Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

General Policies

Auditing a Course

A student may audit a course by registering for the course and presenting a written statement of intent to audit the course, signed by the instructor, to the Registrar within the first three weeks of class. The Registrar will record a final grade of AUD, effective at the end of the semester. Once the declaration to audit has been made, the student may no longer choose to receive credit for the course. The regular tuition and fee schedule applies to audited courses.

Permission to Take Courses at Other Colleges

Students wishing to take a course at another college must receive permission in advance if the course is to be credited toward a degree at the College of Staten Island. Permission to take courses at other colleges is granted only to currently enrolled matriculated students. Applications for permit, which require the approval of the department chairperson and the Registrar, are available in the Registrar’s Office. Tuition for courses taken on permit at other CUNY colleges must be paid at the College of Staten Island during the regular registration period. The Bursar’s receipt for this registration, together with the approved permit form, will enable students to register at another CUNY college. Tuition and fees for a course taken on permit at a non-CUNY school must be paid directly to the host school. Courses taken on permit will be transferred to CSI with the grade assigned by the host college.

Students on permit must request that a transcript be sent from the host college to the Registrar at the College of Staten Island. A student who registers for permit courses but who is unable to complete the course registration at the host college should officially withdraw from the permit course(s) promptly. The University refund schedule applies to dropping permit credits unless the student presents a letter from the host college that the student was unable to register for the permit courses.


Undergraduate students who do not register for a semester and then decide to return must file an application for readmission to qualify for a priority registration appointment. Generally, readmission is routine. Students requesting a change in curriculum or major may be subject to a review of qualifications. Additionally, if a student does not attend the College for four consecutive fall and spring semesters, the student must satisfy the degree requirements in effect in the semester of their readmission. Students who have been academically dismissed by the College will be readmitted only upon successful appeal to the Committee on Course and Standing. Applications may be filed online at www.csi.cuny.edu/registrar/forms.php4.

Repeating Courses

Remedial courses: Students may repeat a given remedial course only once.

Passing Grade: Students who receive a passing grade in a course (D or better) sometimes wish to repeat the course in the expectation of improving the grade. If a course is repeated, both grades will remain on the student’s transcript and both grades will be computed in the student’s grade point average, but the student will receive credit only once for the course. For example: a student takes HST 100 for three credits and receives a D, then repeats the course and receives a B. The transcript will list HST 100 with the grade of D for the first time and with a grade of B for the second. The student will receive a total of three credits for HST 100, not six, but the three credits of D and the three credits of B will be calculated in the student’s grade point average. The repeated course may not count toward the 12 credits required for full-time and TAP status unless the Catalog states that the course must be repeated.

Failing Grade: An undergraduate student may repeat up to 16 credits of failed courses; if the subsequent grade is C or higher, this subsequent grade will be included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. The failing grade(s) will not be included (although the course and the grade remain on the record). The cumulative GPA will be used in determining if College admissions, progress, and graduation standards have been satisfied. F grades will be used in calculating the GPA for graduation honors and may affect the determination of admission to specific programs and progress in specific majors. If the subsequent grade is a D, both the original F and the subsequent D will be included in the GPA calculation.

This policy is subject to the following limitations:

  1. The course in which the failing grade was received must have been originally taken after September 1, 1984 and repeated after September 1, 2002. Courses repeated between September 1, 1990 and August 31, 2002 will be governed by the policy in the 2001-2002 Catalog.
  2. No more than 16 credits of failing grades may be recalculated in the above manner.
  3. The 16-credit limit applies cumulatively to courses taken in all CUNY colleges.
  4. If two or more failing grades have been received for the same course and a grade of C or better is subsequently earned, all of the failing grades may be recalculated, subject to the 16-credit limit.
  5. The repeated course must be taken at the same college as the initially failed course.
  6. The failing grades remain on the academic record.
  7. The regulation applies to undergraduates only.

Undergraduate Students in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students with 90 or more credits and a 3.0 GPA may be granted permission to register for a graduate course for undergraduate credit. Permission is required from the course instructor and the coordinator of the graduate program offering the course; and must be noted on the registration form.

Verification of Student Enrollment

Federal Title IV regulations require that a student begin attendance to qualify for Title IV aid. The College must be able to document verification of enrollment in each course or participation in an academically related event connected to that course. A student is considered to have begun attendance if the student attends at least one day of class or is otherwise active and participating in the course or academically related activity (e.g. by submitting assignments, attending a  required study group, academic conference or tutorial) for each course used to determine Title IV eligibility.

Academically related activities include, but are not limited to:

  • physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students;
  • submitting an academic assignment;
  • taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction;
  • attending a study group that is assigned by the school;
  • participating in an online discussion about academic matter;
  • engaging in an online academically related activity, or initiating contact with the  instructor to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course or ask a course-related question. Note: Logging into an online class is not sufficient, by itself, to demonstrate  participation  in an academically  related  activity  by the student.

A course for which the College is unable to document that the student ever attended cannot be included as a course eligible for the disbursement of federal aid.

Faculty members at all schools and colleges of The City University of New  York  are  to  be provided a census date roster at the end of the program adjustment period/census date of each term/session including winter and summer. Faculty and instructors are required to indicate on the  rosters verification of enrollment for students enrolled in the class.  They must complete the official roster and submit it on or before one week after the census of the term/session. At that point in time,  submission  of  the  roster  will  effectively  certify  that  the listed students noted as present are enrolled and have attended & participated  at least once in the class indicated on this roster (i.e., began attending classes and/or pursuing the  prescribed  course work or is otherwise active and participating in the course, e.g. by  submitting  assignments,  attending a required  study group, academic conference or tutorial).

The College will effectively process administrative withdrawals (WN) for students who have been reported as never participated in an academically related activity, i.e. have not begun attending. Daily attendance rosters or grade books will not be required.

Where the College cannot establish that the student began attendance or participated in an academically related activity, federal grants and loan funds need to be returned. Federal regulations require that the College return federal funds no later than 30 days after the College becomes aware that the student did not begin attendance. At an institution that is not required to take attendance but that has a census date on which it reports its enrollment levels to a state, local jurisdiction or outside agency, once the institution has determined that a student has or has not begun attendance, it would be reasonable to expect the institution to return funds as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days following the census date.

Withdrawal from College and Leave of Absence

Students who leave the College before the end of a term must file an official withdrawal request. Failure to do so will result in WU grades for all courses in progress, and the result will be a negative impact on the grade point average. Students intending to withdraw from the College must see a counselor and complete the required forms. There is no fee. Registration materials for the semester following withdrawal will be sent automatically. There is no formal leave of absence from the College for undergraduates.