Jul 13, 2024  
2009-2010 College Catalog 
2009-2010 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


All continuing students in good standing and all accepted applicants at the College are eligible to register each semester.

Students are responsible for ensuring that there is a correct and up-to-date address and phone number on file with the College. Address changes may be made in-person with the Registrar’s Office, by faxing 303-556-3999, or through MetroConnect (metroconnect.mscd.edu).

Information on the registration procedure, registration dates, and student responsibilities and obligations related to registration is available on MetroConnect (metroconnect.mscd.edu).

Students Not Officially Registered in a Class


For Students

Students must be officially registered for classes at Metro State College. Officially registered means that students are enrolled and appear on faculty class rosters.  Students are able to comfirm their enrollment by obtaining their schedule from Metroconnect (metroconnect.mscd.edu). The deadline to register for a full-semester class is the census date for that semester. For fall and spring semesters the census date is the 12th business day of the semester; for summer semester the census date is the 8th business day of the semester. These deadlines are available on the Web for each semester at www.mscd.edu/academic/acal.htm There are pro-rated deadlines for part-of-term classes. It is students’ responsibility not to attend a class if they are not officially registered.

For Faculty

According to CCHE policy, as noted in CCHE document “FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT (FTE) REPORTING GUIDELINES and PROCEDURES, June 2002”, individuals may not attend a class if they are not officially registered for the class. The deadline to register for a full-semester class is the census date for that semester. For fall and spring semesters the census date is the 12th business day of the semester; for summer semester the census date is the 8th business day of the semester. These deadlines are available on the Web for each semester at www.mscd.edu/academic/acal.htm. There are pro-rated deadlines for part-of-term classes. Faculty must refer students who are not registered by the census date to the Office of the Registrar to discuss their registration options. Faculty should allow the student to return to the class only upon showing proof of registration from the Office of the Registrar. Faculty must ensure that all students in their classes are listed on their E-Rosters. Faculty can check their E-Rosters anytime before and during the semester to determine whether a student is registered for the class.

Concurrent Enrollment


Students who find it necessary to register at Metro State and another college at the same time should check with Metro State Transfer Services concerning the acceptance and application of transfer credits.

Pooled Registration


Metro State and the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) have formed a common pool of courses available to students at each institution. For the pool, Metro State offers courses through the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, through the Economics Department in the School of Business and through the Technical Communication and Human Performance and Sport departments in the School of Professional Studies. UCD offers courses through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Arts and Media.

Students must register for pooled courses through their home institution. Students at Metro State:

  • Must comply with all Metro State policies, procedures and deadlines when registering for, withdrawing from or dropping UCD pooled courses;
  • May not be placed on a wait list for any UCD pooled course.
  • Must comply with UCD course prerequisites.

For students at Metro State, UCD pooled course titles and grades will appear on the Metro State transcript and will count in the GPA and hours toward graduation; however, UCD pooled courses will not satisfy academic residence requirements for degrees from Metro State. 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.  UCD pooled credit courses will not count towards the 50 resident credit hours required for Honors.

Metro State/UCD Nonpooled Courses

Students wishing to register for UCD courses not listed in the common pool must follow concurrent registration procedures:

  • Complete a UCD admission application.
  • Register and pay for UCD courses at UCD.
  • Request that official transcripts from UCD be sent to Metro State at the end of the semester.

Students are advised:

  • to consult with their academic advisor at Metro State to determine transferability of courses.
  • to consult with Metro State’s Financial Aid Office if receiving aid.

Interinstitutional Registration

Students enrolled at Metropolitan State College of Denver may register for courses at the Community College of Denver. Courses taken at this institution in no way alter existing Metro State degree requirements, but may apply toward degree requirements subject to specific approval by Metro State. Students should be aware that courses taken interinstitutionally will be counted as part of the 64 semester hours from community colleges applicable to an Metro State degree. Interinstitutional credits will not satisfy academic residence requirements at Metro State. In the event a conflict arises between the policies/procedures of Metro State and the college listed above, the most restrictive policy prevails. Students are advised to confer with department chairs and/or coordinators of academic advising before registering interinstitutionally. The enrollment status of a student in the interinstitutional registration program is determined by the student’s status at the home institution (institution where the student is seeking a degree). Students should ascertain before enrolling at an institution that desired courses will satisfy degree requirements at the home institution.

Course Audit Policy


Students may audit a class with the permission of the instructor, if space is available. Academic credit is not awarded for an audited course and no academic record is maintained. The cost for auditing a course is based on regular tuition. The Tuition and Fees Table is available on Metro State’s Web site (www.mscd.edu/enroll/admissions). Audit approval forms are available in deans’ and academic department offices.

Changes in Registration


Enrolled students may adjust schedules by dropping and/or adding classes. Complete information concerning dropping and/or adding classes and the tuition and fee refund schedule can be found on MetroConnect (metroconnect.mscd.edu).

Students who reduce their course load after the twelfth day of classes and before the beginning of the fifth week will receive an “NC” notation for each course they have dropped. A NC/Withdrawal Form must be submitted or requested online through MetroConnect by the deadline to the Registrar’s Office.

  • The No Credit (NC) notation is not a grade. It may indicate withdrawal from the course or course repetition. (The NC should not be confused with a schedule change during the first 12 days of the fall or spring term [8 days for the summer term] for full-term courses. During this period a student may drop a course, and it will not appear on the student’s academic record.) 
  • Students can withdraw from a class online at MetroConnect through the end of the 10th week of the semester. Proportional time frames are applied for part-of-term courses, weekend courses, workshops and summer terms. These deadlines are available from the Office of the Registrar or the Office of Student Accounts. Deadlines for full-term summer classes are published in the class schedule.
  • After the end of the10th week (or proportional time frame for part-of-term courses, weekend courses, workshops, and summer terms) of the semester, students cannot withdraw from a course. The “I” notation may be used during this period as long as the conditions specified are in the incomplete policy. 
  • Students who fail to withdraw from their course or courses by the 10th-week NC deadline will be assigned the grade they had earned, based on the course syllabus.
  • Students who need to withdraw from a course or courses because of the death of an immediate family member, serious illness or medical emergency, or employment changes beyond their control t may request a tuition refund by filing a Tuition and Fees Appeal Form through the Office of Student Accounts.  Students who receive Financial Aid are encouraged to speak with a counselor in the Office of Financial Aid prior to filing a ‘Tuition and Fee Appeal’.
  • The “NC” notation is used in self-paced courses to indicate that the student has not completed the self-paced course(s) and requires additional time to increase the student’s proficiency. In this case, to earn credit the student must re-register for and pay tuition and fees for the course in a subsequent term.

Definintion of Full-time or Part-time Status


To complete a degree in four years or eight semesters, students may need to take at least 15 hours a semester.  For financial aid purposes, twelve semester hours are also the full-time standard for the summer semester.  Please check the financial aid portion of this catalog for 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.  Verification enrollment may be requrested through MetroConnect.

Full-time 12 or more semester hours
Part-time 6 - 11 semester hours
Less than Part-time 5 hours or less
Summer (11-week term)  
Full-time 8 or more semester hours
Part-time 4 - 8 semester hours
Less than part-time 3 hours or less