Academic Policies

Students in the Farm and Industry Short Course must maintain satisfactory progress in their course work. Short Course uses the same grading as other courses on campus — A, AB, B, BC, C, D, and F. Grade point averages are figured on a four-point scale: A = 4 points, AB = 3.5 points, B = 3 points, BC = 2.5 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point, and F = 0 points.

Each full-time student is expected to take class and laboratory work totaling 6-8 credits in Fall and Spring terms. Students interested in taking more than the maximum credits must obtain permission from their advisor prior to enrolling for classes. Any additional credits will increase registration fees on a per credit basis.

The Short Course Program rewards academic excellence each term and at graduation. Full-time students with a 3.5 term GPA and no ‘‘F’s’’ are placed on the Dean’s List. Students eligible for a graduation certificate who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher will be granted the honor of Graduation with Distinction on their final transcript. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher receive a Graduation with Highest Distinction designation on their final transcript.

The following are scholastic actions and policies for Farm and Industry Short Course based on a 4.0 scale:

  1. A student shall be considered in good standing if that student has a GPA of 2.0 or above in the term just completed, and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
  1. A student shall be placed on academic probation if they are admitted with academic deficiencies or, in the term just completed, that student has attained less than a 2.0 GPA, but greater than a 1.0 GPA. Once on probation, the student is continued on probation until either removed from probation or dropped.
  1. A student shall be removed from probation when that student has attained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in the term just completed, and has no outstanding Incompletes.
  1. A student on probation who fails to attain a 2.0 term GPA in the next term following probation status will be dropped from the program. A student not on probation who earns less than a 1.0 GPA in any single term will also be dropped. A student may request permission to return if they submit a letter of appeal. If readmitted, the student will return on probation. If dropped again, the student will not be eligible to re-enroll. All decisions related to re-entry are at the discretion of the FISC Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee.
  1. On behalf of the director, the FISC Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee may suspend or modify the operation of these regulations if their enforcement is judged to work an injustice to the student. The appropriate appeal forms can be obtained from the FISC office in 116 Agricultural Hall and must be submitted to the director, and appeals will be reviewed with a decision made within the first three days of each term.
  1. Student grievance procedures. Students who believe they have been treated unfairly, in any academic or nonacademic matter, may contest the treatment. The complaint may involve any matter of perceived unfairness, including grading or classroom treatment, or sexual or racial harassment. If the student cannot resolve the fairness question directly with the person at whom the complaint is directed, the student may pursue a series of steps to achieve a fair hearing and protect the rights of both parties involved. These steps are spelled out in a statement titled “Achieving Fairness: Grievance Procedures for Students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.” This statement is available from the Office of Academic Affairs, or www.cals.wisc.edu. Matters of interpretation of academic requirements not involving questions of fairness should come via the student’s advisor to the college’s Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director before submitting an appeal.
  1. Expecting to graduate. Students who expect to graduate must indicate their intent while enrolling for their final term. Also, their academic records will receive a final evaluation by staff in the Office of Academic Affairs. Students should report any change in graduation plans to the FISC Office.
  1. A course drop will be permitted up to a deadline date in each term. For a schedule of each term’s deadline dates refer to FISC Important Academic Dates. A late drop will result in a “DR” notation recorded on the transcript. Late drops will be at the discretion of the Director and only in response to circumstances outside the student’s control. Late drops that are not approved will receive the grade earned. For refunds resulting from course drops, refer to the section “Tuition Adjustment/Refunding Schedule.”
  1. An Incomplete “I” may be reported for a student who has carried a subject with a passing grade until near the end of the semester. If a student is unable to take the final examination or complete a term project because of illness or other circumstance beyond his or her control, the student may be granted an Incomplete. The schedule for completing missing work shall be set at the discretion of the instructor but not to exceed half again as long as the length of the course. Failure to do so will result in a lapsed grade of F, unless the time limit has been formally extended.
  1. Repeating Courses. Students thinking about repeating a course should talk with their advisor. Students must do all the work in the repeated course, including laboratory; attend regularly; participate in class discussions; and take examinations. Students will earn a final grade in the course. Such credits are indicated with an X on the transcript. Students should know that: (1) the original grade still counts in GPA and remains on the transcript; (2) credits in the repeated course do not count toward the certificate, unless the course was failed the first time; (3) grade points in the repeated course do count toward calculation of cumulative GPA; (4) credits carried on courses being repeated count toward the maximum credits permitted in a term.