Academics and Regulations


You are expected to attend classes regularly; unexcused absences may result in a failing grade. You are responsible for conferring with your instructor concerning absences and the possibility of arranging to make up missed work.

If you are required to participate in either (a) military or (b) UAF-sponsored activities that will cause you to miss class, you must notify your instructor as soon as possible of your absence. You must notify your instructor(s) of all scheduled UAF-required absences for the semester (e.g., travel to athletic events) during the first week of classes.

You and your instructor will make a good faith effort to make suitable arrangements to assure that you can make up classes and work you miss and are not penalized for your excused absence. If suitable arrangements cannot be made, you will be allowed to withdraw from the course without penalty. However, your instructor is under no obligation to allow you to make up missed work for unexcused absences or if notification and arrangements are not made in advance of the absence.

Academic Progress

Instructors are responsible for ensuring that students are aware of the grading policy for a course and that homework, exams and other assignments are returned to students in a timely manner. Instructors who have freshmen enrolled in their classes are expected to submit freshman progress reports early in each semester. Progress reports help students gauge their class performance and, if necessary, seek assistance early in the term.

Academic Standards

UAF's scholastic standards are designed to help students take action before their academic record deteriorates to the point that readmission to UAF or another institution is difficult. In all cases involving poor scholarship, students are encouraged to consult with their advisor, instructors or dean.

Undergraduate or certificate students and non-degree students enrolled in 12 or more credits are subject to scholastic action if they fail to earn a GPA of 2.0 at the end of the semester. Scholastic action may result in probation or disqualification from the university.

Good Standing

a. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses taken since admission to graduate school. Before advancing to candidacy, however, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. You must earn at least a B grade in 400-level courses.

b. Be registered at UAF with a minimum of 6 graduate or 400-level credits per year unless on approved leave of absence.

c. Abide by all parts of the Student Code of Conduct.

d. Have a current graduate study plan or an advancement to candidacy submitted and approved, unless you are still within the first year of graduate study.

e. Have on file with the Graduate School by May 15 of each year an annual report from the graduate advisory committee, certifying satisfactory progress. This is the responsibility of the student. Students starting in January need not submit an annual report until May of the next academic year. If a satisfactory annual report is not filed as specified, the student may be placed on probation.

f. Pass any required qualifying exams or comprehensive exams. Departments may set the number of times a student may retake an exam.

Academic Honors


Academic Disqualification

Academic Dismissal

a. Exceeding maximum time limit for degree.

b. Not being registered at UAF for a minimum of 6 credits per year unless on approved leave of absence.

c. Having less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA for courses taken since admission to graduate school.

d. Being on probationary status for more than two consecutive semesters.

e. Violating the Student Code of Conduct.

f. Lacking progress as judged by the advisory committee and documented on the student's annual report.

g. Having substantive inaccuracies in the original application for admission.

If the student does not have a graduate advisory committee, dismissal can occur upon the recommendation of the department chair and the dean of the college or school, with approval by dean of the Graduate School.