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Academic Standing (Warning, Probation, Suspension)

Academic Standing and Financial Aid

AP Credit

Calendar

Drops

ECU 1 Card

E-mail Addresses

Financial Aid

Foundation Curriculum

Grade Replacements

Jobs

Parking

Registration / Pin Code

Summer School

Transcripts

Writing Intensive Requirement


Academic Standing (Warning, Probation, Suspension)

What is Academic Warning?

Students who do not make at least a 2.00 GPA each semester are put on Academic warning.

What is Academic Probation?

Students who do not meet their minimum cumulative GPA requirements for their classification are placed on probation. Minimum GPA requirements are as follows:

    • 1-29 ECU gpa hours + transfer hours = 1.8 GPA
    • 30-59 ECU gpa hours + transfer hours = 1.9 GPA
    • 60 or more ECU gpa hours + transfer hours = 2.0 GPA

For example, a sophomore with 42 ECU gpa hours + transfer hours must make at least a 1.9 cumulative GPA to avoid being placed on probation. He/she then has 1 semester to improve the GPA to the appropriate level. If a student fails to do so, suspension will follow. Always consult your academic advisor with questions about probation/suspension.

What is Academic Suspension?

After a student is placed on probation, he/she has 1 semester to either:

    • raise the cumulative GPA to the minimum requirement for retention OR
    • earn a 2.5 semester GPA on at least 12 hours of coursework in the summer OR
    • come within 5 Quality Points of the minimum GPA required for retention

Always consult your academic advisor with questions about probation/suspension.

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Academic Standing and Financial Aid

How does my academic standing affect Financial Aid?

Click on Satisfactory Academic Progress for more information.

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AP Credit

I should receive AP credit. How can I tell if it has been awarded?

Check your transcript in Banner. AP credit will appear at the top of the transcript, underneath your major information. In order for AP credit to be awarded, you must have your AP scores sent to the ECU Admissions Office from the College Board. For a list of scores eligible for credit, visit this link: AP Credit

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Calendar

How can I find important ECU dates/deadlines such as the last day to drop, exams dates, or summer school dates?

The University's Academic Calendar
can be found in the front of the undergraduate catalog or online at http://www.ecu.edu/fsonline/senate/fscalend.cfm

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Drops

How many drops do I receive?

If you entered ECU as a:

    • freshman, you receive 4 drops to use at ECU.
    • sophomore, you receive 3 drops to use at ECU.
    • junior, you receive 2 drops to use at ECU.
    • senior, you receive 1 drop to use at ECU.

How do I drop a course?

If you are trying to drop a course within the first 5 days of a semester, you can drop it in Banner with your registration pin. This will not count as one of your allotted drops.

If you are trying to drop a face-to-face course after the first 5 days, you must see advisor to complete a drop form. If you are trying to drop a distance education (campus 650, and section number of 600+) send an e-mail to: dedrops@ecu.edu from your ECU e-mail account. Include your Banner ID, course name and number, and reason for the drop. Your advisor will be contacted for approval before the drop is processed.

The last day to drop a class is the 50% mark of the semester (dates are published in university calendar http://www.ecu.edu/fsonline/senate/fscalend.cfm). Students can NOT drop a course after this date unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., you are taking a dance class and you broke a leg).

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ECU 1 Card

The ECU 1 Card is your official ECU identification but can also be used for meal plans/declining balance, campus library, campus copiers/printers, athletic events, etc. They are located on the ground floor of the Old Cafeteria Complex (G-521) For a list of complete uses and a map to the 1 Card office, visit their website at http://www.ecu.edu/1card/

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E-mail Addresses

How can I find my instructor's e-mail address?

There is an e-mail icon on the top right portion of the ECU homepage. Click that icon to go to the directory search. You can also find your instructor's e-mail address in Banner under Course Schedule.

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Financial Aid

Phone: 252-328-6131

How will my academic standing affect my Financial Aid?

Click Satisfactory Academic Progress for more information.

Can I receive Financial Aid for taking summer classes?

Yes. There is a special "Summer Financial Aid Form" you will need to complete. It is typically available on the ECU Financial Aid website in March and due mid-April. You must take at least 6 semester hours to receive financial aid during the summer.

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Foundation Curriculum

What are Foundation Curriculum classes? How many do I need to take?

The goal of the Liberal Arts Foundations curriculum is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and abilities essential to their living worthwhile lives. The curriculum is based on the faculty's belief that the best way to prepare students for living worthwhile lives is to provide them with a solid foundation in the core disciplines in the liberal arts (the humanities, arts, natural sciences, and social sciences), in conjunction with a multidisciplinary education in the specific areas of health promotion and physical activity and mastery of writing and mathematics competencies.

Students need 42 hours of Foundations curriculum courses which include:

    • 6 hours of English (FC: EN) to include ENGL 1100 and 1200
    • 3 hours of Mathematics (FC:MA)
    • 8 hours of Natural Science (FC:SC) including at least one laboratory science
    • 12 hours of Social Science (FC:SO) from at least three different areas
    • 10 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts (FC:HU and FC:FA) including at least one humanity and at least one fine art.
    • 3 hours of Health & Exercise & Sport Science (FC:HL and FC:EX) including HLTH 1000 and either EXSS 1000 or EXSS 1001.

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Grade Replacements

How do Grade Replacements work?

A student is permitted to use the Grade Replacement Policy a maximum of four times for courses below level 3000 in which he or she has earned a grade of D or F. For example, a student may replace a grade in four different courses or may replace a single course grade a maximum of four times or a combination thereof not to exceed the limits of the policy. Approval to use the policy will not be given if a student wishes to repeat a course after he or she has successfully completed an advanced course covering the same or similar material, for example, a course in the same academic discipline for which the repeated course is a prerequisite.

The grade replacements will be automatically processed for courses worth 3 or more semester hours. The student must request a grade replacement for 1 or 2 semester hour courses by completing a grade replacement form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. The grade replacement form for 1 or 2 semester hour courses must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the last day of classes of the semester in which the student retakes the course in order for the grade replacement(s) to be reflected in the student's GPA and Academic Standing for the current semester. Although the original grade will not be used in determining the GPA of the student, the original grade will remain on the student's permanent academic record and will be included in the calculation for consideration for honors. The replacement grade, or last grade, stands. Students receiving an F on the replacement grade must repeat the course if credit is required for graduation. In the event that the original grade was a D, no additional credit hours will be awarded. The grade replacement policy does not apply to courses taken prior to fall 1994.

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Jobs

Where can I go to find out about ON and OFF campus job opportunities? 

The Career Center helps students and alumni with all of their job search needs. Whether you are looking for a permanent job at graduation, an Internship to get more work experience, or a part-time job on or off campus to earn money while you are a student, The Career Center is the place to look. You must be registered with the Career Center to use the database but registering is easy and can be done online.

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Parking

How can I get a parking permit?

Parking on campus is by permit only. All students, staff, faculty, vendors, and visitors who park on campus are required by East Carolina University to register their vehicle with the Department of Parking and Transportation Services, pay a registration fee, and permanently display a valid parking permit on their vehicle. The only exception is for those vehicles parking at a metered parking space.

The parking permit is a removable decal that must be displayed on the windshield, in the lower portion of the driver's side, above the inspection sticker if the vehicle is registered in North Carolina. If the state inspection sticker is placed elsewhere, the ECU parking permit should still be place in the lower portion of the windshield on the driver's side.

Permits are valid July 1 through June 30 of each year. For more information, visit the Department of Transportation and Parking Services at http://www.ecu.edu/parking/

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Registration / Pin Code

How do I receive my registration pin/code?

You must meet with the assigned advisor each semester in order to receive a new pin. (Check OneStop or Banner for Advisor information.) The pin/code changes every semester.

My registration pin/code doesn't' work. What's wrong?

Registration pins change every semester. You could be using an old pin, are typing something incorrectly, or there could be a problem with the system. If your registration pin does not work, contact your advisor.

I lost my registration pin/code. What should I do?

If you already met with your assigned advisor for registration, try e-mailing him/her to see if he/she will send the pin via e-mail. If you have not yet met with advisor to receive new pin, you must schedule an appointment to receive advising before receiving a new pin.

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Summer School

I am interested in summer school at ECU—how do I register?

Students can register for summer school at the same time they pre-register for the fall semester. For specific dates, see the University's academic calendar at http://www.ecu.edu/fsonline/senate/fscalend.cfm

I am interested in summer school at a community college or other university. Can I do this?

Yes, as long as you are not repeating a course for which ECU has already given you credit (or that you attempted and failed), and you receive permission from ECU to take courses. Students must submit form entitled "Permission to Take Courses at a US college or university" found at the Registrar's website under  Requested Forms (Permission to take a course...)

BEFORE you take summer school somewhere else:

    1. Download permission form from the Registrar's Office website
    2. Fill out the form and list the courses you are thinking of taking at the other institution. You are not required to take every course you list. You will need to contact the institution where you plan to take summer classes to find out how to enroll.
    3. E-mail your completed form to the Registrar's Office at: cas@ecu.edu. It will take about a week for them to process. Once they approve it, they'll mail a copy to you. You then take the signed permission form to your summer school to show them that you have permission to take that particular course. Then you can sign up for the course at your new school.

AFTER you take summer school somewhere else:

    1. AFTER you complete your summer classes you need to have your school's Registrar's Office submit an OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT to ECU's Registrar's Office in Whichard 105 (Greenville, NC 27858)
    2. Please keep in mind that it may take ECU several weeks to process your transfer credit and that could delay your registration into some fall courses (if you are registering for a course in which your summer course is a pre-requisite). IF you need to register for a fall class that is affected by your summer class—you should also request an get an unofficial copy of your transcript to give to your advisor. This MIGHT allow him/her to register you for classes before your credit is actually "officially" entered into the system. (It will depend on the individual course—consult your advisor for specifics.)

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Transcripts

How do I get a copy of my official transcript?

You can obtain a copy of your official transcript (or have it sent to someone else) in two ways.

Fax, e-mail, or take this form http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/registrar/TranscriptInfo.cfm to the Registrar's Office. Or, submit an electronic request through your Onestop tools page. There is a small fee to obtain/send a transcript.

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Writing Intensive Requirement

What are Writing Intensive classes? How many do I need?

Students enrolled at East Carolina University must fulfill the writing across the curriculum requirement prior to graduation. To do so, each student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of writing intensive courses, including ENGL 1100, 1200; at least one 3 semester hour writing intensive course in the major; and any other 3 semester hour writing intensive course of the student's choice. All second degree students will be required to complete at least 3 semester hour of writing intensive course work in the major. If a student earns AP credit for Engl 1100 and/or 1200, the credit is still considered writing intensive. If a student transfers credit for Engl 1200, but not 1100, the student can either take Engl 1100 at ECU, or any other writing intensive course.

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