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Academic Policies and Regulations

University policies and regulations generally apply to all undergraduate students and provide a framework within which schools and colleges may specify further conditions or variations appropriate to students in their courses or programs.

(Note: The University is reviewing all school and college, major, and GPA requirements above 2.0.  Please refer to the electronic Bulletin for up-to-date information.)

Academic Residency Requirements

Students who transfer into the College of Liberal Arts must complete at least 30 semester hours of course work as a student registered through the College, and at least half of the courses required in the major at Temple.

Course Eligibility

All College of Liberal Arts undergraduate courses are divided into three kinds:

-Preparatory courses numbered 0001-0049: open to all students, full-time, part-time, matriculated, and non-matriculated.

-Lower Level courses numbered 0050-0099: open to all students including non-matriculated students who are in the process of completing required remedial courses or who have completed them, and who have completed appropriate course prerequisites.

-Upper Level courses numbered 0100-0399: open to all matriculated students who have completed all necessary remedial courses and appropriate course prerequisites.

Courses Taken Elsewhere by Liberal Arts Students

Matriculated Temple students must always petition for the prior approval of their dean to take courses at another institution. (See Permission to Take Courses at Another Institution under Academic Policies and Regulations.) Petitions are available in the Academic Advising Center, Sullivan Hall.

Courses Inapplicable to Graduation

Semester hours earned in Mathematics 0015, Military Science, or RCC-Enhanced are excluded from the total minimum semester hours required for graduation.For areas in which placement into a sequenced course is determined by test (such as English, Math, and Foreign Language): students will not receive academic credit towards graduation for courses taken below the level into which they placed after they have completed either that placement level or a higher-level course.

Dean's List

Each semester, undergraduate students who achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the semester with 12 or more graded credits toward the degree and with no grade of Incomplete, “W,” or "R" are selected for the Dean's List. Letters of congratulation are sent to each of these students.

Declaration of Major

Students in the College of Liberal Arts must declare their major before completing 60 credits, which includes credits transferred from other institutions. Undeclared students with 45 or more credits are required to meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center before registering. Students transferring into Liberal Arts from other colleges and schools at Temple will not be permitted to transfer as undeclared if they have completed, or are in the process of completing, 60 or more semester hours. This policy is effective for students admitted Fall 2002 or later.


· Major, Minor, and Core courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or higher.
· Credit/No Credit -- during the junior and senior years, any College of Liberal Arts student who is in good standing and taking a minimum of 12 semester hours may elect to take one course each semester on a Credit/No Credit basis, except for courses that count toward major, minor, Core, or distributional requirements. Application must be made at the Academic Advising Center of the College of Liberal Arts, Sullivan Hall, during the first two weeks of a fall or spring semester course and during the first three days of a first or second summer session course.

Graduation Procedures

Upon completion of 80 semester hours, all students are required to review with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center a summary sheet indicating the degree requirements that remain to be completed. The Advising Coordinator then reviews this summary for the specific major, and a copy is sent to the student to delineate the courses that remain to be completed during the student’s final semesters.  Students can schedule this review in the Academic Advising Center on the first floor of Sullivan Hall.  Students who miss or arrive late to this appointment may not be granted a second appointment and must make alternate arrangements to discuss their remaining requirements.

Graduating students are responsible for confirming their final semesters’ registrations with an academic advisor prior to the start of that semester.  Graduating students who in any way change their final semesters’ registrations after previously confirming their registrations with an advisor are responsible for ensuring the changes will fulfill all degree requirements.  Graduation is contingent upon completion of all Core, College, and Major degree requirements.

Notice of Anticipation of Graduation

Early in the semester in which students will complete their degree requirements, they must apply for graduation by completing an application titled “Plans for Completion of Degree Requirements,” available at the reception desk on the first floor of Sullivan Hall. The deadline for returning the form is:

October 8, 2004, for January 2005 anticipated graduates
February 7, 2005, for May 2005 anticipated graduates
June 3, 2005, for September 2005 anticipated graduates

Plagiarism and Academic Cheating

Plagiarism and academic cheating are unacceptable in College of Liberal Arts courses. The development of independent thought and a respect for the thoughts of others is essential to intellectual growth. The prohibition against plagiarism and cheating is intended to foster this independence and respect. See Academic Honesty: Student Responsibilities.

The penalty for plagiarism or cheating as a first offense is normally an F in the course in which the offense is committed. In such cases, the instructor will write a report to the Dean. The CLA Grievance Committee will adjudicate appeals made by students and serious cases, or repeat offenses, referred to the Committee by an instructor or the Dean. The Dean may recommend suspension or expulsion from the University when warranted. Instructors may also refer the offense to the University Disciplinary Committee (UDC) for adjudication.

Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal, and Reinstatement

To remain in Academic Good Standing in the University, a matriculated or non-matriculated undergraduate student must achieve a semester Grade Point Average of at least a 2.0 for each semester or the combined grades of both summer sessions.

The academic actions of Warning, Probation, Dismissal from Degree Candidacy, and Reinstatement to Degree Candidacy are guided by a number called the grade-point deficiency, which is standard across all schools and colleges. Grade-point deficiency points identify students who are achieving cumulative grade point averages below 2.0, establish the point at which students will be warned that they are in academic difficulty, define the limit at which students are dismissed from degree candidacy, and define their eligibility for reinstatement. See the University Policy on Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal, and Reinstatement.

Withdrawal from Classes

During the first two weeks of the fall or spring semesters, students may withdraw from a course with no record of the class appearing on the transcript. In weeks three through nine of the fall or spring semester, or during weeks three and four of the summer sessions, students may withdraw with the permission of the Academic Advising Center. The course will be recorded on the transcript with the instructor’s notation of “W,” indicating that the student withdrew. After week nine of the fall or spring semester, or week four of summer sessions, students may not withdraw from courses.

- Students may not withdraw from more than five courses during the duration of their studies to earn a bachelor’s degree effective as of fall 2003.
- Students may not withdraw from the same course more than once.
- Students may not withdraw from Mathematics 0015 unless they are withdrawing from the University.
- For the complete drop/withdrawal policy, please refer to the Academic Policies section of this Bulletin.

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