On the advice of the Registrar, students may petition the Academic Standing Board for exceptions to rules concerning academic policies and procedures. However, the Board will consider only those petitions that are submitted sufficiently far in advance so that, if denied, the petitioner will still have time to remedy the deficiency by suitable re-scheduling or other appropriate action. The decision of the Academic Standing Board is final.
While for some students the interpretation of this statement may mean that they will need to submit their petitions a year or more in advance of graduation, for all students it will mean that petitions relating to the successful completion of the requirements for graduation will not ordinarily be accepted after 4:30 p.m. of the last day of classes in the semester immediately preceding the student's last semester at Denison. Specifically, no petitions by seniors seeking substitutions or waivers of General Education requirements will be entertained after this deadline.
It is expected that students will attend and participate in all regularly scheduled classes. If a class is missed, for any reason, the student is responsible for determining what occurred in the missed class. Absence from a class will not be accepted as an excuse for not knowing class material. The student is responsible for all information, discussion, and conceptual analysis that take place during classes. Absenteeism may result in the reduction of one's final grade.
Every Denison student is expected to know and uphold University standards in matters of academic honesty. Students who practice academic dishonesty assault their own integrity as well as that of the University. Behavior that is in direct violation of these standards is discussed in the student handbook. Each Denison student is expected to be familiar with this policy. Please note that violations may result in suspension or expulsion from the University.
Classification of students is determined by the amount of academic credit earned.
First-Year Standing - A student is classified as a first-year student if hours earned are less than 26 semester-hours of credit.
Sophomore Standing - A student must have earned 26 semester-hours of credit.
Junior Standing - A student must have earned 60 semester-hours of credit.
Senior Standing - A student must have earned 90 semester-hours of credit.
A regularly enrolled student registered on a full-time basis (normally 12 semester-hours or more) and in good academic standing shall be eligible to participate in all college and intercollegiate activities. The student whose scholastic record falls below a 2.0 average will not be permitted to participate in intercollegiate athletics. First-year students are eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics during their first semester.
Incoming First-Year Students and Transfer Students who score a 4 or 5 on a College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Examination (AP) will usually receive academic credit for their scores. Should results be presented in academic disciplines or areas which are not part of the Denison curriculum, credit will be subject to departmental review and credit hours may or may not be assigned. Two other kinds of advanced placement testing can be considered for credit. A student presenting "A" marks on the British System "A" Level Examination or a score of 6 or 7 on an International Baccalaureate (IB) High Level Subject Exam may ask the appropriate Denison department for advanced placement credits. In a few instances positive results from advanced placement examinations can be applied toward general education or major/minor credits but departments reserve the right of review and the final determination of how such credits count.
Denison accepts transfer credit for courses that are either equivalent to a course in the Denison catalog or at a level deemed appropriate by the department or program in which credit is being sought (hereafter called "the Department"). Requests to have transfer credit fulfill a major, minor, or concentration requirement are subject to approval by the Department. Denison will not normally accept credits earned in disciplines other than those in the Denison curriculum. Transfer credit will be honored only if taken at an accredited college or university and only if the student submits an official transcript of credit within 180 days of the course completion. Students considering off-campus work for Denison credit (especially summer school work) must confer with the Registrar, their academic advisor, and their chairperson of the Department (or a designate) prior to enrolling elsewhere. The University has no obligation to award transfer credit for course work that has not been approved in advance. The courses must be completed with grades of "C" or better in order to be considered for transfer credit. Course work completed in non-traditional fashions, such as distance learning formats, web-based formats, Post Secondary Enrollment Option, including college courses for which high school credit was also granted, CLEP and other college credit bearing instruments, may be subject to review by the Registrar and the Department.
Grades received at another institution shall not be computed into the Denison quality-point average, or be used to remove Denison quality-point deficiencies except by petition to and favorable action by the Academic Standing Board. Denison will not award credit for work below "C" on transfer from another institution. Students who have received prior approval of the Denison Off-Campus Study Office will have their grades earned at the program site appear on their Denison record. The grades will not be included in GPA calculations.
A student who withdraws from school without official permission will receive a grade of F (failure) on his or her permanent record. Petitions for exception must document unusual circumstances, and such petitions are submitted to the Academic Standing Board.
In addition, a student who finds it necessary to leave Denison before the close of the semester must, in order to receive an honorable dismissal, report to the Dean of Students and arrange for an official withdrawal. Students withdrawing completely from school may receive grades of "W," "WP," or "WF" for all enrolled courses. Students receiving permission to withdraw from an individual course after midterm will have the course entered on the permanent record with a grade of "WF" or "WP."
The college may, whenever in its judgment such action is for the best interest either of the student or of the student body, dismiss or refuse to enroll or re-enroll any student.
Withdrawal from the University at any time is official only upon written notice to the Dean of Students. A request to the Registrar for a transcript or failure to participate in room lottery is not considered withdrawal from the University.
For further information, please consult Refund or Forfeiture of Tuition, Activity Fee, Student Health Fee and Room and Board.
A student must complete his or her advanced registration and also final registration at the times scheduled in order to avoid payment of a fee for late compliance. No student will be admitted to any class later than the second week of the semester.
All enrolled students prepare a detailed schedule of courses with the assistance of a departmental chairperson or faculty counselor during a designated week in the preceding semester. First-year students register early by personal conference on campus, by telephone conference, or by mail in the summer preceding entrance to Denison. All students registering by mail must consult with an academic advisor before attending class.