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Academic Affairs (cont'd)
MSU Billings has created a Graduation Guarantee for Undergraduates which students may utilize as they begin study. The Guarantee includes a set of conditions that the student needs to fulfill as well as the University; the Guarantee itself is signed by the student as well as the advisor. If the student fulfills his/her conditions and the University fails to do so, postponing graduating, the student may appeal to the Academic Standards and Scholastic Standing Committee prior to the beginning of classes for the last term of the signed Guarantee. If the Committee finds the University at fault, appropriate actions will include waiving course requirements, waiving tuition and fees, or a combination of the two.
Copies of this Guarantee are available at the Advising Center (McMullen Hall first floor west). Students are urged to examine this Guarantee to see if it will assist them in facilitating their completion of requirements and graduation. Advisors in the Center can explain the Guarantee and prepare appropriate plans of study for students.
A student is expected to complete requirements for graduation within six years after original entrance to MSU Billings, during which time the graduation requirements are those of the catalog in effect at the time of entrance to MSU Billings, or a subsequent catalog. After six years, students are expected to meet the graduation requirements of the catalog current at that time, or the requirements of any Montana State University Billings catalog under which they have been enrolled during the six years prior to graduation. Any request for an extension of time beyond the six-year limit must be approved in writing by the Provost/ Academic Vice Chancellor.
Academic Foundations requirements and the first major must be under the same catalog within the six-year period; the minor and/or second major may be under any catalog within that six- year period. The University reserves the right to make substitutions for requirements or changes in course offerings.
Students who transfer to MSU Billings from a regionally accredited institution may have their credits evaluated on the basis of the current catalog at the initial time of entry to Montana State University Billings; or students may elect to enter under the catalog that was in effect during the year in which they entered any regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States within the six year time limit, provided they have maintained continuous, full-time enrollment (excluding summers) in good standing.
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