Jun 13, 2024  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registration and Records

All continuing students in good standing and all applicants accepted to MSU Denver are eligible to register each semester.

Students are responsible for ensuring that their address and phone number on file with the University are correct and up-to-date. Address changes may be made in-person with the Office of the Registrar, by fax to 303-556-3999, or through ConnectU, connectu.msudenver.edu.

Information on the registration procedure, registration dates, and student responsibilities and obligations related to registration is available on ConnectU, connectu.msudenver.edu.

For additional information regarding registration and records, click on a link to be taken to the entry below.

Priority Registration

Priority registration allows current students who have completed a specified number of earned hours to register before other students. Earned hours include hours earned with a passing letter grade. Priority begins with seniors, followed by juniors, sophomores, continuing freshmen, non-degree-seeking students, and newly admitted freshmen.

Legitimate Academic Interest to Attend a Course

To attend a class, students must have a legitimate academic interest (e.g., be officially registered, waitlisted, auditing a course, enrolled through CU Denver pooled program, etc.). Individuals may not attend a class if they do not have a legitimate academic interest. Officially registered means that students have been accepted for admission by the University, and that the Course Reference Number (CRN) for the class is entered on the student’s registration record. The deadline to register for a full-semester class is the census date, specified on the Academic Calendar at msudenver.edu/MetroCal/tools/acal.jsp. There are pro-rated deadlines for all other courses outside of the full-term courses. Undergraduate students who qualify for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) and register after the census date will not be eligible to receive the COF stipend.

Late Registration Fee Policy

Metropolitan State University of Denver will administer a $100 service charge to students registering for fall and spring, full-semester courses past the posted late registration date on the Academic Calendar at msudenver.edu/MetroCal/tools/acal.jsp and the appropriate fall or spring schedule. Full-semester classes are those scheduled during the regular, 16-week, fall or spring semester, including online classes, classes held at Metro North and Metro South, and 2+2 courses. This fee does not apply to Winterim or summer session courses or other parts of term classes. This fee is classified as a User Fee and Charge for Service under the Student Fee Plan and will be assessed at the time of registration. Exceptions include students registered only for late-starting classes, MSU Denver employees who are taking advantage of the tuition-reimbursement benefit and are not allowed to register prior to the first day of classes, and students who were placed on waitlists prior to the late registration date, yet absorbed later. Appeals will be handled initially through the Office of Enrollment Services and ultimately through Office of the Bursar, whose decision will be final.

NOT included as exceptions:

  • Part-time students taking full-semester classes
  • Non-degree students taking full-semester classes
  • Any other students taking full-semester classes other than those described as exceptions above

Changes in Registration

Enrolled students may adjust their schedules by dropping and/or adding classes. Students must add or drop classes before the drop deadline (census date). It is the student’s responsibility to follow proper drop or withdrawal procedures in the event that he or she does not attend a class. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. Students who do not officially withdraw or drop their classes will be assessed full tuition and fees.

Drop/refund or withdrawal deadlines are located in ConnectU, connectu.msudenver.edu, on the Student Detail Schedule.

Students who reduce their course load after the drop deadline and before the withdrawal deadline will receive a “W” notation for each course from which they have withdrawn. Refer to the withdrawal notation policy in this catalog under Academic Policies and Procedures (including new grade policies) .

ALL STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL REGISTRATION TRANSACTIONS. Students are also responsible for following all drop deadlines.

Selective Service Registration Certification

As of July 1, 1993, any male student who fails to register for the Selective Service will be ineligible for federal student aid, according to the Military Service Act (Public Law 97-252).

Colorado Revised Statute 23-5-118 (selective service registration prerequisite to enrollment) requires all males between the ages of 18 and 26 to certify that they have registered with Selective Service before enrolling in any state-supported institution in Colorado. Any male who has not registered by his 26th birthday will be ineligible to enroll at the University. A Selective Service registration hold will be placed on the student’s account until the student registers with Selective Service at sss.gov and provides a Selective Service Certification Form to the Office of the Registrar.

Special Registration

Pooled Registration

MSU Denver and the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) have formed a common pool of courses available to students at each institution. Students must register for pooled courses through their home institution.

MSU Denver Students:

  • Must comply with all MSU Denver policies, procedures and deadlines when registering for, withdrawing from or dropping CU Denver pooled courses;

  • May not be placed on a wait list for any CU Denver pooled course; and 

  • Must comply with CU Denver course prerequisites. Prerequisite courses are provided at CU Denver.

CU Denver pooled course titles and grades will appear on the MSU Denver transcript and will count in the GPA and hours toward graduation; however, CU Denver pooled courses will not satisfy academic residence requirements for degrees from MSU Denver. This restriction applies to the residence requirements of the overall degree (30 semester hours minimum), the major (8 upper-division semester hours minimum), and the minor (3 upper-division semester hours minimum). This restriction does not apply to Physics (PHY) courses.  Credit for CU Denver pooled courses will not count towards the 50 resident semester hours required for Honors.

Interinstitutional Registration

Interinstitutional registration applies to MSU Denver students taking courses at the Community College or Denver (CCD) and to CCD students taking courses at MSU Denver. Interinstitutional application deadlines are published on the Academic Calendar, msudenver.edu/MetroCal/tools/acal.jsp.

For MSU Denver students:

MSU Denver students may register interinstitutionally for a maximum of 9 credits; however, students may not register for more interinstitutional credits than they are taking at the home institution.

MSU Denver students wishing to enroll at CCD must obtain the Interinstitutional Application and registration forms from the Office of the Registrar, Student Success Building, Suite 160 (#3), msudenver.edu/registrar/student/forms. Students should ensure that the coursework is transferable to MSU Denver by receiving approval from their academic department.

MSU Denver students are restricted from registering for:

  • Certain Colorado Community College (CCC) Online classes at CCD
  • Online or off-campus classes at CCD
  • Remedial classes through the interinstitutional registration process

Interinstitutional courses will not satisfy academic residence requirements for a degree from MSU Denver. The total number of community college credits applicable to a degree from MSU Denver is 64, which includes interinstitutional and transfer credit. Only courses transferable to MSU Denver will apply toward a degree.

For CCD students:

Students from CCD are not eligible to register for online courses or off-campus courses offered at Metro North and Metro South, including correspondence and tele-courses.

CCD students may not place their names on waitlists for closed classes at MSU Denver.

CCD students are restricted from registering for CU Denver Pooled Courses.

Interinstitutional students enrolled at MSU Denver will be charged all extra fees such as additional class fees, etc.

Community College of Denver (CCD) - Basic Skills Courses

The Community College of Denver offers college Basic Skills Classes available to MSU Denver students needing additional preparation in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading.

CCD basic skills courses will not apply toward MSU Denver degree requirements or GPA.

MSU Denver students registering, withdrawing or dropping CCD basic skills courses are expected to comply with all MSU Denver policies and deadlines.

  • Prior to registering for any preparatory CCD classes, students must consult with their MSU Denver academic advisor to determine appropriateness of the class(es). 

  • Students taking CCD courses are required to take the Accuplacer test and to place into the appropriate courses based on their test results. 

  • Classes will be posted on your MSU Denver academic record and will include semester hours and the grade/notation earned. CCD will also post the course, semester hours and grade earned on the CCD academic record.

  • Tuition and fees for these classes will be paid to MSU Denver.

Definition of Full-time and Half-time Status

The following chart outlines the number of semester hours required to meet full-time and half-time status:




12 or more semester hours


6 - 11 semester hours

Less than Half-time

5 hours or less



Summer (10-week term)



8 or more semester hours


4 - 8 semester hours

Less than half-time

3 hours or less

To complete a degree in four years or eight semesters, students may need to take at least 15 semester hours per semester.  For financial aid purposes, 12 semester hours is the full-time standard for the summer semester.  Please check the financial aid portion of this catalog for detailed requirements.  To be eligible for health insurance coverage, students must be enrolled in ten semester hours in the fall and spring and eight semester hours in the summer.  Enrollment verification may be requested through ConnectU, connectu.msudenver.edu.

Official Transcripts (Official Academic Record)

The official transcript is a certified copy of the student’s permanent academic record. It contains the official signature of the Registrar and the official seal of the University. Students may order transcripts by logging in to ConnectU, connectu.msudenver.edu. There is no charge for transcripts, except for transcripts that must be faxed to the recipient. Students requesting to have a transcript faxed will be charged $6.00. Requests may be delayed, depending on end-of-term grading and the posting of degrees. Transcripts will only be issued upon written request, which must include:

  • Student’s full, legal name as recorded while attending MSU Denver;
  • Student’s identification number;
  • Birth date;
  • Last term of attendance;
  • To whom and where the transcripts are to be sent;
  • Number of copies desired; and
  • Student signature authorizing the release of records.

Transcripts will be withheld due to indebtedness to the University or for other appropriate reasons. Students from other institutions taking MSU Denver courses under the state college system or interinstitutional registration programs must request transcripts from their home institution.

Falsified Transcripts and Diplomas

Altering, modifying, tampering with, or in any way falsifying an official Metropolitan State University of Denver transcript or diploma is a crime. The University has implemented multiple measures to detect such conduct. To protect the integrity and value of an MSU Denver degree, the Attorney General will vigorously prosecute, through the criminal justice system, those who commit these crimes.

In addition, students found responsible for falsifying an official MSU Denver transcript or diploma will face a University judicial hearing and appropriate sanctions may be imposed, including suspension, dismissal, and loss of credit, which could affect the student’s permanent record.

Withdrawal due to State or National Emergency

In times of emergency, certain students, such as firefighters, individuals with specialized skills, and those in reserve military units, are called to provide services to the state or country. When the call for service or military deployment is issued, students are often required to interrupt their coursework mid-semester without advance notice. The University recognizes that normal refund and withdrawal policies may not be appropriate and, therefore, will make the following provisions for individuals who leave the institution mid-semester to respond to a state or national emergency. Follow-up documentation will be required to substantiate the call for service or military deployment.

  1. Students called for service or military deployment will be reimbursed for the tuition and fees that they have paid.
  2. Students have the option of:
    1. Administrative removal of enrollment (no record of enrollment remains on the student’s academic record).
    2. Administrative withdrawal (“AW” notation appears on the student’s academic record for each course in which the student is registered).
    3. Incomplete (“I” notation appears on the student’s academic record for selected courses in which the student is registered if the instructors agree to allow the student to complete or make up work in these courses. This option may entail the student being granted an Incomplete (I) with an opportunity to complete the coursework within one year).
  3. The Office of the Registrar will make the final determination for administrative withdrawal on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Each instructor and the department chair will be notified by the Office of the Registrar of a student’s administrative withdrawal due to a call for service or military deployment.

Students who must withdraw from all classes during a semester due to a state or national call for service or military deployment should contact the Office of the Registrar, Veteran Education Benefits, Student Success Building, Suite 160 (#3), 303-556-2993, VAEdBenefits@msudenver.edu.

Tuition Classification

A student is classified as an in-state or out-of-state student for tuition purposes at the time of admission. This classification is based on information supplied by the student on the application for admission and is made in accordance with the Colorado Tuition Classification Law (Title 23, Article 7, of the Colorado revised Statutes). Once determined, a student’s tuition classification status remains unchanged unless clear and convincing evidence that a change should be made is presented. If a student believes that he or she is entitled to in-state status, the student must submit the Petition for In-state Tuition form, along with evidence of in-state status to the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline dates.

The tuition classification statute requires that, in order to qualify for in-state status, a student (or the parents or legal guardian of the student in the case of students under 23 years of age who are not emancipated) must have been domiciled in Colorado for one year or more immediately preceding the first day of the semester for which such classification is sought.

Domicile for tuition purposes requires two inseparable elements: (1) a permanent place of habitation in Colorado and (2) intent to remain in Colorado with no intent to be domiciled elsewhere. Some examples of connections with the state that provide objective evidence of intent are: payment of Colorado state income tax as a Colorado resident, permanent employment in Colorado, ownership of residential real estate property in Colorado, compliance with laws imposing a mandatory duty on any domiciliary of the state, such as the drivers’ license law and the vehicle registration law and registration to vote. Other factors unique to the individual can also be used to demonstrate the requisite intent.

Any questions regarding the tuition classification law should be directed to an admissions officer in the Office of Admissions or the Tuition Classification Officer with the Office of the Registrar. In order to qualify for in-state status for a particular semester, the student must prove that domicile began no later than one year prior to the first day of classes for that semester. Refer to the Academic Calendar at msudenver.edu/MetroCal/tools/acal.jsp for deadlines to submit the Petition for In-State Tuition form.

College Opportunity Fund (COF)

Every eligible Colorado resident who will be a student must apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) in order to authorize payment of the state’s contribution toward tuition at any public college or university in the State of Colorado, including Metropolitan State University of Denver.

These funds, called “stipends,” will be applied to a student’s college account each semester and are available for up to 145 credit hours of college-level, undergraduate study. The actual value of the stipend will be determined by the Colorado Legislature each year.
Students must apply online for the stipend at CollegeInColorado.org (select College Opportunity Fund). Students must authorize the use of the stipend each semester during registration in ConnectU, connectu.msudenver.edu.

The COF application requires students to submit their legal name, date of birth, Social Security Number, and Driver’s License Number only once in a student’s lifetime. The application must be completed before the stipend can be credited to a student’s tuition and fee bill.

Students who do not apply for and/or authorize COF will not be eligible for the stipend and will be responsible for paying the total in-state tuition – both the student’s share and the state’s share.

Eligibility: In-state, undergraduate students will be eligible for the stipend, up to 145 credit hours of college-level, undergraduate study, regardless of age, income or financial aid status. If a student goes over his or her 145-lifetime-credit hour cap, the student may apply for a one-time, one year waiver of up to 30 credits. All waiver requests must have an advisor’s signature and must include a personal statement demonstrating substantial economic hardship, as well as an explanation as to why more than 145 credits is needed in order to obtain the degree.

For more information, visit the University’s Q&A section on COF, msudenver.edu/cof.

Mandatory Immunization Requirement

Students must comply with the Immunization Policy requirements within their first semester of attendance, in order to be eligible to register for future semesters. Non-compliant students will have registration holds put on their accounts if they have not completed the policy requirements by the published deadline during their first semester of attendance. The summer and fall enrollee deadline is October 1; the spring enrollee deadline is March 1.

Mandatory Health Insurance Requirement

All undergraduate and graduate students taking nine (9) credits or more in any given semester are required to submit proof of having health insurance that meets the University compliance standards, which include the current Federal requirements for health insurance. When submitting an “Insurance Selection” form students may select to participate in the University sponsored health insurance plan in order to fulfill this requirement or submit proof of existing outside health insurance that meets the University’s compliance standards.

Failure to comply with the University’s health insurance compliance requirement will result in having a registration hold placed on a student’s account, which will prevent future registration. This hold will remain in effect until health insurance coverage that meets the University’s compliance standards has been submitted, audited and approved.

For more information, visit the Auraria Health Center website, msudenver.edu/healthcenter/health_insurance/.