Undergraduate Business Program Forms & Policies



Policies and Resources

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First Week Attendance Policy

Business classes begin instruction in the first class, some are offered once a week, and often teams are formed immediately thus, attendance the first week is required.

If you are fully registered for a class and fail to attend the first week, your spot in the class may be given away to someone on the waitlist unless you have received written permission from the instructor to miss the first class.  Although your seat will be given away, you will still need to officially drop the class via Banweb in order to avoid payment and a possible “F” grade.

Students who are trying to add a course and have missed the first class meeting must obtain faculty permission to add a business course even during the first week registration period. The online registration system may allow a student to add a course but if significant content is missed, the student may not be allowed to remain in the course and must drop themselves from the course online.  Only the instructor can make the determination as to whether the student can remain in the class after missing any class session during the first week.  For online courses, the first class session is the first day of the term. After the first session, written permission from the instructor is required before registering for the class.

Waitlist Policy

Waitlists and Class Attendance Can Be Critical: Demand for many business classes is high and classes fill quickly. Therefore, The School of Business utilizes waitlists. In most cases, students are admitted to the class from the waitlist in the order in which they registered, and only if there is available space. If you are on the waitlist, make sure to watch your email before the term begins as the automated waitlist system will send you an email if space opens up and you will have 24 hours to add the course. If you do not add, you will be dropped from the waitlist and the opportunity to add will be given to the next student on the waitlist. As the waitlist cycles through the students on the list, it may appear that there is space in the class, but you will not be able to register for those spots as they are being held for students in wait list order. In addition, if you drop the waitlist, you will not be able to re-add your spot to the waitlist for 24hrs, during which time the waitlist may fill up. The automated waitlist function shuts down the weekend prior to school starting and attendance in the class is required to determine if space is available at that point.

Once the term begins, you must attend the first class to determine if you will be allowed to formally add the class. For online classes, you will need to email the instructor by the first day of class. Only the instructor can make this determination. After the first session, written permission from the instructor is required before registering for the class.

If you are not on the waitlist, but the instructor is willing to let you add the course, the instructor must first confirm with the Undergraduate Programs office that you are eligible to be in the class based on prerequisites or admission requirements.

How to be added to a class after you are on the Waitlist:

  1. You must have your name on the Waitlist.
  2. Attend the first day of class – be on time, if not a few minutes early. Email your teacher if it is an online class before the first day of the term.
  3. Bring a Special Registration Form with you if the class is in-person. These are available online or in 220 of the Karl Miller Center.
  4. Obtain approval from the professor during the first class.
  5. Send the special registration form to registrar@pdx.edu or turn it into registration in the first floor lobby of Fariborz Maseeh Hall. 

Business Differential Tuition Refund Policy

If you have previously been admitted to The School of Business but are no longer planning to pursue a degree in business, you will need to officially request removal of your admission by contacting your advisor. You will then need to change your major online via BanWeb so that there is no confusion in the future. Because The School of Business charges differential tuition, this will cease once these changes are made. Refunds of differential tuition can only be applied retroactively for one term and only for those students who did not take business classes during the term in which a refund is being requested.

Academic Standing Policy

Grade Requirements

Please note that The School of Business probation policy is different and more stringent than the PSU policy, which is described within the current PSU bulletin. Once you have been admitted to The School of Business, you must maintain:

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) at PSU of at least 2.50.
  • You must also maintain a GPA of at least 2.50 in all business courses taken at PSU. 
    • If either of these GPAs falls below 2.50 you will be placed on academic warning.

Probation Policy

If your PSU or PSU SB GPA falls below 2.50, you will receive an email stating that you have been placed on academic warning. To return to good academic standing for The School of Business, you must raise both your PSU GPA and your PSU business GPA back to at least 2.5. If you do not reach this level of GPA but you earn a 2.75 GPA for the term (PSU and SB GPA combined), you will remain on academic warning. If neither of the GPA minimums are met, in your next term you will advance to SB academic probation. Once you are placed on academic probation, you must attain a 2.75 term GPA each term as you work toward raising your GPA above 2.5 in order to avoid academic disqualification. If you earn a 2.75 GPA for the term (PSU and SB GPA combined) but your overall PSU and SB GPAs remain below a 2.5, you will remain on academic probation and not be disqualified. If your term GPA falls below 2.75 while on academic probation, you will be academically disqualified from earning a business degree.

If academic disqualification occurs and you still wish to pursue a degree in business, you may reapply for admission after meeting the PSU & PSU SB GPA requirement of 2.50. Please see an advisor to determine the grades needed to raise your GPA to the required minimum. If academic disqualification occurs a second time, you will not be able to earn a degree in business at PSU.

If you are on probation and anything occurs that would raise your GPA and change your academic standing, your standing will be adjusted when the next term’s grades are posted. If you find that you are having problems in a course(s) please talk with the instructor; do not wait until the problem shows up as a final grade of D or F. If you find yourself placed on warning or probation and do not understand the options available to you, make an appointment with your advisor. Appointments can be made online.

Here are some resources that can help boost your academic standing: