Academic Expectations

Unfamiliarity, misunderstanding, and legitimate cultural differences will not excuse an international student from adhering to UNCP’s policies of academic integrity and student conduct. So in order to have a successful experience here it is important for you to become familiar with them. Be aware that standards are strict and can affect an international student's immigration status.

Academic Integrity

UNCP students are expected to uphold U.S. ethical standards when you perform research, write papers, take tests, and complete other assignments.

  • Students are expected to do their own work.

Unless specifically stated on the syllabus or in writing by the professor of your course, you should not work on class work in groups or with a friend.

  • You must properly cite sources of information that you use.

If you use a statement, idea, or information from any other source you must credit that source in your work or you may be accused of plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as using someone else’s words or ideas and presenting them as your own. Whether intentional or unintentional a charge of plagiarism is an academic integrity violation and has severe consequences to your student status with the University and, subsequently, with your immigration status. If you are unsure about your assignment always seek advice directly from your professor.

Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct implements policies designed to avoid behaviors that can disrupt the University and its community. As students of UNCP, you should remember that you are always representing the University wherever you are. It is very important that you do not engage in conduct or behaviors that could violate the Code of Student Conduct whether you are on or off campus. If you are officially charged with a crime or engaging in unacceptable behavior, you could lose your good standing with the University, and subsequently, your legal F-1 or J-1 status.

Academic Standing

All students are required to maintain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA). At UNCP undergraduate students are required to maintain at GPA of at least 2.0 to be in good academic standing. If you fail to meet the required GPA you could lose your academic standing which will affect your immigration status. There are resources available on campus to help you achieve academic success such as the University Writing Center and the Center for Student Success. If you’re struggling, get help as early as possible!


As an international student in F-1 or J-1 student status, your priority is full-time study. All students in F-1 or J-1 student status are required to not only be enrolled full-time but also to make sufficient progress in their degree programs.

There are a few exceptions to the full-time enrollment requirement. (For more information about these exceptions, please click on the Reduced Course Loads link.) Students in their first semester experiencing academic difficulty, or students who are experiencing health issues have the option to reduce their course load.