UNC Charlotte Academic Policy: Catalogs

I. Introduction

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs (hereby referred to as the "Catalogs") are the official source of the University's academic programs and courses.  The Catalogs should be used as a guide, in conjunction with an academic advisor, in planning a course of study and in meeting requirements for graduation.

The Catalogs are published annually in the Spring for the following academic year, which begins in the Fall.  Although course offerings and academic requirements at UNC Charlotte are continually under examination and revision, the Catalogs are updated only once per year.  This annual revision procedure helps ensure that users of the Catalogs will not find unexpected changes during their academic planning processes.

II. Policy Statement

The UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Catalog and the UNC Charlotte Graduate Catalog are not irrevocable contracts.  Regulations published in them are subject to change by the University at any time without notice.  University regulations are policy statements to guide students, faculty, and administrative officers in achieving the goals of the institution.  Necessary interpretations of these policies will be made by the appropriate authorities with the interest of the students and the institution in mind.  Students are encouraged to consult an advisor if they have questions about the application of any policy.

The University reserves the right to change any of the rules and regulations of the University at any time, including those relating to admission, instruction, and graduation.  The University also reserves the right to withdraw curricula and specific courses, alter course content, change the calendar, and to impose or increase fees.  All such changes are effective as proper authorities determine and may apply not only to prospective students, but also to those who are already enrolled in the University.

The requirements specified in the Catalogs apply to students who commence their studies at UNC Charlotte during that academic year and who remain in continuous enrollment at the institution until they graduate.  If requirements are changed, students may elect to comply with the new requirements or to remain under the requirements by which they are governed at the time of the change.  The choice to apply the new requirements must be declared by students at least one semester prior to graduation through their academic departments.

Students who change their major/minor are bound by the requirements of their new major/minor that are in effect the semester they officially begin studies in the new program.  STUDENTS UNSURE OF WHICH CATALOG TO USE SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR ADVISOR. 

Students who are readmitted to the University are bound by the program and degree requirements in force at the time of readmission.

Exceptions to these policies may be necessitated by changes in course offerings, degree programs, or by action of authorities higher than the University.  In that event, every effort will be made to avoid penalizing the student.

III. Definitions

There are no Definitions for this policy.

IV. Policy Contact(s)

V. History

  • Established: 1968-1969 UNC Charlotte Catalogue
  • Revised: 1983-1985 UNC Charlotte Catalog [The Catalog changed from an annual publication (once per year) to a biennial publication (every other year)]
  • Revised: 2000-2002 UNC Charlotte Graduate Catalog [The Catalog was split into two Catalogs (Undergraduate and Graduate)]
  • Revised: 2003-2005 Undergraduate Catalog [Discontinuation of external published copies of the Catalogs (for students); Catalogs on CD became available]
  • Revised: 2009-2010 UNC Charlotte Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs [The Catalogs changed from a biennial publication (every other year) to an annual publication (once per year); discontinuation of internal published copies of the Catalogs]
  • Revised: 2010-2011 UNC Charlotte Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs [Discontination of Catalogs on CD; online only]
  • Revised: 2015-2016 UNC Charlotte Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs [Catalogs published online via Acalog catalog management software]
  • Revised: 2016-2017 UNC Charlotte Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs [Course and curriculum paper form approvals replaced with Curriculog curriculum management software]

VI. Related Policies, Procedures, and Resources

VII. Frequently Asked Questions

  • If course and curriculum changes are approved throughout the year, when do they appear in the catalogs?
    Course and curriculum changes approved by the Undergraduate Course and Curriculum Committee (UCCC) or Graduate Council will not be added to an existing or current catalog, but will rather appear in the next available catalog to be published.  (Example: A new course is approved in October 2016 for a Spring 2017 implementation date.  While the course will be offered in Banner for students to register for Spring 2017, the new course will not appear in the catalog until the 2017-2018 catalog, which is published in Summer 2017.)
  • When should course and curriculum changes be submitted in order to be included in the next available catalog?
    Short answer, as soon as possible.  It typically takes an average of two months for a proposal to make its way through Curriculog.  As a general rule, all proposals should be launched and approved by the originator no later than March 1 to be included in the next available catalog. 
  • Can students request a catalog be mailed to them?
    No.  UNC Charlotte does not offer printed versions of our catalogs; however, they are provided online in a complete downloadable PDF format for saving, viewing, or printing at home.  Visit the Catalog PDFs for these.  Additionally, all of the information within the catalogs are viewable by either computer or mobile device at http://catalog.uncc.edu
  • Can faculty, staff, and advisors obtain a physical copy of the catalogs?
    No.  UNC Charlotte does not offer printed versions of our catalogs, externally or internally.  However, they are provided online in a complete downloadable PDF format for saving, viewing, or printing.  Visit the Catalog PDFs for these.  Additionally, all of the information within the catalogs are viewable by either computer or mobile device at http://catalog.uncc.edu