CAS Policies

Class Responsibilities

By enrolling in a course, the student enters a reciprocal agreement with the instructor: The instructor is obliged to teach, to evaluate student work, and to be available for conferences during designated office hours. The student is obliged to complete all work by the assigned deadlines, attend all classes, and devote sufficient out-of-class time to course material, so that what happens in class reaches a mind prepared for that day's lecture, lab, or discussion. Though there are no hard-and-fast rules about how much course work outside of class should be anticipated, three hours spent out of class for every hour in class is a reasonable expectation. That means, roughly, that a standard four-course load would carry 48 hours of outside work per week.

Attendance and punctuality are expected at all classes. While there are no established penalties for absences, the instructor may take attendance into account when evaluating the student's achievement. The responsibility for explaining an absence rests with the individual student, but she must understand that the instructor is not obligated to grant requests for make-up or supplementary work regardless of the reason for absence.

While recognizing that some of a student's time might need to be set aside for outside employment and other non-academic obligations, College obligations, especially class attendance, must take precedence over other commitments. In addition, attendance may be required at class meetings, lectures, or examinations scheduled at times outside the regular class hours.

For many students, substantial outside employment may be necessary. On occasion, this may conflict with the demands of one's academic responsibilities. The College encourages a student caught between the demands of schoolwork and employment to consult with a financial aid officer or a member of the Office of Student Affairs staff to explore the possibilities of a more balanced work/academic life.

Final Examinations

Department and program faculty members indicate to the registrar which of their courses will have scheduled final examinations during the final examination period. Such scheduled final examinations will be no longer than three hours each, and no student will be scheduled to take more than two examinations in one day.

Examinations scheduled by the Office of the Registrar during the regular examination period cannot be taken at any other time. Students should therefore plan their vacation schedules to begin after the semester's last scheduled examination. Any student with two exams scheduled at the same time or with more than two exams on one day should consult the Office of the Registrar. Scheduling exceptions resulting from extreme personal hardship or religious observances should be referred to the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs. No comprehensive final examinations of any kind are given during the last week of classes, and no final examinations are given before the scheduled final examination period begins. Hourly exams may be given during the last week of classes if they have been scheduled on the syllabus from the beginning of the semester.

Absence from a final exam will be treated as any other "incomplete," and an instructor's (evaluation) grades must be submitted by the final date for submitting grades, unless an incomplete request has been approved by the Administrative Board.

Exams will be held regardless of inclement weather. In the case that an examination is canceled because of severe weather, the examination will be held the day after the final date of scheduled testing.

Registration Procedures

See pages 43-44 of the Undergraduate Catalog and the Registrar's page detailed information