To: Faculty/Staff on the Quarter System
From: N. John DiNardo, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Subject: Academic News and Key Policy Reminders for the Fall Quarter 2013-2014
Date: September 20, 2013
Welcome to the 2013-2014 Academic Year at Drexel!
- Fall Quarter classes begin on Saturday, September 21 for Saturday Scholars (Part of Term A).
- Fall Quarter classes begin on Monday, September 23 for all other full-time and part-time students.
Please review the key dates and policy reminders for the upcoming quarter.
KEY RESOURCES & PRACTICES
Drexel University's Convocation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Convocation communally celebrates the beginning of the academic year. The day begins with all faculty invited to breakfast together with Provost Mark Greenberg in Behrakis Grand Hall, starting at 8:00 AM. The ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 AM in the Main Building Auditorium at 3141 Chestnut Street, followed by a reception and academic showcase. Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Chair of the National Education Commission & President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County will be the keynote speaker.
All faculty and administrators participating in the procession are requested to register online at drexel.edu/convocation/rsvp. You will also be able to order regalia courtesy of the Office of the Provost.
All orders for regalia must be placed by Friday, October 4, 2013.
Regalia can be picked up in Behrakis Grand Hall on Tuesday morning, October 22, between 8:30 and 10:00 AM. Regalia must be returned to the same location after the event.
All students, faculty, and staff are strongly urged to attend Convocation. Classes will be cancelled from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM to allow members of the Drexel community to attend this important function. Since Convocation falls during the midterm exam period, if you are planning to schedule an exam during this time or a cancelled class affects preparation for a midterm exam, please make plans to adjust exam schedules and include this information in course syllabi accordingly.
For more information, please visit the Convocation website.
Fall Career Fair
Drexel University is pleased to host the largest university-held Career Fair in the Greater Philadelphia area open to all majors. Held on Thursday, October 3, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Drexel Armory, this event will attract more than 250 employers nationally. Approximately 1,000 Drexel students and alumni, along with students from other universities in the area, have attended the Career Fair in previous years.
For more information, please visit the SCDC Career Fairs website.
Constitution Day 2013
On September 17, 2013, Drexel celebrated the anniversary of the United States Constitution, which marked the birth of our government and was signed here in Philadelphia in 1787.
The ideals on which America was founded—commitments to the rule of law, limited government and the ideals of liberty, equality and justice—are embodied in the Constitution, which is the oldest written constitution still currently in use.
All students, faculty and professional staff are encouraged to visit Drexel University's website dedicated to the U.S. Constitution in honor of Constitution Day, celebrated on September 17. There you will find the basic laws of the United States in its seven articles and 27 amendments, as well as a welcome message from Drexel President John Fry.
In addition, a U.S. Constitution smartphone app, which was created in an effort to modernize the inspiring words of our forefathers, is now available with just the click of a button and viewable across all platforms of mobile devices. This application was a collaborative project between Drexel University's Office of Government & Community Relations, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, and Goodwin College's Office of Learning Technologies.
To view Drexel's U.S. Constitution website, visit drexel.edu/usconstitution.
To download the mobile app, please click your respective mobile operating system:
Graduating seniors can begin their application for degree starting the summer before the onset of their senior year through to the application deadlines listed on the Drexel Central Graduation Dates and Deadlines page by completing and submitting the Application for Degree via DrexelOne. Indicating one's senior status by applying for a degree prior to the start of senior year will assist the University in assessing accurate billing for the final year at Drexel. For more information, please visit the guide for applying for a degree.
Drexel Central: Your One Stop for
Financial and Registration Services
Drexel Central, the university's one stop location for students and families to receive answers to all billing, financial aid and registration inquiries is open for business as of July 15, 2013.
Students and families who visit Drexel Central will be able to receive assistance in financial and registration services including:
Drexel Central has four offices across three campuses:
- Determining the financial consequences of program changes
- Identifying sources of financial assistance
- Reviewing financing options
- Understanding the eBill
- Obtaining transcripts and enrollment certifications
University City Campus – Main Building, Room 106
Students can visit any of these locations to discuss billing, financial aid or registration information. Additionally, the University City campus now offers extended office hours Monday through Thursday.
Students and parents can also call Drexel Central's Call Center hosted by EdFinancial Services at 215-895-1600. EdFinancial now offers extended hours of operation, including Saturdays, to better assist students and their families.
Center City Campus – New College Building, Room 1142
Queen Lane Campus – Room G-27
School of Law – Earle Mack Law Building, Room 451
Drexel Central can also be sent an electronic message via ask.drexel.edu.
The new Drexel Central website, drexel.edu/drexelcentral, offers a variety of services to students and parents, including:
Drexel Central will provide referrals to other offices for students who have questions outside of the scope of Drexel Central, including:
- Step-by-step instructions for making payments, applying for financial aid and registering for classes
- Video tutorials on financial aid information
- Billing, Financial Aid and Registration Forms
- Academic Advising
- Meal Plans
Academic Calendar 2013 - 2014
The Academic Calendar provides detailed information regarding important academic deadlines; critical SCDC/Co-operative education dates; and University holidays in particular. Please note the following academic deadlines:
Fall Quarter Classes Begin
- Saturday Scholar courses
- Part of Term A: Saturday, September 21, 2013
- Part of Term B: Saturday, November 2, 2013
- Accelerated Program courses
- Part of Term A: Monday, September 23, 2013
- Part of Term B: Saturday, October 28, 2013
- Monday, September 23, 2013 for all other full-time and part-time students
Fall Quarter Classes End
- Saturday Scholar courses
- Part of Term A: Saturday, October 26, 2013
- Part of Term B: December 14, 2013
- Accelerated Program courses
- Part of Term A: Saturday, October 26, 2013
- Part of Term B: Saturday, December 14, 2013
- Saturday, December 7, 2013 for all other full-time and part-time students
Fall Quarter Examination Period
Fall Quarter Examinations Begin
Fall Quarter Examinations End
Please note that no final examinations may be given during the last week of class. During finals week, no student is obligated to take more than two finals on any given day. If a student has more than two examinations in one day, he or she may appeal to the Office of the Provost for relief. The Final Examination policy states that students must appeal to the Office of the Provost for consideration at least three (3) business days before the examination date. The student can download the appeal form and submit it to the Office of Academic Advising, Retention & Diversity, Main Building Suite 308. Fall Quarter 2013-2014 student exam schedules will be reviewed to provide relief as follows:
- Saturday, December 14, 2013
Please take a moment to review the Examinations and Grading Options policy.
- Instructors for those courses with the highest course number will be asked to give a special exam for the Fall Quarter 2013-2014.
Due Dates for Final Grades
All grades are to be submitted by Wednesday, December 18, at 12:00 PM.
- For classes with enrollment less than 50: grades will be due 48 hours after the final exam.
- For classes with enrollment of 50 or more: grades will be due 72 hours after the final exam.
Students on Financial Hold
The placement of a financial hold on a student's record prohibits course registration.
A student who has not registered for a course by the add deadline will not be permitted to attend that course after the end of the deadline (the end of Week 2). Accordingly, students should be encouraged to resolve all holds on their record by the Week 2 deadline.
Those students whose accounts have been placed on hold are prohibited from sitting in courses for which they are not registered. Students placed on hold cannot add courses or participate in co-op until the circumstances contributing to the hold are resolved. Students on hold have until the end of the adjustment period (Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM) to resolve the hold placed on their account in order to add courses or participate in co-op by the deadline.
Being on hold during the first two weeks of the term (the adjustment period) is not considered an acceptable reason for a late or retroactive add.
Students on hold with unpaid balances who would like to discuss financing options should be referred to Drexel Central in the Main Building, Suite 106.
- Friday, October 4, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Sunday, October 6, 2013 by 11:00 PM via DrexelOne
Students should have an assessment of their performance by the end of Week 5 and before the course withdrawal deadline. When considering drop and withdraw, students should be aware of financial aid policies, as well as the impact these actions may have on their progress in program plan of study.
- Friday, November 8, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Friday, September 27, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Friday, November 8, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Friday, October 11, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Friday, November 22, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Friday, September 27, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Sunday, September 29, 2013 by 11:00 PM via DrexelOne
- Friday, November 1, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Sunday, November 3, 2013 by 11:00 PM via DrexelOne
- Friday, October 11, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
- Friday, November 15, 2013 by 5:00 PM with Academic Advisor assistance
Closed Section Overrides
In the event that a course has reached its maximum capacity as established by the Office of the University Registrar and the department offering the course, a student must appeal to be added into the course – that is, appeal to override the established maximum capacity for the course section. Authorization to add a student to a section that has exceeded maximum enrollment capacity must be secured by Thursday, October 3, 2013.
The appeal to be overridden into a course must be advanced to the collegiate advisor or Dean's Office. The appeal will be reviewed against established criteria for override consideration. If the criteria is met, the student must then complete an Add/Drop/Withdraw form and obtain the instructor's signature for the course.
The instructor's signature on this form is provided as an indication that the addition of the student will not negatively impact his/her ability to achieve learning goals for the course and that the seating capacity of the room has not been exceeded. An instructor's signature is not final approval.
Once the instructor's signature is secured, the student must return the Add/Drop/Withdraw form to his/her academic advisor.
Early Warning System
The Early Warning System (EWS) is an audit conducted by the Office of Academic Advising, Retention & Diversity (AARD) to identify students who are in danger of underperforming in select on-campus and online program courses—largely freshman year courses—that are critical to maintaining academic progress. Faculty in the chosen EWS courses will be asked to submit current assessments of performance (as of Weeks 4 and 5) for students in their sections who are receiving a grade of C- or below. The Office of AARD is asking that assessments of student progress be uploaded into Banner no later than Wednesday of Week 6, October 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM. In the past, AARD has collected and processed student data, distributing it to advising managers in each of the colleges/schools. Academic advisors are then asked to outreach to students identified through this process to provide just-in-time support and guidance according to their college/school procedures.
Classes During Co-op
Students who are on co-op will be given a time ticket to register for courses. The time ticket for students on co-op in the Winter term will be on Monday, November 18, 2013 through Friday, November 29, 2013. It is important for students to understand the guidelines that apply to the policy so that they do not incur additional charges to their bill.
The co-op coordinator will ensure that the requested course does not interfere with the student's co-op assignment. In some cases, the co-op employer may be contacted. For example, a student working during the day should only register for an evening course, whereas a student working evenings would be permitted to register for a day course.
Registration is subject to course availability within established enrollment limits. No new course sections will be added.
Undergraduate students enrolled in a co-op education program may register for up to four (4) credits during each term for which they are on a co-op assignment without additional charge. If this course carries more than four (4) credits, the additional credits are billed on a per-credit basis. Students on co-op are permitted to register for a maximum of six (6) credits per co-op term. If a student is interested in registering for over four (4) credits, he/she should contact his/her co-op coordinator.
For more information on the policy and guidelines, students can reference the Classes During Co-op policy and contact their co-op coordinator regarding eligibility guidelines to participate in classes during co-op.
Assessment of Student Progress
In order for students to make a reasonable decision regarding course withdrawal, it is important to provide information regarding their performance before the withdrawal deadline. It is critical that every instructor make certain students are provided an assessment of their performance in their course by the end of the fifth week of classes (Friday, October 25, 2013) and no later than the end of the sixth week of classes (Friday, November 1, 2013). Faculty are encouraged to structure courses accordingly, to include assessments such as quizzes, exams, lab work, essays, etc. Graded course material should be returned to students by the end of the sixth week to provide a sufficient basis upon which the student can usefully gauge their standing in the course.
Instructors for accelerated sessions are also asked to abide by this practice by providing information by the end of the second week of the accelerated session, so that all of their students will know where they stand in the course.
Absence from Class
Please encourage students to review the Absence from Class policy established in their course syllabus. The syllabus should provide important information to students to guide their decisions about absence from class. The Absence from Class policy includes the protocol for absences due to University-sponsored activities, religious observances, medical illnesses, and extended absences.
Please note that the Drexel Health Center does not provide notes to excuse absences for students missing class due to their visit to the Health Center, or to excuse class absences due to most common illnesses. The Health Center will also not provide notes to excuse absences for medical conditions which were not treated at the Health Center. Please be sure to review the Health Notes / Excused Class Absence Policy.
The Audit Option provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity of attending a course, but carries no credit and no standard letter grade. Participation in the course will be evidenced by the "AUD" grade designation on the transcript. The "AUD" grade designation does not affect a student's GPA. Please review the full Audit Option policy.
Class Cancellation due to Unexpected Instructor Lateness or Absence
On rare occasions, instructors may be delayed or unable to attend a class due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event that an instructor does not appear in class due to an unexpected delay and has not notified class of his/her expected arrival time, class is cancelled after 15 minutes of the scheduled start of class. Please review the full Class Cancellation policy.
During the pre-enrollment period through the end of Week 2 classes for the term, all students, with the exception of first-term freshmen, may add courses that are free from restrictions/permissions by using Banner Web for Students. Instructor or academic unit approval is conditional on class size limitations. Regardless of when a student adds a course, the student is responsible for meeting all course requirements as mandated by the specific course syllabus.
Please note that "dropping" a course and "withdrawing" from a course are distinct actions and governed by different policies. (See "Course Withdrawal" policy below.)
For all undergraduate students, courses may only be dropped during the "drop period," lasting from the beginning of the enrollment period through the end of Week 2 of the quarter. Dropping a course results in the course being removed from a student's academic record without a "W" appearing on the transcript—specifically, neither the course nor the grade of "W" appears on the transcript. Freshmen and new first-term transfer students must meet with their academic advisors to drop courses during the first quarter. Undergraduate upper-class students may use BannerWeb to drop courses. Approval of the instructor is not required to drop a course (but is required to withdraw from a course).
For "accelerated courses," which normally last five weeks, the drop period is limited to the first week of the course. Thus, for accelerated courses given during Weeks 1 through 5 of the regular term, the drop period is Week 1; for accelerated courses given during Weeks 6 through 10 of the regular term, the drop period is Week 6 (of the regular term).
Withdrawing from courses may impact a student's academic progression and financial aid awards. Before withdrawing from class, students are urged to review the impact of withdrawal on their program plan, particularly if withdrawing from critical pre-requisite courses. Students should also contact Drexel Central and/or their academic advisors to determine the potential consequences of withdrawal on fulfillment of federal financial aid criteria. Further information on federal financial aid criteria can be accessed at Drexel's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA") affords a student certain rights with respect to his/her education records.
Please take a moment to review the FERPA policy.
Grade of Incomplete (INC)
A grade of "INC" (Incomplete) may be reported in place of a letter grade for any course in which the instructor deems that the incomplete work can be completed by the student within an agreed upon time (which must be in accordance with the Grade of Incomplete Guidelines and the statute of limitations governing grade changes). The conditions and terms for the completion of the course are at the discretion of the instructor and are to be mutually agreed upon by the instructor and the student before the end of the term. It is strongly recommended that the student and instructor enter into an Incomplete Grade Contract to clarify expectations, deliverables and timeline.
General guidelines for considering an INC are:
The grade of "INC" should be entered for the student at the time grades are submitted for the course. Students are expected to fulfill the requirements of the agreement within one academic year of the incomplete. If the grade is not submitted by the date established with the course instructor in the Incomplete Grade Contract, the INC grade will become a failing grade (F) on the student's academic record. This grade will be reflected in the student's GPA and will be considered as the final grade without the possibility to change. Students are advised that once an incomplete grade is assigned, withdrawal from the course will not be considered.
- The student has successfully completed a significant amount of the required course work (at least 70% depending on the level and content of the course) and in the estimation of the instructor, has a reasonable likelihood of completing the course material.
- The student has maintained a passing grade of C or better for his/her completed material.
- The instructor judges the student to have a legitimate reason to request an Incomplete grade.
- The student and instructor enter into an Incomplete Grade Contract. The contract should be maintained by the student, the instructor and the department.
Port of Entry
In the wake of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, the Department of Homeland security has become more stringent in checking the records of F-1 and J-1 students entering the U.S. Now, all port of entry Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers will check each F-1 and J-1 student's SEVIS record to ensure that they are in "Initial" or "Active" status prior to admitting the student to the U.S. The implementation of this policy will require students spend a significantly longer time at the port of entry when first arriving in the U.S.
For our current international students, as always, they should make sure to check with the Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) before leaving the U.S. to ensure that their F-1/J-1 student status is "Active"; that they have an up-to-date travel authorization on their I-20/DS-2019; and that their visa is in order. International students are also required to check in with ISSS by October 23, 2013 when they arrive in the Fall term to ensure their SEVIS record isn't terminated.
Please know that ISSS is here to assist students and answer any questions they may have about their travel into, within, and out of the U.S. They may contact ISSS at 215-895-2502 (Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Friday 8:00 PM – 5:00 PM) or at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
International Vacation Term
In order to maintain active non-immigrant status, all F-1 and J-1 international students must be registered full-time (at least 12 credit hours for undergraduates and 9 credit hours for graduates) unless they have received authorization to take classes less-than-full-time (LTFT) or have been approved for an International Vacation term. F-1/J-1 international students who have registered full-time for 3 consecutive quarters, or who began their degree program in Winter or Spring quarter this year, are eligible for an International Vacation term.
Typically, F-1/J-1 international students who wish to take an International Vacation term are asked to come into ISSS and fill out a vacation form. However, ISSS is taking a different approach this year. Instead of forms, in Weeks of 2 and 3 of the Summer quarter, all international students who have been enrolled full-time in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters or whose degree program began in Winter or Spring quarter of this year will be enrolled in an International Vacation term. ISSS will send emails to students who have been registered for an International Vacation term. Note that F-1/J-1 international students can still take one or two classes while they are on an International Vacation term. Any F-1/J-1 international student who will be traveling abroad should stop by ISSS to make sure that they have a valid travel signature.
Students can incur serious visa implications if they are not registered or eligible for an International Vacation term – that is, if they fall to part-time status (under 12 credit hours for undergraduates and under 9 credit hours for graduates) due to dropping a course anytime throughout the entire quarter.
Temporary Leave of Absence
International students who are ineligible for an International Vacation term and wish to take a term off must apply for a Temporary Leave of Absence (TLOA) with ISSS. The student must exit the U.S. during the term and may not re-enter until the term is over. Students taking leave of absence more than one term or who will be outside the U.S. for more than five (5) months will have their I-20/DS-2019 terminated. The student must apply for a new I-20/DS-2019 before they return to the U.S. to resume their studies. To receive the new I-20/DS-2019, the student will need to obtain a "return support letter" from their academic advisor stating the student's major, returning term, level of education, and estimated graduation date.
Please review the forms and policies relating to vacation terms and TLOAs.
Withdrawal from the University
International students who withdraw from Drexel will have their I-20/DS-2019 terminated and must plan for immediate departure from the U.S., unless they apply to transfer out to another university within two (2) weeks.
Readmission to Drexel
International students planning to return to Drexel should be aware that at the time of readmission, they will need to apply for a new I-20/DS-2019. To receive the new I-20/DS-2019, they must present certain documents including a readmission letter from their college and proof of financial support. International students who are transferring back to Drexel from another institution in the U.S. must provide the documents mentioned above along with the Transfer-In Form.
Please direct questions about any of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org / 215-895-2502 or refer to the Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) website.
Late Add/Drop/Withdraw Form Submission After Week 7
Late Add/Drop/Withdraw appeals will only be considered in the event of exigent circumstances. All such requests made after Week 7 must be coordinated with the student's academic advisor. All form submissions after Week 7 should be sent by the advisor to the Office of Academic Advising, Retention and Diversity in Main Building 308, or in the case of graduate students, to the Office of Graduate Studies in Randell 240.
Exceptional consideration is afforded to military veterans who are called upon for active duty and thus must seek late withdrawal from courses. Military veterans called to active duty should coordinate with their academic advisor as soon as possible. For a list of undergraduate academic advisors, please visit the academic advising directory.
No Grade Reported (NGR)
An "NGR" is recorded when an instructor does not report a grade normally. Typically, this should only be used if the student is known not to have attended the course.
This is not a grade, but a temporary indicator that requires prompt resolution leading either to the removal of the course from the student's record or the assignment of a grade.
If a final grade is not reported by the end of the following term, an administrative grade of "F" will be reported and recorded on the student's transcript. If the "NGR" notation is left unresolved by the last day of classes of the term immediately following the term in which the original NGR was reported, it will become an "F." This grade will be calculated as a failure in the student's GPA and is considered a permanent grade.
Quarter / Semester Credit Conversion
When converting credits from semester to quarter or vice versa, the following conversion can be used:
1.0 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits.
Reserved Seating capability enables departments to "reserve" a certain number of seats in identified classes for those students who absolutely need to take the class, such as graduating senior majors in a field. By reserving "seats" in courses for special cases, departments can ensure that no one will be closed out of a course that they need or that is required for progression in their academic plan.
Senior Privilege affords seniors a one-time opportunity to take an additional final exam to make up a failing grade in a course required for graduation (but does not exempt students from attending class and/or taking final exams). The following criteria apply:
Senior Privilege does not exempt students from attending class and/or taking final exams in courses for which they are enrolled during the last term of their senior year. Students are required to adhere to class attendance requirements for all other courses as specified by university policy.
- Senior Privilege may be invoked only once during an undergraduate career.
- The failing grade must have been incurred during the period in which a student is classified as a senior, and the failing grade must not have been assigned as the result of any academic dishonesty.
- The student must have been enrolled in course(s) during the term in which the course was taken (i.e. not on co-op).
- The make-up exam used for Senior Privilege must be taken during the second day of exam week in the student's final term.
- The grade for the exam must be reported to Drexel Central by the fourth day of the exam period.
- The student's permanent record will record the fact that the student took the course two different times; the grade earned in each will appear on the record and both grades will be included in the GPA calculation.
- The student must secure a Senior Privilege application form from the Drexel Central Forms & Applications page and fill in the required information.
- The student has his/her appropriate academic advisor verify their eligibility and sign the approval line, after which it must be signed by the Office of the University Registrar.
- The completed form should be taken to the Cashiers Office in Drexel Central (Main Building Suite 106) where the student will pay the required special examination fee. The Cashiers Office must stamp the form to verify payment.
- The student schedules an appointment with the instructor to establish the time for the exam.
- After the exam is administered, the student will submit the Senior Privilege form to the instructor so that the instructor may record the grade received and sign the form to indicate that the student completed the exam. The instructor shall make certain that the academic unit's seal, or the Dean or Director's signature, appears on the form.
- By the fourth day of exam week, the instructor submits the form to OUR for recording of the grade.
Wait-listing for Courses at Capacity
Colleges will identify courses for which they want to implement wait-listing. When students register into a wait-listed course that has reached capacity, they will be placed on a wait-list and notified by email of their placement on the waitlist. As more students are added to the list, a new section may be created at a time that best accommodates student schedules. Students will be notified that they have been added to the newly created course by email. This capability enables departments and colleges to better anticipate and plan for course schedule needs each term.
KEY RESOURCES & PRACTICES
Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty Policy
We encourage students to review and abide by the University policy on Academic Integrity. The Academic Integrity policy is written in support of the University's strong commitment to high academic standards and integrity, and has been endorsed by the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA). The Academic Affairs Committee of the USGA has authored a Statement of Honor, which furthers these ideals; the Statement of Honor was approved by the USGA on August 4, 2006.
As members of the Drexel University undergraduate student body, we seek to uphold a learning environment that embraces preeminent standards of education, integrity, and community. We strive to conduct ourselves in a manner that is beyond reproach, adhering to the University's Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty policies. Devoted to the principles of mutual respect, equality, and honor, we assume an obligation to serve one another.
As a Drexel University graduate student and aware of the University's mission, I commit myself to excellence in research, teaching, and service. In furtherance of that aim and because I understand that my actions affect all members of the Drexel community and my profession, I pledge to conduct myself with the highest integrity, honor, and respect in all my endeavors.
DegreeWorks: Graduation Requirements
DegreeWorks is software for degree auditing and course planning. DegreeWorks can assist students in assessing their progress toward degree completion by providing a clear picture of degree requirements and courses completed. All students have access to DegreeWorks.
Students, faculty and professional advising staff access DegreeWorks through DrexelOne. There are graphic advising worksheets within DegreeWorks showing options for all requirements, helping students and advisors determine academic progress and providing information to help with registration decisions. Students contemplating major changes can run what-if scenarios to see how completed courses apply to other majors. Plans of study can be developed by students and advisors showing exactly which courses will be taken each term at Drexel.
DegreeWorks provides access to multiple services through hyperlinks: Drexel Central, Term Master Schedule, AskDrexel, DegreeWorks help, catalog pages and lists of Writing Intensive Courses.
For more information, please visit the AIS website.
Through the Office of Disability Resources (ODR), the University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal educational and employment access, including equal access to University courses, programs, facilities, services, and activities. Please see the Office of Equality and Diversity's general policies page to access the Reasonable Accommodation of Individuals with Disabilities policy. ODR also provides resources to students with disabilities to assist them in becoming self-sufficient, independent, and successful members of the University's community and of the workplace communities they will join after graduation.
Students, faculty or staff seeking reasonable accommodations for their disabilities must register with ODR to receive an accommodation. The staff of ODR will work closely with students to review medical documentation, assess their individual needs, and link them to the resources necessary to ensure them the opportunity to participate fully in college life. It is the student's responsibility to provide their Accommodation Verification Letter (AVL) to the person facilitating their accommodations in advance of when those accommodations are needed, and to inform them of which of their approved accommodations they are requesting to use. For exam accommodations, students must notify their faculty member at least 5 business days (7 calendar days) in advance of the exam in order to be guaranteed their accommodation. Please visit the Office of Disability Resources website for more information.
When providing or facilitating accommodations for students with disabilities, it is important to remember that any student with a disability should be treated exactly the same as all other students, with the only exception being the accommodations specifically stated on the student's Accommodation Verification Letter (AVL). If students request accommodations not listed on their AVL, they must be referred to ODR to have those additional requests reviewed and evaluated. ODR is also available to act as a resource for faculty and professional staff who are working with students or employees with disabilities. The Office of Disability Resources is a department within the Office of Equality & Diversity.
Promoting a Diverse and Fair Learning Environment
The mission of the Office of Equality & Diversity (OED) is to promote, support, and sustain a welcoming University environment of equality, fairness and respect that fosters life-long learning through diversity and inclusion. OED is responsible for ensuring equal opportunity and compliance with University policies and federal, state and local laws prohibiting discrimination based upon race, color, religion, gender (sex), marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, and any other prohibited characteristic. See Drexel's Equality and Non-Discrimination Policy OED-1.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination. Drexel University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including discrimination based upon sex. The University provides supports and resources to students, faculty, and professional staff to address concerns related to sex discrimination and has appointed Michele Rovinsky-Mayer, Associate Vice President, Office of Equality & Diversity, as its Title IX Coordinator. See Drexel's Title IX Resource Page for resources, including a listing of Deputy Title IX Coordinators.
Students, faculty and professional staff with questions about or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation should contact Michele M. Rovinsky-Mayer, J.D., Associate Vice President of Equality and Diversity at 215-895-1405 or email@example.com. Please visit the OED website for more information.
The University is committed to promoting an environment that supports cultural and spiritual diversity. It is essential that students contact their instructors before the conclusion of the add/drop period, end of Week 2, in order to request religious observance consideration for the term.
For more information, please review the Office of the Provost Statement on Religious Observances. For consultation concerns, please contact the Coordinator of Religious and Spiritual Life in the Office of the Dean of Students.
Security and Safety on Campus
The Drexel University Department of Public Safety has developed a number of crime prevention and awareness programs to educate the Drexel community in the various aspects of public safety. Information is provided to students, faculty, and staff to increase awareness of their surroundings, to provide safety and security recommendations, and educate everyone on what to do in emergency situations. We view these informational communications as an integral part of the development and implementation of the University's public safety program.
The University's safety and security initiatives focus on the importance of the community and partnerships. We enjoy excellent professional relationships with many public and private institutions, agencies and groups that play an important role in the Drexel community. One of our most important principles is that safety and security is a shared responsibility. It is imperative that our community members know, understand and practice a realistic approach to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment that is based on awareness, practices, partnerships, experience and common sense.
The Public Safety website contains a great deal of information that will help guide you. Here are some of the links that we think will be of great interest and benefit to you:
When a Student is in Distress: How You Can Help
The Counseling Center offers a resource for faculty and staff with regard to assisting a student in a time of distress.
The website includes information on:
If confronted with distressing circumstances, students may turn to you for assistance. Your participation in identifying and referring students who are in distress is extremely important. For details from the Counseling Center, please visit the Counseling Center's Faculty and Staff Resources page.
- How You Can Help
- Some Signs and Symptoms of a Student in Distress
- Guidelines for Intervention
- How to Make a Referral to the Counseling Center
- Some Warning Signs of Substance Abuse
Working with Drexel Student-Veterans
Drexel is proud to sponsor the Yellow Ribbon Program and provide educational opportunities for military veterans across all of the University's programs. The Office of Veteran Student Services unifies services and support, and provides mentorship for veterans. These services include the provision of: admissions assistance, financing & certification of benefits, academic resources and support services referrals.
The University is committed to promoting an environment that supports student-veterans at Drexel by assessing their individual needs and linking them to the services necessary to ensure the opportunity to participate fully in college life while meeting their service requirements.
To achieve this, the University takes into account the unique demands of student-veterans' military requirements; for instance, deployment and readmission. In those instances, the University will uphold the "Higher Education Opportunity Act" (posted September 18, 2009) which is posted on the Provost's Academic Policies page.
Student-veterans with questions regarding how to manage your deployment requirements or other service oriented issues should consult with their school/college academic advisor who will assist them with the development of a plan of action.
In addition, they may contact Dr. Rebecca Weidensaul, Associate Dean of Students at (215) 895-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Office of Veteran Student Services website.
This message to Faculty and Staff via Drexel Official Mail was approved by
N. John DiNardo, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs