Drexel University Office of the Provost

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Office of the Provost: Memorandum

To: Students on the Quarter System
From: N. John DiNardo, Ph.D, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Subject: Key Reminders for Students: Summer 2007
Date: 22 June 2007

Key Reminders for Students: Summer 2007

Welcome to the Summer Quarter at Drexel!

Classes for the Summer Quarter, 2006-07 begin on Monday, June 25th for full-time and part-time students and Saturday, June 23rd for Saturday Scholars students. Please take a few minutes to review key policies and dates for the upcoming quarter.

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Critical Dates

Important Policy Reminders

Key Information

Critical Dates

Academic Calendar AY 2006-07

The Academic Calendar, available at http://www.drexel.edu/provost/calendars/quarter-0607.html provides additional information regarding academic deadlines; critical SCDC/Co-operative education dates; and holidays.

Course Add

  • The last day to add a course is Sunday, July 8th, at 11:00 PM. Students may add courses via DrexelOne. However, students whose accounts are on "hold" will not be able to add courses. Those students whose accounts are on hold will have until Friday, July 6th at 5:00 PM to resolve their hold in time to add courses. Please click here to review the hold policy.

Special dates for accelerated courses
The last day to add, with Academic Advisor assistance, section A of an accelerated course is the close of the first week of the course session, that is Friday, June 29th, at 5:00 PM. The last day to add an accelerated course for Section A of an accelerated course via DrexelOne is Sunday, July 1st, at 11:00 PM.

The last day to add, with Academic Advisor assistance, section B of an accelerated course is Friday, August 3rd at 5:00 PM.

Special dates for Saturday Scholars
The last day for students enrolled as Saturday Scholars to add a course, with Academic Advisor assistance, is Friday, June 29th, 5:00 PM for Term A and Friday, August 17th, 5:00 PM for Term B.

Course Drop

  • The last day to drop a course is Sunday, July 8th, at 11:00 PM. Dropping a course will result in all evidence of it being removed from the student's transcript. Students may drop courses via DrexelOne thus approval of the instructor is not required for students to drop a course. However those students whose accounts are on "hold" will not be able to drop courses using DrexelOne. Those students seeking to drop a course while on hold will need to coordinate an appeal with the collegiate advisor/Dean's Office/Graduate Studies Office. Please click here to review the hold policy.

Special dates for accelerated courses
The last day to drop, with Academic Advisor assistance, section A of an accelerated course is the close of the first week of classes, that is Friday, June 29th, at 5:00 PM. The last day to drop section A of an accelerated course via DrexelOne is Sunday, July 1st at 11:00 PM.

The last day to drop, with Academic Advisor assistance, section B of an accelerated course is the close of the first week of the classes, that is, Friday, August 3rd at 5:00 PM.

Special dates for Saturday Scholars
The last day for students enrolled as Saturday Scholars to drop a course, with Academic Advisor assistance, is Friday, June  29th, 5:00 PM for Term A and Friday, August 17th, 5:00 PM for Term B.

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, July 5th.

A student must submit their appeal to be overridden into a course to his/her academic advisor in the Undergraduate Dean’s Office, or if a graduate student, in the Graduate Studies Office. The appeal will be reviewed against established criteria for override consideration.  If the student meets the criteria, he or she 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 required 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 Advisor.

Please note that 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 second week. Accordingly, students must resolve all "holds" on their accounts by the deadline. Please click here to review the hold policy.

Course Withdrawals

Withdrawal from a course will be reflected by a "W" on the student transcript; courses from which students have withdrawn will count as attempted credits on the transcript.

  • The last day to withdraw from a course is the close of the sixth week of classes, that is Friday, August 3rd, at 5:00 PM. Approval of the instructor is required. In order to make a reasonable judgment about withdrawal, students should have information regarding performance on their first midterm or other graded assignments by the close of the fifth week of classes.

Special dates for accelerated courses
The last day to withdraw, with Academic Advisor assistance, from section A of an accelerated course is the close of the fourth week of the course, that is Friday, July 20th at 5:00 PM. The last day to withdraw, with Academic Advisor assistance, from section B of an accelerated course is the close of the fourth week of the session, that is Friday, August 24th at 5:00 PM.

Special dates for Saturday Scholars
Students enrolled in Saturday classes who wish to withdraw from a course may submit a completed Add/Drop/Withdraw form to the SRC by Friday, July 13th at 5:00 PM for Term A or Friday, August 31st at 5:00 PM for Term B.

Holds

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 until the circumstances contributing to the hold are resolved. Those students on hold have until Friday, July 6th at 5:00 PM to resolve their holds in order to add summer quarter courses by the deadline.

"Being on hold" during the adjustment period is not considered an acceptable reason for a late or retroactive add.

To resolve a financial hold, students are encouraged to visit the Student Resource Center in Main Building, Room 222.

Important Policy Reminders

Classes During Co-op for Undergraduates

The Classes During Co-op policy affords students participating in co-op the privilege of taking one course (up to three (3) credits) at no charge.  Registration for the Summer term opens June 18th and continues until the end of the add/drop period.

For more information, please reference the Classes During Co-op policy at http://www.drexel.edu/provost/policies/ug_classes_coop.asp and contact your academic advisor.

Final Examinations

Final examinations begin September 4th and end September 8th.  A final examinations schedule will be posted by July 24th and is subject to change.

During finals week, no student is obligated to take more than two finals on any given day. The Final Examination policy states that students may appeal to the Office of the Provost for accommodation at least three (3) days before the examination date. Students may download the appeal form and submit it to Main 308. For the Summer 2006-07 term, courses instructors for those courses with the lowest course number will be asked to give a special exam.

Click here to review the Final Examinations policy.

Incomplete and Late/Medical Withdrawal

In the event of a medical emergency or accident, students may seek late medical withdrawals.  To initiate this process, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College / School advisor to discuss the late withdrawal appeal and available options.

Students may also request an incomplete grade in the event of a medical emergency or illness; however it is strongly recommended that the student be passing the course for which the incomplete is sought, and has progressed far enough in the course that the missing material can be made up independently. 

Students with chronic medical illnesses may be eligible for reasonable disability accommodations.  Students seeking reasonable disability accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (“ODS”) which will review relevant medical documentation and consider the student’s eligibility for accommodations. 

Please take a moment to review the ODS statement regarding incomplete and late/medical withdrawals at: http://www.drexel.edu/disability/incompletes.html

Key Information

Register Today: Mobile Notification Alert System

Recent events highlight the need for fast and far-reaching campus communication.

An upgrade to DrexelOne has enabled instant alert notification capabilities via cell phone text messages. To protect the privacy of students, faculty and staff, the University offers them the choice to provide their cell phone information to receive mobile alerts.  Users can choose to receive messages based on preferences.

To learn more and to register for mobile notification, login to DrexelOne and click on the “Drexel” tab, the find “Mobile Notification” in the “Technology Services” channel.

Disability Accommodations

It is the University's policy to provide a learning environment that provides all students with the opportunity to realize their full potential. To this end, the goal of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is to assist students with disabilities in becoming self-sufficient, independent, and successful members of the University's community and to provide students with disabilities with equal opportunity of access to University courses, programs, facilities, services, and activities.

Students seeking reasonable accommodations for their disabilities must first register with ODS. The staff of ODS will work closely with students to review medical documentation, assess their individual needs, and link them with the services necessary to ensure them the opportunity to participate fully in college life. The Office of Disability Services website can be found at http://www.drexel.edu/ods/.

Code of Conduct and Academic Honesty Policy

Undergraduate Students

We encourage students to review and abide by the University policy on Academic Honesty. The Academic Honesty 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 January 31, 2005.

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.

Graduate Students

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.

Religious Observances

The University is committed to promoting an environment that supports cultural and spiritual diversity.

It is essential that students contact their instructors at the beginning of the term for religious observance accommodation requests.

For more information, please review the Office of the Provost Statement on Religious Observances.

 
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