Academic Records, Credit, and Appeals
The University Student Records Policy, in accordance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended, governs the collection, use, and disclosure of student records with the goal of ensuring their privacy. Generally it provides the right to non-release of confidential information except as directed by the student, or as provided by law; the right to inspect educational records maintained by the University; the right to correction of errors, a hearing if necessary, and the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about student records privacy online at www.pdx.edu/registration/student-records-privacy.
Documents Submitted to the University
All documents, including transcripts, submitted to PSU become the property of the University and are not intended for duplication or return to the student.
Academic Record Sealed After Degree Earned
Portland State University academic records are sealed thirty days after the conferral of a degree. After this date, changes to majors and minors, addition of departmental honors, removal of incomplete grades, grade changes, changes to degree posting, or other changes to an academic record cannot be made except by decision of the Scholastic Standards Committee.
A credit is the basic unit of measurement of educational accomplishment. One credit normally connotes 10 hours of lecture-recitation or 20 or more hours of laboratory, studio, or activity work. The majority of courses at Portland State University involve three or four hours per week of lecture-recitation. PSU is on the quarter-system calendar. Semester credits transferred from other accredited United States schools may be converted to PSU’s credits by multiplying by 1.5.
The 1.5 multiplication rules apply only to semester credits transferred from U.S. schools. Semester credits transferred from accredited schools outside the United States will be converted according to established international transfer credit guidelines and policies.
Academic Credit Overload
Undergraduate Academic Credit Overload
Undergraduate students who enroll in more than 21 credits per term are considered to be in academic overload. PSU audit credits and transfer credit taken at other institutions while concurrently enrolled at PSU are counted in determining overload status. Transfer credits that result in an overload for a given term will not be accepted in transfer unless prior approval has been granted.
Academic overload must be approved on a term-by-term basis as follows:
- 22-25 credits: Students must obtain prior approval from their academic program adviser using the Overload Approval Form, to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar in advance of the overload term.
- 26 or more credits: Students must obtain prior permission from the Academic Requirements Committee (ARC) by submitting an ARC petition in advance of the overload term. Students must provide justification for the overload and obtain written support from their academic program adviser. Petitions must be submitted using the Academic Requirements Committee petition prior to the first day of the overload term.
Graduate Academic Credit Overload
Graduate students who enroll in more than 16 credits per term are considered to be in academic overload.
Academic overload must be approved in advance as follows:
- 17-19 credits: Students must obtain approval from the department head of their academic program using the Graduate Petition Form.
- 20 or more credits: Students must obtain approval from the chair of the graduate committee of their academic program and the dean of graduate studies using the Graduate Petition Form.
Class standing is based on the number of credits a student has completed, according to the following schedule:
||90 or more
||135 or more
||Hold a degree from an accredited college or university
Appeals and Grievances
Grievances and requests for exceptions to University policies and requirements may be filed with specific committees authorized to deal with specific student concerns.
Academic Appeals Board
This board hears appeals from students who claim to have received prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation and makes recommendations on cases to the Provost. In such cases the student should first consult with the instructor. If the grievance is not resolved, the student should then contact the department chair, then the dean of the college or school. If the grievance is still not resolved, the student may then appeal by writing a letter to the Academic Appeals Board. Appeals may be filed in the Office of Dean of Student Life, 433 Smith Memorial Student Union.
Academic Requirements Committee (ARC)
The ARC is a subcommittee of the PSU Faculty Senate and is responsible for developing policies and adjudicating petitions regarding academic regulations related to credit loads, transfer credit, degree and certificate requirements for all undergraduate programs. It also develops and recommends policies and adjudicates student petitions regarding initial undergraduate admissions, including entering freshmen. The ARC Petition process is managed by an online process accessed here.
Deadline Appeals Board
A student may petition this board to be exempted from published registration deadlines for the current term when mitigating circumstances prevent deadline compliance. Petitions may be submitted before or after the deadline date and must include documentation of the reason for missing the deadline.
Petition forms may be obtained online here or from the Office of the Registrar in the Neuberger Hall lobby. For further information students may call 503-725-3511.
Scholastic Standards Committee (SSC)
The SSC is a Faculty Senate committee charged with developing and recommending academic standards to maintain the integrity of the undergraduate program and academic transcripts of the University; developing, maintaining and implementing protocols regarding academic changes to the undergraduate transcript; reviewing and ruling on petitions for any retroactive change to the academic record such as a grade option change, drop, add, and extension of an incomplete beyond the one year deadline; and adjudicating student petitions for academic reinstatement to the University. Conferral of an accredited Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree constitutes automatic reinstatement to the University once an official copy of a transcript with degree posted is presented to the Office of the Registrar. Petition forms to waive deadlines may be obtained online here or petition forms for reinstatement may be obtained online here. Both petition forms may also be picked up at the Registrar's Office in lobby of Neuberger Hall. For further information, call 503-725-3511.