|From the Provost
April 20, 2010,
Volume 56, No. 30
At the recommendation of the Council of Undergraduate Deans, Penn has changed its policies for Dean’s List, Graduation Honors, and Common Midterm Examinations. The policies for Dean’s List and Graduation Honors now specify that students who violate the Code of Academic Integrity or seriously violate the Code of Student Conduct are not eligible for these academic honors. The policy on Common Midterm Examinations now clarifies the obligations of instructors and students when there is a conflict in the scheduling of common midterm examinations.
—Vincent Price, Provost
The Dean’s List citation appears on the transcript and is awarded annually to any student who achieves a combined GPA of 3.7 for the fall and spring semesters, provided that during those two semesters he or she has:
• Completed 6 or more credit units for letter grades
• Received no grades lower than C
• Completed all courses on time with no Incompletes, NRs, or GRs
A student who is found by the Office of Student Conduct to have violated the Code of Academic Integrity of the University of Pennsylvania, or who has received a sanction of suspension or greater for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, is not eligible for Dean’s List in the academic year in which the violation occurred. The Dean’s List citation will be removed from the transcript if the finding occurs after this honor has been posted or if the violation occurs during the summer term following the academic year in which this honor was awarded.
In recognition of distinguished academic achievement and high standards of academic integrity, the University of Pennsylvania awards Latin honors to undergraduate students based on the cumulative GPA on their transcripts at the time of graduation:
Summa Cum Laude: 3.80 or higher
Magna Cum Laude: 3.60 or higher, but less than 3.80
Cum Laude: 3.40 or higher, but less than 3.60
Students who are found by the Office of Student Conduct to have violated the Code of Academic Integrity of the University of Pennsylvania, or who have received a sanction of suspension or greater for other violations of the Code of Student Conduct, are not eligible for Latin honors. Notation of Graduation Honors will be removed from the transcript if the finding occurs after this honor has been posted.
Common Midterm Examinations
Instructors teaching a course with multiple sections who plan to schedule a common midterm examination outside the class’s regular meeting time must notify students of this event during the first week of the semester and be prepared to offer one or more make-up examinations to accommodate any student who is enrolled in a course that meets at the time of the common examination.
Students enrolled in a course that conflicts with the time of a common midterm examination must notify the instructor administering the common midterm examination of the conflict by the end of the course selection (add) period. Students may not be required to miss their regularly scheduled class.