Students wishing to change a course in a semester-based course must secure the necessary forms from the Office of the Registrar and obtain all required signatures. This must be done prior to the end of the add/drop period. Students may not enter a class after the add period, which ends after the first week of classes. The drop period extends to the end of the second week of classes. Changes in courses are processed without charge during the first week.
Please note: Graduate and Professional Programs (GPP) and Summer Session courses follow a separate course withdrawal and refund policy. Please see specific dates under the GPP section of the website.
Students are expected to attend class regularly. Each faculty member will state clearly on the course syllabus the relationship between class participation and course grade. Faculty members may take attendance.
With the approval of the instructor, students may register to audit a course by completing a course audit form (available in the Office of the Registrar) by the end of the add/drop period. Audited courses are recorded on the transcript. Neither a grade nor credit is given. The total course load taken for credit and audit in a semester cannot exceed the equivalent of five full courses.
In the event that a class meeting must be canceled, staff in the Registrar's Office will post an official class cancellation notice.
After the add/drop period, a student may withdraw from a course with a grade of W by completing the course withdrawal form available from the Office of the Registrar. The dates for final withdrawl from courses can be viewed on the Academic Calendar.
Courses may be repeated to replace an F (0), to meet college requirements or to improve a student's grade point average. The student must repeat the same course. Another course in the same department may be substituted only with the approval of the student's academic advisor and the chairperson of the department. Credit will be awarded only for one of the two courses and the higher of the two grades will be calculated in the grade point average. The original grade remains on the transcript. Should the original grade have resulted in the student being placed on academic probation, the new grade will not affect that status. It is the student's responsibility to submit a completed credit deficiency form from the Office of the Registrar to complete the process.
Summer Course Withdrawal
To withdraw from a course, students must contact the Office of the Registrar by calling 617-735-9960, or by e-mail. When communicating by e-mail, students must request confirmation from the Office of the Registrar. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from a course; a student must contact the Office of the Registrar to officially withdraw. Students who do not officially withdraw will be responsible for the cost of the course.
Emmanuel College encourages students to visit classes with the instructor's permission. Registration is not necessary. Tuition is not charged and no official records are kept.
Full-time undergraduate students normally carry a course load of between 12 and 20 credits per semester.
Students must complete a minimum of 64 credits at Emmanuel College to receive a bachelor's degree. The student's final semester must be completed at Emmanuel College.
Transfer Credit Policy
Students may transfer courses from regionally accredited institutions. For undergraduate programs, no credit is given for courses below 2.0 (C). Transfer students are expected to fulfill the regular requirements for the degree and meet the residency requirements of the academic program in order to receive an Emmanuel degree. Courses to be considered for transfer credit will only be reviewed once a student has been accepted. For graduate programs, no credit is given for courses below 3.0 (B). Graduate students may not transfer more than six credits.
Credit Hour Statement
One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester hour of credit. For accelerated courses, 15-20 hours of out-of-class student work each week. At least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
International Certificate of Eligibility
International students must carry a minimum of 12 credits per semester to maintain their Certificate of Eligibility.
Class standing is determined by the number of courses completed by the beginning of the first semester of the academic year. For second-year standing: eight courses; for third-year standing: 16 courses; for fourth-year standing: 24 courses; and for graduation: 32 courses.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
To achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student must maintain a 2.0 (C) semester grade point average and must complete two-thirds of attempted credits during each academic year.
Academic Probation: A student who achieves below a 2.0 grade point average in any semester will be placed on probation for the following semester. During this probationary semester, the student must not enroll in more than 16 credits nor receive any grades of INC. In addition, the student may not participate in an intercollegiate sports program, hold an elected position in the Student Government Association, or be involved in a leadership position in student activities. The student may be placed in a course designed to support academic success.
Academic Dismissal: If the student fails to achieve satisfactory academic progress (see definition of satisfactory academic progress above) at the end of this probationary semester, the student will be dismissed from the College.
Leave of Absence: A student may take a voluntary leave of absence for one semester after consultation with a member of the Academic Advising Office. During this time, a student ordinarily does not study at another college--such permission is granted only by the Director of Academic Advising. Students should consult with the Office of Student Financial Services before taking a leave of absence. International students should consult with the Director of International Programs before taking a leave of absence.
Students may extend a voluntary leave of absence for one additional semester after consultation with representatives of the Academic Advising Office.
Students may withdraw officially from the College at any time upon completing the withdrawal form. Failure to register for courses for two consecutive semesters constitutes an automatic administrative withdrawal. Mere absence from classes and examinations is not a withdrawal, nor does it reduce financial obligations. A student holding Perkins Loans (formerly National Direct Student Loans) or veteran's benefits must have a withdrawal interview with a representative from the Office of Student Financial Services.
Students may want to take a voluntary medical leave of absence (MLOA) during the semester as a result of medical or mental health reasons. A MLOA allows students whose academic progress and performance, or ability to otherwise function, has been seriously compromised by a mental health condition or a medical condition to take time away from the College without academic penalty. Such leave affords students time to pursue treatment and eventually return to the College with a significantly improved chance of academic and personal success. In some instances, a student may be required to take a medical leave of absence (RLOA). The Dean of Students will review related materials to determine the need for a RLOA.
A student in good standing who has voluntarily withdrawn from the College and who wishes to be reinstated should apply to the Director of Academic Advising at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which reinstatement is sought.
Mid-semester grades are submitted to the Registrar's Office for all first-year and transfer students and all students on academic probation. Students who are in danger of failing at midterm receive warning slips from their instructors. A copy is also sent to their academic advisor.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
In order to achieve satisfactory academic progress, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) must be maintained and two-thirds of attempted credits must be completed during each academic year. Students who are not achieving satisfactory academic progress will be notified in writing by the Academic Review Board.
A student's grade point average or credit ratio is the ratio of quality points earned to credits carried. Grades submitted at the end of a course are considered final. Only courses with a semester grade of 2.0 (C) or above are accepted for major courses and minor courses; grades of 1.0 (D) or above are accepted for other courses. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) is required for graduation.
Incomplete (INC) Grades
In exceptional cases, students who have been unable to complete the work of a course may request to receive a grade of INC. Such requests will be granted only for extraordinary reasons (e.g., serious prolonged illness). A form for each INC must be signed by the faculty member and the student. The form is submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the faculty member with the final grade roster. Incomplete grades must be replaced by final grades by February 1 for fall semester courses and October 1 for spring and summer courses. Incomplete grades not replaced by the deadline automatically become an F. In extraordinary circumstances, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, in consultation with the student and faculty member, may extend the INC, but not beyond the final day of that semester. A student on academic probation may not receive any grades of INC.
The pass/fail option is possible for two elective courses that are neither in the field of the student's major concentration or minor, or among the general requirements. The pass/fail option is open to second-, third- and fourth-year students. Graduate and Professional Programs students who use the experiential learning privilege may not make use of the pass/fail option. The pass/fail option must be finalized in the Office of the Registrar by October 1 or February 15 in the semester in which the course is taken. Grades for students so choosing are submitted only as pass/fail (P/F). A pass grade does not receive quality ppoints and is not counted in determining the grade point average. Pass/fails may not be changed to a letter grade after the course is completed.
Changes in any assigned grade will not be made beyond one semester after the initial awarding of the grade. A student who, after consultation with the faculty member, wishes to challenge a grade on a transcript or grade report should follow procedures outlined in the Release of Student Information Policy available in the Office of the Registrar.
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