Exception to the Withdrawal Policy
A student experiencing a serious illness, injury, or unusually difficult personal circumstances may request an exception to the withdrawal policy by submitting documentation of these circumstances to the Registrar. The student will receive a W for all courses for which withdrawal is approved. Requests for exemptions must be submitted in writing within one calendar year of the end of the semester in question.
Failure to Withdraw from Classes
Failure to attend scheduled class meetings is not evidence of the student's intent to withdraw from a course. Students wishing to withdraw from courses must withdraw online or submit a Registration Drop/Add form to First Place during the official drop period. Students cannot withdraw from a course either online or in First Place after the official last day to withdraw for the semester or summer term. Failure to withdraw officially from any course will result in a grade of F if the student has not successfully completed the assigned work.
Students who are receiving Title IV financial aid and have stopped attending UTC classes without withdrawing officially will have their change in enrollment status reported to the U.S. Department of Education as required. The grade of F will be changed to WF by the Records Office for internal use only. The WF will be the equivalent of F for all academic purposes.
Academic Recognition and Honor Societies
The University recognizes scholarly achievement in a number of ways.
The dean's list includes the names of all students who achieve an institutional semester GPA of at least 3.2 with a registration of a minimum of six graded hours or more each semester. Developmental courses do not count toward the determination of GPA for graduation or honors.
General University Graduation Honor
To be eligible for Latin honors at UTC, students must have a minimum of 60 earned hours at UTC. The University grants graduation honors to students with distinguished academic records. The graduation honors are:
|cum laude||granted when the student's cumulative UTC GPA at the end of the final semester is 3.5|
|magna cum laude||granted when the student's cumulative UTC GPA at the end of the final semester is 3.7.|
|summa cum laude||granted when the student's cumulative UTC GPA at the end of the final semester is 3.9 or higher.|
Graduation honors will be inscribed on the diplomas. Institutional credit will not be counted in the grade point average for graduation or honors. Grade point averages are not rounded. These standards apply to all undergraduate degree candidates, regardless of the catalog under which they entered.
Academic achievement, either in general or in specific fields, is recognized by a number of organizations:
Alpha, the scholastic honor society of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, elects to membership seniors who have maintained a very high scholastic average (3.75 or higher). Election is by vote of the faculty members of Alpha.
Alpha Lambda Delta, national honor society for women and men, elects to membership those freshmen who have a 3.5 institutional cumulative average on at least 12 graded hours in the first semester or an institutional cumulative average of 3.5 at the end of the freshman year.
Golden Key, is a national honor society for all juniors and seniors, either full or part time, who have been at UTC for one year and who have maintained at least a 3.3 institutional cumulative grade point average.
Mortar Board, a national honor society for senior women and men, elects to membership those who at the end of their junior year have a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and who have demonstrated outstanding ability in leadership, scholarship, and service to the University.
Phi Eta Sigma, national honor society for men and women, elects to membership those freshmen who have a 3.5 institutional cumulative average on at least 12 graded hours in the first semester or an institutional cumulative average of 3.5 at the end of the freshman year.
Honor societies in specific areas include:
Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology)
Alpha Mu Alpha (marketing)
Beta Alpha Psi (accounting)
Beta Beta Beta (biology)
Beta Gamma Sigma (business)
Delta Omicron (music)
Delta Tau Omega (geology)
Financial Management Association (finance)
Gamma Sigma Epsilon (chemistry)
Kappa Delta Pi (education)
Kappa Omicron Phi (home economics)
Kappa Tau Alpha (Communication)
Lambda Alpha Epsilon (criminal justice)
Lambda Iota Tau (literature)
Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics)
Phi Alpha Theta (history)
Pi Delta Phi (French)
Pi Gamma Mu (social sciences)