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The Academic Behavior Code is a communal expression of the importance of academic honesty and integrity. The Code, to which every incoming student is required to subscribe, governs all activities involving the academic work of the student. The Code also governs the bases for evaluating intellectual achievement, written or oral, including examinations, quizzes, tests, themes, reports, recitations, and laboratory exercises. The Academic Behavior Code is printed in full in the Student Policy and Information Guide, and students should familiarize themselves with its provisions.

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A term grade point average below 1.000 or a cumulative grade point average less than the standards described below identify those students eligible for formal probation. All student performance indicating an eligibility for formal probation will be reviewed by the Dean of the College for Academic Life.

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The Academic Resource Center offers assistance to all students through the peer tutoring program, study skills seminars, workshops and individual academic assistance. Although there are professionals in the office, “peers helping peers” is what they are all about. Give them a call at x3433 or stop in the Lower Level of the Student Union.

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Students may add and/or drop courses without academic penalty through the first eight class days of the traditional semester with the approval of their faculty advisor. Applied Music lessons can be added only with a special form available from the Music Department Office. Enrollment in courses is closed at the conclusion of the add/drop period. Attempts to drop after the dead- line will result in a "W" grade.

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A student who does not attend the first meeting of a course may be dropped from the course in order to make room for students waiting to enroll. Students should not assume, however, that missing the first course meeting ensures that they

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5.25 through 10 Less than 1.800 Less than 2.000 More than 10 Less than 2.000

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will be dropped from a course. Non­attendance drops will be processed only at the instructor’s request. All students are

responsible for their own enrollment. Failure to properly add, drop, or withdraw from a course may result in the award of no course units and/or a failing grade.

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Study in voice, piano, organ, and the various string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments is available in the form of one 45­minute lesson per week for 13 weeks with a minimum of 5 hours of mandatory practice time per week. Attendance at recitals and concerts is required. An additional fee is charged for this instruction and is not refundable following the add/drop period. Applied music may not be taken pass­fail. Two 0.5 unit individual applied music courses in one instrument or voice may be counted as one course to satisfy the Fine Arts (A) requirement. Lessons may be added to a student's registration only with a Permission to Study Applied Music form available from the Music Department.

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Students in good academic standing may audit one course per semester with the approval of the instructor. Instructors must explicitly detail their expectations for students auditing their courses at the beginning of the semester, and students must seek the consent of their faculty advisor. Typically, students auditing a course are expected to complete all assignments and

participate in class discussions but may not be required to submit written work or take exams. Students may change a course from audit (no course unit attempted) to a regular course unit basis or vice versa during the add/drop period with the approval of the faculty advisor. The student’s transcript will list the audited course with a grade of “AU” if the student has satisfactorily completed the audit. If the student fails to fulfill the expectations of the audit, no notation will appear on the transcript.

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Hours of Operation: Monday­Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm *Saturday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

*Saturday hours when College is in session. Closed during breaks and holidays. Full refunds of books will be given provided:

1. The return is made during the "Add/Drop" period as established by the Registrar.

2. After that period, returns must be made within two (2) days of purchase, up to one (1) week before the first day of exams.

3. New books must be in perfect condition. If shrink­wrapped, the seal must not be broken. (DO NOT WRITE OR HIGHLIGHT IN BOOKS UNTIL YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU WILL BE KEEPING THEM!)

4. Books must be from the current semester. 5. A RECEIPT MUST ACCOMPANY ALL RETURNS.

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CapStone Online permits Muhlenberg College students immediate access to the most accurate and up­to­date student enrollment records. To enter the system students will enter their Berg ID, birthdate (dd/mm/yyyy), and password. Students who forget their password must come to the Office of the Registrar with a picture ID to have it reset.

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Students are expected to attend class regularly and are responsible for governing themselves in this matter. While the College recognizes the value of extracurricular experience, the academic program has priority at Muhlenberg. Moreover, scheduled classes have priority over all other activities. In cases of unavoidable conflicts, students have the responsibility of informing their instructors as soon as possible and reaching some kind of acceptable resolution. Absence from a class will not be accepted as an excuse for not mastering class material.

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Department Chairs and Program Directors set the course enrollment limits when planning the Master Course Schedule. If the course closes during registration, the student must see the Chair or Director. During the add/drop period the instructor may allow a student into a closed course by entering a course permission on CapStone Online. The student then needs to register.

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A full­time student must enroll for at least 3 course units and normally enrolls for 4 course units per semester. The maximum course load for students during their first semester is 4.5 course units. A maximum course load for students during all other semesters is 5.5 course units. Enrollment exceeding 5.5 course units may be requested. See Overloads for more information. Students who wish to register for fewer than 3 course units may apply for part-time status in the Office of the Registrar. Part­time students will incur tuition charges at the current per course unit rate plus all fees.

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Outstanding academic achievement will be recognized by the Dean of the College each semester. Students enrolled for 3 or more course units, having a term GPA of at least 3.500 with no grades of D, F, U, VF, or VW for the semester will be eligible for Dean’s List. Students with an incomplete, in progress, or no grade reported will not be eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List until the work is completed and/or a final grade is recorded.

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Muhlenberg College, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, has designated the following items as Directory Information:

· student’s name

· College mail box and telephone number · email address

· permanent home address and telephone number · class year

· major field of study · dates of attendance

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· degree(s) and/or awards received · college (Day or Wescoe)

· participation in officially recognized College activities (including but not limited to intercollegiate athletics) · height and weight of student athletes

Muhlenberg College may disclose any of the above listed items without the student’s prior written consent, unless the Office of the Registrar is notified in writing to the contrary.

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Electives are courses that do not satisfy either the major, minor, or General Academic Requirements. Electives do count toward the 34 courses required for graduation.

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Ensembles are offered as zero course unit courses graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) basis. Students register for these courses in the Music Department during the add/drop period.

College Choir Chamber Singers Opera Workshop Chamber Orchestra Collegium Musicum Wind Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble Jazz Improvisation Ensemble

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Faculty advisors and student advisees are engaged in an Advising Partnership with mutual expectations and responsibilities. The faculty advisor serves as a knowledgeable mentor who will suggest, encourage, interpret, and guide. The advisor helps the student with choices about programs, courses, instructors, class schedules, and general academic requirements. The advisee is an engaged, informed partner in regular contact with the advisor and ready to discuss his/her own research into academic choices at the College. Ultimately, the student is responsible for her/his academic career.

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In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students at Muhlenberg College are entitled to review records, files, documents and other materials containing information directly related to them which are maintained by the

college. In accordance with regulations issued by the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, students may request a hearing to challenge the content of education records to ensure that the records are not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of their rights. A student may insert in his or her records a written explanation respecting the contents of such records if

suggested corrections or deletions are not made by the college. Additional information may be found in the Office of the Registrar and at www.muhlenberg.edu/mgt/registrar/.

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Except for independent study, independent research, internships, physical education, and applied music, a final evaluation is required for all courses. The final examination schedule for a term will be available on the web approximately four weeks

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after the start of classes. Faculty are not allowed to change either the date or time of a final examination. These requests must go through the Provost. All faculty, staff, and students must be available until the semester concludes (the last day

with College scheduled final exams) at 3:00 p.m. each semester.

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The comprehensive fee, room and board, and other charges must be paid prior to registration. Students may have a hold placed on their account and are notified prior to registration by the Controller or Residential Services.

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Only the instructor issuing the original grade may make a grade change. Once a grade has been submitted, an instructor cannot verbally communicate a grade change to the Registrar. The instructor must complete a grade change form, and after completing the form with the student’s new grade and the reason for the grade change, submit the form to the Provost for his signature. The Provost’s Office will forward the form back to the Registrar’s Office.

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A record of each semester’s grades may be found on the web via CapStone Online. Students and advisors may log in to the secure site and review and print copies of the semester grades. Students needing an official copy of their grades may request one in the Office of the Registrar.

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Semester Schedule: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 1:00 am Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm Saturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday 11:00 am – 1:00 am

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All requests for incomplete grades must be made directly by the student to his/her professor and must specify a compelling reason for failure to complete the course requirements by the end of the term. The final grade must be received by the Registrar's Office within sixty (60) calendar days to prevent conversion of the incomplete to a grade of F.

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Independent study/research courses are designed in consultation with a faculty sponsor. Normally, no more than one course unit is awarded for each independent study/ research course, and no fewer than 9­12 hours of work per week are required. It must have assigned letter grades, A – F, and normally does not cover the same material as or material similar to that covered in regularly offered courses.

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Interdisciplinary studies combine courses from more than one discipline, permitting students to explore an area of interest from several perspectives. In some cases, two fields are combined to form one major. In others, several disciplines are represented in the major or minor requirements. Where a major or minor is not available, students may concentrate on a topic of interest as they complete the general academic requirements and choose their electives.

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An internship and a practicum are work experiences undertaken for the purpose of learning. They are limited to full­time, degree­seeking students who have completed at least 16 course units in good academic standing. Internships are graded pass/fail. A practicum, which is an internship required for a major, must have assigned letter grades. Internships and practica must be registered by the third Friday of each semester.

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Full­time, degree­seeking students who have completed at least 7 course units in good academic standing may enroll for up to two courses per semester at any one of the LVAIC member institutions (Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and Moravian College). The student must obtain approvals from his/her faculty advisor. Courses must not be offered regularly by Muhlenberg College and must be within the bounds of a regular course load. All courses enrolled through the LVAIC cross­registration process will be considered Muhlenberg courses for degree requirement and grade point average purposes. Further information regarding the LVAIC policy may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar.

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A student must provide medical verification of illness or injury from the family physician to the Director of Student Health or Director of Counseling and meet with his/her academic advisor. Both the student and the academic advisor sign the form requesting the withdrawal. If approved, the course instructor will assign a grade of “W”.

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All first­year students and students on academic probation or warning are to receive mid­term grades. These grades are vital in helping the College monitor and assist students. Mid-semester grades are available online through CapStone.

Mid-semester grades provide only a preliminary evaluation of work in each course, and as such, are advisory in nature.

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A student seeking to register “6” units must complete an Overload Request form, available in the Office of the Registrar and submit it to the Dean of the College for Academic Life. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 is required to be considered for an overload. If approved, the student will be charged the per course unit fee.

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Full­time, degree­seeking students who have completed at least 16 units with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or more may elect to enroll for one course unit per semester on a pass/fail basis up to a total limit of three courses. One of the three pass/fail courses may be taken in the same academic division as the student’s major or minor, but not within the discipline of the major or minor program itself, even if the student has completed all the requirements for the major or minor. In addition, no course for which a student elects to enroll on a pass/ fail basis may be used to satisfy a general academic requirement. Courses designated “pass/fail only” are exempt from the pass/fail requirements described here.

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Courses in which the student earns a “B­“ or greater cannot be repeated. If a student repeats a course, all grades for the course are calculated into the GPA and listed on the academic record; however, only the course earning the first passing grade is counted toward the 34 course units required for graduation.

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Students may register a course as a “special arrangement” if a course is cancelled due to low enrollment or is required for the major for graduation but is not being offered in the current semester. A special arrangement is individualized

instruction but the title will include the actual title of the course. Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

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Students with diagnosed disabilities or special needs requiring class accommodations must contact the Office of Disability Services (x3825), Academic Resource Center (x3433), Counseling Services (x3178), or Student Health Services (x3199) as soon as possible as accommodations are made on a case by case basis and must be requested by the student each semester.

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Muhlenberg College offers study abroad opportunities at quality institutions and universities worldwide. In a world that is becoming increasingly interdependent, study in another country represents a significant means by which students may better achieve their educational objectives. Education Abroad programs are available for students in all disciplines. For more information, contact International Programs at x3446 or x3479.

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A waiting list to enroll in a course closed at registration is available in some departments. Contact the Department Chair or Instructor to see if they are keeping a waiting list. The waiting list does not negate the college­wide deadline for adding a course or constitute a promise on the part of the college that a closed course will be open at a later date. The Registrar does not maintain waiting lists.

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Students may withdraw from courses after the add/drop period until the end of the ninth week of the semester with the approval of the academic advisor. A “W” grade will be assigned indicating that the student has withdrawn from the course.

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The Writing Center will assist students to develop a rough draft, revise a draft, or edit the final version of a written

assignment; organize an essay, research paper, lab report, or other writing assignment; understand and learn how to correct grammar and punctuation errors; and develop or evolve a thesis and weave evidence into arguments.

Hours of Operation: Sunday 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Monday – Wednesday 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm Thursday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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