Chapter IV: Academic Policies and Procedures
The 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.
Special Kinds of Academic Credit
Credit by Examination (CBE)
Recognizing that students may have background in
particular academic areas, the faculty has left it to each department
to decide if it is possible for students to earn credit by examination.
While the opportunities are quite limited, the amount and type
of credit in any area is determined by the academic department(s)
in which a student feels qualified to seek credit by examination.
Some departments recognize certain subject area College Entrance
Examination Board College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
examinations and grant credit on the basis of specified performance
on such examinations. All CLEP credit is evaluated as incoming
transfer credit, and questions regarding CLEP credit should be
addressed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Only those
CLEP examinations specifically accepted by academic departments
at the University of Michigan may be used to certify credit by
examination toward a degree.
In addition to, or in place of, CLEP examinations,
some academic departments have prepared examinations that are
administered on campus. Questions regarding such departmental
examinations should be directed to the respective department.
Credit earned by examination is out-of-residence
credit. It is posted on a student's transcript as credit earned
toward the degree but without honor points and is identified
by the notation "Credit by Examination." Failure to
pass a departmental examination is not noted on a student's transcript
or in a student's academic advising file.
Retroactive Credits in French,
German, Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish
LS&A students may earn up to a maximum of 8
retroactive credits for prior academic work completed in French,
German, Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish. To earn these credits students
must complete an upper-level course into which they were placed
with a grade of B or better.
|Result on Departmental Placement Test |
(the course placed into)
|Students must receive a |
B or better
in the following course
|Number of credits granted retroactively upon
successful completion of the course |
|Met LS&A language requirement ||
An upper-level language course taught
in the target language:
235, and 250 or higher for French
300, and 325 or higher for German
301 or higher for Latin
250, and 270 or higher for Spanish
301 or higher for Hebrew.
(Translation courses and one-credit
conversation courses are not allowed. See specific departmental
regulations for more information.)
|232 (202 for Hebrew) ||232 (202 for Hebrew) ||4 |
|231, 221, 103, 102, or 101 |
(202, 201, 102, or 101 for Hebrew)
||No retro-credit granted |
Details and Restrictions
- This policy is effective for all students whose
first term of enrollment in LS&A is Fall 1997 or after. Students
who entered LS&A before Fall 1997 are not eligible for retro-active
- Students must successfully complete a designated
course on the UMAnn Arbor campus with a B or better.
- The course taken to earn retro-credits must be
the first college course in the foreign language and must be
designated as appropriate for this purpose by that department.
- Although there is no time limit on retro-credit, students
are advised to complete coursework and apply for retro-credits
within their first year of enrollment in LS&A.
- Taking a designated course Pass/Fail disqualifies
students from receiving the retroactive credit.
- Transfer students are not allowed to earn double credit for
the same work. That is, transfer students may either receive
transfer credits for the foreign language or retroactive credits
given through successful completion of the designated course, but not both.
- Students may receive a maximum of 8 credits through AP examination
and/or retroactive credits. For guidelines on AP credit, consult
an LS&A academic advisor or the relevant language department.
- Retroactive language credits are available only to students
who began learning French, German, Hebrew, Latin, or Spanish
as a second/non-native foreign language, primarily in a school
setting. Students with native language fluency (i.e.,
students who learned the target foreign language in ways other
than formal schooling/instruction) are not eligible to
earn retro-credits in that foreign language. Unusual cases will
be addressed by the individual departmental undergraduate advisors.
How to Apply for Retroactive Credits in French, German, Hebrew,
Latin, and Spanish
- If your placement is 232 (202 for Hebrew), enroll
in 232 (202 for Hebrew). If you have placed out of the language
requirement, enroll in a designated upper-level language course
in that language.
- Fill out the Application for Retroactive Credits.
Return this form to your instructor as early as possible during
- Complete the course with a grade of B or better.
- The department will certify the grade for the course and
forward it to the LS&A Academic Advising Center or the Honors
Program Office for authorization.
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