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Henson School of Science & Technology Course Repeat Policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate courses offered in the Henson School of Science and Technology, effective academic year 2013-2014.

Note: other restrictions on course repeats may apply; check with specific academic programs for details.

  • Statement of policy

  • Outline of requirements for approval

  • Initiate the request for permission to repeat

Statement of Policy

1. Students may repeat courses offered by the Henson School of Science & Technology one time at Salisbury University (SU) without special permission. These include courses with prefixes BIOL, CHEM, COSC, ENGR, ENVH, GEOG, GEOL, MATH, MDTC, NURS, SCIE, PHYS, RESP for which the student earned any grade (B, C, D, F, PS, I, W, WP, WF, NGR, or Audit). Students should take note that grades of W, WF, or WP earned by withdrawing from a class after the schedule adjustment period (typically the first week of the semester for Spring/Fall and the first three days for Summer/Winter) are considered grades and are subject to this policy. Exceptions are those courses that may be repeated for credit (e.g., BIOL 490, CHEM 499). Also, some majors may limit students to a single repeat of specific courses (see requirements for your major).

2. Students who wish to repeat a course a second time (third enrollment) must seek approval from the Henson Dean’s Office by completing a Motivation and Strategies for Success plan (coming soon). Completion of this process does not guarantee enrollment for a third time as enrollment will depend upon a compelling plan for success and available seats in the course. Students will not be allowed to enroll in a course for a fourth time unless there are extremely extenuating circumstances.

3. Please note that all grades appear on student’s transcripts. For undergraduate courses, the grade from the most recent attempt at SU is used to calculate grade point averages, even if that grade is lower than the first time the student took the course. Students transferring credits from other institutions should be aware that these courses may complete degree requirements, but grades earned in these transferred courses will not be used in SU GPA calculations and do not replace any grade earned in the equivalent course at SU.

Outline of requirements for appealing

1)     Discuss with the instructor of your most recent attempt at this class what contributed to your failure to successfully complete the class. Was there an early concept that you failed to understand?  Were your math skills not up to the level needed for the class? Did excessive absences contribute to your failure? Knowing what contributed to your failure will help you as you create strategies to successfully complete the course.  Reflect on and summarize your discussion in writing and send to the advising services coordinator.

2)     Describe three things that you think you can do differently in order to succeed in this class. Be specific; instead of writing “I will study more” explain HOW you will make sure to increase your study time and WHEN you will study.

Conditions of Enrollment if Your Appeal is Granted

As a condition of being granted permission to repeat a class for the second time (third or subsequent enrollment), students must fulfill the following requirements. Failure to meet these requirements will result in an automatic denial of any further requests to repeat this or any other Henson course.

  • Student must attend every lecture and lab meeting of the class. Absences due to illness must be followed by an appointment with the instructor to discuss missed material. Any absences due to other university responsibilities (extended lab trips, sports travel, etc.) must be cleared with the instructor and the Henson Advising Services Coordinator at least one week prior to the date of absence.
  • Student must meet with the Henson Advising Services Coordinator biweekly during the semester. Bring textbooks (where applicable) and a printed copy of the syllabus for the course. This meeting will focus on long-term plans for getting assignments completed on time and making sure the student is aware of the important dates for the class.

Initiate the request for permission to repeat (coming soon)

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