Catalog - Academic Rules Regulations

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Students are solely responsible for their own compliance with UNM-Taos and UNM regulations and are thus advised to familiarize themselves with the regulations listed below. Additionally, students should refer to the UNM Pathfinder, Student Handbook, for the most comprehensive list of policies.

Class Hours and Credit Hours

A class hour generally consists of 50 minutes. One class hour per week of lecture throughout a semester generally earns a maximum of one credit hour. One credit hour of laboratory usually meets for 2-1/2 hours per week. The student should expect 3 hours of study time per credit hour enrollment.


Grade Notification

Semester grades are available via LoboWeb . Grades are posted nightly as they are entered by the instructor. Final semester GPA calculations, Dean's List determinations and probation/suspension decisions are processed after the last official day of the semester.


The University of New Mexico utilizes a fractionated grading system. Following are the allowable grades and associated grade points:

A+ 4.33

A 4.00

A- 3.67

B+ 3.33

B 3.00

B- 2.67

C+ 2.33

C 2.00

C- 1.67

D+ 1.33

D 1.00

D- 0.67

F 0.00

CR - Credit Results in credit for the course, but is not computed into the grade point average. CR is the equivalent of at least a grade of C. At the graduate level, CR is used to report completion of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. See the following pages for specific information concerning pass/fail (CR/NC) option grading

NC - No Credit Not computed into the grade point average. At the graduate level NC is also used to report unsatisfactory completion of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. Certain workshops and courses may be offered under CR and NC as defined above.

NR- Not Recorded If a grade has not been received by the end of the grading period, an NR is assigned. A grade of NR is not computed into the grade point average. After two years, the remaining NR grades are converted to W grades.

I- Incomplete The grade of I is given only when circumstances beyond the student's control have prevented completion of the work of a course with official dates of a session.

AUDIT - Audit is recorded for completion of enrollment in an audited course. No credit is earned for audit grade option.

W- Withdrawal - Used for withdrawals after the grade required deadline beginning in Fall 2012, and for approved administrative withdrawals at the end of a semester. Examples of administrative withdrawals include: determination by the instructor that the student never attended the class, processing errors, catastrophic illness of the student or other reasons beyond the student's control.

Grade Point Average

An undergraduate student’s grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of quality grade points earned at the University of New Mexico by the total number of credit hours attempted, and truncated by two decimals. These credit hours must be attempted in courses with letter grades and the courses must be numbered 100 or above. Courses for undergraduate students given a grade of W, WP, WNC, CR, NC, PR, AUD, or I are excluded in the grade point average calculation.

Beginning Fall 2006 the academic transcript reflects a level GPA. The courses a student takes become a part of the level to which the student has been admitted. If a student is in an associate degree program, the level is associate degree, and all the courses taken in that level are reflected in the associate GPA. Courses that are not remedial or technical are also calculated into the undergraduate GPA. If the student is in a bachelor’s degree program, the courses taken in that status are calculated in the undergraduate GPA. The various levels are Associate, Undergraduate, Graduate, Non-Degree Undergraduate and Non-Degree Graduate. Each level has a GPA.

NOTE: This is a general University of New Mexico grade point calculation. Schools and colleges within the University may compute the grade point average differently.

The academic standing of all students is reviewed at the end of each semester and Summer session in accordance with the regulations of their college. Enrollment in late-starting, correspondence or other off-pattern courses may prevent awarding of Dean’s List, if grades are not submitted prior to end-of-term processing. Dean's List indication on a student's academic record is noted when GPA calculations are determined one week after the official last day of the semester.

Grades earned in courses taken at other institutions are not included in calculation of the University of New Mexico grade point average. The UNM transcript is the official record of the student's grade point average at UNM, and reflects only courses taken at the University of New Mexico.

Incomplete (I) Grade

According to academic policy, incomplete grades must be completed before a student is eligible to graduate from the University of New Mexico.

The grade of "I" is given only when circumstances beyond the student’s control have prevented completion of the coursework within the official dates of a semester/session.

Students should not re-enroll or re-register (for credit) in a course in which an I (Incomplete) grade has been assigned in order to resolve it. If an instructor requires the student to repeat the class in order to resolve the Incomplete, the student must register for the course on an audit basis. The fee for an audited course is the same as for credit courses.

Grade changes to Incomplete grades must be received no later than one year (twelve months) from the published end day of the term in which the grade was assigned. Incomplete grades not resolved within the time frame stated in this policy are automatically converted to an F (Failure) grade.

Students who resolve Incompletes in the term of graduation must have the process completed (including the reporting of the grade to the Records and Registration Office, before the start of the new semester). Students are responsible for informing instructors that they are graduating and the grade(s) must be reported by the appropriate deadline. Failure to complete the process as described could result in the postponement of graduation until the following term.

The instructor of record reports the final grade for the course in which the Incomplete was assigned to the Records and Registration Office. Graduate students should consult the section on the Graduate Program section of this Catalog related to this policy.

Extension of Incomplete

A student may apply for an extension of the time allowed to complete the coursework required to remove the I grade. The Extension of Incomplete form may be obtained in the Records and Registration Office or from the Office of the Registrar Web site. A student who re-enrolls in residence may be granted a one-semester extension. If an extension is granted, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the I grade is removed by the date indicated. Graduate students are required to obtain the additional signature of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Extension of Incomplete form must be submitted no later than the last day of the term.

Repetition of a Course

A student may repeat any course, but only receives credit once, unless otherwise noted in this Catalog. ALL ATTEMPTS and ALL GRADES are computed in the student’s grade point average. A grade replacement policy is available for repeated coursework as described below.

Grade Replacement Policy

The course repeat policy was revised by the Faculty Senate to include a grade replacement option effective Spring semester 1991. Under this policy, only undergraduate students may repeat a course for a higher grade and have the lower grade removed from the grade point average. This revision is an option for students who meet the criteria outlined below. Repeated courses for students who do not meet the criteria, or who choose not to make use of the option, automatically fall under the existing policy as described under “Repetition of a Course.”

The following outlines the procedure for the implementation of this course repeat (grade replacement) option. NO EXCEPTIONS ARE MADE TO THIS POLICY.

1.  The Grade Replacement policy is effective as of Spring semester 1991 and affects only the University of New Mexico coursework from Spring 1991 forward. This means that the first attempt in a course cannot have been prior to Spring semester 1991. The policy is not retroactive to any semester prior to Spring 1991.

Note:A student who fails a course at the University of New Mexico and repeats the same course with a grade of "C" or higher at another college or university may have the credit accepted for transfer, but the grade received at the University of New Mexico will continue to be computed in the grade point average.

2.  Students in undergraduate status are eligible to use this policy, and only coursework that applies to an undergraduate degree is considered for a grade replacement.

3.  A repeated course must result in an improved grade in order to replace the other grade (e.g., a D cannot replace a D). The higher grade removes the lower grade from the grade point average and earned credit hours. Grades of CR, NC, PR, WP and W are not replaceable grades since they do not affect the grade point average.

4.  The process is not automatic. Students must initiate the process by completing a form in the Records and Registration Office, indicating which course is to be replaced. The course numbers and titles must be identical, except where equivalencies or a change has been noted in the University of New Mexico Catalog. Substitute courses are not

acceptable. Forms are accepted after the second attempt in the course has been completed.

5.  A grade replacement may be applied only to 12 credit hours of repeated coursework. Only one grade replacement is allowed for each course, regardless of the number of times the course has been repeated.

6.  Once a grade replacement has been approved, the process cannot be reversed or changed.

7. No grade may be replaced after a degree has been awarded.

8.  All grades remain on the record. An “E” appears on the transcript next to the course that has been replaced.

9.  Students registering for a late-starting course cannot use the Grade Replacement Policy to replace a grade within that same semester.

NOTE: This policy applies only to courses taken and repeated at the University of New Mexico.

Graduate students who wish to replace grades must follow the Graduate Grade Replacement Policy in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog.

Change of Grade

The instructor of a course is responsible for any grade reported. Once a grade has been reported to the Records and Registration Office, the instructor may change it by using the Instructor Initiated Grade Change and Incomplete Removal process through LoboWeb. Only the instructor who issued the original grade (instructor of record) may submit a change. Grade changes submitted more than 30 days after end of semester are reported to the UNM Taos Dean of Instruction. Any change in grade must be reported within 12 months after the original grade was issued and prior to graduation. Grade changes may be referred to the Admissions and Registration Committee of the Faculty Senate for approval.

Grade Petition Procedure

1.  A student seeking retroactive withdrawal, enrollment, or a grade option change; or further academic record changes involving exceptions to the rules governing registration and academic records, may submit petitions to the Department of Instruction. This petition process does not cover disputes involving academic judgment (Refer to the UNM Pathfinder,“Student Grievance Procedure,” Article 2, Academic Disputes).

2.  The petition must state the nature of the request, specify the semester involved, the course and section number, the student’s name, identification number, mailing address and telephone number. It must include documentation of extenuating circumstances, such as medical, family or employment needs. The petition must be typed and signed.

3.  A student may only petition grades up to one year after an instructor and dean grade change form can be utilized to change a grade. (Effective as of April 2005 as approved by Faculty Senate Operations Committee.) This means no grade change can be petitioned after two years in which the course(s) was/were taken.

4.  Upon receipt of student’s petition, the instructor(s) involved is contacted for a statement concerning the request.

5.  The petition (along with instructor comments) is forwarded to the UNM Taos Dean of Instruction for review and decision. If the petition is approved, appropriate modifications are made to the student record.

6.  The student is notified in writing of the outcome of the petition. The decision of the subcommittee is final.

7.  The student is responsible for tuition and fees incurred.

Academic Renewal Policy

Academic Renewal applies to students seeking undergraduate degrees who have been readmitted to the University of New Mexico after an absence of five years or more. The procedure allows a currently enrolled student to request an academic record review for the purpose of reevaluating previously-earned University of New Mexico credits and recalculating the student’s grade point average from the point of readmission.

The student may obtain a petition from Records and Registration, Mesa Vista North One-Stop, or Student Support and Services Center. If all criteria are satisfied, the petition will be approved and the academic record appropriately noted.


Academic Renewal Guidelines

NOTE: Non-degree, second undergraduate degree, graduate students, or students who hold an Associate’s degree from The University of New Mexico are not eligible for Academic Renewal.

1.  Academic Renewal may be applied only once and is not reversible.

2.  An absence of five or more years must have elapsed between readmission and the last date of enrollment at the University of New Mexico.

3.  The student must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Additionally, college entrance requirements such as minimum hours and grade point average must still be met after Academic Renewal has been applied.

4.  After readmission to the University of New Mexico, at least 12 earned credit hours, but no more than 36 earned credit hours, must be completed in good standing (2.00 GPA or higher) before Academic Renewal can be applied.

Note: If the degree-granting unit has placed the student on probationary status, it is not automatically changed by Academic Renewal.

5.  All graduation requirements must be satisfied after Academic Renewal, i.e., minimum earned credit, residence credit requirement, cumulative grade point average, etc.

Note: Credit earned prior to Academic Renewal does count toward the residence credit requirements.

6.  All courses taken prior to Academic Renewal remain unaltered on the record. An appropriate notation is added to the record to indicate Academic Renewal. Courses with a grade of "C" or "CR" or higher taken prior to Academic Renewal are carried forward as earned credits. Application of these credits towards a degree is determined by the degree-granting unit.

7.  Courses with a grade of "C-" or below taken prior to Academic Renewal are noted and do not count as earned credits or as satisfying any graduation requirements.

8.  Academic Renewal, when applied, is effective as of the date of the readmission following the five-year absence.

9.  The cumulative grade point average after academic renewal is calculated on the basis of courses taken since the readmission following the five-year absence.


Enrollment Limit

Without special college approval, undergraduates may not take more than 20 semester hours during regular semesters and 10 semester hours during summer session.

Dean's List

Students who are enrolled in a UNM-Taos associate degree program for eight credit hours or more and who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester will be recognized for their academic achievement by being named to the Dean's List.

Attendance and Withdrawal Policy

Individuals attending classes at UNM-Taos must be officially registered students. The student is expected to attend all meetings of his/her classes, unless excused by the instructor. Instructors will keep record of class attendance and may report excessive absences to the UNM- Taos Early Alert Program. A student who is absent without an approved excuse from final examinations or other closing exercises of his/her classes may be assigned a grade of F. An instructor has the right to drop any student for excessive absences. Instructors can determine what is considered to be an excessive absence; most instructors use a guideline of 3 absences for a 3 credit hour course. At their discretion, instructors can initiate automatic withdrawals via LoboWeb. A grade of W will be assigned. Attendance problems and legitimate reasons for absences should, therefore, be discussed immediately with the instructor. A student may initiate a "drop" or withdrawal up until the end of the twelfth week (or the end of the sixth week during a summer session). The appropriate forms must be filled out with UNM Taos Academic Advising and submitted to the Student Affairs Office. Withdrawals initiated after the end of the sixth week (or the end of the third week during the summer session) are subject to grades of W, assigned by the instructor. Withdrawals initiated after the twelfth week of a semester (or the sixth week of a summer session) requires the approval of the UNM-Taos Dean of Instruction and are for hardship cases only. A student who fails to attend class or who does not carry out withdrawal according to the above procedure (i.e., filling out a withdrawal form) may be assigned an F at the end of the semester, even though the student may be passing the course at the time of leaving. Students should advise instructors of their intended withdrawal and their actual withdrawal date.

Probation and Suspension Policy

Academic Probation

Probationary status serves as a warning to students that they are no longer in good academic standing and that they may be suspended. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required to remain in good standing.

Students not meeting the minimum academic requirements will be placed on academic probation for one semester. Students on academic probation will be sent a letter informing them of their probationary status.

Students are placed on probation at the end of any semester (including summer session) in which their cumulative GPA falls below the minimum requirement. After three consecutive semesters (see second chance) of probationary status will result in academic suspension.

Academic probation is not a penalty, but an empathic warning that the quality of your work must improve if you are to attain the GPA necessary to graduate from UNM-Taos. Students on academic probation will be required to develop a student success plan.

Second Chance

Students placed on probation may be continued on probation, if they substantially raise the cumulative grade point average and are making reasonable progress in meeting degree requirements. “Substantially raise the cumulative grade point average” is defined as earning a semester grade point average of at least 2.5. “Reasonable progress” is defined as at least one-half of the student’s course load being courses (exclusive of Introductory Studies courses) which apply towards the student’s major, minor or group requirements. If these conditions are not met, the student is liable for suspension.

Academic Suspension

Students suspended for the first time will not be allowed to enroll for one semester. Student suspended for a second time will not be allowed to enroll for two consecutive semesters. Students suspended for a third time may not enroll for a period of five academic years.

At the end of the suspension period, a student must apply for reinstatement to UNM-Taos with a written petition addressed to the UNM Taos Academic Review Committee (which consists of the Dean of Instruction, the Director of Student Affairs, and the Academic Advisement Specialist). All petitions for reinstatement or revocation of suspension must be received by the Department of Instruction, no later than three weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student wishes to return. If the reinstatement is approved, the student will be required to complete an academic contract with the Probation and Suspension Advisor.

UNM-Taos prefers not to look on academic suspension as a penalty for failure, but as an opportunity to deal with the pressures of life and school, which may have contributed to the low grades, which brought on a period of suspension.


1. Summer sessions are counted with the following Fall semester for purposes of this policy, e.g., a student suspended at the end of a Spring semester may not attend either the following Summer session or Fall semester.

2. Students absent from the University for a year or more, for suspension and/or any other reason, must reapply for admission to the University.

3. Students who are accepted for reinstatement after academic suspension will be readmitted on academic probation.

4. UNM-Taos may specify the number of hours for which a student may enroll following a suspension. UNM-Taos may also require students to drop hours or courses deemed inappropriate for the probationary period.

5. Attendance at another institution during suspension must be indicated on the student's application for readmission and an official transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions as part of the reapplication.


Examinations other than final examinations may be given during each course at the discretion of the instructor. Final examinations are given at the end of each course during the final examination period (the last week of the semester). Only under exceptional circumstances may a student take the final examination at a time other than the officially scheduled time.

Academic Rights and Responsibilities of Students

The University of New Mexico has established policies regarding student's educational records, academic integrity, grievances, classroom conduct, and identification. Complete texts of these policies may be found in the Student Handbook available at the UNM-Taos Student Affairs Office.

Academic Records Policy

The Office of Admissions and Records is responsible for the maintenance of the educational records at UNM-Taos. These include but are not limited to, student transcripts, academic folders, and faculty grade reports. The following information refers to some of the policies and procedures for educational records.

Access to and Confidentiality of Records

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) November 19, 1974.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the records(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student as to whom the request should be addressed.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the university to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the university decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff), a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent), a person serving on the Board of Regents; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605


Students who wish to have "directory information" withheld may submit a written request for such status to the Student Enrollment Department. Such request must be made by the end of late registration for any semester and remain in effect until withdrawn in writing by the student.

Copies of information about the Rights and Privacy Act are available in the Student Enrollment Department.

Student Grievance Procedure

UNM-Taos uses as a guideline the current UNM Student Standards and Grievance Procedures, which provide procedures for the resolution of disputes between students and faculty or staff of the University as well as procedures for handling student disciplinary matters. Modifications are made to various roles due to a different administrative structure at the center. The following categories of disputes or disciplinary matters are provided for and detailed information regarding the procedures to be followed is listed in the UNM Pathfinder (Student Handbook) available online at Any questions about these procedures should be directed to the Director of Enrollment Services. The categories included are: Academic Disputes

Dishonesty in Academic Matters

Disciplinary Matters

Academic Record Disputes

The UNM Affirmative Action Office has been given responsibility for overseeing UNM's policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, or physical handicap.

Honesty in Academic Matters

Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in academic and professional matters. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action, including dismissal, against any student who is found to be responsible for academic dishonesty or who otherwise fails to meet the standards. Any student who has been judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty in course work may receive a reduced or failing grade for the work in question and/or for the course. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: cheating or copying, committing plagiarism (claiming credit for the words or works of another person), fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work previously used without informing the instructor, tampering with or hindering the academic work of other students, and misrepresenting academic or professional qualifications within or outside the university.

Use of Social Security Number

The University of New Mexico uses the individual student's social security number as the student's identification at the University. This number is used for record-keeping purposes only and is not disclosed to other parties for any purpose without written authorization from the student. The authority to use the social security number comes from the Board of Regents and was adopted March 14, 1967, prior to the Federal Privacy act of 1975. It is, therefore, mandatory that a student disclose the social security number to the University for identification purposes.

Student Identification Cards

All students will be issued a free student identification card after registration. This card is required in order to provide identification for the use of campus facilities. If the card is lost or stolen students may be issued a replacement card for a $15.00 fee the first time and a $25.00 fee after the second replacement. Damaged fee or name change is a $10.00 fee.

Classroom Conduct

The classroom instructor is responsible for all classroom conduct, behavior, and discipline; any action that would disrupt or obstruct an academic activity is prohibited. Classroom activities should be positive learning experiences. Students and instructors are expected to display adult behavior, i.e., in a courteous and civil manner. It is further expected that in an adult and University community all persons will conduct themselves in a manner befitting the serious pursuit of higher education. Any action that would disrupt or obstruct an academic activity is prohibited. The instructor may refer situations involving classroom misconduct to the Director of Student Affairs for additional action under the “Student Code of Conduct” as published in the UNM Pathfinder.

Eating and Drinking in the Classroom

Food and beverages are to be limited in the UNM-Taos classrooms and facilities. Instructors reserve the right to determine food and beverage policies for their respective courses. Food and beverages are prohibited in laboratories.

Children in the classroom - Care of Children

Parents must not bring children under 18 into University classrooms or leave children unattended while in class, participating in campus activities, or conducting business on campus. UNM-Taos may not be held liable for injury, illness, or for the expense thereof for children brought onto University property by parents who are attending classes, participating in campus activities, or conducting business on campus.

Presence of Animals in the classroom

Individuals are prohibited from bringing animals onto campus or into campus buildings (except for those animals necessary to assist with physical impairments.) Anyone violating this policy is subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.