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Course Requirements

Course Requirements

Within the policies listed below, faculty members are permitted to establish their examination and course requirements.

Course Examination Policies

Faculty are not required to administer cumulative final examinations and should assess their students as appropriate to their discipline and course content. Faculty who opt to administer final examinations must do so at the time and place specified by the Registrar's Office. Deadlines or due dates for final take-home examinations or final papers may not be earlier than the time that the Registrar's Office has scheduled the final examination for the course in question (although instructors may opt to allow such examinations or papers to be submitted early). Note: If an academic program requires that students take final examinations for accreditation purposes, faculty are expected to adhere to the requirements of their accrediting organization.

For any course with a final exam during the exam period, no hour-examination (or major paper or project) shall be administered or due during the last five academic days of the semester unless the college dean has allowed an exemption.

Instructor Course Requirements

By the end of the first full week of classes, instructors must distribute a written statement of requirements, pre-requisites and co-requisites for each course and section to all students and to the department chairperson. This statement must include a specification of the number and types of course evaluations to be employed throughout the semester (including approximate date and nature of the first evaluation), special requirements for completing assignments and taking examinations, and a definition of course attendance policy.

A minimum of three evaluations of student progress (written or oral examinations, written reports, recitations, laboratory techniques and reports, jury or performance evaluations) should be made in each course, with at least one evaluation being required during each half semester. Upon the request of a student, an instructor is required to provide a statement of the student’s course progress.

Appeals of grades or grading policies arising from alleged violations of established or published policies must follow procedures cited under the heading Grading Policies. The terms “grade” and “grading policy” refer 1) to all grades awarded, 2) to the computation of grades examinations including final examinations, tests, quizzes, papers, essays, laboratory reports, practicum experiences, and any other kind of academic activity for which a grade of any kind is awarded, and 3) the final course grade which is submitted to the Office of the Registrar.