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Policies and Procedures

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering offer our undergraduates wonderful opportunities for intellectual exploration, personal growth, academic challenge and the acquisition of valuable skills.

It is the student’s responsibility to seek the help of the faculty and other professionals as you use the resources that we provide to achieve your goals and meet the requirements of your major(s) and, in some cases, minor(s). Each student should meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester and discuss with their advisor the progress they are making toward their chosen degree.

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that they will complete their degree requirements. This will include meeting both academic and administrative requirements set by the major and outlined in the Academic Catalog.

Faculty and other professionals will make every effort to guide you toward completion of all requirements. However, each advisor works with many students, sometimes with limited time or without the student’s records at hand. For these reasons, each student must accept the ultimate responsibility for satisfying all requirements. You have the responsibility to be aware of the requirements, meet with your advisors each semester to discuss your progress, and question any information that does not seem correct to you.

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the information contained in the Academic Catalog. Failure to read this will not excuse any student from responsibility for abiding by the rules and procedures described herein.

Personal difficulties, illness, or advice contradicting the rules and procedures in the Academic Catalog do not constitute automatic grounds for exemption from these rules or procedures. Any waivers to the rules and procedures must be reviewed and approved in advance and are effective only when accepted by the Office of Academic Advising (Arts & Sciences students) or the Office of Engineering Advising (Engineering students).

The university reserves the right to make changes in the rules, procedures and other information in the Academic Catalog as it deems appropriate. Students are urged to consult the Office of Academic Advising or the Office of Engineering Advising and their Department about any questions that they may have concerning academic programs, especially when the student’s program deviates in any way from the rules and procedures in this manual. The Academic Catalog is not to be regarded as a contract.

Archived academic policies may be found in the Undergraduate Student Handbooks links below: