A. Understanding Courses

Academic calendar
The academic calendar provides important dates regarding class work and holidays. The dates and deadlines give you important information on when to register for and when to add, drop or withdraw from classes.
Self paced course time limits
Self-paced 6 month max to finish
The minimum amount of time required to complete this type of course is 6 weeks from the date the first lesson is submitted. The maximum time permitted is 6 months from your start date. You may have personal, academic or financial aid deadlines that require you to complete the course more quickly than that. You may enroll at any time, but if you need a course to count toward a specific academic semester at MU, you must adhere to registration dates and deadlines for that term.
Self-paced 16-week or 8-week
Self-paced 16-week or 8-week session courses are designed for students who want the flexibility of a self-paced course, but want or need to finish their course work within a semester timeframe. Each course has a specific start and end date and follows a different schedule than the self-paced courses that allow 6 months to finish. These courses start and end with the regular MU 16-week or second 8-week academic session, but have an extended enrollment period. If you add the course later, you still must finish the course by the session end date. If you finish the course early, your grade will not be posted in myZou until the end of the session.
Course numbers (system)
The Columbia campus uses a four-digit course-numbering system. A higher value indicates a higher-level course.

B. Registration Information

Add/drop/withdrawal
The timeframe for adding, dropping or withdrawing from courses or the term is dictated by the University dates and deadlines. In some cases, students can add or drop through the myZou system. Once certain deadlines pass, a form must be completed and signatures obtained to add, drop or withdraw from courses or the term.
Prerequisites
Academic departments establish prerequisites to ensure that students will enter a course with the knowledge required to be successful. Those prerequisites can be found on the course detail page in the Mizzou Online course search or in the enrollment requirements area on the myZou course detail page. Students must meet all prerequisites in order to enroll in the course.
Registration Holds
A registration "hold" means the student, for one of several reasons (financial, academic status, etc.), is not allowed to register for a University course. These holds can be found on a student's myZou Student Center under "Holds." Click on "Details" to find information on who to contact to have the hold removed.
Grades/transcripts
The University of Missouri does not provide official grade reports via postal mail at the end of the semester. Students can access grades through the myZou system. Current students also can access their unofficial academic record through myZou. Requests for official transcripts can be submitted in person, by mail, fax or online to the University Registrar's office.

C. Exams

Self-paced exam proctoring
Most self-paced courses require that you take proctored exams. If required, it will be indicated on the course detail page as well as on the course website. There are specific requirements regarding exam requests, selecting a proctor and scheduling an exam.
Semester-based exam proctoring
Some semester-based courses require that you take proctored exams. If required, it will be indicated on the course detail page as well as your syllabus. There are specific requirements regarding exam requests, selecting a proctor and scheduling an exam.

D. Privacy

Your privacy (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) prohibits access to, or release of, educational records or personally identifiable information contained in such records (other than directory information) without the written consent of the student.