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CEED Student Handbook - Policies and Procedures

Enrolling in Classes

Continuing Education courses are offered to both admitted PSU students and non-admitted students. Credit students are urged to check with their advisor before planning to use Continuing Education credit classes offered through Continuing Education in a degree program.

Non-degree students taking Continuing Education credit classes must first establish an account in the PSU Banner system to register. Complete the online PSU Non-Degree form and pay $25 (plus a $2 credit card fee) to create your permanent PSU Banner account.

Non-degree students may enroll for up to 8 credit hours in fall, winter and spring terms. During Summer Session, students may take up to 21 credits (undergraduate) and 16 credits (graduate) without being admitted. Non-Degree students are not eligible for federally funded financial aid and are not part of a PSU degree program. They do not qualify for PSU student health services. Non-Degree students are eligible for credit and noncredit certificates of completion.

To enroll for our cooperative agency classes, follow the instructions listed at the end of each class description in the Continuing Education catalog.

Odin Account Manager (OAM)

All students with PSU accounts (email, wireless, D2L, desktop, or computer lab login) can now manage their accounts through the new Odin Account Manager (OAM) system. The OAM enables you to access certain functions, including email, file storage, websites, wireless access, D2L, computers in campus labs, and the PSU Information System (grades, receipts, personal information, etc.) all with a single log-in. To register your account through OAM, please visit the website or drop by the Help Desk in Smith Memorial Student Union. 

Portland State University Academic Calendar

View the PSU academic calendar for past, present and future terms.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is a cornerstone of any meaningful education and a reflection of each student's maturity and integrity. Portland State University is committed to the highest standards of academic honesty. The Code of Student Conduct and Responsibility prohibits all forms of academic cheating, fraud, and dishonesty—including, but not limited to, plagiarism, buying and selling of assignments, performing academic assignments for others, unauthorized disclosure and receipt of academic information, and other practices commonly understood to be academically dishonest. View the Student Code of Conduct.

Acceptable Use Policy (Computers and Networks)

Portland State University encourages the use and application of information technologies to support the research, instruction, and public service mission of the institution. The acceptable use policy governs the use of computers and networks at Portland State University. As a user of these resources, you are responsible for reading, understanding, and complying with all acceptable use policies. View the Acceptable Use Policy.

Inclement Weather Policy and Procedures

Inclement weather conditions may require university closure, late openings, canceled events, or reduced operations. Portland’s weather forecasts and road conditions are constantly monitored to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. Closure announcements and updates are posted on the main PSU website. Notification may be sent via the PSU Alert System, depending upon the severity of the weather. Classes are canceled when the university is closed and instructors may arrange makeup classes. Exams are postponed if the university closes during finals week.

Note: If a class is offered through a cooperative agency or off campus, the agency or instructor will notify students of any class cancellations. These may or may not coincide with Portland State University closures due to inclement weather.

Religious Holy Days

Any student who is unable to attend classes due to religious beliefs will be excused from attendance requirements, examinations, and the assignment for that day. Students must make up the missed examination or other assignments by arrangement with the instructor. Students should make arrangements with instructors prior to the holy day. See the PSU academic calendar for official holidays for the current term.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment is prohibited by university policy, the Oregon University System administrative rules, and by State of Oregon and federal law. If you have a concern or complaint, refer to the Sexual Harassment Policy.

Transfer Credit Policy

For questions on the undergraduate transfer credit policy, Course Equivalency Guides are available to identify course transferability and equivalency. Academic Program Guides (degree audit reports) are also available for all undergraduate majors. These guides outline PSU degree and major requirements. Also, at the online site, students may create individual accounts, key in transfer credits, and request a guide that details how transfer credits apply toward meeting degree and major requirements. Graduate students who wish to transfer credits into a program should contact their program advisor before taking coursework.

Grading System and Incompletes

Grades at Portland State University are either differentiated letter grades (A B C D F) or undifferentiated grades (P/NP). The instructor may issue an I (Incomplete), when certain criteria have been met (see next page).

Portland State University Grading System

Undergraduate Graduate
A = Excellent  A = Excellent
B = Good  B = Satisfactory
C = Satisfactory C = Below graduate standard
D = Inferior   D = Failure
F =  Failure    F = Failure
P =  Pass (C- or better)   P = Satisfactory completion (B- or better)
NP = No pass    NP = No credit, unsatisfactory
I = Incomplete     I = Incomplete, must arrange with instructor
X = No basis for grade    X = No basis for grade, cannot be changed
M = Missing grade      M = No grade reported. Will change to X after 1 term

There are no grades A+, F+, or F-. There are pluses and minuses for other grades.

A Pass (as in the pass/no pass option) will receive credit but no grade point. A passing grade for undergraduates under this system is equivalent to a C- or higher. For graduate students, a passing grade is equivalent to a B- or higher. Students who might wish to apply a course graded P/NP to a graduate program of study should remember that some graduate schools, programs, and advisors will not accept courses graded P/NP.

I = Incomplete

The instructor may issue an "I" (Incomplete) after certain criteria are met and satisfactory student-instructor arrangements are made. Students must negotiate an agreement with the instructor. The university deadline for completion is one calendar year, although the instructor may set a shorter deadline. An Incomplete may be assigned if:

  1. Quality of existing work is C- or above
  2. Essential work remains to be done
  3. Reasons for the incomplete are acceptable to instructor
  4. Formal agreement between student and instructor is reached

Incomplete marks can be changed and/or corrected for one year from the end of the term in which the class took place. Beyond that one year deadline, students must petition to allow the change.

X = No basis for grade

X may be used for students who have never attended class or when no work was turned in. X grades cannot be changed after initial submission. Note students cannot graduate with an X grade if those credits are needed for degree completion. X grades should not be used in place of incompletes.

M = No grade reported

A grade of M is issued when no grade has been reported to the Office of Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid. M grades will change to X grades one term after being issued. Once converted to an X, the grade cannot be changed.

M and X grades carry no credit and are not included when calculating GPA.