Policies Pertinent to Summer Enrollment
For a complete list of all University policies and procedures, please visit the University’s Online Catalog. The Online Catalog contains the newest content and any changes in policies will be reflected at that site.
Waivers to Enroll
Some specialized courses require permission of the instructor and the Department Chair before a student may enroll. Additionally, students not meeting the prerequisites, co-requisites and/or other requirements to enroll in a course may request a waiver from the Department Chair with responsibility for that course. The Department Chair has the authority to issue the waiver and permit the student to enroll.
The maximum standard class load for the summer term is 9 credits. The maximum standard class load for an interim session is one course or workshop. Students desiring to enroll in more than the maximum standard class load should have either a 3.0 GPA for the semester (excluding summer school) immediately preceding the semester in which the overload is desired or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The student must obtain the permission of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to carry an overload. Additional tuition costs are incurred by taking an overload.
A student may audit a class for no credit only on the approval of the instructor. Regular fees and enrollment procedures are required. However, the student will not be permitted to take the final examination and no credit hours earned nor any indication of the level of performance will appear on the transcript entry. Audit enrollments do not fulfill requirements for load considerations by the Veterans Administration, and they may not be applied toward the determination of full-time or part-time status.
Students auditing a course are expected to make a commitment to their education by attending classes regularly. If the auditing student fails to meet the regular attendance requirement as defined by the instructor, the instructor will notify the Registrar to record a W on the final grade report.
Students who initially enroll in a course for credit may be permitted to change their enrollment to audit during the free add-drop period of the semester.
During the term that a course is being audited, the audit cannot be changed to graduate or undergraduate credit. However, the student may enroll in the same course for credit during a subsequent semester. Coursework must be completed during the semester that credit is earned.
Access to Services and Accommodations through the Disability Services Office
The Disability Services Office (DSO) at Truman State University is here to assist any student with a disability to transition and matriculate through courses at the university level. The following framework is intended to assist students, parents and other interested parties in the process of gaining access to services at the post-secondary level.
An individual is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act when the individual has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The ADA defines a person with a disability as someone who (a) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits that person in one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, performing manual tasks and caring for oneself), (b) has a record of such impairment or (c) is regarded as having such an impairment. In an educational setting these may include but are not limited to reading, writing, note taking, listening, seeing, test taking, performing manual/motor-based skills, class attendance, or participation in laboratory activities.
Unlike K-12 schools, it is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose any disabilities and to provide the adequate documentation to the DSO. The student is also responsible for requesting accommodations in a timely manner and abiding by the accommodation procedures agreed upon with the DSO.
Truman State University and the DSO are responsible for providing an opportunity for the student’s educational success. At the post-secondary level, the accommodations are customized for each student to the extent that the specific impact of the disability is appropriately accommodated. To determine the eligibility for services that provide equal access to educational activities, a three part assessment is utilized. This assessment process requires: 1) documentation of the disability, 2) an accommodation history, and 3) an intake process with the DSO.
Students must provide written documentation of any current disability that limits one or more life activities. The documentation generally should contain the following information:
For specific documentation requirements, please refer to our website at http://disabilityservices.truman.edu.
Although a copy of an IEP or 504 Plan are not essential, they can be helpful in determining accommodations that made a positive difference in the student’s high school education. Many services provided in high school will be continued at the post-secondary level. Please be aware that due to the differences between the Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT (IDEA) and the ADA, some of the accommodations previously granted to a student may no longer be available to that student in a post-secondary situation. An example of this would be modified assignments.
If a student requests an accommodation in a post-secondary setting that was not utilized in high school, supporting documentation needs to be clear in substantiating this need. Many times this has come about with new testing or testing recently completed on an adult scale.