First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Academic Advisors

FYE 1220 Exemption Policy
Basic Policy
Transfer students with 30 hours or more are exempt. Beginning in Fall 2013, waivers for these students have been automatically placed by the Registrar’s office in DegreeWorks.  Neither students nor advisors need to take action in these cases. The waiver should appear in Degreeworks within a week of when the first time an enrollment record is created for the student at Georgia Southern.  Students exempted from FYE 1220 still must earn the number of hours in their degree programs, typically by substituting elective hours for the two-hour FYE course.
“Freshmen” with 30 Hours or More not Exempt (with limited exceptions)

In the Catalog, the only “by rule” exemptions for FYE 1220 are for transfer students who enter with 30 hours or more. Students coded as freshmen admits (type A or B; check SOAR report or SGASTDN), irrespective of classification, generally take FYE 1220. The only exceptions are for students who took an equivalent course as a dual enrolled student (at KSU, for instance). Questions?  Ask Chris Caplinger.

Who is a Candidate for a Waiver?

Students must meet one of the following criteria to be a candidate for a waiver:

  1. Two full-time semesters (12 hours or more) as a degree-seeking student at another university.  The student doesn’t necessarily have to have passed 12 hours, but must have completed those hours.  Withdrawn hours, especially when students have withdrawn from multiple classes, do not generally count, although we will consider these in some cases.  Please note:  We will not place a waiver until credit has posted to a student’s record in SHATERM.
  2. Earned credit for an equivalent course at another university. The course must be both: 1) a minimum of two credit hours; and, 2) include an information literacy component.

FYE evaluates equivalency based on course descriptions. The FYE courses at Kennesaw State and Appalachian State, for instance, meet the requirement. In the event that the course description doesn’t provide enough information to grant an exemption, students have the option of petitioning Chris Caplinger directly with a syllabus.

Advisor Form for Requesting an FYE 1220 Waiver
Advisors request a waiver by completing this form (must be logged into MyApps in MyGS to authenticate).

Last updated: 5/20/2018

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