University Terminology

University Terminology

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AAR/ARR/Degree Requirements: Academic Advisement Report/Academic Requirements Report/Degree Requirements Report. Summary report of progress toward degree completion. May be accessed through MyNEVADA under "Academic Requirements."

Academic Probation: Student cumulative UNR GPA is below 2.0. Please see the "Undergraduate Academic Standards" section of the catalog for further information.

Academic Standing: Determined by regulations governing good standing, probation, and dismissal.

Admission: Formal application and acceptance as a regular student in a degree program. Students are admitted to degree programs for fall and spring semesters only.

Advisor, advisee: The advisor is the faculty member or professional assigned by the University to assist each student in planning the proper academic program. The student is called the advisor's "advisee."

AR: Academic Renewal. See the "Grades and Examinations" chapter of the catalog.

ASUN: Associated Students of the University of Nevada. Student government representing
undergraduate students of the University.

Audit: To take a course without earning credit or a grade.

College/School: The largest academic units consisting of smaller academic units called departments or programs.

Corequisite: A course or condition that must be completed simultaneously with another. NOTE: Students should check the co or prerequisites carefully before registering to be sure that they have been met. All co or prerequisites are enforced within the registration system. Transfer courses with equivalent content are accepted in lieu of stated co or prerequisite; however, students may be required to get a waiver from the department to enroll if the transfer course was not identified as a direct equivalent in the transfer articulation process. The University, College, and Department reserve the right to administratively drop students from a course for which they do not meet the co or prerequisites.

Credit/Unit: Described in semester credit hours, a credit is defined as three hours of work per week for one semester. (Usually this work is made up of one period in class plus two hours of preparation for lecture-seminar classes, or three hours of laboratory classes).

Credit Level: Undergraduate courses are categorized in two levels: upper-division credits (300 and above) and lower-division credits (100-299).

Credit Load: The total credits for which a student is registered in any registration period.

Curriculum: A structured set of learning objectives.

Department: An academic unit of a college. Dismissal: Students are dismissed at the end of the 

third regular semester in which their UNR cumulative GPA is below a 2.0. Once dismissed, the student is not allowed UNR enrollment for a period of one year. See "Records and Registration" chapter of the catalog for further information.

Emphasis: Subdivisions of a major that contain a differing focus. Emphases are differentiated from one another by fewer than 18 credits. The emphasis name will not appear on transcripts or diploma.

Extracurricular/Cocurricular: Those activities that are part of student life, but are not part of the regular course of study.

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA governs the disclosure of education records maintained by an educational institution. Search "UNR Privacy Notice" in the catalog.

Good Standing: A 2.0 GPA in any regular semester as well as a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all university work. Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to receive financial aid.

Graduate Special: A post-baccalaureate student not admitted to advanced degree study.

Graduate Study: Work beyond the bachelor's degree, usually toward a master's or doctoral degree.

Incomplete: The "I" symbol is a mark that is given when a student has been performing satisfactory work, but, for a reason beyond the student's control, has been unable to complete the required work for the course in the given semester. Incomplete grades revert to grades of "F" if not made up within one regular semester.

International Student: An individual who is attending the university on a student visa.

Major: Primary subject or field of study.

Minor: Secondary subject or field of study.

Nondegree Student: Special student status for undergraduate students not seeking a degree. Registration is limited to eight undergraduate credits per semester. Nondegree students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Non-resident Tuition: Non-resident students pay tuition in addition to per-credit registration fees.

Not Reported: The symbol "NR" is assigned when an instructor does not indicate a grade for a student in a course. "NR" must be resolved by the end of the next regular semester or it will revert to an "F." Students should immediately contact the instructor for resolution.

Prerequisite: A course that must have been successfully completed or condition that must be met prior to enrolling in another course. Course prerequisites are designed to ensure appropriate course sequencing and/or to provide students the necessary background for the course. NOTE: Students should check the co or prerequisites carefully before registering to be sure that they have been met. All co or prerequisites are enforced within the registration system. Transfer courses with equivalent content are accepted in lieu of stated co or prerequisite; however, students may be required to get a waiver from the department to enroll if the transfer course was not identified as a direct equivalent in the transfer articulation process. The University, College, and Department reserve the right to administratively drop students from a course for which they do not meet the co or prerequisites.

Recommended Preparation: Denotes that the instructor will assume that students know material covered in the course(s) listed. Students who register for a course without the recommended background may experience difficulties and are encouraged to consult with the instructor prior to registration.

Registration: Enrolling in classes.

Registration Fees: All students pay per-credit registration fees.

Regular Student: A degree-seeking student who is officially admitted to the University.

Required Subjects: Those subjects that are prescribed for the completion of a particular program. The student, after consulting the appropriate advisor, may choose elective subjects; the required subjects are determined by the college.

Resident Alien: A student attending the university as a permanent immigrant who has not attained U.S. citizenship.

Resident Credit: Upper-level credit which is earned for regular classes conducted on campus, as well as correspondence courses, continuing education classes, and other distance education courses offered through the University of Nevada, Reno.

Schedule, Class: The semester list of courses offered, including the names of the teachers, the days, hours and locations of classes.

Schedule, Student: A listing of the courses that the student takes each semester.

Semester: 75 instructional days.

Special Fees: Additional fees required such as lab fees.

Specialization: Those subdivisions of a major that meet the requirement of 18 credits (12 credits for graduate degrees) of sufficiently different coursework from the other subdivisions. The specialization name will appear on transcripts or diploma.

Suspension (Disciplinary): The involuntary separation of a student from the University for unsatisfactory conduct.

Transcript: A certified copy of the student's permanent academic record on file in the Office of Admissions and Records. The transcript lists each course that the student has taken and the final grade received.

Undergraduate: A student who has not yet obtained a bachelor's degree.

Withdrawal: The act of officially leaving the University. Students may also drop individual courses without withdrawing from the University. Consult the Academic Calendar for specific dates in which the dropping of classes is allowed. Students who drop classes between the seventh day of classes and the end of the eighth week of classes receive grades of "W" on their transcripts. Complete withdrawal from the University results in "W" grades if the student is passing classes at the time of complete withdrawal

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