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WSU Academic Regulations

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Eligibility for enrolling in 300-400 level business courses

To enroll in upper-division (300/400) business courses, you must be a certified major or minor.

If you are currently enrolled in your last course(s) required for certification, you can’t register for upper division business courses until you have been admitted to the Carson College of Business Center for Student Success.

Courses that you can take include:

      • UCORE requirements
      • Integrative capstone courses [CAPS]
      • Upper-division Economics courses
      • ENGL 402/403.

Any courses in which you earned a grade of a C- or lower may be repeated (required for any business prerequisite). Hospitality business management majors are advised to schedule HBM 182 and 280 prior to certification.


To graduate from the Carson College of Business, you must fulfill the following:

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Policy regarding summer certification

All courses for certification to the Carson College of Business at WSU must be completed by August 1 to be considered for the summer application pool [June through July]. This may mean that courses taken at other universities or community colleges on the quarter system may not be completed in time to meet this certification deadline, and students will need to wait to apply for the next certification period, October–December.

WSU will offer all certification courses each summer on the Pullman campus, or students may take certification courses over summer through our distance program. Both programs will end in time to make the summer certification pool.

Students may attend WSU without completing all the required courses to certify, but they will need to certify in order to take any 300-400 level business class. Certification is limited each semester.

Code of ethics

As students, faculty, and staff of WSU’s Carson College of Business Center for Student Success, we take personal responsibility in maintaining and promoting an environment of academic integrity, fostering the principles of fairness, honesty, respect, and responsible academic freedom1. We will also uphold WSU’s campus-wide standards of excellence and integrity2. We will not engage in academic dishonesty or tolerate those among us who do.

For faculty and staff, these responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

(a) clarifying expectations for students; (b) helping students develop an appreciation for the importance of ethics and professionalism; (c) applying consistent standards as well as fair and relevant forms of assessment; (d) insisting on excellence while simultaneously treating all individuals with dignity and respect; (e) including and discussing statements in course syllabi regarding academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism3 and the extent of allowable collaboration) as it relates to that particular course. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to (a) fabricating data or information; (b) plagiarism; (c) facilitating dishonesty, including not challenging academic dishonesty when it occurs.

For students, these responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (a) clarifying any doubt in expectations, either by checking the course syllabus for information about academic dishonesty or by asking the instructor about his or her expectations, particularly concerning collaboration and citation; (b) taking the initiative to prevent others from cheating on exams or assignments (e.g., shielding answer sheets during examinations, not loaning completed assignments to other students). Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to: (a) cheating on examinations by using unauthorized materials or by giving/receiving unauthorized assistance in any form, including talking, copying information from another student, using electronic devices, taking an examination for another student, etc.; (b) unauthorized collaboration on assignments; (c) facilitating dishonesty, including not challenging academic dishonesty when it occurs; (d) plagiarism; (e) giving false information about why a class requirement or scheduled examination was missed; (f) unauthorized multiple submission of the same work; (g) sabotage of others’ work; (h) fabricating data, citations or other information for research products; (i) tampering with or falsifying records.

      • academic freedom is embraced by the Carson College of Business, provided that it does not elevate one’s self-interests to the detriment of others.
      • as defined by the university’s guidelines for faculty, staff, and students, such as the Faculty Manual and the Standards of Conduct for Students.
      • presenting another person’s work as your own without proper acknowledgment of the source. This includes submitting a commercially prepared paper or research project or submitting for academic credit any work done by someone else.

Affirmation Pledge (signed by students upon certification):

As a member of the Carson College of Business community, I pledge to pursue the highest standards of ethical and moral conduct, as stated in the Carson College’s Code of Academic Integrity.

Affirmation Statement (signed by students at the end of each exam or project):

I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance on this academic work.

Carson College policy on degree completion

Graduated student files

Academic record files for students who have graduated from the Carson College of Business will be kept in the Carson Center for Student Success for one year, after which they will be shredded.

Incomplete [non-graduated] student files

Academic record files for certified majors who do not graduate due to incomplete requirements will be kept in the Carson Center for Student Success for six years as set forth in the WSU catalog.

“Undergraduates who will not graduate within the normal minimum degree time frame (four years for four-year baccalaureate programs, five for a five-year, and six for a six-year program) have a total of eight years in four-year programs and ten in five- and six-year programs to complete their degrees under their original catalog listing of University graduation requirements. Those who take longer to complete their degrees must meet the University and General Education requirements for graduation as published in the catalog four years prior to the date of graduation. In addition, if more than four years elapses between certification and graduation, the major and specific college requirements in place four years prior to graduation will apply.”

-2013-2014 WSU General Catalog

Students who reactivate their degree during this time will be allowed to complete their degree under the requirements they certified.

Students who return to the Pullman campus to complete their degrees after six years will need to reapply for certification under the current rules and requirements of the Carson College of Business, unless they are granted permission by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students. Students who are not completing their degree on the Pullman campus will only need to meet the current minimum qualifications for certification on their campus. They will not need to apply online.

The Carson College will no longer allow students who earned a business administration or hospitality business management degree to return to complete a second major under their degree program.

The Carson College will no longer allow students to complete majors in the following discontinued majors: business law, business economics, general business, E-Commerce, insurance, real estate, decision science, or human resource and personnel.

For more information, contact:

Carson College of Business Center for Student Success
101 Todd Hall, PO Box 644750
Pullman, WA 99164-4750