School of Sustainability Policies
The School of Sustainability adheres to ASU’s academic integrity policies and procedures. Additional information can be found on the school's undergraduate and graduate policies, procedures and forms pages.
Additional School of Sustainability Undergraduate Policies, Procedures and Forms can be found online.
Students need to make many decisions as they complete their degrees. While the school and the university have a number of resources available (e.g., faculty, courses, advisors and tutors) to help in the decision-making process, students are expected to take responsibility for their decisions.
Students in the School of Sustainability are considered in good standing for the purpose of retention if they maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in all courses taken at ASU and maintain critical requirements within the major, which may include higher GPA expectations; students should refer to the major map for their catalog year.
All sustainability students must meet critical requirements for their intended majors. Students who do not comply with the critical requirements are off track and will have holds placed on their records. They will have to meet with their advisors to have the holds removed. Further registration in their intended majors may not be permitted for those students who still do not meet all critical requirements in the following semester. Students who are off track for two consecutive semesters may be required to change their major.
University Academic Warning
An undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 at the end of their first semester at the university (fall or spring) is considered to be in the status of University Academic Warning. If a student on academic warning does not achieve the minimum GPA standard of 2.00 at the end of the warning term, the student will be placed on probation for the following term.
If a student's minimum GPA falls below 2.00 in a term that is not the student's first term at ASU, the student is placed on probation. Failure to return to good academic standing after being placed on probation may result in disqualification.
Whether a student's status is academic warning or probation, the student must meet with an academic advisor to discuss academic success strategies for the subsequent semester and develop a success plan for returning to university academic good standing.
Students who are no longer in their first semester at ASU and do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in all courses taken at ASU are placed on academic probation. Before students on probation can register for classes in the next semester, they are required to complete an academic success contract with an advisor and discuss campus academic resources, plan semester goals and discuss strategies to attain academic success. Students on academic probation may be limited to the number of credit hours they can enroll in, must enroll in UNI 220 Academic Refresher, and must also do one of the following:
- During the next semester, students on probation must raise their cumulative ASU GPA to 2.00 or greater in order to return to good academic standing.
- They must obtain a semester GPA of 2.50 with no grade lower than a “C” in order to be granted one additional semester on continuing probation, providing them with two semesters to return to good academic standing and avoid disqualification.
Students who do not meet probation requirements are subject to disqualification. Disqualified students are not able to register for classes in the fall or spring semester at the university, and students who already registered for future fall or spring semesters will have their registrations canceled.
The School of Sustainability's Student Services Center assists students in achieving their personal, educational, cultural and career goals while becoming self-directed, lifelong learners. The school encourages students to meet with an advisor at least once a semester and requires that students meet with an advisor at four points during their academic career:
- new-student advising (all newly admitted students)
- sustainability success advising (during the first semester to plan for the second semester)
- pivotal advising (when students typically declare their track and related discipline)
- launchpad advising (to prepare for capstone experiences and planning for post graduation)
Office hours are Monday through Friday (excluding university holidays), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students should schedule their advising appointments in advance online through My ASU or this direct link so advisors can set aside the appropriate time to answer all their questions.
Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs in the School of Sustainability may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester (fall and spring), with a maximum of nine credit hours per session A or session B. Students may register for a maximum of 14 credit hours per summer term, with a maximum of seven credit hours per session A or session B.
Students wanting to register for more than the maximum must submit a Credit Overload Request on the School of Sustainability website and meet the stated criteria. Students are not permitted to exceed the maximum credit limit in their first term at ASU or in the hybrid year of an accelerated bachelor's + master's degree program.
Late Enrollment Transactions
The School of Sustainability adheres to all posted university deadlines for course enrollment, including add, drop, and withdrawal. Requests for Late Drop and Late Withdrawal are not approved. A Late Adds is only approved under limited, special circumstances. Instructor approval for a Late Add is required but does not guarantee final approval from the School. See the School of Sustainability Undergraduate policies, procedures, and forms webpage for additional information regarding late enrollment transactions.
All students in the School of Sustainability must complete the university General Studies requirement as well as all requirements for their majors.
Major and ASU GPA requirements
Students in the School of Sustainability must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 in all coursework completed at the University. They must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 in all coursework completed within the major.
Introductory Course Requirement
All incoming first-year students must complete SOS 191 Introduction to ASU and Sustainability with a grade of "C" or better. All incoming transfer students must complete SOS 201 Introduction to ASU and Sustainability with a grade of "Y".
Bachelor of Arts: Any student pursuing a BA in the School of Sustainability must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a second language by completing the courses specified below with a grade of "C" (2.00) or better in each course. Second language course requirements may be fulfilled by one of the following:
- completion of second-language coursework at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent)*
- a second-language course at the 300 level or higher taught in the second language and having 202 or its equivalent as a prerequisite
- completion of secondary education at a school in which the language of instruction was not English
*Those students completing this requirement in Ancient Greek must take GRK 301 and 302; students completing the requirement in Portuguese or Romanian must complete POR 314 or ROM 314.
Bachelor of Science: Any student pursuing a BS in the School of Sustainability must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a second language by completing the courses specified below with a grade of "C" (2.00) or better in each course. Second-language course requirements may be fulfilled by one of the following:
- completion of second-language coursework at the introductory level (102 or equivalent)
- a second-language course at the 200 level or higher taught in the second language and having 102 or its equivalent as a prerequisite
- completion of secondary education at a school in which the language of instruction is not English
The School of Sustainability has some formal agreements and major maps in place for concurrent degrees, but students are not limited to these agreements.
Students may seek approval to pursue concurrent degrees with the School of Sustainability after they have completed at least 30 credit hours at ASU. To be eligible to add a School of Sustainability program as a concurrent degree, students must have a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.00.
Students interested in declaring a concurrent School of Sustainability degree or current School of Sustainability students interested in declaring a concurrent degree should schedule an appointment with a sustainability advisor to complete a School of Sustainability Standards Petition. Concurrent degrees must be approved by the academic units for both degree programs, so students also need to meet the eligibility criteria and follow the process outlined by the other academic unit as well.
Degree combinations with too great an overlap between the required courses for each major will not be approved. For example: Students may not pursue a BA or BS in sustainability as well as a BS in sustainable food systems; BA in business with a concentration in sustainability; or a BA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in sustainability.
Students seeking reinstatement after disqualification or readmission after absence from the university should contact the School of Sustainability office regarding procedures and guidance for returning to good standing. When reinstatement includes readmission, application must be made through the ASU readmission process.
Other special requirements
Student Appeal Procedure on Grades
The School of Sustainability follows the university policy for student appeal procedure on grades. Additional information can be found on the school's undergraduate and graduate policies, procedures and forms pages.
Additional School of Sustainability Graduate Policies, Procedures and Forms can be found online.
Graduate students should refer to the School of Sustainability graduate handbooks for information about graduate policies and academic standards.
Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing, and they must abide by all university policies including those outlined by the Graduate College and the School of Sustainability.
Students should contact the school for more information, at SOSGradAdvising@asu.edu or 480-727-6963.