The university's Academic Regulations guide students, faculty, and advisors. Refer to these regulations often. Here we address some of the regulations we regularly receive questions about.

Exams, Attendance, Repeated Courses, & more… (for Students) (for Faculty/Staff)

When in doubt, refer to the Academic Regulations to determine if there are existing rules to help guide you.

Grades, Honor Roll, and Academic Standing (for Students) (for Faculty/Staff)

Learn about the OSU grading system, GPA calculation process, and academic standing rules.

Institutional Degree Requirements (for Students) (for Faculty/Staff)

In addition to college and major requirements, there are university-level requirements for a baccalaureate degree to be awarded.

Registration Regulations (for Students) (for Faculty/Staff)

Registration policies and procedures are listed in the Registration Regulations section of this website

Exams, Repeated Courses, & More


Finals Week is governed by Academic Regulation 16.

Students who wish to pursue an exam for course credit or waiver should review the rules in Academic Regulation 23, Special Examination for Credit. Academic Regulation 24 addresses Special Examination for Waiver requirements. To request an exam for credit or waiver, students must complete the Petition Examination for Credit/Waiver form and return it to the Office of the Registrar.

Repeated Courses

Students who want to repeat a course for any reason should consult Academic Regulation 20 to learn how their academic record will be effected. Students may also view the Repeated Courses video, with examples of how repeat rules are applied in common situations.

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Grades, Honor Roll, & Academic Standing


Instructors may consider attendance in the calculation of students’ grades. Refer to Academic Regulation 14 for more details.


Academic Regulations 17–19 describe the OSU grading system—available grades and associated point values, and the alternative grading system.

Honor Roll

As stated in Academic Regulation 21, each term an honor roll list is published with the names of students who completed at least 12 graded credits with a GPA of 3.5 GPA or higher.

Academic Standing

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress standards set out in Academic Regulation 22. There are four possible academic standing statuses.

  1. Good Standing – Students with a term and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  2. Academic Warning – Students with a term GPA below 2.0.
  3. Academic Probation – Students who have attempted1 24 or more credits at OSU and have an OSU cumulative GPA below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are removed from Academic Probation.

    1 An attempt comprises a final grade in a course where the grade is: A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C, C–, D+, D, D–, F, S, U, P, NP, I/Alternate Grade (where the Alternate Grade is one of these grades), W, or Y.

  4. Academic Suspension – Students on Academic Probation who have a subsequent term GPA below 2.0.
    • Suspended students are denied all privileges of the university including living in any university-recognized living groups.
    • Suspended students will be reinstated after 2 years OR after completing 24 transferable quarter credits with a GPA of 2.50 or higher for these credits.
    • The Academic Standing Committee addresses requests for exception to Academic Regulation 22.
  5. Reinstatement to the University: Suspended students will be considered for reinstatement to the university after two years or completion of a minimum of 24 quarter credits of transferable college-level work at an accredited college or university, with a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  6. The Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Standing is charged with the responsibility for enforcement of the above regulations on Satisfactory Academic Standing. Additionally, this committee has discretionary authority to grant exceptions and to develop guidelines for the administration of these regulations.
  7. Academic Fresh Start Policy

    Students may petition once with the Registrar to exclude OSU courses from the calculation of institutional requirements, credits, and grade-point average, under the conditions defined in Academic Regulation 31 (Academic Fresh Start Policy).

Institutional Degree Requirements

To receive a degree you must meet institutional, college, and departmental requirements for a baccalaureate degree.

How do I track my progress to my degree?

Maintaining regular contact with your academic advisor is key to ensuring you are making progress towards earning your degree. The university also provides online tools for students to track their degree requirements. Login to MyOSU and under My Student Stuff choose the MyDegrees link to check your degree progress.

Institutional Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees (Academic Regulation 25)

Institutional requirements for baccalaureate degrees are described in Academic Regulation 25. In addition to institutional requirements, students must meet college and departmental requirements for a baccalaureate degree.


Requests for substitutions should be submitted to the appropriate authority as stated in Academic Regulation 28


As stated in Academic Regulation 29, attendance at graduation exercises is optional and attending students are responsible for declaring whether or not they will attend commencement. For further details, visit the Graduation section of this website.

Concurrent/Subsequent Baccalaureate Degrees or Credentials

Academic regulations 26 and 27 govern the requirements for the awarding of additional baccalaureate degrees or credentials.

Registration Regulations

Some academic regulations help guide students considering making changes to their registration. You may also consult the student registration section of this website for detailed procedural information.