ACADEMIC GOOD STANDING
Hampshire is committed to the principles of individualized education, where each student receives the benefits of close collaboration with faculty, individually designed programs of study, and interdisciplinary work. In order to graduate, students must satisfy the requirements at each Divisional level
To be in good academic standing, Division I students must satisfactorily complete all required educational activities. Students who complete fewer than four courses in either of the first two terms will be placed on academic contract, and will be expected to address the deficiencies to return to good standing in the subsequent term. In Division I students completing fewer than three courses in a term or those remaining in bad standing for two consecutive semesters are subject to academic withdrawal. For Division II and Division III students, good standing will be determined at the end of each semester by the advisor (usually the committee chair). Students must meet with their advisors prior to the end of each term so that determination of progress can be made. Students who are not in good academic standing may be put on academic probation by the Center for Academic Support and Advising.
For Division II and Division III students, good standing will be determined at the end of each semester by the advisor (usually the committee chair). Students must meet with their advisors prior to the end of each term so that determination of progress can be made. Students who are not in good academic standing may be put on academic probation by the Center for Academic Support and Advising.
In Division II, students choose an area of concentration and acquire greater understanding in their field through continued course work and independent study. In addition, students must perform a community service project.
Division III is a final thesis, performance, or creative project that demonstrates intellectual mastery of subject and field. Division III students must also complete and be evaluated in two advanced educational activities.
Division II and III proposals are designed and submitted by students in collaboration with faculty. Passage through the Divisional system is marked by a formal evaluation process in which faculty committees review the sum of students’ efforts and activities within the Division.
Considering the number of factors that enter into the determination of academic progress, and the particular needs of the individual student, the student and academic advisor work together, throughout the academic year, on the design of a rigorous and appropriate course of study to move the student towards graduation. This course of study may include course work, independent projects, field work, and other learning activities.
The maximum time that a student may take to complete the bachelor’s degree work is five years of full-time enrollment.
INSUFFICIENT ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Students who are not in good standing will be on probation and will be placed on an “academic contract” worked out by the Center for Academic Support and Advising in consultation with the advisor. At the end of a contract semester, the Center for Academic Support and Advising will determine if the student has satisfied the conditions of the contract and can return to good standing the following semester. Students who fail to satisfy the requirements of an academic contract are subject to academic withdrawal. A student may also be placed on an academic contract if the advisor determines that the student is making insufficient academic progress and is in danger of not being able to meet guidelines for graduation in four years. If the terms of the contract are not met, the student will be subject to withdrawal from the college. Students who return from withdrawn status are sometimes placed on contract as part of the readmission decision. This information will be provided to advisors.
A student may appeal his or her academic standing by submitting a written statement to the committee on exceptions to academic policy. The statement may cite mitigating circumstances for review.
In rare instances, because of injury, severe illness, or death of a close relative, it may be necessary for a student to exceed the maximum period for completing degree requirements. In such cases, the student must submit an alternative plan of study to his or her advisor and to the committee on exceptions to academic policy.
Depending on the circumstances that motivated the student’s request to be allowed to exceed the established maximum period for completion of degree requirements, the student may be required to spend time away from the college before returning. Financial aid eligible students who are granted permission to exceed the maximum period for completing degree requirements will continue to receive financial aid.
GUIDELINES FOR GRADUATION IN FOUR YEARS
The academic program at Hampshire College is a negotiated education; each student will work out a plan of study for graduation in four years with his or her advisor. The following guidelines are intended to encourage early and frequent discussions between students and advisors concerning the student’s academic progress:
• Completion of the Division I course requirements by the end of the second term.
• Passing Division I before the beginning of the third term.
• Filing of the Division II contract by the beginning of the fourth term.
• Passing Division II by the end of the sixth term.
• Filing of the Division III contract at the beginning of the seventh term.
• Passing Division III by the end of the eighth term.
It is important to note that students have a maximum of ten semesters in which to complete all degree requirements.
FILING DATES AND DEADLINES FOR DIVISION II & III
Central records publishes the academic calendar detailing the filing deadlines for each academic year.
NOTIFICATION OF PARENTS OF PROBATIONARY CONTRACT/ACADEMIC DISMISSAL
Under Massachusetts law, the age of majority is 18 and carries full adult rights and responsibilities. The college communicates directly with students in matters concerning academic progress. It is the policy of the college to notify both the student and the parents of a dependent student in writing when an academic contract goes into effect and of dismissal from the college. In communicating with parents concerning other matters, it is normal college policy to respect the privacy of the student and not to disclose information from student educational records without the prior consent of the student.
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