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.
General College Policies and Procedures
At least 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
directed by Ann Arbor faculty present on the site.
- A maximum 15 in-residence credits can be earned through the
Honors Summer Independent Reading.
- At least 30 of the last 60 credits for the degree must be
earned in residence.
- No more than 60 credits may be earned through Advanced Placement, credit by examination, correspondence courses, transfer credit
from other institutions, and off-campus independent study.
- Cross-campus transfer students may receive credit for a maximum
of 90 credits from a previous college or school on the Ann Arbor
campus. No more than 60 of these 90 credits 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
Students who transfer from a two-year 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.
Up to 60 credits may be transferred from the Flint
and Dearborn campuses of the University of Michigan. Courses
completed at these campuses are defined as out-of-residence
credit (effective September 1, 1976), even though they carry
Michigan Honor Points.
Even 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. (All credits and grades from the University of Michigan
Dearborn and Flint campuses transfer.)
Students often elect a college course while in
high school thorough a dual enrollment program. There are two
situations where these courses will not transfer. Credit is not
given when the course is taught with only high school students
in the class or where the course is used to meet the minimum
academic requirement that the College expects of all new students
(e.g., four years of English).
Credit 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 heading "Special
Joint Degree Programs" are exceptions to this policy.
Students 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 elections. Tables of transfer equivalencies are
available on the Student Academic Affairs website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/saa/transfer/
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 that is elected after the student has
begun degree enrollment in LS&A unless the appropriate language
department has approved that plan in advance.
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
procedures to avoid a delay of graduation.
LS&A students who elect courses which duplicate
Advanced Placement or transfer credit 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 courses transferred 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 the 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 transfer credit
will have the transferred credits deducted, and the credits and
honor points earned by the LS&A elections will stand. This
could mean losing credit for several courses while retaining
credit for only one (for example, transfer credit for one or
more terms of foreign language can be deducted because of subsequently
completing the first term of that language at the University
An official transcript of the completed transfer
work should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions,
1220 Student Activities Building, University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor, MI 48109-1316.
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