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.
College Policies and Procedures
60 of the 120 credits required for a degree must be earned in
residence. Residence credit is granted for courses elected on
the Ann Arbor campus or at off-campus sites but directed by Ann
Arbor faculty present on the site and for a maximum 15 credits
earned through Honors Summer Independent Reading.
30 of the last 60 credits for the degree must be earned in residence.
than 60 credits may be earned through Advanced Placement, credit
by examination, extension and correspondence courses, transfer
credit from other institutions, and off-campus independent study,
except that 90 credits may be transferred from other schools
and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.
Cross-campus transfer students may receive credit for a maximum
of 90 credits from the previous college or school. No more than
60 credits of these 90 may have been completed at other institutions.
LS&A residency requires that a student earn 30 credits in
the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
who transfer from a junior college are permitted 60 transfer
credits (62 if an Associate's degree requiring 62 credits has
been completed). Students who have completed 60 credits toward
an LS&A degree cannot earn degree credit for courses elected
at a two-year college.
60 credits may be transferred from the Flint and Dearborn campuses
of the University of Michigan, and courses completed at these
campuses are defined as out-of-residence credit (effective
September 1, 1976), even though they carry Michigan Honor Points.
cannot be transferred from another school if that credit is also
being counted toward another baccalaureate or graduate or professional
degree. The programs described in Chapter V under the
Joint Degree Programs" are exceptions to this policy.
if a course is transferable, credit is not allowed if the final
grade earned is "C-" or lower. This includes all transferable
credit earned outside the University of Michigan.
interested in electing out-of-residence credit should consult
in advance the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (where
an information sheet is available) about transfer equivalencies
and an academic advisor about the appropriateness of the intended
of transfer equivalencies are available on the Students Academic
Affairs website at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/saa/transfer/admissions/.
If credit elected out-of-residence is to be included in a concentration
plan, approval should be obtained in advance from a
concentration advisor. The language requirement cannot be fulfilled
by out-of-residence credit which is elected after the student
has begun degree enrollment in LS&A unless the appropriate
language department has approved that plan in advance.
students who elect courses which duplicate Advanced Placement
credit or courses completed elsewhere and transferred to LS&A
as credit toward an LS&A degree will receive degree credit
and honor points (for graded courses) for the LS&A election
while credit for the duplicated Advanced Placement or transfer
courses will be deducted. The only exceptions to this policy
are those cases in which the courses transfer from another school
or college on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.
In these cases, courses elected in LS&A which duplicate such
transfer courses are posted on the academic record as "repetitions"
or "not for credit" elections. The original course
elections continue to appear on the academic record for degree
credit, and grades earned in these courses continue to be computed
in the grade point average. Students electing courses in LS&A
which are prerequisites for credits already awarded via Advanced
Standing will have the transferred credits deducted, and the
credits and honor points earned by the LS&A elections will
stand. This might mean losing credit for several courses while
retaining credit for only one, (for example, having transfer
credit for three terms of basic foreign language deducted because
of completing the first term of that language subsequently at
the University of Michigan).
who want their out-of-residence credit evaluated must have an
official transcript of the completed work sent to the Office
of Undergraduate Admissions. Seniors planning to elect the final
portion of the senior year out of residence should contact the
LS&A Academic Auditors prior to leaving campus for information
about special procedures; otherwise, a student risks delay of
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