Academic Regulations

Academic Regulations

Transferring from Other Institutions

Students are solely responsible for complying with all regulations of UNM Gallup. Therefore, students are advised to familiarize themselves with the academic regulations of the Campus.

Class Hours and Credit Hours

A class hour consists of 50 minutes. One class hour a week of recitation or lecture throughout a semester earns a maximum of one credit hour. The time for vocational, studio, and skill courses may be greater. Courses offered which are numbered below 101 are usually offered for credit; however, these credits will not apply towards any associate degree at UNM Gallup except BUS TC 100T. Community education courses earn no credits and do not count towards any degree program at UNM Gallup.

Course Numbering System

Courses offered at UNM Gallup are numbered from 010 through 299.

  • 010 to 099 courses carry credit but are not applicable towards either a baccalaureate or associate degree; however, these courses may be determined to be necessary for the student to successfully complete a college level curriculum. Taking the placement test and meeting with an Academic Advisor will determine if these courses are necessary.
  • 100 to 199 courses, lower division, normally are open to freshmen.
  • 200 to 299 courses, lower division, normally are open to sophomores.
  • "T" suffix indicates a technical, vocational or special course only applicable for baccalaureate credit upon petition to and approval from the degree granting unit.


The grades awarded in all courses are indicative of the quality of work done. Their significance in most courses is as follows:

A Excellent4 grade points per credit hour.
B Good3 grade points per credit hour.
C Satisfactory2 grade points per credit hour.
D Barely passed1 grade points per credit hour.
F Failed0 grade points per credit hour.
CR CreditGives credit for the course but is not computed in the grade point average. At the graduate level, CR is used to report completion of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. (See the following pages for specific information concerning CR/NC option grading.) CR, credit is the equivalent of at least a grade of C but is not computed in grade point average.
NC No CreditNot computed in grade point average. At the graduate level, NC is also used to report unsatisfactory completion of master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. Certain workshops and courses may be offered under CR and NC as defined above, only with the approval of the Admission and Registration Committee.
IIncompleteGiven only when circumstances beyond the student's control have prevented completion of the work of a course within the official dates of a session. (See the policy on Removal of Incomplete.)
AUDITAuditAudit is recorded for completion of enrollment in an audited course provided permission of the instructor is obtained. No credit is earned for audit grade option.
WP Withdrawal PassingAll approved course withdrawals after the sixth week of classes are subject to the grade of WP, if passing the course at the time of withdrawal.
WF Withdrawal FailingAll approved course withdrawals after the sixth week of classes are subject to the grade of WF, if failing the course at the time of withdrawal. The grade of WF will be calculated as a failing grade in the student's grade-point average.
WNC Withdrawal, No CreditNot computed in the grade point average. WNC indicates officially withdrew with unsatisfactory (D or F) performance in CR/NC option enrollment or course approved for CR/NC by the Admission and Registration Committee.
W WithdrawalUsed for approved administrative withdrawals.

Fractionated Grades

Effective with the Fall 1988 Semester, grades with pluses (+) and minuses (-) were authorized. Following are the allowable grades and associated grade points:


NOTE: A+ effective fall 1991 semester. Graduate students may not receive C-, D+, D, or D-, grades.

Grade Point Average

A student's academic standing is referred to in terms of a grade point average calculated by dividing the total number of grade points (see Grades) earned at UNM by the total number of hours attempted. These hours must be attempted in courses with letter grades. Courses given a grade of W/P, CR, NC, PR or I are excluded in the grade point average calculation. The grade point average and earned hours from non-baccalaureate level students, i.e., unclassified, non-degree, certificate and associate degree, will include all course work taken at any level at the University of New Mexico. Upon the student's acceptance into a baccalaureate level program, including University College, all non-baccalaureate level courses (suffix T) will be excluded from the calculation of earned hours and grade point average.

The standing of all students (including those who withdraw from the University during the session) with respect to scholarship is checked at the end of each semester and summer session. At such times, all students who are deficient in scholarship are placed on probation, or suspended, in accordance with the following regulations.
NOTE: This is a general UNM grade point calculation. Schools and colleges within the University may compute the GPA differently, depending upon the type of program in which the student is enrolled.

Credit/No Credit Grade Option

  1. This grading option is open only to undergraduate and non-degree students enrolling in non-major courses.
  2. Only one CR/NC option course per semester will be allowed.
  3. CR (credit) is the equivalent of at least a grade of C. Students who do not satisfactorily complete a course under CR/NC grading will receive NC (no credit).
  4. A course may be changed from a traditional grade to CR/NC grade option through the fourth week of classes. A change from CR/NC to a traditional grading system may also be made prior to the end of the fourth week of classes. NO CHANGES MAY BE MADE AFTER THE FOURTH WEEK OF CLASSES.
  5. A maximum of 12 credit hours earned under CR/NC option may be allowed toward associate degree requirements.
  6. Hours earned in courses which have been specifically approved for CR/NC grading are not included in the 12 hour maximum allowed toward degree requirements under the CR/NC option.
  7. The following may not be taken under CR/NC option:
    1. Courses in the General Honors Program and the Undergraduate Seminar Program.
    2. Courses that are part of the student's major (as defined by the major department) with the exception of those courses especially approved for use of CR/NC grading (suc Couns. 492, Workshop in Counseling).
    3. In some departments and colleges, courses that are part of the student's minor (see specific college and departmental requirements).
    4. University skills course (100 level).
    5. Correspondence courses.
    6. Courses being repeated after having taken them under the regular grading system.

NOTE: Students may not be penalized by a department if, when selecting or changing a major field, they have taken a course in their major on a CR option basis. WARNING: Certain consequences may result from exercising the CR/NC option. Some schools, scholarship committees, and honorary societies do not accept this grading system and convert grades of Credit to "C" and No Credit to "F" when computing grade point averages or otherwise penalize students who use this option.

Attendance, Tardiness

Students are required to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled unless excused by the instructor. Non-attendance at classes due to late registration is considered the same as absence incurred after registration. Instructors will keep a record of class attendance and will report excessive absences to the Registrar's Office. Absences due to illness, field trips, athletic trips, etc., are to be reported by the student to the instructor and to the Director of Student Services. Such reports do not relieve the student of the responsibility for lost work. It is the duty of the student to take the initiative to arrange with the instructor to make up work missed. Nonattendance in a class may result in a failing grade of F. Students who are absent and unexcused from final examinations or other closing exercises of the classes in which they are enrolled may be given the grade of F. Tardiness is disruptive to class proceedings, and thus students are to make every effort to be in class on time.

Classroom Conduct

The instructor is responsible for all classroom conduct, behavior, and discipline. Any action that would disrupt or obstruct an academic activity is prohibited. Use of classrooms or other facilities during scheduled activities is limited to enrolled students and University personnel. Use of these facilities during nonscheduled periods should be arranged with the appropriate department or other division of the University. Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited in all classrooms and teaching laboratories, including seminars.

Academic Honesty

Every student is expected to abide by the highest standards of honorable conduct in academic matters. Dishonest action in connection with tests, quizzes, or assignments, whether in the classroom or out, may be cause for dismissal from the University. Nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other University records will make a student liable for disciplinary action, including possible dismissal from the University.

Student Records Release Policy

No transcript or other information at the University relating to the records of any student shall be released or delivered to the student or to any other person, entity or institution unless all debts to the University have been paid. However, students have the right to inspect and review educational records to the extent that such rights are granted by applicable laws and regulations (see Access To and Confidentiality of Records).


A student may register for a course as an audit or without credit. However, any change to audit is governed by "Change in Grading" regulations. The tuition for audited courses is the same as for courses taken for credit.

  1. A student may register in a course for audit. An auditor who fails to attend class may be dropped at the instructor's request. The fee for audited courses is the same as for credit courses. Audit enrollment receives no credit.
  2. No changes in audit status may be made after the fourth week of classes by undergraduate, graduate or non-degree students.
  3. Courses taken for audit may be repeated for credit.

Repetition of a Course

A student may repeat any course but will receive credit only once.(This does not apply to courses noted "may be repeated more than once"). Through Fall 1990 ALL ATTEMPTS and ALL GRADES are computed in the student's grade point average.

A new repeat policy was approved by the Faculty effective Spring Semester 1991. The new policy states that any course acceptable toward an undergraduate degree can be repeated one time for improvement of a grade. Attempted courses remain on the UNM record: however, a student will receive credit only once. Only 12 hours of course work may be repeated for grade improvement. This process is NOT automatic. A student must notify the Records Office when a course has been repeated to improve a grade point average.