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UD Academic Policies and Information

The following information is found in the University's Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog. Topics highlighted under each section relate to UD Academic Policies and Procedures.

Academic Honesty

University Attendance

  • Class Attendance expections, inclement weather, religious holidays
  • Seat Claim Policy
  • Academic Leave of Absence
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Academic Withdrawl and Program Interruption - 15 month rule
  • Failure to Withdraw Officially - (See Financial Consumer Information under "Conditions to Financial Aid")

Undergraduate Programs of Study     (Majors and Minors)

Registration / Enrollment

  • Class Registration Schedule (Matriculated Students)
  • Changing Class Registration

Earning Course Credits

  • Your Earned Credit Hour Classification - ie. What Year Are You?
  • Full-time or Part-time Status (Academic Course Load)
    • University of Delaware Credit Hour Policy

      For each credit hour in the classroom, it is recommended that a student spend a minimum of two hours on course-related work outside of the classroom. An equivalent amount of work is expected in lab, studio, independent study and online courses.

      The academic year typically consists of two semesters that are 15 weeks, including a one-week exam period, and a five-week winter session (4-1-4). In a 15-week term, one lecture (taught), seminar (discussion), or online (taken) credit hour represents 1 hour per week of scheduled class/seminar time and 2 hours of student preparation time outside of class. A lecture, seminar, or online course awarded 3 credit hours represents 45 hours of class time and at least 90 hours of student preparation time over the term. Summer, winter and online program terms are typically less than 15 weeks, but adhere to the credit hour policy in terms of total meeting time and the total amount of work required. Thus courses that meet fewer than 15 weeks must include proportionately more in class time and out-of-class student preparation time per week.

      One 15-week laboratory credit hour represents 1 hour per week of lecture or discussion time plus 1-2 hours per week of scheduled supervised or independent laboratory work, and 2 hours of student preparation time.

      One credit hour for 15 weeks of visual or performing arts studio, supervised student teaching, supervised clinical rounds, field work, independent study, etc. represents 3-4 hours per week of supervised and/or independent practice. This in turn represents between 45 and 60 hours of work per 15-week semester.

  • Transfer course work from other institutions: Policy and Procedures
  • Exemptions / Waivers
  • Earning Credit by Exam
  • Policies regarding Taking a Course more than once

Grading System Policies

  • Final Grades and Quality Points, Incompletes and Temporary grades
  • Policies regarding taking courses pass/fail
  • How your GPA Index is Calculated
  • Your Academic Standing- Quality Point Deficits, Probation, Dismissal, Readmission procedures
  • Dean's List requirements

    NOTE: Undergraduate students assigned temporary grades are not eligible for inclusion in the Dean's List until they have received final grades in all their courses for the semester.

Undergraduates: Academic Requirements for Graduation

  • Academic Honors: Summa, Magna, Cum Laude, Degree with Distinction
  • NOTE: Upon degree conferral, the academic record is finalized and no further changes (addition of a minor, grade change) may be made.

Graduate Program Academic Requirements