IV: Academic Policies and Procedures
policies and procedures described in this chapter govern the
conduct of academic matters affecting students enrolled in the
College. Exceptions to these policies may be granted only upon
written petition to the Academic Standards Board. Honors
students petition the Honors Academic Board; Residential College
students petition the RC Counseling Office.
General College Policies and Procedures
Academic Load and Normal Degree Progress
a normal academic load, a distinction must be made between what
load students are permitted to elect and what is recommended.
Except for first-term freshmen and transfer and Honors students,
undergraduates may elect, without special approval, academic
loads of 8 to 18 credits for a term, or 1 to 9 credits for a
half term (spring or summer). Generally, a program of four or
five courses totaling 13 to 17 credits is considered normal,
and freshmen are usually advised to elect four courses (14 to
16 credits). Since the considerations for determining academic
loads are often complex and personal, the College encourages
students to discuss each term's elections with an academic advisor.
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