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.

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:

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.

Academic Advising

College Advising Center
623 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 300
312-369-7645
collegeadvising@colum.edu

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
312-369-7280

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
312-369-8130

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

Counseling Services

731 S. Plymouth Court, Suite 112
312-369-8700
counselingservices@colum.edu

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.

Library

624 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor
312-369-7900

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.

Syllabus Design

The course syllabus document and/or course canvas site should include the following course-specific information:

*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.