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At the beginning of the fall term, the Office of Graduate Studies conducts a student orientation for

new graduate students. During this time, graduate school policies and procedures are explained

and representatives from Graduate Studies, the Business Office, Information Management, and the

Library introduce services available to graduate students and discuss important policies,

procedures, and deadlines. All new graduate students are invited to attend.





Hardin-Simmons University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504

of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding students with disabilities. Eligible students seeking

accommodations should contact the coordinator as soon as possible in the academic term which

they are seeking accommodations. The coordinator shall prepare letters to appropriate faculty

members concerning specific, reasonable academic adjustments for the student. The student is

responsible for delivering accommodation letters and conferring with faculty members. The

coordinator shall consult with the student and with HSU faculty and staff to ensure delivery of

appropriate support services and shall serve as liaison between the student and the faculty member

as needed.



A student applying for admission to audit a class must complete an application, submit the $50

application fee, a student health form and furnish a letter of permission from the instructor of the

course. There is a $50 per semester-hour audit fee. Students over the age of 65 can audit courses

at no charge. The audit application is processed in the Office of the Registrar.





Grading System

Grades in graduate courses indicate performance with respect to the quality of work at the graduate

level. Please note that only graduate level courses are included in the graduate grade point average

(GPA). Accordingly, students in graduate courses should be aware that grades are based upon

more stringent criteria than those for undergraduate courses. Possible grades are:

Grade* Explanation Grade (Quality) Points

A Excellent


B Good


C Fair 2

D Poor


F Unacceptable


I Incomplete

IP In Progress

W Withdrew


WP Withdrew Passing


WF Withdrew Failing

See Note

CR Credit

NC No Credit

*A student who earns a grade of D, F, or WF will be placed on academic probation

Grades of I and IP

A student who has substantially completed a course but is lacking certain essentials of