7, B+ = +1.3, B = +1, B- = +0.7, C+ = +0.3, C = 0, C- = -0.3, D+ = -0.7, D = -1, and F, WU, and FIN = -2.

Each student must have a Cumulative Point Value of 0 or greater to remain in Good Academic Standing. A student with a negative Cumulative Point Value is said to have an Academic Deficit and may be placed on Academic Probation.

Academic Probation and Retention

Standards for Academic Probation and Retention

The Cumulative GPA of all previous semesters is determined at the end of each semester, and the academic standards for probation and retention are based on the Cumulative GPA.

Credits Attempted Minimum Cumulative GPA (Index)
0 - 121.50
13 - 241.75
25+2.00

For transfer students, the number of college credits attempted includes all college credits attempted, including those attempted at other colleges, but the index required for retention purposes is the index achieved only at York College.

Example A: A student who enters York as a freshman with no credits transferred must achieve an average (index) of 1.5 on the first 12 credits attempted. If the student earns a lower average, he/she will be placed on probation for the following semester. If the student attempts 12 credits the following semester, the student must have a minimum index of 1.75 on the total of 24 credits attempted. If this index is not achieved, the student will be dismissed for academic reasons.

Example B: A student entering York as a sophomore, transferring 24 credits from another college, who registers for 12 credits in the first semester at York, must achieve an index of 2.00 for the 12 credits because the total number of college credits attempted at York and the previous college(s) total more than 24. If this student achieves less than a 2.00 index, the student will be placed on probation for the following semester.

Students are notified in writing by the Office of the Registrar and the Committee on Academic Standards when they are placed on probation. A student on probation may enroll for a maximum of 12 credits or the equivalent. In addition, the student whose program includes developmental courses may register for a maximum of 19 hours of course work. Although students may register for as many as 12 credits/19 hours, students are advised to take fewer credits.

Students on academic probation will not be dismissed, but automatically continued on probation as long as they achieve an index of 2.00 or better each semester until they have reached the required minimum GPA. During this probationary period, students who make satisfactory academic progress will continue to maintain their academic standing with the College. Students who fail to achieve the minimum 2.00 index (or any other index required by the academic review process) for any semester while on probation, will be dismissed for academic reasons.

The academic probation status remains on a student's record for the entire semester on which the code was placed. Change of grades will only affect a student's probation status at the end of the semester in which the change of grade is posted. For example if a change of grade is submitted mid-semester resulting in the student's GPA being raised to the required GPA, the probation code will not be removed. Conversely, if the change of grade results the student's GPA dropping below the required GPA the student will not be placed on probation mid-semester. The probation code is removed at the end of the semester if the student's GPA reaches the required GPA. Grades earned during the Summer sessions will not change students' probation status for the upcoming Fall semester.

Students are notified in writing by the Office of the Registrar and the Committee on Academic Standards that they have been dismissed for academic reasons after failing to meet the minimum retention standard while on probation. A student may not be dismissed without being placed on probation for a minimum of one semester. The retention standards are applied to all students, degree (matriculated) and non-degree (non-matriculated). Professional programs may have additional retention and progression requirements. A student who has been dismissed is separated from the

University for at least one semester and may not enroll during that period for credit-bearing courses in any unit of the University.

Readmission to York College is not automatic. The student must submit a petition to the Committee on Academic Standards indicating the basis for consideration for readmission. Written notification of approval or denial will be sent to the student. If the petition is approved, the student is permitted to register according to specific academic standards stipulated by the Committee, where applicable.

The college adheres to readmission deadlines. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar regarding the deadline for filing an application.