Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures




A. Admissions

A-1 First-Year Student

A-2 Advanced Standing

A-3 Degree-Seeking Provisional Student

A-4 Nondegree Students

A-5 Nondegree to Degree Candidate

A-6 Nondegree to Degree-Campuses/Colleges

A-7 Degree/Degree-Seeking Provisional Student to Nondegree Student

A-8 Status of Applicants Who Took Col. Courses Sr. Year H.S.

A-9 Admission of High School Students and "Experimental" Admissions Programs

A-10 Closing or Controlling Admission to a College

A-11 Articulation Agreements (Domestic and International Partners)


B. Advising

B-1 Structure of the University's Advising Program

B-2 The Nature of the University Advising Program

B-3 Responsibilities of Advisers and Advisees

B-4 Assignment of Advisers

B-5 Academic Information System

B-6 College, Campus, and Administrative Advising Information and Communications


C. Course Scheduling

C-1 Developing the Course Offering

C-2 Registration

C-3 Minimum Course Enrollment Threshold Expectations

C-4 Special Course Registration Control

C-5 Lack of Prerequisites, Concurrent Courses, or Course Duplication

C-6 Courses with Requirements that Extend Beyond Semester Boundaries


D. Academic College, Major, and Campus

D-1 Entrance to College and Lower Division Campus

D-2 Entrance to Major and Upper Division Campus

D-3 Change of Major

D-4 Completion of Enrollment in Division of Undergraduate Studies

D-5 Early and Temporary Change of Campus



E. Acquisition of Credit

E-2 Credit by Examination

E-5 Credit by Transfer from Other Institutions

E-6 Advanced Placement Program of the CEEB

E-7 College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the CEEB

E-8 Educational Experiences in the Armed Services

E-9 Educational Creditor Training Programs in Non-collegiate Organizations

E-10 Credit by Portfolio Assessment

E-11 Class Attendance

E-12 Course Substitution Process in Relation to Degree Requirements


F. Examinations

F-2 Final Examinations

F-3 Conflict Final Examinations

F-4 Conflict Non-Final Examinations

F-5 Evening Examinations


G. Grades

G-1 Grade Reporting

G-2 No Grade (NG)

G-3 Deferred Grades

G-5 Corrected Grades

G-6 Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory

G-7 Student Early Progress Report

G-8 Dean's List

G-9 Academic Integrity

G-10 Grade Mediation and Adjudication


H. Grade Point Average

H-3 Computation of GPA/Deficiency When No Grades (NG) and/or Deferred Grades (DF) Exist


I. Drop Actions, Reinstatement

I-1 Drop Actions

I-2 Reinstatement

I-5 Drops (or Disenrollments) by College

I-6 Limitations to Enrollment as a Nondegree Student


J. Withdrawal, Leave of Absence

J-1 Withdrawal

J-2 Leave of Absence


K. Re-Enrollment

K-1 Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate

K-2 Academic Renewal


L. Graduation Requirements

L-1 Senate Mandated Degree Audit

L-2 Degree Checking

L-4 Completion of Degree Requirements at Other Institutions

L-5 World Campus Courses for Graduation

L-6 Minors--Entrance and Certification

L-9 First-Year Seminars

L-10 Holding Conferral of a Degree for Disciplinary Reasons

L-11 Degree Rescission

L-12 Retroactive Degree Conferral

L-13 Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition


M. Degree Programs, Options, Other Programs

M-3 Concurrent and Sequential Majors Programs

M-4 Administrative Processing for Adult Learner Students

M-5 Intercollege Undergraduate Programs

M-6 Joint Course Programs

M-8 Education Abroad Programs

M-11 Schreyer Honors College

M-12 Guidelines for Undergraduate Certificates


N. Records

N-1 Confidentiality of Student Records

N-2 Holds on Student Registration

N-4 Certification of Degree Conferral

N-5 Enrollment Status


O. Procedures for Graduation

O-1 Graduation Policies--Baccalaureate

O-2 Graduation Policies--Associate

O-4 Graduation with Distinction

O-5 Posthumous Conferral of Degrees

O-6 Participation in Commencement Ceremonies


P. Undergraduate Curricular Procedures

Definition of Terms

P Curricular Principles and Procedures

P-1 New Undergraduate Degree/Majors, Options, IUGs, and Minors; and Changes in Undergraduate Programs/Majors, Options, IUGs, and Minors

P-2 Five Year Automatic Drop

P-3 Moving/Discontinuing Degree Programs Among Colleges and Campuses

P-4 Administrative Enrollment Controls for Undergrad. Majors

P-5 Special Titling of Common Courses

P-6 Academic Program and Minor Phase-Out

P-7 Program Descriptions for the Catalog

P-8 Program Descriptions for Other Publications

P-10 eLearning@Penn State Cooperative

P-11 Authorization to Offer Courses

P-12 Disciplinary Communities


R. Miscellaneous

R-1 Textbook Lists

R-4 Religious Observances

R-5 Syllabus

R-6 Classroom Academic Freedom Conference and Mediation

R-7 International Travel Policy for Penn State Undergraduate Students