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Academic Policies & Regulations

Students are responsible for complying with all university-wide academic policies that apply to their individual academic status (Please see the Undergraduate Academic Policies). Additional and unique policies, or exceptions for the College of Health Professions and Social Work, appear below.



The College of Health Professions and Social Work desires to promote professional responsibility among its students. It is therefore the policy of the college to place the responsibility for class attendance upon the students. Students are accountable for all work missed due to absence. Instructors are not required to make special arrangements or examinations for students who are absent. There are certain courses that require a minimum number of hours of student participation in laboratory or clinical experiences, as established by the professional accrediting agency and/or the academic department concerned. At the beginning of each such course, the department shall make the attendance requirement clearly known to the enrolled students. Excessive absences may, at the option of the department, jeopardize the student's grade and/or continuance in the course. If, in the opinion of the department, a student is absent to the point of endangering his or her successful completion of a course, an official warning shall be issued through the department. If the absences continue, the student may receive a failing grade.

Dean's List

Each fall and spring semester, those undergraduates who have met the credit hour and academic criteria for their school or college are placed on the Dean's List. See the Dean's List policy for specific GPA and credit-hour requirements.


Since students of the College of Health Professions and Social Work are enrolled in professional programs, they are expected to abide by standards of professional conduct and behavior at all times.

Program Performance

The grading system is in accordance with the system adopted by Temple University. For students enrolled in this college, a grade of C is the lowest acceptable final grade in major courses. Students not achieving a grade of C or better are required to repeat those courses in which they have failed to demonstrate acceptable performance.

Student Code of Professional Conduct

The College of Health Professions and Social Work prepares practitioners to fulfill their ideals of service in the health care setting. In attaining these goals, practitioners must demonstrate exemplary professional behavior, as this is the keystone of the professional associations of the seven disciplines within this college. The Code of Conduct of Temple University's College of Health Professions and Social Work is intended to contribute to an environment in which excellence in learning and conduct may be fostered.

All terms of the Students' Rights, Code of Conduct, and Disciplinary Procedures for Temple University apply to students within the College of Health Professions and Social Work. In addition to the major violations noted by the university code, another action has been identified by the faculty of the college as constituting a major infraction of the code: "Unethical conduct or intentional neglect of duty on clinical practice."

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