Academic Catalog and Policies (PDF)
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Eugene Lang College Academic CatalogRefer to the academic catalog for academic policies. Below is information concerning common questions.
Attendance PolicyBecause of the nature of seminar-style learning, attendance is critical. Four absences in a course that meets twice a week results in one letter grade reduction for the course. More than four absences results in receiving a failing grade for the course. Some exceptions apply for extenuating circumstances such as an extended illness requiring hospitalization or visit to a physician (documentation required), a family emergency such as serious illness (with written explanation), and observance of a religious holiday.
Please note that some courses may have more stringent attendance policies because of course schedule (half-semester classes, classes meeting once a week) or the course assignments (labs, workshops, studios). It is essential that students keep in contact with their professors and review the syllabus for specific attendance policies for a course. Note: Tardiness can count as an absence.
Breadth Requirement for Freshmen and SophomoresWe encourage students to explore academically during freshman and sophomore years. To assist in that process, we require that students take no more than two courses within a single subject during a semester.
Catalog YearAll degree students are subject to requirements based on a particular catalog, referred to as the student’s “catalog year.” The catalog year is the set of degree requirements in effect at the time of the student's admission except where noted below.
Continuing students who are newly admitted to the BA/BFA program will be advised of their Parsons and Lang catalog years by their academic advisor.
Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment will be required to complete the courses and credits corresponding to their year-level cohort upon returning to their programs. This may result in a change of the catalog year for the student.
Any interruption to a student’s initial course of study (such as a change of major, change of degree, or leave of absence) or a failure to progress/enroll may result in a change of catalog year. Students will be advised of any implications during change of major, readmission, and exit
In the case that the university changes the required curriculum for a program, students currently enrolled in the altered program will be required to complete the new requirements going forward from the level to which they have already progressed. They are
not required to take courses or meet other requirements below the level to which they have progressed.
Full-Time StatusA minimum of 12 credits is required to be at full-time status.
Grade ChangesFinal grades are subject to revision by the instructor with the approval of the dean’s office for one semester following the term in which the course was offered unless the degree has been conferred. After that time has elapsed, or if a degree has been conferred, all grades recorded in the
Registrar’s Office become a permanent part of the academic record, and no changes are permitted.
In the interest of fairness to all students registered in a course, grade changes should be submitted only for the following reasons: 1) a recording or calculation error was made by the instructor or 2) an agreement was made between the student and the instructor to reevaluate all work submitted
during the semester in which the course was taught. Please note that an agreement by the instructor to reevaluate work does not guarantee a higher grade. No work should be accepted after the semester has ended unless a grade of Incomplete was approved by the instructor before the last class session.
Grade Appeal PolicyStudents can petition for an academic grade review by following the procedure outlined below within 60 days after the grade was posted or within 30 days if the student has petitioned to graduate. Before deciding to appeal for a grade change, the student should request an explanation of the
basis of the grade from the instructor. If the student is not satisfied with the explanation, the student may appeal the grade as follows:
The student submits a letter outlining any questions or objections directly to the faculty member, with a copy to the department chair. (If the faculty member is also the chair, the copy will be sent to the dean’s office.)
The instructor submits a written response to the student’s letter within one month of receipt, with a copy to the department chair (or, if the faculty member is also the chair, to the dean’s office).
If the student is not satisfied with the faculty member’s written response, the student may appeal further by writing and sending copies of previous communications to the dean’s office. The associate dean will convene an appeals committee to review all correspondence and documentation, clarify
any outstanding questions or issues, and make a recommendation to the dean of the college. The dean’s decision is final.
Minimum GPAUndergraduates must maintain a term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. Students whose term or cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation, which involves academic interventions such as regular meetings with an advisor and may affect his or her financial
aid. In some cases, first-year students may be placed on academic warning for one semester instead of probation. Students on academic warning who fail to bring their term and cumulative GPA above 2.0 in the next semester will be placed on academic probation. Keep in mind that different standards may apply in relation to scholarships that have been received.
Maximum Number of Credits per SemesterLang students can take a maximum of 19 credits per semester without incurring additional charges. BA/BFA students can register for a maximum of 21 credits per semester without incurring additional charges.
Registration RestrictionsFreshmen are restricted to taking classes at the 1000 or 2000 level in the first semester. Students will be prohibited from taking a course if they have not completed the prerequisite course(s). Students can check for prerequisites in the course descriptions at the
Lang Course Finder.
Required CoursesIn the first semester, freshmen are required to take Writing the Essay I and the First Year Seminar. In the second semester, freshmen are required to take Writing the Essay II. Outside of courses required for one’s major, Lang students are required to take two university lecture courses before they graduate. These are usually denoted by the subject code ULEC.
Important: Registration start dates are based on your earned credit and do not include credits currently in progress.
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All first-year students are required to complete two topic-based courses in expository writing, Writing the Essay I and Writing the Essay II (LFYW 1000 and LFYW 1500). Students who transfer with first-year standing (less than two full-time semesters completed at a prior college) may be considered for an exemption from one or both courses, but only if they can provide evidence of having successfully completed equivalent courses that focus on developing advanced writing, research and critical reading skills at another college with grades of “C” or better. AP credits and college credits for creative writing, creative nonfiction, and journalism are not accepted as equivalents to LFYW 1000 and LFYW 1500. If you believe you may be eligible for an exemption, please speak with your academic advisor. Students who transfer to Lang with sophomore standing or higher are automatically exempt from first-year requirements.
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