Undergraduate Policies

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UB has many policies and procedures in place that establish guidelines for an undergraduate education. These policies and procedures outline what your responsibilities are as a student, and what UB’s responsibilities are as a university. If an academic issue arises during your time at UB, the university will consult these policies for guidance.

Undergraduate Catalog & Student Responsibility

The Undergraduate Catalog is electronically published annually and is the definitive source for academic policies and procedures as well as all degree and graduation requirements. 

When you enrolled at UB, you acknowledged that you received and affirmed the Student Code of Conduct, which means you take responsibility for reviewing, understanding and abiding by the university’s regulations, procedures, requirements and deadlines as described in official publications, including the university’s Undergraduate Catalog, UB websites, and official university email communications. As part of this, you agreed to the Student Responsibility Statement, which states all students are required to positively affirm their knowledge of UB’s Student Conduct Rules, University Standards and Administrative Regulations prior to their inaugural semester at UB. It’s important to know that UB does not accept a lack of awareness about or knowledge of university regulations as a reason to grant an exception to them. 

Office of the Registrar

Many campus offices are responsible for implementing academic policies and practices. The Office of the Registrar administers those most closely related to students’ enrollment and academic records. Visit the  Office of the Registrar’s website for information about:

  • Class schedules
  • Registration
  • Grading
  • Degrees and graduation
  • Enrollment verification
  • Leaves of absence
  • Transcripts

Academic Integrity

UB’s academic integrity policy promotes honesty, education and fairness. Our academic community expects all UB students to demonstrate the highest ethical behavior. Visit the Office of Academic Integrity website to learn more about the policy, procedures and your responsibilities as a student.

Academic Grievance Policy and Procedures for Undergraduate Students

UB is committed to promptly resolving the grievances of undergraduate students as they arise. Our well-defined, flexible structure reflects issues that are unique to undergraduate education. Read about the Academic Grievance Policy and Procedures for Undergraduate Students on the Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog.

Student Conduct and Advocacy

Part of your successful and safe educational experience at UB depends on following the rules of conduct expected by the university. The Office of Student Conduct and Advocacy  enforces rules and regulations, manages conduct, and provides support resources to UB students. This office can also provide you with assistance in understanding university policies and procedures. The Student Code of Conduct is published annually. Overseen by the vice president for university life & services and the associate vice president for student affairs, these rules may be referenced for concerns regarding appropriate student behavior. The Office of Student Conduct and Advocacy may assist anyone requiring interpretation of the Code of Conduct.

Transfer Course Articulation Request Process

If you transferred to UB and coursework from your previous institution does not appear in the TAURUS Course Equivalency Guide, but you feel it might count toward your major degree or UB Curriculum requirements, you can submit a course articulation request. Depending on your status at UB, you will enter their request(s) through one of the following methods:

  • If you have a UB person number, log in to the TAURUS Articulation Request System to place your request(s) using your UBIT name and password.
  • If you do not have a UB person number or if you are a Non-IN student, submit your request(s) through the Guest System.

If you have attempted the transfer course articulation request process outlined above and believe the identified articulation is not accurate, you may submit an appeal by through the SUNY Transfer Appeal Process. To submit an appeal:

  • Complete the UB Transfer Credit Appeal Form.
  • Include catalog descriptions for the course and all courses listed as prerequisites to the course.
  • Include a course syllabus for the course being petitioned.

The Office of Undergraduate Education will acknowledge by email (or mail if email isn’t available) the date your appeal was received. The office will provide a final UB response in the form of a SUNY Transfer Credits Campus Response Form by email (or mail if email isn’t available) within 10 business days, or, when the university is not officially in session, 15 business days, excluding official New York State holidays. Students have the right to appeal UB’s final decision directly to SUNY and will be informed of that option in the event the appeal is denied at UB.