Transfer credit from our academic partner, T. A. Marryshow Community College, will follow a similar albeit streamlined process due to the inter-institutional collaboration.
Under rare circumstances, students who have significant prior learning acquired through academic or nonacademic experience, may wish to be considered for Exemptions/Waivers. Following consultation and approval of the Faculty Advisor and Department Chair of the degree program, students may be granted Exemptions/Waivers for the semester. A maximum of 18 credit hours may be received via exemption.
Students with prior knowledge equivalent to an SGU course may apply to sit a challenge examination. Challenge exams are not available for all courses.
The Challenge Exam application, must be submitted by the student and approved by the Course Instructor/Director, the Department Chair and the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, in the semester prior to taking the Challenge Exam.
The Challenge Examination is prepared by the Course Instructor/Director, and is equivalent to a comprehensive examination for that course.
Students will not be allowed to take more than three Challenge Examinations in a semester. Challenge Exams are to be sat ONLY within the first week of the semester. A non-refundable $100.00 USD administrative fee, will be charged for each Challenge Examination.
The grade earned for a Challenge Examination, is recorded on the transcript; both credit hours and grades are awarded. Students are only allowed to take a challenge examination once for each course. Students cannot take a Challenge Exam after failing the course.
In the event that students fail a Challenge Examination, they will be allowed to register for the course in the current (or subsequent) semester. Taking a challenge examination counts as one attempt at a course.
WAIVER OF COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Students with prior knowledge equivalent to an SGU course, may request that a waiver be granted. Generally, this applies to courses for which no challenge examination is offered. The Course instructor/Director, with consultation of the Department Chair, performs this evaluation on a case- by-case basis, using evaluative tools which may include examinations or other diagnostics.
Waiver of course forms must be approved by the Faculty Advisor/Department Chair and the Dean of the the School of Arts and Sciences. Forms must then be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. A notation will appear on the transcript; however, neither credit hours nor a grade is awarded. A waiver fulfills a prerequisite or a degree requirement.
Waiver of Course Forms must be submitted by the student and approved by the Instructor, by the 2nd week of classes.
In exceptional circumstances, a student may be granted approval for a course to be substituted with another course. Approval for course substitution, must be granted by the student’s Faculty Advisor, the relevant Department Chair, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Associate Registrar, using the Waiver and Substitution Form.
In exceptional circumstances, following matriculation, students may request approval to take coursework at another university. Approval must be received prior to registration or attendance at another university. Students must submit a completed Transient Credit Approval Form accompanied by the course description(s) of the course(s) they wish to take to the Office of the University Registrar. Evaluation of the request will include not only credibility and equivalency of course content, but also justification for taking the course(s) at another university.