Each student is responsible for knowing George Mason’s rules, regulations, requirements, and academic policies.  The university catalog is the official repository of policy statements, but corrections, changes, or interpretations can be promulgated by other means, including electronic publication.  When the university or one of its academic units changes course requirements, grading procedures, or criteria for acceptance into particular programs, academic standing, or graduation, the changes apply to all students enrolled at the time of implementation of the change and thereafter.  Students need to familiarize themselves with the rights and responsibilities they are afforded. The following is a summary of some of the most important policies and procedures applicable to students enrolled in the MS in Digital Forensics program.

Enrollment and Re-Enrollment

Enrollment: A student must send a confirmation to the Admissions Office after he/she receives the written offer of admission to the DFOR program.  If a student would like to defer the offered semester, he/she needs to notify the Admissions Office in writing as soon as possible.  A student can defer only 2 semester but not more.  If a student has any questions, he/she should contact the Admissions Office.

Re-enrollment: A student who has not taken classes for two consecutive semesters will usually have to complete an “Application for Re-enrollment” form and submit it to the DFOR office.  If a student is an in-state student, he/she will need to fill in the “In-State Tuition Rate” form.  Without the “In-State Tuition Rate” form, the Registrar will automatically re-enroll him/her as an “Out of State” status.  If a student is not in good academic standing (a student has 2 or more F’s or three or more C’s) and requests to re-enroll, s/he must successfully appeal before the re-enrollment can be approved.

Re-enrollment Application” for “Graduate” or “Non-Graduate”.

Substitution Waiver

If a student wishes to substitute a course that is not in the approved list of courses, that student must get permission to substitute that course prior to taking the class. Substitution can be done for elective courses only. The procedure is as follows:

  • Contact Bob Osgood (rosgood@gmu.edu), Program Director, DFOR, via email stating the course you wish included (course title, number, semester) and the reason why this course should be added to your program.
  • The email response is proof of approval/disapproval.
  • Retain that email.
  • Register for the class if the course was approved.
  • When the course is completed and you have obtained a grade, submit a Substitution Waiver Form along with a copy of the email approving the the substitution to Toshiko Uchiyama (tuchiyam@gmu.edu).

Failure to follow these procedure will prevent you from receiving credit for the class you took.