School for the Future of Innovation in Society Policies

The transdisciplinary programs and coursework offered by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society focus on the intersections of science, technology, development, innovation and society, enabling students to engage and rethink the social and technical aspects of innovation. They are then able to envision, design and build the futures people would want to inhabit. The school's transdisciplinary team of faculty has an extraordinary track record of research and service. The faculty members are dedicated to teaching and mentoring students and cultivating the knowledge, skills, and dispositions with which the school’s graduates will approach and construct the future.

Academic Integrity

At ASU, students are part of an academic community that is engaged in learning and inquiry and based on the quest for truth, thus committing themselves to a path of honesty and integrity. Therefore, it is expected that they integrate that responsibility with their conduct. Students’ coursework, research and projects must be original and reflect individual effort and integrity. When in doubt about appropriate conduct, students should consult a faculty mentor to seek clarification. The School for the Future of Innovation in Society has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of academic misconduct. Penalties for unethical behavior range from being placed on academic probation to being dismissed from the program.

The ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy determines all related violations of this policy and will be strictly followed and enforced. A copy of the policy is available at

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing

To be considered in academic good standing in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, students must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.


Students who do not achieve a 2.00 GPA will be placed on university academic probation and must meet with an advisor to discuss academic success strategies. Students on academic probation will be required to take UNI 220 Academic Refresher. UNI 220 will appear on the students' DARS as a graduation requirement. In addition, students who have fewer than 24 credit hours will be required to participate in the ASU Pathway for Achieving Student Success program.

Within one semester, a student on academic probation must do one of the following:

  1. Raise the ASU cumulative GPA to 2.00 or greater to return to academic good standing.
  2. Obtain a semester GPA of 2.00 or greater to be continued on probation. Students on continued academic probation may continue for as many semesters as needed to achieve academic good standing.


Students who fail to meet the criteria for continued probation may be disqualified from ASU. Students who have been disqualified may attend summer sessions but not fall or spring sessions until they are qualified to be readmitted.

Once readmitted, the student may be placed on academic probation for at least two semesters. Students on probation will have two semesters to raise their cumulative GPA to meet ASU academic good standing (2.00). Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the university. Students should refer to the School for the Future of Innovation in Society undergraduate handbook for more information.

Academic Policy Appeals

Academic appeals regarding school policies should be discussed with the student’s academic advisor, and students may be required to submit a petition to the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Undergraduate Programs Committee within the semester of probation or the one immediately following. Some petitions may require a secondary review by the ASU University Undergraduate Standards Committee.

Academic Advising

All students are encouraged to seek advising before registration. Students must follow the calendar published in the registration and tuition payment guide each semester for information and deadlines pertaining to enrollment, adding or dropping classes and withdrawals.

In addition to information provided by an academic advisor, students are expected to read the requirements for the university's General Studies and major degree requirements in their edition of the ASU academic catalog. The ASU academic catalog is the governing source for all degree requirements.

Advising Information:

Mandatory Advising

The following students in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society must receive advising clearance prior to course registration:

  • new and transfer students in their first two semesters of attendance
  • readmitted students in their first returning semester
  • students on academic probation or continued probation
  • students with 87 credit hours or more completed
  • students who are off track for graduation
  • students who have been disqualified

Students are encouraged to check their advising status requirements each semester before attempting any registration transactions through My ASU.


Students enrolling in courses offered by the School for the Future of Innovation in Society are expected to follow the rules and deadlines specified in this catalog and the current registration and tuition payment guide. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before registration.

Course Load

Students may enroll in a maximum number of 18 credit hours per fall or spring semester, with a maximum number of nine credits taken in session A or session B. Students may enroll in a maximum of 14 credits for a summer session, with no more than seven credits in session A or session B. Any student wishing to enroll in more than the 18 credit hour limit in the fall or spring (or 14 in summer) or more than the nine credit hour limit in an A or B session (or seven hours in either summer A or summer B) should first meet with their academic advisor to discuss a course overload. Students should contact to request a credit hour limit increase.

More details on credit hour limits are available at

Repeat/Replace Policy

Students wishing to repeat courses and possibly replace prior course grades must follow the policy stated in the university's Student Services Manual regarding the number of credit hours that can be repeated and the types of courses that are eligible for a grade replacement.

Generally, students may not repeat an undergraduate course for credit when a grade of "C" or higher is earned. Students wishing to repeat a course with a grade of C or higher, must petition the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Undergraduate Program Committee.

Students wishing to repeat a course for a third time must petition the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Undergraduate Program Committee. Students should contact the advising office for information.

Pass/Fail Grade Options

A grade of “Y” (satisfactory) contributes to a student’s earned hours but does not affect the GPA. A failing grade of “E” is calculated into the GPA.

The pass/fail grade option may be used under the following conditions:

  • Approval has been granted from the instructor and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Undergraduate Program Committee.
  • Enrollment for the pass/fail option must be indicated during registration and may not be changed after the drop/add period.
  • A maximum of 12 hours taken for pass/fail may be counted toward graduation.

School for the Future of Innovation in Society students may not enroll under the pass/fail option in the following courses:

  • first-year composition requirements
  • General Studies requirements
  • honors credits
  • language proficiency requirements
  • major, minor, concentration area or certificate program

Audit Grade Option

Students may choose to audit certain courses in which they attend regularly scheduled class sessions but earn no credit. Students should obtain instructor approval before registering for the courses. The option to audit is not available for all courses. This grade option may not be changed after the drop/add period.

General Studies Courses

In order to earn an undergraduate degree at ASU, students must take a distribution of General Studies courses to ensure that they get not only depth, but a breadth of education. These courses fall into five core areas – Literacy and Critical Inquiry; Mathematical Studies; Humanities, Arts and Design; Social-Behavioral Sciences: and Natural Sciences – and three awareness areas – Cultural Diversity in the United States; Global Awareness; and Historical Awareness. To help students graduate quickly and to illustrate the interdisciplinary education the SFIS undergraduate programs offer, a number of FIS courses meet a variety of general studies requirements. Courses that meet the different General Studies requirements are generally noted in the course catalog. However, it is possible in special circumstances for a student to get general studies credit for a course that is not officially registered as a General Studies course. To request such a replacement course, students should fill out and submit this form:

General Studies Checklist

Grade Appeals

The steps outlined here, beginning with step A, must be followed by any student seeking to appeal a grade. Student grade appeals must be processed in the regular semester immediately following the issuance of the grade in dispute (by commencement for fall or spring) regardless whether the student is enrolled at the university. It is university policy that students filing grievances and those who are witnesses are protected from retaliation. Students who believe they are victims of retaliation should immediately contact the dean of the college or school in which the course is offered.


A. The aggrieved student must first undergo the informal procedure of conferring with the instructor, stating any evidence and reasons for questioning that the grade received was not given in good faith. The instructor is obliged to review the matter, explain the grading procedure used and show how the grade in question was determined. If the instructor is a graduate assistant and this interview does not resolve the difficulty, the student may then take the problem to the faculty member in charge of the course (regular faculty member or director of the course sequence).

B. If the grading dispute is not resolved in step A, the student may appeal to the chair of the academic program that oversees the course within the School for the Future of Innovation in Society by filling out this petition. The program chair may confer with the instructor to handle the problem.

C. If these discussions are not adequate to settle the matter to the complainant's satisfaction, the student may then confer with the Director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. If unresolved, the Director may refer the case to the school's academic grievance hearing committee to review the case formally. In most instances, however, the grievance procedure does not go beyond this level.


The following procedure takes place after steps A, B and C (or A and C) have been completed.

D. The school has on file in the office of the Director the procedures and composition of the undergraduate or graduate academic grievance hearing committee for student grievances. The school committee shall operate under grievance procedures as stated, which satisfy due process requirements. The committee shall always meet with the student and the instructor in an attempt to resolve the differences. At the conclusion of the hearing, the committee shall send its recommendations to the Director.

E. Final action in each case will be taken by the Director after full consideration of the committee's recommendation. Any recommended grade changes may be made by the Director. The Director shall inform the student, instructor, program chair, registrar and grievance committee of any action taken.

Degree Requirements

All candidates for graduation are required to complete at least 120 credit hours, of which at least 45 hours must consist of upper-division courses. A minimum ASU cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation. All new School for the Future of Innovation in Society first-year students are required to enroll in the FIS 101 course during their first ASU semester.


The school offers a minor in Innovation in Society. Students may not use courses in their minors toward their majors and, similarly, students may not use courses in their majors to fill the requirements of their minors.

Concurrent Degrees

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society allows students to request approval to pursue a concurrent degree if they:

  • have completed at least 30 graded credit hours
  • are in good academic standing
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.00

Concurrent degrees may not be from the same discipline or have overlap in the core courses required for each major.

Students must earn at least 30 unique credit hours for each degree.

To request a concurrent degree, the student must meet with an academic advisor and fill out the petition form. If the second program is outside of SFIS, the student is also required to get approval from the other college or school that offers the concurrent degree program.

Critical and Necessary Requirements

All undergraduate majors at ASU are provided an eight-term course plan, called a major map, that leads them to graduation in four years. School for the Future of Innovation in Society students must meet the critical and necessary requirements listed on their major maps.

A student who does not comply with the critical requirements is off track and will have a hold placed on their record. To have the hold removed, the student will be required to meet with a School for the Future of Innovation in Society academic advisor. For more information about critical requirements, students should refer to the corresponding major map or eAdvisor at


Students who have been disqualified from ASU may be readmitted when they submit a letter of explanation to the School for the Future of Innovation in Society Undergraduate Program Committee for a fall or spring semester if they complete one of the following:

  1. Raise their ASU cumulative GPA to good academic standing (2.00) by taking ASU summer session courses.
  2. Complete 12 or more transferable credit hours at a community college or university with no grades less than “C” and a GPA of 2.50 or greater. Courses in which the student failed or received a “D” at ASU should not be repeated at another institution.

Once readmitted, the student may be placed on academic probation for at least two semesters. Students on probation have two semesters to raise their cumulative GPA to meet ASU academic good standing (GPA of 2.00). Failure to do so results in disqualification from the university.

Graduate Policies

The school’s graduate policies are guided by the university polices on graduate studies. For details, students should see

Academic Standing

Students are expected to make planned and systematic progress toward completion of their graduate program. This progress includes being in good academic standing and achieving the benchmarks and requirements set by the programs, including additional satisfactory progress policies. Students are responsible for verifying that all these requirements are met as well as any additional requirements concerning satisfactory academic progress, probation and disqualifications.

Students failing to satisfy their graduate program requirements or the benchmarks outlined below may be recommended to the Graduate College for dismissal from their programs. Details are available at

To be in good academic standing, students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 on all GPAs (plan of study, cumulative and graduate). These include all coursework on their approved interactive plan of study, on all postbaccalaureate course work taken at ASU, and on graduate credit courses (those numbered 500 or higher).

A student with a cumulative GPA less than 3.00 will be placed on academic probation and may be subject to dismissal. If any GPA is less than 3.00, the student must develop, with the advisor, an academic performance improvement plan that includes the conditions and time frames for making satisfactory academic progress in their degree program. The student is considered to be on academic probation until the conditions specified in the academic performance improvement plan are met and GPAs are greater than 3.00. Coursework such as research and dissertation and any course that is graded with a “Z” (in progress) or “Y” (satisfactory) cannot be included in the GPA.

Students must also satisfy the maximum time limit for graduation from the student’s graduate program: six years for master’s degrees and certificates, 10 years for doctorates.

Students must successfully pass any comprehensive exams, qualifying exams, foreign language exams, and an oral defense of the proposal or prospectus for the thesis, dissertation or any other culminating events required for their program.

Students must stay continuously enrolled in their graduate degree program. Failing to do so without a Graduate College-approved request to maintain continuous enrollment is considered to be a lack of academic progress and will lead to automatic dismissal of the student from the graduate program.

Degree Requirements

Each graduate student in the school will be required to file an interactive plan of study by the time they have enrolled for 50 percent of the minimum credit hours required for their degree program. Once admitted, the student will meet with the faculty or program advisors to begin to prepare their plan.

While the ultimate responsibility for understanding the requirements of their respective academic degrees remains with each student, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society provides to students advising services that will help them understand the school’s policies and procedures and allow them to set their academic goals.

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs and abide by all university policies, including those of the Graduate College. Full details of policies and procedures related to the school’s graduate programs can be found on each program’s webpage at

Graduate Student Grade Appeal Policy and Process

Graduate students who disagree with the final grade they receive for a graduate course should refer to the Graduate Student Grade Appeal Policy and Process form to determine the steps they can take to appeal the grade.