Graduate Bulletin

The Fairmont State University Graduate Bulletin is a general source of information about course offerings, academic programs and requirements, expenses, rules, and policies.  In order to reach the goals and fulfill the mission of the University, the courses, requirements, and regulations contained herein are subject to continuing review and change by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the FSU Board of Governors, University administrators, and the faculties of the schools and colleges. The University, therefore, reserves the right to change, delete, supplement, or otherwise amend the information, course offerings, requirements, rules, and policies contained herein without prior notice. 

Catalog Policy

It is the responsibility of students to be knowledgeable of official university policies and to meet all requirements in the Bulletin. It provides the best possible current information on practices and intentions of the University. The University reserves the right to change provisions or requirements at any time to reflect curricular changes and administrative regulations and procedures. The Bulletin is not considered a binding contract between the student and the University. It is for informational purposes only.

Students should keep informed of current degree, curriculum, and course requirements. The academic advisors and appropriate administrative offices of the University may be consulted for further information.

A student who enrolls at Fairmont State University shall follow the provisions of the Bulletin in use at the time of admission or any subsequent Bulletin, providing the entire subsequent Bulletin is adopted.

Policy on Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action

Fairmont State University is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action institution. In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, West Virginia Human Rights Act, Title IX (Educational Amendments of 1972), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, all as amended, and the other applicable laws and regulations, the institution provides equal opportunity to all prospective and current members of the student body, faculty, and staff on the basis of individual qualifications and merit without regard to  race, color, gender, national origin, age, height, weight, religion, creed, genetic information, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression/association as identified and defined by law in employment, admissions, and educational programs and activities.
Fairmont State University neither affiliates knowingly with nor grants recognition to any individual, group or organization having policies that discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, height, weight, religion, creed, genetic information, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression/association as identified and defined by law in employment, admissions, educational programs and activities.
Further inquiries may be directed to the Director of Affirmative Action, who is the Section 504, Title IX Coordinator, located in Room 324 Hardway Hall, (304) 367- 4386, or the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, located in the Turley Student Services Center, (304) 367-4686.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 provides students with the right to inspect and review information contained in their education records, to challenge the contents of their education records, to have a hearing if the outcome of the challenge is unsatisfactory and to submit explanatory statements for inclusion in their files if they feel the decisions of the hearing panels to be unacceptable. Students wishing to review their education records must contact the campus official in charge of the office in which the record is located. Students may not inspect records to which they have waived their rights of inspection and review.

Within the Fairmont State University community, only those members, individually or collectively, acting in the student’s educational interest are allowed access to student education records. These members include personnel in the Offices of Admissions and Records, Student Services, Financial Aid, Business Office, academic schools and departments, academic advisors and athletic departments.

At its discretion the institution may provide Directory Information in accordance with the provisions of the Act to include: student name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams.

Students may withhold Directory Information by notifying the Office of Graduate Studies in writing. The University may disclose academic information to parents of students by having parents establish the student’s dependency as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, Section 152. Dependency status may be established by the presentation of a certified copy of the parents’ most recent federal income tax form listing the student as a dependent.

Drug-Free Awareness Program

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Fairmont State University has a Drug-Free Awareness Program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Further inquiries rising from employment issues or concerns may be directed to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources; student issues or concerns may be directed to the Vice President for Student Services.

Services for Students with Disabilities

As required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, certain accommodations are provided for those students whose disability may affect their pursuit of a college education. These students must contact the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities, who is located in Student Affairs, if these services are desired. Priority scheduling procedures have been established for students with disabilities. Students should contact their advisor for priority class registration. For additional information refer to the brochure “Services for Students with Disabilities” available in Room 316 in the Turley Student Services Center.

Assessment of Student Academic Achievement

Fairmont State University is committed to providing quality educational opportunities and experiences for every student. While grades are one measure of student performance, grades do not provide the institution with the necessary data to ascertain the areas of the curriculum that are strong and areas that need improvement. Therefore, students attending Fairmont State University must participate in periodic assessment activities as directed by the University. The purpose of gathering assessment data is to monitor the quality of the academic programs and to improve, when necessary, the educational experience of students.

Compliance with Military Selective Service Act

State law provides that a male person who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years may not enroll in a state-supported institution of postsecondary education unless he is in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S. Code, Appendix 451, et seq. and the amendments thereto). Also, a male person may not receive a loan, grant, scholarship or other financial assistance for postsecondary higher education funded by state revenue, including federal funds or gifts and grants accepted by this State, or receive a student loan guaranteed by the State unless he is in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act. Selective Service Act registration information should be available at all U.S. Postal Service facilities and may be available at some high schools. The Selective Service System also provides information through a web site at