Curricular Policies and Procedures

  1. Curricular Changes

    Proposals for curricular changes, including new courses, may originate in any division of the School, in the undergraduate curriculum committee, or in the graduate curriculum committee. Such proposals must be submitted to and approved by the faculty, the director of the School, and the curriculum committee of the College of the Arts. The format for curricular changes established by the Provostʼs office shall be used in the submission of all curricular proposals.

  2. Final Examinations

    Final examinations and/or critiques in all courses must be offered at the time and date specified in the Universityʼs schedule of final examinations. Changes in the time and/or date of a final examination require prior approval of the director and the dean, but in any case, the exam/review must also be offered at the time scheduled and publicized by the University for those students whose University sanctioned circumstances require them to take the exam/review at that time.

  3. Grades

    Faculty members must inform students of their progress throughout the semester. Grades are a faculty member's responsibility and should be assigned fairly and objectively. Submission of final grades must comply with University Policy, including but not limited to the deadline for the timely submission of grades at midterm and semester’s end. Failure of faculty members to provide grades in compliance with University Policy will be taken into consideration in reappointment, promotion, tenure and merit decisions.

    Students have a right to discuss their grades with the faculty member. See Undergraduate Catalog: Grading Policies and Procedures at

    Materials used in computing grades (e.g., exams, papers, reports, etc.) should be retained by the faculty member for five (5) years after final grades are submitted. Students have a right to inspect the written or other work created during a course and discuss the grade with the faculty member.