Student Handbook

Things to Know

Academic Integrity

Practice Academic Integrity

All students must adhere to the UNCG Academic Integrity Policy, which governs cheating, plagiarism, falsification, and misuse of academic resources. Sanctions for academic integrity violations range from redoing an assignment or an F in the course to a recommendation for expulsion from the university.

Online Participation

Make Sure Your Computer is Adequate

Online classes are completely dependent upon your computer. Make sure it meets the Computer Requirements for Online Classes.

Activate Your Online Accounts

You must set up Your Computer Accounts before you begin classes. You should have access to iSpartan, Canvas, and UNCGenie.

Check Your iSpartan Email Frequently

You are responsible for information that will only be sent to this account, including:

  • University business, including billing, financial aid, and registration problems.
  • Departmental business, including advising emails and announcements.
  • Emails sent to you through Canvas by your instructors and classmates.

Log On to Your Canvas Classes Frequently

You are responsible for meeting all deadlines in your classes. You may be dropped from your class if you have not participated in discussions or contacted your instructor in the first week.

  • Log on the first scheduled day of the class.
  • Be sure you know all assignments and deadlines.
  • When in doubt, contact your instructor.

Course Load

Register Sensibly and Leave Time for Success

Despite their flexibility, online classes are usually more time consuming than normal face-to-face classes. Online discussion boards just take more time than in-class discussions, and half-semester classes throw their material at you twice as fast.

  • Plan to spend 20 hours per week on each BLS class.
  • Plan to spend 12 hours per week on each full-semester class.
  • Pay attention to meeting dates:
    • Balance your load between the first and second sessions.
    • Remember that full-semester classes get busier during the second session.
    • The registration system will let you sign up for all your classes in the same half-semester — even if you’re taking 18 credits. Don’t do it!

BLS Student Portfolio

Keep a File of Major Assignments

Your BLS Senior Seminar will require you to submit a portfolio of works created for your BLS classes, so be sure to keep electronic copies of your BLS papers and projects.

You can establish a Content Collection in your Canvas account, which will allow you to keep your files on a secure UNCG server. Once your Canvas account is active, simply contact the Help Desk at 336-256-8324 (“6-TECH”) and ask to have the Content Collection activated in your Canvas account.

We recommend that you keep copies in more than one place (computers crash!) — whether you keep them on CDs at home or in a web-based archive. Google offers free document storage at

Degree Requirements

Know Your Degree Requirements

It is your responsibility meet all BLS Degree Requirements before you can graduate from UNCG. The best thing you can do to graduate on time is to know your degree requirements, which ones you have met, and — most importantly — which ones you have yet to meet.

  • Learn to generate and interpret your Degree Evaluation.
  • Read your advising email prior to semester registration (March and October).
  • Contact your advisor with any curriculum questions.

Transfer Courses: 

Be sure all of your transfer credit is reflected on Degree Works

If you have earned more than 45 credit hours at a North Carolina Community College and already earned an Associates of Arts or Associates of Science Degree then you have already met the GEC/LEC requirements except for Language (GFL) *even if* Degree Works is showing them as still needed. If Degree Works isn’t yet reflecting that you have the Articulation Agreement applied, you need to talk to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office has to have a transcript that clearly states the degree was awarded, and frequently students send their final transcripts before that statement is applied.
If you have a transfer course that should be meeting a General Education Requirement, you can file a request here.
If you need help figuring out how to generate or read a Degree Works Report, this is a good guide.
If you aren’t familiar with how to register for classes, this is a good guide.

Know Your Registration and Tuition Deadlines

Failure to register, pay tuition, or drop classes on time can cost you a significant amount of money in fees and lost tuition.

  • Registration Windows: You will have an early registration window, a schedule adjustment window, and a rolling registration window. Failure to enroll in your classes during the early registration window will result in late-registration fees.
  • Tuition Deadlines: If you do not pay your tuition bill by the payment deadline, you will be dropped from your classes for non-payment. Your seats will go up for grabs, and you will be charged a late-registration fee when you re-register.
  • Add/Drop & Withdrawal Deadlines: The add/drop period is shorter for half-semester classes, and you will not receive a tuition refund if you withdraw from a class after the end of the add/drop period. The withdrawal deadlines for half-semester classes are not published in the Registrar’s calendar.
    • Spring and Fall BLS classes generally follow the Nursing Program’s Part of Term schedule.
    • Summer BLS classes generally follow the MBA Program’s Part of Term schedule.

Start Your Foreign Language Early

The Foreign Language requirement for BLS students is intermediate proficiency (204 level). If you have had no college-level foreign language recently, it will take you four semesters to meet that requirement. Many BLS students have completed all major requirements and still needed foreign language classes to graduate.

  • Plan ahead: The availability of online foreign language classes at UNCG is limited.
  • Study locally: Community colleges offer inexpensive foreign language classes. Some students who have taken self-paced foreign language classes have commented that it’s a difficult way to learn a language.
  • Know your options: You can meet the foreign language requirement with a CLEP test in Spanish, French or German.
  • If you are already bilingual, you have already met the foreign language requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

The Language Advantage:

As documented by ACTFL, “Global competence is vital to successful interactions among diverse groups of people locally, nationally and internationally…The need to communicate with someone of a different language or culture may arise at any time; knowing more than one language prepares one to know how, when and why to say what to whom.” To be a fully functioning citizen in today’s increasingly interconnected world, one must have the foundational knowledge and intercultural competencies provided by studying a second language.  Research has demonstrated that language study provides significant benefits, including:

  • improved learning outcomes in others subjects,
  • enhanced cognitive ability,
  • development of empathy, and
  • a significant delay in certain forms of aging.

Most impressive of all, language learners develop problem-solving skills that set them apart from their peers. This, in turn, yields increased earning potential for students with intermediate language proficiency. Because of this strategic advantage, liberal arts majors at the peak of their careers earn 3% more than people with degrees in vocational skills.

Fulfilling the Language Requirement:

  • Most students complete a four-course sequence (101>102>203>204) to reach intermediate proficiency. Placement tests are available for students with prior knowledge of the language. Students begin the course sequence at their level of current knowledge;
  • Non-traditional students who completed two semesters of language study more than five years from the date they begin the BLS program can request a cultural substitution.
  • Students can demonstrate intermediate proficiency of a language by providing records indicating their studies in the language, including high school transcripts from another country;
  • Students can demonstrate intermediate proficiency by having a language expert evaluate their proficiency;
  • Students who have done everything within their power to meet the requirement as is written but have encountered circumstances beyond their control that have made it impossible for them to do so may appeal for a cultural substitution.

UNCG Continuous-Residency Policy

Stay Current at UNCG

If you do not enroll for more than two semesters, or if you withdraw from all of your classes for a semester, you will be considered an inactive student.

  • You will not receive regular advising emails.
  • You will be last in line to register for classes.
  • You must fill out a Former Student Application to resume enrollment at UNCG.
  • Your Canvas Content Collection may be purged.

If you have been absent for more than two consecutive semesters (excluding summer), you need to re-apply as a Former Student via Undergraduate Admissions –

To re-apply:

Fill out an online former student application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and submit the $55 application fee.

August 1 for Fall term (July 15 for second degree students)

December 1 for Spring term (November 15 for second degree students)

May 1 for Summer Session 1

June 1 for Summer Session 2

For assistance with returning to UNCG or understanding the return process you are required to follow, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at (336) 334-5243 or the Students First Office at (336) 334-5730.

Change of Address, Email, or Name

Keep Your Student Information Accurate

Be sure to keep your contact information up to date. Out-of-date mailing addresses or emails can cause you to miss out on important information.

  • Access UNCGenie.
  • Click Enter Secure Area and log on with your Student ID number and PIN.
  • Click Personal Information.
  • Follow the appropriate links to update your address, telephone, email, and marital status, and to select what is displayed in your UNCG directory profile.

Name Changes

If you change your name, avoid confusion and let the university know.

  • Process name changes through the University Registrar’s Office.
    • Name changes can be processed by mail with a notarized signature and photocopies of the required documents.
  • Change the name that appears in your iSpartan email:
    • Email from your UNCG email account.
    • Request to change the name that appears in your email account.
    • Include your old name, and your new name as it should appear.
  • You can request to have your UNCG username changed with this form (this is a big job that requires shutting down your accounts for a day).