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The average semester load for full-time students is 15 to 17 semester (or credit) hours. Students must carry at least 12 semester hours to be classified as full time.
Academic overloads during fall and spring semesters (18 or more semester hours for students in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology; 19 or more semester hours in all other schools and colleges) need special approval of the dean of the school or college in which a student is matriculated. Tuition for full-time students covers 12 to 17 hours. Credits over 17 carry additional tuition charges. See Tuition and Fees in the Financial Information section of the Bulletin.
Summer sessions: Undergraduates must get overload approval for 9 credits or more.
A semester hour is a unit of academic credit. For courses that meet on a regularly-scheduled semester basis, a semester hour corresponds to one hour a week of lecture or recitation (or two hours of laboratory or studio activity) throughout one semester. For courses that do not meet on a regularly-scheduled semester basis, the guideline is that one semester hour corresponds to 700 minutes of classroom contact.
Academic credit may be earned through traditional coursework at Temple University, courses approved for transfer from other institutions, Advanced Placement Tests, International Baccalaureate Exams, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), military experience, cooperative work experience, and prior work or life experience. See the Admissions section of the Bulletin and the policy on Credit for Prior Learning (formerly Non-Traditional Credit).
Courses evaluated for transfer from colleges and universities with different credit systems (quarter hours, units) are converted to semester hours (i.e., 2 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 1.5 semester hour credits; 3 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 2.0 semester hour credits; 4 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 2.5 semester hour credits).
Temple University requires that all undergraduate degree candidates complete 30 hours of the last 45 hours of the degree or program as matriculated students at Temple University. If a matriculated student previously took Temple courses on a non-matriculated basis, those courses are counted towards this requirement. See the policy on Transfer Credits.
To graduate with Latin Honors, a student must complete at least 60 semester hours of the program matriculated at Temple. See Honors.
Students should consult their school or college for additional academic residency requirements.
See Academic Rights and Responsibilities in the Student Rights section of the Bulletin.
Click here for the up-to-date version of the Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal and Reinstatement policy (policy number 02.10.11). The policy is printed below.
Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal, and Reinstatement
Effective Date: June 12, 2003; revised September 26, 2007
Academic Good Standing
A matriculated undergraduate student in the University is in Academic Good Standing if he/she has not been dismissed.
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance
Unsatisfactory Academic Performance is defined as having a semester or cumulative grade-point average below 2.0 (C) resulting in grade point deficiencies. Excessive accumulation of grade point deficiencies can result in dismissal. The Office of the University Registrar notifies students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory.
Levels of Unsatisfactory Academic Performance: Academic Warning and Probation
A student is placed on Academic Warning under the following conditions:
A student on Academic Warning cannot register for courses online and must meet with an advisor to register. Advisors will help in planning a schedule of courses selected to assist the student in achieving acceptable, cumulative GPAs.
The university issues academic warning based on academic performance in fall or spring semesters. Academic Warning is not assessed as a result of grades earned during summer sessions.
A student is placed on Academic Probation when the cumulative grade point average is below 2.0 after having accumulated 30 or more credits.
A student on Academic Probation cannot register for courses online and must meet with an advisor to register. Advisors will help in planning a schedule of courses selected to assist the student in maintaining an acceptable cumulative GPA.
The university issues academic probation based on academic performance in fall or spring semesters. Academic Probation is not assessed as a result of grades earned during summer sessions.
Students not in Academic Good Standing: Dismissal and Conditional Status
The academic action of Dismissal is assessed when a probationary student's grade point deficiency reaches the University-defined maximum. These grade point deficiency requirements are standard across all schools and colleges.
The University dismisses probationary students based on academic performance in fall or spring semesters. Students are not dismissed based on grades earned during summer sessions.
A baccalaureate degree candidate on probation is automatically dismissed from degree candidacy if:
Students can check their academic status via OWLnet. Students placed on Academic Warning or Probation or who have been Dismissed, are notified by e-mail that their academic standing has been assessed and are directed to OWLnet for specific information.
Conditional Status for Dismissed Students
A student dismissed from baccalaureate degree candidacy for Unsatisfactory Academic Performance may register for Temple courses as a non-degree Conditional Status student, with the following conditions:
Students who complete coursework on Conditional Status may apply for reinstatement to degree candidacy to the school or college from which they were dismissed when they have achieved a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Students will be accorded only one opportunity for reinstatement.
A dismissed student, whether he or she has taken courses on Conditional Status or not, may apply for readmission after five years from the date of last enrollment at Temple University. Application for readmission to degree candidacy may be made to any Temple school or college. Readmitted students will be treated as transfer students in that they will receive credit for courses passed at Temple or elsewhere, when those course credits meet the requirements for courses applicable to graduation stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin:
"In admitting transfer or returning students, the University will, when possible, allow credit for courses taken ten or more years prior to the date of admission or readmission.
Students will re-enter the university with no cumulative grade-point average. This readmission policy, with its forgiveness provision, will go into effect for fall 2009 for students dismissed from fall 2003 on.
Calculating Grade Point Deficiencies
Grade point deficiencies are the number of grade points below the required minimum for a "C" (2.0) GPA.
30 cumulative credits X 2.0 = 60 grade points.
Example 2: Student on academic probation
This grade point deficiency is less than the university limit of 15 (see Table 1) and academic probation is noted on the student's record.
Required grade point total is 30 X 2.0 = 60.0 grade points
30 cumulative credits X 1.67 = 50.1 grade points
Grade point deficiency is = 9.9 grade points
Example 3: Dismissed student
Required grade point total is 61 x 2.0 = 122.0 grade points
61 cumulative credits X 1.67 = 101.9 grade points
Grade point deficiency is = 20.1 grade points
Eliminating Grade Point Deficiencies
Students can remove grade point deficiencies by earning C+ grades or better in subsequent courses. (See Appendix 1: "Removing Grade Point Deficiencies")
The rules and procedures related to Academic Warning for baccalaureate degree students apply also to associate degree candidates. However, students are issued Academic Warning when the semester GPA is below 2.0 or when the cumulative grade point average is below 2.0 and the student has earned fewer than 20 cumulative credits.
The rules and procedures related to Academic Probation for baccalaureate degree students apply also to associate degree candidates. However, students are issued Probation when the cumulative GPA is below 2.0 and the student has earned 20 or more cumulative credits.
Associate Degree Dismissal and Reinstatement Policy
An associate degree candidate will not be dismissed from degree candidacy for unsatisfactory academic performance if he/she has acquired fewer than 21 cumulative semester hours of credits.
Conditional Status for Associate Degree Students
Reinstatement and Readmission of Associate Degree Students
The rules are the same for associate degree and baccalaureate degree students.
Appendix I. Eliminating Grade Point Deficiencies
This chart illustrates how specific grades/credits remove grade point deficiencies.
As a quick reference, keep in mind that every credit earned with a grade of B removes one grade-point deficiency.
Dates of official enactment and amendments:
Adopted by the President on June 12, 2003.
Revised by the President on September 7, 2006, to amend the provisions regarding eligibility for institutional financial aid and university housing, effective immediately.
Revised by the President on September 26, 2007, to amend the requirements for Academic Good Standing and Dismissal, effective immediately.
This policy supercedes all policies and procedures related to academic warning, dismissal and reinstatement for undergraduates, and specifically Probation and Dismissal posted in the Academic Policy section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.
This policy is subject to change. The most current version of the applicable policy is available at http://policies.temple.edu/getdoc.asp?policy_no=02.10.11
Temple University is committed to providing superior educational opportunities to its students. To help us maintain quality academic offerings, the University and its programs regularly examine the effectiveness of the curricula, teaching, services, and programs the University provides. As Temple University sees appropriate, it may retain representative examples or copies of student work. This might include papers, exams, creative works, or portfolios developed and submitted in courses or to satisfy the requirements for degree program(s).
In addition to regularly collecting and reviewing student work, Temple University may summarize the results of this review, and use the information to improve programs and enhance student learning. Some of this assessment may also be necessary for Temple University or its programs to demonstrate it meets the standards of external review or accrediting bodies.
Typically, results will be reported in a general, summary format and students' names will not appear on the collected examples. Cohorts may be tracked for specific educational purposes, but the expectation is that assessment will be anonymous. Identifiers will only be used when there is a compelling reason and educational value.
Questions about the assessment of student learning at Temple University may be directed to the Office of the Deputy Provost, 215-204-8873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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