Academic Policies and Resources
The information below provides academic policy and resource information for all undergraduate courses:
Important Dates Related to Registration and Grading
Undergraduate Academic Policies
All Columbia College Chicago academic policies are available in the catalog.
- Academic Integrity Policy
- Grade Grievance Policy
- Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (Title IX)
- Other Student Complaint Policies and Procedures
- College-wide Grading System
Recording of Online Course Sessions
Recording of all Columbia College Chicago courses is governed by Illinois law. The State of Illinois requires the consent of both parties for the recording of any conversation. Therefore, instructors should announce their intention to record any class discussions for the benefit of students participating remotely and give students the opportunity to contact them with questions or concerns. The instructor's announcement may be for an individual class session or included as a policy in the syllabus. Similarly, students should only record class sessions with the consent of the instructor.
Students with Disabilities Statement
Columbia seeks to maintain a supportive academic environment for students with disabilities. Students seeking accommodations for a disability must register with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. Once registered, a Columbia accommodation letter will be provided to the student each semester. Students are encouraged to present their current accommodation letters to each instructor at the beginning of the semester so that accommodations can be arranged in a timely manner by the college, the department, or the faculty member, as appropriate. Accommodations begin at the time the letter is presented. Students with disabilities who do not have accommodation letters should visit the SSD office at 623 S. Wabash Avenue, Room 311, call 312-369-8296, email SSD@colum.edu, or visit the SSD website.
Mandatory Attendance Policy Statement (for undergraduate syllabi only)
Students are required to attend class regularly. Failure to attend class in the first two weeks of the term will negatively impact financial aid. If your professor reports that you failed to attend and participate in class during the add/drop period, a grade of NS (no-show) will be entered on your record for the course. Please note: You will still be charged tuition and fees for any course for which you receive a NS grade. For more information on non-attendance, please visit the Columbia Central.
Academic Progress Reports
During week 6 of the fall and spring terms, Columbia measures the academic progress of all undergraduate students. The academic progress report is meant to provide a sense of your performance at this point in time. For each course in which you are enrolled, your instructor will assign you one of the following academic progress reports:
- Exceeds basic expectations: Demonstrating performance at a very high level in the course, typically shown as consistent attendance, earning high grades on assignments, and displaying a deep engagement with course content.
- Meets basic expectations: Demonstrating behavior proven to produce success in college, such as consistent attendance, class participation, and on-time completion of assignments.
- Does not meet basic expectations: Demonstrating behaviors known to put students at risk for failure, such as excessive absences, lack of class participation, and missed or incomplete assignments.
While the academic progress report is not a final grade and will not affect your grade point average, it is a valuable indicator of your performance in the course to date. Columbia is committed to your success, and this process is important to understand your progress towards that success. If you are not meeting basic expectations, you will receive this progress report via email, and you are strongly encouraged to discuss course expectations with your instructor(s).
Student Government Association Statement
The Student Government Association (SGA) of Columbia represents the student voice and strives to construct a better union within the Columbia Community. SGA serves as the liaison between students and administration to improve the student experience, both inside and outside of the classroom. Through leadership and strong representation, our goal is to provide students with opportunities to grow academically, artistically, and professionally.
SGA consists of an Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, and Committees of the Senate. All students currently enrolled at Columbia are eligible to become a departmental, non-departmental senator, or general member. Annual programs include Meet SGA, Chair and Dean Town Halls, Senator Forum Weeks, and Let's Chat. For more information please attend weekly meetings Tuesdays from 5–6 p.m. at 916 S. Wabash Ave., The Loft, or visit the SGA website.
College Advising Center
623 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 300
The College Advising Center assists undergraduate students with all transitional issues as they navigate their entire college experience. Academic advisors in the College Advising Center guide students in creating and implementing an educational and professional plan as they progress from orientation toward graduation. As students take responsibility for their academic and career goals, they should meet with their academic advisor on a regular basis. Students at Columbia are expected to meet with their academic advisor at least once a semester during their first year, and once an academic year until graduation. Students can make an appointment through Oasis (using the “Make Appointments” tab) or by contacting the College Advising Center.
The Career Center
618 S. Michigan Ave., Ground Floor
The Career Center develops programs and services to provide Columbia students with self-knowledge, experience, and connections to industry in order to develop career confidence, enhance their employability, and pursue meaningful career-related experiences. Visit the Career Center to explore internships that are right for you.
Academic Center for Tutoring
33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly 33 E. Congress Parkway), First floor
The Academic Center for Tutoring is an excellent resource for academic progress and success for all students at any level. The Academic Center for Tutoring provides tutoring in several disciplines including science, mathematics, accounting, foreign languages, and writing. Supplemental instruction is also provided for some specific courses. Students are encouraged to visit the Academic Center for Tutoring for additional academic support and assistance
731 S. Plymouth Court, Suite 112
Counseling Services are designed to help students increase self-awareness and address mental health concerns with the goal of empowering students to manage challenging areas in their lives. All counseling services staff follow professional standards of confidentiality. Information discussed within a counseling relationship is not disclosed without written permission of the individual. Counseling Services are provided free of charge. The most utilized services include individual sessions, group sessions, and linkage to community services. A Columbia student in a relationship with another Columbia student, can also receive couple sessions. All currently enrolled students are eligible to receive 12 individual sessions per academic year. Group sessions are unlimited.
624 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor
The Library serves students with resources and support for research, study, collaboration, fun, and information in all formats—books, ebooks, articles, primary sources, images, film, music, space, programs, technology, and equipment. Our specialized materials and services focus on what students need and want—textbook reserves, study rooms, collaborative technology, maker lab, 3D printer, light boxes, scanners, equipment checkout (cameras, camcorders, projectors) and research assistance by chat, text, email, phone, or in-person. For more information, visit the Library website.
The course syllabus document and/or course canvas site should include the following course-specific information:
- The course title, section number, and course description
- Day, time, and meeting location of course
- Instructor’s name and contact information
- Instructor Email
- Department location and department office phone number
- Instructor office hours or availability outside of class to meet with students
- Course learning outcomes
- Required texts and materials
- Course-specific policies
- Grading scale and relative weight of assignments
- Department or program attendance policy
- Policy on late work and make-up assignments or exams
- Course calendar with schedule for each class session*, including:
- Dates specific to the current semester
- Assignments, readings, and other course materials
- Due dates for assignments
- Dates of exams and quizzes
*The course calendar is intended to give the student guidance in what may be covered during the semester and will be followed as closely as possible. However, instructors reserve the right in their discretion to modify, supplement, and make changes as course needs arise.