The academic year at the University of Maine at Fort Kent consists of two regular semesters (fall and spring), a 14-week summer term, a 3-week Winter Term (between the fall and spring semesters) and 7-week sessions offered within the spring, summer, and fall terms. Information about course offerings is found on the University website.
Semester Credit Hour
Credit for passing a course result in the award and posting to a student’s record a specified number of semester credit hours. One semester credit hour, also termed the credit hour, represents an amount of academic work engaged in by a student while achieving a set of learning outcomes for which there is evidence. In accord with Federal regulation one semester credit hour is assigned to academic work involving:
- One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester; or
- The equivalent amount of work performed over a different amount time; or
- For internships, the University of Maine at Fort Kent defines 45 hours of internship work the equivalent of 1 credit.
Honesty and integrity are vital to the functioning of the academic process. Students are expected to follow the procedures established in each class, in each assignment. Each student will submit only his or her own work with inclusion of proper attributions where appropriate. Faculty must be clear about their expectations for individual and collaborative assignments. Students who work collaboratively with other students must acknowledge the work of all students to a project. Students who plagiarize work from any source are subject to serious consequences ranging from failing an assignment to being dismissed from the University depending on the circumstances. Normally, students will not fail an entire course because of one incident, but repeated incidents will result in more serious consequences. Check the University of Maine System-wide policy here.
The spectrum of plagiarism is a wide one. At one end of the spectrum is word-for-word copying of another’s writing without enclosing the copied passage in quotation marks and identifying it in a footnote or reference. More often, plagiarism results from patching together passages from various sources, the writer’s major contribution being the cement to hold the pieces together. Another example is the paraphrasing or abbreviation of someone else’s ideas or the restatement of someone else’s analysis or conclusion without acknowledgment that another person’s text has been the basis. Weaving these “borrowed” ideas into the text without referencing the original source is plagiarism. Today’s electronic sources make it easier to download material and present it as one’s own without making any or only minor changes. It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the definition of plagiarism and not commit this error out of ignorance. Check the University of Maine System-wide policy here.
The University and its faculty are firmly committed to both regular classroom attendance and participation in University-sponsored extra-curricular activities. Each professor will specify the attendance and absence policy as part of the written syllabus distributed at the beginning of the course. Students seeking an excused absence from class must obtain excused status – in advance whenever possible – from the professor of the class, find out their obligations, and schedule makeup work as necessary.
If it is not possible to speak to the professors prior to an absence, the student must, within a day or two of return to campus, consult with the professor(s) of the course(s) involved. It is the student’s responsibility to set up consultations and to meet the obligations and deadlines established by the professor.
The University formally recognizes students who achieve academic excellence through publication of the Dean’s List at the conclusion of each semester. There are two separate lists, one for full-time students (Dean’s List) and one for part-time students (Academic Recognition List).
A full-time matriculating undergraduate student qualifies for the Dean’s List if the student:
- is registered for and has completed a cumulative 12 or more credits within the University of Maine System in the semester (recognition issued by “home” campus)
- has achieved a semester grade point average of 3.20 and higher
- has no grades below “C” for the semester
- *has no Deferred Grades, DG, or Incomplete, I, grades for the semester
Academic Recognition List
A part-time matriculating undergraduate student qualifies for the Academic Recognition List if the student:
- is registered for and has completed a cumulative 6-11 credits within the University of Maine System in the semester (recognition issued by “home” campus)
- has achieved a semester grade point average of 3.20 or higher
- has no grades below “C” for the semester
- *has no Deferred Grades, DG, or Incomplete, I, grades for the semester
*Students who were not eligible for the Dean’s List or Academic Recognition List at the time of final grading due to having classes graded with a DG or I, and who later complete those classes and now meet the requirements, may contact the Registrar’s office and request to be added to the Dean’s or Academic Recognition List retroactively.
Deadline for these requests is no later than the end of the semester immediately following the semester in which the DG was issued.
To maintain full academic standing and matriculant status in Good Standing, a student (full-time or part-time) must achieve the following minimum Cumulative Point Averages:
|Up to 29 Attempted Semester Credit Hours
|30-59 Attempted Semester Credit Hours
|60 or more Attempted Semester Credit Hours
A student (full- or part-time) who fails to achieve the required Cumulative Point Average (CPA) to maintain full academic standing is placed on Academic Probation for the next semester of full- or part-time enrollment. If, at the end of the probationary semester, the CPA still is below the required minimum, the student’s academic status is reviewed by the Academic Affairs office (email@example.com). For the student who has demonstrated substantial academic improvement, although the CPA remains below the required minimum, academic probation (full- or part-time enrollment) may be extended (Continued Probation) by the Academic Affairs office (firstname.lastname@example.org). For the student who does not show substantial academic improvement during the semester of probation, Academic Separation (dismissal) from the University will follow. Readmission into a degree program will not be permitted for one year following Academic Separation. Readmission is through the Admissions Office.
Academic Standing is recorded on student transcripts.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent uses a system of letter grades to measure student achievement. The midterm and final grades are reported to the Registrar’s Office by the faculty as listed here:
- Full-term courses midterm grades are due at noon, on the first day of the ninth week of the semester.
- Full-term courses final grades are due at noon, seven (7) days after the end of final exams, unless the seven-week II session of that terms ends with final’s week, in which case the full-term grades will be due on Friday.
- Seven-week session courses final grades are due at noon, seven (7) days after the last day of classes.
Grades reports are not mailed to students, unless requested by the student. Students may obtain grades in their MaineStreet Student Center. Transcripts of grades are withheld for students who have unpaid balances on their accounts or overdue library books. It also is the University policy to withhold grades for students who have defaulted on their university-based student financial loans.
The grades that are reported to the Registrar are used to compute the Cumulative Grade Point Average. Each grade is assigned a numeric value of quality points:
||Quality Points Per Credit
||Does not affect GPA
|P (Pass/Fail) (grade of “C” or better)
||Does not affect GPA
||Does not affect GPA
||Does not affect GPA
||Does not affect GPA
The number of credits in each course is multiplied by the numeric value of each grade received. The product is the total of quality points earned in each course. The Cumulative Point Average (CPA) is obtained by dividing the number of credit hours attempted at UMFK into the total number of quality points earned (18 credit hours attempted divided into 54 quality points gives a CPA of 3.0).
Courses which are assigned pass/fail (P/F) grades are not used in the computation of grade point averages. Grades of “W” withdrew, “I” incomplete, or “DG” deferred, do not have a numeric quality point average and are not used to compute grade averages.
In rare instances, a student may be unable to complete the semester’s course work for reasons beyond the student’s control. In such cases, the instructor will assign the temporary grade of “DG” (Deferred Grade). A “DG” grade must be changed within two weeks after the grade due date or Summer Session in which the student enrolled for the course. “DG” grades not changed to a regular letter grade by the end of the two weeks after the grade due date will automatically be converted to a grade of “F”. Grades of “F” are computed in grade point averages.
Due to the nature of some courses, which may continue into the following semester or under other circumstances, instructors may assign grades of “I” (Incomplete). Grades of “I” must be removed before the end of the semester or summer session following the semester in which the student enrolled in the course. Grades of “I” left unchanged after that period of time will be converted to grades of “F.” Grades of “F” are computed in grade point averages.
This grade means that, in consultation with the student, the instructor has postponed the assignment of a final grade to allow the student to complete specific work not turned in before the end of the semester. Instructors assign the “I” grade only when they are persuaded that events beyond the student’s control prevented the completion of assigned work on time and when the student has participated in more than 60% of the class.
Students receiving an “I” grade are not allowed to re-register for the same course until the incomplete has been made up or converted to an “F” grade. A student receiving an “I” grade may not make up missed work by sitting-in on the course the next time it is taught.
Upon selecting the “I” grade during the grade input process, the instructor will be prompted to provide information related to the incomplete grade including:
- A description of the assignment(s) needed to complete the course requirements and have the “I” replaced by a regular grade.
- The date by which work is to be completed. The “end of the semester” is defined as the final day that grades may be submitted. [Exceptions to this rule are rare and allowed only with the approval of the faculty member and the Registrar. The extension is not to exceed one year from the original end of the semester in which the course was taken.]
- The grade the student will earn if work is not completed.
Once the grade is posted the details of the Incomplete Contract are available to the student in MaineStreet.
Grade Changes and Appeals
If a student has reason to question an assigned grade, the following procedure will apply:
- If a student believes they has been assigned an incorrect grade for a course, they should immediately contact the instructor of the course. If the instructor determines that a change of grade is warranted, they will submit a grade change. Grade changes must be approved by the Division Dean and/or the Academic Affairs office (email@example.com) and are then routed to the Registrar’s Office for correction in the student’s official academic record.
- If the instructor determines that a grade change is not warranted and the student believes he/she has evidence to support the change, the student may appeal directly to the Division Dean. This requires the student to submit an Academic Appeal form to the Academic Affairs office. Various signatures are required on the form, depending on the type of Appeal.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Division Dean they may appeal to the President/Provost (or designee) through the Academic Affairs office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The decision by the President/Provost is final. Appeals made to the Division Dean and to the Academic Affairs office (email@example.com) must have a completed Academic Appeal form, be in writing, and the student making the appeal should be certain to cite evidence supporting the student’s contention. The appeal for a grade change to the Division Chair and to the Academic Affairs office must be presented within 60 days after the first day of classes for the semester or summer session following the semester in which the grade was earned.
A student may repeat a course only once. Further repetitions will be allowed only with approval of the faculty member teaching the course. Students will retain the right to appeal this faculty decision to the Division Dean, and ultimately to the Academic Affairs office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Repeated courses must be taken at the earliest opportunity (normally the next semester the course is offered). Credits are awarded only once for a course unless it is a course that may be taken more than once such as a Special Topics course. Only courses and quality points for the attempt in which the highest grade is earned are computed in the grade point averages.
Academic Forgiveness refers to the removal of all grade points for an entire semester. Credits and grades remain on the student record. Students must submit an Academic Appeal form to the Academic Affairs office requesting Academic Forgiveness.
Students must meet the readmission guidelines for their program of study. Students must achieve minimum program requirements to graduate. Grade points are removed from all courses within the Forgiven term. Removal of partial or selective coursework is not permitted under this policy. Students may only use Academic Forgiveness once during their academic career at UMFK. Once Academic Forgiveness is granted, it is not reversible.
The following requirements must be met to submit an Academic Appeal requesting Academic Forgiveness:
Students must be separated one calendar year from UMFK.
Students must have completed 30 credits at UMFK and/or other institutions, in Good Standing, following the term forgiven.
Students must submit an Academic Appeal form to the Academic Affairs office (email@example.com) to be considered for Academic Forgiveness.
The Academic Council will recommend approval or denial of the request to the Academic Affairs office. The Provost or designee will then approve or deny the appeal and communicate the decision to the student, advisor, and Registrar’s Office. This decision is final.
Students receiving Academic Forgiveness are ineligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian awards.
Academic Forgiveness may impact students’ eligibility for financial aid due to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This means Financial Aid will consider all credits earned, regardless of whether forgiven, to calculate SAP GPA. Contact the Financial Aid office for questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Registrar communicates to the Financial Aid Office when an Academic Forgiveness appeal has been approved and entered on the student’s record. A notation of Academic Forgiveness is made on the student transcript.
Fresh Start (3-year rule)
Fresh Start is an opportunity for students requesting readmission to be treated as external transfers in the determination of credits and grade point average (GPA). University of Maine at Fort Kent courses passed with a C- or better earn credit but are no longer included in the GPA. Grades below C- also remain on the academic transcript but are removed from the calculation of the GPA and credits earned.
- Removal of partial or selective coursework is not permitted under this policy
- Students may only use Fresh Start once during their academic career at UMFK
- Once Fresh Start is granted, it is not reversible
- Students receiving Fresh Start are ineligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian awards
- Students must fulfill UMFK residency requirements based on the credits earned after Fresh Start was granted
- Fresh Start may impact eligibility for financial aid due to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This means Financial Aid will consider all credits earned, regardless of whether forgiven, to calculate SAP GPA. For more information go to Financial Aid
To request Fresh Start, students submit an Academic Appeal form to the Academic Affairs office (email@example.com) requesting Fresh Start.
To be eligible for Fresh Start, students must;
- be separated for at least three calendar years from UMFK
- meet the readmission guidelines for their program of study
- have a minimum of 30 credits remaining toward degree completion
The Provost or designee will approve or deny the appeal and communicate the decision to the student, advisor, and Registrar’s Office. This decision is final.
The Registrar communicates to the Financial Aid Office when a Fresh Start appeal has been approved and entered on the student’s record. Fresh Start is noted on the student transcript.
Semester Course Loads
For all students who are in good academic standing, the total credit hour course load must not exceed 19 credits without special approval (see Overload Approval).
Fall and Spring 15-week semesters:
A student may enroll for a maximum of 19 credits with no more than 9 credits of seven-week classes at the same time.
Winter Term 3 weeks:
A student may enroll for a maximum of 6 credits.
A student may enroll for a maximum of 19 credits in a 14-week summer session with no more than 9 credits of seven-week classes at the same time.
- A first semester degree student, admitted as a Conditional Student, will be allowed to enroll for a maximum of 13 credits during the first semester.
- All degree students on Academic Probation will be allowed to enroll for a maximum of 13 credits during their semesters on probation.
- Credits in approved Internships or Environmental Studies Field Experience are excluded from the semester’s Course Load.
Success in coursework is one important goal for the UMFK student. The course credit limits have been developed to assist the student to reach that goal. For the accomplished student who has given sufficient evidence of academic proficiency, permission to take a course overload during any given semester must be obtained in writing prior to registration. Students submit a Credit Hour Overload Request Agreement to the Academic Affairs office (firstname.lastname@example.org). The request must include a recommendation from the student’s advisor and meet the following two conditions:
- Students with cumulative grade point averages between 2.00 and 3.00 may be considered for an academic overload not to exceed 20 credit hours.
- Students with cumulative grade point averages between 3.00 and 4.00 may be considered for an academic overload not to exceed 22 credit hours.
Course Waivers or Substitutions
Matriculated students may petition to have a course, condition to a course, or a specific degree requirement waived from their program of studies. Matriculated students also may petition to have a course substituted for another course in their degree requirements.
This requires the student and advisor to complete, sign and submit a Course Waiver/Substitution form, along with all supporting documentation (e.g., syllabi, transcripts) to the Academic Affairs Office; an incomplete request will not be considered. Only courses with grades that meet specific degree requirements will be considered. To request changes for General Education requirements, the student must submit the form to Academic Affairs for consideration by the Academic Council.
Associate Degree to Baccalaureate - A student who has been awarded an Associate degree may elect to apply for admittance into a program leading to a Bachelor’s degree.
- A student with no elapsed time since being awarded the Associate degree may submit a Change of Major form to the Registrar’s Office. The requirement term and advisor’s signature are required on the form. If the student is continuing into the BSN program, the Dean of Nursing signature is required. Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office or online.
- A student with one or more semesters (not including summer semesters) elapsed since being awarded the Associate degree, must apply through the Admissions Office for admittance into the Bachelor degree program. A new requirement term will be assigned. Students may use the Adult application form and submit the form to the Admissions Office.
Additional Associates or additional Baccalaureate degrees - In order to receive the additional degree, the following conditions must be met:
- The first degree has been awarded.
- The student has applied through Admissions for the subsequent degree.
- A minimum number of credits will have to be completed beyond the total hours earned for the previous degree: 15 for each additional Associate; and 30 for each additional Baccalaureate.
Majors and Minors
Majors and Minors provide opportunities for students to specialize in areas of interest. Students may further specialize with concentrations associated with their major. Some majors and minors are specific to degree programs. Although majors and minors are offered in the same discipline, selection of a major and minor in the same discipline is not allowed. Students may select a major and minor in similar disciplines, provided that no more than two courses overlap between the major and the minor. The total credits for a major and minor count towards the minimum total credits of 120.
The following definitions provide an overall view of UMFK’s academic structure:
- A baccalaureate major consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours, an associate major consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours.
- A minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours.
- A concentration consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours beyond the major and must fall with a specific major.
A student who has declared one major can complete a second major, listed under the same or another degree. The “Double Major” student will earn one degree, which will include the two majors. In cases where the majors are associated with different degrees, the student must select a primary degree and will graduate with only that degree. Both majors will be recorded on the student’s transcript and diploma at graduation. The second major may be declared at the time of admissions or later at the Registrar’s Office. No more than 6 credits may overlap between the two majors.
Graduate Credit Applied towards Bachelor Degrees
UMFK allows up to 6 graduate credits from another institution to transfer to baccalaureate programs. The graduate institution must meet the accreditation requirements as stated in the transfer policy. These credits must have a minimum grade of B or equivalent. Graduate credits applied toward a bachelor degree, will not count toward the master’s degree.
All graduation requirements must be fulfilled prior to the conferral of a degree.
- Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree, sixty (60) credit hours for an associate degree
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
- Completion of General Education Requirements
- For a Bachelor degree, completion of at least 36 semester hours of upper level credits (course numbers of 300 or greater) in each of which a minimum grade of “C” shall be earned
- Fulfillment of the UMFK Residency Requirements
- Complete the Graduation Application in your Student Center
* Please note, some programs may have additional graduation requirements. Please check program descriptions and your advisor for specific details.
Graduation and Commencement
Earning one’s degree is the culmination of the University experience. Degrees at the University of Maine at Fort Kent are conferred three times a year; at the end of the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Commencement is the celebratory ceremony held once a year at the end of the Spring semester. Summer and Fall graduates are invited to participate in commencement according to the criteria described below.
A Bachelor’s Degree typically takes four years to complete and an Associate’s Degree typically takes two to two and a half years to complete. This is based on the student completing an average of 15 credits per semester. Multiple factors influence a student’s rate of progress towards degree completion including, the number of credits per term, inclusion of summer classes, changing majors, or having transfer credits. A student should discuss their target graduation date with their advisor and plan their courses accordingly.
Once a student approaches their anticipated final semester, they complete the Graduation Application in their Student Center according to this schedule:
Fall Completion (December conferral date), submit the application for graduation between May 1 to November 15
Spring Completion (May conferral date), submit the application for graduation between October 1 to April 15, by March 15 if attending Commencement
Summer Completion (August conferral date), submit the application for graduation between October 1 and July 15, by March 15 if attending Commencement (must meet the criteria described below)
Diplomas are mailed after the end of Fall or Spring semester, or the end of Summer Session. The diploma and transcript have the same conferral date (which is the last day of classes/final exams). The graduate is considered as an alumnus/alumnae of the year they completed degree requirements.
Participation in Commencement
Commencement is a public celebration of the degrees earned. Please note, marching in Commencement is a ceremonial activity and is not the conferral of the actual degree. Spring and some Summer graduates may be cleared to participate in the ceremony even though some graduation requirements are still to be finalized.
Previous Summer and Fall graduates are invited to participate in the Commencement at the end of the following Spring semester and need to confirm their participation by March 15. Spring graduates are invited to participate in the Commencement of their graduation term and need to complete the application for graduation by March 15. Summer graduates who have no more than two (2) courses or only an internship remaining for summer and are enrolled for all remaining summer courses, may participate in the commencement prior to their summer completion and need to complete the application for graduation by March 15. Summer graduates with more than 2 courses can participate in the Commencement of the following academic year and need to confirm their participation by the following March 15.
For those who applied for graduation prior to the application deadline and were denied, appeals to participate in Commencement ceremonies from students who failed to meet graduation requirements due to extenuating circumstances may be submitted to the Academic Affairs office (email@example.com) no later than fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of the application denial notification.
A student may not participate in two separate Commencement exercises for the same degree.
Graduation credentials will be recorded on the transcript, and the diploma issued, when all degree requirements have been completed. The diploma will be dated the same as the transcript. Graduates are considered as alumni of the year in which they completed their degree requirements.
Latin Graduation Honors
Students who maintained a high level of academic achievement during their undergraduate careers at the University of Maine at Fort Kent are graduated with honors. Graduation with honors is based solely on the student’s GPA at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Honors will be calculated based on the student Cumulative Grade Point Average as follows:
- 3.20 to 3.49 Cum Laude
- 3.50 to 3.79 Magna Cum Laude
- 3.80 to 4.00 Summa Cum Laude
For the purpose of determining honors for the Commencement Ceremony, coursework taken during the spring semester of graduation will not be used in the calculation of honors. For official transcripts and diplomas, the calculation of Latin honors will take place after all official grades are posted and will be included on the diploma and the transcript.
Any questions regarding a student’s academic standing and qualifications for graduation honors should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.
Valedictorian & Salutatorian Graduation Honors for Baccalaureate Degree Recipients
At Commencement these two honors are bestowed upon two of the graduates who meet the criteria listed below. To qualify for Valedictorian and Salutatorian recognition, students must meet the following criteria:
Graduation requirements completed by the previous Summer, Fall or are doing so in May of the current academic year.
Must be graduating from a traditional, on-campus, 4-year bachelor degree program.
Earned a minimum of 60 UMFK credits.
Have not appealed to use the Fresh Start and/or Academic Forgiveness policies.
The student with the highest UMFK cumulative GPA, with the least number of transfer credits, is recognized as Valedictorian.
The student with the second highest UMFK cumulative GPA, with the least number of transfer credits, is recognized as Salutatorian honors.
If multiple students have the same UMFK cumulative GPA, with the same number of transfer credits, recognition is awarded to the student(s) who have demonstrated significant contributions and
leadership to UMFK and the community-at-large as determined by the Dean of Students. This honor is not printed on transcripts or diplomas.
To be eligible to receive a baccalaureate degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the candidate shall have earned a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of degree credit at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. At least twelve (12) of these credits must be in the major and at least nine (9) of these 12 must be at the upper-level (299-level or above). To be eligible to receive an associate degree from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the candidate shall have earned a minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours of degree credit at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Challenge exams, CLEPs, and experiential learning credits may not be applied toward the residency requirements. In the certificate programs, a student must complete at least 51% of their credit requirements at the University of Maine at Fort Kent or through UMFK programs.
Academic Appeals Process
Occasionally, a student may have reason to question an academic policy/process or result preventing them from progressing in a timely manner. In such cases, the following procedure will apply:
- Students must first discuss the concern with the appropriate faculty member or UMFK office*. If the concern persists,
- The student must consult with the Division Dean of the appropriate Division who will attempt to resolve the complaint. Failing this,
- The student may request a review of the situation to be made by the Academic Affairs office (firstname.lastname@example.org); this requires the student to submit an Academic Appeal form to the Academic Affairs office. Various signatures are required on the form, depending on the type of Appeal.
- All parties are expected to adhere to the final decision.
The foregoing steps should be made in order of progression and all information, recommendations, and decisions must be made IN WRITING and made available to the next level of review. Maximum efforts and attempts should be exerted toward the resolution of concerns without the necessity of review.
*Early college and concurrent enrollment students may choose to seek the support of the Early College Coordinator to assist them in bringing their concerns forward.