Departmental Student Policies

Effective August 17, 2017


All Students

  1. Prerequisites Enforced for Computer Science Courses
    • If Banner does not indicate you have satisfied the prerequisites for a Computer Science course, contact the instructor and your Computer Science advisor.  If you have satisfied the prerequisites, they will document the situation and provide an override for you to register.
  2. Incomplete Grades and Late Withdrawals
    • Incomplete grades and late withdrawals are only granted in truly exceptional circumstances.
  3. Individual Study Courses (x97)
    • Computer Science courses which are regularly scheduled offerings are not offered by individual study. Exceptions are sometimes made where a lack of a single course prevents a student from graduating.
  4. Audits
    • Computer Science courses may not be audited.
  5. Advising
    • Once you are a declared Computer Science major, you should be meeting with a Computer Science faculty member for advising.
  6. Approved Electives
    • B.S. students need nine (9) credits of 300 or 400-level electives in Computer Science.  At least six (6) credits must be Computer Science courses at the 300 or 400-level.  If you wish to take a non-Computer Science course, discuss the course with your advisor and receive approval before taking the course.
  7. In-class Exams
    • In-class exams must be taken as scheduled.

Graduate Students

  1. Graduate Seminar Attendance
    • All current graduate students are expected to attend the weekly graduate seminar. The schedule is posted on the departmental web site.
  2. Graduate Student Presentations
    • Computer Science graduate students must give three presentations during CS 690/691, with an intended audience including the student's graduate advisory committee, other graduate students, and the interested academic community. The first presentation describes the student's proposed project topic, prior work in that area, and their plan for completing the work. The second presentation describes the student's initial progress on the topic, and is an opportunity to re-examine the project scope and plan. The final presentation covers the student's results, is similar to a thesis defense, and will be advertised at least one week in advance.
  3. Comprehensive Examination
    • The Computer Science comprehensive examinations ("comps") are normally scheduled for the first Saturday in April. Graduate students with a completed Graduate Study Plan on file are eligible to sign up for the exam. Students only have two opportunities to pass the exam. The department will distribute a comps study guide the first class day of CS 691, giving the time, exam format, and required background material for the exam.
  4. Graduate Seminar Grades
    • Grades for CS 690/691, Graduate Seminar and Project, are normally entered as deferred (DF). Once the graduate committee is satisfied with the student's project and report, the committee chair will request the instructor of record change these grades to pass (P). The grade change paperwork must be submitted prior to the grade entry deadline for that semester.
  5. Archiving of Graduate Projects and Theses
    • A final electronic copy of every graduate project and thesis must delivered to the Department Chair prior to the awarding of a degree. Such projects and theses are to be made available on the web and archived within the Department until the end of time.