Academic Policies & Procedures for Undergraduates ("T-Reqs")

This section includes the policies and procedures that govern the undergraduate curriculum and the academic life of students in Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. Informally known as the Trinity Requirements or T-Reqs, they are intended to ensure that each undergraduate in the College pursues a liberal arts education. We view education as a partnership between faculty and students, with ongoing facilitation and support provided by an extensive network of advisors and Deans.

If you have questions about how an undergraduate policy or procedure applies to you, contact your academic dean.  His or her name can be found on your Student Center Page on ACES.  

T-Reqs Listing

Title
Academic Accommodations
Academic Calendar, 2015-2016
Academic Communication via Email
Academic Concerns of Students
Academic Deans
Academic Integrity
Academic Regulations, Compliance With
Active Student Status
Bereavement Policy
Class Attendance and Missed Work
Continuation Requirements
Courses: Auditing
Courses: Changing a Cross-Listing
Courses: Course Load
Courses: Curriculum Codes
Courses: Double Counting for Majors, Curriculum
Courses: Dropping, Adding, Course Corrections
Courses: Enrolling in Graduate and Professional School Courses
Courses: Incomplete Course Work
Courses: Repeating
Courses: Sequencing
Courses: Withdrawal from
Courses: Interinstitutional
Courses: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Grading Option
Credit: AP Credit by Department
Credit: Limitations and Restrictions
Credit: Study Abroad
Credit: Summer Sessions
Credit: AP and IPC and PMC
Curriculum: First-Year Requirements
Curriculum: Foreign Language (FL) Requirement
Curriculum: Overview
Curriculum: Frequently Asked Questions
Directors of Undergraduate Studies
Disruptive Students, Exclusion of
Education Records: FERPA
Emergencies, Personal
Final Exams: Absence From
Final Exams: Scheduling Issues
Grades: Academic Warning
Grades: Changes
Grades: Complaints at End of Term
Grades: Dean's List
Grades: End-of-Term
Grades: Latin Honors
Grades: Midterm Grades
Grades: Notations
Grades: Probation
Grades: Grade Point Average (GPA)
Graduation: Change of Graduation Date
Graduation: Commencement and Notification of Intent to Graduate
Graduation: Requirements
Graduation: Graduating Early
Graduation: Graduating with Distinction
Graduation: Ninth Semester of Enrollment
Graduation: Part-Time Status
Harassment
Honor Societies
Identification Numbers
Illness, Short- and Long-Term
Independent Study
Internships, Credit for
Leave of Absence: Medical
Leave of Absence: Personal
Majors, Minors, Certificates: Changing
Majors, Minors, Certificates: Declaring a Major
Majors, Minors, Certificates: Certificate Program Requirements
Majors, Minors, Certificates: the Interdepartmental Major
Notification of Varsity Athletic Participation
Program I and Program II Requirements
Religious Observance & Holidays
Research Independent Study - Writing Code
Robertson Scholars: Academic Responsibilities
Seminars
Student Conduct Policies
Transfer Credit
Transfer to/from Pratt School of Engineering
Transferring from Duke to Another Institution
Tuition Refund Policies
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs)
Withdrawal: Voluntary
Withdrawal: Academic Dismissal
Withdrawal: Disciplinary Dismissal
Title Summary
Academic Accommodations

If you have a documented disability, you may be eligible for reasonable academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Academic Calendar, 2015-2016

This calendar includes notes on deadlines important to undergraduates.

Academic Communication via Email

Trinity College uses email as an official means of communication with students. Deans, faculty, and administrators will generally employ your Duke email address (@duke.edu) when reaching out to you, and you are expected  to check your Duke email account on a regular basis and to respond in a timely fashion. If you have your @duke.edu forwarded to a different email address, it is your responsibility to ensure that important and time-sensitive communications are not lost.

Failure to read and respond to official email in a timely fashion can have serious consequences for you.

Academic Concerns of Students

This procedure guides resolution of student-faculty issues related to a course or departmental policy.

Academic Deans

The Academic Deans assist students in achieving their academic goals and fulfill the various graduation requirements.

Academic Integrity

If you commit plagiarism, cheat, or engage in other forms of academic dishonesty, you risk serious sanctions, including suspension from the University.

Academic Regulations, Compliance With

You are expected to familiarize yourself and comply with academic regulations and requirements.

Active Student Status

Definition of active student status, and restrictions placed on inactive students.

Bereavement Policy

Students who suffer a personal tragedy or trauma can ask for academic accommodations and support.

Class Attendance and Missed Work

What to do if you cannot attend class or turn in work that is due

Continuation Requirements

You must achieve a satisfactory record of academic performance each semester and make satisfactory progress toward graduation each year to continue in Trinity College.

Courses: Auditing

Auditing a course yields no academic credit but can be a way to explore areas of interest. [FORM]

Courses: Changing a Cross-Listing

There is flexibility in how a cross-listed course can appear on a student's transcript.

Courses: Course Load

This policy defines a normal undergraduate course load, and the eligibility restrictions and procedures for enrolling in a course overload or underload in a semester. [FORM]

Courses: Curriculum Codes

The Trinity undergraduate curriculum categorizes courses to signal how they fulfill general education requirements.

Courses: Double Counting for Majors, Curriculum

An explanation of how individual courses may count toward various graduation requirements.

Courses: Dropping, Adding, Course Corrections

You must drop or add courses during the published drop/add period, but can make corrections during the schedule correction period that follows the end of drop/add.

Courses: Enrolling in Graduate and Professional School Courses

 

 

Courses: Incomplete Course Work

What to do if you are unable to complete all the work for a course by the end of the semester. [FORM]

Courses: Repeating

Students have the option of repeating a course, when appropriate. [FORM]

Courses: Sequencing

Some courses have to be taken in sequentially because the concepts introduced in the first courses are needed for successful work at higher course levels.

Courses: Withdrawal from

Procedures to follow when withdrawing from a course.

Courses: Interinstitutional

Duke students can receive credit for courses taken at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, or UNC-Greensboro, NC Central University, or NC State University. [FORMS]

Courses: Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Grading Option

Students can register for one S/U graded course per semester, with permission. S/U replaces the former Pass/Fail option. [FORM]

Credit: AP Credit by Department

How AP courses affect your placement in Duke courses.

Credit: Limitations and Restrictions

There are limitations on the counting of credit toward the Bachelor's Degree.

Credit: Study Abroad

Learn how to get study abroad courses approved for credit.

Credit: Summer Sessions

There are several  term options available to students in Duke Summer Sessions, but there are credit limitations that apply.

Credit: AP and IPC and PMC

AP, IPC and PMC courses can yield limited elective credit at the time an undergraduate matriculates at Duke.

Curriculum: First-Year Requirements

In your first year as a Duke undergraduate, you are required to take a writing course and a first-year seminar.

Curriculum: Foreign Language (FL) Requirement

The foreign language (FL) requirement at Duke University is intended to enable all students to engage meaningfully with another culture in its own language. Specifically, Duke’s foreign language courses are designed to help students to:

Curriculum: Overview

Duke's undergraduate curriculum encompasses 34 courses, including courses that fulfill a major, and satisfy various general education requirements.

Curriculum: Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about how to navigate the curriculum and complete the graduation requirements for the Bachelor Degree.

Directors of Undergraduate Studies

The director of undergraduate studies (DUS) is the departmental or program officer responsible for coordinating and overseeing the undergraduate curriculum and courses of instruction.

Disruptive Students, Exclusion of

You can be asked to leave a class if your behavior seriously compromises the educational experience for other students in the class.

Education Records: FERPA

Duke complies with FERPA guidelines for allowing students and third parties access to student information.

Emergencies, Personal

Students faced with a personal or family emergency or a long-range or chronic health condition can ask for academic accommodations and support.

Final Exams: Absence From

What to do if you miss or need to miss the exam exam in a course.

Final Exams: Scheduling Issues

You may be able to move a final exam if you have three exams scheduled in a 24-hour period.

Grades: Academic Warning

Explanation of academic warnings given to students with weak performance in one or more courses.

Grades: Changes

Changes in end-of-term grades may be made by the instructor only because of an error in calculation or an error in transcription, with a couple of exceptions.

Grades: Complaints at End of Term

What to do if you wish to challenge a course grade.

Grades: Dean's List

Explanation of Dean's List and Dean's List with Distinction in recognition of academic excellence.

Grades: End-of-Term

Explanation of end-of-semester grade reporting and the consequences of poor performance in courses.

Grades: Latin Honors

Explanation of how Latin Honors are earned.

Grades: Midterm Grades

First year students received midterm grades to help keep the on track. Sophomores, juniors and seniors only receive midterm grades if a low grade is reported.

Grades: Notations

Definitions for grading codes.

Grades: Probation

Explanation of academic probation and procedures for clear probation.

Grades: Grade Point Average (GPA)

Explanation of grade point average calculation.

Graduation: Change of Graduation Date

How to change your anticipated date of graduation, either by graduating early or remaining for a ninth semester.

Graduation: Commencement and Notification of Intent to Graduate

Submit a diploma form as formal notification that you plan to graduate.

Graduation: Requirements

A Duke Bachelor Degree requires 34 course credits as well as various general education and major requirements.

Graduation: Graduating Early

With careful planning, it may be possible to complete your degree requirements one or two semesters early. [FORM]

Graduation: Graduating with Distinction

Explanation of the honor program at Duke leading to Graduation with Distinction on the basis of an honors thesis.

Graduation: Ninth Semester of Enrollment

Students may extend their time-to-degree by a ninth semester with permission from an academic dean. [FORM]

Graduation: Part-Time Status

Graduating seniors who need fewer than 3.0 course credits to graduate may request permission to study on a part-time basis in their last semester of enrollment. [FORM]

Harassment

Duke's harassment policy ensures that all members of the academic community have a safe and nurturing place to work and study.

Honor Societies

Learn more about Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.

Identification Numbers

Students are assigned a variety of identifiers; take care to distinguish among them.

 

Illness, Short- and Long-Term

Students are expected to notify their instructors when they become "incapacitated" due to an illness or injury that prevents them from completing an assignment. [FORM]

Independent Study

Independent study enables a student to pursue for course credit a research or other academic topic of interest under the supervision of a faculty member. [FORM]

Internships, Credit for

Duke supports internships as valuable learning experiences, but academic credit at Duke for internships is limited.

Leave of Absence: Medical

This article explains the requirements of and the procedures to follow when requesting a medical leave.

Leave of Absence: Personal

A personal leave of absence allows you to interrupt your studies at Duke for one or two semesters with the approval of your academic dean.

Majors, Minors, Certificates: Changing

Explanation of how to officially change your major, add a second major, or add or change a minor or certificate.

Majors, Minors, Certificates: Declaring a Major

How to declare your major.

Majors, Minors, Certificates: Certificate Program Requirements

Certificates are interdisciplinary programs of study for students seeking to explore areas that transcend the boundaries of departmental majors.

Majors, Minors, Certificates: the Interdepartmental Major

The Interdepartmental Major enabling you to integrate two academic interests into a single program of study. [FORM]

Notification of Varsity Athletic Participation

Athletes must notify the university when competitions will take them away from classes and exams and cause them to miss work.  [FORM] 

Program I and Program II Requirements

Compare the requirements of a traditional degree (Program I) and an individualized alternative option called Program II.

Religious Observance & Holidays

Students are permitted by university policy to be absent from class to observe a religious holiday.  [FORM]

Research Independent Study - Writing Code

Students can fulfill a Writing in the Disciplines requirements through a research independent study.

Robertson Scholars: Academic Responsibilities

Robertson Scholars are subject to the academic policies, requirements, and deadlines of other Duke undegraduates. [FORM]

Seminars

A seminar is a course offered to between 12 to 18 students, where a primary goal of the course is discussion.

Student Conduct Policies

Policies for student conduct are managed by the Office of Student Conduct in Duke's Office of Student Affairs.

Transfer Credit

Duke will offer credit for courses taken at another four-year college or approved study abroad courses.

Transfer to/from Pratt School of Engineering

Students can transfer between Duke's two undergraduate schools after completing their first academic year.

Transferring from Duke to Another Institution

Students must withdraw from Duke to transfer to another university.

Tuition Refund Policies

Tuition can be refunded or carried forward as a credit for later study if a student withdraws from the university.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs)

Undergraduate students can serve as teaching assistants.

Withdrawal: Voluntary

Students who wish to withdraw from the college must give notification in writing to their academic dean.

Withdrawal: Academic Dismissal

You can be involuntarily withdrawn from the University for academic reasons, if you fail to meet continuation requirements or clear probation.

Withdrawal: Disciplinary Dismissal

Students who exhibit harmful, potentially harmful, or disruptive behavior toward themselves or others or who are found responsible for academic dishonesty may be suspended from the University.