Academic Policy Update 2015-16

June 2, 2016


The following academic policies were approved by the Senate during the AY 2015-16. All of these policies take effect fall 2016 (except #1 which is effective summer 2016). Please take a moment to review these to understand the implications in your programs for students, faculty, and staff.

1. Changes to Summer Term Calendar (approved 11/11/2015)

Policy makes the following changes to the Summer Term Calendar:

  • Formally do away with the two-day final exam period at the end of week 8 beginning summer term 2016; this returns two teaching days to the second four-week term and the first eight-week terms. Final exams may be given during the last class period.
  • Formally change to a 12-week summer term (with degree conferral and all end of term processes at the end of that 12 weeks) beginning summer term 2016.

2. Course Repeat Policy (approved 2/5/16)

Policy changes rules for undergraduate students who wish to repeat certain courses, and how repeated courses are calculated in term and cumulative GPA. See full policy at link above.

3. Policy on Undergraduate Online and Hybrid Courses: Student Engagement (approved 4/16/16)

Policy requires proposers of new courses to explain how alternative forms of student engagement in online or hybrid courses will be employed to replace classroom time. Policy also requires existing online and hybrid courses to provide the same explanation within the next 3 years. See full policy at link above.

4. Major/Minor/Certificate/Program Course Overlap Policy (approved 5/18/16)

Clarifies that university policy does not restrict course overlap between two or more credentials. Policy further clarifies that academic units have authority to delineate specific overlap limitations for their credentials if they wish, and that academic units should make any overlap limitations clear to students, faculty, advisors and the registrar. See full policy at link abov

5. Policy Revision: Scheduling of Examinations (approved 5/18/16)

Affirms existing policy on scheduling of final examinations and how to resolve time conflicts between two or more examinations. Adds further policy on scheduling of midterm examinations and how to resolve time conflicts between two or more midterm examinations. Policy especially clarifies faculty and department obligations when exams are scheduled outside normal class or exam times. See full policy at link above.

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Ron Bramhall

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs